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LEWIS AGREES TO 3-YEAR DEAL WITH BROWNS

One great season with the Browns earned running back Jamal Lewis at least three more with the club. Set to become an unrestricted free agent next week, Lewis agreed to terms on a three-year contract.

"I said all year long that I wanted to get a long-term deal done to stay in Cleveland and it looks like with this new contract I will be able to finish my career as a Brown," Lewis, 28, said.

Franchise tags: The following players were designated with the franchise tag by their teams: Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant and Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin. The move amounts to a one-year deal worth the average of the top five players at that position in 2007. Other teams may present offers. The current team can either match or it receives two first-round picks from the team that signs the player. The Patriots did not designate Randy Moss a franchise player. There was no word on whether the team had reached an agreement with the receiver or is allowing him to become a free agent. If Moss and the Pats have agreed to a contract, it cannot be announced until Feb. 29.

Playoff seeding: The competition committee is considering changing the postseason so seeding would be based on records rather than division titles. That won't avoid instances like the one last season when Cleveland missed the playoffs and Tennessee made it by beating Indianapolis backups. But competition committee members agreed that changing the guidelines would result in fewer such situations.

Spygate: Former Rams coach Mike Martz, now the 49ers' offensive coordinator, was asked at the combine about the Patriots' alleged taping of St. Louis' Super Bowl XXXVI walkthrough. "I don't think the point is whether they got something out of it. The whole point is whether they cheated or not, isn't it?" he said.

Panthers: DeShaun Foster was released, a move that opens the door for DeAngelo Williams to become the team's featured back.

PATRIOTS: Former Dolphins defensive coordinator Dom Capers was hired as a special assistant for the secondary.

Grievance:The players union filed a grievance, charging owners colluded by reducing the debt ceiling for every team by 20 percent. The union said the reduction coincides with what in 2010 could be a year without a salary cap.

Tax scam: At least seven current and former players have been tangled in a tax scam, the Justice Department said. According to federal complaints filed against two tax preparers, the players were among dozens of people who sought to amend old tax returns and receive refunds, which they would then "invest" in a sham gold-mining company. That company would then give some money back to the investors.

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