Signings: Chiefs land veteran QB Huard

Updated: March 16, 2006, 9:32 PM ET
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The Kansas City Chiefs signed quarterback Damon Huard to a one-year contract Thursday, assuring a veteran backup for Trent Green after the departure of Todd Collins earlier in the week.

Huard, an unrestricted free agent, has played sparingly in his NFL career, starting only six games over nine seasons spent with Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, where he was a member of two Super Bowl teams.

Huard also has spent time with the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe but has only thrown one pass in an NFL game since 2000. He hasn't played the past two seasons, when he has been the Chiefs' No. 3 quarterback.

Kansas City was in the market for a veteran backup after Collins signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. The Chiefs already have signed Canadian Football League veteran Casey Printers and James Kilian, a seventh-round pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
-- The Associated Press

Dante blazes to Chicago
Panthers cornerback Dante Wesley knew he had a home in Carolina based on the three-year deal they were offering him, but he opted to take less money to get a chance at more playing time.

Wesley accepted a two-year, $2 million deal to move to the Bears and compete for playing time in that defense. His thinking is that he can get more time in Chicago because in Carolina he was playing behind Ken Lucas, Chris Gamble and Ricky Manning.

On the regular defense, Wesley played only 10 percent of the downs. He was a good special teams player and will also do that for the Bears.
-- John Clayton

Dolphins ink veteran Hill
The Dolphins beat out the Browns, the Raiders and the Jets to get the services of versatile defensive back Renaldo Hill.

Hill agreed to a three-year, $6 million contract with the Dolphins that included a $2 million signing bonus. For Hill, the Dolphins signing allows him to be reunited with Nick Saban, who recruited him out of high school to go Michigan State. He started for three years for Saban at Michigan State.

Hill plays cornerback and safety, and he is probably going to help the Dolphins at the safety position. The Raiders used him as a cornerback-safety last year and at time, they used him as a linebacker in a 'Big Nickel' defense. He ended up with 89 tackles.
-- John Clayton

Bowen finds home in Buffalo
Safety Matt Bowen didn't take long to find a new home after he was released over the weekend by the Redskins.

After visiting the Bills, he agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal to work with new coach Dick Jauron. Bowen is considered one of the faster safeties in football. The Bills signed him for his speed and ability to fly down the field.

He comes in to a secondary that lost safety Lawyer Milloy.
-- John Clayton

Steelers bring back end Bailey
The Steelers reached a one-year, $625,000 deal with Seahawks defensive end Rodney Bailey. Included in the deal is a $40,000 million signing bonus.

Bailey has been considered a valuable backup on winning teams. He's been in Pittsburgh, New England and Seattle in the past couple of years. The plan for him with the Steelers is to play defensive end behind Brett Keisel. With the Seahawks, he played end and tackle.
-- John Clayton

Williams back with Seahawks for one year
The Seattle Seahawks re-signed cornerback Jimmy Williams to a one-year contract Thursday.

Williams joined the Seahawks during Week 3 of the 2005 season and served as the primary punt returner for most of the season. He averaged 5.8 yards per return, but was benched for the NFC championship and the Super Bowl after fumbling twice against Washington in Seattle's first playoff game. He was replaced for the rest of the playoffs by Peter Warrick.

Williams also served as an extra defensive back in Seattle's secondary. Williams started one game in place of Marcus Trufant, and finished with 23 tackles and two interceptions. Williams, a five-year veteran, spent his first four seasons with San Francisco. -- The Associated Press

Niners sign Richard, McAddley
The San Francisco 49ers re-signed receiver Jason McAddley and safety Kris Richard on Friday.

McAddley caught seven passes for 125 yards in his first season with San Francisco after previous stints with Arizona and Tennessee.

Richard joined the 49ers shortly before the season finale after three seasons in Seattle and a few days with the Miami Dolphins, who acquired him in a trade but cut him.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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