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The Rams have traded defensive end William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins.
The clubs also exchanged draft picks Cheap Richard Rodgers Jersey , with Miami getting a seventh-round pick and the Rams getting a sixth-round pick.
Hayes spent the past five seasons as a key rotation member of the Rams’ powerful defensive line. He started 14 games last year, getting 43 tackles and five sacks.
The Rams are transitioning to a 3-4 defense next season under new coordinator Wade Phillips, and Hayes has been in 4-3 schemes most of his career.
Hayes also was the only player on the Rams’ roster older than coach Sean McVay until they signed offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth earlier in the day.
– Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles
The Tennessee Titans finally have a veteran cornerback for a struggling secondary.
Agent Neil Schwartz wrote on Twitter late Thursday night that cornerback Logan Ryan has agreed to terms with the Titans.
The NFL Network reported Ryan agreed to a three-year deal for $30 million.
The Titans ranked 30th against the pass last season and released veteran cornerback Perrish Cox late in the year. They reportedly chased Texans cornerback A.J. Boye, who agreed to a deal with AFC South rival Jacksonville earlier Thursday.
The Titans had no immediate comment.
They re-signed two of their own free agents in defensive lineman Karl Klug and linebacker Nate Palmer earlier Thursday.
– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
A person familiar with the situation says free agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley has agreed to return to the New Orleans Saints, and that former Carolina Panthers receiver Ted Ginn has agreed to a free-agent deal with New Orleans.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the contracts have not been signed and the agreements have not been announced.
Fairley’s extension was first reported by Nola.com/The Times-Picayune. NFL.com reported that it was worth nearly $30 million over four years. Ginn’s agreement with the Saints, the terms for which have not been disclosed, was first reported by ESPN.
Last season Cheap Paul Worrilow Jersey , the 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence with the Saints, who brought him in on a one-year free-agent deal. The 29-year-old former Auburn star and 2011 first-round draft choice by Detroit earned a full-time starting role with the Saints and finished with 6+ sacks, a career high for a single season.
The 31-year old Ginn has eclipsed 700 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons with Carolina and had 10 touchdowns two seasons ago. He also is an experienced returner.
He was known as a speedster coming into the league as first-round draft choice by Miami in 2007, but struggled with drops and all-around consistency early in his career.
Heading into his 11th season, he’ll team up with one of the NFL’s most prolific quarterbacks in Drew Brees while providing New Orleans’ offense, which led the NFL in yards last season, another way to stretch defenses.
Ginn also joins a deep receiver group that includes Brandin Cooks Cheap Dallas Goedert Jersey , Michael Thomas and Willie Snead.
However, the Saints, who need help on defense, have been listening to trade offers for Cooks. That doesn’t mean Cooks will be dealt. Coach Sean Payton has said New Orleans would have to get a lot in return to consider parting with Cooks, a 2014 first rounder who has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons.
– Brett Martel reporting from New Orleans
Baltimore agreed to terms with perhaps the best defensive tackle available, Brandon Williams, who returns after four solid seasons with the Ravens. A third-rounder in the 2013 draft, he has 158 tackles (97 solo), 4 1-2 sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He’s started 36 straight games.
Last season, Williams made the third-most tackles (51) and second-most solo stops (34) among all NFL nose tackles. He also added one sack and one pass defense. In Week 7 at the Jets, he made eight tackles, two for loss, one sack and blocked a field goal attempt.
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the New York Jets are re-signing linebacker and special teams ace Josh Martin to a two-year contract worth $4.3 million.
Martin#4# signed in 2015 off Indianapolis’ practice squad, led the Jets last season with 14 special teams tackles.
ESPN first reported the signing of Martin, an unrestricted free agent. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move Thursday night.
Martin was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Columbia University by Kansas City in 2013. He signed with Tampa Bay in 2015, joined Indianapolis’ practice squad later that season before ending up on New York’s practice squad.
Jets special teams coach Brant Boyer cited Martin and Rontez Miles as the leaders of his unit last season. New England coach Bill Belichick also singled out Martin before the Patriots played the Jets in December, saying the linebacker is ”one of the top players in the league” in the kicking game.
– Dennis Waszak reporting from New York.
Scot McCloughan is out as general manager of the Washington Redskins.
The team fired McCloughan on Thursday night, giving no official reason for his immediate departure.