Roundup: Williams, Jaguars agree to four-year, $16 million contract

Updated: March 6, 2008, 8:43 PM ET
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A year ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars were willing to part with tackle Maurice Williams after the signing of right tackle Tony Pashos, but now they can't operate without him.

Williams, 29, reached an agreement Thursday morning to stay in Jacksonville and play on the offensive line, three days after the Jags released six-year starter Chris Naeole. He agreed in principle to a four-year, $16 million deal that included $4 million in guarantees. Depending on how much the team uses him, he could make another $500,000 a year.

A former second-round choice of the Jaguars in 2001, Williams moved to right guard last season and won back the confidence of the Jaguars organization. His agents, Tom Condon and Ken Kramer, were flooded with phone calls as free agency opened last week for Williams, who was being sought after as a tackle. He was considered one of the top right tackle prospects on the market.

In the end, he decided to stay in Jacksonville whether he's a guard or a tackle.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Tony Richardson, the fullback who spent most of his career opening holes for Priest Holmes in Kansas City, signed with the New York Jets.

Richardson, a 13-year veteran, played with the Minnesota Vikings last season and made the Pro Bowl for the third time. He also made it with the Chiefs in 2003 and 2004.

For his career, Richardson has rushed for 1,601 yards and 15 touchdowns and has 201 receptions for 1,498 yards and nine TDs.

"Tony will serve as a tremendous asset in both the running and passing game as well as on special teams," Jets coach Eric Mangini said. "With nearly 200 games of NFL experience, he is a consummate professional who will serve as a great resource for our younger players."

Richardson, who played at Auburn, spent his first 11 seasons with the Chiefs and the last two with the Vikings.
-- The Associated Press

The St. Louis Rams re-signed guard Adam Goldberg on Thursday and agreed to terms with tight end Anthony Becht.

Goldberg played in the first four games last season before being place on injured reserve with a knee injury. He played in 15 games for St. Louis in 2006.

Becht, a nine-year veteran, played 48 games for Tampa Bay the last three seasons. A first-round pick of the New York Jets in 2000, he has 133 career receptions for 1,164 yards and 17 touchdowns in 78 games, 74 of them starts. From 2002-06, Becht started in 96 consecutive games.
-- The Associated Press

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted no time replacing Anthony Becht, who signed with the Rams. They reached a two-year deal with Tennessee Titans tight end Ben Troupe.

A second-round pick of the Titans in 2004, Troupe is hoping to rekindle a career that seemed so promising a couple years ago. The Titans made him the 40th pick in the 2004 draft because of his size (270 pounds) and pass-catching ability. In his second season with the Titans, Troupe caught 55 passes for 530 yards and four touchdowns.

His productivity diminished over the past two seasons. In 2006, Vince Young's first season as starting quarterback, Troup started nine games but caught only 13 passes. Last year, he had two starts and only five catches.

Troupe was looking for a new start and will have a chance to compete for the starting job against Alex Smith. Troupe becomes the sixth Titans free agent to leave in the past week; five of those departures were 2004 draft choices.

The Bucs also re-signed cornerback Sammy Davis.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com