Ravens lose free agent LBs
The Ravens are paying the price for winning a Super Bowl.
The NFL champions lost linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, as free agency began Tuesday. On Monday, they traded star receiver Anquan Boldin, a key to their title run, to San Francisco, the team the Ravens beat 34-31 to win the Super Bowl.
Kruger went to AFC North rival Cleveland for a five-year, $40 million deal. Ellerbe headed to Miami for $35 million over five years. Kruger led the Ravens with nine sacks and added 2½ in the playoffs and two in the Super Bowl.
Steelers receiver Mike Wallace joined Ellerbe in choosing the Dolphins.
Also, Philadelphia released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who two years ago got a five-year, $60 million contract.
Fitzpatrick cut: The Bills released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a day before he was due a $3 million bonus on a six-year, $59 million extension signed in October 2011.
Gonzalez staying: Tony Gonzalez, 37, has decided to return to the Falcons. The NFL's career leader among tight ends with 1,242 receptions and 103 touchdowns had said he was 95 percent certain he would retire after 2012. But on Tuesday, the 16-year veteran posted on Twitter: "The lure of being on such a great team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up."
Broncos: Peyton Manning will be the team's quarterback through at least 2014. The four-time MVP's contract called for a guaranteed salary of $20 million in 2013 and 2014 if he was on the roster Tuesday.
49ers: The trade of backup quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City was finalized. San Francisco gets the Chiefs' second-round pick, 34th overall, in this year's draft and a conditional draft pick in 2014.
Titans: Guard Steve Hutchinson, a five-time pro Bowl pick, retired after 12 NFL seasons.
Sanders case: A Texas jury gave Pro Football Hall of Famer and former FSU star Deion Sanders primary custody of his two sons pending his divorce. The Collin County jury also decided he and wife Pilar will have joint custody of their daughter. The children range from age 9 to 12.
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Tuesday's free agent moves
With terms, if available
Bears: Agreed to terms with Saints LT Jermon Bushrod (five years, up to $36 million with $17.7 million guaranteed) and Giants TE Martellus Bennett (four years); tagged DT Henry Melton ($8.45 million).
Bengals: Re-signed DE Robert Geathers and DE Wallace Gilberry.
Browns: Agreed to terms with Raiders DT Desmond Bryant.
Cardinals: Re-signed S Rashad Johnson (three years).
Chargers: Released TE Randy McMichael, signed K Nick Novak (four years).
Chiefs: Agreed with Saints QB Chase Daniel (three years) and Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano.
Colts: Agreed with Lions OT Gosder Cherilus, Falcons LB Lawrence Sidbury, Patriots G Donald Thomas, Cardinals CB Greg Toler and Packers LB Erik Walden.
Dolphins: Released LBs Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett.
Eagles: Signed Texans TE James Casey, Patriots S Patrick Chung, 49ers DE Isaac Sopoaga (three years each), Panthers LB Jason Phillips and Rams CB Bradley Fletcher (two years each).
Falcons: Agreed on re-signing LT Sam Baker (six years).
Giants: Agreed with CB Aaron Ross and RB Ryan Torain.
Jets: Cut NT Sione Po'uha, restructured contract of WR Santonio Holmes.
Raiders: Cut WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, DB Michael Huff and DE Dave Tollefson; re-signed CB Phillip Adams (one year, $630,000).
Rams: Agreed with Titans TE Jared Cook (five years).
Ravens: Signed Giants DE Chris Canty (three years, $8 million).
Saints: Signed DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma to restructured contracts.
Seahawks: Completed deal for WR Percy Harvin, agreed to six-year deal worth $67 million.
Steelers: Re-signed LB Larry Foote (three years), WR Plaxico Burress and TE/FB David Johnson; tendered offers to restricted free agents WR Emmanuel Sanders, RB Jonathan Dwyer, RB Isaac Redman and NT Steve McLendon.
Texans: Cut WR Kevin Walter.
Titans: Signed Bills G Andy Levitre (six year, $47 million) and 49ers TE Delanie Walker, waived S Jordan Babineaux and G Mitch Petrus.
Vikings: Released CB Antoine Winfield; re-signed FB Jerome Felton (three years, $7.5 million), LB Erin Henderson (two years), WR Jerome Simpson (one year) and RT Phil Loadholt.