Reinhart’s shootout winner lifts Sabres over Blues 4-3

By MARK LUDWICZAK Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Reinhart came up just short of ending the Buffalo Sabres’ seven-game winless streak in overtime.
He made up for it in the shootout.
Reinhart scored the deciding goal to lead the Sabres to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. It came moments after his backhand chance struck the post with less than a second remaining in overtime.
It resulted in Buffalo’s first win since March 1, and Buffalo’s third win in its past 16 games.
“I just liked the way we played after a back-to-back,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “We didn’t get the result (last night) and we haven’t gotten the result in the last two weeks. I’m just happy for our guys. They just continue to battle and fight and they found a way to win.”
Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary scored in regulation for the Sabres. Carter Hutton made 30 saves.
After Jack Eichel and Tyler Bozak traded goals to open the shootout, Reinhart scored on Buffalo’s final attempt. Reinhart’s wrist shot had just enough to get past St. Louis goalie Jake Allen, who got a piece of the shot with his glove.
Former Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly then had a chance to extend the shootout, but his backhand chance hit the crossbar.
Pat Maroon, David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, who remain in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race with 82 points (37-27-8). Allen made 31 saves.
“I think it was one of those games,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “It wasn’t very clean all game. It was a tough grind out there. We didn’t execute very well. … We definitely have got to do a better job against teams that are below us in the standings, that’s for sure. That’s not been good enough.”
It marked the end of an ultimately disappointing road trip for St. Louis. On Saturday, the Blues dominated the surging Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-1 win — but that was surrounded by defeats to struggling teams like Ottawa and Buffalo.
“I would say a bad trip, for sure,” O’Reilly said. “You look at who we’re playing, these are games that being a mature team there’s opportunities for us to gain ground and catch the teams ahead of us.”
The game was mostly even and back and forth from beginning to end.
Schenn evened the score at 3 with 11:19 remaining on a questionable goal that was challenged by the Sabres. With Hutton sprawled along the ice — and O’Reilly falling on top of him — Schenn went around the other side for a wrap-around.
Larsson opened the scoring 6:42 into the game. Collecting a cross-ice pass from defenseman Zach Bogosian, Larsson’s wrist shot found the near corner for sixth goal of the season.
Maroon evened the score just over two minutes later, curling around the net and leaving the Sabres defense confused for his seventh goal of the year.
Rodrigues restored Buffalo’s lead with 5:12 remaining in the first on a 2-on-1, patiently cutting inside and tucking a low shot inside the far post.
Sheary made it 3-1 7:46 into the second on a similar 2-on-1 rush. Rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin set up the odd-man rush with a terrific breakout pass, and Sheary did the rest with a shot high to the far corner.
Perron got the Blues back in it two minutes later. The veteran forward threaded a long shot through traffic for his 18th goal of the season at 12:15.
NOTES: Blues LW Alexander Steen played in his 700th game for St. Louis. The former first-round pick began his career in Toronto before being traded to St. Louis in 2008. … Veteran Jason Pominville was a healthy scratch for Buffalo, in a surprise move. D Jake McCabe, LW Scott Wilson and D Matt Hunwick were also scratched for Buffalo. … Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body), D Joel Edmundson, LW Sammy Blais and C Robby Fabbri were scratched for St. Louis.
UP NEXT:
Blues: Home against Edmonton on Tuesday.
Sabres: Home against Toronto on Wednesday.
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Sabres captain Eichel disagrees with NHL’s 2-game suspension

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel will abide by the NHL’s decision to suspend him two games for an illegal check to Colorado forward Carl Soderberg’s head.
That doesn’t mean the Buffalo Sabres captain has to agree with it.
“If you look at the hit and look at the rule book, I didn’t think it matched up,” Eichel said following practice Monday. “It’s kind of frustrating.”
Eichel was suspended Sunday following a hearing with the league’s department of player safety.
He blamed Soderberg for lowering his head while the two raced for a loose puck along the boards during Colorado’s 3-0 victory Saturday. He said Soderberg was reaching for the puck and that his head hit Eichel’s back.
The NHL ruled Eichel was to blame because Soderberg didn’t change the direction he was heading, while Eichel cut sharply in front of Soderberg to initiate contact.
“While we acknowledge Eichel’s argument that Soderberg is low and reaching for the puck, this hit does not meet any of the criteria for unavoidable head contact,” the league ruled. “Soderberg is in a low position and reaching out for the puck before Eichel changes his course to initiate this hit.”
