Chiefs cut Amerson, veterans as they reach 53-man limit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs released underperforming cornerback David Amerson, who signed a $2.25 million free-agent deal this past offseason, as they trimmed their roster to the NFL’s 53-man limit Saturday.

Amerson was released by the Raiders before signing with Kansas City, where he was expected to solidify the secondary after the trade of Marcus Peters to the Rams. But he was often burned in preseason games, and his release appeared imminent when the Chiefs traded for a cornerback Thursday night.

The Chiefs also released inside linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, a fifth-round pick last year who started in Week 17. Eligwe was also among the players who often demonstrated during the national anthem.

Veteran linebacker Frank Zombo, safety Leon McQuay and wide receivers Gehrig Dieter and Jehu Chesson were released. All had been on the bubble late in training camp.

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AAF roundup: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

AAF roundup: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De'Veon Smith

AAF roundup: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De’Veon Smith rushed for three touchdowns Saturday as the visiting Orlando Apollos cruised to a 36-6 win over the Atlanta Legends to clinch an Alliance of American Football playoff berth.

Orlando (6-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season last week and handed Atlanta (2-5) its second consecutive defeat.

Garrett Gilbert, who played briefly for the Carolina Panthers in 2018, passed for 217 yards and threw a touchdown to former Minnesota Vikings wideout Charles Johnson. The Apollos also got a 65-yard pick-six from Deji Olatoye. Smith scored on runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards and added a successful two-point conversion.

Aaron Murray’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Jones cut Orlando’s lead to 8-6 on the first play of the second quarter, but the Apollos responded with 28 unanswered points.

Commanders 19, Stallions 15

Marquise Williams relieved injured starting quarterback Logan Woodside and hit running back Trey Williams for the go-ahead 36-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping San Antonio dispatch visiting Salt Lake.

Woodside, a seventh-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018, went 13 of 19 for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception before hurting his shoulder while getting sacked for the sixth time in the game. With 5:29 remaining, Marquise Williams found Trey Williams on third-and-16 for what proved to be the game-winning score.

Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum, who has spent time on six NFL rosters, hit Terrell Newby for a 21-yard touchdown with two minutes remaining to get within 17-15. However, the ensuing two-point conversion attempt was intercepted by Commanders cornerback De’Vante Bausby and returned for two points for San Antonio, creating the final four-point margin.

San Antonio remained atop the Western Conference at 5-2, while Salt Lake dropped to 2-5.

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Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George Iloka

Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year deal on Saturday, the team announced.

Iloka played with the Minnesota Vikings last season. He visited with the Cowboys on Friday. No financial terms of the deal were immediately available.

Iloka, who turns 29 on March 31, was a five-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals before getting cut last preseason and signing with the Vikings.

A fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012, Iloka has appeared in 99 games (79 starts) and registered 362 tackles, nine interceptions and three forced fumbles. He has played both safety positions but primarily plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

The Cowboys had previously hosted safeties Clayton Geathers, who re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts, and Eric Berry, who remains unsigned after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas also had interest in Earl Thomas, who joined the Baltimore Ravens.

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Casey leads Johnson by one at Valspar

Casey leads Johnson by one at Valspar

Casey leads Johnson by one at Valspar

England’s Paul Casey carded three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine Saturday on the way to a 3-under 68 and a one-shot lead after three rounds at the Valspar Championship, contested under flawless, sun-splashed conditions at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Casey, the defending champion, is at 9 under after 54 holes and will sleep on the lead as he bids to become this event’s first ever back-to-back winner. His victory last year on the demanding track and its daunting, three-hole “Snake Pit” finishing stretch was his second on the PGA Tour and first since the 2009 Shell Houston Open.

Casey’s rousing run of birdies ended with a thud as he bogeyed the 18th to finish one stroke ahead of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and two ahead of Jason Kokrak. Luke Donald of England (who shot a 70 on Saturday) and Scott Stallings (70) are three back at 6 under.

Johnson blasted a “moon-ball” approach out of a fairway bunker on the closing hole to set up a 10-foot birdie putt and close the gap on Casey’s lead.

