INDIANAPOLIS – Punter Pat McAfee is staying in Indianapolis.
The Colts agreed to terms for a five-year deal with McAfee on Friday, keeping him off the free-agent market just four days before he could have signed with another team.
McAfee announced the five-year deal on his Twitter page. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.
McAfee averaged 46 yards on 76 punts, including a net average of 38.5, and set a franchise record by pinning 27 punts inside the 20-yard line. He also recorded touchbacks on 41 of 86 kickoffs.
A Los Angeles judge refused to immediately release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail in a Los Angeles rape case but said she would have to free him soon if charges aren’t filed in a similar case in Louisiana.
Cleared to play
Cleveland defensive end Desmond Bryant said he has been medically cleared to play after a health scare.
Bryant underwent an operation in December to correct an irregular heartbeat. His season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for years and had been treated for in the past. The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent last March.
Around the league
A person with knowledge of the agreement said veteran quarterback Matt Cassel is re-signing with the Minnesota, which also re-signed punt returner and cornerback Marcus Sherels. Quarterback agreed Chad Henne to a two-year contract worth $8 million with Jacksonville.
Seattle signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions and gave restricted free-agent wide receiver Doug Baldwin a second-round tender.
Restricted free-agent linebacker Mark Herzlich re-signed with New York Giants. New Orleans released receiver Lance Moore.