Two former starting quarterbacks -- both of whom were acquired in major trades -- were released Thursday. However, one already found a new home.
The Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Matt Cassel, whom they acquired from the New England Patriots four seasons ago.
However, Cassel he wasn't a free agent for long, as the Minnesota Vikings signed him. Terms were not announced.
Meanwhile, oft-injured Kevin Kolb ended his stay with the Arizona Cardinals, who released him before he was owed a $2 million roster bonus on Saturday.
Cassel had 19 turnovers in nine games last season, but he has 58 career starts. If he doesn't compete with 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder for the starting job, Cassel would be considered an upgrade as the No. 2 quarterback.
Kolb's scheduled March 17 payment would have been difficult for the Cardinals' new regime to swallow. Kolb was paid a $7 million roster bonus last March, but the failed trade in 2011 in which the Cardinals dealt a second-round pick and former first-round draft choice Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles leaves Arizona searching for a starting quarterback.
Kolb, who would not renegotiate his deal, was owed $9 million in base salary for 2013 as per terms of the seven-year, $63 million contract he signed in 2011.
--Running back Steven Jackson agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a three-year deal. He spent nine seasons with the St. Louis Rams, compiling eight straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He is the active leading rusher in the NFL (10,135 yards).
However, Jackson, drafted 24th overall in 2004, has played in the postseason just once -- with one win -- and he voided the final year of his contract with the Rams to enter free agency for the first time. That deal would've paid Jackson $7 million in 2013.
The Falcons had the best record in the NFC in the regular season in 2012 at 13-3. They lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, then released starting running back Michael Turner, who led the team with 800 rushing yards on 222 carries (3.6 yards per attempt).
Also, center Todd McClure announced his retirement. McClure broke the news on his personal Twitter account.
He started all 16 games in 2012 and 198 games in his career, setting the franchise record for consecutive starts with 144 from 2002-2010.
--The Vikings signed center Joe Berger and defensive back Jamarca Sanford as unrestricted free agents, the team announced.
Berger, 30, spent his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, playing in all but one of the team's game during that period. Sanford returns to the Vikings for a fifth season. The 27-year-old has appeared in 57 games.
--Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ogletree was a known commodity to the coaching staff, namely wide receivers coach John Garrett.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Ogletree has played in 46 games with two starts. He has 57 receptions for 730 yards and four touchdowns.
--The Philadelphia Eagles signed outside linebacker Connor Barwin to a six-year, $36 million contract worth up to $40.55 million. He's the latest addition to the Eagles' transition to a 3-4 defense.
Barwin has 19 career sacks but was coming off of a down year in 2012 with the Houston Texans. It was his first season playing without All-Pro pass rusher Mario Williams attracting attention from blockers.
--The Chiefs agreed on a three-year contract with cornerback Sean Smith worth up to $18 million, including $11 million in guarantees.
Smith, 25, had 12 passes defensed, two interceptions and three forced fumbles with the Dolphins last season.
--Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus, the all-time franchise leader with 187 consecutive starts, announced his retirement after 12 seasons.
Backus, 35, has played left tackle since being selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan.
--Free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will visit the San Francisco 49ers, according to a Sacramento Bee report.
Asomugha, 31, was released last week by the Eagles after having struggled for the past two seasons. He is guaranteed $4 million from the Eagles regardless of his next team or contract. The 11-year veteran was regarded as one of the league's top cornerbacks while playing for the Oakland Raiders.
--Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, traveled to Houston to visit with the Texans along with general manager Rick Smith, who was on board franchise owner Bob McNair's private jet.