Kokrak’s 66 on Saturday included five birdies, a bogey, and a hole in one on the 218-yard par-3 15th hole.

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa also shot a 66 and headed a pack of six players tied for sixth at 5 under that included Canada’s Nick Taylor (67), Jim Furyk (68), Curtis Luck of Australia (70), Sungjae Im of South Korea (71) and second-round co-leader Austin Cook (72).

Kokrak and Oosthuizen fired the low rounds of the day.

Matt Jones (68) of Australia and Brian Stuard (69) finished the third round tied for 12th at 4 under, five shots off Casey’s lead.

Casey and Cook started the third round at 6 under and a stroke up on Stallings, Donald and Im. Cook momentarily tied Casey for the lead at 8 under with a birdie on the 12th hole, but had bogeys on 13, 16 and 18 to fall off the pace.

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Reports: Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

Reports: Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George

Reports: Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year deal on Saturday, multiple outlets reported.

Iloka played with the Minnesota Vikings last season. He visited with the Cowboys on Friday. No financial terms of the deal were immediately available.

Iloka, who turns 29 on March 31, was a five-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals before getting cut last preseason and signing with the Vikings.

A fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012, Iloka has appeared in 99 games (79 starts) and registered 362 tackles, nine interceptions and three forced fumbles. He has played both safety positions but primarily plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

The Cowboys had previously hosted safeties Clayton Geathers, who re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts, and Eric Berry, who remains unsigned after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas also had interest in Earl Thomas, who joined the Baltimore Ravens.

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AAF: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

AAF: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De'Veon Smith rushed

AAF: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De’Veon Smith rushed for three touchdowns Saturday as the visiting Orlando Apollos cruised to a 36-6 win over the Atlanta Legends to clinch an Alliance of American Football playoff berth.

Orlando (6-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season last week and handed Atlanta (2-5) its second consecutive defeat.

Garrett Gilbert passed for 217 yards and threw a touchdown to Charles Johnson for the Apollos, who also got a 65-yard pick-six from Deji Olatoye. Smith scored on runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards and added a successful two-point conversion.

Aaron Murray’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Jones cut Orlando’s lead to 8-6 on the first play of the second quarter, but the Apollos responded with 28 unanswered points.

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Patriots owner Kraft: ‘I am truly sorry’

Patriots owner Kraft: 'I am truly sorry'

Patriots owner Kraft: ‘I am truly sorry’

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement Saturday that expressed his remorse following charges of solicitation of prostitution.

The statement represented the first comments made by Kraft since he was charged last month for allegedly receiving sex acts at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. He has pleaded not guilty, and on Friday, his attorney said they intended to vehemently fight the charges as well as the release of two tapes that purportedly show Kraft receiving services at the spa.

“In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks,” Kraft’s statement read. “To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.

“I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.

“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.”

Kraft’s wife, Myra, died of ovarian cancer in 2011 at age 68, shortly after their 48th anniversary.

Kraft and 24 other men were charged as part of a law-enforcement operation to stop human trafficking in South Florida.

William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday evening that read:

“There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it,” Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. “The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it.

“The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.”

Kraft and the other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine.

Sources close to Kraft earlier this week said he wouldn’t accept that deal, according to multiple reports.

The statement from Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire businessman who also owns the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, continued:

“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”

Kraft is expected to be in Florida next Friday for his next court hearing.

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Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges

Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges

The attorney of New

Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges

The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday evening. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

“There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it,” Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. “The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it.

“The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.”

Kraft and 24 other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine, according to the New York Times.

Instead, Kraft is prepared to fight the charges.

William Snyder, the sheriff of Martin County, Fla., said he expected surveillance video of Kraft’s alleged illegal activities to be released before long.

“I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released,” Snyder said during an interview with CNBC.

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Casey, Cook share Valspar lead

Casey, Cook share Valspar lead

If

Casey, Cook share Valspar lead

If there’s a horse for the course this week at the Valspar Championship, Paul Casey certainly fits that bill. However, there are plenty of golfers poised and ready to give the Englishman a challenge over the next two days on one of the PGA Tour’s toughest tests.

