Falcons Get Jackson 3/15/13
UNDATED - Stephen Jackson will be carrying the ball for the Atlanta Falcons after accepting a three-year, $12 million deal. The 29-year-old Jackson had 1,042 yards rushing and four touchdowns with the Rams last season, his eighth straight season with more than 1,000 yards on the ground.
Jackson has 10,135 yards rushing, the most of any active player.
- Houston made a big pitch for free agent safety Ed Reed on Thursday, although no deal was finalized. Reed was picked up by general manager Rick Smith in the private jet of Texans owner Bob McNair before a series of meetings that included defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
- The New England Patriots and free-agent receiver Danny Amendola have agreed to a five-year deal reportedly worth $31 million. The Pats also have signed seven-year veteran running back Leon Washington.
- Kansas City has cut quarterback Matt Cassel (KA'-sul) with two years left on his contract. The Chiefs also agreed to terms with cornerback Sean Smith on a three-year deal to help shore up the secondary.
- The Washington Redskins have signed free agent offensive lineman Jeremy Trueblood to contend for the vacant right tackle position. Trueblood has started 84 games over seven NFL seasons, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He lost his starting job after one game last year and finished the season on injured reserve.
- Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter is facing felony charges in Nevada alleging that he cheated at a craps game last weekend at a Las Vegas-area casino. Carter was arrested late Saturday at the Texas Station casino in North Las Vegas after security officials reported he was videotaped adding a $5 chip to three bets after the dice already rolled, according to a police report.
- The tuck rule could disappear from NFL games if owners approve a proposal from the competition committee to dump it. The owners also will consider a change to instant replay rules allowing for a video review even when a coach makes an illegal challenge. The league meetings are next week in Phoenix.