Eichel was penalized for an illegal hit. The suspension will cost him more than $107,500 in lost salary.
Sabres coach Phil Housley backed Eichel, who leads the team with a career-best 72 points (25 goals, 47 assists) in 65 games.
“I don’t agree with the decision, but we’ll have to live with it, and that’s all I’m going to say about that,” Housley said.
Alexander Nylander is expected to replace Eichel in the lineup after the 2016 first-round draft pick was called up from the minors.
The Sabres host Dallas on Tuesday and have tumbled out of the playoff race by going 2-8-2 in their past 12 games.
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The Latest: Bills to sign All-Pro return specialist Roberts

By The Associated Press undefined
The Latest on NFL free agency Thursday (all times EDT):
11 a.m.
A person familiar with the discussions confirms to The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign return specialist and receiver Andre Roberts.
The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed. ESPN.com first reported the agreement.
Roberts has eight seasons of NFL experience and earned his first All-Pro honors last season after leading the NFL with 1,174 kickoff return yards with the New York Jets. He also led the NFL in averaging 14.1 yards per punt return.
Roberts had 176 yards on five kickoff returns alone in the Jets’ 27-23 win at Buffalo in December.
The Bills had numerous struggles on special teams and lacked a proven return specialist.
—Reporting by John Wawrow.
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10:30 a.m.
The New York Jets have released running back Isaiah Crowell, an expected move after the team agreed to terms early Wednesday morning with Le’Veon Bell.
Crowell spent one season with the Jets after playing his first four in Cleveland. He broke the franchise record with 219 yards rushing on just 15 carries in New York’s win over Denver in Week 5. He also set the team mark with 231 yards from scrimmage.
The Jets had until Friday before $2 million of Crowell’s $4 million salary became guaranteed. By releasing him now, New York gains $3 million on the salary cap, but is stuck with $2 million in dead money.
The addition of Bell, a move not yet officially announced by the Jets, made Crowell expendable. The former Pittsburgh Steelers star agreed to a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, including $35 million in guarantees.
The 26-year-old Crowell finished with 685 yards rushing and six touchdowns last year before a toe injury ended his season in December.
Crowell made headlines in New York’s Week 3 loss at Cleveland last season when he scored a touchdown in the second quarter against his former team and wiped the football against his rear end. The crude celebration resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and, later, a $13,369 fine from the NFL. It wasn’t all bad for Crowell, who received an endorsement deal with DUDE Wipes, a company that sells a toilet paper substitute for men.
New York also announced it has re-signed starting nose tackle Steve McLendon, who has spent the last three years with the team, as well as offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison and defensive back Darryl Roberts.
—Reporting by Dennis Waszak Jr.
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Jets release RB Crowell after agreeing to terms with Bell

By DENNIS WASZAK JR. AP Pro Football Writer
The New York Jets have released running back Isaiah Crowell, an expected move after the team agreed to terms early Wednesday morning with Le’Veon Bell.
Crowell spent one season with the Jets after playing his first four in Cleveland. He broke the franchise record with 219 yards rushing on just 15 carries in New York’s win over Denver in Week 5. He also set the team mark with 231 yards from scrimmage.
The Jets had until Friday before $2 million of Crowell’s $4 million salary became guaranteed. By releasing him now, New York gains $3 million on the salary cap, but is stuck with $2 million in dead money.
The addition of Bell, a move not yet officially announced by the Jets, made Crowell expendable. The former Pittsburgh Steelers star agreed to a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, including $35 million in guarantees.
The 26-year-old Crowell finished with 685 yards rushing and six touchdowns last year before a toe injury ended his season in December.
Crowell made headlines in New York’s Week 3 loss at Cleveland last season when he scored a touchdown in the second quarter against his former team and wiped the football against his rear end. The crude celebration resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and, later, a $13,369 fine from the NFL. It wasn’t all bad for Crowell, who received an endorsement deal with DUDE Wipes, a company that sells a toilet paper substitute for men.
New York also announced it has re-signed starting nose tackle Steve McLendon, who has spent the last three years with the team, as well as offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison and defensive back Darryl Roberts.
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AP sources: Free-spending Bills add receivers Brown, Beasley

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The free-spending Buffalo Bills are using their sizeable salary-cap space to provide quarterback Josh Allen an overhauled offense entering his second season.
