NFL notebook: Niners' McDonald arrested after domestic incident
SAN JOSE, Calif. — 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.
McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.
“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald, and we take such matters seriously,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”
San Francisco took McDonald in the third round of the 2007 draft.
Sam a free agent
Michael Sam, cut Saturday, showed up at Rams Park for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher a few hours after clearing waivers.
Sam declined comment. All 21 Rams players released Saturday cleared waivers.
The Rams appeared unlikely to re-sign Sam to the 10-player practice squad because the defensive line is their strongest unit, and they need help elsewhere.
Colts claim Shipley
The Colts claimed center A.Q. Shipley off waivers and assigned him to their 10-man practice squad.
Shipley, a Moon and Penn State product, played with the Colts in 2012 but was cut by Baltimore on Saturday. He adds depth to an injury-depleted offensive line that was without its top two centers for Thursday night's preseason finale.
Patriots deal Mallet to Texans
The Patriots traded quarterback Ryan Mallet to the Texans.
The move means second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo will be the backup to two-time MVP Tom Brady. Mallet will back up Harvard product Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston.
Originally a third-round draft pick from Arkansas, Mallet played four games in three years with the Patriots, completing one pass.
Chiefs extend Smith's deal
The Chiefs agreed with quarterback Alex Smith on a four-year contract extension worth $17 million a season, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Kansas City Star.
The agreement includes $45 million in guaranteed money.
Alecxih signed by Chargers
Former Pitt player Chas Alecxih was signed to the Chargers' practice squad a day after failing to survive the final roster cutdown.
The 6-foot-3, 304 pound defensive lineman was claimed by San Diego in June after he was waived by the Chiefs.