Chiefs’ star under team investigation
The Associated Press
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Kansas City Chiefs are investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week.
The team said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed Thursday by the Overland Park Police Department that lists Hill’s address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is identified among “others involved.”
The couple has a 3-year-old son, Zev.
Overland Park police Officer John Lacy said the case has been turned over to prosecutors for review. No charges have been filed against Hill, and Johnson County prosecutor’s spokeswoman Kristi Bergeron didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews said Friday the team has been in contact with local authorities and the NFL as it gathers more information but declined further comment.
The 25-year-old Hill has a history of domestic violence that dates back to his time at Oklahom State.
Steelers re-sign DT
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back defensive tackle Daniel McCullers.
The Steelers re-signed McCullers to a two-year deal on Friday. McCullers, Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick in 2014, was an unrestricted free agent.
The 6-foot-7, 352-pound McCullers gives the Steelers depth behind Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargrave. McCullers appeared in 15 games for Pittsburgh in 2018, collected his second career sack and finishing with five tackles. McCullers is the second defensive lineman to agree to a new deal with the Steelers during the offseason, joining veteran Tyson Alualu.
McCullers has been a bit of a project since Pittsburgh took him with the 215th overall selection in 2014. He’s played well at times but has struggled to become a part of Pittsburgh’s defensive-line rotation.
Hunt banned 8 games
CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt promises to change. The NFL will hold him to his word.
The league suspended the Cleveland Browns running back for eight games on Friday for two “physical altercations,” one in which Hunt shoved and kicked a woman in a hotel hallway while he played for Kansas City.
Hunt will not be eligible to play until November as part of his penalty for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. The 23-year-old, who quickly became a star player with the Chiefs before his conduct prompted the team to cut him during a Super Bowl push last season, will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which will be lifted on Aug. 31. He can practice and will be eligible to play in Cleveland’s preseason games.
Hunt will not appeal the league’s findings, which came following an investigation into the hotel incident and a fight in June at Put-In-Bay island, a resort area in Ohio.
Miami trades QB
MIAMI — Miami traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Friday to the Tennessee Titans in a deal that also involved draft picks.
The Dolphins sent their sixth-round pick this year to the Titans for a fourth-round choice in 2020 and a seventh-round pick in April.
Tannehill’s sports agency tweeted that as part of the trade, he signed a one-year deal with the Titans. He’s expected to replace Blaine Gabbert as the backup to Marcus Mariota.
Tannehill turns 31 in July, and his departure from Miami had been expected. He became the starting quarterback as a rookie in 2012 and has still never taken a postseason snap.
Tennessee, meanwhile, adds an injury-prone quarterback to the one it has. Mariota, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, never has played a full NFL season and is 27-28 as a starter.
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to keep him as Drew Brees’ main backup.
Bridgewater, a Miami native, had met with the Dolphins on Wednesday.
The Saints acquired the former first-round draft pick last August. A Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville, Bridgewater played in five games for the Saints and started their regular-season finale against Carolina.
Bridgewater, 26, was the Minnesota Vikings’ starter his first two NFL seasons. He made the Pro Bowl and led the Vikings to an NFC North title in 2015 before suffering a knee injury the following year that kept him out until midway through the 2017 season.
Skins sign veteran DB
ASHBURN, Va. — Defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has come out of a brief retirement to join the Washington Redskins.
The team announced the signing of Rodgers-Cromartie on Friday. Rodgers-Cromartie was visiting the Redskins’ facility and gives them depth in the secondary.
Rodgers-Cromartie, 32, announced his retirement in October after playing seven games with the Oakland Raiders. At the time, he posted on Instagram that his NFL journey had ended.