Free agency officially opened Friday, and the Eagles wasted no time making an enormous splash by signing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
The five-year deal with the former Raider is worth a reported $60 million, including $25 million guaranteed.
Asomugha, 30, a four-time All-Pro selection during eight years with the Raiders, was considered the top free agent available. Asomugha has recorded just three interceptions in the last four seasons, but opposing quarterbacks rarely challenge him.
"He'll be a great addition to our cornerback corps," Eagles coach Andy Reid told NFL.com.
He's sorry: Steelers linebacker James Harrison apologized for his heavy criticism of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Harrison had referred to Goodell as a "puppet" and "dictator."
"The interview that I did and the comments that I made about Roger Goodell were inappropriate, at the least," Harrison said. "They were way out of line, and I was speaking out of anger and frustration."
First-rounders in fold: Quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 pick in the draft, finalized a four-year, $22 million deal with the Panthers.
QB Jake Locker, the eighth overall pick by the Titans, also signed a four-year deal. Other first-round picks to come to terms included Bills defensive tackle Marcel Dareus (No. 3 overall) and Bears tackle Gabe Carimi (No. 29).
Big-name cuts: The Patriots released defensive lineman Ty Warren and tight end Alge Crumpler. … Among the Packers' cuts were tackle Mark Tauscher and linebackers Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar. … Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was released. … The Falcons let go of two former first-rounders in defensive end Jamaal Anderson and receiver Michael Jenkins. … The Steelers cut tackle Flozell Adams
Extra points: Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton was paid a $1.5 million roster bonus, according to the National Football Post. Coach John Fox said Orton is the starter, ahead of second-year QB Tim Tebow. … Defensive end Osi Umenyiora did not report to the first day of Giants camp. … Two high-level running backs were not in camp. The 49ers' Frank Gore and the Titans' Chris Johnson are seeking more lucrative contracts. … Running back DeAngelo Williams stayed with the Panthers, and receiver Santonio Holmes re-signed with the Jets. … Two defensive ends agreed to five-year deals: Marcus Spears with the Cowboys and Ray Edwards with the Falcons. … Receiver Roy Williams, released by the Cowboys, joined the Bears, who also signed defensive end Vernon Gholston. … The Patriots signed rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett to a four-year deal. … The Steelers re-signed cornerback Ike Taylor. … Guard Harvey Dahl agreed to a deal with the Rams. … HBO said it would not air "Hard Knocks" due to short training camps. Several teams declined to participate.
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