Signings: WR Warrick returns to Seahawks
Hoping to carve out a bigger role in his second season with the team, unrestricted free agent wide receiver Peter Warrick has agreed to return to the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year contract extension, ESPN.com has confirmed. The one-year deal is worth $1 million.
Warrick, 28, signed with the Seahawks last summer, after the Cincinnati Bengals released him, but he played sparingly for the NFC champions, catching just 11 passes for 180 yards and seeing some duty as a punt returner. Although the Seattle wide receiver depth chart remains crowded, the departure of veteran Joe Jurevicius to Cleveland in free agency has thinned the ranks a bit, and Warrick is confident that he can contribute more in his second season with the club, and with a better comfort zone in the offense.
The former Florida State star, the fourth overall player selected in the 2000 draft, has played in 79 games and started 60 of them. He has 275 catches for 2,991 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best season came with the Bengals, in 2003, when he posted 79 receptions for 819 yards.
-- Len Pasquarelli
For the second day in a row, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added a former first-round draft pick to help bolster their offensive line. Unrestricted free agent tackle Stockar McDougle, a six-year veteran, has signed a two-year, $1.605 million contract, ESPN.com has learned. The deal comes just one day after the Jaguars signed former Buffalo Bills first-round tackle Mike Williams, who was released last week.
McDougle, 29, received a $100,000 signing bonus. His base salaries are $585,000 (2006) and $720,000 (2007) and the deal includes annual workout bonuses of $100,000. If McDougle plays in 60 percent of the offensive snaps in 2006, his 2007 base salary escalates to $2 million.
The first-round choice of the Detroit Lions in 2000, McDougle, who has started at various times at both tackle spots and at guard, has appeared in 68 games. His best seasons came in 2003-2004, when he started all 16 games in each of those seasons at right tackle. McDougle played for the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and appeared in seven games, with two starts.
-- Len Pasquarelli
Tight end Brian Jones signed his tender offer Wednesday, keeping him with the Jaguars.
Jones spent the last two seasons in Jacksonville after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004 out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
He played in 13 games last season and started one. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound tight end caught two passes for 49 yards and finished tied for third on the team with 10 special teams tackles.
The Denver Broncos have added depth to an already well-stocked linebacker corps, agreeing to terms with unrestricted free agent Nate Webster on a two-year contract. Webster began his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and signed with Cincinnati in 2004 as the projected starting middle linebacker, but then suffered a series of serious knee injuries.
The six-year veteran, limited by the knee injuries to only four games the past two seasons, received a signing bonus of $200,000 and base salaries of $585,000 (2006) and $720,000 (2007). The second year of the deal will void if Webster plays in 70 percent of the defensive snaps in 2006.
Webster, 28, has appeared in 67 games, with nine starts, and has 213 tackles.
-- Len Pasquarelli
Former first-round wide receiver Rod Gardner, who split the 2005 between Carolina and Green Bay, on Wednesday signed a one-year contract to return to the Packers, ESPN.com confirmed. Financial details were not available.
Gardner, 28, caught just 13 passes for 151 yards in 2005. He was traded from Washington to Carolina just before the start of training camp, opened the season with the Panthers, then was released and signed by the Packers, with whom he finished the year. The former Clemson standout was the Redskins' first-round pick in the 2001 draft and was viewed for the first three years of his career as an excellent No. 2 wide receiver, before falling out of favor with the Washington coaching staff.
He has 240 catches for 3,148 yards and 23 touchdowns for his career. Gardner's best season was in 2002, when he caught 71 passes for 1,006 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Green Bay Packers re-signed offensive tackle Kevin Barry and defensive lineman Kenny Peterson on Wednesday.
Barry, a fifth-year player out of Arizona, made the Packers' roster in 2002 as an undrafted rookie free agent. The 6-foot-4, 332-pound Barry has made eight starts in 59 games.
Peterson was the team's third-round pick out of Ohio State in 2003. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Peterson has played defensive tackle and defensive end for the Packers.
The San Francisco 49ers signed veteran cornerback Walt Harris on Wednesday, adding depth to a young defensive secondary.
Harris has played 10 NFL seasons with three teams, spending the last two years with the Washington Redskins after prior stints in Chicago and Indianapolis. He started 12 games for the Redskins last season despite injuries, but was released Friday when they needed to get under the salary cap.
"I'm definitely ready to come in and help," Harris said. "I've been a young guy before, and I know how I thought as a young guy. I was surrounded by a lot of veteran leadership, and that helped me out a whole lot. I just really want to return the favor."
Harris has 20 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries in his career. He will compete for a starting job opposite Shawntae Spencer with Bruce Thornton, a waiver-wire pickup who took Ahmed Plummer's job last season.
Unrestricted free agent tailback Travis Minor has re-signed with the Miami Dolphins, netting a one-year contract, the financial details of which were not immediately available.
A five-year veteran, Minor has appeared in 75 games and carried 258 times for 1,059 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2005, he carried only five times for 17 yards. The former Florida State standout can also return kickoffs and is a solid special teams player.
-- Len Pasquarelli
The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to contract terms with backup tight end Jerame Tuman.
Tuman is entering his seventh season with the Steelers.
Receiver Darnerien McCants will rejoin the Philadelphia Eagles next season after signing a one-year contract Wednesday.
McCants, 27, played in 12 games for the Eagles last season, mostly on special teams. He caught five passes for 87 yards as a reserve.
A fifth-round draft pick out of Delaware State in 2001 by Washington, McCants joined the Eagles shortly before the 2005 season opener. In 41 career games, he has 58 catches for 774 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Cleveland Browns signed OL Bob Hallen to a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Hallen, started three games last season for the San Diego Chargers. In his eight-year career, Hallen has played in 86 games, starting 47 of them. He has played four years with both Atlanta and San Diego.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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