Seahawks reach deal with Terrell Owens

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Terrell Owens is coming back to the NFL after one year on the sidelines.

Owens had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, and hours later the team announced it had agreed to terms with the 38-year-old receiver. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns with Cincinnati.

Owens then had surgery on his left knee and didn’t receive any offers to play last season.

REFEREE: Shannon Eastin will become the first female to officiate an NFL game when she works as a line judge for the Green Bay at San Diego preseason game Thursday night.

The regular NFL officials have been locked out by the league.

Eastin is a college referee who has worked in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (FCS division).

SAINTS: The NFL calls a report it has offered a settlement and reduced suspension to Jonathan Vilma “completely inaccurate.”

Vilma was suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the Saints bounty program, which he adamantly has claimed did not exist. Citing anonymous sources, ESPN.com reported the league offered Vilma an eight-game suspension if he would drop his defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“No such settlement offer has been made,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “We will continue to respect the court proceedings on this matter and have no further comment at this time.”

BRONCOS: Signed veteran free agent linebacker Keith Brooking.

The 15-year pro played his past three seasons in Dallas after an 11-year run in Atlanta.

BROWNS: Brandon Weeden is officially Cleveland’s starting quarterback.

Incumbent starter Colt McCoy is now in competition with 10-year veteran Seneca Wallace for the backup job.

PANTHERS: Coach Ron Rivera says trainers are optimistic wide receiver David Gettis will be back on the practice field in about “four or five days.”

Gettis tore his left ACL last year in training camp and has been rehabbing ever since. He will not play in the preseason opener.

JAGUARS: First-round pick Justin Blackmon agreed to terms with the team.

The Oklahoma State wide receiver is the last first-round pick to reach a deal.


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