Jones retires four months after signing with Panthers

Updated: August 7, 2005, 9:27 PM ET
Associated Press

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 injuries.

"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).


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

ALSO SEE