The Bills continued their major foray into free agency on Tuesday by agreeing to sign receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley and offensive linemen Ty Nsekhe and Jon Feliciano.
A person with direct knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Brown agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract. A second person told the AP that Beasley agreed to a four-year, $29 million contract. A third person said Feliciano agreed to a two-year contract.
The people spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the signings won’t be official until the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday.
Nsekhe’s agent, Vince Taylor, said his client agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million contract, with $7.7 million guaranteed.
The deals come a day after the Bills agreed to sign center Mitch Morse, running back Frank Gore and tight end Tyler Kroft. Buffalo confirmed Tuesday that it signed cornerback Kevin Johnson to a one-year contract.
The Bills’ main focus has been addressing needs on offense to upgrade a unit that finished 30th in yards gained during Allen’s rookie season and was hampered by a lack of established receivers and a patchwork offensive line.
Buffalo entered the signing period with more than $70 million available to spend under the salary cap after spending the previous two offseasons purging its roster of high-priced players. The overhaul coincided with coach Sean McDermott’s hiring in January 2017 and was followed by general manager Brandon Beane taking over five months later.
Beane has taken a bold approach in rebuilding the Bills by spending the past two years trading away veterans — including defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and quarterback Tyrod Taylor — and stockpiling draft picks.
After a 6-10 finish, Beane in January said he intended to be “judicious” in filling holes in free agency, while continuing to add talent in the draft next month, when the Bills are scheduled to have 10 picks.
Johnson, speaking on a conference call with reporters Tuesday, was impressed by the new additions.
“I think you can see this is a team on the rise,” he said. “We’re just trying to add to this culture, and they’ve got a good one in place. And like I am, I’m sure the other guys are ready to come in here and work.”
Brown is a speedy downfield threat, and Beasley is a proven underneath slot receiver. They join a team whose two top returning receivers were Zay Jones, entering his third year, and Robert Foster, an undrafted rookie last season.
Brown had 42 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns last year in his only season with the run-oriented Baltimore Ravens.
The Bills targeted Brown in free agency a year ago, but he turned them down in part because Buffalo was unsettled at quarterback after trading away Taylor and before drafting Allen in the first round.
Brown spent his first four seasons with Arizona, where he combined for 173 catches for 2,515 yards and 17 touchdowns. His best season was in 2015, when he had 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven TDs.
Beasley spent his first seven seasons with Dallas and had a 65 catches for 672 yards and three touchdowns last year. Beasley’s most productive season was in 2016, when he had 75 catches for 833 yards and five touchdowns.
Running back LeSean McCoy took notice of the offensive line additions by posting a note on his Twitter account that read: “It’s always good signing fat boys hahahahah welcome welcome.”
Morse is listed at 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, the 33-year-old Nsekhe is listed at 6-8 and 330 pounds, and Feliciano is 6-4 and 325 pounds.
Nsekhe has five NFL seasons of experience dating to 2012 with the then-St. Louis Rams. He spent the past four seasons with Washington, where he had 16 starts in 54 games playing behind tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, while also getting playing time at guard.
Feliciano spent his first four seasons with Oakland, where he had eight starts in 48 career games. The Raiders selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft.
Johnson joins a defense that allowed the second-fewest yards last season and will compete for the starting job opposite Tre’Davious White. Johnson’s first four seasons in Houston were hampered by a series of injuries, including a pair of concussions that forced him to miss the final 15 games of last season.
“All that stuff’s behind me,” he said. “I think I learned that I don’t got any quit in me. I went through a lot of things, adversity as far as dealing with injuries. And every time, I came back strong from it.”
Johnson is reunited with Bills defensive backs coach John Butler, who held the same role in Houston from 2014-17.
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Bishop records 3rd straight shutout, Stars beat Sabres 2-0

By JONAH BRONSTEIN Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ben Bishop is on a roll at an important time for the Dallas Stars.
Bishop made 35 saves for his third straight shutout, and the Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Tuesday night.
“Obviously, the shutouts are nice but it’s not why we play the game,” Bishop said. “Things are going my way right now. Just try to ride the high as long as you can. Just get wins. Doesn’t really matter about the goals against.”
Bishop extended his career-best shutout streak to 204 minutes, 20 seconds. It’s the second-longest run for a Stars goaltender behind Ed Belfour’s streak of 219 minutes, 26 seconds that ran from Nov. 17-24, 2000. He is the third goaltender in franchise history with three consecutive shutouts.
