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Updated: February 26, 2004, 2:15 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Cleveland Browns: WR Dennis Northcutt was expected to become a free agent on March 3 but that may not happen. According to a report his agent, Jerome Stanley, did not file necessary paperwork with the league. Northcutt signed a seven-year contract when he was drafted in 2000, but the final three years of that contract voided when Northcutt reached certain incentives. If this is true Northcutt would have to complete the final three years of his deal in Cleveland according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs have taken steps to keep two of their unrestricted free agents in Kansas City. On Tuesday the team designated T John Tait as it's transition player and Wednesday they re-signed FS Jerome Woods, according to the Kansas City Star. The Chiefs haven't announced the signing, and terms of the deal were unavailable -- though the sides had been discussing a six-year contract. Woods didn't play a down in 2002 because of a broken leg but last season he came back strong and he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

New York Jets: QB Vinny Testaverde had a good run with his hometown team, but it has come to an end. The Jets are going to unload several aging veterans and the 40-year-old passer is among them, according to the New York Daily News. The team is expected to make an official announcement on Friday. The Jets will likely not officially cut him until after June because if they severed ties with him prior to that date the remaining pro-rated portion of his signing-bonus money will accelerate into the 2004 cap -- a hefty $7.5 million. By waiting until after June 1, the cap charge will be spread over two years -- $3.5 million this year, with another $4 million in 2005.