Giants, DE McQuarters agree to three-year deal

Defensive back R.W. McQuarters, who played last season for the Detroit Lions, agreed to three-year, $6 million deal with the New York Giants. The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus.

McQuarters, an eight-year veteran, has 12 career interceptions with San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit. He started all 16 games for the Lions last season and had two interceptions and 60 tackles.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Panthers add Lewis
The Panthers continue to use the money they saved to re-sign departed linebacker Will Witherspoon on other areas of their defense by agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with Rams defensive tackle Damione Lewis.

The two-year deal is worth $3.9 million and includes a 1.5 million signing bonus. Lewis joins Maake Kemoeatu in a stronger interior line that also has Kris Jenkins coming back this season. Jenkins has been battling injuries the past two years and the Panthers cut Brentson Buckner last month.

Lewis is a former first-round choice of the Rams but never reached his potential in St. Louis.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Lions sign ex-Texan Bradford
Perhaps signaling some concern over the team's three first-round wide receivers, and also that new offensive coordinator Mike Martz will want to make some alterations, the Detroit Lions on Monday signed unrestricted free agent Corey Bradford, ESPN.com has learned.

The eight-year veteran signed a four-year, $7.4 million contract that included a $2 million signing bonus.

Bradford, 30, has never caught more than 45 passes in a season. But the former Jackson State standout, who played the last four seasons with the Houston Texans, is a deep threat who has averaged 15.6 yards over the course of his career. He has also averaged a touchdown catch every 8.0 receptions. He began his career with the Green Bay Packers as a fifth-round choice in 1998, and then signed with the Texans as a free agent in 2002.

For his career, Bradford has 201 catches for 3,137 yards and 25 touchdowns in 105 games.
-- Len Pasquarelli

Falcons re-sign Finneran
The Atlanta Falcons on Monday re-signed wide receiver
Brian Finneran, an unrestricted free agent. John Clayton reports that it is a four-year $8 million deal that included a $3 million signing bonus.

Finneran, 30, has primarily served as the team's No. 3 receiver the last three seasons after starting all 16 games in 2002. He likely will have the same No. 3 role in 2006, behind starters Michael Jenkins and Roddy White, the Falcons' first-round choices in the last two drafts. Despite that role, Finneran led Atlanta wide receivers in catches in 2005, and his 50 receptions were second most on the team, behind only tight end Alge Crumpler.

A seven-year veteran, Finneran has 187 catches for 2,647 yards and 15 touchdowns. The former Villanova standout is considered a possession receiver, but has averaged 14.2 yards per catch for his career. At 6-feet-5, and 217 pounds he presents a difficult matchup for secondaries and is very effective in the red zone.
--Len Pasquarelli

Cowboys sign linebacker Ayodele
The Cowboys found the replacement for retired inside linebacker
Dat Nguyen when they signed Akin Ayodele to a five-year, $17 million deal that includes a $5 million signing bonus.

The 6-2, 246 pound outside linebacker of the Jaguars is going to make the conversion to inside linebacker in the Cowboys 3-4 defense. He's a fifth-year player who had four 100-plus tackle seasons with the Jaguars. His best season was 2004 when he had 150 tackles.

Bill Parcells likes his range and tackling ability and thinks he can roam sideline to sideline for tackles.
-- John Clayton

Saints add linebacker Fujita
The New Orleans Saints came to terms Monday
with free agent Scott Fujita, a linebacker with four years in the

Fujita spent three years with the Kansas City Chiefs and last
year with the Dallas Cowboys. His career statistics include 268
tackles with 54 assists and 11.5 sacks.

The move comes a day after former Saints linebacker Cedric Hodge
signed with the Miami Dolphins.

Drummond stays with Lions
The Detroit Lions re-signed unrestricted free agent Eddie Drummond, one of the league's top all-around return specialists and a player who had been sought by several other teams. Injuries have limited Drummond to 23 appearances the last two years but, when he is healthy, he can be the kind of player who provides the Lions terrific field position.

Drummond, 25, signed a five-year, $6 million contract that included a $2 million signing bonus. It is believed the contract makes Drummond the NFL's highest-paid return specialist.

A four-year veteran, Drummond has returned 151 kickoffs for an average of 24.4 yards and two touchdowns. The former Penn State star also has a punt-return average of 9.5 yards and has scored four touchdowns. His best season came in 2004, when Drummond scored four times, twice each on kickoff and punt returns.
-- Len Pasquarelli

Moore is more for Niners
Coach Mike Nolan knew it was going to be tough to lose linebacker Julian Peterson in free agency, but he felt good about the remaining group of linebackers, including rapidly developing Brandon Moore.

For the second time in a week, the 49ers put up their money to keep Brandon Moore. Moore received a five-year, $8 million deal to stay with the 49ers.

Last week, the 49ers kept linebacker Derek Smith by giving him a three-year, $14 million deal that included a $6 million signing bonus.

Moore can play inside or outside as a versatile linebacker. The 49ers still have hopes of getting Peterson back if he doesn't find a market. He's asking for big signing-bonus money, but he has yet to make a visit since the start of free agency.
-- John Clayton

John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli are a senior NFL writers for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.