The Browns have yet another new quarterback, and this one has a familiar last name. Josh McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Cleveland on Friday. McCown's younger brother, Luke, played for the Browns in 2004 - one of 22 different starting quarterbacks the Browns have used since 1999. The 35-year-old McCown had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills, who like the Browns have QB issues.
The Minnesota Vikings have repeatedly praised Adrian Peterson during the offseason, with his status slowly moving toward resolution. Peterson hasn't had the same warmth for the Vikings. The NFL returned the star running back to the exempt list Thursday after a federal judge ruled in his and the NFL Players Association's favor. They've been seeking dismissal of league arbitrator Harold Henderson's denial of Peterson's appeal of his suspension under the NFL's divisive personal conduct policy.
The Arizona Cardinals released defensive tackle Darnell Dockett on Friday, allowing the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to test the free agency market. He could well wind up re-signing with Arizona, the only team he's known in his 11 NFL seasons. General manager Steve Keim said that the Cardinals ''have been very clear about our feelings for Darnell and our desire to have him back. Before the injury, he had missed only two games during his NFL career.
Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone. Evidence presented to the jury Friday also showed multiple calls placed from the phone of co-defendant Ernest Wallace to the victim, Odin Lloyd, in the hours before he was killed, including the same minute that Lloyd was seen getting into a car outside his home about an hour before he died early on June 17, 2013. The records showed that Hernandez, at times using his lawyer's phone, called Wallace repeatedly the night of June 17 after police had gone to his home and asked him to come to the station while they investigated Lloyd's death. Prosecutors have previously said Lloyd sent his last text to his sister at 3:23 a.m. and was killed within minutes, shot to death at an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Atteborough.
The Miami Dolphins released two receivers Friday, and neither was Mike Wallace. While the team continued to weigh its options regarding the disgruntled Wallace, they parted with Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, who combined for 21 starts last year. Hartline was due to make $5.9 million in 2015, the third year of a $30.8 million, five-year deal he signed in 2013. Gibson was to make $3.2 million in the final year of a $9.8 million, three-year deal he signed in 2013.
The Atlanta Falcons on Thursday released running back Steven Jackson, who in two seasons with the team couldn't recapture his 1,000-yard form that made him one of the league's top backs with the Rams. In 2013, his first season with the Falcons, he had 543 yards rushing in 12 games. Jackson has had at least 20 catches in 10 straight seasons, including a career-best 90 receptions in 2006. The Falcons, expected to have a defensive makeover under new coach Dan Quinn, the former Seattle defensive coordinator, also could have a new look on offense.