Roundup: Ex-Dolphins RB Chatman signs one-year deal with Jets

Updated: March 10, 2008, 10:01 PM ET
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The New York Jets signed free agent running back Jesse Chatman to a one-year deal Sunday. Chatman, out of football in 2006, ran for a career-high 515 yards and a touchdown for Miami last season and caught 27 passes for 161 yards.

"Jesse chose New York because he has a past relationship with a couple of the coaches and feels that it's a great opportunity," agent Brett Tessler said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

The signing, first reported by the Palm Beach Post, gives the Jets depth at the running back position with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington already on the team. Chatman, 28, worked with Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer when the two were with the San Diego Chargers a few years ago.

Chatman became the Dolphins' starting running back after Ronnie Brown was sidelined for the season by a knee injury in Week 7. His best game came in a 13-10 loss to Buffalo in Week 10, when he ran for a career-high 124 yards on 27 carries.

The 5-foot-8, 220-pound Chatman spent his first three NFL seasons with San Diego from 2002 to '04, but was released by the Chargers in July 2005. He signed with the Dolphins before that season, but was traded to New Orleans after being inactive for the first five games. Chatman was then inactive for three games with the Saints before they also released him. After sitting out a year and losing 60 pounds, Chatman was again signed by the Dolphins and revived his NFL career.
-- The Associated Press

After being aggressive in upgrading their defensive line and receiving corps, the Cleveland Browns went back to basics and tried to provide insurance for their offensive line by re-signing guard Lennie Friedman.

Friedman, 31, agreed to a one-year deal to be a backup at guard and center. This will be Friedman's third season with the Browns. He's had two starts over the past two years.

In 10 seasons, Friedman has started 34 games for four teams, including the Bears, Redskins and Broncos.

The Browns also reached a two-year, $7 million deal with Dolphins guard Rex Hadnot.

Hadnot was considered one of the prize offensive linemen on the market. He was talking to the Steelers and the Houston Texans, but he decided to take a short-term deal with the Browns.

At 26, Hadnot will have two years to start on a talented Browns offensive line and then see if he can get a long-term contract.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

The Buffalo Bills signed free agent tight end Courtney Anderson to a two-year deal on Monday.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Anderson, who met with the team last week, has started 28 of 43 NFL games in the previous four seasons. He has 62 catches for 763 yards and six touchdowns. He played in four games last season without a reception for Detroit and Atlanta.

Anderson will be competing with holdover starter Robert Royal, as the Bills reintroduce the tight end position this season under new offensive coordinator Turk Schonert.
-- The Associated Press

The Houston Texans re-signed free agents tight end Mark Bruener and safety Glenn Earl on Monday.

Bruener, a 13-year veteran, appeared in 14 games with one start for Houston last season. The blocking tight end joined the Texans in 2004 after playing for Pittsburgh his first nine seasons.

Earl missed last season after fracturing his foot in the exhibition opener. A fourth-round pick in 2004, Earl has appeared in 37 games with 31 starts for Houston. He started 15 games at strong safety in 2006 and had 70 tackles, two sacks and an interception.
-- The Associated Press

Tight end Ben Troupe and wide receiver Antonio Bryant signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

Troupe played for the Tennessee Titans the past four seasons, starting 29 times. He had 106 receptions for 1,056 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a second-round draft pick by the Titans in 2004.

Bryant was a second-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 then moved to the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and San Francisco 49ers in 2006. He has 250 receptions for 3,837 yards and 19 touchdowns.
-- The Associated Press

Tight end Eric Johnson agreed to a one-year contract to return to the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Johnson played 14 games for New Orleans last season, catching 48 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns.
-- The Associated Press

The Bengals agreed to terms on a one-year contract Monday with unrestricted free agent linebacker Darryl Blackstock, his agent said.

Agent Brad Blank would not discuss terms of the deal, but said the 24-year-old Blackstock planned to sign Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 244-pound Blackstock has 44 career tackles and four sacks in 46 games with the Arizona Cardinals, who chose him in the third round of the 2005 draft. He had 21 tackles and three sacks last season.

The player had a difficult time choosing between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati, but the Bengals made him feel more wanted, with coach Marvin Lewis calling him personally, Blank said. Blackstock visited Cleveland on Wednesday and Cincinnati the next day.

The Cardinals last month declined to tender an offer to Blackstock, who played with Bengals linebacker Ahmad Brooks at Virginia.
-- The Associated Press