Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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NFL: Ravens sign Steve Smith

Steve Smith is eager to continue his NFL career in Baltimore, where he's just a short flight from his home in Charlotte, N.C.

The longtime Panthers wide receiver didn't waste time finding a new home, signing a three-year contract with the Ravens on Friday about 24 hours after being released by Carolina.

Smith, 34, was released by the Panthers after 13 seasons. He should provide a solid weapon for quarterback Joe Flacco.

Nicks to Colts

The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent receiver Hakeem Nicks. Team owner Jim Irsay confirmed the deal on Twitter. Terms were not immediately available.

The injured Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards but did not score a touchdown last season with the New York Giants.

With the Colts, he joins a receiving corps that includes perennial Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne and rising star T.Y. Hilton, and he'll play with one of the top young quarterbacks in Andrew Luck. Wayne will try to return this season from a torn ACL.

Oher joins Titans

The Tennessee Titans agreed to a multiyear deal with offensive tackle Michael Oher, a former first-round draft pick who spent his first five seasons with Baltimore.

Titans general manager Ruston Webster called Oher "a big, strong, durable player" in a statement announcing the move Friday. Oher's contract reportedly is a four-year deal worth $20 million with $9.5 million guaranteed.

The 27-year-old Oher should fill Tennessee's vacancy at right tackle created by the Titans' decision to waive David Stewart on Wednesday. Stewart had been Tennessee's starting right tackle since 2006.

Browner a Patriot

Suspended former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has signed with the New England Patriots.

Browner, 29, was suspended by the NFL in December for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It was his second suspension in two seasons. He is eligible to attend training camp with the Patriots and play in exhibition games, but he will miss the first four games of the regular season. He said he is honored to be a part of the organization.

Kelly's cancer back

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's cancer has returned.

The Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo said in a statement that the cancer was found when the former Buffalo Bills star went in for follow-up testing after having oral surgery to remove cancerous cells last year.

Associated Press
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