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NFL free-agent news: Brian Urlacher, Elvis Dumervil, Ed Reed and more

The NFL is approaching a second round of free agency, and while there hasn't been a ton of signings, things will pick up soon.

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The NFL annual meetings have put somewhat of a damper on free agency as coaches and general managers haven't been in their respective stadiums to sign players looking for new homes. However, there is still plenty of news and rumors to report on as the second round of free agency is about to begin.

Here's what you may have missed on Wednesday.

The Bears have decided it best to move on from long-time defensive fixture Brian Urlacher as the two sides have been unable to reach a deal to keep the unrestricted free agent in Chicago. Urlacher has been with the Bears since he was selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft and has built an impressive Hall of Fame résumé over the last several seasons with Chicago.

After being reportedly "underwhelmed" by the Broncos offer on a new three-year contract, Elvis Dumervil is going to visit other teams over the next 48 hours. It's unclear as to which teams Dumervil will visit, but he has been linked to both the Ravens and Dolphins over the last couple weeks.

Ed Reed will wear a different uniform for the first time in his career, which has spanned longer than a decade, after he signed with the Houston Texans on a two-year deal. Reed has built a Hall of Fame-worthy career and will boost the Texans' 17th-ranked pass defense as the league's premier ball-hawking safety.

New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is quite taken with Joshua Cribbs, and not just because of his return abilities, but doesn't want to sign the former Browns wide receiver and special teamer until he is completely healthy. Cribbs' knee could take up to five weeks to be back to 100 percent.

While the Broncos are struggling to bring back Dumervil, they're going to host both defensive end John Abraham and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, both accomplished pass-rushers, over the next two days. Freeney is set to visit on Wednesday night while Abraham will visit on Thursday. Both could pass as short-term replacements for Dumervil.

Now that Jake Long is officially a member of the St. Louis Rams offensive line, he is expected to be ready for action and be fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn triceps muscle by the middle of OTAs, per reports. That would leave Long and the offensive line plenty of time to get ready for the 2013 season.

According to reports, the Washington Redskins and Fred Davis are negotiating a new deal that will keep the tight end in Washington D.C. for the 2013 season and beyond. Davis only played in seven games in 2012, but caught 24 passes for 325 yards in that period of time.

The Dolphins reportedly have "real interest" in free-agent cornerback Brent Grimes, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta placed the franchise tag on Grimes for the 2012 season, but lost the cornerback to a season-ending injury after playing in just one game. The Dolphins have made a number of free-agent signings and could use Grimes to boost the team's secondary.

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