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There’s a lot of talk out there about how Atlanta free agent Curtis Lofton isn’t a three-down linebacker. At the very least, it’s coming from fans and media members. It also might be coming from teams, as Lofton has been making the rounds, but has yet to sign with anyone. Maybe new Atlanta defensive coordinator Mike Nolan doesn’t view Lofton as a guy he wants on the field on passing downs, and maybe that’s why the middle linebacker was allowed to test free agency in the first place. Maybe other teams are buying into the same theory, and maybe that’s why Lofton hasn’t gotten a big contract.

LaRon Landry is out in Washington, but he’s not leaving quietly. After the veteran safety signed a one-year contract with the Jets, a fired-up pocket of ‘Skins fans made their displeasure known on Twitter. Amid a steady mixture of congratulations for the hard-hitting, but oft-injured Landry, fans unleashed pure vitriol for Washington’s front office, who chose not to re-sign the safety.

The Saints previously had visited with linebackers David Hawthorne of the Seattle Seahawks and Joe Mays. Mays opted to re-sign with the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Lofton, who turns 26 this summer, has been a full-time starter for the Falcons since they drafted him in the second round out of Oklahoma in 2008. He has started 63 of a possible 64 games. The 6-foot, 241-pounder’s greatest strength is as a run stuffer. According to NFL.com, he made 492 tackles in the past four seasons, including a career-high 147 last year. He also has seven career forced fumbles and three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown last season.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have agreed to terms on a five-year contract, a league source told NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi on Tuesday. Manning’s contract is worth $96 million, a league source told NFL Network’s Albert Breer. The Broncos have tentatively scheduled a Tuesday news conference at 3 p.m. ET in the team meeting room of the Broncos’ training facility, according to a team release. The news conference can be viewed live on NFL Network, and it will be streamed live on NFL.com.

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