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Raiders sign WR Jones to 3-year deal
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their young receiving group by signing free agent James Jones to a three-year contract yesterday.
Oakland also signed former New York Giants offensive lineman Kevin Boothe to a two-year deal. Boothe began his career with the Raiders in 2006 before spending the past seven seasons with the Giants, where he won two Super Bowl titles.
Jones, who turns 30 later this month, brings a playoff pedigree and proven pass-catching ability to a position whose most experienced player currently under contract is inconsistent three-year veteran Denarius Moore.
Jones has 310 career catches for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns in 104 games over seven seasons in Green Bay. His most productive year came in 2012 when he had 64 catches for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns.
He had 59 catches for a career-high 817 yards and three scores last season despite being without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for seven games.
Giants sign CB Rodgers-Cromartie
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants’ secondary has gotten a lot stronger in the past couple of days, and so has their return game.
A year after missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Giants continued to be a player in free agency, signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, formerly with Denver.
Terms of the contract were not immediately available.
A person with knowledge of the deal also confirmed late last night that the Giants have reached an agreement with former Denver Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Holliday has to pass physical today before the team will announce the move.
Holliday returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the Broncos’ 41-23 win over the Giants in the second week of last season.
The deals come just a day after the Giants confirmed the signing of former Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond and Chiefs safety Quintin Demps.
Cowboys add QB Weeden to mix with Romo, Orton
The Dallas Cowboys have three quarterbacks with starting experience in the NFL – at least for now.
The Cowboys added free agent Brandon Weeden on a two-year contract yesterday even though they expect Kyle Orton to return behind Tony Romo next season.
There have been reports Orton might not come back for a third season as Romo’s backup, but the team is expecting Orton to be on hand. Dallas carried two quarterbacks late last season after Alex Tanney was claimed off the practice squad by Cleveland, where Weeden had fallen out of favor.
Weeden was a first-round pick by the Browns in 2012 and had a promising rookie season, when he passed for 3,385 yards and won five starts. However, he started poorly in 2013, got benched, lost his confidence and never recovered.
He also became a target of abuse by Cleveland fans, who grew tired of him forcing passes and making bad decisions. He was released last week.
Bengals re-sign Mays
CINCINNATI – The Bengals re-signed safety Taylor Mays yesterday, a week after he became an unrestricted free agent.
Mays is a four-year veteran who played in the first eight games last season before dislocating his shoulder, ending his season.
The 49ers drafted Mays in the second round in 2010. Cincinnati got him in a trade the following year. Mays has played 50 games overall, starting 10 of them.
Cavs’ Irving out 2 weeks with biceps injury
CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving has been knocked out by an injury again, and it’s really painful for the Cavaliers.
Irving will miss at least two weeks with a strained tendon in his left biceps, a major blow to Cleveland’s chances of making the NBA playoffs with only a month left in the regular season.
Irving got hurt during the first half of Sunday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-Star point guard did not return after missing all five shots and leaving the game for medical evaluation and treatment. He flew back with the Cavaliers and yesterday underwent an MRI, which revealed “a strain in the long head tendon” of his biceps, the Cavs said in a release.
The 21-year-old will be shut down for two weeks and re-evaluated. The Cavs said the tendon’s response “will determine the most appropriate course of treatment.”
Irving’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Cavs. He’ll miss at least eight of the final 15 games, and without their leading scorer and best player, it will be tough for the Cavs (26-41) to clinch the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland begins the week 4½ games behind Atlanta, and the Cavs have a difficult schedule ahead with Miami, Oklahoma City and Houston in town over the next five days.
Medlen heading to surgery, Beachy still uncertain
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Braves pitcher Kris Medlen will undergo season-ending surgery today, while teammate Brandon Beachy is getting another opinion on his ailing elbow.
The Braves announced Medlen’s surgery after he was examined yesterday by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Beachy was also examined by Andrews and will now head to Los Angeles to get another opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician.
Medlen will undergo the second Tommy John surgery of his career after having the elbow ligament replaced in 2010. Beachy underwent the same procedure in 2012 and has endured multiple setbacks since then.
Medlen and Beachy were expected to be stalwarts of the Braves’ rotation. After they went down, the team hastily signed free agent Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract.