Punter Jeff Feagles signed a two-year contract with the NFL champion New York Giants yesterday, a little more than a week after becoming the oldest player to play in a Super Bowl.
Feagles, who will turn 42 next month, represented himself in negotiations with assistant general manager Kevin Abrams.
Feagles declined to say how much money he would earn, but he made $1 million last year in the final year of a five-year deal.
Feagles spent 20 years in the NFL - including a stint with the Eagles from 1990 to 1993 - before making it to the Super Bowl this season. He acknowledged that he had considered retirement briefly after the Giants' 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots.
"Going through the season, I proved to myself that I could continue to do this at a high level," he said.
Feagles has not missed a game in 20 years, having played in an NFL-record 320 consecutive regular-season games.
He is the league's career leader for punts (1,585), yards (65,793), and punts inside the 20 (508). He has a career gross average of 41.5 yards and a net average of 35.7 yards.
"Jeff is the best directional punter of all time," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "This guy can eliminate the opponent's punt returner. He is a pro's pro."
Also, ESPN.com reported that the Giants were close to a long-term deal with kicker Lawrence Tynes, whose field goal in overtime of the NFC championship game sent the Giants to Super Bowl XLII.
Tynes and the Giants are close on a five-year, $7 million contract, the Web site said.
New Orleans re-signed kicker Martin Gramatica and added assistant coaches Aaron Kromer (running backs) and Travis Jones (defensive line).
New England signed veteran free-agent linebacker T.J. Slaughter, who missed last season with a torn tendon in his left ring finger.
Minneapolis stations KSTP and KMSP reported Monday that defensive end Kenechi Udeze has a form of leukemia.
The Vikings declined to confirm the reports out of respect for Udeze's privacy but issued a statement of support from coach Brad Childress.
Udeze's agent, Ethan Lock, declined to comment.
ESPN.com later reported that Minnesota's players and officials were extending their "thoughts and prayers" to Udeze, 24, who was a first-round draft pick out of Southern California in 2004.
General manager Ozzie Newsome told the Baltimore Sun that if the team cannot work out a long-term deal with linebacker Lee Suggs, it will place the franchise tag on him to keep him off the free-agent market. The NFL deadline to use the tag is Feb. 21.
If the Ravens use the franchise tag on Suggs, the former No. 1 draft pick from Arizona State will be paid $8.065 million for 2008, the average of the five highest-paid NFL linebackers.
Dom Capers has declined an offer to become the team's defensive coordinator or a team defensive consultant, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Capers, the former head coach of Carolina and Houston, spent the last two seasons as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Pro Bowl ratings.
Sunday's Pro Bowl game on Fox earned a 6.3 rating and a 12 share. That's up 37 percent from last year's 4.6. It's the highest Pro Bowl rating since the game attracted an 8.6 in 2000.
The rating is the percentage of homes with televisions watching a broadcast, and the share is the percentage watching among those with the TV on at the time.
Electronic Arts will continue to produce exclusive NFL video games through the 2012 season after extending contracts with the league and the Players Association.
EA produces the Madden NFL line of games.