“Three shutouts in a row is unbelievable,” said rookie Roope Hintz, who scored both goals for Dallas.
In posting his sixth shutout of the season, Bishop matched Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy for second in the NHL. He had shutout wins against the Rangers and Avalanche last week. Anton Khudobin was in goal for the Stars during Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
“As a team, we are realizing that if we play good defensive hockey, we are going to get our chances,” Stars forward Blake Comeau said. “As the season has gone along, we’ve really found our identity and everybody has bought into playing really good defensive hockey.”
Hintz had his first multi-goal game for Dallas in the opener of a two-game trip. The Stars have won five of six and remain on top of the Western Conference wild-card standings with 77 points.
Buffalo played without captain Jack Eichel, who began serving a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Colorado’s Carl Soderberg.
Linus Ullmark stopped 25 shots for the Sabres, who were shut out for the second straight game and dropped their fifth in a row.
Buffalo also was shut out by Bishop in a 1-0 loss at Dallas on Jan. 30.
“We just couldn’t seem to find one to maybe give us a lift and go from there,” said forward Jeff Skinner, who leads Buffalo with 36 goals, but hasn’t scored in his last 12 games. “It’s not a good feeling. But at the same time, you have to stick with it and create some more.”
The Stars took a 1-0 lead when Hintz scored midway through the second period. Jason Dickinson’s shot from the point bounced to the right side of the net, where Hintz skated in and lifted a shot over Ullmark’s shoulder.
Hintz got his seventh of the season on a power play with 6:48 remaining in the second. His wrist shot from outside the right circle beat Ullmark to the far post.
Dallas could not convert on a pair of power plays during the scoreless first period. The Stars’ best scoring chance was thwarted when Ullmark made a gliding glove save on a point-blank one-timer from Jamie Benn a little more than seven minutes into the game.
NOTES: Bishop has won his last 12 starts against Buffalo, tied for the longest active streak against a single opponent in the NHL. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne has won 12 straight against Edmonton. … In addition to Bishop and Balfour, Cesare Maniago had three straight shutouts for the Minnesota North Stars from Dec. 13-16, 1967. … Stars F Blake Comeau recorded his 300th career point on the first goal by Hintz. … Sabres F Alexander Nylander made his season debut after being called up from the minors following Eichel’s suspension. Nylander was Buffalo’s first-round pick in the 2016 draft. … Stars F Valeri Nichushkin entered the lineup in place of Brett Ritchie and D Jamie Oleksiak took Taylor Fedun’s spot. Coach Jim Montgomery said the moves were made to help keep players fresh for the busy week.
UP NEXT
Stars: Conclude road trip Thursday at Minnesota.
Sabres: Host Pittsburgh on Thursday.
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AP source: Jets agree to sign RB Le’Veon Bell

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves.
Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets.
Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The decision ended months of speculation about where he’d resume his playing career after six years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because teams can’t officially announce signings until the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon.
ESPN first reported the signing, and said the deal is for four years and $52.5 million — including $35 million guaranteed.
Bell, a former Michigan State star, also announced his decision on Twitter , saying: “I’m back in the green baby, let’s get it.”
Several teams were mentioned throughout the past few days as having interest in signing Bell, with the Jets consistently among them. Many football fans and reporters took to their computers to download the new album released at midnight by the running back — who goes by the stage name “Juice” — to glean any potential clues in his lyrics he might have included about his next football destination.
The news, however, came as many were in between tracks.
And, Bell was immediately a big-time hit among the Jets and their fans.
“Welcome my brutha @LeVeonBell,” linebacker Avery Williamson tweeted.
“I’m in Miami brotha,” safety Jamal Adams tweeted at Bell. “We going up tonight!!!”
The deal gives Darnold and new coach Adam Gase a big-time playmaker, arguably the best player at his position before Bell opted to sit out all of last season rather than sign a franchise tender with Pittsburgh.
The 27-year-old Bell is a two-time AP All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowl pick who immediately upgrades the Jets’ backfield.
New York still has Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon, but Crowell is likely to be released after one season with the team. Bilal Powell, the team’s fourth-round pick in 2011, is a free agent and unlikely to be back.
Bell has rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns, and has 312 catches for 2,660 yards and seven scores as one of the most versatile and dangerous offensive players in the NFL. His 128.9 yards from scrimmage per game over his career is the best mark in the NFL since the 1970 merger.
