The Patriots officially announced a series of previously reported roster moves on Tuesday: the re-signing of offensive lineman Dan Connolly and the signings of unrestricted free agents defensive end Jonathan Fanene, tight end Daniel Fells and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. In addition, the Patriots released linebacker Christian Cox. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

 

Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said at Peyton Manning's introductory press conference Tuesday that trading former starting quarterback Tim Tebow is "a possibility," and that he had told Tebow that in a phone conversation Monday. 

According to a report in the New York Post, the Jets have expressed interest in free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

The Jets have yet to schedule a meeting with Green-Ellis, according to the Post report. Green-Ellis visited with Bengals earlier this week. The back rushed for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010 but put up just 667 yards (with 11 TDs) in 2011, also seeing his yards per carry average drop from 4.4 to 3.7. 

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Peyton Manning and the Broncos have agreed to a five-year, $96 million contract. 

Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins had surgery to repair a torn ACL after the Super Bowl, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

According to Reiss, Mankins injured the knee early in Super Bowl XLVI, and it was later determined Mankins had been playing through a torn ACL. Mankins hopes to return for the start of training camp in late July.

The Patriots announced the signings of free agents Trevor Scott and Marquice Cole on Monday.

The Patriots have agreed in principle on a one-year contract with offensive lineman Robert Gallery, according to his agent. The 31-year-old Gallery has been in the league for eight seasons -- seven with the Raiders before spending last year with the Seahawks. The 6-foot-7, 325-pounder does have some positional versatility, having played both guard and tackle over the course of his career in college and the NFL. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots have signed wide receiver Donte' Stallworth to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Stallworth, 31, who played for New England in 2007, has spent nine seasons in the league, with career highs coming in 2005 when he caught 70 passes for 945 yards and seven touchdowns for the Saints. In his lone season with New England, the 6-foot, 220-pounder caught 46 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns.

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According to an ESPN report late Monday morning, Peyton Manning is working on finalizing terms of a contract to join the Broncos.

Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen jointly reported that Manning directed his agent, Tom Condon, to negotiate with Denver. Unless there is an unexpected snag, Manning is expected to become a Bronco. The sides are said to have already discussed the parameters of a five-year, $95 million deal during a meeting March 9 in Denver.

The report also indicates that the Broncos will attempt to trade Tim Tebow.