Casey, the defending champion, is tied with American Austin Cook at 6-under-par 136, good enough for a one-stroke lead after Friday’s second round under sunny, and ultimately wind-swept, conditions at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Casey’s 5-under-par 66 was tied for the low score for the second round and featured four birdies, an eagle (on the par-5 fifth hole) and just one bogey on the course that ends with the famed “Snake Pit,” a three-hole, closing stretch that’s among the hardest on the circuit.

“Champions always like the golf courses they win on,” Casey said about the Copperhead Course. “It’s really quality, and it’s very tough as well. There’s a premium on ball-striking. Scoring’s never that low around here. Bogeys do happen, and if you can just minimize those, it puts you in a good position.”

Casey, who came second in February at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for his best finish of the 2018-19 season, is a two-time PGA Tour winner and has captured 13 events on the European Tour and two on the Asian Tour. His victory at the Valspar last year was his first on the PGA Tour since the Shell Houston Open in 2009.

“I worked very, very hard on the game, and for whatever reason, it’s slowed things down,” Casey said. “I’ve quieted the transition at the top of the swing. These are very, very difficult greens, but that’s the way I kind of like them. It’s why I play well at places like Augusta as well. It’s clicked (this week), and I’m near the top of my game, which is good.”

Cook’s 67 on Friday included five birdies and a bogey. He is in the hunt for his second PGA Tour win. He made the cut at Innisbrook last year in his only other time playing the event.

“The first nine holes we played in no wind, so it was as easy as you could get this golf course,” Cook said. “The wind definitely picked up, and that back side, going through the Snake Pit with all the wind, was tough. I played it well — I had three great birdie opportunities and just didn’t make any of them. I’m looking forward to the weekend and happy about where the game is right now.”

Scott Stallings (who shot 3 under on Friday), Luke Donald of England (1 under), and Sungjae Im of South Korea (4 under) are tied for third at 5 under.

Donald had a share of the lead until he bogeyed the par-3 eighth, his 17th hole of the day.

Donald, who spent 56 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world in a stretch from 2011 and 2012, is currently ranked 919th. He has battled a back injury that forced him to miss most of last season and hasn’t won anywhere since the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan in 2013. Donald’s most recent victory in the United States was this event, then called the Transitions Championship, in 2012.

“It was a mixed bag today — a few bogeys, a few birdies,” Donald said. “Overall, pretty pleased, I really haven’t had too many reps, and maybe lost a little bit of focus down the stretch there the last few holes, but overall I’m in a great position. I’m thankful that I feel good and healthy and ready for a weekend. It’s been awhile.”

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is playing in this tournament for the first time since 2010, carded a 2-under 69 and is tied for sixth along with first-round co-leader Joel Dahmen (1 over) and Australian Curtis Luck (3 under), two shots off the pace.

Americans Roberto Castro (even), Lucas Glover (4 under), Shawn Stefani (even) and Kramer Hickok (3 under) are tied for ninth at 3 under with Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini (2 under) and Spain’s Jon Rahm (3 under). Twenty-two players are within five strokes of Casey and Cook’s lead.

Austria’s Sepp Straka, the first-round co-leader, followed his opening-round 66 with a 76 on Friday and is in a pack of golfers at even-par 142.

Seventy players made the cut at 1-over 143 or better. The list of golfers who will not be around for the weekend includes Americans Ryan Moore, Ollie Schniederjans, Kenny Perry, Gary Woodland, Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed; K.J. Choi of South Korea; Charl Schwartzel of South Africa; Jason Day of Australia; and, 17-year-old American amateur Akshay Bhatia (who finished at 4 over).

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Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley

Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley

The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety

Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley

The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley on Friday, the team announced.

The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr.

Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring. It was his second consecutive year getting cut after one year with a new team, as the Chicago Bears released him last March after adding him on a three-year, $45 million deal in 2017.

Glennon saw action in two games for Arizona, going 15 of 21 for 174 yards and a touchdown. He went 1-3 as a starter for Chicago in 2017, throwing for 833 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.

