Saints News, 3/14/14: Zach Strief Turns Down Invitation To Visit Dolphins

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According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Strief told the Dolphins he wasn’t interested in coming for a visit and did not give them a reason why. It's been widely reported that there's mutual interest by both the Saints and Strief to keep him in New Orleans. Could they be close to agreeing on a new deal? In other news, the 1-year deal between former Saints free agent Will Herring and the Cowboys that was reported yesterday has been scrubbed. No news on exactly why other than the two parties mutually decided to cancel the deal. Herring remains a free agent.

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Zach Strief turns down the Dolphins invitation to visit | ProFootballTalk
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Eagles extend Darren Sproles for two years | ProFootballTalk
Running back Darren Sproles didn't want to be traded.  Now that he's in Philly, he doesn't want to leave. The Eagles have announced a two-year extension with Sproles, putting him under contract through 2016.  Financial terms aren't yet known.

Sources: Dallas Cowboys' deal with LB Will Herring off - ESPN
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will not be signing linebacker Will Herring, according to sources. Herring had agreed to a one-year deal Thursday

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Browner heads to Washington today | ProFootballTalk
Negotiations also are occurring with the Saints and Raiders for Browner.  While his four-game suspension to start the season could be regarded as an impediment, his availability for the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason allows him to be fully prepared for his return.

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