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News briefs: Lions sign free-agent DB Wright from Browns

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RENTON, Wash. -- The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent defensive back Eric Wright.

Wright, who has played all four of his NFL seasons with Cleveland, has agreed to leave the Browns and join the Lions, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the team hadn't announced the move.

Wright started all 16 games in 2008 and 2009, and 10 games last season.

Detroit did announce several other signings, some of which seemed like formalities after agreements were confirmed earlier in the week by agents or the players themselves. Teams could talk to veteran free agents, but couldn't sign them until Friday.

The Lions signed free agents Justin Durant, Rashied Davis, Maurice Leggett and Quinn Pitcock. Durant, a linebacker, played four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Davis, a wide receiver, played six years for the Chicago Bears.

Leggett, a cornerback, hasn't played since 2009, when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. He injured his neck during last year's preseason. Full Story

Bears sign Roy Williams, Gholston

CHICAGO -- Wide receiver Roy Williams and defensive lineman Vernon Gholston have agreed to deals with the Chicago Bears.

Williams receives a one-year contract one day after he was officially cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Williams flourished in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system in Detroit, finishing with 1,310 yards receiving in 2006, and has strong ties to Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake from their days at Texas.

Gholston was selected by the New York Jets with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft but was released in March after three disappointing seasons.

Chicago also announced Friday that it had signed first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi. Taken with the 29th pick, the 6-foot-7, 314-pound offensive tackle started 49 games for Wisconsin over four years.

Gore a no-show at camp

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Running back Frank Gore is a no-show for the first day of San Francisco 49ers training camp, apparently fulfilling his plan to hold out for a new contract.

The two-time Pro Bowler, in the final year of his current deal, has been deemed healthy by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who didn't respond to phone messages or email inquiries.

Gore went down with a season-ending fractured hip in a Monday night game at Arizona last Nov. 29 but has recovered. Gore, who avoided surgery, ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns in his sixth NFL season and caught 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs. Gore's 24 100-yard rushing games are the most in 49ers franchise history.

Gore can be fined $30,000 for each day of camp missed under the new NFL labor agreement. Of course, he could make that up and more if he gets his wish.

Rams sign Dahl

ST. LOUIS -- One day before training camp opened, the St. Louis Rams made another major investment in their offensive line. All the better to protect their No. 1 investment, quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Rams agreed to terms on a four-year contract with guard Harvey Dahl, who had been a fixture in Atlanta and had been considered one of the top free agents at his position. Center Jason Brown and guard Jacob Bell have contracts worth at least $30 million and tackle Jason Smith has a five-year deal worth as much as $62 million after getting taken with the second pick of the 2009 draft.

The other starter, tackle Rodger Saffold, was the first pick of the second round last year.

All that spending should help keep Bradford on his feet, although the Rams have yet to devote big dollars for wide receivers. Bradford was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last year even with an anonymous cast of pass catchers.

Packers cut veteran Tauscher

MILWAUKEE -- Mark Tauscher, a fixture at right tackle for the better part of a decade for the Green Bay Packers, was among five veteran players released by the team.

Linebackers Nick Barnett, Brandon Chillar and Brady Poppinga and defensive lineman Justin Harrell also were released.

None of the cuts was particularly surprising, given that all five players are coming off season-ending injuries. But the release of both Barnett and Chillar does leave the Packers thin behind starting inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop.

Packers players reported to camp on Friday, and the team will hold its first practice Saturday night.

Charges against Marshall's wife dropped

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida prosecutors have dropped charges accusing the wife of Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall of stabbing him.

The Broward County State Attorney's Office said it would not pursue an aggravated battery charge against 26-year-old Michi Nogami-Marshall. A charge of violating pre-trial conditions is also being dropped.

Nogami-Marshall was arrested in April after Marshall was stabbed in the abdomen during a domestic dispute. He was treated and released from the hospital the next day.

Nogami-Marshall would only say that she acted in self-defense. Marshall told police that he slipped and fell onto broken glass from a vase. Police found no blood on the broken glass and charged Marshall's wife with the stabbing.

Coleman goes to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have added another defender, agreeing to a three-year contract with free-agent cornerback Drew Coleman.

The deal reached could be worth as much as $7.4 million and gives the Jaguars their fourth defensive addition of the week. Coleman mostly played nickel back the last six years with the New York Jets and should have the same role in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars start Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox at cornerback.

Jacksonville has revamped its defense in a matter of days, signing linebackers Paul Posluszny and Clint Session and agreeing to terms with safety Dawan Landry. Together, they could help the Jaguars turn around a unit that ranked 28th in the league last season and allowed a franchise record 419 points.

Raiders add Gaither

NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent offensive lineman Jared Gaither.

The team announced the deal just after the start of the free agency period.

Gaither missed last season with a back injury for Baltimore. But he gives the Raiders a proven veteran at a position of need in offensive tackle.

The Raiders also announced deals with linebacker Jarvis Moss and long snapper Jon Condo.

Jags agree with safety D. Landry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and safety Dawan Landry have agreed on a five-year contract, giving the franchise a third new defensive starter in as many days.

Landry, who spent the last five years in Baltimore, is expected to sign a contract Saturday and would be eligible to practice when the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.

The Jaguars also acquired linebackers Paul Posluszny and Clint Session in free agency. The trio should help bolster a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in every category last season and gave up a franchise record 419 points.

Landry accumulated 362 tackles, nine interceptions and five sacks with the Ravens. He missed most of the 2008 season with a neck injury. He likely will replace Don Carey in the starting lineup.

Dolphins ink Thomas

DAVIE, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says rookie running back Daniel Thomas has signed a four-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn't announced the signing. Thomas missed the first practice of training camp but is expected to be on the field Saturday.

The former Kansas State star was taken in the second round of the draft and is expected to share playing time with newly acquired veteran Reggie Bush. The Dolphins' top rushers last year, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, are free agents.

Thomas led the Big 12 Conference in rushing the past two years.

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