NFL notebook: Jaguars reunite DT Bryant with coach
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars and free-agent defensive tackle Red Bryant have reached agreement on a four-year contract.
The deal Saturday will reunite Bryant with his former Seattle coordinator, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.
Jacksonville is looking to upgrade its talent along both lines of scrimmage, and getting the run-stuffing Bryant gives the team a strong start to free agency.
Jacksonville already re-signed quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year, $8 million deal.
Bryant turns 30 next month. He spent six years in Seattle, making 121 tackles.
He began his career as a defensive tackle, but moved to end in 2010.
He missed one game over the past three seasons, recording 87 tackles, 2½ sacks and two interceptions in that time. He was a fourth-round pick in 2008.
Packers re-sign Shields
The Packers agreed to re-sign cornerback Sam Shields just days shy of the free-agent deadline.
NFL.com reported that agent Drew Rosenhaus revealed the signing on Saturday.
The deal is worth $39 million over four years, the website reported, with a $12.5 million signing bonus. He had 61 tackles and four interceptions last season.
Chargers retain Stuckey
Darrell Stuckey and the Chargers agreed to a new contract.
Stuckey tweeted that it was a four-year deal. The Chargers said only that it was a multiyear deal.
Stuckey was special teams captain last season.
He's the second potential unrestricted free agent to remain with the Chargers. Inside linebacker Donald Butler agreed on Feb. 28 to a deal that could be worth more than $51 million over seven years, with the final four years tied to a club option.
Around the league
Former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring, ESPN.com reported. Mendenhall, who played for Arizona last season, has rushed for for 4,236 yards and scored 39 total touchdowns in his career. ... The Buccaneers released guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the past eight seasons. The 30-year-old Joseph was a first-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2006, the 23rd overall selection. ... The Jets and tight end Jeff Cumberland agreed on a new contract. Cumberland led the Jets last season with a career-high four touchdown receptions. ... ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks will consider playing on a one-year contract to prove the past two seasons with the Giants were “aberrations.”
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