Bell’s career reached a crossroads, however, last year when he declined to sign his one-year, $14.4 million franchise tender with the Steelers and made himself ineligible to play. It was an unprecedented move as Bell — who received the franchise tag in two straight years — skipped a season in his prime to preserve his long-term health and secure a big payday.
Last month, Pittsburgh decided to not place the transition tag on Bell. That cleared the running back to become an unrestricted free agent when the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday.
And the Jets pounced on a player they think can help Darnold take their offense to another level — despite the fact Bell hasn’t played since Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to Jacksonville on Jan. 14, 2018. That means it will be a span of 19 months in between game appearances by the time the preseason begins in August.
The Steelers drafted Bell with the 48th overall pick in 2013. He combined with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown to form Pittsburgh’s “Killer B’s” on offense, a potent trio of game-breaking talents.
With his patient running style and explosive burst, Bell quickly established himself as one of the best backs in the league. He was also a top pass-catcher out of the backfield, finishing 10th in the league with 85 catches in 2017. That combination of production had Bell focused on a contract that rewarded him like the dual threat he is.
He and the Steelers failed to reach an agreement on a new deal last summer, and he skipped training camp for the second straight year.
This time, though, he never returned to the team.
Instead, he’ll join the Jets and look to re-establish himself as arguably the best overall running back in the game — and try to help a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2010 season get back to winning.
The move to get Bell was the latest in a busy two days for general manager Mike Maccagnan and the Jets, who also have agreed to deals with linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and are re-signing defensive end Henry Anderson and backup cornerback Darryl Roberts. New York also acquired left guard Kelechi Osemele from Oakland over the weekend.
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The Latest: Bills reach deals with WRs Brown, Beasley

By The Associated Press
The Latest on NFL free agency (all times EDT):
1:30 p.m.
Two people with direct knowledge of discussions tell The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have reached agreements to sign free agent receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the signings won’t become official until the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday.
Brown is a speedy deep threat who had 42 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns in his first and only season in Baltimore last year. He spent his first four seasons with Arizona, where he combined for 173 catches for 2,515 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Beasley spent his first seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he proved himself as a dependable slot receiver. He had a 65 catches for 672 yards and three touchdowns last year.
The agreements continue the Bills’ objective to upgrade an offense that lacked proven receivers and finished 30th in the NFL in yards gains last season. Buffalo’s two top returning receivers are Zay Jones, who is entering his third season, and Robert Foster, who as an undrafted rookie free agent last year.
Buffalo also announced signing cornerback Kevin Johnson to a one-year contract.
— Reporting by John Wawrow
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1:20 p.m.
The agent for DeVante Parker says the Miami Dolphins receiver is close to signing a $13 million, two-year deal with the team that replaces a $9.4 million fifth-year option on his original contract.
The Dolphins had been expected to rescind the option for the underachieving Parker and let him become a free agent. But his agent, Jimmy Gould, says Parker loves Miami, wasn’t interested in testing the market and is eager for a chance to blossom under new Dolphins coach Brian Flores.
Parker was the 14th player taken in the 2015 draft but has been plagued by injuries and has scored just nine touchdowns while making 31 starts in four seasons. Last year he had 24 catches for 309 yards and one score in 11 games.
Parker’s new deal is heavy on incentives. Gould says he expects the agreement to be completed soon.
— Reporting by Steven Wine
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12:35 p.m.
The New York Giants have re-signed restricted free agent fullback Eli Penny.
Penny was signed off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad in September and played in 14 games, working mostly as a lead blocker for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley. He had seven carries for 25 yards, and caught eight passes for 50 yards.
Penny played in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017, scoring three touchdowns.
— Reporting by Tom Canavan
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12:25 p.m.
The Green Bay Packers are big spenders in free agency.
On Tuesday, they agreed to deals with pass rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner.
Za’Darius Smith’s agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced his $66 million, four-year deal with $34.5 million in the first two years.
A person with knowledge of Turner’s contract says the former Broncos lineman got $28 million over four years. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal can’t be official until Wednesday.
— Reporting by Stephen Whyno
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noon
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a four-year contract with free agent safety Lamarcus Joyner.
A person familiar with the deal said Tuesday on condition of anonymity that Joyner will sign the contract after the start of the new league year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move can’t be finalized until Wednesday.
