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Updated on 4:06p ET, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bears sign SS Clinton-Dix to one-year deal

Strong safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signed a one-year deal worth a reported $3.5 million with the Chicago Bears.

NFL Network reported Clinton-Dix turned down more money to play in Chicago with fellow Alabama safety Eddie Jackson, who made the Pro Bowl last season at free safety.

Clinton-Dix was traded to the Washington Redskins in October and spent his previous four-plus NFL seasons with the Bears' archrival, the Green Bay Packers. Bears safety Adrian Amos signed with the Packers on Wednesday and was introduced at Lambeau Field on Thursday.

Clinton-Dix didn't miss a game while with the Packers, posting 390 tackles, 14 interceptions and 25 passes defensed.

The Redskins signed safety Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million deal at the outset of free agency this week.

Clinton-Dix was a first-round pick of the Packers in 2014.

Steelers add Moncrief, re-sign Rogers to WR corps

The Pittsburgh Steelers, after trading disgruntled star receiver Antonio Brown this week, signed wideout Donte Moncrief to a two-year contract on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Moncrief spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching 48 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns.

Moncrief, a third-round pick in the 2014 draft, spent his first four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He has career totals of 200 catches for 2,543 yards and 21 touchdowns.

In Pittsburgh, he joins JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is expected to have an even bigger role after leading the team in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) last season. The Steelers also have James Washington, Ryan Switzer, Eli Rogers, among others, in their receiving corps.

Rogers signed a new two-year deal Thursday. Rogers suffered an ACL tear in the Steelers' divisional playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in January 2018 and was limited to 12 receptions in three games last season.

His best season came as a rookie in 2016, when he recorded 48 receptions for 594 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders.

Browns sign OL Kush

Offensive lineman Eric Kush has signed with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Thursday.

Kush, 29, played in a career-high 15 games for the Chicago Bears last season, starting seven games, including the first three of the season at left guard. He figures to at least add a depth component to any of Cleveland's three interior line positions.

Kush played 344 snaps in Chicago last season.

Kush has played in 33 games (12 starts) in five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14), St. Louis Rams (2015) and Bears (2016, 2018). He missed the 2017 season due to a torn hamstring suffered during training camp.

Ravens C Skura tops list of NFL's performance bonuses

Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura earned the highest distribution from the NFL's performance-based pay for the 2018 season, the league announced Thursday.

NFL players will receive $140.88 million from the performance-based pool, which is a benefit in the collective bargaining agreement that compensates players based upon playing time and salary levels.

The NFL Players Association also dedicated $48 million in benefits for a veteran performance-based compensation pool for players with one or more accrued seasons. A total of $188.88 million will be disbursed under the combined pools.

Skura, a second-year pro in 2018 after being an undrafted free agent, earned $533,558 in performance-based pay after playing in every offensive snap and 17 percent of Baltimore's special teams plays. That bonus money nearly doubled his 2018 salary of $555,000.

The rest of the top five were: Los Angeles Rams guard Austin Blythe ($513,616), Rams linebacker Cory Littleton ($502,243), Miami Dolphins guard Jesse Davis ($495,824) and Tennessee Titans linebacker Jayon Brown ($489,664).

Reports: Cowboys bring back WR Austin, sign DL Covington

The Cowboys and Tavon Austin have agreed on a one-year deal to keep the speedy wide receiver in Dallas, according to reports.

Austin played in just seven games due to injury last season, catching eight passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He could be in line for more targets now that Cole Beasley left the Cowboys for Buffalo.

Austin also ran the ball six times for 55 yards.

Austin has 14 career touchdowns in six NFL seasons, the first five of which came with the Rams.

The Cowboys also signed free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington to a one-year deal to bolster a line that will be without Randy Gregory and David Irving next season. Covington posted 7.5 sacks in 50 games with the Houston Texans over the past four seasons.

Reports: Steelers re-sign DL McCullers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed reserve defensive tackle Daniel McCullers to a two-year deal, according to multiple reports.

The deal is worth $2.75 million, NFL Network reported Thursday.

McCullers played in 15 games last season, starting one, and registered a sack and five tackles. He has played in 57 games -- starting three -- in his five years in Pittsburgh.

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Reports: Seahawks re-sign LB Wright, add OL Iupati

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed linebacker K.J. Wright and added offensive lineman Mike Iupati, according to reports.

