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Tebow marks end of Stanton's time

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NEW YORK -- Drew Stanton came to the Jets to be Mark Sanchez's backup. Then, along came Tim Tebow.

Less than a week after signing Stanton, the Jets traded him and a seventh-round draft pick to Indianapolis for the sixth-round pick the Colts got from Philadelphia in the trade for Winston Justice on March 14. Both picks are for this year's draft.

Stanton signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal last week to back up Mark Sanchez, but became expendable when the Jets acquired Tebow from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. After that trade, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Tebow would be the team's No. 2 quarterback.

"It's a big relief to have this over," Stanton told The Associated Press. "I'm excited about the opportunity in Indy. I can't wait to get there and get down to business."

A good Friday for Saturday

MILWAUKEE -- The Green Bay Packers made a rare reach into unrestricted free agency to find a new anchor for their offensive line, agreeing to a two-year deal with veteran free agent centre Jeff Saturday on Friday.

Saturday's agent, Ralph Cindrich, confirmed the deal Friday afternoon. ESPN reported the deal earlier Friday.

The 36-year-old Saturday has started 188 regular season games in 13 NFL seasons.

He replaces former Packers starter Scott Wells, who signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent.

Ticats sign kicker Congi

HAMILTON, Ont. -- The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed Canadian kicker/punter Luca Congi on Friday.

The Waterloo, Ont., native spent the last six seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, earning the team's top rookie award in 2006.

In 87 regular season games, Congi has connected on 166-of-209 field goal attempts while punting 167 times for a 38.1-yard average.

Congi hit 24-of-26 field-goal attempts with the Riders in 2010 but missed the entire 2011 season with a knee injury.

"Luca is a proven player who is capable of handling all three kicking duties. We're pleased to add Luca to our roster and we know he's looking forward to competing at training camp," Ticats head coach and director of football operations George Cortez said in a release.

Patriots sign Stallworth

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have announced the signings of wide receiver Donte' Stallworth and quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Stallworth spent the 2007 season with the Patriots when they went 18-0 before losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. He had 46 catches during the regular season.

Stallworth had 17 receptions with Cleveland in 2008, two with Baltimore in 2010 and 22 with Washington last year. He was suspended for the 2009 season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal conduct policy for a DUI vehicular manslaughter charge.

Hoyer, Tom Brady's backup for three seasons, was a restricted free agent.

Bears' Barber cuts career

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber said he plans to retire.

His decision, posted on the team's Web site Friday, comes one day after Michael Bush signed a four-year, $14-million contract to be part of a backfield that includes disgruntled Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 24, 2012 C8

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