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Bucs sign Derek Landri and Brian Leonard

Brian Leonard leads Rutgers' band in the school song after a 2006 game against Syracuse.

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Brian Leonard leads Rutgers' band in the school song after a 2006 game against Syracuse.

The Bucs on Monday continued to fill holes with two more free-agent signings, former Eagles defensive tackle Derek Landri and former Bengals running back Brian Leonard.

Both players could have notable roles this season.

Landri has a chance to replace starting nose tackle Roy Miller, who joined the Jaguars as a free agent last month. Landri was expected to sign a two-year, $3.25 million contract.

The Bucs told Landri to expect to play the "tilted nose" run stopper that is a staple of coach Greg Schiano's defense. Landri also has some versatility and can play standard three-technique defensive tackle. He and Gary Gibson could rotate at nose.

Landri, 29, became expendable when the Eagles moved to a 3-4 defense under new coach Chip Kelly.

In Leonard, who signed a one-year deal, the Bucs added an experienced third-down back. He'll presumably battle with D.J. Ware, who had that role in 2012. Leonard, who played for Schiano at Rutgers, rushed 33 times for 106 yards in 2012 — his most attempts since his rookie season. He joins starter Doug Martin and backups LeGarrette Blount, Ware and Michael Smith.

Around the league: Raiders acquire QB Flynn

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders are changing directions at quarterback. Oakland acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn for draft picks, ending to Carson Palmer's brief tenure as starter. "Matt's one of those guys, even though he hasn't had a lot of opportunities, when he's had those opportunities, he's made the most out of those chances," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in '15 to Seattle for Flynn, who is expected to compete with Terrelle Pryor for the starting job. Fox Sports reported Palmer was expected to go to Arizona for a draft pick; the Cardinals released John Skelton on Monday.

McCoy to 49ers: The Browns sent backup quarterback Colt McCoy to the 49ers. The Associated Press reported that Cleveland sent McCoy and a sixth-round pick for San Francisco's fifth- and seventh-rounders in this month's draft. McCoy will compete with Scott Tolzien to back up starter Colin Kaepernick.

Elsewhere: Former Bucs QB Luke McCown signed a one-year deal with the Saints, reported. … The Titans agreed to one-year deals with receiver Kevin Walter and offensive lineman Chris Spencer. … The Colts agreed to terms with free agent and former Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. … The Jaguars released defensive tackle C.J. Mosley. … The Bengals re-signed cornerback Terence Newman for two years. … Ravens safety Christian Thompson was suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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