Wright's deal is for two years and $15.5 million, according to NFL Network. The move keeps the Seahawks' linebacking corps intact for the 2019 season.

Iupati's deal is for one year.

Wright, 29, has spent all eight years with Seattle after the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. He missed 11 games last season with a knee injury. Wright had four consecutive seasons with 100-plus tackles before that, and he has career totals of 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles.

Iupati played the past four seasons in Arizona after spending the first five seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. The 31-year-old tackle is a four-time Pro Bowler and made All-Pro in 2012. He has started all 114 games in his career.

Reports: Cardinals to sign OL Garcia

The Arizona Cardinals continue to revamp their offensive line, reportedly coming to terms with free agent offensive lineman Max Garcia.

Garcia was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2015 draft and played in 56 games for the team, starting 41. Garcia is primarily a left guard but has played some on the right side. Garcia is coming off an ACL tear suffered in mid-November.

The Cardinals, beset with injuries and poor play in the trenches last year, have already traded for Pittsburgh OT Marcus Gilbert and come to terms with former Seattle guard J.R. Sweezy.

Lions welcome DE Flowers with $90M deal

Trey Flowers put pen to paper on a $90 million contract Thursday, officially becoming the fifth-highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

The former Patriots defensive end, who aligned at six different positions for at least 15 snaps last season in New England, was a coveted chess piece for Matt Patricia's defense in Detroit. Patricia coached Flowers as defensive coordinator with the Patriots before he became head coach of the Lions last season.

Flowers racked up 21 sacks and 59 QB hits over the past three seasons. He received a $28 million signing bonus.

At an average of $18 million per season, Flowers' annual salary exceeds the current number for franchise tagged defensive ends.

Bears linebacker Khalil Mack ($23.5 million), Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ($22.5 million), Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence ($20.6 million) and Broncos linebacker Von Miller ($19.02 million) are scheduled to take home more per season than Flowers.

Report: Saints restructure Brees’ contract, create $11M in cap space

The New Orleans Saints restructured quarterback Drew Brees' contract in order to clear up $10.8 million in cap space for this season, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Brees will make $22.7 million in 2019, and the $10.8 million will get deferred to count against the team's cap in 2020 to the tune of $21.3 million overall, whether the future Hall of Famer is on the team or not.

But it's a win-now move for the Saints, who are reportedly trying to resign backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and make a play for free agent tight end Jared Cook.

Jets release RB Crowell with Bell in tow

One day after signing Le'Veon Bell to a $52.5 million deal, the New York Jets released incumbent starting running back Isaiah Crowell.

Crowell signed with the Jets in free agency last March after four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Crowell's release initiates a $2 million cap hit for 2019.

He had a team-high 143 carries for 685 yards and six touchdowns for the Jets in 2018.

While Bell didn't play last season, the plan is to keep him on the field as a three-down back in head coach Adam Gase's system. Bell had 7,996 yards from scrimmage and 42 touchdowns in 62 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL transactions notebook: NT Mebane agrees to deal with Chargers

Nose tackle Brandon Mebane remained with the Los Angeles Chargers after agreeing to a two-year deal on Wednesday, according to the team.

Mebane had 40 tackles and one sack in 12 games last season, his third with the franchise. He has 17.5 career sacks in 12 NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2007-15) and Chargers.

--OT Daryl Williams re-signed with the Carolina Panthers for one year in a deal worth $7 million, according to the NFL Network.

Williams played in just one game last season after dislocating his right kneecap during training camp. He has played in 40 games (29 starts) in four seasons with the Panthers.

--The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing linebacker Mychal Kendricks on a one-year, $4 million deal, per multiple reports.

Kendricks, 28, joined Seattle during the 2018 season and had 19 tackles (four for loss) and two sacks in four games. He pleaded guilty to insider trading charges last year and could face significant jail time, with his sentencing scheduled for April.

--TE Jared Cook will visit the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, according to NFL Network.

Cook, who turns 32 in April, is coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance after posting career highs of 68 catches for 896 yards and six touchdowns with the Oakland Raiders last season.

--RB Jay Ajayi will visit the Indianapolis Colts next week, NFL Network reported.

Ajayi, 25, is coming off a torn ACL after posting 184 yards and three scores on 45 carries with the Philadelphia Eagles last season. He has 2,516 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns in four NFL seasons.

