The Oakland Raiders and former Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall have made "significant progress" toward renegotiating his contract in one of the final steps needed to complete a trade with Atlanta, a person familiar with the talks said Tuesday.
While the Raiders and representatives for Hall are "still ironing out" parts of the deal, Hall planned to arrive in the Bay Area today, the person said on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. Hall would need to pass a physical after a deal is reached.
The Falcons would acquire from Oakland at least a second-round pick, the 34th overall, in next month's draft. The teams are still negotiating whether Oakland would need to send additional compensation to Atlanta, the person said.
ESPN, citing an unidentified source, reported Tuesday that Hall and the Raiders had agreed to a $70 million, seven-year contract, but were still finalizing the amount of guaranteed money and bonuses in the deal.
STEELERS KEEP KEMOEATU: Restricted free agent offensive linemen Chris Kemoeatu and Trai Essex accepted their one-year tender offers on Tuesday and will stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kemoeatu, a fifth-round draft pick in 2005 out of Utah, will make $1,417,000. Essex, picked a round ahead of Kemoeatu in that draft, accepted his offer of $927,000.
CB JAMES AGREES WITH BILLS: Cornerback William James agreed to a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, leaving the Philadelphia Eagles for the opportunity to become a full-time starter.
JETS SIGN TE FRANKS: The New York Jets signed three-time Pro Bowl tight end Bubba Franks to a one-year deal Monday.
Franks, who spent the last eight seasons with Green Bay, will likely be the backup to Chris Baker. The 30-year-old Franks has battled injuries and his offensive production has slipped the last few years after Pro Bowl seasons from 2001-03. He was relegated to backup duty behind Donald Lee last season.
DOLPHINS ADD WR PERRY: Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tab Perry has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins. Perry has averaged 23.7 yards on kickoff returns in his three-year career, but he played in only four games the past two seasons because of a hip injury.
TEXANS PICK UP MYERS IN TRADE: The Houston Texans traded their sixth-round pick in April's draft Monday to Denver for center Chris Myers .
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Myers, drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round of the 2005 draft, played in 41 games for Denver, including 16 starts last season.
NINERS SIGN WR JOHNSON: The San Francisco 49ers signed receiver Bryant Johnson on Monday, adding another veteran pass-catcher from a division rival to new coordinator Mike Martz's offense.
Johnson spent his first five NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, catching 210 passes for 2,675 yards and nine touchdowns. He was the club's third receiver for much of that time behind Pro Bowl selections Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, but could be a starter in San Francisco.
"Bryant is a young, talented player," 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said.