Holt asks for release; L.J. Smith update

Earlier this week, we wrote about rumors that Rams wide receiver Torry Holt was on the trading block.

Tonight, there are reports that Holt is taking the situation into his own hands.

League sources tell Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Holt has asked the Rams to release him.

Per Thomas, the Rams have been shopping Holt, but have found no takers. The article also reports that Holt is due a $1.25 million roster bonus on March 17, so expect the Rams to take action before then.

In other news...

** L.J. Smith left his visit in Detroit without a contract from the Lions, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network. Per Schefter, Smith will next visit the Falcons. There were rumors on the first day of free agency that Atlanta was interested.

** Ex-Eagles offensive lineman Scott Young visited with the Patriots today, according to Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe. The Birds drafted Young in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent last season with the Browns.

** Some big-name free agents finally agreed to deals today. Kurt Warner, as expected, is headed back to Arizona. The deal is worth a reported $23 million over two seasons, with $19 million guaranteed.

** Ray Lewis and the Ravens have agreed in principle to a multi-year deal. Per Schefter, it's a three-year deal worth $22 million.

** And finally, last week, initial reports said the Broncos had signed both Correll Buckhalter and J.J. Arrington. But as we noted earlier this week, there was a snag with Arrington's contract. Turns out it was much ado about nothing. Arrington has now agreed to a deal with the Broncos (who have pretty much signed every free agent on the market), according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. The Broncos have signed Buckhalter, Arrington and Lamont Jordan. Looks like Denver will continue to torture fantasy football owners even though Mike Shannahan is gone.