--S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is visiting with the Chicago Bears, according to NFL Network, while the Washington Redskins still hope to re-sign him.

Clinton-Dix, 26, was acquired by Washington for a fourth-round pick before the 2018 trade deadline. He posted three interceptions, six pass breakups and 93 tackles last season.

--CB Jason Verrett is visiting with the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs, in that order, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The former first-round pick of the Chargers has played in just five games over the past three seasons due to injuries. He reached the Pro Bowl in 2015.

--The New England Patriots will re-sign DE John Simon to a two-year deal, per multiple reports, and also picked up the 2019 option for special teams ace Matthew Slater, ESPN reported.

Simon, 28, had two sacks and three QB hits in 11 games (two starts) last year. Slater will make $2.4 million in 2019, the final year of his contract. The 33-year-old is a seven-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro selection.

The Patriots are also expected to bring back former RB Brandon Bolden, per reports, after he spent last year in Miami.

--The Dolphins announced the release of four-time Pro Bowl G Josh Sitton, who sustained a season-ending shoulder injury last season and played in just one game with the team.

Miami will save $5 million by releasing Sitton, who signed a two-year contract prior to last season. The Dolphins also agreed to terms with TE Clive Walford, according to multiple reports.

--The Dallas Cowboys re-signed swing tackle Cameron Fleming to a two-year, $8.5 million deal, according to NFL Network.

Fleming, 26, played in 14 games last season, making three starts in place of injured LT Tyron Smith.

--The Buffalo Bills agreed to sign All-Pro return man Andre Roberts, according to multiple reports.

Roberts, a 31-year-old wideout, was named first-team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl with the New York Jets last season after leading the league in punt-return average (14.1) and scoring on a punt and kick return.

--OL Ted Larsen signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Bears after playing the last two seasons with the Dolphins. Larsen started eight games at right guard for Chicago in 2016.

--LB Adarius Taylor agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with $2.55 million guaranteed with the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland.com reported. The Browns are also expected to sign former Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris to a two-year deal, per NFL Network.

--DT Mitch Unrein was waived by the Buccaneers with a failed-physical designation. Unrein sustained a concussion during training camp last season and spent his lone season with Tampa Bay on injured reserve.

The Bucs also re-signed running back Peyton Barber on a one-year, $2,025,000 deal, per ESPN.

--The Packers re-signed tight end Marcedes Lewis to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Lewis, 34, joined Green Bay last season after 12 years in Jacksonville, serving primarily as a blocker.

--The Jets re-signed linebacker Neville Hewitt to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Hewitt, who turns 26 in April, had 39 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 games (four starts) last season.

--The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed linebacker Anthony Chickillo and punter Jordan Berry on two-year deals. Chickillo had 1.5 sacks last season while playing primarily special teams. Berry ranked 26th in net punting average (38.8 yards per punt).

Reports: 49ers signing RB Coleman for two years, $10M

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to sign former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Coleman, who turns 26 next month, was widely considered the second-best running back on the free agent market after Le'Veon Bell, who is reportedly joining the New York Jets for more than $13 million annually.

Coleman had 167 carries for 800 yards and four rushing touchdowns while starting 14 of 16 games last season, with nominal starter Devonta Freeman injured. He averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry, while adding 32 catches for 276 yards and five scores.

A third-round pick in 2015, Coleman played for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during his first two seasons in Atlanta, where Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. During the Falcons' record-setting campaign in 2016, Coleman had 118 carries for 520 yards and eight touchdowns along with 31 catches for a career-high 421 receiving yards and three scores.

San Francisco signed Jerick McKinnon to a hefty contract -- four years, $30 million -- last March, but he missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL. While McKinnon has already been paid $12 million, he has no guarantees remaining on his contract, though it's unclear if the 49ers intend to move on.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also will re-sign safety Jimmie Ward on a one-year, $5 million deal, per multiple reports Wednesday.

According to SiriusXM NFL, the deal's base value is $4.5 million, with the remaining $500,000 linked to playing time.

Ward, 27, was a first-round pick by San Francisco in 2014 and played out the fifth-year option of his rookie contract in 2018, but he has missed 29 games to injury in his career. That includes 16 games over the last two seasons because of forearm fractures and other minor ailments.

In 51 career games (31 starts), Ward has 186 tackles, 21 passes defensed and two interceptions. He spent the last two seasons at safety after spending most of his time at cornerback through his first three seasons.

