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Another defensive splash for Bills

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DT Marcus Stroud, 29, made three Pro Bowls in seven seasons with Jacksonville.

Getty Images DT Marcus Stroud, 29, made three Pro Bowls in seven seasons with Jacksonville.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcus Stroud from Jacksonville in a deal announced Saturday.

"It helps us out tremendously," Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. "He's a guy that will take on two people on offense, so you definitely have to game-plan against him."

To acquire Stroud, who had Jacksonville's permission to seek a trade, Buffalo gave up an undisclosed number of draft picks. is reporting they will be a third- and fifth-round selection in this year's draft.

The move was completed after the Bills began revamping their porous defense on Friday, the first day of free agency. They signed linebacker and former USF standout Kawika Mitchell and former Vikings defensive tackle Spencer Johnson.

JETS GRAB FANECA: The Jets and seven-time Pro Bowl left guard Alan Faneca agreed to terms on a five-year, $40-million contract, making the former Steeler the league's highest-paid offensive lineman.

Agent Rick Smith told the Associated Press that Faneca, 31, planned to fly to New York today, take a physical and sign Monday. After making nearly $4.4-million in salary and bonuses last season, Faneca got a deal that Smith said includes $21-million in guarantees.

Trouble with moss, pats? New England and Randy Moss aren't close to a deal, reported, and Moss is listening to other offers.

The receiver who set a league record with 23 TD catches last season took a $7-million pay cut, to $3-million, last offseason but shortened his deal to one year.

LYNCH STAYS PUT: Pro Bowl safety and former Bucs star John Lynch, 36, took a pay cut to remain in Denver for a fifth season, passing on a chance to retire or test free agency.

Lynch was to make $2-million in 2008 and hesitated about returning after he was asked to take a cut, the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News reported. "I could probably go make more money elsewhere," Lynch said. "And I had really gone to bed excited about that. And then I woke up thinking, 'What am I doing?' I've got four kids who are happy here. I've found a home here, and I didn't want to be one of those guys going from team to team." The Broncos released former Bucs linebacker Ian Gold.

BEARS: Free-agent linebacker Lance Briggs re-signed for six years, $36-million, including $13-million in guaranteed bonuses. "I'm extremely happy about it,"' Briggs told the Chicago Tribune.

BROWNS: Receiver Donte Stallworth agreed to a seven-year deal. Stallworth has played with the Saints, Eagles and Patriots.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Reggie Torbor, who played for the Giants, signed a four-year deal. Defensive tackle Randy Starks, guard Justin Smiley (five-year deals) and linebacker Charlie Anderson (three years) also signed.

EAGLES: Defensive end Chris Clemons, who had eight sacks in a reserve role with Oakland last season, signed a five-year deal.

FALCONS: Defensive backs Erik Coleman and Von Hutchins signed.

49ERS: Defensive end Justin Smith signed, reportedly for six years, $45-million, including $20-million in guarantees. He was the No.  4 overall draft pick by the Bengals in 2001.

RAMS: A day after longtime kicker Jeff Wilkins retired, the team landed Josh Brown from rival Seattle. Brown signed for five years, $14.2-million.

VIKINGS: Receiver Bernard Berrian signed a $42-million, six-year deal, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Another defensive splash for Bills 03/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:23am]
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