CLEVELAND — Dwayne Bowe believes he’s catching on with the Browns at the perfect time.
A Pro Bowl wide receiver with Kansas City, Bowe signed a two-year contract on Friday with Cleveland, a struggling franchise with a rabid fan base eager to cheer for a consistent winner. That’s what Bowe experienced in eight seasons with the Chiefs and the free agent’s ready to bring what he learned to the Browns.
“The Browns were the perfect situation from the fan base to the style of offense and the way I’ll be utilized to help the team go to the next level,” Bowe said. “After eight years, you’re a pro’s pro. I’ve had every style of coaching, every personality. I’ve been through a lot and it’s going to make this transition a little easier because of what I’ve been through.
The 30-year-old Bowe, a former LSU standout, is a legitimate down-the-field target to help Cleveland’s passing game, and he’ll help offset the loss of Josh Gordon, who will serve a one-season NFL suspension in 2015 for drug violations.
Bowe made 532 receptions and scored 44 touchdowns with the Chiefs, who recently released him to save room under the salary cap. Although Bowe’s production has dipped in recent seasons — he scored a league-high 15 TDs in 2010, but only 13 in the four seasons since — the Browns are confident he can be their No. 1 receiver.
“Dwayne is a player that adds a big, tough and physical presence to our group,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “His ability to play in high traffic areas of the field for contested catches is something we really like. We have talked about having a versatile group of wide receivers that can align and play from various positions, and he can do that. His position versatility to inside and outside numbers appeals to us in a variety of ways.”
Bowe has had three 1,000-yard seasons since 2007, when the Chiefs selected him with the No. 23 overall draft pick. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder has caught at least 57 passes in each of the past three seasons.
RSVP BY PETERSON’S AGENT TO VIKINGS GM IS NO-GO FOR DINNER: In Minneapolis, the relationship between the Minnesota Vikings and star running back Adrian Peterson remains tenuous.
Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, confirmed on Friday that he declined an invitation from Vikings general manager Rick Spielman to meet over dinner during the NFL owners meetings in Arizona next week.
Vikings officials have met with Peterson twice this month. He has expressed uneasiness about returning to Minnesota to resume his career that was halted last year while the child abuse case he was involved in played out in court and then through the league’s personal conduct policy.
Peterson’s contract with the Vikings doesn’t expire until after the 2017 season, though. Spielman recently told Dogra the team does not plan to release Peterson, who turns 30 on Saturday.
SMITH RETIRES AS PRESIDENT/CEO: In Nashville, Tenn., Tommy Smith is retiring as president and chief executive officer of the Tennessee Titans, saying that dividing his time between the NFL team his late father-in-law founded and the other business left by Bud Adams was not good for either company.
Smith said in a statement released Friday that he cannot serve two big roles as effectively as he had hoped. He cites family, personal health and trying to make good decisions for two companies as reasons for his decision.
He took over as the Titans’ president and CEO after Adams died in October 2013, and Smith also is president and chairman of Adams Resources, a Houston-based multi-billion company. Steve Underwood, who retired in 2011, is rejoining the Titans as interim president while the team searches for a new president.
DELMAS, JAMES, MOORE RETURN: In Davie, Fla., Miami is bringing back safety Louis Delmas, who signed a one-year deal Friday to return to the club.
Delmas tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in December, but the team is hopeful he will be ready for training camp this summer.
Delmas appeared in 13 games and started 12 for the Dolphins last season, with 63 tackles and one interception that he returned 81 yards for a score.
The Dolphins also re-signed backup quarterback Matt Moore and reserve running back LaMichael James to one-year contracts Friday.
VICKERSON AGREES TO 1-YEAR DEAL: In New York, the New York Jets and former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson agreed to a one-year contract.
Vickerson, 32, had 12 tackles in 15 games for the Chiefs last season. He is expected to give the Jets depth on the defensive line after Kenrick Ellis signed with the Giants as a free agent. Defensive tackle Leger Douzable is also a free agent.
Vickerson also has been with Miami, Tennessee, Seattle and Denver during his 10-year career. He has 165 career tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Vickerson was a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins out of Michigan State in 2005.
LONG SNAPPER GRESHAM SIGNS NEW DEAL: In Renton Wash., Seattle re-signed long snapper Clint Gresham to a new contract.
Gresham posted an image of the contract signing on Instagram on Friday. It’s a three-year contract worth $2.7 million total and a $300,000 signing bonus.
Seattle also officially announced the signing of defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, who spent the previous seven seasons with Cleveland.
Rubin adds depth to the Seahawks defensive line rotation at a time when there are questions about the return of veteran Kevin Williams for another season.
LB NATE IRVING AGREES TO TERMS: In Indianapolis, the Colts agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.
Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts.
In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles.
Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.
Irving was a third-round draft pick by Denver in 2011 out of North Carolina State.