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NFL notes: Titans hire reinstated Gregg Williams

Gregg Williams knows he’s got to prove himself every day.

The former Saints defensive coordinator said he received a ‘‘great rebirth’’ Thursday when he was reinstated by the NFL and hired by the Titans after serving a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the New Orleans bounty scandal.

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But now that he’s back in the league, he’ll have to change the way he’s done things in the past.

‘‘I’ve got a very positive outlook on things,’’ Williams said. ‘‘I understand and respect the game an awful lot, and the past is the past and what I’m talking about doing right now is creating a résumé from this day forward.’’

Williams took the first step when the Titans hired him as a senior assistant coach for defense. Williams thanked commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him while speaking at a news conference.

‘‘I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions, and I’ve used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire and coach and motivate in this profession,’’ Williams said, reading from a statement.

‘‘I’m grateful for this opportunity.’’

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Titans coach Mike Munchak said hiring Williams on a one-year contract was ‘‘the right thing to do.’’

Williams, suspended indefinitely last March, now is the last person involved in the scandal to be reinstated by league. Saints coach Sean Payton had his suspension lifted on Jan. 22.

The Titans have another big decision to make as the team faces a deadline Friday where they could release Chris Johnson and avoid guaranteeing $9 million of the $10 million salary due in 2013. However, Munchak said they will be honoring both Johnson’s contract and that of safety Michael Griffin, who is due $6.2 million this season.

Bills jettison Jones

The Bills are cutting ties with receiver Donald Jones by allowing him to become a free agent after declining to tender the third-year player a contract offer.

‘‘We have made the decision to not re-sign Donald. We’re going in a different direction,’’ general manager Buddy Nix said.

This is the Bills’ first significant move since Doug Marrone took over as coach, replacing Chan Gailey, who was fired after three losing seasons.

Jones had a career-best 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns. He missed the final three games because of an undisclosed medical condition, which Jones said shouldn’t prevent him from continuing to play.

Davis to Eagles

The Eagles will hire Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis as defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the decision told the AP. Davis previously served as defensive coordinator with the Cardinals and 49ers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t announcing any hirings until new coach Chip Kelly completes his staff . . . Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has notified the school that he’s interviewing with the Saints. Grantham told reporters he’s happy at Georgia and expects to be coaching in Athens next season, but he would not specifically address reports that he would be interviewing with the Saints, along with former Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan . . . The Giants re-signed veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who missed last season after developing a blood clot in his leg following a preseason game against Jacksonville.

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