NFL notes: Redskins sign linebacker Fletcher

first_imgLinebacker London Fletcher agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday, capping another busy day of free agency for one of the NFL’s top-spending teams. The agreement, which includes a $10.5 million signing bonus, came as Fletcher and cornerback Fred Smoot were treated to a Washington Wizards game, part of a courtship by a Redskins team that went 5-11 and needs to repair the worst defense in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Redskins took care of three of their own players. They re-signed safety Vernon Fox, keeping him off the free-agent market, and gave multiyear contract extensions to guard Randy Thomas and fullback Mike Sellers. Walking papers: The Indianapolis Colts released receiver Brandon Stokley and defensive tackle Montae Reagor, two players who until they were hurt were integral parts of the team that won the Super Bowl. Stokley ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon in December and Reagor incurred facial injuries in an auto accident on the way to a game. The cuts were for cap purposes: Stokley was due a roster bonus of $500,000 and Reagor $1 million. Also, New England let 32-year-old Corey Dillon go as it re-signed fullback Heath Evans. Dillon, who split time last season with rookie Laurence Maroney, had said earlier this week that he would ask for his release. Rumors: Denver’s Jake Plummer was reportedly on the way to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round draft pick. But the NFL Network and other media outlets reported that he had decided to retire rather than accept the trade. Neither Plummer nor his agent, David Dunn, returned calls from The Associated Press. Another QB, Jeff Garcia, was contacted by the Oakland Raiders, who would like him to return to the Bay Area, where he grew up and played with San Francisco. He also could be courted by Tampa Bay and Minnesota. center_img More signings: Jacksonville inked offensive tackle Tony Pashos, who started for Baltimore last season. Pashos will start at right tackle for the Jaguars, while right tackle Maurice Williams will compete with Khalif Barnes on the right side. The Jaguars also re-signed kicker Josh Scobee … The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Nate Clements and safety Michael Lewis. Clements, the star cornerback from the Buffalo Bills, agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract. Lewis, a safety from Philadelphia, will become an immediate starter in the 49ers’ secondary. Deals: Detroit and Denver made official a deal disclosed Thursday that sent cornerback Dre’ Bly to the Broncos for offensive tackle George Foster and running back Tatum Bell. Detroit got a fifth-round draft pick and gave Denver a sixth-rounder in the trade. The Lions also acquired another selection in April’s draft, sending defensive end James Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-round pick. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more