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Colts sign ex-Chiefs DE Houston

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard kept insisting he would be judicious in free agency.

For two-plus years, he was. On Wednesday, a week after the first big wave of signings, Ballard opened his checkbook and made the biggest acquisition of his tenure by adding defensive end Justin Houston.

Ballard didn't just add a proven pass rusher, he brought in someone he knew well from his days in Kansas City, someone he believes fits the Colts' young locker room, and a player who can still be effective when taking on extra blockers. Houston considered it the perfect combination for his skills.


Kraft wants video blocked from public

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say shows them engaging in sexual acts.

They also say the prosecutors' conditions for the men entering a diversion program in exchange for dropping misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution are too harsh.


Griffin signs deal to return to Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Robert Griffin III has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who were looking for a quarterback with his skills to play behind Lamar Jackson.

The agreement, reached Thursday, is pending the passing of his physical.


Cowboys, Rams to play Hawaii exhibition

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will travel to Hawaii for a preseason game on Aug. 17.

The two defending division champions will meet in Aloha Stadium's first NFL preseason game since 1976, the teams announced Thursday.


Raiders' 2019 deal for Coliseum approved

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Raiders have gotten final approval for their lease to remain in Oakland for at least one more season.

The Oakland City Council voted Thursday to approve the lease for 2019 with an option for 2020. The Alameda Board of Supervisors had voted earlier in the week in favor of the lease that had been formally approved by the Coliseum Authority last week.


Eagles sign DE Curry to 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles have signed defensive end Vinny Curry to a one-year contract.

Curry returns to Philadelphia after spending one year with the Buccaneers. He played his first six seasons for the Eagles, starting all 19 games when the team won the Super Bowl two years ago.


Lions sign former Bills TE Thomas

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Logan Thomas.

Detroit made the move Thursday, adding depth at a position recently bolstered by the addition of Jesse James.


Buccaneers hire 2 female assistants

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust as assistant coaches, becoming the first NFL team with two female coaches on their staff.

Locust and Javadifar are also the first full-time female coaches in franchise history.


Jets land QB Siemian to back up Darnold

NEW YORK (AP) Trevor Siemian has joined the Jets to be Sam Darnold's backup.

The veteran quarterback signed a one-year deal Wednesday with New York , which was in the market for an experienced QB while Josh McCown mulls his playing future.


Raiders sign free agent CB Lawson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Nevin Lawson.

Lawson joined the Raiders on Wednesday after spending the first five seasons of his career in Detroit.

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