A former third-round pick out of N.C. State by the Buccaneers, Glennon has a career passer rating of 84.0, with 5,107 yards, 35 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 27 games (22 starts).

Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles. A former undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, he spent his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans as a reserve, before earning a starting job with the Giants.

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Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension

Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension

The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are

Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension

The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per year on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

The league’s highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on a five-year extension he signed in August 2015. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

Jones had 113 receptions for an NFL-high 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, with all three figures marking his best since 2015. He earned his fifth straight Pro Bowl nod and played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years.

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Rams match offer on RB Brown

Rams match offer on RB Brown

Rams match offer on RB Brown

The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold, the team announced Friday.

Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

Brown’s 2018 season ended in Week 13, when he suffered a clavicle injury against the Detroit Lions.

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Steelers to release S Burnett

Steelers to release S Burnett

Steelers to release S Burnett

The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett on April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported at the time.

Burnett, 30, joined the Steelers on a three-year, $14.4 million deal as a free agent last March, but he started just two of 11 games in 2018 as the third safety. Sean Davis primarily played free safety, with rookie first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds taking the strong safety spot and Burnett playing in sub packages, logging 55.7 percent of the defensive snaps.

The Steelers reportedly told Burnett that the delay in releasing him is due to accounting issues. Burnett is set to count just under $6.5 million against the cap in 2019. His release would save Pittsburgh about $3.6 million in cap space, while bringing a $2.8 million dead-money hit.

After eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Burnett registered 30 tackles and six passes defensed in his first season with the Steelers in 2018. In 113 career games (104 starts), he has 747 tackles, 50 passes defensed and nine interceptions.

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NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension

NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension

NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension

The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per season on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

The league’s highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on his contract. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

–The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

“There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it,” Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. “The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it. The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.”

–The Houston Texans signed offensive tackle Matt Kalil to a one-year contract, multiple media outlets reported.

Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury. He also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, Kalil started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson — who missed all but one game in 2018 — earlier this offseason.

–The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett by April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported in January.

–The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley.

The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr. Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring.

Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles.

–The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold. The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

–Former Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray visited the Indianapolis Colts, according to multiple reports.

Ray, who had eight sacks in 2016 but has battled injuries the last two years, would move from linebacker to defensive end if he joins the Colts. Indianapolis reportedly added pass rusher Justin Houston on Thursday.

–The Buffalo Bills signed former Seahawks safety Maurice Alexander and former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Jake Fisher, who is making the transition to be a blocking tight end.

Buffalo also reportedly visited with former Titans guard Quinton Spain and former Seahawks defensive back Neiko Thorpe.

–The Lions agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin, multiple media outlets reported. Detroit also officially re-signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.

–Wide receiver Cody Latimer officially re-signed with the New York Giants.

–The Cleveland Browns signed free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann.

–The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed fullback Anthony Sherman, per multiple reports.

–The Bengals signed former Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn, ESPN reported.

–The Texans re-signed special teamer Joe Webb III, who also serves as a backup wide receiver and quarterback.

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Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil

Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil

The Houston Texans agreed with offensive tackle

Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil

The Houston Texans agreed with offensive tackle Matt Kalil on a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported Friday

Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury.

A first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, Kalil also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, he has started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson — who missed all but one game in 2018 with a broken ankle — earlier this offseason.

Incumbent left tackle Julien Davenport allowed 8.75 sacks and committed 12 penalties last season, according to STATS LLC. Martinas Rankin, a 2018 third-round pick, allowed 5.5 sacks in four starts at tackle before being benched. Kendall Lamm, who started 13 games at right tackle, signed with the Cleveland Browns in free agency last week.

Kalil allowed 7.5 sacks and committed seven penalties in 2017 with the Panthers. He has allowed 39.25 sacks while committing 32 penalties in 82 career games.

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PGA Tour suspends Garrigus for drug use

PGA Tour suspends Garrigus for drug use

PGA Tour suspends Garrigus for drug use

Golfer Robert Garrigus been suspended for three months for violation of the PGA Tour’s anti-doping program, the tour announced Friday.

The PGA did not specify the substance, identifying it only as a “drug of abuse.”

