Former LSU running back Alfred Blue agreed to terms with the Houston Texans on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported on its blog.
Blue was the Texans’ sixth-round pick in last week’s NFL draft.
He played in 40 games with seven starts in four years for the Tigers. He rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 TDs and caught 16 passes for 107 yards.
Jets sign QB Tajh Boyd
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets signed five more draft picks, including quarterback Tajh Boyd, to four-year contracts.
Wide receiver Shaquelle Evans, a fourth-rounder; linebacker Jeremiah George, a fifth-rounder; and a pair of sixth-rounders — wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and former Louisiana Tech linebacker IK Enemkpali — were also signed Thursday.
Browns sign WR Austin
CLEVELAND — The Browns have agreed to contract terms with free agent wide receiver Miles Austin, insurance in case Pro Bowler Josh Gordon is suspended.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Austin was released by the Dallas Cowboys in March in a salary-cap move.
The 29-year-old played in just 11 games last season because of injuries.
Miles had his best season in 2009, when he had 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Browns are making plans in the event they lose Gordon for an extended period.
Manziel access stays limited
CLEVELAND — The Browns are sticking with plans to ban national media from rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s first appearance on the field.
The team is limiting access to the club’s rookie minicamp this weekend to local reporters and photographers. The Browns turned down several requests from national outlets, some of which were not pleased with being denied.
Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said the Browns wanted to give “media who cover us on a daily basis” access to this year’s draft class, which is led by Manziel, Texas A&M’s immensely popular QB.
While the local media will be allowed inside to see the practice, only the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s workout will be open for viewing. Sunday’s practice will be closed.
The Browns are trying to contain the hype around Manziel, who will compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job.
Order request dismissed
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte District Court Judge has dismissed a protective order request by a woman who said Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy assaulted and threatened to kill her.
Judge Charlotte Brown dismissed the order after the accuser failed appear for the hearing Thursday.
Attorney Stephen Goodwin also announced as he left the courtroom that he’s no longer representing the accuser, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
The Arizona Cardinals announced deals with second-round pick tight end Troy Niklas of Notre Dame, and its two third-round selections — defensive end Kareem Martin of North Carolina and wide receiver John Brown of Pittsburg State. ... The Chicago Bears agreed to a four-year contract with third-round draft pick Will Sutton. ...