UND grad Kuper retires from NFL
Denver Broncos guard Chris Kuper, an eight-year NFL veteran and three-time team captain, informed the team of his intention to retire. Kuper's decision creates nearly $6 million in salary cap room for the Broncos.
Kuper, 31, was a starting guard from his second season of 2007 until he suffered a dislocated left ankle in the final game of the 2011 season. He started only five regular-season games in 2012, plus the playoff game, and in one more game last season.
Vikings hang on to LB Dean
The Minnesota Vikings re-signed linebacker Larry Dean, avoiding restricted free agency.
Dean has played all 48 regular-season games and one playoff contest since joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Primarily playing on special teams, Dean has 48 overall tackles
Seahawks resign DE Bennett
The Seattle Seahawks re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a four-year contract on Monday.
Bennett will make $28.5 million over four years. He gets $10 million in 2014, $16 million through the first two years, and $21 million over three. Of the total, $16 million is guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
Jets release WR Holmes
The New York Jets released wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who was due $8.25 million in salary in 2014.
Holmes received $24 million guaranteed when the Jets signed him to a five-year, $45.25 million contract in 2011.
He was also due a $1 million roster bonus March 13, giving the Jets a total savings of $9.25 million.