Raiders, Steelers make Brown trade official

The Oakland Raiders officially announced their acquisition of wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, shortly after the new league year opened at 4 p.m. ET.

"In my opinion, we acquired the best wide receiver in football," head coach Jon Gruden said at Brown's welcome press conference. "Now, let's get to work."

"I am so excited to sit down next to Antonio Brown," first-year general manager Mike Mayock added. "...He's as good a practice football player and works as hard as any football player I've ever seen in my life."

Brown, who was a few minutes late, showed up looking much different than the public has seen him much of the offseason, with his hair cut short and his blonde mustache gone. He voiced lofty goals for his future, saying he hopes to catch Jerry Rice in terms of longevity.

"It's an honor to be here," Brown said. "...I'm here to prove what I am and what I stand for, not just my words but my actions."

Brown, 30, was acquired for third-round (66th overall) and fifth-round (141st overall) draft picks, and he received a new three-year, $50.125 million contract with $30.125 million guaranteed as part of the agreement. The Steelers were believed to be close to a deal with the Buffalo Bills late Thursday, but Buffalo backed out after learning that Brown desired a contract adjustment. The deal with the Raiders was reportedly reached in the early hours of Sunday.

"We weren't even in on the process until Friday," Mayock said of how the Raiders jumped into trade discussions late. "...When that deal fell through with Buffalo, we got involved."

Asked if he has any regrets about his acrimonious departure from Pittsburgh -- where he spent the first nine years of his career, earning seven Pro Bowl appearances and four first-team All-Pro nods -- Brown said he appreciated his time with the Steelers.

"Pittsburgh will always be my family," he said. "Those guys gave me a chance when I was a 21-year-old kid. Obviously people listen to the things that are being said and written, but at the end of the day, it's all about how you make people feel.

"I think I make people feel really great and really inspired, the way they watched me go to work, the way they watched me play. I know Steeler nation is having a bad day today, but it's always love."

As for the Steelers themselves, general manager Kevin Colbert acknowledged that while Brown remains great, his departure was what the team needed.

"We believe the compensation, which will now give us four picks in the first 83 selections and 10 overall in the upcoming NFL draft, can benefit our efforts to improve our team in 2019 and beyond," Colbert said in a statement. "Antonio remains one of the best players in the National Football League, but as we believe, this move was in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We wish Antonio all the best the rest of his career."

Jaguars officially sign Foles, release Bortles

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Wednesday they have acquired free agent quarterback Nick Foles and released Blake Bortles.

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, at which time the club will introduce Foles. A video posted to the team's Twitter feed showed a jersey being made with the No. 7 and Foles' name on the back.

While the team did not disclose any contract terms, reports earlier this week put the deal at four years and $88 million, with $50 million guaranteed and incentives that can push the total money beyond the $100 million mark.

"We're really, really thrilled that Nick wanted to be a Jaguar," offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who worked with Foles in Philadelphia, told the team's website.

Bortles' release came less than two hours after the announcement of Foles' signing.

Over the last few weeks, all signs pointed to the Jaguars signing Foles, who was allowed to enter free agency by the Philadelphia Eagles after guiding the team to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, including a run to the Super Bowl XII championship to cap the 2017 season. Foles, named MVP of that game, then took over for Carson Wentz down the stretch again in 2018 when a back injury ended Wentz's season, and he pushed Philadelphia into a divisional playoff matchup at New Orleans.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman announced at the NFL Scouting Combine that Foles "deserves to lead a team."

"We had conversations at the end of the season, and he knew where I stood and how I felt about him," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. "Obviously, he's a big part of our success the past two years. It's an opportunity now for him to become a starter, and I'm excited for him to do that."

Wentz was out during the Super Bowl run recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. Last season, he missed the final month of the regular season, plus two playoff games, with a fracture in his back. Wentz is expected to make a full recovery and return as the starter in 2019.

The Jaguars gave Bortles, a first-round pick in 2014 who hasn't developed into a consistent starter, a three-year, $54 contract last year, but he went 3-9 and was benched for Cody Kessler.

Bortles' release will save Jacksonville just $4.5 million against the cap, while leaving $16.5 million in dead money, unless Bortles is designated as a June 1 release. That would create an additional $5 million savings in 2019 by diverting $5 million in dead money to 2020.

