Free agent fullback Michael Robinson said on Twitter on Thursday night that he’s returning to the Seattle Seahawks.
The team said an agreement with Robinson, who spent the past two seasons in Seattle, was not yet official.
Robinson was a Pro Bowl alternate last season as the blocker in front of running back Marshawn Lynch. Robinson was also a captain and versatile on special teams for the Seahawks.
With Robinson’s expected return, the Seahawks have already brought back five of their own key free agents: Lynch, defensive end Red Bryant, offensive linemen Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini, and special teams standout Heath Farwell.
–The Associated Press
Dolphins, Hicks agree to deal
The Miami Dolphins agreed to contract terms Thursday night with guard/tackle Artis Hicks.
FOXSports.com has learned that Hicks received a one-year, $2 million contract that also offers another $500,000 in incentives.
The Cleveland Browns re-signed unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Oniel Cousins and tight end Alex Smith, the team announced.
Plus, exclusive-rights free agent defensive lineman Brian Schaefering has signed his one-year tender.
Smith caught 147 career passes for 1,414 yards with 12 touchdowns. In four starts last season for the Browns, he hauled in 14 passes for 131 yards with one touchdown. Cousins has appeared in 30 career regular season games with five starts. Last season, he played in four games with one start at right tackle for the Browns.
A former Baltimore Ravens third-round draft pick from Texas-El Paso, Cousins has played both guard and tackle. For more coverage of the NFL, go to profootball.scout.com.
Cowboys sign LB Connor
The Dallas Cowboys have signed inside linebacker Dan Connor, the team announced.
Connor, 26, is a former Carolina Panther starter who’s expected to be plugged in next to Sean Lee, his former Penn State teammate.
Connor started 11 games last season for Carolina and recorded 87 tackles and a forced fumble.
Connor was sidelined for his rookie season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament after being drafted in the third round. He missed half of the 2010 season with a hip injury.
The Washington Redskins have hammered out a two-year, $6 million contract with Chicago Bears free agent safety Brandon Meriweather, a league source with knowledge of the deal confirmed.
A former University of Miami standout who was drafted in the first round by the New England Patriots, Meriweather started four games last season for Chicago and registered 32 tackles. Three years ago, Meriweather intercepted five passes and posted 83 tackles.
For his career, he has 293 tackles, two sacks, 12 interceptions and five forced fumbles.
Meriweather is a hard hitter, but has drawn fines from the NFL for his head-hunting approach to the game.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are paying backup quarterback Chad Henne decent money to provide a challenge to incumbent Blaine Gabbert.
According to a league source, Henne’s two-year deal is worth $6.75 million and includes a $3 million signing bonus and annual $50,000 workout bonuses. Henne ended last season on injured reserve with a separated non-throwing shoulder.
Henne completed 57.1 percent of his throws for 868 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions before his season was ended prematurely after four games.
A former second-round draft pick from Michigan, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has passed for 7,114 career yards, 31 touchdowns and 37 interceptions for a 75.7 quarterback rating.
Shaw to visit Lions
Veteran free agent linebacker and special-teams ace Tim Shaw is scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions early next week, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Over the past three years, Shaw ranks in the top three in the NFL with 52 special-teams tackles.
49ers cut Spencer
The San Francisco 49ers have cut veteran cornerback Shawntae Spencer, the team announced.
By cutting him, the 49ers save $3.3 million against the salary cap.
“The 49ers would like to thank Shawntae for his eight years of service to the organization and the Bay Area community,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He has always represented himself, his family and this organization with the utmost class. We wish him, and his family, the very best.”
Spencer, 30, was a starter until last season when he played in nine games with no starts.
As first reported by FOXSports.com, defensive end Mario Williams agreed Thursday on a multiyear contract.
FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer reports the deal includes a staggering $50 million guaranteed, making it the largest free-agent contract ever signed by an NFL player. It’s a six-year deal with a maximum value of $100 million.
The deal ends a two-day courtship of Williams that included a trip to Buffalo by his fiancé. Having failed to reach the playoffs since the 1999 season, the Bills made Williams the focus of their free-agent push after re-signing wide receiver Stevie Johnson to a multiyear contract extension on Monday.
Williams is Buffalo’s most dynamic defensive roster acquisition since Smith, the Hall of Fame defensive end who spent the first 15 years of his NFL career (1985 to 1999) with the Bills. Williams also was considered the top defensive player on this year’s free-agent market. The Texans didn’t have enough money under the salary cap to re-sign him to a contract extension.
Detroit Lions free agent quarterback Drew Stanton is visiting the New York Jets today, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder started three games in 2010, passing for four touchdowns and three interceptions for 78.1 quarterback rating. Full story
Source: Jones heads to Seattle after Rams visit
Tennessee Titans veteran free agent defensive lineman Jason Jones is traveling today to visit the Seattle Seahawks after he met with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday and left without agreeing to terms, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
He played for Rams coach Jeff Fisher in Tennessee. Full story
Source: Nakamura visits Panthers
Baltimore Ravens free agent safety and special-teams contributor Haruki Nakamura is visiting the Carolina Panthers today, according to a league source.
Nakamura is an unrestricted free agent and is looking for increased playing time. Full story
Seahawks cut guard Gallery
As the Seattle Seahawks had former Minnesota Vikings offensive guard Steve Hutchinson in for a visit and re-signed offensive guard Pat McQuistan, they cut offensive guard Robert Gallery.
Gallery, 31, was due a $5 million base salary next season.
He dealt with knee problems last season and suffered an abdominal injury and underwent surgery.
Hutchinson, 34, is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who was cut by the Vikings this week. The former Seahawks standout visited the Tennessee Titans before his Seahawks visit.