- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Bengals released running back Chris Perry, ending an injury-laden career in Cincinnati for the former first-round pick.

Perry was the 26th overall pick out of Michigan in 2004, when the Bengals envisioned him as their running back for the future. Instead, he started only three games in the next four seasons, spending a lot of time recovering from various injuries.

He got the starting job last season but struggled and was replaced by Cedric Benson. His release was anticipated after the Bengals gave Benson a contract extension in the offseason.

Also on Monday, the Bengals terminated the contracts of safety Mike Doss and tight end Nate Lawrie and waived linebacker Eric Henderson and running back Gary Russell.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle is moving on, still without starting outside linebacker Leroy Hill.

Seahawks president Tim Ruskell said the team is having “just conversations” with Hill’s agent on a possible long-term contract.

Seattle rescinded its 2009 franchise tag on Hill hours after it selected outside linebacker Aaron Curry fourth overall in the NFL Draft on Saturday. That made Hill a free agent instead of guaranteeing him $8.3 million in Seattle.

Ruskell said the move gives the team flexibility to sign other veteran free agents.

TITANS: The agent for Bo Scaife says the Tennessee tight end will sign his one-year franchise tender and join the Titans’ offseason program.

Agent Kevin Robinson said Scaife had stayed away from the Titans’ offseason program but decided last week to sign the tender of $4.46 million.

Scaife had been working out on his own in Denver.

Robinson said a couple teams expressed interest in trading for Scaife during the NFL Draft. He led the Titans with a career-high 58 catches and ranked seventh in the league among tight ends last season.

The Titans traded away their second-round pick in next year’s draft to select South Carolina tight end Jared Cook on Sunday.

JETS: New York waived punter Reggie Hodges and running back Marcus Mason.

The moves come as the Jets are busy looking at signing undrafted free agents, including former Tulane center Michael Parenton and former Nebraska defensive end Zach Potter.

PERRY: Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman William “The Refrigerator” Perry has been upgraded to fair condition in a South Carolina hospital.

The 46-year-old has been hospitalized for two weeks to deal with complications from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a chronic inflammation disorder of the peripheral nerves. He had previously been listed in serious condition.

Perry’s relatives have said he is expected to recover.

DOLPHINS: Quarterback John Beck was released by the Miami Dolphins two years after he was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft.

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