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March 21 (The Sports Xchange) - The free agency carousel continued to turn with two more key defensive backs signing deals Thursday.


Safety Bernard Pollard agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, one day after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens.

Pollard, 28, also signs one day after the Ravens' other starting safety, Ed Reed, inked a deal with the Houston Texans.

He is the fifth starter from Baltimore's 2012 defense who won't return next season. In addition to Pollard and Reed, inside linebackers Ray Lewis retired, Dannell Ellerbe went to Miami, and Paul Kruger headed to Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Adam "Pacman" Jones signed a three-year deal to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jones announced via Twitter.

The cornerback/kick returner played in all 16 games for the Bengals in 2012, the first season in which he didn't miss a game.

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Free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw said he won't work out for interested teams until he's healthy.

Released by the New York Giants in February because of foot issues, Bradshaw plans to keep playing. He told the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger that the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are interested.

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Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is taking the blame for a controversial rule that makes it illegal for ball carriers or tacklers to lead or initiate contact with the crown of their helmet.

"I feel like I made it bad for all the backs," Richardson told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I feel like it's my fault."

The play that Richardson believes is at the heart of the new rule involved a helmet-to-helmet jarring hit that sent Eagles safety Kurt Coleman's helmet flying in Week 1 last season.

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Tight end Steve Maneri agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears while free agent safety Darcel McBath re-signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Wide receiver Jordan Shipley signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert officially signed his one-year franchise tender.

Defensive end Frostee Rucker, released in February by the Cleveland Browns, signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals while linebacker Will Herring re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal.

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