Looking to improve after a disappointing 7-9 2013 season, the New York Giants raided two players from the Denver Broncos. Kick returner Trindon Holliday and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will leave Denver and play for New York this fall; In 2013, Holliday ranked No. 5 in the NFL on kick returns with an average of 27 yards. To ensure success on returns, the Giants also brought in former Chiefs return man Quintin Demps, who ranked No. 1 in the NFL with an average of more than 30 yards per kick return.
The New York Giants want in on this Seattle Seahawks cornerback thing. They have signed Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond, who helped form the league's best secondaries this season en route to a Super Bowl title. Thurmond took visits to the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins, indicating he was looking for a bigger role elsewhere. [Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players , and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players ] He'll find that with the Giants, who also have bolstered their secondary with the signing of safety Quintin Demps, whose biggest role might be as a kick returner. The Giants might not be done, either. They still will meet with free-agent corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC is taking a New York, New York double dip, having already met with the crosstown Jets for a visit. If the Giants were to sign Rodgers-Cromartie, they'd suddenly turn a dearth into serious depth at corner, with Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride also in the fold. They have allowed Terrell Thomas, who gamely played 16 games a year ago following two lost seasons to ACL injuries, shop himself around in free agency. Aaron Ross also is unsigned and will not be back by all indications.   - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Jon Beason is going be back in the middle of the New York Giants' defense, and he is going to have help at the linebacker spot. The Giants confirmed Friday that they re-signed Beason and later said they also signed former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain. The team did not disclose contract details, but reports said Beason got $19 million over three years. Terms of McClain's deal were not immediately available.
The Detroit Lions re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract Friday with half of the money guaranteed. Pettigrew had an off year in 2013, making 41 catches for 416 yards with two touchdowns, his lowest numbers in each category since his rookie season in 2009. Pettigrew said he wanted to stay with the Lions because he is in "a groove" with his teammates, including quarterback Matthew Stafford. Before re-signing, Pettigrew tested the free-agent market including interest from the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Programming note: NFL free agency is underway! Check out Matt Maiocco's 49ers free agent tracker and watch SportsNet Central nightly at 6 and 10:30 p.m. for all the latest football news. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, a Bay Area native, is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Friday, a source confirmed. The 49ers will meet with Edelman at the team's Santa Clara facility, and the club also has interest in New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, ESPN reported. Edelman, a five-year veteran from Kent State, caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and four touchdowns with the New England Patriots last season.
The Chicago Bears agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Willie Young and a one-year deal with receiver Domenik Hixon on Thursday. Young joins a defense that is getting a makeover after struggling in a big way last season. The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers this week and brought in defensive end Lamarr Houston from Oakland, linebacker Jordan Senn from Carolina and safeties Ryan Mundy (New York Giants) and M.D. Jennings (Green Bay).
McCluster's big return The Kansas City Chiefs had just won a key third-down challenge (followed by a funny mixup from referee Terry McAulay) when the New York Giants were forced to punt. It was a 10-7 game at this point when Chiefs punt returner Dexter McCluster broke things open with this sidewinding score. The 4-0 Chiefs never looked back, dropping the Giants to 0-4.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes, Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for another score and the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs plunged the New York Giants to 0-4 with a 24-7 victory on Sunday.Smith hit touchdown passes of 4, 2 and 35 yards for the Chiefs (4-0), who under Andy Reid have already doubled their victory total of 2012. They are the second team to go from a two-win season to 4-0 the next year.The Giants, who trailed only 17-7 after three quarters, are 0-4 for the first time since 1987. ...
Admittedly, it had taken us some time to get used to Andy Reid coaching the Kansas City Chiefs after 14 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. Something about those red shirts Reid wears ... it still hasn't quite sunk in yet. [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game! ] Good to know we're not alone here with this. With just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter in Sunday's Chiefs victory over the New York Giants, Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for what the referees marked off as a 17-yard completion and a first down on 3rd-and-17. But Reid challenged the spot, feeling it was short in what was a close game with the Chiefs leading 10-7 in Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New York Giants 31-7 and pushed their record for the young season to 4-0. It is only the third time in franchise history that the team has started the season with four victories.

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