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NFL Free agent news: Giants, Jaguars, Dolphins make minor signings

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Tuesday was another quiet day in free agency, though the Giants, Jaguars and Dolphins made minor moves as teams continue to shape their rosters for the 2013 season.


Free-agent signings throughout the NFL have calmed down in recent days as the league enters its second week of free agency. Many of the top names have been taken off the market already, and with the league's attention shifting to the owners meetings in Arizona, it comes as no surprise that Tuesday was a quiet day for free agency.

Teams made a number of moves, and even though none of them can be considered major, they are noteworthy. Here's a look at Tuesday's transactions throughout the NFL.

Carr stays parked in New York

Tom Coughlin kept his quarterback tandem in place on Tuesday as Giants backup quarterback David Carr re-signed with New York. Terms of the deal are currently unknown, but it's expected to be a modest deal for the former No. 1 overall pick.

Carr served as New York's backup in 2008 and 2009, but then left the Giants for the 49ers in 2010. Carr returned to the Giants in 2011, and has served as Eli Manning's backup since. He'll remain Manning's backup as the Giants attempt to return to postseason play.

Meester remains in Jacksonville

Long-time Jaguars center Brad Meester re-signed with the team on Tuesday, ensuring that Jacksonville's second-round draft pick from the 2000 NFL Draft remains a Jaguar.

Meester has served as Jacksonville's center since being selected in 2000 and has not missed a game since the 2008 season. Though Jacksonville's offensive line does need help and Meester is aging, it's never a bad thing to have some continuity on the offensive line -- especially at center.

Dolphins re-sign Nate Garner, Randy Starks signs franchise tender

After losing Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams earlier this week, the Miami Dolphins made certain they wouldn't lose another member of its 2012 line as Miami re-signed Nate Garner.

Though Garner won't replace Long, he provides Miami with solid depth and he could compete to start at right tackle in the fall. Garner's re-signing isn't going to add to the hoopla of Miami's spending spree this offseason, but it's a quality signing.

Miami defensive tackle Randy Starks signed his franchise tender on Tuesday as well and will earn $8.45 million in 2013, according to the Sun Sentinel. Starks hoped to avoid the franchise tag earlier this offseason and sign a long-term deal with the Dolphins, but Miami didn't risk losing its Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

Starks and the Dolphins can continue to work on an extension, but for now, Starks is only signed through the 2013 season.

Reed and other rumors

Future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed reportedly has a three-year contract offer from the Houston Texans worth approximately $4 million per season. Reed has spent his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens but is entertaining offers from other teams throughout the league as an unrestricted free agent. It's expected that Reed will give the Ravens an opportunity to match whatever offer he receives.


New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan added fuel to the Jets' quarterback fire on Tuesday, saying that the Jets "will look into" free-agent quarterback Kevin Kolb. Arizona released Kolb earlier in the offseason after determining that Kolb's 2013 salary simply wasn't worth it. Kolb could find himself entrenched in a three-way quarterback competition with the Jets -- if he ends up there -- between himself, Mark Sanchez and David Garrard.


Even though the Broncos released him after "fax-gate," they made an offer to free-agent defensive end Elvis Dumervil and are waiting to hear back from him and his new agent. Reaching a new deal with Dumervil could be tricky, however, as Denver has to absorb a cap hit of nearly $5 million no matter what after releasing Dumervil late last week.

Dumervil's market hasn't really materialized since his release, though the Ravens reportedly have interest.

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