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  • Raiders add two more defensive starters

  • ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders added two more playoff-tested veterans to their rebuilding defense.
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  • ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders added two more playoff-tested veterans to their rebuilding defense.
    Oakland signed free agent defensive lineman Antonio Smith to a two-year, $9 million contract and cornerback Tarell Brown to a one-year, $3.5 million deal Friday.
    The moves come a day after Oakland signed Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley to two-year deals to bolster the defensive line, giving Oakland four new defensive starters with experience of playing in the Super Bowl.
    "I think it's a domino effect," Brown said. "I think anytime you bring in guys that have won a lot of games and have played in a lot of big games as well and have had a lot of success in this league, it definitely helps. We can kind of put things in perspective and guide younger guys in the direction of saying, 'Look, get under my wing and this is how you do it in the NFL to be successful.'"
    Oakland needs plenty of help on defense after showing promise early last season. The Raiders defense wilted late and allowed the second-most points per game (28.3) in franchise history. Oakland has had two of the three highest scoring seasons allowed in coach Dennis Allen's first two years with the franchise.
    The Raiders could be without all four starting defensive linemen from last season with LaMarr Houston signing with Chicago and Vance Walker reaching a deal with Kansas City. Pat Sims and Jason Hunter are also free agents.
    Oakland also has holes in the secondary with starting cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins and free safety Charles Woodson also free agents.
    Brown will likely team with last year's first-round pick D.J. Hayden at cornerback. Hayden struggled his rookie season as he was recovering from a near fatal heart injury and missed the second half of the year with a sports hernia injury.
    Smith, 32, has played 10 seasons with Arizona and Houston, going to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season with the Cardinals and making two playoff trips with the Texans. He has 41 1/2 career sacks, including five last season as a defensive end in Houston's three-man front.
    Colts
    The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Hakeem Nicks.
    Team owner Jim Irsay confirmed the deal Friday on Twitter. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
    The injured Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards but did not score a touchdown last season with the New York Giants. His contract expired after the season.
    Ravens
    Free agent wide receiver Steve Smith has signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
    The Ravens announced the signing of the 34-year-old Smith on Friday.
    Smith 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.
    Baltimore has had a void at wide receiver since trading Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers after winning the Super Bowl in February 2013. The Ravens went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.
    Smith is Carolina's all-time leader in receptions (836), yards receiving (12,197) and touchdowns (67).
    Patriots
    Suspended former Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner said on Friday that he has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots, giving the AFC East champions another potent defender in pass coverage.
    A day after representatives for Darrelle Revis confirmed that the three-time All Pro would be joining the Patriots, Browner said on Twitter: "I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot." The team has not confirmed either deal, but Browner's was reportedly worth $17 million over three years.
    Titans
    Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he's been released by the Tennessee Titans, who signed Charlie Whitehurst on Thursday to back up Jake Locker.
    Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Friday, "You can say I've been released, yes."
    Fitzpatrick signed a two-year contract with the Titans last March. He started nine games for the Titans last season and went 217 of 350 for 2,454 yards with 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.
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