Combine questions scrutinized

The Associated Press

The NFL is investigating whether questions asked to LSU running back Derrius Guice at the combine were inappropriate.

Guice, projected as one of the top running backs in this draft, told Sirius XM Radio that one team asked if he was gay and another club asked if his mother “sells herself.”

While not confirming that it had evidence yet that such questions were asked of Guice, the league released a statement Thursday deploring any such queries.

“A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” the NFL statement said.

“The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter.

“The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”

Before each combine, where all 32 teams interview prospects, the league sends guidance to the clubs about specific language to be avoided in questioning. Among the regulations is a ban on such questions as whether the player likes men or women; is gay or straight; has any children or dependents and who has primary caretaking responsibilities; and whether or not he married his child’s mother.

Two years ago, a Falcons assistant coach asked an inappropriate question to Ohio State’s Eli Apple, who eventually was drafted by the Giants. Falcons coach Dan Quinn apologized for the assistant’s question.

Miami Dolphins

MIAMI — A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has signed his $16 million, one-year franchise tag, easing the path to a potential trade.

The person confirmed the signing to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the Dolphins hadn’t announced the move.

The Dolphins have been shopping Landry, and the procedural move allows them to trade him as early as next Wednesday, when the NFL’s new year begins.

Miami gave Landry the franchise tag last month. He made $894,000 last season, when he led the NFL with 112 catches.

L.A. Rams

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams have made another addition to their defense, bringing in former Packers starting cornerback Sam Shields.

Shields made 23 interceptions, including the playoffs, from 2010-2015. He also won a Super Bowl with the Packers. But his 2016 season was cut short after one game after he suffered a concussion and he didn’t play at all in 2017.

Shields’ signing Thursday was only the latest defensive move by the Rams. Los Angeles on Wednesday agreed to trade linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for two draft picks.

The Rams also agreed last month to acquire cornerback Marcus Peters in a trade with Kansas City, and Los Angeles also used its franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner. Those moves likely mean top cornerback Trumaine Johnson will leave as a free agent.

Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans plan to release running back DeMarco Murray.

The Titans announced their intentions Thursday, when general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement that Murray “was a pro in every facet and we wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

Murray ran for an AFC-leading 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns to make the Pro Bowl in 2016, his first year with the Titans. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season as Derrick Henry gradually took a bigger role in the running game.

S.F. 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a three-year contract extension.

Goodwin had a career year in 2017 after signing a two-year deal with San Francisco and the 49ers rewarded him with a new deal Thursday that keeps him under contract through the 2021 season.

He set career highs last season with 56 catches for 962 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also won the team’s Len Eshmont Award for inspirational and courageous play.

Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI — The Bengals signed defensive tackle Chris Baker to a one-year deal on Thursday, their first free agent acquisition on defense under new coordinator Teryl Austin.

Baker played with Tampa Bay last season after spending six seasons with Washington and one each with Miami and Denver. The Broncos originally signed him as an undrafted free agent from Hampton.

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