BOSTON RED SOX–Optioned LHP Drake Britton to Portland (EL). Reassigned INF/OF Justin Henry and SS Deven Marrero to their minor league camp. Agreed to terms with LHP Drake Britton, RHP Rubby De La Rosa, LHP Felix Doubront, RHP Clayton Mortensen, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Alex Wilson, RHP Steven Wright, C Daniel Butler, C Ryan Lavarnway, C Christian Vazquez, INF Mike Carp, INF Pedro Ciriaco, INF Mauro Gomez, INF Brock Holt, INF Will Middlebrooks, OF Alex Hassan, OF Ryan Kalish and OF Daniel Nava on one-year contracts.
CHICAGO CUBS–Named Justin Piper as general manager, Mesa spring training operations. Agreed to terms with RHP Michael Bowden, RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Trey McNutt, RHP Hector Rondon, RHP Arodys Vizcaino, RHP Robert Whitenack, LHP Brooks Raley, LHP Chris Rusin, LHP Travis Wood, C Welington Castillo, C Steve Clevenger, INF Darwin Barney, INF Junior Lake, INF Anthony Rizzo, INF Christian Villanueva, INF Josh Vitters, INF Logan Watkins, OF Brett Jackson, OF Dave Sappelt and OF Matt Szczur on one-year contracts.
BALTIMORE RAVENS–Signed QB Joe Flacco to a six-year contract.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS–Signed P Dustin Colquitt to a five-year contract. Designated OT Branden Albert as their franchis player. Agreed to terms with WR Dwayne Bowe on a multiyear contract.
MIAMI DOLPHINS–Designated DT Randy Starks as their franchise player.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS–Released OL Kyle Hix and FB Spencer Larsen.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS–Agreed to terms with CB William Gay on a three-year contract.
NHL–Suspended Buffalo F Patrick Kaleta five games for boarding New York Rangers F Brad Richards during a March 3 game.
MICHIGAN–Named Roy Manning outside linebackers coach.
MICHIGAN STATE–Named Jim Bollman co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. football coach. Added the title of assistant head coach to defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Announced quarterbacks coach Dave Warner will be a co-offensive coordinator and shift to running backs coach. Announced running backs Brad Salem will move to quarterbacks coach and named him the recruiting coordinator.