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Thursday, March 6, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

The Cardinals hired two-time Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

The team also re-signed nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu.

Kingdom, a former Pitt track star, won the 110-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and defended the title four years later in Barcelona. He has spent the last 10 years as director of the track and field and cross country programs at Cal (Pa.).

Ta'amu appeared in 14 games, three as a starter, for the Cardinals last season after the team claimed him off waivers from the Steelers.

Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and potential top pick in the draft, signed a multiyear deal with Nike, reported. Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources said it will be the highest price paid for a rookie in this year's class.

• Broncos bossJohn Elway said releasing 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey after 10 seasons with the team was “difficult.” Bailey was scheduled to make around $10 million next season.

• The Bristol County Sheriff's office filed a complaint to charge former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with assault and battery stemming from a jail altercation last month, WHDH-TV in Boston reported. According to TMZ, Hernandez, who was jailed in June on a first-degree murder charge, wasn't in handcuffs and he “beat the guy up pretty good.” Reports said the other inmate was still in handcuffs during the incident Feb. 24.

• The Colts signed former Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a four-year, $22 million deal, according to Jackson has started 48 consecutive games and has 891 career tackles.

• The Bears confirmed they will not re-sign record-setting return specialist Devin Hester.

• Vikings star running back Adrian Petersen tweeted the team should bring in Michael Vick to be the team's starting quarterback, according to the Pioneer Press.

• Kicker Billy Cundiff agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.02 million deal to stay with the Browns, reported.

• Fullback John Kuhn is expected to become a free agent after seven seasons with the Packers, reported.

— Wire reports

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