OT Willis re-ups with Seahawks for two years

OT Ray Willis has re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks on a two-year deal.

Willis, who started 10 games and saw action in all 16 games for Seattle in 2008, has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Seahawks. He was selected in the fourth round (105th overall) in the 2005 draft.

Cowboys fill defensive-line hole with Olshansky

To replace Chris Canty, who left for the New York Giants earlier this week, the Dallas Cowboys reached an agreement with free-agent defensive lineman Igor Olshansky.

Olshansky receives a four-year, $18 million deal, with $8 million guaranteed.

Olshansky comes from San Diego, where he played five seasons with the Chargers and had 179 tackles along with 11 sacks.

Bears keep RB Jones with two-year, $3.5 million deal

Running back Kevin Jones has returned to the Chicago Bears on a two-year, $3.5 million contract. Jones will receive a $1 million signing bonus and $2 million in the first year.

Jones came to the Bears last season and rushed for 109 yards in 11 games. Before that, he spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions and rushed for 1,133 yards as a rookie in 2004.

Raiders restructure Walker’s contract

Conventional wisdom and informed minds had the Oakland Raiders releasing wide receiver Javon Walker. But rather than release him, the Raiders restructured Walker’s contract last week, according to a league source.

Oakland converted a $5 million roster bonus due to Walker this month into base-salary guarantees for this and next season. Now, $2 million of Walker’s base salary for the coming season is guaranteed, as is $2.6 million of Walker’s base salary for 2010.

It’s another commitment from the Raiders to Walker, but it ensures the two will spend training camp together when many around the league said they would not.

Rosenhaus: ‘Several teams’ talking about signing T.O.

When NFL team executives were questioned Thursday about whether they would consider signing wide receiver Terrell Owens, they spoke out.

Friday, Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did the same.

Defending his client and predicting a deal, Rosenhaus painted a much brighter picture than the negative one NFL executives did.

“There are several teams that are interested in signing Terrell,” Rosenhaus said in a text message. “I have been in negotiations with these teams. I will not identify these teams at this time.

“Terrell and I expect to have a deal in place by the end of next week, if not sooner.”

In the past, for all his bravado, Rosenhaus has been a man of his word. So even though multiple NFL teams said they “never” would sign Owens, Rosenhaus believes he has located potential landing spots.

Market appears limited for Owens

A random survey of NFL teams Thursday, one day after the Cowboys released Terrell Owens, revealed next to no interest in the mercurial wide receiver. Ten receiver-needy teams were contacted, and these are the responses that filtered in throughout the day:

“Never,” from one team.

“T.O. leaves too much carnage wherever he plays,” from another.

“Not here,” said a third.

“He won’t play here, I can tell you that!” came from a fourth.

A fifth said: “For all that he thinks he is, he has won one playoff game since 1998. I think his teams have won more playoff games since then with him out of the lineup.”

And the NFL executive was correct. Since Owens and the 49ers beat the Packers in a 1998 Wild-Card Game, he has played in only one playoff win — San Francisco’s 2002 wild-card victory over the New York Giants. Since then, Owens’ record in playoff games he has played is 0-3.

“Makes the argument that character wins,” the same NFL executive said.

And the most damning comment came from another receiver-needy team, in which one executive compared Owens to Barry Bonds and how people in this league “don’t want (jerks). He could wind up sitting out the same way Barry did.”

The only lukewarm response on Owens came from one AFC team that has struggled to find a receiver. “I highly doubt it,” was the response of two people in the organization, though some in the media continue to connect this team with Owens.

And these are answers from teams in need of a receiver. Teams that don’t need one, such as the Cardinals or Packers, were not asked. But ultimately there was not a single team that admitted to so much as thinking about making a move on the former Cowboys wide receiver. Owens’ market is, at best, limited.

Forget about a big-money deal. It appears Owens will be fortunate to simply get a deal.

Now there are over four months until training camp, wide receivers get injured, teams readjust their thinking and Owens has a convincing representative in Drew Rosenhaus. So some team always can jump in and sign Owens at anytime; the receiver is that talented, even at age 35. But the last time he was a free agent two years ago, his only two bidders were Dallas and Denver, and the Broncos never offered any signing bonus. The Cowboys did.

Now Dallas is willing to have $9.675 million count against its salary cap for Owens not to be there. That is as damning as any words any executive issued Thursday.

Patriots reach agreement with free-agent CB Springs

Continuing to use the salary-cap space freed up by the Matt Cassel trade, the Patriots reached an agreement with former Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs on Thursday.

The three-year deal has a max value of $12.8 million.

Within the past week, Springs visited Philadelphia, where the Eagles wanted to use him at safety, and New England, where the Patriots would like to use him as a veteran cornerback. Ultimately, Springs opted for the Patriots, and he is expected to sign later today.

Eagles trade WR Lewis to Patriots

Philadelphia traded wide receiver Greg Lewis to New England. Terms still to come.

Bengals expected to sign former 49ers QB O’Sullivan

Quarterback signings heated up Wednesday and it is likely to continue Thursday. The Bengals are expected to reach agreement with former 49ers starting quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan, who would take the place of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with Buffalo.

It also would mark the second straight day Cincinnati has found a free-agent replacement for another player it lost.

After former Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed with Seattle, Cincinnati lured in Laveraneus Coles (as an aside, can the Bengals find a wideout whose name is easy to spell?) Now O’Sullivan could be next.

Former Redskins DE Evans signs with 49ers

Former Redskins DE Demetric Evans has signed a two-year deal worth $3.8 million with the 49ers.

Evans enjoyed a breakout season last year in Washington, starting a career-high 11 games and tallying a career-high 3.5 sacks for the Redskins. He adds line depth to a San Francisco team fortifying its defense under coach Mike Singletary.

49ers sign former Redskins DE Evans

Former Redskins defensive end Demetric Evans signed a two year deal with the 49ers worth $3.8 million.

Lions sign CB Buchanon

The Lions bolstered their secondary Wednesday, signing former Buccaneers cornerback Phillip Buchanon to a two-year, $8.5 million deal.

Broncos continue signing spree with Simms, Arrington

Denver started the week with a quarterback controversy and is ending it with a new quarterback.

Free-agent quarterback Chris Simms has reached agreement with the Broncos on a two-year contract. He will be insurance for starting quarterback Jay Cutler, whose name emerged last week in trade talks.

Simms hasn’t signed yet but soon will, and he will have gone from Tampa Bay to Tennessee to Denver.

Finally, Denver signed free-agent running back J.J. Arrington to a four-year contract. The deal was signed last week, but the league rejected the contract’s language, and it was redone Wednesday. Arrington is a Bronco.

Ravens agree to deals with LB Lewis, C Birk

Ravens reached agreement in principle on a three-year contract with Matt Birk and he will sign the deal on Thursday morning.

On Ray Lewis, they’ve agreed on a multi-year contract, which will be formalized sometime in the next two weeks. But when he does sign, it will be a three-year, $22 million deal, according to league sources.

Free-agent TE Smith to visit Falcons in search of deal

Free-agent tight end L.J. Smith left Detroit this afternoon and headed straight to Atlanta for a visit with the Falcons. Atlanta has been desperate to give quarterback Matt Ryan the tight end he needs and wants. The former Eagles tight end could be the answer.

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