March 03, 2008

The Jets continued their flurry of action this offseason, signing veteran offensive lineman Damien Woody to a five-year deal for $25.5 million (with $11 million guaranteed), a league source told

The versatile 30-year-old has experience at center, guard and tackle. The Jets will most likely slot him at right tackle, where he will replace Anthony Clement.

The Jets also signed linebacker Calvin Pace. Pace was the Arizona Cardinals' first-round pick in 2003. He has underperformed for most of his five seasons with Arizona, but is coming off his best year. Pace had 98 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and an interception after moving from defensive to linebacker full-time.

Drafted by New England in 1999, Woody won two Super Bowls during his five seasons with the Patriots, making the Pro Bowl in 2002 as a center. Following the '03 campaign, Woody signed with Detroit as a free agent and spent the last four years with the Lions.

According to a league source, the Detroit Lions and tight end Michael Gaines reached an agreement on a multi-year deal. It is believed to be a four-year contract that averages $2.25-$2.5 million per season.

Gaines is coming off his best season a pro, setting career highs in receptions (25) and receiving yards (215) during his only season with the Buffalo Bills.

The fourth-year pro was originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2004.

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