NFL free agency: Devin Hester finds new home with Falcons
Raiders ink Charles Woodson to 1-year deal
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester.
The team announced the deal Thursday. The 31-year-old Hester is a three-time Pro-Bowler who last year tied an NFL record with his 19th scoring return in eight seasons with the Chicago Bears. Coming off a dismal 4-12 season, the Falcons are hoping he can bolster a unit that ranked 28th in the league in kickoff return yards and 21st in punt return yards.
Hester has scored on 13 punt returns, five kickoff returns and off a missed field goal. In 2013, he led the NFL in kickoff return yards (1,436) and total return yards (1,692).
In addition, Hester has 217 receptions for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.
Terms of Hester's contract were not immediately available.
Charles Woodson agrees to 1-year deal with Raiders
Safety Charles Woodson agreed to a one-year deal to extend his second stint with the Oakland Raiders to a second season.
Woodson was flying to the Bay Area on Thursday night and was expected to officially sign the deal Friday, according to his agent, Carl Poston. ESPN first reported the deal.
Woodson, 37, came back to his original NFL team last season after spending the previous seven years with Green Bay, much to the delight of his legion of fans who hoped his return would help resurrect a struggling franchise.
While Woodson was able to start all 16 games a year after missing nine because of injury in Green Bay and he brought the leadership Oakland was seeking, he was unable to improve the results on the field as the Raiders went 4-12 for a second straight year.
That extended their run of seasons without a winning record or playoff berth to 11, starting late in Woodson's first stint in Oakland.
Woodson had 75 solo tackles, one interception, two sacks, three passes defenced, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He returned one fumble for his 13th career defensive touchdown, tying the NFL record held by Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.
Corey Wootton agrees to deal with Vikings
Free agent defensive end Corey Wootton has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings.
Wootton and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted the agreement on Thursday night. Wootton spent the first four seasons of his career with the division rival Chicago Bears. Wootton has played all 16 games each of the last two seasons when he combined for 10 sacks. He had three sacks last season.
Wootton has a place in Vikings lore. He was the defender who drove Brett Favre into the frozen turf at TCF Bank Stadium in 2010. The hit gave Favre a concussion that prevented the quarterback from playing in the final two games of his career.
Wootton says in his tweet that he is "excited to start a new chapter" in Minnesota.