Look who's running to pay dirt: DeMarco Murray, Justin Forsett and Ryan Mathews.
Running backs took their place at the head of the free agency class Thursday, the third day of the NFL's business year. Two of them, 2014 Offensive Player of the Year Murray, the league's leading rusher, and Mathews wound up in Philadelphia. Forsett is staying right where he made his breakthrough last season, in Baltimore.
Murray, 27, helped the Cowboys win the NFC East while rushing for a franchise-record 1,845 yards, breaking NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith's team mark. He also set a league record with eight consecutive 100-yard games to start the season.
The contract is for five years and $42 million, with $21 million guaranteed.
He'll combine with Mathews to replace two-time All-Pro LeSean McCoy, the NFL's rushing leader in 2013 who was dealt to Buffalo by coach Chip Kelly.
Mathews, 27, leaves San Diego after an injury-plagued five seasons. A first-round draft pick in 2010, he played in all 16 regular-season games only in 2013, his best season with 1,255 yards rushing and seven total touchdowns.
Forsett, 29, agreed to a three-year contract with the Ravens. He comes off the finest season of his seven-year career, replacing Ray Rice and rushing 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns.
Jets get Cromartie
The Jets are recreating the secondary from their last playoff appearance, at least the starting outside cornerbacks. They have agreed to terms with free agent Antonio Cromartie on a four-year deal, pending a physical, according to a source.The contract reportedly is for $8 million a year and comes one day after the team re-signed superstar Darrelle Revis. Cromartie played for the Jets from 2010-13 and had 13 interceptions during that span.
Cromartie, who will be 31 next month, played alongside Revis from 2010 until the third game of the 2012 season, when Revis suffered a torn knee ligament that ended his first tour of duty with the Jets. Cromartie, at that time, took over the role of the No. 1 cornerback and had an excellent season.
The Jets also signed former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine this week. Cromartie's acquisition likely means that Skrine will play as the nickel back and slot corner, with Revis and Cromartie as the starting outside cornerbacks.
The Chiefs waived receiver Dwayne Bowe and picked up guard Ben Grubbs for a fifth-round draft pick.
•The Texans signed safety Rahim Moore to a three-year deal worth about $12 million.
•The Falcons signed former Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn and cornerback Phillip Adams.
•The Saints agreed to sign former Seahawks and Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner to a three-year contract and former Saints linebacker Ramon Humber to a two-year deal.
•The Buccaneers bolstered their defense, signing former Bears safety Chris Conte and former Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton.
•The Colts waived running back Trent Richardson.