NFL Roundup: Pittsburgh Steelers try to patch holes on line with signing of DT Cam Thomas

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed some of their depth issues along the defensive line, signing Cam Thomas to a two-year deal.

The 27-year-old Thomas started a career-high 10 games for San Diego in 2013, finishing with 30 tackles and an interception. The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Thomas gives the Steelers some much-needed depth after backup nose tackle Al Woods and defensive lineman Ziggy Hood left via free agency earlier in the week.

Thomas will compete with incumbent Steve McLendon for playing time. Thomas was a 2010 fifth-round pick out of North Carolina who worked his way into a starting job for the Chargers.

Pittsburgh still needs help at defensive end, where former Ohio State star Cam Heyward is the only lineman on the roster with extensive playing experience.

WR Steve Smith agrees to 3-year deal with Ravens

Free agent wide receiver Steve Smith signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday.

Smith, 34, was released by the Carolina Panters on Thursday after 13 seasons and headed to Baltimore to talk to the Ravens, who were eager to add provide quarterback Joe Flacco another target.

Smith ranks 19th in the NFL in career receptions. He caught 64 passes for 746 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

Ravens, LB Daryl Smith agree on 4-year contract

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Ravens and linebacker Daryl Smith have agreed on a four-year deal that solidifies the middle of Baltimore's defense.

The sides reached agreement on Friday, the same day Smith celebrated his 32nd birthday.

Smith started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2013 and led the team with 123 tackles. He also had a career-high 19 passes defensed, setting a Ravens record by a linebacker.

49ers sign Cook, finalize Gabbert trade

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers have signed free agent cornerback Chris Cook to a one-year deal.

San Francisco also finalized a trade with Jacksonville for quarterback Blaine Gabbert when he passed a physical Friday.

Cook spent the past four seasons with Minnesota. He started 29 games and had 120 tackles, 13 passes defensed and one sack. He started 11 games last season.

The Niners agreed to send a sixth-round pick to Jacksonville on Tuesday for Gabbert, pending a physical.

The 24-year-old Gabbert was the 10th overall draft pick in 2011 out of Missouri.

Titans agree to 4-year deal with OT Michael Oher

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multiyear deal with offensive tackle Michael Oher, a former first-round draft pick who spent his first five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Oher's contract reportedly is a four-year deal worth $20 million with $9.5 million guaranteed.

Cincinnati Bengals add year to coach Lewis' deal

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals say they have extended coach Marvin Lewis' contract by one year, through the 2015 season.

This will be the 12th season in Cincinnati for Lewis, already the longest-tenured Bengals head coach and leader in career victories with 90.

The Bengals said Lewis signed the extension on Friday. His contract had been due to expire after the upcoming season.

The Bengals won the AFC North last year with an 11-5 record. However, a loss at home to San Diego left Lewis with a 0-5 postseason record. His regular season record is 90-85-1.

Lewis had to make some changes in his coaching staff this season. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden left to become head coach in Washington, while defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer became head coach in Minnesota.

Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly's cancer returns

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's cancer has returned.

The Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo said Friday that cancer was found when the former Buffalo Bills star came in for follow-up testing after having oral surgery to remove cancerous cells last year.

The statement says the hospital's head and neck cancer specialists are determining a course of treatment.

Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 season. He has since made Buffalo his home.

His son, Hunter, was born with Krabbe disease, an inherited nervous system disorder. Given little more than three years to live, Hunter died at the age of 8 in 2005.

The hospital statement says Kelly asks that people keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

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