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Denver adds Rice

Giants' Strahan ends holdout

SIMEON RICE 121 career sacks SIMEON RICE 121 career sacks

Nobody's more excited about Denver's signing of free agent sacks specialist Simeon Rice than Broncos safety John Lynch.

The two won a Super Bowl together in Tampa Bay in 2002, and both believe this reunion in the Rockies could lead to a second ring.

"He's a teammate who I loved playing with and one of the great pass-rushers of all-time. So, we'd be - anyone would be - fortunate to get him," Lynch said yesterday while the sides were signing the one-year deal at Broncos headquarters.

Rice, whose 121 career sacks rank second to Michael Strahan among active players, was released by Tampa Bay this summer after the Buccaneers signed first-round draft pick Gaines Adams.

Rice had failed a physical earlier in the day after reporting to camp, but then passed his medical tests. The 33-year-old started the first eight games last year before being sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Lynch said Rice told him he was fine: "He told me his shoulder's feeling good and he feels like he's ready to play."

Meanwhile, as expected, seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Strahan reported to the New York Giants. Ending a holdout that may cost him more than $500,000 in fines, Strahan arrived unobserved at Giants Stadium around 4 p.m. He did not make himself available for comment.

The 35-year-old Strahan, who held out for more than five weeks and missed all four exhibition games while deciding whether to play a 15th season or retire, will practice today.

Porter set to carry load

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter says his surgically repaired right knee feels better every day, and he's expected to play in the season opener Sunday at Washington.

Porter underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 7 and missed much of training camp. He returned to practice on a limited basis last week and has gradually increased his workload.

A three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, Porter received a guaranteed $20 million in March to sign with Miami after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Frye is Browns' guy

Charlie Frye will start at quarterback for Cleveland's season opener Sunday against Pittsburgh. Frye, who started 13 games last year, battled in training camp to keep his job after coach Romeo Crennel turned the starting position into an open competition. Frye outperformed Derek Anderson during exhibition games and directed one touchdown drive against the Broncos. Anderson produced no touchdowns when he led the offense during exhibition games. Crennel wouldn't say if Frye's backup was rookie Brady Quinn, a first-round draft pick who led four touchdown drives in three exhibition games, mostly against backups, or Anderson . . . Veteran cornerback Aaron Glenn signed with Jacksonville, two days after being cut by Dallas . . . The Panthers signed safety Marquand Manuel two days after he was released by the Packers.

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