NFL notes: Ex-Giant Smith calls it a career

Former Giants receiver Steve Smith announced his retirement from the Buccaneers.

Smith played six NFL seasons, helping the Giants win a Super Bowl as a rookie and leading the NFC in receptions two years later, when he was a Pro Bowl selection.

A second-round pick in 2007 by the Giants out of Southern California, Smith appeared in 64 games and had 245 catches for 2,641 yards receiving and 12 TDs during an injury-plagued career that also included stints with the Eagles and Rams. He was signed by the Bucs as a free agent earlier this offseason.


Smith, 28, battled knee injuries the past three seasons that limited him to playing in 27 of 48 games.

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Smith’s best season was in 2009, when he set a Giants season record with 107 receptions — second-most in the league behind Wes Welker’s 123.

Jammer to Broncos

The Broncos signed free agent cornerback Quentin Jammer after striking out in their pursuit of Charles Woodson.

A physical and durable 12th-year pro, Jammer is the third longtime Charger to bolt for their AFC rivals this offseason, joining linebacker Shaun Phillips and right guard Louis Vasquez.

Jammer spent his first 11 seasons in San Diego, where he had 21 interceptions and 130 pass breakups.

Hayden on the mend


Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdominal region. The team said Wednesday that Hayden is home resting after the operation conducted last week. Hayden is not expected back on the field until training camp in late July . . . Texans running back Arian Foster’s strained right calf will keep him off the practice field until training camp this summer. Foster was injured Tuesday. Tests revealed no further damage, but the strain will keep Foster on crutches for at least a couple of days. Coach Gary Kubiak expects his leading rusher to be fine . . . Bills tight end Lee Smith will miss the rest of the team’s spring minicamps after hurting his lower right leg. Coach Doug Marrone said Smith was hurt in the weight room, but did not reveal the nature of the injury. Marrone expects Smith to be ready for training camp in July.

Court orders

Two Massachusetts men accused of secretly recording and selling a prank phone call involving two NFL general managers face federal wiretapping charges in western New York. Prosecutors said Plymouth residents Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser have been charged with arranging the March 8 call between then-Bills GM Buddy Nix and Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. The call ended up being posted on the website Prosecutors said Barber first called Nix posing as Dominik and then called Dominik and used the conference call function to link the calls for the conversation, recorded by Kaiser. The men are due in court in Buffalo June 4 . . . Saints receiver Joe Morgan is free on bond after a weekend arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Louisiana State Police Trooper Melissa Matey said Morgan, 25, was arrested Saturday in Jefferson Parish on a charge of DWI and driving with no license. He was released after posting a $1,150 bond. An arrest report, according to the Times-Picayune, says Morgan’s blood alcohol content registered at 0.218 percent, more than twice the 0.08 percent legal limit . . . As expected, Jim Brown was named a “special adviser” with the Browns.