Defensive tackle Darby reaches deal with Lions

Updated: March 7, 2008, 10:58 PM ET
ESPN.com wire services

The reunion between Lions coach Rod Marinelli and Buccaneers players he once coached continued Friday when Detroit reached a three-year agreement with defensive tackle Chuck Darby.

Terms of the deal were not available, but Darby joins safety Dwight Smith as offseason acquisitions who knew Marinelli from his days as an assistant with Tampa Bay. Last year, former Bucs defensive end Dewayne White was one of the team's main offseason signings.

Darby was signed to provide leadership to the defensive line. Though he may not be a full-time starter with the Lions, Darby was signed by the Seahawks prior to their Super Bowl season in 2006 and was considered one of the leaders of Seattle's defense.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

The Rams re-signed their second offensive lineman in as many days by reaching a one-year, $645,000 deal with tackle Brandon Gorin. On Thursday, St. Louis signed offensive lineman Adam Goldberg to a similar deal.

Because of injuries last season, Gorin filled in and made eight starts and played close to 50 percent of the offensive snaps. Goldberg had two starts. Each received a $40,000 signing bonus.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Friday.

Lloyd played for Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner at Illinois and said that was a big factor in his decision to sign with the Bears.

A fourth-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2003, he has 130 receptions for 1,889 yards and 13 touchdowns. Lloyd's colorful personality rubbed some 49ers veterans the wrong way, and the team dealt him to Washington before the 2006 season. The Redskins signed him to a long-term contract that included $10 million in guaranteed money, but he fell out of favor because of his work ethic and poor production.

Lloyd had just two catches for 14 yards last season, when he broke his collarbone in November, and he caught just 25 passes with no touchdowns in two years with Washington.

-- The Associated Press

The New Orleans Saints made another move toward strengthening their linebacker corps, signing former Carolina Panthers player Dan Morgan.

A team spokesman confirmed the signing but did not disclose the terms of the contract. Morgan's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not want to discuss the contract with the media, a person answering the phone in his office said Friday.

Morgan, 29, made the Pro Bowl after the 2004 season but was sidelined by serious injuries for most of the past two seasons before his release from Carolina.

Last season, he played only three games because of an Achilles' tendon injury. The year before, a concussion forced him to miss all but one game. made only one start last season, when he made 14 tackles.

The Saints also re-signed tight end Billy Miller.

Miller, 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, is an eight-year veteran and has been with the Saints since 2006. He has 155 career receptions for 1,669 yards and nine touchdowns.

-- The Associated Press

Kick returner Rock Cartwright and the Washington Redskins agreed to a $3 million, three-year contract Friday.

The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus for Cartwright, whose 25.8-yard average on kickoff returns ranked second in the NFC last season.

"I think he was happy being a Redskin. Didn't want to go anywhere else," team executive vice president Vinny Cerrato said. "Said he wanted to take a look at free agency. He took a look -- and decided to re-sign with us."

It's the second re-signing in what has been an uncharacteristically quiet free-agency period for Washington. The Redskins' only other move so far was to keep backup quarterback Todd Collins, who got a $9 million, three-year deal.

-- The Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead and two more defensive linemen Friday.

Moorehead, who played the last five years with Southeast Division rival Carolina, has 138 tackles and nine sacks in 75 career games.

Moorehead (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) is a former Alabama standout who has played in all 16 games each of the past two years, but he made only one start in that span. He set his career high with five sacks in 2005 and had two last season.

The Falcons also signed defensive tackle Rashad Moore and defensive end Simon Fraser.

Moore (6-3, 325) has 88 career tackles and three sacks in four seasons. He was a sixth-round draft pick from Tennessee by Seattle in 2003. After two seasons with the Seahawks he was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets in 2006 before joining the New England Patriots last season. He played in only one game with the Patriots.

Fraser (6-6, 300), had 54 tackles and 4.5 sacks -- all in 2006 -- the last three seasons with Cleveland. He played in 16 games but made only one start last season, when he made 14 tackles.

-- The Associated Press

The Tennessee Titans waived cornerback Kelly Herndon on Friday and visited with guard Rex Hadnot in their search for veteran help for their offensive line.

The Titans picked Herndon up from Seattle last June and agreed to a three-year deal with the veteran as they tried to shore up their secondary.

Herndon, who played in 73 regular-season games with Denver and Seattle with 49 starts, played in four games and had two tackles as second-year cornerback Cortland Finnegan won the starting job.

The 26-year-old Hadnot is a four-year veteran who has started 55 of 63 games with the Miami Dolphins. The Titans are looking at experienced linemen after losing starting left guard Jacob Scott in free agency to St. Louis.

-- The Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed linebacker Andre Frazier to a one-year contract Friday, a week after declining to tender him a contract for $927,000.

Frazier played eight games for the Steelers last season, all on special teams. The former University of Cincinnati player was cut by the Steelers in 2006, when he hooked on with the Bengals for part of the season, and again last year before returning to the Steelers.

-- The Associated Press