NFL notebook: Dolphins' Incognito seeking psychiatric help
Embattled Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito is undergoing treatment at a psychiatric-care unit in Arizona after checking into the facility late Thursday, multiple media outlets are reporting.
Incognito, the player at the center of the team's bullying scandal, which came to a head in November, is seeking help because of stress, according to reports.
Close friend and former teammate with the Rams Brett Romberg said he is concerned for Incognito's safety.
“No joke, no word of a lie, I'm really concerned,” Romberg said. “It was to the point now where I am very, very concerned.”
Incognito, who lives and trains in Arizona during the offseason, has had news crews parked outside his home for more than a week and for good reason considering Incognito used a bat to smash his $300,000 Ferrari on Wednesday, according to Scottsdale, Ariz. police.
Seahawks release Rice
Wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant have been released by the Seahawks, giving the Super Bowl champions additional salary-cap space as free agency approaches.
Bryant had spent his entire career with the Seahawks, while Rice signed as a free agent before the 2011 season.
Rice played in 33 games with 31 starts with 97 receptions for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Seattle should save more than $12 million in salary cap space with the moves.
According to the league's transaction report, Rice was released with a “failed physical” designation.
Saints lock up Graham
The Saints placed their franchise tag on Jimmy Graham to protect the club's rights to its star tight end through next season.
The move means Graham, barring a holdout, almost certainly will play for New Orleans next season for no less than the tight end franchise tag of $7.04 million.
It is also possible, under the collective bargaining agreement, that Graham could be tagged as a receiver because of how often he lined up split wide from the line. That would carry a tag of $12.3 million.
After Graham's tag has been determined, the sides could continue to argue that matter before an arbitrator. That appears to be the likely process as both sides aim to determine how much negotiating leverage they have before hammering out a long-term deal.
The 27-year-old led all tight ends with 86 receptions and 1,215 yards and topped all players with 16 touchdown catches.
Ravens re-sign Pitta
The Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta reached agreement on a five-year, $32 million contract.
Pitta, Baltimore's fourth-round pick in 2010, was set to become an unrestricted free agent March 11.
He missed most of 2013 while recovering from a dislocated and fractured hip.
Eagles, Maclin reach deal
The Eagles and veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin agreed to a one-year contract.
A source told NFL.com that Maclin's contract is worth a maximum of $6 million. Of that $6 million, the guaranteed portion is $3.5 million.
Maclin missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his right ACL in training camp.
Maclin said the team offered him a five-year contract, but the sides couldn't agree on terms.
Wolfe ready for training
Derek Wolfe said he's finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason.
In an interview outside his home with Denver television stations KCNC and KMGH this week, the Broncos defensive lineman said he's back up to 280 pounds, having regained 20 of the 30 pounds he lost last season, and will resume training next week.
“I'm ready to go. I'm going to be better than I was,” said Wolfe, who had been reticent to talk to reporters during the season as he and his doctors were stumped by his symptoms that included weight loss and irritability.
Salary cap set
The final number is in, and the 2014 NFL salary cap is set at $133 million, CBSSports.com reported.
Last year at this time, the NFL set the salary cap at $123 million, which seemed like a pretty big bump from the projected $121.6 million at the time.
This is a massive bump for everyone involved and nearly a $10 million hike per team from what was expected as well as the total from last year.
Panthers tag DE Hardy
The Panthers used the franchise tag on Greg Hardy, preventing the defensive end from hitting the free agent market.
Hardy will make $12.45 million next season.
The team also re-signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract. Financial terms of that deal were not released.
Folk earns big payday
Nick Folk kicked his way to a big pay raise with the Jets.
The team placed the franchise tag on the kicker after he had perhaps the best season of his seven-year NFL career.
Folk made $780,000 last season, but the franchise-tag estimate for kickers is about $3.4 million for this season.
Sharper in custody
Former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper surrendered to Los Angeles police after being named in a warrant involving a rape case in New Orleans.
Sharper, 38, also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.
His surrender Thursday night had been arranged in advance, LAPD officer Bruce Borihan said. He was held at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Around the league
The Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes. The 6-foot-6, 321-pound former University of Washington player has spent five seasons with the Raiders after four with Jacksonville. He has made 46 starts in 63 games for Oakland, starting 11 games last season at left tackle and five at left guard. ... The Cardinals released inside linebacker Jasper Brinkley and fired strength and conditioning coach John Lott. Friday's release of Brinkley will save the team about $2 million on the salary cap. ... The Titans agreed to terms on a one-year deal with running back Jackie Battle. Battle rushed for 142 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries for the Titans in 2013. ... The Patriots released safety Steve Gregory. The 31-year-old Gregory has played eight seasons.
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