Bears lure RB Jones from NFC North rival

The Chicago Bears signed running back Kevin Jones to a one-year deal Tuesday.


During four years with Detroit, Jones rushed for 3,067 yards and 24 touchdowns on 761 carries. Jones, who played for Virginia Tech, was drafted by Detroit in 2004. Terms of Jones' deal were not disclosed.

Last season, Jones rushed for 581 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns on 153 carries. He also had 32 receptions for 197 yards, but tore ligaments in his right knee. Detroit released him in the off-season.

TITANS: Failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract with All Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth by the deadline for franchised players.

Team officials and Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck , talked most of Monday and up to Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline without reaching an extension to keep the six-year veteran past the 2008 season. Both sides can keep talking, but no long-term contract can be signed until after the Titans finish the season.

RAIDERS: A Las Vegas judge named new lawyers and set a new court date for two men accused of abducting, beating and robbing wide receiver Javon Walker in June.

Justice of the Peace Tony Abbatangelo combined the cases and scheduled a July 29 evidence and bail hearing for 40-year-old Deshawn L. Thomas and 30-year-old Arfat Fadel . Each faces felony kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy charges.

COWBOYS: Safety Ken Hamlin signed a $39 million, six-year deal with about $15 million guaranteed, according to the team's Web site. The agreement was first reported by The Dallas Morning News .

As the team's designated franchise player, Hamlin had until Tuesday to reach a long-term deal or else play the 2008 season under a one-year contract for $4.4 million. That's the average salary of the five highest-paid safeties in the NFL.

He had a career-high five interceptions and 102 tackles last season.

GIANTS: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw faces a possible NFL suspension after being released from jail for a probation violation.

Bradshaw was released from the Abingdon (Va.) Regional Jail on Sunday after serving most of a 30-day sentence. The league is investigating whether the player, who helped the Giants win the Super Bowl as a rookie, violated its player conduct policy.

Attorney Charles A. Stacy said the underlying charge for which Bradshaw was placed on probation stems from an offense that occurred when he was a juvenile.



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