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Monday, March 17, 2014 8:00 PM

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Bengals re-sign Taylor Mays

CINCINNATI — The Bengals re-signed safety Taylor Mays on Monday, a week after he became an unrestricted free agent.

Mays is a 4-year veteran who played in the first eight games last season before dislocating his shoulder, ending his season.

The 49ers drafted Mays in the second round in 2010. Cincinnati got him in a trade the following year. Mays has played 50 games overall, starting 10 of them.

Seattle, K Steven Hauschka agree to new deal

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks and kicker Steven Hauschka have agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract after the best season of his career.

The team confirmed the agreement on Monday. Terms of the contract were not released. NFL.com reported it's a 3-year deal worth up to $9 million.

Hauschka was a standout last season for the Seahawks. He missed only two field goals during the regular season, one of which was blocked. He made 33-of-35 kicks overall, was perfect from beyond 50 yards and made all of his extra point attempts. Hauschka also improved his kickoffs with a career-high 48 touchbacks.

In the postseason, Hauschka was a perfect 8-of-8 on field goal attempts.

Hauschka finished his third season with the Seahawks. Before coming to Seattle in 2011, Hauschka kicked for both Baltimore and Denver.

Patriots announce signing of CB Darrelle Revis

 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Darrelle Revis says at least 26 teams called after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He chose the team whose coach he once called a "jerk."

The New England Patriots announced Monday the signing of the 3-time All-Pro cornerback who used that description of Bill Belichick in a word association game on ESPN in 2012. Revis and the coach called by many a defensive "genius" have discussed that.

The Patriots also announced they signed former Carolina wide receiver Brandon LaFell. He started all 16 regular-season games last season and made 49 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns. The Panthers' third-round draft choice in 2010 also had four catches for 24 yards in a 23-10 playoff loss to San Francisco.

The 6-2 LaFell adds size to a receiving group led by 5-10 Julian Edelman and 5-11 Danny Amendola.

Eagles agree to 1-year deal with S Nate Allen

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles and safety Nate Allen have agreed on a 1-year contract.

Allen has started 54 games in four seasons with the Eagles. Allen had a career-high 94 tackles and started every game last season. The former second-round pick has six interceptions, three sacks and one forced fumble in his four-year career.

Allen has played under four defensive coordinators in four seasons with the team.

Spikes eager for fresh start in Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After a falling out with the New England Patriots, linebacker Brandon Spikes is embracing his fresh start with the Buffalo Bills.

Spikes joined the Bills late Friday night on a 1-year contract. The Bills have been active in free agency thus far, signing six free agents. The middle linebacker is easily Buffalo's most intriguing addition.

The addition of Spikes is one of many moves the Bills hope will fix their porous run defense. With Spikes taking over middle linebacker duties, the Bills plan on moving young standout Kiko Alonso to the weak side after spending his rookie season in the middle. The Bills also signed former New York Giants linebacker Keith Rivers to a 2-year contract on March 12.

Bucs sign free agents Dane Fletcher, Oniel Cousins

TAMPA, Fla. — Free agent linebacker Dane Fletcher and offensive lineman Oniel Cousins have signed contracts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fletcher joins the Bucs after spending four seasons with the New England Patriots. He's started six of 38 games he's appeared in during his career and has played extensively on special teams.

Cousins spent the past three seasons the Cleveland Browns. He started nine of 60 games he's played in during a career that began with a 3-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Bucs, who are overhauling their roster under new coach Lovie Smith, announced the deals Monday.

Cowboys add QB Weeden to mix with Romo, Orton

The Dallas Cowboys have three quarterbacks with starting experience in the NFL — at least for now.

The Cowboys added free agent Brandon Weeden on a 2-year contract Monday even though they expect Kyle Orton to return behind Tony Romo next season.

There have been reports Orton might not come back for a third season as Romo's backup but the team is expecting Orton to be on hand. Dallas carried two quarterbacks late last season after Alex Tanney was claimed off the practice squad by Cleveland, where Weeden had fallen out of favor.

At 30, Weeden is much older than a typical third-year NFL player because he played professional baseball for five years before finishing his college career. He started his baseball career with the Yankees' organization.

Romo has 108 career starts to 70 for Orton and 20 for Weeden.

Raiders sign WR James Jones to 3-year deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their young receiving group by signing free agent James Jones to a 3-year contract Monday.

Oakland also signed former New York Giants offensive lineman Kevin Boothe to a 2-year deal. Boothe began his career with the Raiders in 2006 before spending the past seven seasons with the Giants, where he won two Super Bowl titles.

Jones, who turns 30 later this month, brings a playoff pedigree and proven pass-catching ability to a position whose most experienced player currently under contract is inconsistent 3-year veteran Denarius Moore.

Panthers re-sign LB Williams, CB Dockery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have announced they've re-signed linebacker Jason Williams and cornerback James Dockery.

Terms of the deal were not released Monday.

Williams has spent most of his four seasons in the NFL with Carolina, playing in 46 games primarily on special teams.

He blocked a key punt last season against the New York Jets, setting up the Panthers in the red zone for a touchdown leading to a Carolina victory. His 28 special teams tackles last season were the second-most on the team since 2010.

Dockery joined the Panthers midway through the 2012 season and has played in 12 games with two starts. He was limited to five games last season due to thumb and shoulder injuries.

Packers add free agent DT Letroy Guion

MILWAUKEE — The Green Bay Packers have signed ex-Vikings tackle Letroy Guion to a 1-year deal in another move to beef up the defensive line.

Monday's free-agent signing comes less than a week after Green Bay made a splash by adding end Julius Peppers from another NFC North rival, the Chicago Bears.

A person familiar with Guion's deal said the contract was worth up to $1 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not released.

Guion was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 2008 out of Florida State. He has 90 tackles and five sacks in 68 career games, including 31 starts.

The 6-4, 315-pound Guion made 13 starts in 2013 with 21 tackles and one sack, which occurred in a 44-31 loss to the Packers on Oct. 27. That turned out to be his best game of the year with six tackles.

Giants sign CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants' secondary has gotten a lot stronger in the past couple of days and so has their return game.

A year after missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Giants continued to be a player in free agency, signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, formerly with Denver.

Terms of the contract were not immediately available.

A person with knowledge of the deal also confirmed late Monday night that the Giants have reached an agreement with former Denver Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Holliday has to pass a physical today before the team will announce the move.

The deals come just a day after the Giants confirmed the signing of former Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond and Chiefs safety Quintin Demps.

Ajirotutu signs 1-year deal to stay with Chargers

SAN DIEGO — Wide receiver and special teams ace Seyi Ajirotutu has signed a 1-year contract to remain with the San Diego Chargers.

Ajirotutu was an unrestricted free agent before the deal was announced Monday.

Ajirotutu made one of San Diego's biggest plays of the season, hauling in a winning 26-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left to cap a 41-38 victory at Kansas City on Nov. 24.

He led the Chargers with 12 special teams tackles.

Steelers re-sign backup lineman Whimper

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed reserve offensive lineman Guy Whimper to a 1-year deal.

Whimper played in 11 games for the Steelers last season, with two starts. The 30-year-old spend four seasons with the New York Giants from 2006-09 before playing in Jacksonville from 2010-12. He joined the Steelers last summer. Whimper started one game each at left guard and right guard.

Whimper should again compete for a backup spot when camp opens in July. Pittsburgh is expected to have all five starters back along the offensive line, including center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed all but the first eight plays of the season with a knee injury.

Last Updated on Monday, March 17, 2014 8:19 PM
 

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