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Colts Take Jets’ Quarterback Stanton; Packers Get Saturday

March 24, 2012

The Indianapolis Colts obtained backup quarterback Drew Stanton and a seventh-round draft pick from the New York Jets, who had acquired quarterback Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos two days earlier.

Stanton, 27, agreed March 16 on a contract with the Jets to be the primary backup to starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Stanton played his first four National Football League seasons for the Detroit Lions.

The Colts gave the Jets a sixth-round selection.

“Drew is a big, athletic and strong-armed quarterback that has the intangible package we are looking for at the position,” Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said.

The Colts also agreed to terms with wide receiver Donnie Avery, who has been in 39 games in three National Football League seasons with the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. He has compiled 103 career receptions for 1,308 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Green Bay Packers signed Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, 36, who played 13 seasons with the Colts, General Manager Ted Thompson said. Saturday appeared in 197 games for the Colts to rank No. 5 in games played with the franchise.

The Packers also signed defensive tackle Daniel Muir, 28, who played 40 games for the Colts from 2008-11.

Saints Sign Chamberlain

The New Orleans Saints signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Chris Chamberlain, 26, to a three-year deal, General Manager Mickey Loomis said. In four seasons with the St. Louis Rams, Chamberlain recorded 112 tackles, two sacks, one interception, three pass defenses and one forced fumble.

The New England Patriots signed restricted free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer, 26, and unrestricted free agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth, 31.

Hoyer has been Tom Brady’s backup for the past three seasons. In 13 NFL games, he has completed 27 of 43 pass attempts for 286 yards with one touchdown.

Stallworth has spent the past nine seasons with New Orleans, Philadelphia, New England, Cleveland, Baltimore and Washington. In 114 games, he has 320 receptions for 4,774 yards and 34 touchdowns.

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed long snapper Joe Zelenka, while defensive tackle Vance Walker signed his restricted free- agent tender, the team said.

Zelenka, 35, has spent the last three seasons as the long snapper for Atlanta. Walker, 24, had 77 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the past two seasons.

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed restricted free agents offensive tackle Anthony Collins, 26, and cornerback Adam Jones, 28, and signed defensive end Derrick Harvey, 25, who played for Denver last season.

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