Broncos announce trade for Flacco; Ravens get pick 113

The Denver Broncos on Wednesday officially announced they have acquired quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Flacco, 34, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and was the Ravens' starter since 2008 until a hip injury in 2018 sent Flacco to the sidelines after Week 9. Rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson took over for Flacco and didn't relinquish the starting role.

The pick the Broncos are sending to the Ravens is the 113th overall, the first of Denver's two picks in that round.

"He can make all the throws. If we protect him and do a good job of that, he'll make the right decisions," Broncos general manager/president of football operations John Elway told The Denver Post.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta told the teams' website of Flacco:

"Joe is the best quarterback in Ravens history. Not only is he talented, but he was clutch for us in the most difficult games against excellent defenses in the loudest and most raucous stadiums. Honestly, he's one of my favorite draft picks ever."

Flacco expressed his feelings in a comment on Twitter shortly after the trade became official:

"To the Ravens, the fans, and the city of Baltimore: Thank you for an incredible 11 years. I'll always be proud and grateful for my time spent as your quarterback. Though it's time to move on, this team will always mean so much to me. #ravensflock"

Case Keenum, the Broncos' starter last season, was traded to the Washington Redskins along with a 2020 seventh-round draft pick for a 2020 sixth-round selection to make room for Flacco.

Keenum passed for 3,890 yards and 18 touchdowns against 15 interceptions last season while starting all 16 regular-season games for the first time, but Denver went just 6-10.

"Last year didn't go the way we wanted it to but I think it made me a better football player, it made me a better person, made me tougher," Keenum told the Redskins' website. "And it taught me what it really means to have a team really count on your quarterback to make plays down the stretch when you really need to. It's something I'm excited to grow from, something I'm excited to learn from and implement this next year with the Redskins."

Hip and back injuries were concerns for Flacco in recent seasons.

Flacco has spent all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Ravens, starting all 163 of his games played. He has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 38,245 yards and 212 touchdowns. He was the 18th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

In March 2016, he signed a three-year, $66.4 million contract extension that runs through the 2021 season. That will need to be re-worked, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Ravens must carry Flacco's $26.5 million cap hit until June 1, per the NFL Network.

Reports: QB Bridgewater visits Miami, puts Saints on hold

The Dolphins are making a last-ditch attempt to lure quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Miami before he signs a contract to return to the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe said Bridgewater was visiting the Dolphins practice facility Wednesday afternoon. ESPN's Dianna Russini reported on air that Bridgewater is expected to join the Dolphins if the team will add a few million dollars to their offer.

On Tuesday, an NFL Network report said Bridgewater turned down more money from the Dolphins to return to New Orleans and serve as the heir apparent to 40-year-old Drew Brees.

Bridgewater, 26, signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets last spring. New Orleans traded a third-round pick to the Jets in August for Bridgewater, who proved during preseason he was healthy after a 2016 knee injury with the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints also received a sixth-round pick in the deal.

The Dolphins are in quarterback limbo with Ryan Tannehill's future unclear under the new coach-GM combination of Brian Flores and Chris Grier. Multiple outlets have reported Tannehill will be traded or released at some point.

Chiefs release S Berry, reportedly visiting with Darby

The Kansas City Chiefs announced the release of longtime safety Eric Berry on Wednesday, shortly after the new league year opened at 4 p.m. ET.

According to Pro Football Talk, the release comes with a post-June 1 designation, which means the Chiefs will save $9.55 million of Berry's $16.5 million cap figure in 2019, pushing an additional $8 million of dead money into 2020. Without that designation, Kansas City would have absorbed all of the $14.95 million in dead money in 2019.

Berry, 30, signed a record-setting six-year, $78 million extension for a safety in February of 2017, but he has played in just two regular-season games since then. He tore his Achilles in the 2017 season opener and then missed all but two games last season while battling lingering heel pain.

Drafted fifth overall in 2010, Berry has spent nine seasons with the Chiefs, earning five Pro Bowl nods and three first-team All-Pro selections. His 2014 season was ended prematurely after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, but he beat the disease and returned in 2015 to author back-to-back All-Pro seasons.

