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NFL: Colts sign free agent Nicks

on March 16, 2014 2:00 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hakeem Nicks took the one offer he couldn’t refuse in free agency — to join Andrew Luck and the Colts.

One day after the former Giants receiver agreed to a one-year deal with Indianapolis, Nicks said he turned down an offer from his hometown team, Carolina. He also said in a conference call Saturday that New York never made him an offer.

At 26 and five years into his career, Nicks decided the Colts gave him the best chance to show he can still play at a high level.

Nicks had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011, helping the Giants win a Super Bowl title after the 2011 season. But he was slowed by injuries each of the past two seasons.

Cleveland adds RB Tate

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have signed free agent running back Ben Tate, filling the void for an every-down back created when they traded Trent Richardson.

Tate rushed for 771 yards last season, his fourth with Houston. He played part of the year with broken ribs, an injury that would have sidelined most players. The 25-year-old spent several days visiting the Browns, whose running game suffered after Richardson was dealt to Indianapolis early last season.

Tate was rumored to be on his way to Cleveland shortly after Richardson’s departure, but the Browns waited for free agency to get him.

He has averaged 4.7 yards per attempt during his career. After sitting out his rookie season in 2010 with a broken ankle, Tate rushed for 942 yards and four touchdowns the next season and averaged 5.4 yards per carry.

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