Report: Chad Johnson wants to make a comeback — 9:50 p.m.
CSNHouston.com reports that Chad Johnson is hoping to return to the NFL next season, and specifically wants to play for the Houston Texans.
“I think I’ve been very good to the NFL and for the NFL over a number of years, making the game fun and exciting,” Johnson said. “But I did mess up, you know I messed up once. I made my bed and have to lay in it. Some people are given second chances, some people aren’t. I think at this point I’ve learned my lesson.”
The incident to which Johnson referred is his domestic battery charge stemming from an altercation with ex-wife Evelyn Lozada. The incident occurred when Johnson was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins, who cut him one day after charges were filed.
He did not play for any team during the 2012 regular season. The last time he saw the field came in 2011, when he made just 15 catches and had only one touchdown all season with the New England Patriots.
Giants sign TE Myers, WR Murphy — 9:10 p.m.
A person familiar with the situation said that the New York Giants reached an agreement with tight end Brandon Myers, who had his best season with the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
The agreement with Myers was revealed hours after it was learned the Giants signed receiver Louis Murphy, said the person who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deals.
The agreement with Myers fills the Giants’ biggest need since Martellus Bennett had left the club to sign with the Bears as a free agent.
Myers caught 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns last season, including a team-record 14 against Cleveland in December. — Associated Press
Jets’ CB Revis earns $1 million bonus — 7:01 p.m.
Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis, the subject of trade rumors, has earned a $1 million roster bonus as a result of a clause in his contract with New York.
According to the clause, the bonus kicked in on Saturday since Revis remains on the Jets’ roster – not traded or cut – at the end of the business day. There has been intense speculation during the past several weeks that the Jets will try to trade their best player, who is recovering from a torn knee ligament.
Some believed that move could come by Saturday so the Jets could avoid the clause, but Revis will receive the bonus later in the year and it counts on New York’s salary cap – whether or not he remains with the team. — Associated Press
Jets re-sign kicker Folk — 6:50 p.m.
The New York Jets have re-signed kicker Nick Folk, who opted to stay with the team after being an unrestricted free agent.
Folk has been with the Jets for three seasons after signing with New York as a free agent in 2010. He was 21 of 27 on field-goal attempts last season, and 134 for 172 for his career. He spent his first three NFL seasons with Dallas.
The team announced the move Saturday, along with making the signings Friday of offensive lineman Willie Colon and defensive lineman Antonio Garay official.
Folk is the second free agent to re-sign with the Jets, joining fullback Lex Hilliard. New York has lost several key players in free agency, including safety LaRon Landry, running back Shonn Greene and tight end Dustin Keller. — Associated Press
Browns meet with CB Grimes — 6:44 p.m.
Atlanta’s attempt to re-sign cornerback Brent Grimes has gotten more competitive.
As first reported on Twitter by FOXSports.com, Grimes completed his second free-agent visit Saturday with the Cleveland Browns. He met with the Miami Dolphins on Friday.
Grimes, 29, was designated Atlanta’s franchise player in 2012. However, Grimes tore his Achilles tendon in the season-opener and was placed on injured reserve.
If signed by Cleveland, Grimes would team with Joe Haden as the starting cornerbacks. Grimes also would upgrade a Miami secondary that lost cornerback Sean Smith in free agency to Kansas City.
The Falcons want Grimes back, especially after releasing Dunta Robinson before the start of the free-agent signing period. Robinson has since signed with the Chiefs.
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49ers sign safety Dahl — 5:42 p.m.
The San Francisco 49ers have signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract, finding a replacement in the secondary after Dashon Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay.
The 27-year-old Dahl spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams and had 78 tackles and an interception in 2012.
San Francisco’s front office hosted a handful of defensive backs for meetings this week, including veteran free agent Charles Woodson and Louis Delmas, who wound up in Detroit.
Goldson spent the past two seasons on one-year contracts for the 49ers and sought a long-term deal. He signed a $41.25 million, five-year contract with Tampa Bay — even after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said re-signing Goldson was a top priority.
San Francisco lost 34-31 in the Super Bowl to Baltimore. — Associated Press
The New England Patriots have released receiver Brandon Lloyd and re-signed defensive backs Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Adrian Wilson.
The team made the announcements on Saturday.
Arrington tied for the NFL lead in 2011 with seven interceptions. Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who holds the NFL record for most sacks in a season by a defensive back (eight) and is the sixth player in NFL history to record 25 sacks and 25 interceptions in his career.
Talib was acquired by New England in a trade with Tampa Bay on Nov. 1 for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick. He started in five of six games for New England after the trade and had 19 tackles and an interception that he returned 59 yards for a touchdown.
Lloyd had 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns last season for New England, with 12 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown in two playoff games. — Associated Press
Giants sign LB Connor — 4:08 p.m.
Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor has signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. The Giants announced the signing of the former Penn State product Saturday without disclosing details.
Connor can play both inside and outside, so his signing casts some doubt on whether New York will bring back middle linebacker Chase Blackburn, who is a free agent.
Connor started five games at middle linebacker for Dallas last season, making 56 tackles. He also started three games at weakside linebacker. He played his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
”Being able to stay in the same division is great,” said Connor, released by the Cowboys on Monday. ”Talking to the Giants coaches, the (4-3) system seems to fit me. I wanted to get back into a 4-3 look. It’s a great opportunity. When my agent called me and said they were interested I was so thrilled. This is a class organization with a lot of tradition. They’re a successful team with a winning tradition and it was something I wanted to be a part of. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Connor has played in 56 career games with 27 starts. He has 222 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Connor set a Penn State record with 419 career tackles in 45 games (37 starts). He also had 14 sacks and four interceptions. — Associated Press
NFC South: How is free agency going? — 3:31 p.m.
How are the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints faring during the first full week of NFL free agency?
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears has agreed to a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens announced the move late Friday night. Spears is expected to take a physical and sign the deal within the next few days.
Although the Super Bowl champions have lost several key players during free agency, they’ve enhanced their defensive line by signing Chris Canty and Spears, who has 89 starts over his NFL career.
General manager Ozzie Newsome says, ”The base of a good defense is to be good along the defensive line. Spears, like Canty, can play multiple positions along the line. He brings a lot of snaps and big game experience to us.”
Spears was drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft by Dallas.