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Eagles land Tapp from Seahawks for Clemons, pick

The Eagles and Seahawks swapped defensive ends Tuesday, with the Eagles landing Darryl Tapp and Chris Clemons heading to Seattle.

The Eagles also sweetened the pot by throwing in a fourth-round pick in 2010.

Tapp, a former second-rounder, has only 18 sacks in four pro seasons and his sack total has decreased each of the past two seasons. The restricted free agent signed his tender offer earlier today, so at the moment he's only signed through the '10 season.

"Darryl is a very intense football player and we're happy to acquire him," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "He plays very hard every snap. He's smart, he's a good person and he'll fit very well into our defensive scheme."

Clemons was a disappointment after signing with the Eagles from the Raiders two seasons ago, collecting only seven sacks in two seasons as a part-time defender. His biggest highlight in Philadelphia was a 73-yard fumble recovery in the season finale in 2008 against the Cowboys, a game that propelled the Eagles into the playoffs.



Reports: Bucs signs S Jones

The Buccaneers have finalized a deal with S Sean Jones, according to multiple reports.

Terms of the contract are not yet known.

Jones, a seventh-year veteran, started nine of the 15 games he played in for the Eagles last season. He made 61 tackles, had one sack and also made two interceptions.

He's expected to compete with Sabby Piscitelli for the starting spot at strong safety. Piscitelli did not play well last season and there's a good chance Jones will win the job.


Jets agree with FB Richardson

The Jets have agreed to a one-year deal with FB Tony Richardson.

The 38-year-old is heading into his 16th season, but he's still effective at this late stage of his career. Richardson will have a new back to block for in 2010, as the Jets held a conference call to introduce LaDainian Tomlinson, who signed a two-year deal earlier this week, on Tuesday.

Richardson spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Chiefs and played for the Vikings for two years before landing in New York. He has played in all 35 games the team has played, including the postseason, since joining the Jets.


Bears sign CB Jennings, release FB McKie

The Bears signed ex-Colts CB Tim Jennings to a two-year contract late Tuesday afternoon and released longtime starting FB Jason McKie. Terms of Jennings' deal were not disclosed.

A second-round selection (62nd overall) by the Colts in 2006, Jennings appeared in 53 games (21 starts) in four seasons with the team, recording 157 tackles, four interceptions, 25 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 29 special-teams stops. He should provide needed depth for the Bears behind projected injury-prone starters Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman.
               
McKie appeared in 71 games (35 starts) for the Bears over seven seasons (2003-09). During his time in Chicago, McKie caught 62 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and three scores on 29 carries. He also added 15 special-teams stops. McKie entered the NFL in 2002 as an undrafted free agent with the Eagles. He was signed by Dallas during the 2002 season and caught one pass for seven yards in one game with the Cowboys.

New Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz favors an abundance of multiple sets, which figure to make two-back sets few and far between next season. In addition, the Bears just recently added FB Eddie Williams, an athletic option to McKie with better receiving ability. Williams was a seventh-round pick from Idaho by the Redskins last year.


Report: Bills sign ex-Broncos ILB Davis

The Bills have made their first major move in their switch to a 3-4 defense, signing free-agent ILB Andra Davis to a two-year contract, according to Fox 31 in Denver.

Davis, 31, joined the Broncos for the 2009 season and had a productive year, racking up 90 tackles and 3.5 sacks. However, he was surprisingly released last week. Prior to playing for Denver, Davis spent seven seasons in Cleveland, where he was a full-time starter for most of his tenure. For his career, the Florida product has 731 tackles, 12 sacks and eight interceptions.

As Buffalo converts to the 3-4 under new defensive coordinator George Edwards, Davis likely will step in as a starting inside linebacker next to Paul Posluszny from Day One. Given the club's lack of experience in the scheme, the veteran Davis should provide the team's younger players with valuable knowledge of the alignment during the transition.


Browns re-sign S Ventrone, TE Estandia

The Browns re-signed TE Greg Estandia and S Ray Ventrone on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Ventrone played 14 games and was a key contributor on special teams, notching 12 tackles for Cleveland's coverage units. He signed with Cleveland on Sept. 16 after being released by New England on Sept. 5.

Estandia caught four passes for Cleveland last season in four games. The Browns acquired him on waivers from Jacksonville on Sept. 22.


Falcons sign Giordano, release Hill

The Falcons announced two roster moves Tuesday.

Atlanta signed S Matt Giordano and released CB Tye Hill, who was acquired from the Rams for a seventh-round pick last year.

Giordano, a sixth-year veteran, spent last season with the Packers after playing for the Colts from 2005-08. He'll battle for a roster spot as a special-teams contributor and a backup safety in Atlanta.

Hill, a former first-round pick, received a chance to start for the Falcons, but he was replaced after a short stint in the starting lineup.
 

Reports: Titans TE Scaife signs tender

Titans TE Bo Scaife has signed his one-year, $4.908 million restricted free-agent tender, ESPN and ProFootballTalk.com reported Tuesday.

Scaife, 29, caught 45 passes for 440 yards and one TD in 2009. In five NFL seasons, he has caught 215 passes for 2,065 yards and eight touchdowns.

Scaife has been a reliable possession receiver throughout his career, with 115 of his receptions going for first downs.



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