Saturday, January 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Falcons sign former Buc Trueblood

ATLANTA — The Falcons signed offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood, who started 84 games in seven seasons with the Bucs.

Trueblood, 30, is expected to add experience behind second-year right tackle Lamar Holmes, who has moved up as the starter after playing in one game in his 2012 rookie season. The Falcons lost projected starter Mike Johnson for the season when he dislocated his left ankle and broke his left leg in training camp.

Falcons coach Mike Smith was evasive when asked if Trueblood would compete with Holmes for the starting job, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"Any time we make a roster move, we are trying to better our roster," Smith told the newspaper. "We feel like adding an experienced offensive lineman gives us an opportunity to better our roster."

Trueblood, 6 feet 8, 315 pounds, was selected in the second round (59th overall) of the 2006 draft out of Boston College by Tampa Bay and started 84 of the 101 games he played for the Bucs, though only one of nine last season. He was cut by the Redskins on Aug. 27.

The Falcons also waived offensive tackle Terren Jones on Tuesday and reached an injury settlement with offensive guard Phillipkeith Manley.

BUCS MOVES: Tampa Bay placed cornerback Danny Gorrer (groin) on injured reserve/designated for return and re-signed defensive tackle Gary Gibson, one of 21 players the team released Saturday to get down to the 53-man roster limit.

Gibson, who was born in Plant City and enters his eighth season, played in 16 games with one start last year, his first with the Bucs.

In other moves, former TCU receiver Skye Dawson was added to the practice squad, and offensive lineman Jace Daniels was released.

CONCUSSION SUIT: Four former players sued the NFL and its helmet maker, Riddell Inc., claiming they hid information about the dangers of brain injury. Former players Jimmy Williams, Rich Mauti, Jimmy Keyes and Nolan Franz filed the federal lawsuit in New Orleans on Sunday. Last week, the league tentatively agreed to pay $765 million to past players with concussion-related health problems.

BIG DEAL FOR CUSHING: Texans linebacker Brian Cushing signed a six-year contract extension reportedly worth more than $55 million. Cushing, 26, was in the last year of the deal he signed as a rookie in 2009, when he was named defensive rookie of the year. He returned to the field this summer after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 of last season. Also, Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who suffered a concussion in the preseason, is ready to play in Monday's opener.

HERNANDEZ TRIAL: Former Patriots and Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez is seeking to delay proceedings in a Florida lawsuit until a murder charge against him in Massachusetts is resolved. Hernandez's lawyers said it would be legally unfair to Hernandez to permit the lawsuit to continue while he is defending himself in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

BILLS: Former Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter signed a month after being released by the Dolphins. He'll replace rookie and former FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins, who was hurt in practice.

BRONCOS: Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey wore his cleats and helmet but didn't participate in practice. His availability for the season opener Thursday night against the Ravens remains uncertain due to a tender left foot.

BROWNS: Former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff reached a contract agreement. The team recently terminated veteran kicker Shayne Graham's contract and released rookie Brandon Bogotay.

COLTS: Safety John Boyett was waived a day after he was arrested on public intoxication and other charges.

DOLPHINS: Guard Danny Watkins, a first-round draft pick in 2011, signed a $555,000, one-year contract after being cut by the Eagles.

GIANTS: Running back Andre Brown, who fractured his left leg in the preseason, was placed on short-term injured reserve and must miss at least the first eight games of the season.

RAMS: Starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, was released.

SAINTS: Receiver Robert Meachem, who began his career with the team in 2007, signed a one-year deal shortly after his release by the Chargers.

STEELERS: Running back Isaac Redman, who spent most of the preseason on the bench after tweaking his neck, was named the starter for Sunday's season opener against the Titans.

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