Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison are looking for new NFL homes.
Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year as a Buccaneer, he was cut Wednesday and officially agreed to terms with the Patriots on Thursday - but only on a one-year deal, albeit worth about $12 million.
The 28-year-old shutdown cornerback whose contract impasses have led him from the Jets to the Bucs to the Patriots since last April, was the latest big name on the move. Versatile running back-kick returner Sproles will add some juice to Philadelphia’s already high-energy offense after he was acquired from New Orleans. And someone - Baltimore, maybe - will grab veteran Smith after the standout wide receiver was released by Carolina.
As for Harrison, the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year was cut by Cincinnati, where he spent only the 2013 season after being released by Pittsburgh.
It was yet another busy period on the third day of NFL free agency in which Jonathan Martin signed a two-year contract with San Francisco.
Tampa Bay cut tackle Donald Penn and signed Anthony Collins to replace him; Oakland signed defensive end Justin Tuck; Green Bay re-signed linebacker Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless; and the Jaguars formally signed defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive lineman Ziggy Hood and re-signed defensive end Jason Babin, who led the team with 7½ sacks in 2013.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail for the foreseeable future as he faces criminal charges in two states and sexual assault investigations in three others.
Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ruled that Sharper should remain in jail without bail after authorities this week indicted the Super Bowl champion on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe, Ariz., in November.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles will have the first opportunity to place Sharper on trial on charges that he drugged and raped two women in October after meeting them at a West Hollywood nightclub.
PHOENIX (AP) - A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to eight months in federal prison after acknowledging he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.
John Junker was sentenced after pleading guilty two years ago to a conspiracy charge in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.
Bowl employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for such contributions.