NFL notebook: RB Moreno agrees with Dolphins
Running back Knowshon Moreno agreed to terms with the Dolphins, and they hope he'll enliven a ground game that ranked 26th in the NFL last season.
The one-year deal is worth $3 million, according to NFL Network.
Moreno, a five-year veteran, had his best season in 2013 when he rushed for 1,038 yards, caught 60 passes and scored 13 touchdowns playing with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,586 yards from scrimmage, and tied for fourth with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Montee Ball, a rookie last year, made Moreno expendable in Denver.
Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas were the Dolphins' primary ball carriers last season, and both remain on the roster. Moreno has a career average of 4.1 yards per carry, compared to 4.2 for Miller and 3.6 for Thomas.
The Dolphins' offensive line has been a big reason for their sputtering ground game. The unit also gave up a franchise-record 58 sacks and was rocked by the team's bullying scandal last year.
Center Mike Pouncey is the lone holdover in the line, and while the Dolphins added left tackle Branden Albert, they're still shopping for upgrades at guard and right tackle.
Denver made Moreno the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft after he played at Georgia. He has career rushing totals of 3,468 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Moreno became a social media sensation he cried during the national anthem before a game in December. He has been slowed by injuries and has played in all 16 games just twice in his career.
Ravens' Rice indicted on aggravated assault charge
Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge he assaulted his fiancee in an elevator at casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Rice had been charged with simple assault after police said he knocked out Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino. But a grand jury indicted him Thursday on a more serious count of aggravated assault. It carries a three-to-five-year sentence.
Palmer also had been charged with simple assault. Prosecutors say that complaint was dismissed.
The couple lives in the Baltimore suburb of Reistertown.
Palmer's attorney has said he's certain no crime was committed. Rice's attorney, Michael Diamondstein, says Rice denies the charge and that the couple are happy and in counseling.
The Ravens issued a statement saying “we know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”
Police: Colts owner had $29K in cash when arrested
Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving, according to a police arrest report.
The cash was contained in Irsay's briefcase, wallet and two laundry bags, the report said. The report said bottles containing pills of various colors were stored in the metal briefcase and in bags on the floor of the passenger side.
Irsay denied being drunk when he was arrested in suburban Carmel, Ind., on March 16, although the 54-year-old billionaire was so disoriented that officers made him sit on the hood of a patrol car to keep him from falling, the report said. The arresting officer said he “believed Irsay to be intoxicated on a substance other than alcohol,” according to the report.
The arrest report listed a dozen pieces of evidence identified as prescription drugs, but did not describe them. Irsay told the officer that he had taken several prescription medications during the day.
The contents of the arrest report by Carmel police were first reported Thursday by The Indianapolis Star, which obtained the report through a public records request.
Irsay's attorney, James Voyles, and spokeswoman, Myra Borshoff Cook, didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday morning.
The report said an officer pulled over Irsay's slow-moving SUV after it stopped twice on a city street for no apparent reason and failed to use a turn signal. Police said Irsay told the officer that he sometimes has trouble finding his home. The Star reported that Irsay had bought a home less than a half-mile from where he was stopped in late February.
“I observed the vehicle come to a complete stop on W. Main Street for no apparent reason. ... As I was approaching the vehicle it began to slowly move eastbound and came to another complete stop in the lane of travel for no apparent reason. ... I asked him if he knew why I had pulled him over. Irsay advised that he was trying to find his house and gets confused with what road it is located on,” the officer wrote in the report.
Manziel shines at pro day
Former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel put on a pro day performance Thursday like few in the NFL had ever seen.
“I wanted to put on a good show for them,” Manziel said.
And what a show it was for representatives of 30 of the 32 teams, including eight head coaches and eight general managers. Only the Browns and Bears didn't attend.
Those who did come left with a greater understanding of the Manziel phenomenon. He is more than just a quarterback — Manziel is a celebrity.
“There's a little bit of Hollywood to it. But the guy came out and he threw the ball well,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
Bills owner Wilson's funeral set for Saturday
Private funeral services for Bills owner Ralph Wilson will be held in his hometown of Detroit on Saturday.
The team made the announcement Thursday, two days after the 95-year-old Hall of Fame owner died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.
The Bills are planning to hold a public celebration and remembrance honoring Wilson at a date that has yet to be determined.
The Bills ask that donations made on Wilson's behalf be made out to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan chapter, and St. John Hospital Medical Center in support of the Wilson telemonitoring program.
Bills appoint 7 to stadium search group
The Bills are beginning their search for a new stadium in an attempt to secure their long-term future in Buffalo.
The team appointed seven people to “A New Stadium Working Group,” with club president Russ Brandon and Sen. Charles Schumer among them. The move comes two days after the death of the franchise's 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson.
Brandon said the appointees are “passionate” about the team and recognize its importance “economically and socially to the western New York community.”
The Bills are entering their 55th year since being among founding teams of the American Football League.
They are essentially locked into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through 2019. The lease features a $400 million penalty the Bills would have to pay in the event a court ruled in favor of the team breaking its lease.
Around the league
Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and the Patriots agreed on a three-year, $22.5 million extension, according to multiple reports. ... Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season. … The Vikings signed free agent offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse to a one-year deal.
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