NFL Notes: Nnamdi Asomugha signs with 49ers

NFL Notes: Nnamdi Asomugha signs with 49ers
April 2, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The Eagles kicked off their first offseason program under Chip Kelly on Tuesday, and Reuben Frank looks at the best and worst offseason moves the Eagles made.

Ready to participate was Jason Peters, who, now that he's healthy, explained his goal for next season.

Here is a look at the news around the NFL, which includes several former Eagles:

49ers sign Asomugha
SAN FRANCISCO -- Free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday that could pay him as much as $3 million this year.

Asomugha's representative, Ben Dogra, said that Asomugha is expected to sign his new deal Wednesday. He was busy taking high school students around his native Bay Area on Tuesday in an effort to show them their future options and college choices.

The contract has no guaranteed money. Asomugha is due to earn a base package of $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and could make an additional $1.65 million in incentives for playing time, awards such as the Pro Bowl and reaching the playoffs.

"He's excited to be a 49er and feels it's a great football team, and he's returning home," Dogra said in a phone interview. "It's such a unique set of circumstances that he's coming back. It's not about the money for him. He wants to play for a winner. He had a very good visit with them 10 days ago and again over the weekend. He thinks they have a great chance to win a Super Bowl and he wants to be part of it. He has a chip on his shoulder, in a good way." (See full story.)

Bucs sign pair of former Eagles
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed five unrestricted free agents: kicker Nate Kaeding, defensive linemen George Selvie and Derek Landri, running back Brian Leonard, and wide receiver Steve Smith.

Kaeding has played eight NFL seasons, first with San Diego, then with Miami.

Heading into his seventh season, Smith has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons with St. Louis and Philadelphia after making the Pro Bowl with the Giants in 2009.

Landri also enters his seventh season. He was with the Eagles in 2011 and `12, and also played for Jacksonville and Carolina.

Selvie spent the 2012 season in Jacksonville, where he had 57 tackles and three sacks.

Leonard was a backup with the Bengals the last four years.

Browns cut Gocong, Young
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young.

They also signed placekicker Brandon Bogotay on Tuesday.

Gocong was expected to bolster the linebacking corps when he was acquired from the Eagles in 2010, and he did start 32 games. But he missed last season with a torn right Achilles tendon, and with a new defensive alignment under coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Ray Horton, Gocong was considered expendable.

Young was signed as a free agent in 2011. In two seasons with the team he had 19 starts, 118 tackles and four interceptions.

Bogotay kicked at Georgia for three seasons as a backup to Blair Walsh, who is now with the Vikings.

Cardinals acquire Carson Palmer
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.

The Cardinals gave up a conditional 2014 draft pick and swapped one of their sixth-round picks this year for Oakland's seventh-round selection.

Palmer, who agreed to rework his contract with the Cardinals, is expected to move into the starting quarterback role for new Arizona coach Bruce Arians.

The Raiders were at least able to get something for the quarterback rather than just release him. Oakland acquired quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday in a deal that sent two draft picks to the Seahawks.

Earlier, the Cardinals signed free agent quarterback Drew Stanton, the backup to Andrew Luck last season at Indianapolis, where Arians was interim head coach (see full story).

Bills sign DT Branch
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch to a one-year contract.

The signing was announced Tuesday after Branch visited the team's facility.

Listed at 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Branch enters his seventh NFL season after spending the past two as a starter with the Seattle Seahawks. He played his first four seasons in Arizona after being selected early in the second round by the Cardinals in the 2007 draft out of Michigan.

He had four of his eight career sacks with the Seahawks.

Branch is regarded as a solid run stuffer, and has the versatility of being able to play every defensive line position.

The Bills' defense is in transition under new coordinator Mike Pettine, who's noted for his aggressive approach with the New York Jets.

Bills re-sign Choice
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have re-signed backup running back Tashard Choice, and tight end Dorin Dickerson has accepted the team's tendered contract offer.

The moves were announced by the Bills on Tuesday, when players began arriving for the start of the team's offseason voluntary conditioning program.

Choice, who was a free agent, enters his sixth NFL season. Buffalo claimed him off waivers in late November 2011. He had 47 carries for 193 yards and a touchdown in 12 games last season playing behind starters C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

Dickerson was used as a pass-catching halfback in former coach Chan Gailey's system last year. The second-year player had nine catches for 117 yards in 2012 after signing with the Bills in May.

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