NFL notebook: Report: Tebow signs 2-year deal
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
• On his first day with the Patriots, the New England newcomer Tim Tebow was just a backup quarterback, No. 5 on his helmet and number three on the depth chart. And when practice ended Tuesday, Tebow talked — for all of 40 seconds. “First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity,” Tebow said. And where Tebow fits in, well, the Patriots plan to find out. “I don't know. We'll see,” coach Bill Belichick said. Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Tebow was signed for two years but no assured money. One person says he will make the veteran's minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives.
• The Colts agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ahmad Bradshaw. The former New York Giants star visited the Colts last week and the deal was announced Tuesday. The 27-year-old Bradshaw gives the Colts depth in the backfield and he could challenge Donald Brown,Vick Ballard and Delone Carter for the starting role.
• The Jaguars were awarded quarterback Mike Kafka off waivers from the Patriots, the third New England player claimed by Jacksonville in the last four weeks. The Patriots waived Kafka on Monday, creating a roster spot for Tebow. Kafka played in four games for Philadelphia in 2011, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
• The lawyer for former NFL star Chad Johnson said the backside pat Johnson gave him in court was not meant as disrespectful to a judge — and not enough to warrant 30 days in jail. A hearing is set for next Monday.
• Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after police say he tried to hurt a woman. The 29-year-old Jones was arrested Monday and then released on his own recognizance. A police complaint says Jones is accused of striking the Cincinnati woman shortly before midnight on June 5. The police report lists the injury as apparently minor.
• An unapologetic Hakeem Nicks showed up for the Giants' mandatory minicamp and refused to disclose why he skipped all nine of the team's recent “voluntary” workouts. The veteran wide receiver said he spoke with coach Tom Coughlin about his absence, but he would not disclose why he didn't attend the OTAs.
• Construction on the new 49ers stadium was stopped after a worker was found dead in an elevator shaft. Donald White, 63, was discovered around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday on the lowest level of the stadium edifice, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Construction officials have not said how he died.
• A child psychology expert said the 9-month-old daughter of a Chiefs player who fatally shot the baby's mother and then himself should have just one primary caregiver. Carrie Contey, a human development specialist from Texas, testified in a custody hearing in Kansas City to determine who will care for Zoey Belcher, the daughter of former linebacker Jovan Belcher.
• Donte Stallworth has recovered from serious burn injuries suffered in a hot air balloon crash and is practicing with the Redskins. Stallworth took part in Tuesday's minicamp as a tryout player, but coach Mike Shanahan said he hopes to sign the veteran receiver this week.
• The Packers signed wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield, a speedy rookie from Northern Iowa who said he posted an astounding 4.19-second 40-yard dash at Minnesota's pro day during the offseason.
• San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh has used the recent run of suspensions on the division rival Seahawks for performance-enhancing drug infractions as a reminder to his own San Francisco team: Cheating won't be tolerated. Harbaugh's reigning NFC champion 49ers had begun their three-day minicamp Tuesday when the coach was asked about the issue surrounding the Seahawks. He said he has made it clear to his players that he won't accept breaking the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs for a perceived edge. “It has no place in an athlete's body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh said. “We want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules.”
• New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis says the Saints have signed veteran free agent cornerback and return man Chris Carr to a one-year contract.
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