NFL Notes: DRC to Giants; James Jones to Raiders

NFL Notes: DRC to Giants; James Jones to Raiders

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March 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
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James Jones (right) scored 37 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Packers. (USA Today Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants secondary has gotten a lot stronger in the past couple of days.

A year after missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Giants continued to be a player in free agency, signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Terms of the contract were not immediately available.

The deal comes just a day after the Giants confirmed the signing of former Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond and Chiefs safety Quintin Demps.

Raiders bring in WR James Jones

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a three-year deal with former Green Bay wide receiver James Jones.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal Monday for a player he is very familiar with from his time previously in the Packers' front office.

Jones has 310 career catches for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns in 104 games over seven seasons in Green Bay. His most productive year came in 2012 when he had 64 catches for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Jones had 59 catches for a career-high 817 yards and three scores last season despite being without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for seven games.

Cowboys sign QB Brandon Weeden

The Dallas Cowboys have signed quarterback Brandon Weeden even though they expect Kyle Orton to return behind Tony Romo next season.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Weeden signed a two-year contract Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the deal.

There have been reports that Orton might not return for a third season as Romo's backup, but a person with knowledge of the team's plans said Weeden would be the third quarterback on the roster.

Weeden was a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2012 but fell out of favor after throwing 26 interceptions in 23 games, including 20 starts, over two seasons.

Patriots: Revis signing official
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have announced the signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The team statement comes four days after the business manager for the three-time All-Pro tweeted that Revis had reached a contract agreement with the Patriots. The team did not announce details of the contract, reportedly for one year and $12 million.

Revis was released last Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before he was due a $1.5 million signing bonus after his only season with them. He had been traded after spending his first six seasons with the New York Jets.

The Patriots have signed another free agent cornerback, Brandon Browner. He spent the past three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks: Hauschka signs three-year deal
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks and kicker Steven Hauschka have agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract after the best season of his career.

The team confirmed the agreement on Monday. Terms of the contract were not released. NFL.com reported it's a three-year deal worth up to $9 million.

Hauschka was a standout last season for the Seahawks. He missed only two field goals during the regular season, one of which was blocked. He made 33 of 35 kicks overall, was perfect from beyond 50 yards, and made all of his extra point attempts. Hauschka also improved his kickoffs with a career-high 48 touchbacks.

In the postseason, Hauschka was a perfect 8 of 8 on field goal attempts.

Hauschka finished his third season with the Seahawks. Before coming to Seattle in 2011, Hauschka kicked for both Baltimore and Denver.

Colts: Owner Irsay jailed
INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts owner Jim Irsay was jailed Monday on suspicion of intoxicated driving after police said he failed sobriety tests during a traffic stop and they found multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

Irsay was stopped late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, coming to a stop in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say the 54-year-old Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested, though details were not released.

Carmel police said the drugs found in Irsay's vehicle weren't associated with any prescription bottles found inside.

Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem said.

If convicted on the felony charges, Irsay could face of six months to three years in prison on each count. So-called Schedule IV drugs such as those with which Irsay was allegedly caught include drugs such as Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, with a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Irsay was being held at the Hamilton County Jail under $22,500 bond.

An NFL spokesman says he is subject to discipline. Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Irsay, declined to comment and Colts spokesman Avis Roper said the team was still gathering details. 

Saints extend Strief for 5 years
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints and right tackle Zach Strief have agreed to a five-year contract extension.

Strief, who has spent his entire eight-year career in New Orleans and became a starter in 2011, had entered free agency last week but had expressed an interest in working out a deal to remain with the Saints if the club could field a competitive offer.

Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday by general manager Mickey Loomis, have not been disclosed.

Last season, Strief started 15 regular season games and both playoff games, giving him 45 regular season starts and four playoff starts in his career. He also was a regular reserve on playoff teams in 2009 and 2010.

"We are excited to announce that Zach will stay with us into the future," Loomis said. "Not only has he done an excellent job at the right tackle position, but he has served us well as an offensive team captain for the past two seasons and has always been a great asset in the community since he first came here in 2006."