NFL Player Wire

With the draft coming down soon, most of the signings around the league are of the mid-level variety.

  • CB Ike Charlton signed a one-year deal with the Lions. Terms were undisclosed.

  • TE Michael Gaines signed his $1.3 million RFA tender with the Panthers.

  • Bucs LT Luke Petitgout did not deny he's had some back issues in the past but he insists it's not a concern. "A lot of linemen have nagging back issues," he said. "As long as I don't do anything to hurt myself training, that's usually when I hurt it. I try to train too hard, doing dead lifts and things like that. On the football field, it's not an issue."

  • Cardinals C Nick Leckey signed his one-year qualifying offer extended to him as a RFA. Leckey was the starter the final 11 games, including the Cardinals closing run in which they won four of their final seven games and Edgerrin James reached 1,000 rushing yards after a slow start. But Leckey may be displaced by free agent Al Johnson, signed from Dallas. Leckey was a sixth-round pick in 2004 from Kansas State.

  • Arizona TE Troy Bienemann, who was with New Orleans as an undrafted rookie last year until suffering a preseason knee injury, was signed for one year. The team failed to land an established TE to pair with Leonard Pope, who goes into his second season. Bienemann played in college at Washington State.

  • Cardinals LT Qasim Mitchell, a hulking (6-5, 347) veteran who has started 22 games since making it as an undrafted rookie five years ago, signed for one year. He'll be a potential depth player. He has started 16 games with the Chicago Bears.

  • Arizona DE Joe Tafoya, who played in 13 games for Seattle last season, signed for one year. He's also a special teams player, which might be his ticket to a roster spot. Tafoya, who played in College at Arizona, was Tampa Bay's seventh-round pick in 2001.

  • Cardinals DE Rodney Bailey, who played in 12 games as a rotation player for Pittsburgh last season, signed for one year. He was the Steelers' sixth-round pick in 2001 from Ohio State.

  • CB Ralph Brown, who started four games and played in all 16 last year for Cleveland, signed for one year with the Cardinals. Brown made 37 tackles and defenses nine passes for the Browns in 2006. He was the New York Giants fifth-round pick in 2000 from Nebraska.

  • CB Tory James signed with the Patriots. The 6-2, 192 pound James will turn 34 in May and is coming off a Pro Bowl appearance in 2004. James started 16 games in each of his last four years with the Bengals and has 39 career interceptions, with 21 of them coming in the last four seasons. "I just think it was the history of the franchise, where they are, and the other offseason moves they've made that really put them in position to be competitive," James' agent Mark Bartelstein told the Boston Herald. "I think Coach Belichick and Scott Pioli did a great job of selling him on the role he'll play there."

  • DT Michael Myers signed a one-year, $720,000 deal with the Bengals.

  • Steelers G Alan Faneca did not show up for the start of minicamp on Friday because of his unhappiness with his contract, which has one year left.

  • P Todd Sauerbrun signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Broncos. The same issue the Broncos had with him a year ago, when they released him, still remains, and that's a looming one-year suspension if he again violates the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Sauerbrun was released last year when he was coming off a four-game suspension for a positive test. This time around, Sauerbrun wants to make good with the Broncos. "Just immature, stupid," Sauerbrun said about his past mistakes. "What else can I say? It was just dumb. You learn. Either you learn, or you're done. It's pretty simple."


  • Raiders QB Andrew Walter insists his confidence did not take a hit after suffering through 46 sacks, nine lost fumbles and 13 interceptions in eight starts. "I think it's harder for everybody outside the organization," Walter said. "Everybody's talking about how bad we are and how many holes we have and all the negatives so it's harder for them to put it behind. But it's easy for us."

  • Cowboys CB Jacques Reeves signed his restricted free agent tender of $850,000. Reeves is a four-year veteran who has served as the team's fourth corner past three years. He is also one of the Cowboys' best special teams players.

  • Dallas DB Nate Jones signed his restricted free agent tender of $850,000 as a restricted free agent.

  • Cowboys DE Stephen Bowen signed his $360,000 tender as an exclusive rights free agent.

  • LB Troy Evans signed a two-year, $1.2 million deal to join the Saints.

  • OT Orlando Pace and LB Pisa Tinoisamoa are expected to be ready for Rams training camp, although both will be limited in OTAs and minicamp. Pace is recovering from a torn triceps muscle suffered during the 2006 season. Tinoisamoa underwent surgery in January for a torn labrum in his shoulder.

  • Browns G Eric Steinbach underwent an appendectomy April 18 in the Cleveland Clinic. He was discharged the next day. Steinbach will be limited over the next six weeks but is expected to be 100 percent by veteran minicamp in mid-June.

  • NT Ethan Kelly re-signed with the Browns. Financial terms of the one-year deal were undisclosed.

  • LB Rocky Boiman, an unrestricted free agent, has re-signed with the Colts. Boiman, who had come to Indianapolis last season after seeing playing time with Tennessee and Dallas, inked a one-year, $595,000 contract that also included a $40,000 signing bonus. He is expected to battle for playing time with Rob Morris, Freddy Keiaho and Gilbert Gardner.

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