Steelers keeping pick
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II says the NFL has told the team it will not be docked a pick in this year’s draft for coach Mike Tomlin’s foray onto the field against Baltimore last November.
Tomlin was fined $100,000 for stepping onto the field during a lengthy kickoff return by Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones during a loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. The league said at the time of the penalty it would consider taking away a pick in May’s draft once the draft order was established.
The Steelers finished 8-8 and narrowly missed the postseason, leaving the team with the 15th pick in the first round of the draft.
Moreno plans visit
MIAMI – Free agent running back Knowshon Moreno has scheduled a visit with the Miami Dolphins, who are looking to upgrade their ground game.
Moreno, a five-year veteran, had his best season in 2013 when he rushed for 1,038 yards, caught 60 passes and scored 13 touchdowns with the Denver Broncos. He’s expected to complete his visit Friday.
Cardinals get CB
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals agreed on the terms of a one-year contract Thursday with free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Cromartie spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets. He led the Jets last season with three interceptions. He also had eight passes defensed and one forced fumble. He was released by the Jets on March 9.
Falcons sign Hester
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester.
The team announced the deal Thursday. The 31-year-old Hester is a three-time Pro-Bowler who last year tied an NFL record with his 19th scoring return in eight seasons with the Chicago Bears. Coming off a dismal 4-12 season, the Falcons are hoping he can bolster a unit that ranked 28th in the league in kickoff return yards and 21st in punt return yards.
Terms of Hester’s contract were not immediately available.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday they’ve signed free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to a two-year contract, helping rebuild a depleted wide receiving corps.
Financial terms of the deal were not released.
Cotchery, 31, has spent 10 seasons in the NFL, the last three with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 46 receptions for 602 yards and a career-high 10 touchdown receptions in 2013.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Cotchery has 437 receptions for 5,558 yards and 30 touchdowns during his career. He’s been primarily used as a No. 3 receiver in Pittsburgh, starting eight games in three seasons.
Bengals sign QB
CINCINNATI – The Bengals have signed quarterback Jason Campbell to be Andy Dalton’s backup, a move that brings the franchise full-circle in several ways.
Campbell has played for Washington, Oakland, Chicago and Cleveland. He started eight of the Browns’ last nine games last season.
Raiders ink Woodson
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Safety Charles Woodson agreed to a one-year deal to extend his second stint with the Oakland Raiders to a second season.
Woodson is expected to officially sign the contract Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deal said on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing yet.