Jarvis Jones getting new digs in Arizona
The Associated Press
TEMPE, Ariz. — Free agent linebacker Jarvis Jones signed Tuesday with the Arizona Cardinals.
A first-round draft choice in 2013 out of Georgia, Jones spent his first four years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but never made a big impact. He played in 50 games with 35 starts and had 125 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Jones could step in for Alex Okafor, who left Arizona for New Orleans. He is the second linebacker to leave the Steelers in free agency; 10-year veteran Lawrence Timmons went to Miami.
Last season, Jones lost his starting job in Pittsburgh, which had declined to pick up his fifth-year option last year.
RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Eddie Lacy can be motivated by a one-year contract to rediscover the form that made him the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Seahawks and Lacy agreed to terms on a one-year deal Tuesday, providing Seattle a big body for a run game that was once the best in football but lagged last season following the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
Lacy was the top offensive rookie four years ago when he rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran for more than 1,100 yards in 2014, but has since been slowed by injuries and lost favor with Packers coach Mike McCarthy at times.
Last season, Lacy played in only five games, sidelined by ankle problems, and finished with only 360 yards rushing and no touchdowns. Weight has also been an issue for Lacy, but Carroll said he would expect the running back to play in the range of 240-250 pounds.
New Orleans Saints
New England Patriots restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler has scheduled a visit with the Saints at the team’s headquarters on Thursday.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton confirmed the visit Tuesday, telling The Associated Press he holds Butler in high regard and is eager to meet with him.
If the Saints sign the 27-year-old Butler to an offer, New England has the option to match it. The Patriots could also let Butler go and then receive the Saints’ 11th overall draft pick this year in return.
New Orleans entered the offseason looking to bolster the cornerback position of a defense that ranked 27th in the NFL last season.
Kansas City Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive tackle Bennie Logan to a one-year contract on Tuesday, filling the void left by free agent Dontari Poe in the middle of the Kansas City defensive line.
Logan made 51 starts and appeared in 59 games during the past four seasons in Philadelphia. He made 24 tackles and had 21/2 sacks last season, when he played for former Chiefs offensive coordinator and longtime Andy Reid assistant Doug Pederson.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Datone Jones, the former first-round pick of the rival Green Bay Packers.
The Vikings closed the deal on Tuesday with Jones, who was selected 26th overall out of UCLA in the 2013 draft.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Jones played defensive end in 59 of a possible 64 regular-season games, mostly as a backup. He also played some outside linebacker in Green Bay’s 3-4 scheme.