"On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I want to thank Eric for his many contributions to the Chiefs over the last nine seasons," team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Eric has been a tremendous leader for our football team and an inspiration to so many fans over the years, and we sincerely appreciate all that he has meant to the Chiefs. He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Kansas City has reportedly agreed to sign former Houston Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu to a three-year, $42 million deal in free agency, a deal which could be announced later Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the team is also bringing in cornerback Ronald Darby for a visit, according to multiple reports.

Darby, 25, is considered perhaps the top corner on the free agent market, although he is coming off of a torn ACL. He played in nine games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, intercepting one pass and breaking up 12.

Acquired by Philadelphia from the Buffalo Bills for a third-round pick and wideout Jordan Matthews before the 2017 season, Darby also missed eight games to injury that year because of a dislocated ankle.

Former Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson, who started all 16 games in 2018, is reportedly leaving to join the Pittsburgh Steelers. Orlando Scandrick, who started seven games at corner for Kansas City, is also a free agent.

Ravens welcome FS Thomas, RB Ingram

Free safety Earl Thomas joined the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday.

The team announced the deal as free agency officially began, and reports indicate Thomas secured a four-year deal worth $55 million.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection with 28 career interceptions, Thomas' addition boosts a Baltimore defense hit hard by free agency losses, including linebackers C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith and defensive lineman Terrell Suggs. Safety Eric Weddle was released in a cap-savings move last week and joined the Los Angeles Rams.

The Ravens also announced the signing of running back Mark Ingram. Reports indicate the former New Orleans Saints Pro Bowler can earn $15 million over three years.

According to reports, Thomas receives $32 million in guarantees.

Thomas did not miss a game the first six seasons of his career, a centerpiece in the secondary known in Seattle as the Legion of Boom.

Ingram brings a between-the-tackles running style to pair with quarterback Lamar Jackson in Baltimore's power-running offense. Ingram, 29, ran for 645 yards and six touchdowns with the Saints in 2018. He started the season on the suspended list and missed four games. The former Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 6,007 yards and 50 touchdowns in eight seasons with New Orleans.

Thomas, who turns 30 in May, was one of the most coveted defensive playmakers on the market despite suffering a broken left leg that ended his season in 2018. It was the second time in three years he ended a season on IR with the same injury. He missed the final five games in 2016.

Thomas had a rod inserted in his fractured left leg to aid his chances to recover fully and decrease the possibility of another fracture.

Browns officially acquire Beckham, Vernon from Giants

The Cleveland Browns officially announced the acquisition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Wednesday, moments after the new league year opened at 4 p.m. ET.

The deal was combined with a previously reported trade that will also send defensive end Olivier Vernon to Cleveland and guard Kevin Zeitler to New York. The Giants will also receive safety Jabrill Peppers and Cleveland's first-round (17th overall) and third-round (95th overall) draft picks next month. The trade is contingent on all players passing physicals.

"It's a reflection of the direction the organization is headed," Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "My hat's off to a lot of people in this organization because we spent countless hours, weeks -- I mean, we can go all the way back to December when we began the planning phases of these types of acquisitions. So my hat's off to a lot of people in the personnel department and the coaching staff. And for ownership for allowing these types of things to happen. It shows you that ownership is committed to winning.

"Then, when you talk about the players. Each of them respectively are very good football players who will come in here and help us achieve our goal, and that's to be competitive year in and year out in the AFC North. And hopefully, they are some of the pieces that will help us awaken this sleeping giant."

The trade ended months of speculation that Beckham was on his way out of New York. After signing Beckham to a five-year, $95 million contract last season, the Giants saw their season spiral downward, and rumors of a possible trade did not cease despite general manager Dave Gettleman telling reporters at the combine "We did not sign Odell to trade him."

Beckham, 26, finished with 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns last season. In 59 career games over five seasons, Beckham has 390 catches for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, but injuries have cost him 16 games the last two seasons.

The Giants will eat $16 million in dead money on their salary cap for the deal, while the Browns have the wideout under contract for five years and $77 million.

"The New York Football Giants would like to thank Odell Beckham, Jr. for his contributions," Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. "We truly wish him well in Cleveland, and we want to wish OV the best and nothing but success for both of them.

"With the first-round draft choice, that gives us six and 17. As we continue to build this team, you need draft pick capital. This trade enabled us to do that."

Falcons release RT Schraeder

The Atlanta Falcons released right tackle Ryan Schraeder with a post-June 1 designation on Wednesday, in a cost-cutting move.