Garrigus, 41, has talked publicly about previous addiction struggles: He admitted to smoking marijuana regularly while playing on the Web.com Tour (called the Buy.com Tour at the time) and spent 45 days in drug rehabilitation in 2003.

The Idaho native turned pro in 1997 and has one PGA Tour win, at the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic. In 2019, he has competed in four tournaments, missing three cuts and finishing tied for 64th at the Genesis Open.

He is 201st in the FedExCup standings and 450th in the world golf rankings.

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‘Pacman’ Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest

'Pacman' Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest

Free agent defensive back

‘Pacman’ Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest

Free agent defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones reportedly has agreed to spend 10 days in jail under the terms of a plea deal rather than go to trial to face charges against him following an incident at an Indiana casino.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday night that Jones accepted the plea deal, which is conditional upon acceptance by a judge.

Jones was arrested in February at the Rising Star Casino after he was accused of cheating at a table game. He was accused of nine felony and five misdemeanor charges, which included threatening to kill an Indiana Gaming Commission officer.

Also among the charges were felony counts of intimidation and cheating at gambling.

Under the agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop all charges other than felony cheating at gambling and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, according to the Enquirer. He agreed to abstain from alcohol for 18 months and also during that time to not own a firearm without permission from a probation officer.

Jones, 35, has a history of arrests and has been plagued by legal issues throughout his career. The NFL suspended him for the 2007 season following a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club that left a man paralyzed. A member of Jones’ entourage was identified as the shooter.

The Tennessee Titans selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. He spent the 2009 season in the Canadian Football League.

The Broncos signed him before the 2018 season and released him after he played in seven games.

He has 17 career interceptions.

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Giants re-sign WR Latimer

Giants re-sign WR Latimer

Wide receiver

Giants re-sign WR Latimer

Wide receiver Cody Latimer re-signed with the New York Giants.

Latimer, a second-round draft pick of the Broncos who spent his first four seasons in Denver, played in six games with the Giants in 2018. He was hampered by injuries and spent two months on injured reserve with a hamstring issue.

Latimer stood out in the regular-season finale against Dallas with a 21-yard touchdown reception and four catches for 72 yards.

He has 46 career receptions in five seasons.

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Report: Rams match offer on RB Brown

Report: Rams match offer on RB Brown

Report: Rams match offer on RB Brown

The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

Brown’s 2018 season ended in Week 13, when he suffered a clavicle injury against the Detroit Lions.

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Report: Steelers to release S Burnett

Report: Steelers to release S Burnett

Report: Steelers to release S Burnett

The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett on April 1, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported at the time.

Burnett, 30, joined the Steelers on a three-year, $14.4 million deal as a free agent last March, but he started just two of 11 games in 2018 as the third safety. Sean Davis primarily played free safety, with rookie first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds taking the strong safety spot and Burnett playing in sub packages, logging 55.7 percent of the defensive snaps.

The Steelers reportedly told Burnett that the delay in releasing him is due to accounting issues. Burnett is set to count just under $6.5 million against the cap in 2019. His release would save Pittsburgh about $3.6 million in cap space, while bringing a $2.8 million dead-money hit.

After eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Burnett registered 30 tackles and six passes defensed in his first season with the Steelers in 2018. In 113 career games (104 starts), he has 747 tackles, 50 passes defensed and nine interceptions.

–Field Level Media

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Browns sign OL Witzmann

Browns sign OL Witzmann

The Cleveland Browns continue

Browns sign OL Witzmann

The Cleveland Browns continue to stay busy this offseason, signing free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann on Friday.

Witzmann, 28, started seven games at right guard for the Chicago Bears last season, his fourth in the league.

A South Dakota State product, Witzmann entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2014, and he spent the 2016-17 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, making 13 starts during his tenure there.

He provides some offensive line depth to the Browns, who traded guard Kevin Zeitler to the New York Giants.

The Browns also have signed free agents Kendall Lamm, a right tackle, and Eric Kush, who plays guard/center, in their bid to shore up the line.

General manager John Dorsey previously signed both Witzmann and Kush when he was with the Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

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