Sorensen will stay with Chiefs; Alexan­der agrees with Bills

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

The Kansas City Chiefs and safety Daniel Sorensen agreed to a four-year, $16 mil­lion con­tract that keeps the re­stricted free agent off the mar­ket, a per­son with knowl­edge of the deal told the Associated Press.

The deal in­cludes $8 mil­lion guar­an­teed and more than $2 mil­lion in in­cen­tives, ac­cord­ing to the per­son, who spoke Satur­day on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause Sorensen must still pass a phys­i­cal.

Kansas City put a sec­on­dround ten­der on Sorensen this week, which meant he could have tested the mar­ket. But the Chiefs could then match any of­fer or re­ceive a sec­ond-round pick as com­pen­sa­tion from what­ever team had signed him.

The for­mer un­drafted free agent sur­prised just about ev­ery­one by mak­ing the team in train­ing camp three years ago. Sorensen spent part of the sea­son on the prac­tice squad be­fore ap­pear­ing in nine games, mak­ing a name for him­self as a hard-hit­ting cover man on spe­cial teams.

The cash-strapped Chiefs have been quiet in free agency mostly out of ne­ces­sity — after sign­ing safety Eric Berry to a four-year, $72 mil­lion deal, they were hard against the cap. But they freed up some space by re­leas­ing backup quar­ter­back Nick Foles.

BILLS: Line­backer Lorenzo Alexan­der, a 10-year-vet­eran, was re­warded for lead­ing Buf­falo 121/2 sacks by agree­ing to a two-year, $9 mil­lion con­tract.

The team an­nounced the agree­ment, and a per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the con­tract re­vealed its de­tails to the AP.

The per­son said $4.1 mil­lion of the con­tract is guar­an­teed, and spoke to the AP on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the Bills did not dis­close the con­tract’s length and value.

The Bills also reached an agree­ment to re-sign right tackle Jor­dan Mills, who started all 16 games last sea­son.

lBEARS: Chicago signed free agent cor­ner­backs Prince Amuka­mara and Mar­cus Cooper, and re-signed cor­ner­back John­than Banks.

Amuka­mara, who has ap­peared in 69 games with 57 starts over six sea­sons, signed a oneyear con­tract. He played for the New York Giants from 2011-15 and Jack­sonville last sea­son.

Cooper, who signed a three­with year con­tract, has ap­peared in 54 games with 24 starts with Kansas City and Ari­zona. Cooper had four in­ter­cep­tions and a teamhigh 11 pass breakups with the Car­di­nals last sea­son.

Banks, who signed a one-year deal, ap­peared in two games with Chicago last sea­son. He also ap­peared in two games with Detroit and five with Tampa Bay.

BRON­COS: A per­son with knowl­edge of the deals told the AP that Den­ver has agreed to terms with free agent de­fen­sive tack­les Do­mata Peko of the Ben­gals and Zach Kerr of the Colts.

Peko and Kerr agreed to twoyear deals, said the per­son who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the Bron­cos weren’t com­ment­ing on the agree­ments. Peko’s deal is worth $7.5 mil­lion.

JAGUARS: Jack­sonville signed three un­re­stricted free agents: de­fen­sive tackle Ste­fan Charles, line­backer Audie Cole and of­fen­sive line­man Earl Wat­ford.

Charles played in 12 games last sea­son for the Lions, to­tal­ing 12 tack­les be­fore be­ing placed on in­jured re­serve in late De­cem­ber.

Cole has ap­peared in 57 games in five years in Min­nesota.

Wat­ford has ap­peared in 33 games, with 12 starts, for Ari­zona.

lSEAHAWKS: Seat­tle signed for­mer No. 2 over­all pick Luke Joeckel as it looks to bol­ster its of­fen­sive line.

Joeckel started all 39 games in his four sea­sons with the Jaguars, mostly at left tackle. He played four games at left guard last sea­son be­fore of knee surgery.

TI­TANS: Ten­nessee agreed to terms with for­mer Pro Bowler Eric Weems, pend­ing a phys­i­cal.

Weems was a Pro Bowl re­turner in 2010 and has 102 spe­cial teams tack­les in his ca­reer.

Last sea­son with At­lanta, Weems led the NFC cham­pi­ons with 15 spe­cial teams tack­les. He also av­er­aged 11.4 yards on punt re­turns and 23 yards on kick­off re­turns.

BILL WIPPERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Line­backer Lorenzo Alexan­der, who led Buf­falo with 12½ sacks, agreed a two-year deal with the Bills.

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