NFL Roundup

Colts sign Arthur Jones; Cowboys cut DeMarcus Ware

Arthur Jones  (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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Arthur Jones

The NFL free agency period officially began at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and there are moves being made all around the league. Some teams re-signed players to keep them off the market, others released players to make their payrolls more salary-cap-friendly.

The Colts made a splash by singing free agent defensive end Arthur Jones and keeping cornerback Vontae Davis.

Indianapolis officials made the announcements less than 90 minutes after the free agent market officially opened.


Davis agreed to a four-year, $39 million deal, including $20 million guaranteed

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Jones, the brother of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, started 13 games with Baltimore last season and finished with a career-high 53 tackles.

The Colts also re-signed former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, 41, to a two-year deal.

The biggest name to get cut was Dallas Cowboys four-time All-Pro linebacker/defensive end DeMarcus Ware, the franchise’s sacks leader.

‘‘A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone player in the history of your franchise, is extremely difficult,’’ said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.


In other developments:

 The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers, one of several moves to reshape their struggling defense. They also agreed to a five-year contract with former Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston, a two-year contract with former Steelers and Giants safety Ryan Mundy, and one-year deals with linebackers Jordan Senn and D.J. Williams.

 Linebacker Wesley Woodyard was scheduled to visit with the Patriots, according to Woodyard spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Broncos.

 From ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Twitter: "Two teams to watch on CB Darrelle Revis once Tampa releases him: Philadelphia and New England (Jets fans shudder).” According to reports, the Buccaneers may release Revis if they are unable to trade him. ESPN also reports that the Browns and Raiders are talking to the Buccaneers about a Revis trade.

 ESPN reported that the Buccaneers have agreed to a five-year, $43.75 million deal with defensive end Michael Johnson, who played the last five years for Cincinnati.


  The 49ers acquired quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jaguars in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick, apparently finding a capable backup for Colin Kaepernick. The Jaguars also agreed to terms with former Broncos guard Zane Beadles.

 The Broncos brought back one of Peyton Manning’s targets, agreeing to a two-year deal with receiver Andre Caldwell.

 The Associated Press reports that Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert (Chiefs) and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (Texans) are finalizing the details on agreements with the Dolphins.

 The Browns reached agreements with linebacker Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) and safety Donte Whitner (49ers), according to Schefter.

 The Bills re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to a four-year contract and re-signed restricted free agent tight end Mike Caussin.

 The Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap.

 The Jets re-signed kicker Nick Folk to a multiyear contract, less than two weeks after placing the franchise tag on him.

 The Eagles and former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins agreed on a three-year contract. The move was announced shortly after veteran safety Patrick Chung was released.

 The Titans agreed to terms with running back/returner Dexter McCluster (Chiefs).

 The Texans released tight end Owen Daniels and cornerback Brice McCain.

 The Falcons re-signed defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux to a three-year deal and released former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud. They also agreed to terms with offensive guard Jon Asamoah, defensive end Tyson Jackson, and defensive tackle Paul Soliai.

 The Redskins re-signed inside linebacker Perry Riley, keeping their leading tackler off the open market. The deal reportedly is worth about $13 million over three years. The Redskins also re-signed receiver Santana Moss to a one-year deal and agreed to terms with free agent guard Shawn Lauvao.

 The Bengals released center Kyle Cook and agreed to terms with receiver/returner Brandon Tate, a former Patriot who was set to hit the market.

 The Lions retained running back Joique Bell, agreeing to a $9.3 million, three-year contract, and also agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Kevin Ogletree,

 The Raiders agreed to a five-year contract with offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and re-signed running back Darren McFadden.

 The Seahawks re-signed tight end Anthony McCoy to a one-year deal after he missed the entire 2013 season with a torn Achilles’ tendon.

 The Cardinals and free agent left tackle Jared Veldheer (Raiders) reportedly have agreed on a five-year contract worth $35 million, with $17 million guaranteed. Additionally, the Cardinals agreed to contracts with three of their free agents: a two-year deal for defensive end Frostee Rucker and one-year contracts for kicker Jay Feely and tight end Jake Ballard. The team also announced that left guard Daryn Colledge had been released.

 The Giants reached agreements with former Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz and Raiders running back Rashad Jennings. Ex-Seahawks linebacker O’Brien Schofield also agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal.