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Roethlisberger signs deal with Steelers, Moss re-signs with Patriots

Monday, March 3, 2008

By The Associated Press

Randy Moss will get more opportunities to set records and perhaps win a championship in New England.

The veteran wide receiver, coming off a record 23-touchdown catches during the Patriots' unbeaten regular season, re-signed Monday, getting a three-year deal worth $27 million, his agent said. The signing was confirmed by the team shortly after Moss posted a message to fans on his Web site.

"I want to take time out to thank all of the fans for their support and for wishing me well in my return to New England," therealrandymoss.com quotes him as saying. "I'm ready to get back. We have some unfinished business to take care of."

Moss' agent, Tim DiPiero, said the deal included guarantees of $15 million, with a $12 million signing bonus to the 31-year-old receiver who helped the Patriots reach the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.

"What Randy did for our team last year was outstanding," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. "He is one of our most consistent, competitive and team-oriented players and it is undoubtedly a relationship we are excited to continue."

After a weekend of big spending around the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to spend their big bucks on Ben.

Ben Roethlisberger, who quarterbacked the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory in just his second NFL season, signed an eight-year contract extension that pays him $102 million, including $36 million guaranteed.

The signing came on the same day the New York Jets unveiled an ex-Steeler, 31-year-old guard Alan Faneca, who got $21 million guaranteed on a five year, $40 million contract. The Jets also signed linebacker Calvin Pace away from Arizona and offensive lineman Damien Woody away from Detroit.

The Steelers think they got a great deal on Roethlisberger.

"This is about being a Pittsburgh Steeler for as long as I can be. I love Pittsburgh," said Roethlisberger, whose fourth season included 32 touchdown passes with just 11 interceptions after a down 2006 season marred by injury and illness.

He added that he "wanted to be like the Dan Marinos, like the John Elways, guys who played with one team their whole career."

In addition to re-signing Roethlisberger, the Steelers signed running back Mewelde Moore from Minnesota. He's expected to be their third-down back.

The Jets have been extremely active since the free-agency period began Friday. They acquired defensive tackle Kris Jenkins from Carolina for draft picks; traded linebacker Jonathan Vilma to New Orleans for a draft pick; signed Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca to a five-year deal; signed defensive tackle Sione Pouha to a contract extension and fullback Stacy Tutt to an exclusive-rights contract.

Pace was the Arizona Cardinals' first-round pick in 2003. He underperformed for most of his five seasons with Arizona, but is coming off his best year. Pace, 27, had 98 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and an interception after moving from defensive end to linebacker full-time.

Woody, also a former first-rounder, started his career with New England in 1999 and spent the last four seasons with Detroit. He's a versatile lineman who has played center, guard and tackle in his career. With the Jets, Woody could replace veteran Anthony Clement as the starter at right tackle.

Atlanta released running back Warrick Dunn, who had asked to be let go after the Falcons signed Michael Turner on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Dunn averaged only 3.2 yards a carry, but joined the 10,000-yard club last season. For his 11-year career in Tampa and Atlanta, he has 2,484 carries for 10,179 yards and 47 touchdowns, along with 463 receptions for 4,009 yards and 15 TDs.

Tennessee, meanwhile, added one of Dunn's former Falcons teammates, tight end Alge Crumpler. Crumpler and other Atlanta veterans were released before the start of the free agency period.

The Super Bowl champion Giants signed veteran safety Sammy Knight, who played for Jacksonville last season. He will replace Gibril Wilson, who signed with Oakland, and also help break in second-year man Michael Johnson.

"Sammy gives us another quality veteran who will definitely help our young guys in their development," coach Tom Coughlin said.

In other moves:

--Defensive end Antwan Odom signed a five-year deal worth $29.5 million with the Bengals. Odom was coming off a career-best season with 16 starts and eight sacks with the Titans. The four-year veteran will receive $11.5 million in guaranteed money in the package, agent Richard Rosa said.

--New Orleans re-signed veteran wide receiver David Patten, who was second on the team in yards receiving last season and third in receptions.

--Chicago traded veteran quarterback Brian Griese back to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft picks. The Bucs had released Griese after the 2005 season.

--San Francisco signed running back DeShaun Foster, cut by Carolina, to back up Frank Gore. The 49ers also signed journeyman quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan and linebacker Dontarrious Thomas.

--Kansas City signed former Atlanta linebacker Demorrio Williams.

--Houston signed linebacker Kevin Bentley, who played last year with Seattle.

--Jacksonville released veteran guard Chris Naeole, who started 87 games for the Jaguars over the last six seasons. The 33-year-old lineman missed the final eight games last year after tearing a quadriceps tendon. He also skipped a voluntary passing camp last May because he was unhappy with his contract.

--Carolina came to terms with guard Keydrick Vincent on a two-year, $2 million deal. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Vincent started 16 games in Pittsburgh in 2004 and 12 games with Baltimore in 2006.

--Safety Yeremiah Bell re-signed with Miami after missing the final 15 games last year because of a ruptured Achilles' tendon.Bell signed a one-year deal.

--Detroit signed tight end Michael Gaines, who is coming off the best season of his four-year NFL career. The 6-foot-3, 277-pound Gaines made 25 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns in his only season with Buffalo.

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