NFL free-agent news: Free agency round 2 begins with more signings

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Now that coaches and general managers are back at work from the annual league meetings, the second round of free agency has begun.

NFL coaches and general managers are back in their respective stadiums and the second round of free agency has officially begun. Most of the big-money players are off the market already, but there is still plenty of talent to be had as both veteran and young players alike are looking for a team to call their own for the 2013 season and beyond.

Here's what you may have missed on Thursday.

Special teamer and linebacker Will Herring tweeted on Thursday that he is going to re-sign with the Saints. Herring was released last week due to his contract. He was going to count for $1.6 million against the cap for the upcoming season and it seems that he has renegotiated his contract with New Orleans in the brief period of time he was a free agent.

The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly added depth to their defensive line by adding free-agent defensive end Frostee Rucker. Rucker made his debut in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 as a third-round pick out of USC. He was in a heavy rotation on the Bengals defensive line, ranked one of the best in the league, before signing a one-year deal with the Browns heading into 2012. Now, it appears, he's going to be taking his skills to the Southwest.

The Jets have lost running back Shonn Greene to free agency and they're reportedly interested in keeping Giants back Ahmad Bradshaw in New York. Bradshaw found a fair share of success with the Giants and sources say is being courted by not only the Jets, but the Packers and Steelers as well.

The Chicago Bears have reportedly agreed to terms with free-agent tight end Steve Maneri, which may be a direct result of the team's second-year tight end Evan Rodriguez's arrest in Miami. Maneri was an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has bounced from team to team, making stops with the Texans, Patriots and, most recently, the Chiefs.

The Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly agreed to terms with cornerback Adam Jones, re-signing the player formerly known as Pacman. Jones was one of the top corners in the league last year and was likely the best third corner in the league. He seems to have put his troubled past behind him, staying out of trouble in Cincinnati over the last few years. His new deal is reportedly for three years.

The Baltimore Ravens have officially lost both starting safeties from Super Bowl XLVII to the AFC South. Ed Reed is with the Texans and now Bernard Pollard has reportedly signed with the Tennessee Titans on a one-year deal. Pollard was a good yin to Reed's yang and helped the Ravens to a victory over the 49ers.

In order to help the Giants keep Victor Cruz in New York, two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning is willing to renegotiate his contract. As of this time, no conversation between the Giants and Manning about the quarterback's contract, but to keep Cruz, one of the more electrifying wide receivers in the league, in New York, it could happen soon.

Speaking of the Giants, free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora has reportedly visited the Atlanta Falcons. John Abraham has been the Falcons' best pass-rusher for a while, but he is likely leaving as a free agent. The Falcons are reportedly interested in Umenyiora as at least a temporary replacement for Abraham.

Ted Ginn Jr. has reportedly signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers. Ginn has been more of a return specialist than a receiving threat despite his elite-level speed. Cam Newton has helped revitalize Steve Smith's career, but the addition of Ginn should help the offense compete more with those of the Saints, Falcons and Buccaneers.

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