HOUSTON — A Houston Texans official tells The Associated Press that star middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans has agreed to a six-year contract to remain with the team.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to make an official announcement.
Ryans was the 2006 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and is the leader of a young Houston team that went 9-7 last season for its first winning record. He was a restricted free agent.
to call it quits
DENVER — Kicker Jason Elam will sign a one-day contract with the Denver Broncos so he can retire with the team he played with for most of his career.
Elam played 15 seasons with Denver from 1993 to 2007 and shares the NFL record with Tom Dempsey for the longest field goal. Elam tied the record with a 63-yard field goal on Oct. 28, 1998.
Elam played two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before being waived Dec. 1.
Vikings sign Montgomery
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Mike Montgomery to a one-year deal.
Montgomery spent the past five seasons with NFC North rival Green Bay. The Packers drafted him out of Texas A&M in the sixth round in 2005.
Montgomery’s best season came in 2008 when he started eight games with 71 tackles and 2½ sacks. But his playing time dropped when the Packers switched to a 3-4 defense under Dom Capers.
Bills’ Wood should be ready
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Eric Wood laughs as he recalls being laid up in a Jacksonville hospital in November, when he and his surgeon repeatedly watched a video posted on YouTube showing how the Buffalo Bills guard broke two bones in his left leg.
Drafted 28th overall out of Louisville last year, Wood’s walking without a limp and confident his leg will be fully recovered by the start of training camp this summer. That’s great progress for a player who initially feared he might not play again after being hurt during an 18-15 loss at Jacksonville on Nov. 22.
to terms with Hill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Tye Hill, a former first-round draft choice.
Hill has started 24 games with five interceptions during a four-year career. Last year he started three games for the Atlanta Falcons.
Hill played three seasons in St. Louis before being traded to Atlanta before the start of the 2009 season. His playing time in both 2007 and 2008 was limited due to injury and he finished both years on injured reserve.
free agent tender
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders safety Hiram Eugene has signed his restricted free agent tender to return to the team next season.
The Raiders posted the move on their Web site Monday. Eugene had signed a waiver to allow him to work out with the team this offseason before signing the contract.
Eugene has been a part-time starter the past three seasons for Oakland.