Steelers re-sign backup lineman Whimper

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed reserve offensive lineman Guy Whimper to a one-year deal.

Whimper played in 11 games for the Steelers last season, with two starts. The 30-year-old spend four seasons with the New York Giants from 2006-09 before playing in Jacksonville from 2010-12. He joined the Steelers last summer. Whimper started one game each at left guard and right guard.

Whimper should again compete for a backup spot when camp opens in July. Pittsburgh is expected to have all five starters back along the offensive line, including center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed all but the first eight plays of the season with a knee injury.

Cowboys add Weeden

The Dallas Cowboys have signed quarterback Brandon Weeden even though they expect Kyle Orton to return behind Tony Romo next season.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Weeden signed a two-year contract Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the deal.

There have been reports that Orton might not return for a third season as Romo’s backup, but a person with knowledge of the team’s plans said Weeden would be the third quarterback on the roster.

Weeden was a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2012 but fell out of favor after throwing 26 interceptions in 23 games, including 20 starts, over two seasons.

Raiders sign WR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a three-year deal with former Green Bay wide receiver James Jones.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal Monday for a player he is very familiar with from his time previously in the Packers’ front office.

Jones has 310 career catches for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns in 104 games over seven seasons in Green Bay. His most productive year came in 2012 when he had 64 catches for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Jones had 59 catches for a career-high 817 yards and three scores last season despite being without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for seven games.

Irsay out of jail

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was released from jail Monday after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say the 54-year-old Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested, though details were not released.

Carmel police said the drugs found in Irsay’s vehicle weren’t associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside.

Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem said. A hearing is scheduled for March 26.

If convicted on the felony charges, Irsay could face six months to three years in prison on each count. So-called Schedule IV drugs such as those with which Irsay was allegedly caught include Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, with a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.