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Wide receiver Braylon Edwards is set to sign a one-year deal with the Seahawks, a league source told KJR 950's Dave Softy Mahler.

Edwards wasn't signed after a workout just before Seattle opened training camp last week, and then headed to South Florida for a tryout with the Dolphins. It appeared the Seahawks' interest had passed when they signed another veteran, Antonio Bryant. But Seattle is aggressively seeking a replacement for injury-plagued Mike Williams, who was released earlier this month, and Bryant and Edwards are both coming off injuries.

Edwards is only 29, but was bothered by a knee injury and eventually released by the 49ers in the middle of last season. He caught just 15 passes in nine games with San Francisco. Bryant hasn't played since 2009 due to knee issues of his own.

The Seahawks are looking for a consistent threat to start opposite Sidney Rice. They have an emerging slot receiver in Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate flashed potential the final month of last season, but the position is very young and inexperienced beyond that.

---The Bengals signed coach Marvin Lewis to a contract extension through the 2014 season.

Lewis was entering the final year of his contract and has gained significant control over the franchise on and off the field. The Bengals also extended the contracts of coveted coordinators Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer. Both coaches were sought for head coaching jobs in the offseason. Gruden declined offers to interview but Zimmer met with the Jaguars and Dolphins.

Lewis, who is in his 10th season with the Bengals, led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2011 and is the franchise's leader in victories (69).

Lewis is the longest-tenured coach in the AFC North division.

--The Jets voided the trade with the Carolina Panthers for right tackle Jeff Otah, who was unable to pass his physical in the seven-day window agreed to by the teams last week.

The Jets had an option to extend the seven-day window and complete the acquisition from the Panthers, but declined. His entrance physical showed fluid around Otah's troublesome right knee. He did light work during training camp on the sideline with the team's strength and conditioning staff.

The Panthers could decide to release Otah, who has missed 28 of 32 games the past two seasons because of lingering knee issues.

--Eagles left defensive end Jason Babin could miss most of training camp with a partially torn muscle in his left calf.

An MRI exam revealed Babin has a second-degree strain, which occurred Saturday during a one-on-one pass-rushing drill against right tackle Todd Herremans.

Babin was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2011 with 18 sacks and three forced fumbles after re-joining the Eagles as a free agent.

--Lions general manager Martin Mayhew knows starting running back Jahvid Best will be back on the football field. He just doesn't know when.

The sluggish progress of his recovery from a concussion last October has everyone in the organization feeling anxious, among other emotions.

"A little bit surprised, a little bit disappointed," Mayhew said Tuesday before the Lions' training camp practice. "Everything was trending toward him being ready to go on the first day of training camp. It just didn't happen that way. We have to kind of adjust. We have adjusted our expectation on that."

Best wasn't cleared and hasn't participated in full team workouts since he suffered a concussion in Week 6 against the 49ers last season, his second in 2011 and third in his career. Best was cleared for football activity, but coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday that Best hasn't been cleared for contact.

--With injuries impacting the team early in training camp, the Redskins signed veteran offensive tackle Jordan Black to a one-year deal.

Coach Mike Shanahan also announced Tuesday that safety Tanard Jackson was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

To make room for Black on the roster, linebacker Jonathan Goff was released.

Black has 40 career starts and last played for the Jaguars in 2010.

--Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie was removed from the reserve/did not report list when he arrived at the team's Owings Mills, Md., headquarters on Monday.

But McKinnie, who said he strained his lower back running out of his house and slipped on a rain-soaked surface, isn't ready to practice.

McKinnie is expected to be placed on the active/physically unable to perform list until he passes a physical and the team's conditioning test.

--Wide receiver Paul Cox, an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi Valley State who was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers on April 30, signed with the Steelers.

Pittsburgh released offensive tackle Bridger Buche. He was an undrafted free agent this year out of Eastern Michigan. After missing the entire 2009 season with a hip injury, Buche started 12 games at left tackle in 2010 and all 10 games he appeared in last year.

--With most of the roster set, Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt decided to move practices to the mornings, in part to make sure the team is getting in full sessions.

It's back to more of the normal training camp routine after it made more sense to have afternoon practices last year with so much turnover following the end of the lockout and quick start to camp.

--The Chiefs signed offensive tackle Ray Willis and waived fullback Taylor Gentry.

Kansas City needed to add another veteran offensive tackle when Tony Ugoh decided to retire after being signed last week.

Willis spent his first five seasons with the Seahawks and has also spent time with the Dolphins and Jets. He was released by the Jets in June. He has played in 44 NFL games with 26 starts.

Gentry was signed as an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina State in May, but Crennel said he would not be able to pass the team's physical for medical reasons.

--- Even though Kevin Kolb sustained a thigh bruise in Monday's practice, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt named Kolb his starting quarterback for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the New Orleans Saints, Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reported Tuesday.

Kolb, who has not been declared the team's regular-season starter, took a knee from backup nose tackle David Carter late in Monday's practice, putting Kolb out for the rest of the practice.

The Cardinals did not practice on Tuesday and Kolb is expected to be back when the team resumes practice on Wednesday.Kolb is in a competition with John Skelton for the Cardinals' starting job.

----Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock contacted a former coach and a journalist before he died, but the cause of his apparent suicide remains a mystery to family and friends, NFL.com reported.

Murdock left a suicide note before he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday, but its contents have not been revealed and it's uncertain whether they will ever be made public.

His older sister Kerri Murdock told the Tampa Tribune she had no idea her brother was contemplating suicide, nor did she know whether he was in any kind of trouble..

He called one of his former middle school coaches, Aesha Bailey, on Monday Monday morning. He also sent a text message to Tampa Tribune prep writer Bill Ward on Sunday. But neither message indicated a thought of suicide.
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