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Sanders signs 1-year deal with Chargers

Associated Press / March 4, 2011

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Safety Bob Sanders agreed to a one-year deal with the Chargers, a person with knowledge of the situation said last night.

The team posted a story on its website saying it had signed the oft-injured Sanders. But spokesman Bill Johnston said that was premature.

The person with knowledge of the deal said it wasn’t clear when Sanders, 30, can actually sign a contract, due to the status of labor talks. The NFL and its players’ union decided yesterday to keep the current collective bargaining agreement in place for an additional 24 hours so that negotiations can continue.

Sanders tore his right biceps on the first defensive series in the 2010 season opener and did not play again.

After winning the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, Sanders signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract but played in only nine regular-season games during the next three seasons.

Hawk back with Pack A.J. Hawk’s absence from the Green Bay Packers didn’t last long.

Hawk’s agent, Mike McCartney, said the linebacker signed a five-year deal with the Packers just one day after he was released in a cost-cutting move.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with A.J.,’’ Packers general manager Ted Thompson said. “We appreciate his work and dedication and look forward to his contributions to our team in the future.’’

Hawk, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 draft, previously was scheduled to earn $10 million in 2011. When the Packers released him Wednesday, they did so with the hope that they could bring him back at a reduced salary.

Bears restructure Peppers The Bears restructured Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers’s contract to create salary cap room for next season.

Peppers, who signed a six-year deal worth potentially $91.5 million a year ago, was due a $10.5 million roster bonus for next season. Instead, the team exercised its right to convert that money into a signing bonus and prorate it over the remaining years of his contract, which runs through the 2015 season. That saves the Bears roughly $8 million in cap space for next season.

Daniels re-ups with Texans Tight end Owen Daniels has agreed to a new contract with the Texans.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Daniels had not yet signed the deal. Daniels and Texans GM Rick Smith did not immediately return messages left seeking comment.

KRIV-TV and the Houston Chronicle said it was for four years, and the newspaper said it was worth about $22 million.

Daniels, 28, played in 11 games last year and started 10 after coming back from reconstructive surgery on his right knee. He caught 38 passes for 471 yards and two touchdowns in 2010, then became a restricted free agent after the season. reported that running back Derrick Ward agreed to a one-year contract extension with Houston.

Panthers ink Shockey The Panthers potentially boosted the NFL’s worst offense by signing four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract weren’t immediately available.

Shockey, 30, will be reunited in Carolina with offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was his position coach at the University of Miami.

Thomas, Hartley sign Saints GM Mickey Loomis said running back Pierre Thomas has agreed to a four-year contract and kicker Garrett Hartley to a five-year deal. Thomas missed 10 games last season because of a severe left ankle sprain. He made the Saints’ roster as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007, and was the club’s top rusher in 2008 and ’09. Hartley was briefly benched last season after several short-range misses, but finished 20 of 25 on field goals . . . The Raiders are letting offensive lineman Robert Gallery leave as a free agent after seven years with the team. “The only thing that was mutually agreed upon is his numbers were way out of line with ours,’’ senior executive John Herrera said. “Gallery wanted about $8 million a year and that was way too much money. We’re being real honest about it. We were in the $2.5 million range. There was a huge gap there.’’ Gallery was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft . . . Safety O.J. Atogwe signed a five-year, $26 million contract with the Redskins, upgrading a vital position on a defense that ranked 31st last season. Atogwe signed two weeks after he was cut following six seasons with the Rams. Atogwe has 22 career interceptions, including three last season . . . Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis signed a one-year franchise tender with the Jaguars, meaning he will earn $7.3 million in 2011, although the team still could sign him to a long-term deal after a new collective bargaining agreement is in place . . . Quarterback Seneca Wallace agreed to terms on a new contract with the Browns a person familiar with the negotiations said . . . Tight end Daniel Graham said he has no plans to retire following his release by the Broncos. The nine-year veteran and former Patriot would have been $1 million richer had he not be cut a day before he was due a roster bonus . . . Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and running back Ahmad Bradshaw were among the restricted free agents tendered one-year deals by the Giants . . . Former Patriots tight end Chris Baker was released by the Seahawks.

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