NFL notebook: Ravens sign safety Huff
By The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 8:15 p.m.
The Ravens agreed to a three-year deal with former Raiders safety Michael Huff.
Huff played his entire seven-year with the Raiders before being released last week. The 29-year-old visited the Cowboys earlier this week.
He must pass a physical before he can sign a contract.
The Ravens announced the agreement Wednesday. Huff is expected to fill a void in the backfield for the Super Bowl champions, who released starting strong safety Bernard Pollard and lost free safety Ed Reed to Houston via free agency. Huff started all 16 games for Oakland last season.
Falcons sign Umenyiora
Osi Umenyiora is going home.
The veteran defensive end agreed to a two-year contract with the Falcons, a team source told NFL Network.
ESPN said the deal with Umenyiora is worth $8.5 million — with a maximum value of $12 million — and includes $5 million in guareented money.
Raiders release Kelly
The Raiders released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, cutting ties with their longest-tenured position player on the roster.
Kelly originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and quickly became a mainstay on the defense, signing a $50.1 million, seven-year contract to remain with Oakland in 2008.
WADA calls out NFL
The World Anti-Doping Agency has defended its test for human growth hormone and accused the NFL players union of being “extremist” for questioning its validity.
WADA director general David Howman told The Associated Press the test for HGH was endorsed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in its ruling Tuesday in the case of an Estonian cross-country skier.
The court lifted the three-year suspension imposed by the International Ski Federation on two-time Olympic cross-country champion Andrus Veerpalu for use of HGH, citing “procedural flaws.” But CAS said it believed Veerpalu did take HGH and backed the testing method.
Howman says “there is no question as to the validity of the test.”
The NFL players union said the CAS ruling “validates the players' demands for scientific validity, full due process rights, and a transparent system.”
Howman says “I would expect the players association to take a stance which is extremist, which is the way they've operated the last few years.”
Diehl restructures deal
The Giants put a little more money in the Victor Cruz contract fund this week by cutting the salary of right tackle David Diehl by nearly $3.5 million.
Diehl's salary for this season was listed at $1 million on the NFLPA website. The 11-year veteran had been scheduled to make $4.37 million in the final year of his contract.
Texans sign FB Jones
The Texans signed unrestricted free-agent fullback Greg Jones.
The 6-foot-1 Jones played his first nine seasons with the Jaguars. Terms of Jones' contract were not disclosed.
Around the NFL
The Cardinals signed safety Jonathon Amaya to a 1-year contract. Amaya played last season for the Dolphins ... Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross restructured his deal. His new deal is worth $5.5 million this season.
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