NFL Notes: Harvin to Seahawks; Boldin to 49ers

NFL Notes: Harvin to Seahawks; Boldin to 49ers
March 11, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The Eagles have yet to agree to terms with any free agents, but have been rumored to be interested in a few. Most recently, the Eagles have expressed interest in wide receiver Danny Amendola (see story).

Here is a look at the news around the NFL:

Harvin deal upsets Peterson

Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn't happy about it.

Harvin, Minnesota's moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade won't be official until the league's new year begins Tuesday and Harvin passes a physical.

The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak. His departure from Minnesota will leave an even bigger void in a group of receivers that was already one of the thinnest in the NFL --- and at least one disappointed former teammate in Peterson, the star running back and league MVP.

"The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!" Peterson posted on Twitter.

Foxsports.com first reported the trade and also said the Seahawks included a seventh-round pick this year and a mid-round selection in 2014 in exchange for Harvin, who was producing at an All-Pro level until badly spraining his left ankle last Nov. 4 in a game at Seattle.

-The Associated Press

Boldin traded to San Francisco

BALTIMORE -- The San Francisco 49ers have acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick.

Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal. The Ravens announced the trade Monday.

Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.

The 32-year-old Boldin had said he'd consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.

A 10-year veteran, Boldin led Baltimore with 65 catches for 921 yards and four TDs in 2012. He was sensational in the postseason with 16 receptions for 276 yards and three scores.

Boldin spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with Arizona.

-The Associated Press

Redskins release Hall

WASHINGTON -- Cornerback DeAngelo Hall has been released by the Washington Redskins, a casualty of the team's NFL-imposed salary cap penalty on the eve of the start of free agency.

Hall was cut Monday by the Redskins, who are over the cap because of an $18 million sanction for the way they structured contracts during the 2010 uncapped season.

Hall had two years remaining on the six-year, $54 million deal he signed at the end of the 2008 season. He was due to make $7.5 million in salary in 2013.

The talkative Hall was a thorough mix of big plays and blown coverages in his 4 seasons in Washington. The 29-year-old cornerback had four interceptions last season for a defense that ranked 30th in the league against the pass.

-The Associated Press

Chris Gamble to retire

Former Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble’s agent, Carl Potson, has told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Gamble will retire.

Gamble has drawn slight interest from teams this offseason, but will end his career as the Panthers’ all-time interception leader with 27. Gamble played all nine of his NFL seasons with Carolina, but hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2009. He was plagued by injuries last year and appeared in only four games.

Rams to release Mikell

The Rams are set to release safety Quintin Mikell, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mikell had 101 combined tackles and three sacks in 2012, both career-bests. He also did not intercept a pass for the first time since 2006.

The veteran spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Eagles and will likely draw interest from a few teams this offseason.

Cowboys release Dan Connor

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have released linebacker Dan Connor and restructured the contracts of three more players, moves expected to get the team under the salary cap.

Dallas had already redone the contracts of four other players before adding guard Mackenzy Bernadeau, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Orlando Scandrick to the list Monday. Teams have to be under the NFL salary cap of $123 million by Tuesday, when free agency starts.

Connor was one of seven free agents Dallas added in free agency last offseason. He got a two-year contract and started eight games after Sean Lee and Bruce Carter were injured.

The Cowboys previously restructured deals with DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and cornerback Brandon Carr, who got a $50 million, five-year free-agent deal from Dallas last March.

-The Associated Press

Cardinals cut ties with Wells

The Arizona Cardinals have released running back Beanie Wells after four injury-plagued seasons.

A first-round pick in 2009, Wells showed flashes of the brilliance he had at Ohio State, but has only played one full season -- his rookie year.

Wells eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in 2011, but was limited to eight games last season due to a turf toe injury. He ran for 234 yards and eight touchdowns.

Wells has 2,471 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing, with 28 catches for 293 yards in 51 career games.

Arizona also released running back Fozzy Whittaker off its practice squad. 

-The Associated Press

Cruz gets first-round tender

The New York Giants have placed a first-round tender on Victor Cruz, allowing the wide receiver to enter restricted free agency.

Team owner John Mara says Monday that the Giants will risk having Cruz agree to a contract with another club. New York has the right to match any offer, and if the Giants allow him to leave, they will get a first-round draft choice as compensation.

The tender is worth $2.879 million for 2012 for Cruz, who has not made half of that in his three pro seasons. But Cruz believes he can earn more on the open market.

Cruz has become one of the most popular athletes in the New York area with his salsa dances after touchdowns. He has 168 receptions for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns. He made the 2012 Pro Bowl and is considered one of the league's best slot receivers.

-The Associated Press

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