FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets further bolstered their offense Wednesday by adding running back Stevan Ridley.
The former Patriots and LSU star agreed to a one-year deal with the team. Ridley played in only six games last year before tearing his right ACL.
“He’s excited for the opportunity and his rehab is going strong at this point,” said Andy Simms, Ridley’s agent.
Ridley rushed for a career-high 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He had 340 yards rushing last season before getting hurt.
New York, which has been busy in free agency under new coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan, have Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell back at running back.
The Jets did not pick up the option on Chris Johnson in the offseason.
The Jets traded for receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, brought back cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, and also added cornerback Buster Skrine and safety Marcus Gilchrist in free agency.
STADIUM CONSTRUCTION HALFWAY DONE: Construction of the Minnesota Vikings stadium has reached the halfway point.
Officials from the team, general contractor Mortenson and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the public agency in charge of the venue, provided a media update and tour of the site Wednesday.
About 80 percent of the concrete has been poured, and the project remains on budget and on time for an opening in mid-July 2016.
Workers have begun installing the glass, and the transparent roof panels will start being placed in June.
Including an additional $73.9 million pledged for amenities and aesthetics around the building by Vikings owners since construction began, the cost of the stadium will be about $1.06 billion. The public share is 47 percent.
FREE AGENT WR WELKER VISITS: Wes Welker is the latest free agent receiver to visit the Miami Dolphins.
The 33-year-old Welker, who played for Miami from 2004-06, arrived at the team complex Wednesday. The five-time Pro Bowl player was with Denver last year and caught 49 passes for 464 yards and two scores, his least productive season since 2005.
Welker has been troubled by concussions but has missed only nine games in his 11-year career.
The Dolphins are eager to shore up their corps of wideouts after several departures this offseason. They earlier hosted visits by Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree.
DT OKOYE RELEASED: The Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who was drafted by Houston as a teenager and hasn’t played since 2012 as he attempts to come back from a brain condition.
The former top-10 pick was cleared to practice last August after spending a year recovering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, which causes brain swelling. But the 27-year-old Okoye never played for the Cowboys, spending last season on the non-football injury list before Wednesday’s release.
The Texans took Okoye with the 10th overall pick in 2007 when he was 19, making him the youngest NFL draft choice since 1967. He spent four years with Houston and two with Chicago, where he last played in 2012.