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NFL roundup: Jackson gets 3-year deal from 'Skins

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DeSean Jackson can earn $24 million on the three-year deal he signed Tuesday night with the Washington Redskins, a contract that will pay the former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver $16 million guaranteed.

According to The Sports Xchange, Jackson gets a $5 million signing bonus. His deal is technically for four years and $32 million where 2017 voids if he is on the roster five days after the 2016 Super Bowl. Part of guaranteed $16 million is $6.25 million in workout bonuses and per-game roster bonuses in 2014-15. His base salaries of $1 million in 2014 and $3.75 million in 2015 are also guaranteed. The salary cap charge is $4.25 million this year.

Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday just two years after he signed a five-year contract extension worth $48 million. The three-time Pro Bowler was due to make $10.5 million in 2014 and was owed $30.5 million over the remainder of his contract, but none of that money was guaranteed..

---Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, indicted on a felony aggravated assault charge, is scheduled to be arraigned April 28 at Atlantic County Superior Court in New Jersey.

Rice is accused of allegedly striking unconscious then-fiancee Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Rice and Palmer were married last Friday.

Rice was initially facing a simple assault-domestic violence charge, but he was indicted by a grand jury on March 27 on the more serious third-degree aggravated assault charge after the case was reviewed by the prosecutor's office.

---The Miami Dolphins signed unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Jason Fox to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6, 314-pound Fox joins Miami after spending the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions (2010-13).

Fox appeared in 13 regular-season games with three starts during his tenure with Detroit. In 2013, Fox opened the regular season as the Lions' starting right tackle and overall appeared in eight games with three starts that season. Fox saw action in one game for the Lions during the 2012 campaign. He was inactive for eight games in 2011 prior to being placed on injured reserve.

---The Pittsburgh Steelers signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

He had 29 catches for 309 yards and a touchdown with the Indianapolis Colts last season. For his career, Heyward-Bey has appeared in 72 regular-season games and made 64 starts. In his five NFL seasons, he has 169 receptions for 2,380 yards and 12 touchdowns.

---The New England Patriots, who have the 29th overall draft selection, are scheduled to host quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater on pre-draft visits at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, according to reports.

NFL teams are allowed to invite 30 prospects to their facility each year before the draft, so the visits are nothing out of the ordinary, even though Manziel and Bridgewater are projected to be selected well before New England's scheduled first pick.

Tom Brady, who is under contract through 2017, does turn 37 before the season and backup Ryan Mallett has only a handful of snaps in the NFL.

---Defensive end Robert Ayers signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the New York Giants.

Ayers, who posted a career-high 5.5 sacks with the Broncos in 2013, was the 18th overall pick in 2009 and spent his first five seasons in Denver.

---The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with free agent center Will Montgomery on a one-year contract, the team announced.

The 6-foot-3, 304-pound Montgomery made 63 starts (46 at center, 10 at right guard and seven at left guard) in eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Washington Redskins. The seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2006 started every game for the Redskins over his previous three years there.

---All the watchful eyes of the NFL turned to South Carolina's Pro Timing Day at Williams-Brice Stadium, where the featured attraction was potential No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney.

More than 140 credentialed media and 30 of 32 NFL teams were counted while live look-ins from ESPN, NFL Network and Fox Sports 1 provided fans across the country a peek at the pass rusher.

Representing the Houston Texans, the franchise that holds the No. 1 overall pick for the third time in franchise history, was a contingent of eight. That crew met with Clowney on Tuesday night and will host him again this month in Houston.
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