The Raiders previously made big moves on offense by trading for receiver Antonio Brown and agreeing to a deal with tackle Trent Brown, according to a person familiar with those moves who spoke on condition of anonymity because they hadn’t been announced.
Joyner now will help upgrade a defense that ranked last in the league in yards allowed per play (6.27) and points allowed per game (29.2).
— Reporting by Josh Dubow
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11:35 a.m.
Two people with direct knowledge of the deals say the New York Jets have agreed to sign wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and linebacker Anthony Barr.
The team also will re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts, according to one of the people — both of whom spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because teams can’t announce deals until the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday afternoon.
General manager Mike Maccagnan has been been busy during the league’s legal tampering period, which began Monday. They also agreed to sign Baltimore middle linebacker C.J. Mosley, who’ll combine with Barr and Avery Williamson to form a revamped and highly paid linebacker corps in New York. The move also cloud the long-term future for 2016 first-rounder Darron Lee, who has been inconsistent.
Barr was the No. 9 overall pick of Minnesota in 2014. He had 13 1/2 sacks in five seasons, including three last year, with the Vikings.
Crowder, who turns 26 in June, gives second-year quarterback Sam Darnold a playmaking slot receiver. The speedy Crowder had 221 catches for 2,628 yards and 14 touchdowns in four seasons with Washington.
Bellamy has 76 career catches for 999 yards and five touchdowns, and is also a special teams contributor. He spent the last five years with Chicago.
Roberts has been a key backup and spot starter the last three seasons.
— Reporting by Dennis Waszak Jr. and Dave Ginsburg
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11:20 a.m.
The Atlanta Falcons have gained some much-needed salary cap room by restructuring quarterback Matt Ryan’s contract. The Falcons confirmed that $8.75 million of Ryan’s 2019 base salary will be paid as a signing bonus.
The adjustment to Ryan’s contract was first reported by ESPN.
The move creates $7 million in cap space, leaving the team with approximately $13.5 million in cap space. Ryan signed a five-year, $150 million extension in 2018.
Even after Tuesday’s move, the Falcons still rank only 27th in the NFL in available cap room, according to Spotrac.
— Reporting by Charles Odum
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11:15 a.m.
A person with knowledge of the move says the Green Bay Packers have agreed to sign former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos to a $37 million, four-year deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal cannot become official until Wednesday.
The Packers continue to improve their defense after missing the playoffs. Amos, 25, started all 16 games for the Bears last season and had two interceptions.
Earlier in the day, Green Bay agreed to sign linebacker Preston Smith to a $52 million, four-year contract with $16 million guaranteed, a sourced told the AP. Smith, 26, leaves the Washington Redskins and is expected to improve Green Bay’s pass rush. Smith had four sacks and 53 tackles in 2018, and has 24 1-2 during his four-year career since Washington drafted him in the second round in 2015.
— Reporting by Stephen Whyno
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11 a.m.
Four-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker C.J. Mosley is headed out of Baltimore after the Ravens abandoned hope of matching an offer made by the New York Jets.
The Ravens hoped to keep Mosley, an unrestricted free agent who led the team in tackles twice since being selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. But first-year general manager Eric DeCosta couldn’t come up with enough money to keep the five-year veteran, who was an AP second-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015-18. Mosley has had at least 100 tackles in every season but 2016, when he missed two games with an injury and finished with 92.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, DeCosta said, “We stretched our budget, and we thought we made a compelling offer to him.”
It wasn’t good enough after the Jets reportedly offered $85 million over five years.
DeCosta said, “The Jets just made such a powerful offer that as an organization it just didn’t make sense for us. That’s no reflection on how we feel about C.J. as a person and as a player in this community.”
The deal does not become official until Wednesday, when the NFL formally begins a new year.
— Reporting by Dave Ginsburg
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10:30 a.m.
The Browns beefed up their defensive line before NFL free agency opened.
Vikings tackle Sheldon Richardson agreed Tuesday to a three-year, $39 million contract with Cleveland, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
Richardson, who has played with three other teams since 2013 and been suspended twice by the NFL, will receive $21.5 million guaranteed, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit teams from announcing signings until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday.
ESPN was first to report Richardson’s agreement.
Richardson’s imminent signing addresses a major need for the Browns, who wanted to upgrade their interior pass rush and give help to Pro Bowler Myles Garrett. It’s the second move up front in the last week by general manager John Dorsey, who acquired edge rusher Olivier Vernon in a trade with the New York Giants.
