George Winn has never played in an NFL game, but he spent time on practice squads for Oakland, Pittsburgh and Dallas last season. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)
The Lions have signed running back George Winn and released guard D.J. Morrell, the team announced Wednesday.
Winn, 23, who is from Southfield, rushed for 1,334 yards in 2012, his final college season at Cincinnati.
He has never played in an NFL game, but he spent time on practice squads for Oakland, Pittsburgh and Dallas last season.
Cowboys release backup QB Kyle Orton
Quarterback Kyle Orton was released Wednesday by the Dallas Cowboys, an expected move after Tony Romo’s backup was a no-show during offseason workouts.
Orton skipped the workouts amid reports that he was considering retirement. He was subjected to about $70,000 in fines for failing to report during the offseason and missing the mandatory minicamp in June.
By releasing Orton, the Cowboys save his $3.25 million base salary this season. But he will count about $1.1 million toward their salary cap this season and about $2.2 million toward next year’s cap.
The Cowboys report to training camp in California next week with Brandon Weeden as the backup quarterback and Caleb Hanie also on the roster.
Weeden, Cleveland’s first-round draft pick in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in March and worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo recovered from back surgery.
Orton threw for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 75 games for Chicago (2005-08), Denver (2009-11), Kansas City (2011) and Dallas (2012-13). He was 35-35 as a starter, only one of those games coming with the Cowboys.
After getting into just one game in his first season with the Cowboys in 2012, Orton played briefly in two games last season before starting against the Eagles. He was 30 of 46 for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against Philadelphia, including one late that clinched the Eagles’ 24-22 win in the season finale.
Weeden started right away after the Browns took him with the 22nd pick, but was benched for good late in his second season with a career record of 5-15, including losses in all five starts in 2013.
Weeden turns 31 in October but is going into just his third season because he spent five years playing professional baseball out of high school.
Jaguars agree with Lee
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Marqise Lee agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth more than $5 million.
Lee, a second-round draft pick from USC, is expected to sign the deal this week.
Lee’s contract is worth $5.17 million and includes a $2 million signing bonus. The 39th player selected in May, Lee is the last of the team’s draft picks to come under contract.
The 6-foot, 192-pound Lee caught 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in three years with the Trojans. He caught 57 passes for 791 yards and four scores last year despite playing through a knee injury.
He missed most of Jacksonville’s organized team activities because of an ankle injury, but is expected to be full go when the team opens training camp next week.
Sharper hearings delayed
Former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper appeared in a Los Angeles court but back-to-back hearings on sexual assault allegations he faces were postponed to Aug. 8.
Sharper spoke only to answer a procedural question from the judge.
Wednesday’s proceedings had been scheduled to set a date for a preliminary hearing of allegations that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.
The second hearing would have involved Sharper’s extradition to Arizona, where he’s alleged to have drugged three women and sexually assaulted them in Tempe in November.
He’s also been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida, where authorities in May found insufficient evidence.
He has pleaded not guilty in California, and he and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other states.