Seahawks bring back Sidney Rice on 1-yr deal
Sidney Rice | SEA
(April 16, 2014 7:54 PM EDT)
Seahawks re-signed WR Sidney Rice to a one-year contract.
Rice announced his return on his Twitter account. He flirted with the Jets on Wednesday, but that might have been a play to get the Seahawks to step up their efforts. Rice has mostly been a disappointment with the Seahawks the past three seasons and was released by the team in February, but he possesses a strong pair of reliable hands and can play on the outside. After losing Golden Tate to the Lions, the Seahawks were in the market for a a receiver.
Dwayne Bowe pays fine to resolve pot issue
Dwayne Bowe | KC
(April 16, 2014 7:33 PM EDT)
Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty to defective equipment and littering charges and paid a $610 fine to resolve the marijuana possession matter against him.
Bowe was popped for marijuana possession back in November. Since it was his first arrest for possession, he was allowed to pay a fine. Bowe should avoid a suspension but could wind up being placed in the substance-abuse program.
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Jaguars WR Mike Brown signs ERFA tender
Mike Brown | JAC
(April 16, 2014 7:06 PM EDT)
Jaguars re-signed exclusive rights free agent WR Mike Brown to a one-year, $495,000 contract.
Brown caught 32 balls for 446 yards and two touchdowns across 11 games and six starts last season. Ideally, he's nothing more than a No. 4 receiver. The Jaguars are a dark horse to snag Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans in the first round of next month's draft. Brown will have to compete for a roster spot this summer.
Sidney Rice visiting the Jets on Wednesday
Sidney Rice | FA
(April 16, 2014 6:32 PM EDT)
Free agent Sidney Rice is visiting the Jets.
After locking up Chris Johnson earlier Wednesday, the Jets are now turning their attention to Rice. Rice was just cleared for football activities earlier this week, five months after tearing his ACL. He and GM John Idzik know each other from their days together in Seattle. Rice would be a passable No. 2 receiver opposite Eric Decker with Jeremy Kerley manning the slot. Rice should be cheap.
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Texans liked OL Quessenberry last summer
David Quessenberry | HOU
(April 16, 2014 6:01 PM EDT)
ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli reports the previous coaching staff was "excited" about second-year G/T David Quessenberry last summer.
Quessenberry, the 176th overall pick in last year's draft, landed on injured reserve with a broken foot in Week 2. The Texans have holes at both left guard and right tackle, though Quessenberry profiles more as a guard in the pros. He's an ideal fit for zone-blocking teams as a finesse blocker at 6-foot-5, 306. The Texans are likely to use less zone blocking under new coach Bill O'Brien.
Saints visit with free agent C Jon Goodwin
Jonathan Goodwin | FA
(April 16, 2014 5:09 PM EDT)
Free agent C Jonathan Goodwin is visiting the Saints.
All signs pointed to Goodwin eventually making his way to New Orleans for a visit after the Saints lost C Brian de la Puente to the Bears. Goodwin was with the Saints from 2006-2010 before going to the 49ers. The 35-year-old doesn't have a lot left in the tank but would play with two premier guards in LG Ben Grubbs and RG Jahri Evans. The Saints could take a center early in May's draft.
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Chris Johnson gets two years, $8M from Jets
Chris Johnson | NYJ
(April 16, 2014 4:45 PM EDT)
Profootballtalk reports Chris Johnson's two-year contract with the Jets has a base value of $8 million.
Another $1 million is available through incentives. It falls right in line with what we would have expected. The top of the 2014 market before Johnson signed was Donald Brown's $3.5 million annually from the Chargers. Johnson was by far the best back to hit free agency this offseason, and he gets $4 million per year. He'll be given every opportunity to be the Jets' lead back, though Chris Ivory should still play a prominent role. The Jets want to get Johnson in space.
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Raiders hope to trade Terrelle Pryor by Mon.
Terrelle Pryor | OAK
(April 16, 2014 4:25 PM EDT)
Profootballtalk reports the Raiders will try to trade Terrelle Pryor by Monday.
Both CSN Bay Area and FOX Sports reported Pryor was on the block last month. The Raiders' offseason program begins on Monday, and they don't want the distraction of Pryor. If GM Reggie McKenzie can't find a trade partner, he's fully expected to waive Pryor. He has one year left on his deal at a meager $705,000.
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Mike Goodson may not be long for New York
Mike Goodson | NYJ
(April 16, 2014 4:15 PM EDT)
Following the signing of Chris Johnson, Mike Goodson is expected to be released before the season.
Goodson is now the No. 4 running back in New York, behind Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell. Alex Green is currently the No. 5 back. Goodson's one-year tenure with the Jets has been an interesting one. He was popped on gun charges last offseason before tearing his ACL in October. He's still only 27.
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Free agent OG Davin Joseph visits Cowboys
Davin Joseph | FA
(April 16, 2014 4:00 PM EDT)
Free agent OG Davin Joseph is visiting the Cowboys.
Joseph visited the Rams over a month ago after getting his release from the Bucs. He's entering his age-31 season and had a disappointing 2013 after coming back from a torn patellar tendon. The Cowboys currently have Ronald Leary and Mackenzy Bernadeau penciled in at left and right guard, respectively.
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