Titans continue to add, bring back wide receiver McCareins

Updated: March 13, 2008, 3:06 PM ET
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The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with receiver Justin McCareins on Wednesday, bringing him back to the team that drafted him.

The Titans drafted McCareins in the fourth-round in 2001 and traded him to the New York Jets in 2004 for a second-round draft pick that year. McCareins started each game his first two seasons with New York but totaled only 13 starts over the past two seasons with 42 combined catches in that time.

He was cut earlier this month by the Jets.

"Justin is a strong, physical receiver that has the ability to get downfield and has a lot of playing experience," general manager Mike Reinfeldt said. "There is obviously a comfort-level from both sides with his previous time here and he adds depth to the receiver group."

Tennessee is trying to improve an offense that managed just nine touchdowns passing last season, one reason coach Jeff Fisher fired offensive coordinator Norm Chow in January and replaced him by bringing back Mike Heimerdinger.

McCareins has size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. He had 12 starts in 36 games with Tennessee in which he caught 69 passes for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns. In New York, he had 141 catches for 2,062 and seven touchdowns. He saw limited action last season, catching just 19 passes for 232 yards with some costly drops.

His best year came in 2003 with Heimerdinger as McCareins had 47 catches for a career-high 813 yards and seven touchdowns.

McCareins is the second ex-Titan the team has brought back this offseason, joining defensive end Jevon Kearse who agreed to terms last week on a two-year deal. The Titans also have signed offensive guard Jake Scott and tight end Alge Crumpler this offseason.
-- The Associated Press

The Oakland Raiders continued on the fast track to improving their receiving corps by reaching a contract with Panthers wide receiver Drew Carter.

The Associated Press reported that the deal was for one year and $2 million.

Carter was considered one of the fastest receivers remaining on the market. With Javon Walker and Carter now added to the roster, the Raiders believe they have added more explosiveness to the offense.

JaMarcus Russell is expected to be the starting quarterback this season and he has one of the strongest arms in football. The Raiders lost Jerry Porter to the Jaguars at the beginning of free agency.

Carter, 26, started seven games last season for the Panthers. He was a fifth-round pick in 2004.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers declined to match the three-year, $3.5 million offer sheet on restricted safety Kalvin Pearson, allowing him to go to the Detroit Lions.

The Bucs informed Pearson on Wednesday afternoon that he would be allowed to leave. A week ago, he signed the Lions' offer sheet, which included a $1.1 million signing bonus. Because he was undrafted and given the low restricted tender offer, the Bucs will not receive any draft choice compensation with his departure.

Pearson becomes the fourth former Buc to join the Lions this offseason. Cornerback Brian Kelly, safety Dwight Smith and defensive tackle Chuck Darby signed in the past two weeks. Former Bucs defensive line assistant Rod Marinelli is entering his third season as head coach of the Lions.

The Lions also re-signed unrestricted free-agent cornerback Travis Fisher to a three-year contract and released guard-center Blaine Saipaia.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 189-pound Fisher is entering his seventh NFL season and his second with the Lions. Last season, he had he had a career-high 85 tackles, 66 of them solo. He also made two interceptions.

The 6-3, 315-pound Saipaia is a five-year NFL veteran. He served as a backup center, guard and tackle in two seasons with Detroit.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com and The Associated Press

The Redskins re-signed defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti, who was an unrestricted free agent. Terms weren't available. He becomes the third Redskin to re-sign since the start of free agency, joining quarterback Todd Collins and running back Rock Cartwright.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Kicker Dave Rayner signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.

Rayner, a three-year veteran, made 15 of 22 field goals for the Kansas City Chiefs last year. He is 41-for-58 in his career.

The Dolphins already have kicker Jay Feely, who was third in the NFL in field-goal accuracy last year, making 21 of 23. Rayner could make the team as a kickoff specialist, his role with Indianapolis as a rookie in 2005.
-- The Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent linebacker Keyaron Fox to a one-year contract that will pay him the minimum salary of $605,000 for a four-year veteran.

Fox played the past four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs after being drafted in the third round in 2004. He's expected to be a backup linebacker and play on special teams, the same role he filled for the Chiefs.
-- The Associated Press