Running back Jamal Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens reached agreement on a three-year contract yesterday, less than 24 hours after the team added free agent Mike Anderson to improve a running game that struggled last season.
Lewis rushed for a career-low 906 yards in 2005 after serving a four-month federal prison sentence on a drug charge and undergoing offseason ankle surgery.
Lewis, the franchise's career leading rusher with 6,669 yards, became a free agent in January. The Ravens considered, then decided against, applying the franchise tag to him.
Lewis then passed up a two-year, incentive-laden offer from Baltimore that included a signing bonus.
Anderson was expected to sign an $8-million, four-year contract late yesterday. The 32-year-old ran for 1,014 yards and scored 12 touchdowns for Denver last season.
He received a $2 million signing bonus, according to NFL Players Association figures.
Anderson likely will fill the void left by the departure of Chester Taylor, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings Saturday.
Archuleta to Redskins
The Washington Redskins continued their free agency haul, adding safety Adam Archuleta
and linebacker Andre Carter,
making it five acquisitions in three days. Archuleta, who had played five years with the St. Louis Rams, joins receivers Brandon Lloyd
and Antwaan Randle El
and tight end Christian Fauria
as the newest additions to Joe Gibbs's
team. The hard-hitting safety was a first-round pick (No. 20 overall) out of Arizona State by the Rams in 2001. Last year, he started 14 games and had 93 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, five pass deflections, and an interception. Carter, who was scheduled to fly to Washington today to sign his deal, has 32 sacks over a five-year career with the San Francisco 49ers . . . The 49ers signed free agent receiver Antonio Bryant.
Bryant was the Cleveland Browns' leading receiver last season, catching 69 passes for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers traded Lloyd to the Redskins Saturday, leaving them with no receivers with significant NFL experience.
Moulds wants out
Wide receiver Eric Moulds
asked the Buffalo Bills to release or trade him, believing the team has no intention to keep him at his current salary. Moulds, a 10-year veteran who has played his entire career with the Bills, has two years left on his contract. He's scheduled to make about $7.1 million next season and count about $10.85 million against the salary cap. Moulds twice has rejected the team's request to take a substantial pay cut . . . The Indianapolis Colts lost linebacker David Thornton
, after the Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with him on a five-year deal worth more than $22 million. Thornton, a fourth-round pick in 2002, became a starter in his second season. Last year, he was fifth on the Colts in tackles (96), had two sacks, forced two fumbles, and was a key player on special teams . . . The Miami Dolphins signed free agent left tackle L.J. Shelton
to a four-year contract, and they also added two potential starters on defense. Linebacker Sedrick Hodge
and cornerback Andre Goodman
also agreed to multiyear deals. The 6-foot-6-inch, 345-pound Shelton started all 16 games last season for Cleveland. He spent his first six NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who took him with the 21st overall pick in the first round in 1999. Hodge, who played for New Orleans the past five seasons, agreed to a two-year deal worth $2 million with up to $1 million in incentives. Goodman, who spent his first four seasons with Detroit, agreed to a three-year, $5 million deal with a potential $2.5 million in incentives.
Browns: Big move
The Browns signed veteran nose tackle Ted Washington
to a two-year contract to bolster their run defense. The 14-year veteran -- 6 feet 5 inches and 365 pounds -- recently was released by the Oakland Raiders for salary cap reasons. He also has played with San Francisco, Denver, Buffalo, Chicago and spent a season with Browns coach Romeo Crennel
in New England. Washington, who will turn 38 April 13, is one of the league's premier run stuffers. A four-time Pro Bowl pick, he was let go before the Raiders had to pay him $4.74 million for next season . . . The Philadelphia Eagles signed former New Orleans defensive end Darren Howard
to a six-year, $30 million contract. The 29-year-old is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he had just 3 1/2 sacks in 12 games . . . The New York Giants signed free agent cornerback R.W. McQuarters
. McQuarters, an eight-year veteran, has 12 career interceptions with San Francisco, Chicago, and Detroit. He started all 16 games for the Lions last season and had two interceptions and 60 tackles . . . Safety Dexter Jackson
, the MVP of the 2003 Super Bowl, signed a four-year contract with the Cincinnnati Bengals . . . The Dallas Cowboys signed Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Akin Ayodele
to a five-year contract . . . The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Corey Bradford
to a four-year contract; he spent the last four seasons with the Houston Texans . . . Wide receiver Brian Finneran
re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons, agreeing to a four-year, $8 million contract. Finneran caught 60 passes for 611 yards in 2005 . . . The Houston Texans waived defensive end Gary Walker
, the two-time Pro Bowler who'd been with the team since its inaugural season. Walker, an 11-year veteran, said he may retire . . . In Waliea, Hawaii, NFL player union representatives unanimously approved the extension of the collective bargaining agreement with the league.
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