Brown to play for Buccaneers
Tim Brown was reunited with Jon Gruden on Tuesday when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joining the man who coached him in Oakland for four seasons.
The 38-year-old, nine-time Pro Bowl receiver will be counted on to bolster a receiving corps that is in desperate need of experienced help because of injuries and Keenan McCardell’s holdout.
Meanwhile, running back Chris Perry ended an 11-day holdout by signing with Cincinnati. Perry was the 26th overall pick in the draft.
His signing leaves three first-rounders unsigned, most notably quarterback Philip Rivers with San Diego.
“We’re just excited to have him here,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of Perry. “It’s a process that’s taken a little time, but that’s part of it.”
Brown became a Buc after being released last week after 16 seasons with the Raiders after he fell to fourth or fifth in a receiving group that includes Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter.
With Tampa Bay, Brown could wind up being a starter with McCardell demanding a raise after a Pro Bowl season and Joe Jurevicius out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery earlier this month.
The Bucs also think rookie receiver Michael Clayton, the team’s first-round draft pick, can benefit from being around and learning from the 17th-year pro.
Brown played a franchise-record 240 games for Oakland, and his streak of 173 consecutive games with at least one reception is the second-longest in NFL history behind Rice’s 273.
The 1987 Heisman Trophy winner played for Gruden from 1998-2001, the last four years in a stretch of nine consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Two years ago, he helped lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Gruden-led Bucs.
Last season, Brown had 52 catches for 567 yards and two TDs.
Arizona is waiting anxiously for test results on the right knee of Anquan Boldin, the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year last season.
The Cardinals’ only Pro Bowl player injured his right knee Tuesday morning while loosening up for practice and was carted from the field. That came after he experienced soreness in the same knee on Monday, sitting out a morning practice but participated in an afternoon walkthrough.
“His knee locked up on him, and so we’re running some extensive tests,” coach Dennis Green said Tuesday. “It’s not locked up now.”
Green said the injury was freakish.
“He wasn’t running or anything,” the coach said. “He was just actually not even hardly jogging, so I’m sure that something’s going on inside, but we won’t know until all the tests are done. They’re running a different type of tests, since it is unusual.”
Last season, Boldin set an NFL rookie record with 101 receptions, had the most yards receiving (1,377) by a rookie since Houston’s Bill Groman in 1960 and established a franchise rookie record with eight scoring grabs.
Jevon Kearse returned to practice Tuesday after leaving the field on Monday because of a sprained left ankle.
“The ankle is 100 percent better,” Kearse said. “If it wasn’t well, I wouldn’t have been able to practice.”
Kearse plans to play in the preseason opener Friday night against New England.
The defensive end, who signed an eight-year, $66 million deal with the Eagles in March, was carted off the field Monday after he hurt his ankle.
Offensive lineman Mike Williams, fined last week by the team for missing a training camp session, missed practice again Tuesday because of an apparent injury.
Williams was wearing a protective boot on his right foot Tuesday.
Last week, Williams was fined by coach Mike Mularkey after skipping practice due to “personal problems.” Williams did not provide details, saying only that the situation had been rectified.
Jacksonville waived kicker Seth Marler on Tuesday after he strained his quadriceps muscle several times during the first week of training camp.
Coach Jack Del Rio said that if Marler clears waivers the Jags would re-sign him and place him on injured reserve for the season.
Marler was the regular kicker for the team last season, making 20-of-33 field goals.
The injury leaves Jacksonville with Jeff Chandler and Josh Scobee competing for the job.
Linebacker Boss Bailey will miss at least two to three weeks while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.