Schraeder, 30, is coming off a down season and was set to count $7.75 million against the cap in 2019, the third year of a five-year, $31 million extension. Atlanta will save $6.45 million of that figure thanks to the post-June 1 designation, which pushes $2.5 million of dead money into 2020.

Schraeder started 67 consecutive games at right tackle before being benched in Week 13 of last season in favor of Ty Sambrailo. Schraeder finished the year having allowed 6.5 sacks and taken nine penalties in 13 starts, up from three sacks and three penalties in 14 starts in 2017.

Sambrailo received a three-year, $14.25 million extension in February, indicating he will get a chance to start moving forward. The Falcons also have reportedly agreed to deals with free agent guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, which can become official when the new league year opens Wednesday.

An undrafted rookie out of Valdosta State, Schraeder started 73 of 88 career games for the Falcons over six seasons.

Reports: Peterson re-signs with Redskins

Veteran running back Adrian Peterson agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal to remain with the Washington Redskins, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

Peterson confirmed the deal in a phone call with ESPN's Josina Anderson, according to Anderson's Twitter feed.

"RB Adrian Peterson just called me and told me 'I am going back to the #Redskins. It will be a 2-year deal. I feel like we made some good moves to get to where we are trying to go,'" Anderson wrote.

Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games for the Redskins last season after signing late in training camp following Derrius Guice's torn ACL.

The 1,000-yard campaign was the eighth of Peterson's career, topped by his memorable 2,097-yard season with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, when he fell 8 yards shy of Eric Dickerson's all-time mark set in 1984.

The seven-time Pro Bowler ranks eighth in NFL history with 13,318 rushing yards and would pass three more players -- Jerome Bettis (13,662), LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684) and Curtis Martin (14,101) -- with another 1,000-yard season.

Peterson is tied with Jim Brown for fifth all-time with 106 career rushing scores. He needs five more to pass Walter Payton for fourth.

Reports: Colts re-sign CB Desir for three years, $25M

The Indianapolis Colts agreed to re-sign cornerback Pierre Desir on a three-year deal worth $25 million with $12 million guaranteed, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.

Desir, 28, had a breakout season in 2018, starting 12 of 16 games and collecting 79 tackles, an interception and eight pass breakups while playing on a one-year, $1.75 million deal. The Colts' defense made major strides in coordinator Matt Eberflus' zone-heavy scheme, finishing 11th in total defense and 10th in points allowed.

A former fourth-round pick of the Browns, Desir lasted 19 games (seven starts) in Cleveland before brief stints with the Chargers in 2016 and the Seahawks in 2017 training camp. Indianapolis claimed him off waivers after he failed to make the Seahawks' roster, and he started six of nine games in 2017, with 32 tackles, an interception and 32 pass breakups.

The re-signing is the third of a Colts defender in the last few days, after the team retained defensive tackle Margus Hunt on a two-year deal and brought back cornerback Chris Milton on a one-year deal.

Reports: Raiders add WR Williams for four years, $44M

The Oakland Raiders will sign former Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams to a four-year, $44 million deal, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

According to multiple reports, the deal includes $22 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $47 million.

Williams, 27, was one of the top wide receivers available in a weaker free agent market, after producing over the last three years in an auxiliary role with the Chargers. He caught 41 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns last season, averaging 15.9 yards per catch.

A former undrafted free agent out of Western Oregon, Williams' best year came in 2016, when he was forced into a larger role by injuries and totaled 69 grabs for 1,059 yards and seven scores. Through 52 career games (37 starts), Williams has 155 catches for 2,530 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 16.3 yards per catch.

The Raiders already added Antonio Brown to their receiving corps with a trade last weekend, which became official Wednesday when the new league year opened.

Report: Seahawks signing K Myers to 4-year deal

The Seattle Seahawks are signing kicker Jason Myers to a four-year contract worth about $16 million, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Myers made 33 of 36 field-goal attempts and 30 of 33 extra-point attempts and was selected to the Pro Bowl in his only season with the New York Jets in 2018.

Myers, 27, said farewell to Jets fans on Twitter earlier Wednesday.

Myers, who spent three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2015-17, has hit 84.3 percent of field-goal attempts and 87.6 percent of PATs in his career. He replaces 41-year-old Sebastian Janikowski in Seattle.

Janikowski converted 22 of 27 field goals and 48 of 51 extra points with the Seahawks last season.

 

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