Pittsburgh signs Tuitt to four-year contract
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers and second-round draft pick Stephon Tuitt have agreed to a four-year contract.
Financial details were not disclosed.
Pittsburgh selected the defensive lineman from Notre Dame with the 46th overall pick. The 6-foot-5, 303-pound Tuitt started 29 games at Notre Dame. He finished with 127 tackles, 21 sacks and 27 quarterback pressures in three seasons and was the team’s lineman of the year in 2013.
Tuitt is the last of Pittsburgh’s nine draft picks to sign.
Jets release RB
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Mike Goodson’s strange stint with the New York Jets is over.
The troubled running back was released Wednesday after he failed to show up for the team’s mandatory minicamp. General manager John Idzik announced that Goodson, coming off major knee surgery and dealing with legal issues, was let go with a designation of “left squad.”
“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” Idzik said. “Like we do with all of our players, we gave Mike, we feel in good conscience, every opportunity here with the Jets. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out and we made the move, ultimately, that we felt was best for the team.”
Goodson, who signed with the Jets in March 2013, played in just two games for New York before tearing two knee ligaments last October. He faces weapons charges and up to 10 years in prison after being indicted in November. He was found in a car along with an acquaintance with a handgun and a hollow-point bullet in May 2013. He was also suspended the first four games of last season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
“It’s unfortunate it never worked out,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We wish him the best moving forward.”
On Tuesday, the start of the team’s three-day minicamp, Ryan said he didn’t know the reason for Goodson’s absence and acknowledged that he hadn’t spoken to him and wasn’t aware of anyone else in the organization having been in contact with the running back.
He reiterated that Wednesday, adding that he hasn’t seen or heard from Goodson in two or three months.
“There’s no question it concerns me,” Ryan said. “I’ve tried to reach out to him and haven’t been able to make contact with him.”
Irsay waives hearing
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won’t have to appear in court Thursday for an initial hearing on the drug-related charges he faces.
The Indianapolis Star reports Irsay’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday waiving his appearance on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.
The charges carry maximum penalties of 60 days in jail and $500 fines for each count. Hamilton County court documents say Irsay was driving under the influence of prescription painkillers.
The 54-year-old Irsay was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel after police say he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say he failed field sobriety tests.
Bortles signs contract
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles, the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft, has signed a four-year contract worth more than $20.6 million.
The third overall selection, Bortles signed the fully guaranteed deal Wednesday before the second day of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.
Bortles gets a signing bonus of $13.3 million. The Jaguars get a team option for a fifth year.
With Bortles under contract, the Jaguars have two unsigned draft picks – second-round receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. The team expects to sign both by the end of the week.
Bortles has been up and down in organized team activities, about what the Jaguars expected when they drafted him and planned to let him watch and learn in 2014 and take over next season.
McDonald has cancer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers offensive lineman Andrew McDonald says he expects to return next month for training camp after undergoing surgery in May for testicular cancer.
McDonald says doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
The 25-year-old McDonald says he didn’t have any symptoms, but noticed a “bump on his skin” and met with doctors on May 19. He says he’s glad he did. Doctors determined he had testicular cancer and operated the following day to remove the mass.
McDonald says “it’s out and right now I should be all good.” He says he’ll need to return every few months for follow-up exams.
McDonald was “Player A” in the report on the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal this year that indicated he was among those bullied.
Clark retires a Colt
INDIANAPOLIS – Standout tight end Dallas Clark retired from the NFL after 11 seasons on Wednesday.
He retired as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2003, where he won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning and spent the first nine years of his career.
He played for Tampa Bay in 2012 and for Baltimore last season before signing with Indianapolis just long enough to announce his retirement.
Clark is the Indy’s all-time leader in tight end touchdown catches (46) and receptions (427). He finished second in yards receiving (4,887) and 100-yard games (seven). Clark set single season records with the Colts with 100 receptions and 1,106 yards in the 2009 season. In 2007, he had 11 TD catches.