The Buffalo Bills continued their workout tour of draft-eligible quarterbacks Monday by visiting the University of Oklahoma’s Landry Jones.
Jones, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, was a four-year starter for the Sooners and compiled a 39-11 record. He’s considered a third or fourth-round prospect for the NFL Draft next month. Jones had 123 touchdown passes and 52 interceptions for his career. He ranks third in NCAA history in completions, attempts and passing yards.
The Bills last week worked out West Virginia University’s Geno Smith and Florida State University’s E.J. Manuel. Each NFL team is allowed to bring 30 draft prospects to its headquarters for visits. Those visits do not include on-field workouts. Private workouts that are held on-campus or in a prospect’s hometown are not included in the 30-visit limit.
Falcons’ McClure is done
ATLANTA — Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that retiring center Todd McClure will have a new home in the team’s Ring of Honor.
McClure, the Falcons’ longtime center, officially announced his retirement in a ceremony attended by quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive linemen Tyson Clabo, Sam Baker and Justin Blalock.
Blank said McClure’s career merits him joining former stars as Deion Sanders, Tommy Nobis and Steve Bartkowski in the team’s Ring of Honor.
“You deserve to be in that Ring of Honor, and we will get you there as soon as we can,” Blank said while pointing out another longtime center, Jeff Van Note, also earned the team’s highest honor for a former player.
McClure was a seventh-round pick out of LSU in 1999 and went on to become one of the team’s most durable players. He set a franchise record with 148 consecutive starts and missed only four games over the last dozen seasons. He didn’t play in his 1999 rookie season but became one of the team’s most reliable starters the last 13 seasons.
Bengals sign a pair
CINCINNATI — The Bengals have reached deals with two more of their unrestricted free agents, cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones and receiver Brandon Tate.
That makes five free agents on defense and six on offense or special teams that have decided to stay with Cincinnati.
The Bengals’ only notable signing from outside the team has been backup quarterback Josh Johnson, who will compete for the job that opened when Bruce Gradkowski signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent.
Jones played in every game during the Bengals’ playoff season last year, starting five. He also returned punts and had an 81-yard touchdown return.
Tate caught 13 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 32 kickoffs for an average of 24.8 yards, and had 21 punt returns for 8.9 yards.
Around the league
• The New York Giants’ offensive line seemingly is returning intact for 2013. The Giants announced that left guard Kevin Boothe has re-signed after spending time on the free agent market. The signing comes a little less than a month after left tackle Will Beatty signed a new five-year contract to stay with the Giants.
• The Cleveland Browns signed defensive back Kevin Barnes to a one-year contract. Barnes has played in 31 career NFL games for Washington and Detroit. He was drafted by the Redskins in the third round in 2009.
• The Indianapolis Colts’ next free agent target is receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. Indianapolis, which has already signed eight players from other teams, has invited Heyward-Bey for a two-day visit.