NFL News Roundup: The market for linemen picks up

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There was plenty of action on the free-agent market on Thursday.

The free-agent period has been in a lull recently as the market thins and the draft nears, but things picked up on Thursday as a number of teams inked new players to deals. After Osi Umenyiora was signed by the Falcons on Wednesday, that seemed to stir up the interest in defensive lineman. Multiple teams made moves to shore up their defensive fronts the day after Umenyiora inked his contract.

The Saints worked some salary cap magic by adding a piece that should strengthen their porous defense. The Redskins grabbed a veteran defensive lineman from a division rival.

There is still more to be done, as other teams have been working out players. The Steelers, Lions, Bills, and Giants all took a closer few at prospective signings on Thursday. That should guarantee plenty more action on Friday.

Tampa Bay made the biggest move of the day by locking up one its top offensive lineman, while the Colts and Eagles traded defense for offense. For all the latest news, check out the links below:

AFC East

Patriots add Michael Jenkins

Fred Davis meets with Buffalo

Dolphins add Vaughn Martin

Brent Grimes a target for Miami

AFC North

Ahmad Bradshaw takes a physical with the Steelers

AFC South

Jaguars interested in Matt Flynn?

Colts trade Clifton Geathers to Eagles for Stanley Havili

NFC East

Redskins sign Daryl Tapp

Giants work out Tim Hightower

NFC North

Lions hosting David Akers

NFC South

Demar Dotson signs four-year extension with Buccaneers

Victor Butler joins Saints

NFC West

Pat White works out with 49ers

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