A pair of former Washington Huskies were going in opposite directions Sunday in the NFL.
Quarterback Mark Brunell, agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets, where he will spend his 19th season in the NFL and continue to mentor Mark Sanchez.
Brunell, 40, was a star with the Huskies in the early ’90s.
Meanwhile, Olin Kreutz’s 13-year run with Chicago ended when former Seattle Seahawks center Chris Spencer accepted a two-year contract with the Bears.
Kreutz, an All-Pacific-10 Conference performer for UW in 1997, was a third-round pick by the Bears in 1998. Kreutz was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and an emotional leader of the Bears.
BURRESS TO JETS
Plaxico Burress says there was “no sales pitch needed” in choosing to sign a one-year deal with the New York Jets, saying he was just “going with my heart” without even needing to visit his new team.
A former Super Bowl star with the Giants, he was recently released from prison after serving 20 months on a gun charge.
CARDS, SKINS SWAP
The Washington Redskins acquired running back Tim Hightower from the Arizona Cardinals for defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday and an undisclosed draft pick.
The Redskins also agreed to terms to re-sign right tackle Jammal Brown and linebacker H.B. Blades.
TITANS LAND GRAHAM
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with tight end Daniel Graham, adding some strong blocking help. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.
Graham had visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday before flying to Nashville to meet with the Titans.
A former first-round pick, Graham has 222 catches with 24 touchdowns in 126 career games with New England and most recently with Denver.
Aaron Rodgers won’t repeat tight end Jermichael Finley’s proclamation that the Packers are Super Bowl-bound for the second straight year.
But Rodgers was happy to be able to throw the football again to Finley, whose potential breakout season was cut short by a knee injury.
Linebacker Nick Barnett didn’t last long in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Buffalo Bills after being released by the Green Bay Packers. … Arizona signed two-time All-Pro tight end Todd Heap to a two-year contract. Heap, starred at Arizona State, was released by Baltimore on Thursday after 10 seasons. … Atlanta agreed to terms with left guard Justin Blalock on a six-year contract. He has started all 64 games he’s played since the Falcons drafted him in the second round out of Texas in 2007. … Veteran running back Willis McGahee has signed with Denver after four years with Baltimore. …
Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis ended a five-day holdout with the Jaguars and reported to Jacksonville without the long-term contract he sought. … Wide receiver James Jones and running back John Kuhn will be back with the Packers. Both agreed to three-year deals, their agents said. … Oakland re-signed free safety Michael Huff, another of its free agents. …
St. Louis placed first-round pick Robert Quinn, a defensive end who agreed to a four-year deal Saturday, on the non-football injury list. He hurt his right knee in workouts two months ago. … All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach signed a three-year, $11 million deal with Baltimore, leaving the Houston Texans, where he was the lead blocker for 2010 NFL rushing leader Arian Foster. … Veteran cornerback Fabian Washington agreed to join New Orleans after three years with Baltimore. He will add depth for the Saints while starter Tracy Porter recovers from knee surgery. …
Pittsburgh agreed to terms with cornerback William Gay and re-signed punter Daniel Sepulveda, who is coming off a knee injury. … Houston signed first-round draft pick J.J. Watt, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman from Wisconsin, who was the 11th overall selection. … Minnesota signed first-round draft pick Christian Ponder, a quarterback who is expected to be a reserve under newly signed free agent quarterback Donovan McNabb. Ponder was the 12th overall pick out of Florida State.