Jones retires four months after signing with Panthers

8/7/2005 - NFL

Carolina Panthers: Tight end Freddie Jones retired
Sunday, ending his eight-year career just four months after signing
a free agent contract with the Panthers.

Jones spent five seasons in San Diego and three in Arizona and
had 404 career catches. He wasn't exactly a fit with the Panthers,
who use their tight ends primarily for blocking.

"It was in the best interest of my family that I conclude my
career at this time," Jones said. "I appreciate the Panthers
signing me. It's a top-notch organization and I'm glad I got a
chance to experience it before I retired."

Jones, who played at North Carolina, was a second-round pick by
the Chargers in the 1997 draft.

Kansas City Chiefs: All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez was at practice Sunday night after X-rays on his
injured left foot showed no broken bones.

Gonzalez had surgery on the same foot in the offseason and is
being limited to one practice a day during training camp. He was
injured during a 1-on-1 drill Saturday night. He came out halfway
through Sunday night's practice and caught passes on the sidelines.

Coach Dick Vermeil had scheduled a full workout in pads, but
changed the format to shorts and helmets after a recent spate of

"You don't realize how intense it gets until you study the
practice tapes," Vermeil said. "There were some unbelievable
collisions with good players against good players."

Running back Priest Holmes sat out the practice after being
kicked while being tackled in Saturday night's practice. He would
return to workouts Monday morning, Vermeil said.

Tight end Kris Wilson remained sidelined with a groin injury.

Dallas Cowboys: Kicker Jose Cortez signed with the Cowboys.

Cortez, who has kicked for four other NFL teams, was signed
after working out for the Cowboys on Saturday. Wade Richie also
worked out but wasn't signed.

The Cowboys waived injured kicker Brett Visintainer, who coach Bill Parcells said had a back injury. Also on the roster is Billy Cundiff, the team's kicker the past three seasons.

Cortez spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, appearing in 10 games and only handling kickoffs. He hasn't attempted a field goal since 2002 with Washington, when he made 23 of 32 that season. He also has kicked for the New York Giants (1999) and San Francisco (2001).