Ea­gles add WRs Jef­fery, Smith

Philly gets Wentz pair of big tar­gets; Red­skins fire GM.

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Carson Wentz gets to throw to a pair of ac­com­plished re­ceivers next sea­son.

The Philadel­phia Ea­gles agreed on a one-year deal with wide re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery, a few hours af­ter giv­ing wide­out Tor­rey Smith a three-year deal on Thurs­day.

Jef­fery was con­sid­ered the top re­ceiver avail­able in free agency, but he couldn’t se­cure a long-term deal to re­main in Chicago af­ter get­ting the fran­chise tag last year. The 27-year-old Jef­fery is com­ing off two down sea­sons in which he missed 11 games be­cause of in­jury and sus­pen­sion.

His last stand­out sea­son came in 2014, when he had 85 catches for 1,133 yards re­ceiv­ing and 10 TDs. Jef­fery went to the Pro Bowl in 2013 af­ter catch­ing 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven TDs.

Smith, re­leased by the 49ers last week, caught 53 passes for 930 yards and seven touch­downs in two sea­sons in San Fran­cisco. The 28-year-old Smith never be­came the deep threat that he was with Bal­ti­more, where he helped the Ravens beat San Fran­cisco in the Su­per Bowl af­ter the 2012 sea­son.

Smith had just 20 catches for 267 yards last sea­son be­fore miss­ing the fi­nal three games with a con­cus­sion.

The Ea­gles cleared cap space ear­lier in the day by re­leas­ing de­fen­sive end Con­nor Bar­win, sav­ing $7.75 mil­lion. They’ll likely make more cuts soon.

The Ea­gles also agreed on a one-year deal with guard Chance War­mack.

The 25-year-old War­mack was the 10th over­all pick in the 2013 draft out of Alabama. He spent the first four years of his ca­reer with the Ti­tans, start­ing 48 games.

Red­skins: Fired gen­eral man­ager Scot McCloughan on the open­ing day of free agency, team pres­i­dent Bruce Allen an­nounced.

McCloughan, 46, served as GM for the past two years and had a four-year con­tract. The day McCloughan was hired, Allen said the new GM would have full control over per­son­nel de­ci­sions, but there were splits in the front of­fice on a num­ber of is­sues. McCloughan did not at­tend the scout­ing com­bine ear­lier this month, with a spokesman say­ing he was “tak­ing care of some fam­ily mat­ters.”

In the open­ing hours of free agency, Wash­ing­ton signed de­fen­sive tackle Ter­rell McClain and safety D.J. Swearinger to mul­ti­year con­tracts. The Red­skins lost re­ceiver DeSean Jack­son and de­fen­sive end Chris Baker to the Buc­ca­neers and re­ceiver Pierre Gar­con to the 49ers.

Af­ter the Red­skins ex­tended coach Jay Gru­den’s con­tract Mon­day, quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins re­mains in limbo. They placed the fran­chise tag on Cousins for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son while buzz cir­cu­lates about a trade or a long-term con­tract. Bears: Of­fi­cially have closed the book on the Jay Cut­ler era af­ter an un­ful­fill­ing eight years at quar­ter­back that in­cluded only one post­sea­son ap­pear­ance.

The Bears made cut­ting Cut­ler their first of­fi­cial move as the NFL free-agent mar­ket opened, while they were re­port­edly work­ing to­ward fi­nal­iz­ing an agree­ment to re­place him with for­mer Tampa Bay quar­ter­back Mike Glen­non.

Jaguars: Made an­other big splash in free agency, adding three starters ex­pected to make a de­cent de­fense dy­namic. The Jaguars agreed to terms with Hous­ton cor­ner­back A.J. Bouye, Ari­zona de­fen­sive end Calais Camp­bell and Dal­las safety Barry Church on deals to­tal­ing more than $150 mil­lion.

The 25-year-old Bouye agreed to a five-year deal worth $67.5 mil­lion, the per­son said, with $26 mil­lion guar­an­teed. Camp­bell agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 mil­lion, with $30 mil­lion guar­an­teed. He chose Jack­sonville over Den­ver. Church agreed to a four-year con­tract worth $26 mil­lion.

49ers: Agreed to con­tracts with seven free agents: quar­ter­back Brian Hoyer (two years), re­ceiver Pierre Gar­con (five years), line­backer Mal­colm Smith (five years), Pro Bowl full­back Kyle Juszczyk (four years), kicker Rob­bie Gould (two years), re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win (two years) and block­ing tight end Lo­gan Paulsen (one year).

Hoyer made 13 starts for Cleve­land in 2014 when Shana­han was of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. Hoyer won seven of those starts and threw for a ca­reer-high 3,326 yards that sea­son. Hoyer will re­port­edly get $10 mil­lion guar­an­teed in the two-year deal.

One of his prime tar­gets will be Gar­con, who got a con­tract worth $47.5 mil­lion with $20 mil­lion guar­an­teed and $16 mil­lion paid in the first year. Gar­con set ca­reer highs in 2013 in Wash­ing­ton when Shana­han was his of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor with 113 catches for 1,346 yards.

Pan­thers: Agreed to terms with un­re­stricted free-agent left tackle Matt Kalil from the Vik­ings on a five-year deal worth $55.5 mil­lion, with $25 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

Kalil, who spent five sea­sons in Min­nesota af­ter be­ing se­lected fourth over­all in 2012, will play with older brother Ryan, Carolina’s twotime All-Pro cen­ter.

Bucs: Tampa Bay added a deep threat for Jameis Win­ston when it agreed to terms with wide re­ceiver DeSean Jack­son on a three-year con­tract. Jack­son, a three-time Pro Bowler, spent the past three sea­sons with Wash­ing­ton. He will fit in a re­ceiv­ing corps that al­ready has the pro­lific Mike Evans.

Ravens: Reached agree­ment with free-agent safety Tony Jef­fer­son and run­ning back Danny Wood­head.

Jef­fer­son made 96 tack­les for the Car­di­nals last sea­son. The 25-year-old has two in­ter­cep­tions over four sea­sons but is known pri­mar­ily as a sure tack­ler and should form a solid 1-2 punch with safety Eric Wed­dle.

Rams: Ad­dressed their two big­gest needs by agree­ing to terms with of­fen­sive tackle Andrew Whit­worth and re­ceiver Robert Woods.

Whit­worth got a three­year deal to leave the Ben­gals, and USC prod­uct Woods got a five-year deal to re­turn home to LA from Buf­falo.

Bron­cos: Will sign for­mer Cow­boys guard Ron­ald Leary to a four-year, $35 mil­lion deal that in­cludes $20 mil­lion guar­an­teed. Leary is ex­pected to start at left guard with Max Gar­cia mov­ing over to the right side.

Pack­ers: Re-signed line­backer Nick Perry, bring­ing back an im­por­tant piece to their de­fense. Perry had a break­out sea­son in 2016, with a ca­reer-high 11 sacks.

Lions: Re­leased DeAn­dre Levy, one of the league’s best lineback­ers two years ago be­fore a se­ries of hip and knee in­juries. Dol­phins: Re-signed safety Re­shad Jones to a $60 mil­lion, five-year ex­ten­sion.


For­mer Bears wide re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery — sus­pended four games by the NFL for a PED vi­o­la­tion in 2016 — had to set­tle for a one-year con­tract in Philadel­phia.

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