Around the Nation (March 17): Cowboys sign former Browns QB Brandon Weeden

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FOOTBALL

Source: Cowboys sign QB Weeden

The Dallas Cowboys have signed quarterback Brandon Weeden even though they expect Kyle Orton to return behind Tony Romo next season.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Weeden signed a two-year contract Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the deal.

There have been reports that Orton might not return for a third season as Romo's backup, but a person with knowledge of the team's plans said Weeden would be the third quarterback on the roster.

Weeden was a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2012 but fell out of favor after throwing 26 interceptions in 23 games, including 20 starts, over two seasons.

Raiders sign WR James Jones

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a three-year deal with former Green Bay wide receiver James Jones.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal Monday for a player he is very familiar with from his time previously in the Packers' front office.

Jones has 310 career catches for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns in 104 games over seven seasons in Green Bay. His most productive year came in 2012 when he had 64 catches for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Jones had 59 catches for a career-high 817 yards and three scores last season despite being without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for seven games.

Bucs sign former Browns OL Cousins

TAMPA, Fla. -- Free agent linebacker Dane Fletcher and offensive lineman Oniel Cousins have signed contracts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fletcher joins the Bucs after spending four seasons with the New England Patriots. He's started 6-of-38 games he's appeared in during his career and has played extensively on special teams.

Cousins spent the past three seasons the Cleveland Browns. He started nine of 60 games he's played in during a career that began with a three-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Bucs, who are overhauling their roster under new coach Lovie Smith, announced the deals Monday.

Giants sign CB Rodgers-Cromartie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants secondary has gotten a lot stronger in the past couple of days.

A year after missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Giants continued to be a player in free agency, signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Terms of the contract were not immediately available.

The deal comes just a day after the Giants confirmed the signing of former Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond and Chiefs safety Quintin Demps.

COLLEGE

Utah State player to spend 10 days in jail for possession

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State center Jarred Shaw has been sentenced to 10 days in jail after pleading guilty earlier this year to possession of a controlled substance.

The Herald Journal of Logan reports that Shaw appeared in a Logan court Monday alongside assistant coach Tarvish Felton.

Shaw, who led the 18-14 Aggies in scoring and rebounding, is a senior who played his last collegiate game last week.

Shaw was temporarily suspended following a Dec. 28 arrest when police found him with more marijuana than normal for personal use.

Shaw started his collegiate career at Oklahoma State before transferring to Utah State.

Florida basketball coach Donovan gets $187K bonus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Billy Donovan has triggered two more bonuses in his contract.

Donovan gets $50,000 for the top-ranked Gators finishing in the top 10 in the final Associated Press poll, which was released Monday. He also earns $25,000 for being named the AP's Southeastern Conference coach of the year, also announced Monday.

Those bring his total to $187,500 -- and he could garner more bonuses.

Donovan already has earned $50,000 for winning the SEC regular-season title, $25,000 for the SEC tournament and $37,500 for making the NCAA tournament. The NCAA bonus would increase to $75,000 for advancing to the Sweet 16, $100,000 for making the Final Four and $150,000 for winning the national championship.

Donovan also would land another $50,000 if he's named AP national coach of the year.

GOLF

City council OKs U.S. Open returning to Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego city council has unanimously approved a proposal that brings the U.S. Open back to Torrey Pines in 2021.

According to the proposal presented at a meeting Monday, the USGA will pay the city $2.5 million in rent for the golf course and parking lots, up from a $500,000 fee that San Diego received from the 2008 U.S. Open. The city also would get 20 percent of corporate hospitality sales.

Among the costs to San Diego would be an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 to build player and practice facilities.

There was no dissenting comment at the one-hour meeting.

Tiger Woods won his third U.S. Open and 14th career major at Torrey Pines when the U.S. Open was first played on the public course in 2008.

Day out of Bay Hill with thumb injury

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jason Day has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of an injured thumb.

This is the second straight tournament in which Day pulled out because of the thumb injury. He says he first injured it at the Match Play Championship, which he won in late February. Day won the Match Play and went to No. 4 in the world.

The 26-year-old Australian previously withdrew from a World Golf Championship at Doral because of the injury.

It was not immediately known where or if he would play again before The Masters.

Day is considered one of the favorites for Augusta National this year. He finished two shots out of the playoff last year at Augusta, and was a runner-up in 2011.

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