NFL notebook: Colts reportedly sign LB Houston
The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston to a two-year, $24 million contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.
Houston registered 78 1/2 sacks in 102 games with the Chiefs from 2011-18,
including a league-high 22 sacks in 2014.
The Chiefs released the 30-year-old pass rusher earlier this month when they
could not find a trading partner. The four-time Pro Bowl selection had been
due $15.25 million in base salary in 2019.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard knows Houston from his time in Kansas
City, where he served as director of player personnel (2013-14) and director
of football operations (2015-16).
--Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid will share less than $10 million in the
settlement of their collusion case against the NFL, according to the Wall
The settlement was announced last month, but financial terms were withheld due
to a confidentiality agreement.
Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of
his contract in March 2017 to pursue free agency. But when he found no takers,
he filed a grievance against the league seven months later. Reid, the former
49ers safety who was the first player to join Kaepernick in 2016 by kneeling
in protest during the national anthem, filed his own collusion case against
the NFL in May 2018, and the grievances were later combined into a joint case.
--The Ravens have reached a two-year agreement to keep quarterback Robert
Griffin III in Baltimore, pending the results of a physical. Terms of the deal
were not disclosed.
The 29-year-old former Rookie of the Year will continue his role as a backup
and mentor to Lamar Jackson. Griffin played in three games for the Ravens in
2018 and completed 2 of 6 passes for 21 yards.
--The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game this
summer in Hawaii.
The defending NFC West and NFC East champions will meet Aug. 17 at Aloha
Stadium in Honolulu. It will be the second preseason game for both teams and
the first NFL exhibition game played in Hawaii since 1976, when the San
Francisco 49ers played the then-San Diego Chargers.
--Restricted free agent cornerback Darqueze Dennard re-signed with the
Cincinnati Bengals, reportedly rejecting offers from the Chiefs and other
teams, per NFL Network.
A first-round pick in 2014 out of Michigan State, the 27-year-old Dennard has
played in 68 games (19 starts) and registered 227 tackles, three interceptions
and three sacks.
--Free agent tight end Jared Cook is close to a contract agreement with the
New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported.
Cook turns 32 next month but has been productive in stints with the Oakland
Raiders, Green Bay Packers, then-St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. He had
68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns with the Raiders in 2018.
--Defensive end Vinny Curry is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles, agreeing
to a deal after playing one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Curry, 30, was released by the Bucs in March in a move that cleared $8 million
in 2019 cap space. He won a Super Bowl with the Eagles two years ago and adds
depth to a defensive line that has lost Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata.
--New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith agreed to a pay cut that
saves the team $2.3 million in cap space for the upcoming season. His cap hit
is now $4.15 million, down from $6.45 million.
A knee injury limited Meredith, 26, to just six games in the 2018 season. He
caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last season. He has 86
catches and five touchdowns in his three-year career.
--The Arizona Cardinals reached a two-year deal with defensive lineman Darius
Philon, the NFL Network reported. The deal is worth $10 million -- $12 million
with incentives -- with $5 million guaranteed, according to the report.
Philon, 25, played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13.
He recorded four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.
--Field Level Media