News from Yahoo.com and Bengals.com
News from Yahoo.com and Bengals.com
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns, attend team meetings or other club functions for an entire year. Gordon, 23, acknowledged that the league upheld his suspension in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. "I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in the statement.
Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict signed a three-year extension on Wednesday that runs through the 2017 season and will pay him a maximum of $20.05 million. Burfict is entering the final year on his original deal that will pay him a salary of $570,000. Burfict is the leader of a defense that finished third in the NFL last season in yards allowed. ''It's great to have this deal done and know I'm going to be here beyond this season,'' Burfict said.
Robert Mathis might as well enjoy it. The Colts linebacker will get to play the final preseason game on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Then he begins a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Colts (0-3) won't be allowed to have any contact with Mathis while he's suspended.
The Cincinnati Bengals officially signed Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Wednesday to a contract extension running through the 2017 season. Burfict's original contract ran through this season, and had that contract run out, he would have been a restricted free agent for 2015. The deal has a $19 million base salary and additional incentives for Pro Bowl appearances. Bypassed by NFL teams in the 2012 draft, Burfict has established himself as one of the most productive college free agent signees by any NFL team in recent years.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Chiefs have signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn to help stabilize their shaky offensive line while waiving reserve offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk.
Even as television focuses on Cleveland Browns' rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to sell fans on Thursday's largely insignificant final preseason games, there are other battles for roster spots all over the American Football Conference that deserve attention.
Veteran outside linebacker James Harrison is scheduled to visit the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday.
The Arizona Cardinals might be hoping to strike veteran defensive gold one more time. The team is bringing in free-agent linebacker James Harrison for a visit, per multiple reports . James Harrison is on his way to visit the Arizona Cardinals today, according to a league source — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 27, 2014 [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Harrison, 36, received little interest on the free-agent market after being released in March by the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he started 10 games (out of 15 played) last season. He was not effective as a pass rusher, notching only two sacks, and never really making an impact. But the Cardinals have need at linebacker, both inside and out. Daryl Washington is supended for the season, Karlos Dansby left to sign with the Cleveland Browns in the offseason and John Abraham is playing his way back into shape after rejoining the team late following a DUI this offseason. Coordinator Todd Bowles' defense as a could use some help, too. Defensive end Darnell Dockett just went down for the season, and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is in danger of missing Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers if he does not play in the preseason finale on Thursday. The Cardinals tried to bring in former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel to help replace Dockett, but Keisel reneged on a free-agent visit and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's interesting to note that the Steelers also showed some lukewarm interest in Harrison returning to town this offseason, but that hasn't materialized. The Cardinals have found some veterans to help them out after others have passed, such as Dansby and Abraham ... could Harrison be the next in that line? The ornery Harrison could be brought in as a tone-setter on defense, but his play has dropped off precipitously the past few seasons. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
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