NFL PLAYER NEWS
Justin Houston signs with Colts for 2 years, $24 million
The Indianapolis Colts signed outside rusher Justin Houston, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, to a 2-year, $24 million contract, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Colts need help rushing the passer and Houston fits the bill. He's missed 21 games over the past four seasons, but has made up for it with 9.0-plus sacks in 2017 and 2018. Houston turned 30 in January.
Houston recorded 32 tackles (25 solo) with 9.0 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception, and 5 forced fumbles in 12 games last season.
Texans to sign quarterback A.J. McCarron
Quarterback A.J. McCarron has agreed to sign with the Houston Texans.
The former Raider will backup Deshaun Watson, following the departure of Brandon Weeden. McCarron has been in the league since 2014 but has only made three regular season starts.
McCarron has attempted 136 NFL passes, completing 64.0% of them while averaging 5.7 net yards per dropback. He has thrown 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Clay Matthews joins the Rams
Edge rusher Clay Matthews has signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams.
The former Packer will be tasked with providing pass-rushing help for the Rams, though the 32-year-old is not the same player he was in his prime.
Matthews started all 16 games but had a career-low 3.5 sacks last season. It was the fourth straight season his sack total declined.
Vontaze Burfict signs with the Raiders
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
The former Bengal reunites with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who coached him in Cincinnati.
He made 33 tackles and forced three fumbles in 7 games last season.
Randall Cobb signs with Cowboys for 1-year, $5 million
The Dallas Cowboys signed wide receiver Randall Cobb, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, to a 1-year, $5 million contract.
Cobb will likely replace Cole Beasley in the slot after an injury-ravaged 2018 campaign in Green Bay. Entering his age-29 season, Cobb hasn't averaged more than 46.9 yards per game in any of the past three years. He will likely be a third or fourth option in the Cowboys' conservative passing attack.
Cobb caught 38 passes for 383 yards and 2 touchdowns on 61 targets last season.
Blake Bortles inks a one-year deal with Los Angeles Rams
Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams.
Bortles represents a significant upgrade at the backup quarterback spot frot eh Rams as they had just Sean Mannion behind Jared Goff last season. The one-year deal will allow Bortles to re-explore the free agency market in 2020.
Bortles threw for 2,718 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions on 2018 while adding 365 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground.
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