Dolphins Sign Tight End Dustin Keller as Jets Add Goodson, Colon

The New York Jets continued their offseason makeover, losing a tight end while picking up a running back and someone to block for him on the third full day of the National Football League free-agent period.

Dustin Keller, who played for the Jets for five years, signed with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced yesterday in an e-mailed release. The Jets, meanwhile, added running back Mike Goodson, who played for the Oakland Raiders last season, and offensive lineman Willie Colon of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The San Diego Chargers signed running back Danny Woodhead, formerly of the New England Patriots; the Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Matt Cassel and wide receiver Greg Jennings, and the Arizona Cardinals released quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Keller, 28, had 28 receptions for 317 yards and two scores in 2012 while missing eight games with groin and ankle injuries. He caught 241 passes for 2,876 yards and 17 touchdowns during his Jets career.

“We have been able to see first-hand what kind of impact he brings to an offense during his time with the New York Jets and look forward to his contributions,” Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said in the statement.

The Dolphins also added wide receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe in the past few days. The Jets, who also compete in the American Football Conference East division, have lost five starters to free agency, including running back Shonn Greene and safety LaRon Landry.

Goodson, 25, carried the ball 35 times for 221 yards and no touchdowns last season with the Raiders, and caught 16 passes for 195 yards and one score. His signing, announced in an e- mailed release, comes two days after Greene joined the Tennessee Titans.

Colon’s Deal

The Jets signed Colon to a one-year, $1.2 million deal, according to ESPN. Released this week by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Colon has started 62 games in six NFL seasons.

Woodhead and the Chargers agreed to a two-year deal, the team announced in an e-mailed release. Woodhead, who played for the Jets in 2009 and 2010, had four rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores last year with the Patriots.

The Chargers also said they had re-signed running back Ronnie Brown to a one-year contract. Brown, 31, had 46 rushes for 220 yards last season for San Diego.

The Vikings made official their signing of Cassel, 30, who was released a day earlier by the Kansas City Chiefs, and also said they had signed Jennings, 29, who spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

The Cardinals announced on their Twitter account that they released Kolb after two seasons with the team. Kolb was 6-8 in 14 starts with Arizona, throwing 17 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. The Cardinals traded a second-round draft pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles for Kolb in July 2011. A year ago, they elected to give Kolb a $7 million bonus and dropped their pursuit of Peyton Manning.

-- Editors: Michael Sillup, Rob Gloster

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