The New England Patriots agreed to contracts Friday with three free agents – defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn, running back Jeremy Hill and offensive lineman Matt Tobin – according to media reports.

The addition of Clayborn addresses an area of weakness for the Patriots, who were looking for pass-rushing help. Clayborn had 10 sacks last season for the Atlanta Falcons, including six in one game against Dallas.

Hill, 25, is coming off a disappointing season in which he played in just seven games for Cincinnati and rushed for 116 yards. He averaged more than 900 rushing yards in his first three seasons with the Bengals.

Tobin has played both tackle and guard. He was a reserve last season for Seattle after four seasons with Philadelphia.

BENGALS: Vontaze Burfict is appealing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances, the third straight season that the linebacker is facing punishment from the league.

The suspension was first reported by ESPN. The Bengals signed free-agent linebacker Preston Brown to a one-year contract, giving them depth at the position.


VIKINGS: Minnesota signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to bolster one of the NFL’s top defenses.

JETS: New York signed cornerback Trumaine Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract.

Johnson spent his first six seasons with the Rams and had 18 interceptions while establishing himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL.

RAVENS: Nine-year veteran Michael Crabtree signed a three-year contract with Baltimore, hours after the Ravens voided a contract offer to wide receiver Ryan Grant because of a failed physical.

PACKERS: A person familiar with the situation says Green Bay signed Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet.

Fuller is the Bears’ transition player, and the tag gives Chicago five days to match the offer.


SEAHAWKS: Seattle addressed one of its offseason needs by signing tight end Ed Dickson to a three-year contract.

RAIDERS: Oakland added some needed help at cornerback, agreeing to contracts with free agents Rashaan Melvin and Shareece Wright.

CHIEFS: Kansas City signed former Dolphins and Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year contract, giving the team a veteran backup for new starter Patrick Mahomes II.

EAGLES: The Super Bowl champions released defensive end Vinny Curry in a move that saves $5 million in salary cap space.

SAINTS: Punter Thomas Morstead says he has signed a new five-year, $20 million contract with New Orleans.

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