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Bucs lose Bennett, Trueblood

The Bucs lost two of their free agents Thursday. Defensive end Michael Bennett signed with the Seahawks while right tackle Jeremy Trueblood signed with the Redskins.

Bennett, 27, who also talked to the Dolphins, received a one-year deal worth $5 million, profootballtalk.com reported. He began his career with Seattle in 2009 as an undrafted rookie. He made the final roster but was released soon after. The Bucs claimed him off waivers, and he flourish for them.

In 2012, he recorded nine of his 15 career sacks. He also made 41 tackles and forced three fumbles. He had four sacks in 2011.

The departure leaves Da'Quan Bowers as the starter on the left side with Adrian Clayborn on the right.

Terms of Trueblood's deal were not disclosed. The second-round pick in 2006 started 84 games over seven seasons with the Bucs. Trueblood, who turns 30 in May, started the opener in 2012 but quickly lost his job and appeared in only nine games.

Falcons add Back: The Falcons found a replacement for Michael Turner, signing Steven Jackson to a three-year deal worth $12 million. Atlanta cut Turner on March 1. Jackson, 30, rushed for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns for the Rams last season. It was his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season. His 10,135 yards are 26th all time and first among active players.

Cassel's busy day: Quarterback Matt Cassel was cut by the Chiefs. But soon after, he agreed to terms with the Vikings. In 2009, Cassel was acquired from the Patriots and signed a six-year, $63 million contract. But he was inconsistent and last season lost the starting job to Brady Quinn. With the Chiefs acquiring Alex Smith, he became expendable. In Minnesota, he will replace Joe Webb as Christian Ponder's backup.

Broncos: Safety Quinton Carter faces felony charges over allegations he cheated at a craps game Saturday at a Las Vegas casino. Security officials reported he was videotaped adding a $5 chip to three bets after the dice already rolled, according to a police report. A hearing is set for Monday.

49ers: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, recently released by the Eagles, visited.

Lions: Left tackle Jeff Backus retired. He spent his 12-year career with the Lions, missing only one game to injury.

Vikings: Longtime Packers receiver Greg Jennings visited the team, his agent said.

No tuck rule? The competition committee proposed eliminating the tuck rule. Currently, if a passer loses the ball while bringing it into his body, it is an incompletion. The proposal would make it a fumble. The rule became famous when officials ruled the Patriots' Tom Brady didn't fumble against the Raiders in a January 2002 playoff game. The committee also proposed eliminating a penalty against coaches who throw challenge flags for plays already being reviewed as well as penalizing a runner or tackler for engaging in head-first contact with the crown of the helmet. Owners will vote on the proposals next week.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

.Fast Facts

Thursday's other moves

With terms, if available

Cardinals: Signed Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley (two years)

Chiefs: Signed Dolphins CB Sean Smith (three years).

Colts: Signed 49ers DL Ricky Jean Francois (four years, $22 million with $8.5 million guaranteed).

Eagles: Signed Texans LB Connor Barwin (six years, $36 million), Ravens CB Cary Williams (three years), Giants S Kenny Phillips.

Giants: Signed Jaguars CB Aaron Ross, Steelers S Ryan Mundy.

Patriots: Signed Seahawks RB/KR Leon Washington.

Saints: Signed Steelers CB Keenan Lewis (five years, $26.3 million with $10.5 million guaranteed).

Titans: Re-signed KR Darius Reynaud (one year)

Bucs lose Bennett, Trueblood 03/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:18pm]
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