KIRKLAND, Wash. - With the regular season under way this weekend, tackle Walter Jones, a former FSU standout, signed a one-year deal and joined the Seahawks for practice Monday.
Jones, designated the team's franchise player, missed training camp while he waited for a long-term contract offer. He has missed most of the previous three training camps, as well.
"I'm here now," Jones said. "The season has started, and that stuff is behind me now."
Jones is coming off his fourth Pro Bowl season and will earn $7.1-million this year, the average pay for the NFL's highest-paid offensive linemen. He was Seattle's first-round draft pick in 1997.
CARDINALS: Defensive tackle Wendell Bryant has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The Cardinals placed Bryant on the reserve/suspended list and claimed three players off waivers: cornerback Derek Ross, defensive tackle Eddie Freeman and offensive tackle Jeremy Bridges. Arizona cut two players, center-guard Frank Garcia and guard Everett Lindsay.
49ERS: Defensive end Brandon Whiting practiced for the first time. Whiting has spent most of his time since his offseason trade recovering from surgery on his injured shoulder. Whiting is almost certain to miss the opener, but hopes to play this month. Defensive end Otis Leverette signed a day after he was released by the Chargers. To make room for Leverette, the 49ers cut lineman Chris Demaree.
GIANTS: After sitting out training camp and all four preseason games with an injured foot and a hamstring problem, Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey declared himself fit. Shockey said he could have played in the final preseason game against Baltimore, but decided to rest until the opener against NFC East rival Philadelphia on Sunday. He vowed to start. ... Mike Cloud signed as the final player on the team's 53-man roster. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back spent four years with the Chiefs.
PACKERS: Green Bay claimed tight end Sean McHugh and linebacker Nick Rogers off waivers. To make room, it waived linebacker Tyreo Harrison and fullback Vonta Leach. McHugh had been waived by Tennessee and Rogers by NFC North rival Minnesota. ... John "Red" Cochran, a scout, former player and assistant coach who spent 42 years with the Packers, died at 82. He died at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay of apparent heart failure Sunday after hip replacement surgery Wednesday, the Packers said.
RAMS: Safety Zack Bronson, released in June by San Francisco, signed, adding depth to the secondary. The Rams also released 11 players, including defensive tackle Bernard Holsey and defensive end Sean Moran.
VIKINGS: Minnesota addressed its need for a backup safety by claiming Omare Lowe off waivers from the Jets. Sixth-round draft pick Deandre' Eiland was released to make room for Lowe on the 53-man roster.