Steelers release Burnett

NFL Notes

PITTSBURGH — Morgan Burnett’s injury-marred stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over.

Pittsburgh released the veteran safety Monday, just one season into a three-year, $14.5 million contract Burnett signed last March.

The Steelers had hoped to pair Burnett with Sean Davis in the back end of the secondary. But Burnett injured a hamstring during training camp, returned in time to start the first two games before missing a month because of a groin injury. He ended up losing the starting job to rookie Terrell Edmunds.

Burnett, who turned 30 in January, finished with 30 tackles in 11 games for the Steelers. He spent his first eight seasons in Green Bay, helping the Packers win the Super Bowl after the 2010 season.

Brady pulls prank

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Don’t. Even. Joke.

New England Patriots fans who forgot that Monday is April Fools’ Day might have been panicking when quarterback Tom Brady tweeted that he had decided to retire.

The six-time Super Bowl champion has joined Twitter and his first post said simply: “I’m retiring. In my spare time, I’ll be tweeting.” An email from a Twitter spokeswoman confirmed the account, but it also referred to the fact that the tweet came on April Fools’ Day.

About an hour later, Brady sent out a second tweet that said, “Was this a bad joke?”

Chiefs, Browns trade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah from Cleveland in a swap for safety Eric Murray, who was originally drafted by current Browns general manager John Dorsey.

Ogbah did not report for the start of the Browns’ offseason program Monday, a sign that a trade was in the works. The 25-year-old defensive end was picked 32nd overall in the 2016 draft, and he had 12Ç sacks while starting all 40 games he played over the past three seasons.


n The leader of a Nashville organizing group for this month’s NFL draft has apologized about initial plans to cut 21 ornamental cherry trees to make room for the event, which caused an uproar before it was modified.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. CEO Butch Spyridon said cutting them down is “wrong,” and they “heard the public outcry loud and clear.”

The Tennessean reports Spyridon said current plans now call for 10 trees to be moved intact to make room. He says they’ll be moved “as safely as possible.” Critics have their doubts. Spyridon says the downtown cherry trees “have become a part of the cultural life of our city.”

Nashville’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is set for April 13. The NFL draft takes place in Nashville April 25 to 27.

n The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed backup center Brett Jones.

The deal was done Monday with Jones, who joined the Vikings in training camp via trade from the New York Giants. Jones made three starts at center, until Pat Elflein returned to the lineup after recovering from injuries.

n The Chicago Bears are bringing back linebacker Aaron Lynch on a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Lynch made three starts and appeared in 13 games last season, his first in Chicago. He recorded three sacks, four tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits and one interception. He previously spent four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and has 18 career sacks and 53 quarterback hits.

n Referee John Parry will trade in his stripes to join ESPN as an officiating analyst.

The NFL announced in a tweet Monday that Parry is retiring after 19 seasons that included working three Super Bowls. ESPN then revealed that Parry will contribute to “Monday Night Football” and its studio shows.

“MNF” producer Jay Rothman says Parry’s in-studio role “will be a first for ESPN’s NFL coverage. He will educate our commentators, staff, and, most importantly, millions of fans.”

ESPN has previously used former officials Gerry Austin and Jeff Triplette as analysts.