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Jets sign Slaughter for a low, low price

The Jets on Tuesday signed former Pro Bowl wide receiver Webster Slaughter to a one-year contract thought to be worth slightly more than the NFL minimum of $275,000.

"The Jets made a lot of decisions this off-season to get people here to try to win some games," Slaughter said. "I'm one of those people. Hopefully, we can all come together in camp and turn this thing around."

Slaughter, 31, had 34 receptions for 514 yards and four touchdowns last season for Kansas City. He has 523 receptions for 7,584 yards in 10 seasons with Cleveland, Houston and Kansas City.

The signing came a day after unsigned rookie receiver Keyshawn Johnson blasted the Jets for their contract stalemate.

VIKINGS: Eddie McDaniel, a 5-foot-11, 230-pound linebacker who led Minnesota in tackles last season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at camp in Mankato, Minn. Trainer Fred Zamberletti said he has seen players come back from such injuries in a few weeks but "there's a strong possibility" of surgery in mid-August, and that an operation could end McDaniel's season.

DOLPHINS: An operation at a California hospital to eliminate encroachment on defensive end Jeff Cross' spinal canal was successful, the team said. Recovery could take 12 weeks. . . Miami released Aubrey Beavers, a 1994 second-round pick who lost his starting linebacker job last season.

HASELRIG CASE: Former Steelers Pro Bowl offensive lineman Carlton Haselrig was ordered to stand trial on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, and disorderly conduct. Haselrig, 30, had been jailed since July 6, when police in Johnstown, Pa., saw him driving a motorcycle with his helmet on backward. Those charges led Allegheny County authorities to find that Haselrig had violated terms of a probation imposed after he drove drunk in December 1994.

PACKERS: Offensive lineman Gary Brown said he was arrested for drunken driving in April in Oshkosh, Wis., and faces suspension for violating the NFL policy.

RAIDERS: Defensive end Aundray Bruce is out up to four weeks because of a sprained right ankle, offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy two weeks with a torn left bicep.

EAGLES: Philadelphia signed Joe Kelly, a linebacker who has started 93 games over a 10-year career with several teams.

BRONCOS: Denver signed first-round pick John Mobley, a linebacker from Division II Kutztown.

RAVENS: State officials broke asphalt in a Camden Yards parking lot, beginning construction of a $200-million home for the team that moved from Cleveland.

LIONS: Linebacker Reggie Brown, a first-rounder from Texas A&M, signed.

PATRIOTS: New England re-signed linebacker and long snapper Steve DeOssie, less than a week after releasing him.

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