NFL Notes: Chargers, Freeney agree to deal

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NFL Notes: Chargers, Freeney agree to deal
May 18, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Eagles veterans Clay Harbor and Jason Avant have spent their entire NFL careers on offense, but Chip Kelly has had both players experiment on the defensive side of the ball in practices recently, putting both players' futures with the team in question. (see story).

Donovan McNabb will officially retire as a Philadelphia Eagle this season. The questions have been asked: is McNabb Hall of Fame worthy and do the Eagles retire No. 5? CSNPhilly.com's Ray Didinger says no to both (see story).

Here are some notes from around the NFL:

Chargers, Freeney agree to two-year deal
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers agreed Saturday to a two-year deal with aging star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.

The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a padless practice.

The addition of Freeney also helps cushion the loss of outside linebackers Antwan Barnes and Shaun Phillips to free agency.

Freeney is 33 and entering his 12th season. He will make $5.25 million this season.

He was Indianapolis' career sacks leader with 107 but the Colts decided not to re-sign him in the offseason. After recording 13 sacks in 2009, his totals declined each of the past three years. He had five in 2012.

Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowler, never seemed comfortable after moving from a 4-3 defensive end, where he spent his first 10 NFL seasons, to a 3-4 outside linebacker. The Chargers run a 3-4 defense (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Seahawks DE Irvin suspended four games
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Irvin will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening four games at Carolina, home for San Francisco and Jacksonville and at Houston. Irvin will be eligible to return to Seattle's active roster on Sept. 30 following the Seahawks' Week 4 game against the Texans, but only after losing a quarter of his salary for the season.

Irvin, the Seahawks' first-round pick in the 2012 draft, was scheduled to make $814,645 in base salary for the 2013 season.

"I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption," Irvin said in a statement released by the team. "I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return."

Irvin's loss could be a significant blow for a team that has become a popular pick to contend for a spot in the Super Bowl. Irvin was expected to start at defensive end with Chris Clemons likely to miss the start of the season while recovering from knee surgery after being injured in Seattle's playoff win at Washington last January (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Bears sign first-round pick Kyle Long
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears and first-round draft pick Kyle Long agreed to a four-year contract Friday.

The deal includes a fifth-year option. It also puts all the Bears' picks under contract.

A 6-foot-6, 313-pound guard from Oregon, Long was taken with the 20th pick as the Bears try to beef up a line that ranked among the worst in recent years and give Jay Cutler the protection he needs.

Chicago also has added Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod from New Orleans and guard Matt Slauson from the New York Jets this offseason (see full story).

- The Associated Press

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