Sports BriefsPublished 1:36am Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Bengals reach deals
with Jones, Tate
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have reached deals with two more of their unrestricted free agents, cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones and receiver Brandon Tate.
That makes five free agents on defense and six on offense or special teams that have decided to stay with Cincinnati. The Bengals’ only notable signing from outside the team has been backup quarterback Josh Johnson, who will compete for the job that opened when Bruce Gradkowski signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent.
Browns sign Barnes
to bolster seconday
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns signed defensive back Kevin Barnes to a one-year contract.
Barnes has played in 31 career NFL games for Washington and Detroit. He was drafted by the Redskins in the third round in 2009 and played in 15 games. In 2011, he recorded a career-high 26 tackles and two interceptions in 15 games. He was traded to the Lions last year and played in two games before he was waived on Sept. 18.
Also, the Browns hosted free agent linebacker Victor Butler. The former Dallas pass rusher took a physical and met with Browns officials but left without agreeing to a contract. The 25-year-old will reportedly meet with Philadelphia later this week. He’s already met with New Orleans and Pittsburgh.
Butler had three sacks with Cowboys last season.