NFL notebook: Browns cut troubled WR Bess
The Browns parted ways with wide receiver Davone Bess, following one disappointing season and a disturbing off season.
It was an expected ending after Bess was arrested in January for assaulting a law enforcement officer at an airport and other bizarre behavior.
Bess is still owed $3.06 million for 2014, but the Browns may try to recoup some of that money.
The 28-year-old Bess was acquired last April in a trade with Miami and the Browns immediately signed him to a three-year, $11.5 million contract extension that included $5.75 million guaranteed. The Browns believed the sure-handed Bess would fill a hole at slot receiver and bring leadership to a young group of wideouts.
Bills put Toronto series on hold for 1 season
The Bills put their annual regular-season game in Toronto on hold for at least one year.
The Bills and their Toronto partner, Rogers Communications, announced they have “postponed” the series for one season. The postponement will allow both sides to work on enhancing future games, the release said.
The decision comes a little more than a year after the two agreed to renew the series for five years, though 2017, after the original five-year deal expired.
Questions were raised regarding the series' future after the Bills 34-31 overtime loss to Atlanta at Toronto on Dec. 1.
Following the game, Bills president Russ Brandon questioned whether his team loses a home-field advantage by playing in Toronto. The Bills are 1-5 since the Toronto series began.
Texas teen gets NFL cheerleader for prom date
It took 10,000 retweets but a Houston-area teenager got his dream date for the high school prom: A Houston Texans cheerleader.
Seventeen-year-old Michael Ramirez, a Crosby High School senior, asked cheerleader Caitlyn on Twitter if she would be his prom date if he could get 10,000 retweets. She responded, “Of course I will,” and within 24 hours, it was a done deal.
Ramirez's proposal — “10,000 Retweets and I'll be taking a texans cheerleader to prom” — hit 10,000 on Friday. Caitlyn says she is looking forward to the prom; the team does not release full names of its cheerleaders.
Ramirez told the Houston Chronicle his mother tweeted to the 19-year-old cheerleader that her baby was “so excited.”
He joked: “I was just, like, ‘Mom, can you just stop?' ”
Couples seminar for Ravens' Rice
Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancee, who were involved in a domestic violence incident last month, plan to attend a couples seminar, coach John Harbaugh said, according to multiple reports.
Rice and Janay Palmer were arrested for simple assault at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino Feb. 15. The two are still engaged to be married, Harbaugh said.
Rice's initial court appearance was postponed. No new date has been set.
Browner must sit 1st 4 games
Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner will be fully reinstated by the NFL after serving a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the regular season and forfeiting an additional four weeks of pay. He was suspended in December for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.
Browner's contract with the Seahawks expires March 11, and he will be eligible to sign with a club and participate in offseason and preseason activities.
Bills ink S Williams to 4-year extension
The Bills signed starting safety Aaron Williams to a four-year contract extension.
The move provides the Bills at least some long-term stability in their defensive backfield. Williams' signing came at a time when Buffalo stands to lose starting safety Jairus Byrd, who is preparing to test free agency next week.
In 14 games last season, Williams had a career-best 82 tackles and also tied Byrd for the team lead with four interceptions.
Overall, he has five interceptions and two forced fumbles in 34 career games.
Around the league
The Bears cut punter Adam Podlesh, parting ways with the veteran after three seasons. … … Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is exploring whether to add 5,000 seats to Soldier Field. … The Bengals made tender offers to linebacker Vincent Rey and receivers Andrew Hawkins and Dane Sanzenbacher, leaving them restricted free agents.
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