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Pennington ready to shoulder more responsibility

Chad Pennington, the injury-prone quarterback, has re-signed for the Miami Dolphins in what is believed to be a one-year deal.

Chad Pennington, the injury-prone quarterback, has re-signed for the Miami Dolphins in what is believed to be a one-year deal. He sustained a season-ending shoulder injury during the third game of last year's regular season and will now have to battle his one-time backup Chad Henne for the starting job. Pennington, 33, the 2008 NFL comeback player of the year, has a history of shoulder problems, including three operations.

He was signed by the Dolphins in 2008 after eight seasons with the New York Jets, Pennington had an immediate impact as he engineered one of the NFL's biggest single-season turnarounds by taking a 1-15 Miami team to 11-5 in his first campaign. The Philadelphia Eagles are set to pay Michael Vick's roster bonus this week, giving them time to decide whether to keep the quarterback or trade him.

The Eagles, who took a chance on Vick last year after he missed two seasons because of a prison sentence, have told his agent they will pay the US$1.5 million (Dh5.5m) bonus. If the Eagles do not pick up Vick's bonus and release him they will not get anything in return. Vick, 29, was released from jail in May after being sentenced in 2007 to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dog-fighting ring.

He was used sporadically by the Eagles last season and completed six of 13 passes for 86 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills have signed the Oakland Raiders' free agent offensive tackle Cornell Green. Terms of the deal, the first by the Bills since the free agent period opened last Friday, were not disclosed in a team statement to announce the signing, but reports said the deal was worth $9m over three years. Green, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Atlanta in 1999, has appeared in 89 career games with the Jets, Tampa Bay, Denver and Oakland.

* Reuters