NFL player wire

Get caught up on the NFL signings, releases and more from the past few days of business, including those involving a few former Vikings.

  • WR Terrell Owens has officially signed with Buffalo, the team announced Saturday. Owens was released by the Cowboys earlier in the week, and the Bills signed him as a big-play option opposite Lee Evans. reported the deal to be for one year and $6.5 million.

  • QB Chris Simms signed with the Broncos to serve as Jay Cutler's primary backup. He spent last season with Tennessee. According to the Denver Post, the deal is for two years and worth up to $6 million. It includes a $1.5 million signing bonus $1.96 million salary in 2009 and $2.54 million salary in 2010, along with $3 million in incentives.

  • OT Daniel Loper has agreed to a deal with Detroit, his agent told the Nashville City Paper. The Detroit Free Press reported it to be a one-year contract. A fifth-round pick by the Titans in 2005, Loper was the team's top backup at both tackle spots last season.

  • Former Vikings QB J.T. O'Sullivan signed a two-year deal to be Carson Palmer's backup. Financial terms weren't disclosed. O'Sullivan's propensity for turnovers led to his benching after eight games with San Francisco last season.

  • Former Vikings DT C.J. Mosley agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Browns, according to multiple reports.

  • Former Vikings DE Earl Cochran, a restricted free agent, had his rights terminated by the Texans. He played well last year before being hurt. He provides good power and speed as a backup on the defensive line.

  • Former Vikings WR Cortez Hankton, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Bucs. Terms were not disclosed.

  • S Dexter Jackson, an 11-year veteran, was released by Cincinnati. He finished last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

  • FB Mike Karney had his contract terminated by New Orleans.

  • Bills RB Marshawn Lynch could be facing a suspension from the league following his guilty plea on misdemeanor weapons charges. It was his second run-in with the law in less than a year. Lynch, 22, pleaded guilty to a traffic violation last summer after hitting a female with his Porsche Cayenne SUV near Buffalo on May 31 and leaving the scene.

  • RB Kevin Jones has re-signed with the Bears to serve as Matt Forte's primary backup. The deal is for two years and $3.5 million. The Chicago Sun Times reported Jones will receive a $500,000 signing bonus, a $500,000 roster bonus this month and a $1 million base salary in 2009. He'll receive a $350,000 workout bonus next year along with a salary of $1.15 million.

  • S Mike Adams agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Browns. Financial terms were not disclosed, although multiple reports said the deal is worth $4.1 million.

  • DE Igor Olshansky has signed a four-year, $18 million deal with the Cowboys that includes $8 million in guaranteed money, according to the Dallas Morning News. He will help fill the role vacated by Chris Canty, who signed with the Giants. A 2004 second-round pick by San Diego, Olshansky has 151 tackles and 11 sacks in 75 games.

  • S Anthony Smith has agreed to a deal with the Packers, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed. Smith was particularly of interest to the Packers because of his experience in the 3-4 defense with Pittsburgh, where he played the past three seasons.

  • TE Chris Baker's contract with the Patriots is for five years. According to the Boston Globe, it's worth up to $14.4 million, but is essentially a two-year, $5.3 million deal if New England declines a $1.2 million option bonus in 2011.

  • RB Fred Taylor's two-year, $5 million deal included a $1.45 million signing bonus, according to The Boston Globe. His base salaries will be $1.55 million next season and $2 million in 2010.

  • RB Heath Evans signed with the Saints after three years in New England. Financial terms on the two-year deal weren't disclosed. "Emotionally, it was hard, but business-wise, it was a simple decision," Evans told The Boston Globe. "Emotionally, doggone it, I was going to take far less money and far less security and come home to Boston; I had no intentions of leaving. I never expected the Patriots to be the highest bidder or even close, but it was just too much of a distance to feel comfortable.

    "That being said, it will be tough going elsewhere, and knowing you leave something that is so great. This is one of those situations where you're hoping the grass is greener. I definitely think this [Saints] offense is one I fit in well with, and I'm excited about being part of an offense that's been at the top in all of football for the last two years. But at the same time, I lose some good friends and people that I will miss and miss drastically."

  • S Sean Jones was signed by the Eagles to a one-year deal to help fill the void left by Brian Dawkins, who signed with Denver. Financial terms were not disclosed, although reported the deal to be worth $3 million. In 2008, Jones appeared in 12 games and recorded 69 tackles and four interceptions for Cleveland. A strong safety for the Browns, it's not clear if he will fill Dawkins' free safety spot. "Brian Dawkins was a great player. I always looked up to him growing up. It was unfortunate for Eagles fans to miss a guy like that," Jones said. "For me, I played strong or free (safety) in Cleveland. I'm interchangeable, so either way it doesn't really matter."

  • OT Ray Willis has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Seahawks, according to He plays with a mean streak and started 10 games at both right guard and right tackle. He took free-agent visits to Oakland and Washington.

  • S Jermaine Phillips re-signed with Tampa Bay. Terms were not disclosed. He has started 64 games over the past five years with Tampa Bay.

  • P Craig Hentrich re-signed with Tennessee, with The Tennessean reporting it to be a one-year, $1.8 million deal. Hentrich had been expected to retire after 15 NFL seasons, but after some rest and relaxation for his back and a chance to reflect on his future, the 38-year-old punter decided to give it one more go, informing coach Jeff Fisher that he would like to return. "I did go into this morning to Jeff (Fisher) and tell him that I wanted to be part of this team, and hopefully, we'll get something worked out," Hentrich said last Monday.

  • DT Grady Jackson signed with Detroit. Terms were not disclosed.

  • P Chris Hanson was re-signed by New England. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • WR Greg Lewis was acquired by New England along with an undisclosed 2010 draft pick from Philadelphia for the Patriots' fifth round pick this year. Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Eagles in 2003, the 29-year-old Lewis caught 127 passes for 1,699 yards and seven touchdowns in 90 games. He also caught nine passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in nine playoff contests.

  • TE Jerramy Stevens re-signed with the Bucs. Terms were not disclosed. He has been clean off the field for the Bucs the past two seasons. He's led all Tampa Bay tight ends in receiving and touchdowns the past two seasons

  • P Dirk Johnson (released by Eagles 9/1, by Bears 9/19, 9/26, by Cardinals 12/2) was signed by Washington. Terms were not disclosed.

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