MIAMI — Offensive lineman Lance Louis, a former L.B. Landry high school star who is still rehabilitating from a season-ending knee injury, signed Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins.
Louis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November with the Chicago Bears. He said his rehabilitation has gone well, and he hopes to be ready for training camp in July.
“Last time I went to the doctor, he told me I was ahead of schedule,” Louis said. “I definitely want to be there for training camp and competing with those guys.”
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Louis spent the past four seasons with the Bears, where he made 28 starts at guard and tackle. They drafted him in the seventh round in 2009.
He said the Dolphins appealed to him in part because he thinks they’re improving after four consecutive losing seasons.
“It’s a nice city, and a great team on the rise,” Louis said. “I feel like Miami is going to be one of the teams to be reckoned with this year.”
Baltimore, Huff agree to 3-year deal: In Owings Mills, Md., the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a three-year deal with former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff.
Huff played his entire seven-year with the Raiders before being released last week. He must pass a physical before he can sign a contract.
Huff is expected to fill a void in the backfield for the Super Bowl champions, who previously this offseason released starting strong safety Bernard Pollard and lost free safety Ed Reed to Houston via free agency.
Huff started all 16 games for Oakland last season: 14 at cornerback and two at free safety. He had 71 tackles and two interceptions.
Free-agent fullback Jones signs: In Houston, the Texans signed unrestricted free agent fullback Greg Jones.
The 6-foot-1 Jones is the third free agent to sign with Houston since Friday, joining safety Ed Reed and punter Shane Lechler. Terms of Jones’ contract were not disclosed.
The Texans needed a fullback after James Casey signed with Philadelphia after free agency opened.
Jones has played his first nine NFL seasons with Jacksonville. The Jaguars drafted him in the second round in 2004. Jones helped Jacksonville running backs rush for 100 yards in a game 37 times.
Diehl agrees to new deal; Cruz waits: In East Rutherford, N.J., the New York Giants put a little more money in the Victor Cruz contract fund this week by cutting the salary of right tackle David Diehl by nearly $3.5 million.
The paycut was revealed when a look at Diehl’s salary for this season was listed at $1 million on the NFLPA website Wednesday. The 11-year veteran had been scheduled to make $4.37 million in the final year of his contract.
Diehl started 11 games in 2012, missing five with a knee injury. He moved from the left side after the team decided not to re-sign veteran Kareem McKenzie.
Cruz, who has led the team in receiving the past two years, remains a free agent.
Agent SAYS Blackburn agrees to terms: In Charlotte, N.C., the agent for Chase Blackburn said the former New York Giants linebacker has agreed on a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.
Richard Katz said Wednesday his client is “thrilled” to join the Panthers.
Blackburn has primarily been a special teams player during his eight seasons with the Giants, but started 15 games last season at middle linebacker and had 64 tackles, three sacks and one interception.
Blackburn will join a defense that includes AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis.
Blackburn has played in 113 games during his career and stared 36.
Edwards re-signs: In Charlotte, N.C., the Panthers announced they re-signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.
Edwards started 14 games and posted a career-high six sacks last season with Carolina, third-most among NFL defensive tackles. He also had 52 tackles.
Edwards, 31, is expected to be a starter this season.