Posted on

first_imgIn other moves: Tennessee re-signed 12-year veteran Kerry Collins to back up second-year quarterback Vince Young. Collins began last season as the Titans’ starter but was benched for Young after three games. Indianapolis re-signed 32-year-old linebacker Rob Morris, a former starting middle linebacker who became a starter on the outside and helped solidify the Colts’ defense en route to their Super Bowl victory. The Texans re-signed cornerback Roc Alexander, defensive end N.D. Kalu and offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam, all free agents. Seattle added some depth on offense, re-signing reserve tight end Will Heller and backup fullback Josh Parry. Detroit re-signed journeyman defensive end Corey Smith, a former Buccaneer and 49er who had the best game of his short career in the final game of last season. The Atlanta Falcons kept up their offseason purge, releasing offensive guard Matt Lehr, who started 26 games at left guard in two years with the Falcons. He served a four-game suspension this past season for a violation of the NFL’s steroids policy. Broncos’ Nash remembered: Damien Nash was remembered as a charismatic man with a captivating smile who died as he lived – competing in sports and helping his community. “I don’t understand why he’s gone,” Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said during a eulogy in St.Louis. “We never had a guy play for one year, as Damien did, and influence so many people.” More than 1,000 people paid respects to the Broncos running back. Nash died in his suburban St.Louis home Feb. 24 after playing in a basketball tournament that raised money for heart transplant research. The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death has not been determined, and autopsy results might not be available for weeks. T.O. update: Dallas receiver Terrell Owens can run routes while recovering from a second postseason operation on his injured right ring finger, but he’s not expected to catch passes until training camp. Earlier in the season, he had a plate screwed into the same finger after breaking it while blocking in a game in September. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Day 4 of free agency was a busy one, with Thomas Jones, who helped Chicago win the NFC title last season, traded to the New York Jets; Seattle agreeing to a six-year deal with former Atlanta defensive end Patrick Kerney worth $39.5million, including $19.5 million in guaranteed money; Brad Johnson signing with Dallas to be Tony Romo’s backup quarterback; Miami releasing starters Joey Harrington and Randy McMichael; Arizona signing center Al Johnson; Tampa Bay signing defensive lineman Kevin Carter; and San Francisco adding wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Jones will go to the Jets for a second-round draft pick if he passes a physical. A person familiar with the trade told the Associated Press the Jets will give up the 37th overall spot, which it obtained from Washington, for Jones, and will get Chicago’s second-rounder, No. 63. Dallas also re-signed placekicker Martin Gramatica. Miami signed tight end David Martin to a three-year contract. Martin had 87 receptions for 766 yards and nine touchdowns in six seasons with Green Bay. The Dolphins also dealt receiver Wes Welker to the Patriots for their second- and seventh-round draft picks in April. New England’s second-round pick is No. 60 overall. Henry is more than a journeyman, having rushed for 1,211 yards and a 4.5-yards-per-carry average last season for the Titans, who released him after they could not agree on restructuring a contract that called for an $8.3 million bonus. He is getting $12 million in guaranteed bonuses from the Broncos. The Broncos did not announce the signing, which was disclosed by someone familiar with the deal who requested anonymity because it had not yet been signed. center_img It took Travis Henry only two days to get a job – with a team that turns running backs into stars. The former Titan and Bill, cut by Tennessee on Saturday, agreed to terms with Denver, which has made one-year wonders of Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Reuben Droughns and others, largely because of its schemes. last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *