Cowboys sign McCray to bolster safety position

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The Dallas Cowboys on Friday signed safety Danny McCray, giving the team another player at a position of need.

McCray, a restricted free agent who signed a $1.323 million tender, started 10 games last season after Barry Church went on injured reserve.

McCray had a career-high 87 tackles, second on the team, with five pass breakups and a tackle for loss. He likely is more suited for special teams, though. He was the Cowboys’ second-leading special teams tackler with 18 stops.

The Cowboys are expected to add a safety early in next weekend’s draft after releasing Gerald Sensabaugh. Church is returning from a torn Achilles’ tendon, and Matt Johnson missed all of his rookie season with hamstring and back injuries. The Cowboys did sign Will Allen, but he has started only 33 games in six seasons. — Jimmy Burch

Harrison, Bengals agree

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is headed down the Ohio River to continue his career, agreeing to a two-year deal with the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals.

It won’t be long before he gets his first chance to show Pittsburgh what it’s missing.

The Bengals play their first home game next season on Monday night, Sept. 16 against the Steelers, the team they knocked out of playoff competition last year. Harrison, who turns 35 in May, got used to making deep runs in the playoffs with Pittsburgh.

Now, he’s going to get a chance to try to get the Bengals their first playoff victory since 1990. Cincinnati has made the playoffs each of the last two seasons as a wild card team, losing to Houston in the first round both times.

Agent Bill Parise said Harrison has passed a physical and all details of a two-year deal had been worked out on Friday evening. The Bengals didn’t confirm the deal because it hadn’t been signed. Parise said Harrison was working out in Arizona and would be in Cincinnati the second week of May to start working out with his new team.

Harrison tweeted: “Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!”

Jets fueled hype?

Mark Sanchez suggests the media frenzy that accompanied Tim Tebow’s presence with the New York Jets was partly fueled by the team itself.

The Jets quarterback says in an interview with Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles that the media coverage during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., last summer was more intense than usual — including ESPN camping out for a week — because of Tebow’s popularity.

“I just don’t know if it was the best situation for either of us,” Sanchez told the Petros & Money Show on Wednesday. He adds that “ESPN didn’t necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp. They had to get permission to go.”

Sanchez says the distractions could have been avoided, “but he’s a popular guy and people gravitate toward the guy.”

Briefly

• Browns: Cleveland owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn’t stepping aside, even as federal authorities alleged that he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain. According to court documents, sales team members said Haslam, who is the older brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, was aware of at least some instances of employees withholding diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost the company’s profits and sales commissions.

• Saints: General manager Mickey Loomis says restricted free agent running back Chris Ivory has signed his tender offer of about $2 million. Last season, Ivory played in only six games with two starts, carrying 40 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

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