Friday, March 6, 2009
NFL free-agency roundup: March 6
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SOURCE: MOSLEY SIGNS WITH BROWNS
C.J. Mosley was torn between Jacksonville and Cleveland but he decided to take a shorter deal to join Eric Mangini and the Browns.
The 314-pound defensive tackle rejoined his former head coach when he agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract in Cleveland, a source said. Mosley will earn a little more than $3 million in 2009.
A former sixth-round choice of the Vikings in 2005, he was traded to Mangini's Jets in 2006. He played 35 games over his three years with three starts and five sacks.
"C.J. adds another piece to the defensive puzzle," Browns general manager George Kokinis said. "He is a competitive defensive lineman who runs to the football and will fit in well with the players in that group."
Mosley was considering a longer-term offer with the Jaguars.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com
CHIEFS PICK UP MCGRAW, ROBERTSON
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with safety Jon McGraw and linebacker Darrell Robertson on Friday.
McGraw has had 12 starts in 86 games in his seven NFL seasons with the New York Jets, Detroit and Kansas City, where he played in the 2007-08 season.
Robertson, who spent time on the New England practice squad in 2008, originally entered the NFL in 2008 as a rookie free agent with Dallas. He also played two games last year for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
JONES TO REMAIN WITH BEARS
Though tempted by the chance to go to the Buffalo Bills, running back Kevin Jones decided to stay with the Chicago Bears.
Jones agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the team, according to a source. He will receive a $1 million signing bonus and he will make $2 million in 2009.
The 26-year-old Jones signed a one-year deal with Chicago last year after being released by the Detroit Lions. He was coming off a couple of seasons in which he was injured, and was looking for a team that could help him regain his reputation as a featured back. In 2004, the Lions drafted him in the first round and he had instant success, running for 1,133 yards as a rookie.
Injuries held him back in Detroit for the next three seasons. As a backup and special-teams player, Jones earned the respect of Lovie Smith and the coaching staff. He visited the Bills in the past week. They were looking for running back options in case Marshawn Lynch is suspended this season after recently pleading guilty to a gun possession charge.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com
BENGALS RELEASE SAFETY JACKSON
The Cincinnati Bengals have released safety Dexter Jackson, an 11-year veteran who missed most of last season with injuries.
Jackson played the past three seasons for the Bengals, starting 28 games. A thumb injury forced him to miss most of the first half of last season, and he was placed on injured reserve for the second half after hurting his hamstring in practice.
Jackson ended up playing only three games last season.
The Bengals also cut three first-year players Friday who were members of their practice squad for part of last season. They were guard James Blair, cornerback Marcus Brown and defensive end Victor DeGrate.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report