LaBoy, 49ers agree to deal
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For the second time in a week, the San Francisco 49ers decided that some draft-day needs just can't wait. They added outside linebacker depth by agreeing to terms yesterday with Travis LaBoy, a University of Hawai'i alum whose most recent game came with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008.
The 49ers made the deal on the same day that recently acquired receiver-returner Ted Ginn Jr. visited team headquarters. The 49ers traded a fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins to land Ginn last Friday.
Now comes LaBoy, 28, who was sidelined all of last season because of torn tendons in his foot. His agent, C.J. LaBoy, told the Marin Independent Journal yesterday that his brother's "health is great. He is 100 percent recovered from the foot injury and surgery."
LaBoy, a Bay Area native, agreed to a one-year deal for $1.6 million, in part because he was eager to play closer to home.
"He wanted to be a 49er, and he is excited to be playing for the hometown team," C.J. LaBoy told the Independent Journal.
LaBoy, who played for the Warriors from 2001-'03, was a second-round pick by Tennessee in 2004.
SAINTS WILL PLAY FOUR NIGHT GAMES
The New Orleans Saints' first season as defending champions will include four night games and the franchise's first Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas.
The Saints will host the NFL's annual Thursday night regular-season kickoff game Sept. 9 against the Minnesota Vikings, a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.
New Orleans won its first conference title by beating Minnesota, 31-28, on a 40-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley 4:45 into overtime. The Saints went on to defeat Indianapolis, 31-17, in the Super Bowl.
The Saints' other night games are on Monday, Sept. 20 at San Francisco; Sunday, Oct. 31 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers; and Monday, Dec. 27 at Atlanta.
Last season, the Saints played three times in prime time, twice on Monday nights and once on Saturday night, the latter being their first loss of the season to the Cowboys after a 13-0 start.
Steelers: Pittsburgh reacquired quarterback Byron Leftwich by dealing a seventh-round draft pick to Tampa Bay, a sign it expects Ben Roethlisberger to be suspended for the start of the season. Leftwich backed up Roethlisberger in 2008, when the Steelers won the Super Bowl.
Redskins: Washington has acquired former first-round pick Adam Carriker, a defensive lineman, from St. Louis. The Redskins swapped fifth-round picks with the Rams, moving down 28 spots in that round, but in a swap of seventh-rounders Washington actually moved up three spots.
Patriots: New England has signed veteran wide receiver Torry Holt, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who played last season with Jacksonville. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Jets: Free-agent linebacker Jason Taylor agreed to a contract with the Jets, another bold move by New York that bolsters the league's No. 1 defense. Taylor, the NFL's active sacks leader, has played 12 of his 13 seasons with Miami.