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NFL notebook: Bears sign ex-Zips star Hixon; Bengals cut Akron native Harrison

Associated Press

Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast and former Zips receiver Domenik Hixon landed in Chicago. Now Steve Smith and former Coventry High School and Kent State star 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 shutdown cornerback, 28, 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. Veteran star reciever Smith was released by Carolina.

Hixon signed a one-year deal with the Bears. He had seven catches for 55 yards with Carolina in 2013. He previously played for Denver (2006-07) and the Giants (2007-12).

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. Harrison played in 15 games, finished 12th on the team in tackles.

“It was great for our coaches, players and fans to have James on our team last year,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “He’s a player everyone looks up to because of his ability, his accomplishments and his drive to be the best. He helped us win a division title with his play and with the example he set.”

It was yet another busy period on the third day of NFL free agency in which lineman Jonathan Martin signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

More moves — Arizona signed former Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to a three-year contract and agreed to terms on a two-year deal to keep linebacker Matt Shaughnessy.

• Rodger Saffold’s bizarre free-agent experience ended back in St. Louis. He re-signed Thursday, one day after he failed a physical to void a five-year, $42.5 million deal with the Raiders.

• Washington and defensive lineman Jason Hatcher agreed to a four-year, $27.5 million deal.

• Minnesota signed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to a deal for $15 million over three years with incentives.

• Oakland signed defensive end Justin Tuck and gave former Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley a two-year deal.

• Green Bay re-signed linebacker Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless.

• Jacksonville formally signed defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive lineman Ziggy Hood and re-signed defensive end Jason Babin.


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