Roundup: Brunell agrees to two-year contract with Saints

Updated: March 14, 2008, 6:13 PM ET
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Quarterback Mark Brunell felt positive enough about his visit with the New Orleans Saints that he decided to work out a deal instead of continuing a tour of interested teams.

Brunell agreed Thursday night to a two-year contract with the Saints. Though the contract hasn't been finalized, Brunell agreed in principle to the numbers and the opportunity to back up starter Drew Brees.

Last year in Washington, Brunell lost the backup job to Todd Collins.

When Collins re-signed at the start of free agency, Brunell knew he needed to find another team if he wanted to continue playing. The Saints were a good fit. New Orleans was close enough to his offseason home in Jacksonville, and the Saints were looking for an experienced hand coming off the bench.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

After re-signing halfback Tatum Bell to a one-year contract, the Lions have decided to part ways with last year's starting running back, Kevin Jones.

Jones was informed Thursday morning he will be released. The former No. 1 pick was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Because of an escalator of his base salary and a roster bonus, Jones was scheduled to make $2.5125 million this season.

The 25-year-old back missed seven games over the past two years and averaged only 3.8 yards per carry in each of those seasons.

Looking for another running back option, the Lions are considering the possibility of visiting with Bucs halfback Michael Pittman, who is a free agent.

The Lions also cut defensive end Kalimba Edwards. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Edwards has spent his six NFL seasons with the Lions. He has 26 career sacks.

-- John Clayton and The Associated Press

The New York Giants signed free-agent linebacker Danny Clark to a two-year contract Thursday.

An eight-year veteran out of Illinois, Clark was drafted by Giants coach Tom Coughlin in 2000 when Coughlin was Jacksonville's head coach. The 30-year-old Clark played four years for Jacksonville and has also played for Oakland, New Orleans and Houston. He started eight games for the Texans last season and had 51 tackles and an interception.

Coughlin said Clark is being brought in as an outside linebacker for the Super Bowl champions, who lost both Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor to free agency.

Clark's best season was in 2004 when he started all 16 games for the Raiders and had 129 tackles and two sacks.
-- The Associated Press

The Houston Texans signed former Tennessee Titans halfback Chris Brown on Thursday.

Brown, 26, is being brought in to work with starting halfback Ahman Green in an attempt to turn around the Texans' running attack. What appealed to Gary Kubiak and new assistant head coach Alex Gibbs was Brown's style of running. His style is to make one crisp cut and then try to break a long gain.

His best seasons in Tennessee were in 2004 and 2005 when he rushed for 1,067 yards and 851 yards, respectively. Over the past two years, he had only four starts combined. In Houston, he will get a new start to his career.

Terms of the deal weren't immediately available.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Cornerback Frank Walker, the only Packers free-agent acquisition over the past two years, is leaving to compete for the third cornerback job in Baltimore.

Walker agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Ravens on Thursday. He received a $1.25 million signing bonus and will make $1.9 million this season.

Walker signed a one-year deal with the Packers last season and was an unrestricted free agent this winter.

The Ravens also maintained their linebacker depth by reaching a three-year, $4 million deal with linebacker Nick Greisen.

Included in the deal is $1 million of guarantees. Greisen, 28, has been a role player for a couple of NFL teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars. Several teams were pursuing him. The San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks were among the most interested teams, but Greisen decided to stay in Baltimore.

-- John Clayton, ESPN.com