The New York Giants bolstered their secondary by signing free agent cornerback Walter Thurmond and safety Quintin Demps.

Thurmond spent his first four NFL seasons with Seattle. He inked a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Demps played for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and has previous stops in Philadelphia (two seasons) and Houston (three).

Schefter also reported that the Giants will give Denver free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a physical Monday.

49ers: Ted Connolly, a Bay Area native and former All-Pro offensive guard with the 49ers, died recently from acute myelocytic leukemia. He was 82.

Connolly was a Piedmont High product who was an All-Catholic All-American tackle at Santa Clara in 1951. He was a ninth-round draft pick by the 49ers in 1954 and was named All-Pro in 1962.

Patriots: New England signed wide receiver Brandon LaFell to a three-year, $11 million contract, ESPN's Schefter reported. LaFell had 49 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns with Carolina last season. The Panthers have now lost their top four receivers to free agency: Steve Smith (Ravens), LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals) and Domenik Hixon (Bears).


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Broncos: The signing of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a three-year, $15 million contract was Denver's latest splash in free agency. The Broncos have committed nearly $128 million to five players: safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib, pass rusher DeMarcus Ware and receivers Bubba Caldwell and Sanders.

Texans: Running back Arian Foster tweeted that he's been "medically cleared by my doctor." Foster rushed for 542 yards in eight starts last season before landing on injured reserve and undergoing back surgery in November.

Jets: New York re-signed outside linebacker Calvin Pace to a two-year, $5 million contract, Profootballtalk.com reported. Pace, 33, had a team- and career-high 10 sacks last season, plus 53 tackles and two forced fumbles.