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The Cleveland Browns have signed runningback Noah Herron to a contract.Â The team announced the addition on Wednesday.
Herron has played for the Steelers, Packers, and Buccaneers.Â Â He hasnâ€™t had a carry since 2006, as he was on injured reserve for most of 2007 and inactive for the four games he spent on Tampaâ€™s roster last season.Â He was also signed after the 2008 season and then released almost immediately.
Herron is a solid 3rd down back and could help on special teams but he’ll be in a battle just to make the team come training camp.
For those of you who don’t remember, the last time Noah Herron was in the news was a result of a burglary attempt on his house.Â An intruder broke into Herron’s home and Herron unscrewed a bed post and proceeded to club the burglar unconscious with it.Â
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Now THAT’SÂ a resourceful fella who I wouldn’t mind having on my team.
The Tennessee Titans have signed return specialist Mark Jones according to the Nashville City Paper.
Last season Jones tookÂ a 59-yard kickoff return and a 55-yard punt return to the house.Â Â He averaged 24 yards per kickoff return and 11.4 yards per punt return last season for the Carolina Panthers.Â Â
The 28 year veteran has played forÂ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants as well as the Panthers.Â This will be a homecoming of sorts for the University of Tennessee Product.
His career average on kickoff returns is 24.2 yards. On punt returns, he has averaged 9.4 yards.Â Jones was originallyÂ drafted by the Bucs in the seventh round of 2004 with the 206th overall pick.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-TimesÂ reports the Cleveland Browns and Offensive Tackle John St. Clair have agreed to terms on a three-year, $9 million deal, with $1.25 million guaranteed.Â It is being reported that the Bears only offered half that money($4.5 million) over the same 3-yearÂ time span.
The Bears have lost two tackles now in the same week and will look to add depth at the position through the draft and free agency.Â Kevin Shaffer, Marvel Smith and Orlando Pace are just a few options to consider but the Bears could look to a very talented Offensive Tackle Class in the Draft with the question marks surrounding Chris Williams and his back.
The Kansas City Chiefs has signedÂ receiverÂ Bobby Engram, Terrance Copper, and linebacker Monty Beisel to contracts.
Engram had career-high 94 catches for more than 1,100 yards in 2007 but was plagued by injuries in 2008.Â Engram will be 36 when the season starts.
Beisel is a former Chief who spent the last three seasons in Arizona. The 30-year-old started Super Bowl XLIII for the team.
Copper has been a special-teams standout & servicable widereceiver for the Cowboys, Saints, and Ravens.
LJ Smith and the Baltimore RavensÂ have agreedÂ toÂ a one-year, $1.5 million contract.Â Smith had been in talksÂ with Atlanta and Detroit but settled on the Ravens.
Coach John Harbaugh does have ties with Smith, as both were on the Eagles when Harbaugh served as an assistant coach.Â There are some skeptics out there that believe this puts Todd Heap and his large contract in jeopardy but I’d like to remind readers that Smith must pass a physical to make the deal official.
Nothing significant unless Heap does get canned but I just can NOT see the Ravens heading into 2009 with LJ Smith as their #1 TE.