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March 14, 2013

Former Patriots WR Welker to Broncos

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After hiring Andy Reid as coach and John Dorsey as general manager, the Chiefs signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals and franchised left tackle Branden Albert.

Also Wednesday:

—Chicago released tight end Kellen Davis after signing Martellus Bennett away from the Giants on Tuesday to replace him.

—The Giants signed 11-year veteran place kicker Josh Brown, who joins former Cowboys kicker David Buehler on the roster and apparently indicating free agent Lawrence Tynes won’t be back. Tynes has made winning field goals in two NFC championship games in overtime and the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl in those seasons.

—Pittsburgh found its backup to QB Ben Roethlisberger in a Steel City native, Bruce Gradkowski. The 30-year-old Gradkowski is 6-14 as a starter with Oakland, Cleveland and Tampa Bay. He spent the 2011-12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, appearing in five games.

Pittsburgh also released oft-injured offensive lineman Willie Colon.

—Arizona, in dire need of help in the backfield, agreed on a one-year contract with former Steelers starter Rashard Mendenhall. For three of his seasons, Mendenhall’s offensive coordinator was new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

—The Cardinals also cut free safety Kerry Rhodes, a move that cleared $6 million in salary cap space, and added cornerback Jerraud Powers, safety Yeremiah Bell, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and quarterback Drew Stanton.

—Jacksonville released receiver Laurent Robinson, the latest high-priced player let go as part of the team’s rebuilding project. Robinson signed a five-year, $32.5 million free agent-contract last season before missing considerable time with concussions.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the business,” Robinson said. “Got to keep your head up and keep moving. Can’t ever be surprised in this league.”

—Tennessee agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with fullback Quinn Johnson, who has been one of Chris Johnson’s lead blockers with the Titans.

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