Richardson spent last season with Minnesota, where he had 49 tackles and 4 ½ sacks in 16 games. The 28-year-old was the No. 13 overall pick by the Jets in 2013.
In six seasons, Richardson has 23 ½ sacks and 195 tackles in 87 games. Richardson was the AP’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 with the Jets.
While talented, Richardson has also run into some trouble.
He was suspended for the first four games in 2015 season for violating the substance-abuse policy for testing positive for marijuana. The league also suspended him for the first game in 2016 under its personal-conduct policy after he tried to outrun police in St. Louis, driving his Bentley at 143 mph before being stopped.
— Reporting by Tom Withers
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AP sources: Busy Bills agree to sign 4, including Gore

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane promised he’d be “judicious” in rebuilding his team in free agency.
With more than $70 million of space available under the salary cap, he’s also proving to be busy.
People with direct knowledge of discussions told The Associated Press on Monday that the Bills agreed to sign center Mitch Morse, tight end Tyler Kroft, running back Frank Gore and cornerback Kevin Johnson.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the signings won’t be official until the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday.
The Bills are coming off a 6-10 season and were left with plenty of salary cap space after spending the past two offseasons purging high-priced and under-achieving talent.
The Bills focused their initial attention on upgrading an offense that was a work in progress under rookie starting quarterback Josh Allen last year. Buffalo finished 30th in the NFL in yards gained and featured a patchwork offensive line and an unproven group of receivers.
The biggest splash is the addition of Morse.
He fills an immediate need in addressing a position that featured a revolving door at center after Eric Wood retired due to a career-ending neck injury. Morse spent his first four seasons in Kansas City, where he started 49 games.
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, Morse is expected to provide on- and off-field leadership as well help better protect Allen, who was sacked 28 times in 12 games.
Kroft agreed to a three-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $6.25 million per season and has a potential value of $21 million, one person said. He spent his first four years with Cincinnati and fills an immediate need on a Buffalo roster that currently features one tight end, Jason Croom.
A foot injury limited Kroft to four catches for 36 yards in just five games with the Bengals last season. He enjoyed a career year in 2017, when he had 42 catches for 404 yards and seven touchdowns.
Another person said Gore agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract. He is the NFL’s active leader in yards rushing and returns for a 15th season after spending last year with Miami.
He continues to be productive after finishing with 156 carries for 722 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games with the Dolphins. He added 12 catches for 124 yards and one score.
The 35-year-old will join 30-year-old LeSean McCoy in forming what would be the NFL’s oldest — and most historically productive — running back tandem.
Gore’s 14,748 yards rushing ranks fourth on the NFL’s career list, while McCoy is 25th with 10,606 yards rushing.
The two are close friends, share the same agent and have spent previous offseasons working out together.
Gore is also in line to have another connection in Buffalo, after the University at Buffalo extended an offer to his son, Frank Jr., to play for the Mid-American Conference school last month.
A third person said Johnson agreed to sign with Buffalo four days after making the Bills the first team he visited after being cut by the Houston Texans. He will compete for the starting job opposite Tre’Davious White.
The 26-year-old Johnson was selected by Houston in the first round of the 2015 draft but never played to expectations because of injuries.
He was limited to playing in only the Texans’ season opener last year. He was placed on injured reserve after his second concussion of the summer. A broken foot and sprained knee limited him to a combined 18 games from 2016-17.
Overall, Johnson has one interception in 35 games, including 18 starts.
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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.
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Slumping Sabres call up Alexander Nylander from minors

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The slumping Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Alexander Nylander from the minors.
Nylander is Buffalo’s first-round pick in the 2016 draft and has a career-high 12 goals and 31 points in 49 games with AHL Rochester this season.
The move on Sunday marks the first time Nylander has been called up this season. He previously had a goal and an assist in seven career NHL games.
Nylander’s promotion comes at a time when Buffalo is 0-4-1 in its past five and 2-8-2 in its past 10 following a 3-0 loss at Colorado on Saturday.
The call-up also comes with Sabres captain Jack Eichel facing possible NHL discipline for an illegal check to the head of Colorado’s Carl Soderberg. The league’s player safety department announced Eichel will have a hearing Sunday for the hit, which occurred during the second period.
The Sabres host Dallas on Tuesday.
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