NFL notebook: Browns sign free agent WR Miles Austin
• The Browns agreed to contract terms with free agent wide receiver Miles Austin, insurance in case Pro Bowler Josh Gordon is suspended.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Austin was released by the Cowboys in March in a salary-cap move. The 29-year-old played in just 11 games last season because of injuries.
Miles had his best season in 2009, when he had 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Browns are making plans in the event they lose Gordon for an extended period. Last week, ESPN reported the 22-year-old is facing a one-year suspension for failing another drug test. Gordon has failed two previous tests and was suspended for the first two games last season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Despite playing just 14 games, Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards receiving.
The Browns also signed veteran wide receiver Earl Bennett and undrafted free agent defensive lineman Elhadji Ndiaye.
Bennett has made 29 starts in seven pro seasons. He has 185 career receptions for 2,277 yards with 12 touchdowns. Last season, he had 32 receptions for 243 yards and four TDs in 15 games.
• Former Pitt quarterback Tom Savage reached contract terms with the Texans. Savage, a fourth-round pick, signed a four-year deal worth $2.52 million, including a signing bonus of roughly $300,000, according to the Houston Chronicle.
• The Raiders signed first-round draft pick Khalil Mack, a linebacker from Buffalo, to a four-year contract, NFL.com reported. The deal is worth a reported $18.68 million and is fully guaranteed.
• The recurrence of cancer isn't tempering Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's resolve to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Kelly released a statement Thursday vowing to beat cancer and preserve his former team's long-term future at the same time.
Kelly says radiation and chemotherapy treatments for sinus cancer are going well, but notes he's “not out of the woods.”
As for the Bills, Kelly remains interested in joining a prospective ownership group to buy the team. Kelly's brother, Dan, said he's had several conversations with at least one candidate, New York City developer Donald Trump.
The Bills' future is in uncertain after owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
Jim Kelly urged fans to show their support and convince prospective owners to keep the team in the region.
• A Charlotte District Court Judge has dismissed a protective order request by a woman who said Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy assaulted and threatened to kill her.
Judge Charlotte Brown dismissed the order after the accuser failed appear for the hearing Thursday.
Attorney Stephen Goodwin also announced as he left the courtroom that he's no longer representing the accuser, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Goodwin filed a motion on behalf of the accuser on Wednesday, accusing the Pro Bowl defensive end of throwing her on a bed full of guns and threatening to kill her if she went to the media.
Hardy wasn't present in the courtroom Thursday.
While the protective order request has been dismissed, charges against Hardy remain.
His next court date is set for June 27.
• The Titans agreed to terms with defensive lineman DaQuan Jones, a fourth-round pick out of Penn State. The four-year deal included a $455,000 signing bonus, according to the Tennessean. Jones was a two-year starter and first-team All-Big Ten as a senior. He had 4 ½ sacks and 15 ½ tackles for loss in his career.
• The Rams waived running back Daryl Richardson, who averaged 3.1 yards per carry last year in an injury-plagued season.
• The Bills are seeking to be removed from a lawsuit filed by five former cheerleaders complaining of unfair working conditions. The Bills argue they should not be included in the lawsuit because the team long ago relinquished the rights to employing and managing the Buffalo Jills' cheerleading squad to private companies. Five former cheerleaders filed a civil action three weeks ago seeking unspecified back pay and legal fees. They complained of being subjected to groping and sexual comments and working hundreds of hours for free.
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