New York signed running back Mike Goodson, offensive lineman Willie Colon and nose tackle Antonio Garay. The team announced the deal with Goodson, along with the re-signing of fullback Lex Hilliard. Two people familiar with the situations told The Associated Press that the Jets had signed Colon, a former favorite of Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, and Garay, who spent the last three-plus seasons in San Diego. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signings.
Since free agency began, the Jets have lost several starters, including Keller, running back Shonn Greene (Tennessee), safeties LaRon Landry (Indianapolis) and Yeremiah Bell (Arizona), defensive lineman Mike DeVito (Kansas City) and nose tackle Sione Po’uha (released).
The San Diego Chargers made deals with two running backs, agreeing to a two-year contract with former New England Patriots fan favorite Danny Woodhead and a one-year deal to bring back Ronnie Brown.
Meanwhile, free agent safety Ed Reed left the Houston Texans with no deal in place. The nine-time Pro Bowl safety departed Reliant Stadium after two days of talks with the team. He arrived in Houston on Thursday morning aboard team owner Bob McNair’s private jet and the team announced on its Twitter site that he was back at its facility on Friday.
The Texans are trying to sign Reed to make up for an otherwise disappointing free-agency period so far. Receiver Kevin Walter was cut, safety Glover Quin signed with Detroit and tight end James Casey and linebacker Connor Barwin signed with Philadelphia.
_ Oakland found the potential replacement for disappointing former first-round pick Rolando McClain, agreeing to a free-agent contract with former Chicago linebacker Nick Roach. The Raiders announced the deal with Roach, who is the second linebacker signed by the team this week, following a three-year, $6 million deal given to Kaluka Maiava on Wednesday.
_ Louis Delmas agreed to a two-year contract to stay with the Detroit Lions, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no announcement had been made. Delmas played only eight games last season but started them all. He was limited by left knee problems.
_ Philadelphia acquired wide receiver Arrelious Benn and a seventh-round pick from Tampa Bay for the Eagles’ sixth-round choice this year and a conditional draft pick in 2014. Benn, a second-round selection (39th overall) by the Buccaneers in 2010, has 59 receptions for 862 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons.
_ Jacksonville signed cornerback Alan Ball, running back Justin Forsett and defensive tackle Roy Miller.
_ Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Zack Bowman.
_ Kansas City signed veteran offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who can play both guard and tackle and spent last season as a backup in Minnesota.
_ Linebacker Keith Rivers signed a new one-year deal with the New York Giants. Rivers, a former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, was traded to New York for a fifth-round pick on April 11, 2012. He missed five games with the Giants because of a slow-healing hamstring injury.
_ Indianapolis released safety Tom Zbikowski after one season with the team.