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WR Davis opts to stay with Texans, agrees to 4-year deal

ESPN.com news services

Updated: February 28, 2008, 6:14 PM ET

On the eve of NFL free agency, which begins Friday, teams are making decisions on their rosters.

hou.gifWhat is expected to be a hot free agent market continued to sizzle Thursday when Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Davis became the second free agent receiver to come off the market to re-sign with his team.

Davis agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal that included $8 million in guarantees. On Wednesday, the Tennessee Titans re-signed Justin Gage to a four-year, $14 million deal. They came off the market, but Randy Moss continues his negotiations with the Patriots.

What made the 28-year-old Davis valuable was his deep speed. He caught 33 passes last year for the Texans and had a 17.7 yard per catch average. In 2004 with the Browns, Davis had a 26.0 average and the following season with New England, he had a 21.1 average.

There was some thought Davis could have received a $5 million-a-year deal on the open market. In the end, he decided to stay with the Texans and hope to start on the other side of star receiver Andre Johnson.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Rams part ways with WR Bruce

stl.gifWide receiver Isaac Bruce's days with the St. Louis Rams are over. Bruce, the last remaining player from the team's 1995 move from Los Angeles to St. Louis, was released after each side failed to reach a lower salary number.

Bruce, 36, was scheduled to make $5 million this year, including a $2 million roster bonus due Friday.

A year ago, Bruce was cut, but then re-signed by the Rams. This time, St. Louis decided to part ways, leaving the Rams with Torry Holt and Drew Bennett as their top two receivers. Also released was quarterback Gus Frerotte, the team's backup the last two seasons.

The Rams saved $6.9 million of cap room with their releases. Both were entering the final years of their contracts.

Bruce, a second-round draft pick in 1994, is among the NFL career leaders with 942 receptions for 14,109 yards and 84 touchdowns.

Frerotte, also a 14-year veteran, made three starts when starter Marc Bulger was sidelined by injury. Frerotte played in nine games overall.

-- ESPN.com news services

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