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Roundup: Giants, Saints sign former XFL standouts

A number of XFL players continue to find new homes in the NFL.

Defensive back Dravon Askew-Henry didn't have to move far, leaving the New York Guardians to sign a two-year deal with the New York Giants, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport via an informed source.

Rapoport added that Askew-Henry, who is a cousin of retired defensive juggernaut Darrelle Revis, is expected to compete for a nickel role in first-year defensive coordinator Patrick Graham's system.

Former Houston Roughnecks cornerback Deatrick Nichols also decided to test the NFL waters after signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. The team announced the move.

Elsewhere around the NFL on Tuesday:

»In need of help at wide receiver, the Green Bay Packers are bringing in a big body as they're expected to sign Devin Funchess, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Funchess signed a one-year deal ahead of the 2019 season with the Colts, but played just one game as he was lost to an injury. The 6-foot-4 target played his first four seasons with the Panthers, his best campaign coming in 2017 when he hauled in career-highs of 63 receptions, 840 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

»The Carolina Panthersofficially announced that they have released quarterback Cam Newton.

Following the news of the big subtraction, Carolina made a big addition to its re-shaping offense, locking down former Jets receiver Robby Anderson on a two-year worth $20 million with $12 million in Year 1, Rapoport reported.

»Denver Broncos star pass rusher Bradley Chubb (partially torn ACL) is on track to make his return for the start of training camp, NFL Network's James Palmer reported.

Palmer said that Chubb, who suffered the injury in Week 4, is working out at the team facility alone with the same one trainer daily, in an effort to ensure there are no setbacks and stay safe given the health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Broncos have also agreed to terms with former Lions punter Sam Martin on a three-year, $7.05 million deal, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Martin played the previous seven seasons with the Lions and in 2019 averaged 45.3 yards per punt.

»Former Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett is signing a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, Rapoport reported per an informed source.

The Seahawks brought in another AFC East transplant, as they announced they have agreed to terms with now-former Jets starting offensive tackle Brandon Shell. Shoring up the offensive line is an offseason need of the 'Hawks and Shell, entering his fifth season, has started the last three years for the Jets.

» Free-agent running back Peyton Barber intends to sign with the Washington Redskins on a two-year deal worth $3 million with $600K guaranteed, per Rapoport. The former Bucs starter joins a crowded RB room that includes Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, J.D. McKissic, Bryce Love and Josh Ferguson.

Former Eagles and Packers tight end Richard Rodgers signed with the Redskins, per Rapoport.

» The Los Angeles Chargers are signing former Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil to a one-year deal, according to Pelissero per an informed source.

» Free-agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin is signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million, per Rapoport via Melvin's agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The team later announced the move.

»The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed safety Andrew Adams and defensive lineman Rakeem Nuñez-Roches, the team announced.

»The San Francisco 49ers are signing former Chargers receiver Travis Benjamin, a source told Rapoport. He added that Benjamin's deal is for one year and is worth up to $2 million.

»The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington on one-year contracts, the team announced.

» The Detroit Lions have re-signed offensive lineman Oday Aboushi.

» New Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer's one-year, $1.05 million contract also includes a $2 million playtime incentive, per Pelissero. His max earnings is $3.05 million, Pelissero added.

The Patriots are bringing back defensive end Shilique Calhoun, per Rapoport. He played in 15 games last year and had one start.

» The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with wideout Chris Moore.

» The Cincinnati Bengals are adding linebacker Josh Bynes to their defense, signing him to a one-year deal, per Rapoport. Bynes started seven games last season for the Ravens in his second sting with the team and has also been with the Lions and Cardinals, earning starts at both spots.

» The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing six-year veteran defensive tackle Mike Pennel, per Pelissero. Pennel played eight games in his first year with Kansas City and, Pelissero adds, had other offers, but wanted to return to the Chiefs. Pennel memorably had a big hit on Jimmy Garoppolo in the Super Bowl in which Garoppolo threw an interception.

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