Report: Eagles close in on Sanchez

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Reports surfaced on Monday that the Philadelphia Eagles were close to signing quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was released by the New York Jets on Friday.

Sanchez is currently rehabbing from a shoulder injury that required surgery and kept him out of the second half of the season.

The Eagles are expected to have Sanchez undergo a medical evaluation before making the contract official.

Sanchez would be the third quarterback on Philadelphia's roster, joining starter Nick Foles and backup Matt Barkley.

Ravens, Jets get four compensatory picks

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets each will receive four compensatory picks in this year's draft for free agents they lost in 2013.

Baltimore gets spots in the third, fourth and fifth rounds, with two choices in Round 4. Those slots are 99th, 134th, 138th and 175th.

Among the free agents the Ravens lost after winning the 2012 NFL title were Ed Reed, Danell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams, all key defensive players.

The Jets will get slots 139, 209, 210 and 213: A fourth-rounder and three sixth-rounders. They lost free agents Dustin Keller, Matt Slauson, Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene and LaRon Landry.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The compensatory choices can't be traded.

Steelers sign LB Moats to one-year deal

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats to a 1-year contract.

The 26-year-old Moats spent four seasons in Buffalo and posted career highs last season with 12 starts and 48 tackles.

The Steelers are looking for depth at both inside and outside linebacker after cutting Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley earlier this month. General manager Kevin Colbert said during NFL owners meetings in Florida on Sunday that the team isn't ruling out the chance at bringing back James Harrison, who spent a decade with the club before being released last spring.

Harrison spent 2013 with the Cincinnati Bengals but is now looking for work after he was cut.

Bengals sign defensive back R.J. Stanford from Dolphins

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals have signed free-agent cornerback R.J. Stanford from the Dolphins, giving them a player with a lot of experience on special teams.

Stanford was Carolina's seventh-round pick in 2010. Miami acquired him off waivers in 2012. He has appeared in 41 games in his career and has one interception.

He played in the first 13 games last season and was sixth in tackles on special teams. He missed the last three games because of an ankle injury.

Stanford became a free agent when the Dolphins decided not to make him a tender offer.

The deal with the Bengals was announced on Monday.

NFL gives $45 million youth football grant

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL Foundation is giving USA Football a five-year, $45 million grant to expand the already burgeoning Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling to youngsters.

Foundation Chair Charlotte Jones Anderson announced the grant Monday at the league's owners meetings after the NFL saw the early success of the program. Heads Up Football had nearly 2,800 youth football organizations teaching it during its first year, more than five times early projections.

Heads Up Football is designed to "take the head out of tackling" and employs master trainers who teach it to coaches throughout the nation. Those coaches in turn instruct youth football players -- about 600,000 in 2013.

Funds also will be used to increase NFL flag football league for boys and girls ages 5-17.

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