NFL Notebook: Former Cowboys RB arrested for fifth time
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested for the fifth time in the past 17 months. Randle, 24, was arrested in Wichita, Kan., on three counts of aggravated battery, one count of drug possession and one count of criminal ...
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested for the fifth time in the past 17 months.
Randle, 24, was arrested in Wichita, Kan., on three counts of aggravated battery, one count of drug possession and one count of criminal damage to property, according to Sedgwick County court records.
Randle, a Wichita, native, was arrested just after 8 a.m. Sunday. He was being held on $100,000 bond.
The Cowboys released Randle in early November reportedly due in part to his involvement in sports gambling. Randle has denied the allegation.
-- The Atlanta Falcons are expected to part ways with starting defensive tackle Paul Soliai, according to multiple reports.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported the Falcons will cut Soliai after the sides could not agree on a contract restructure to lower his salary for 2016.
Soliai’s agent, David Canter, told ESPN.com that after “positive conversation” with the Falcons this weekend regarding a pay cut, the two sides could not agree to terms.
Canter said the team plans to release Soliai on March 9 when the new league year begins. It will be designated a post-June 1 cut, meaning the Falcons will save $5,437,500 against the 2016 cap as opposed to $2,637,500 by just releasing him now, according to ESPN.
-- Quarterback Connor Cook said his right shoulder feels like it is back to 100 percent strength following a November injury that caused him to miss one game and play with a supportive brace when he returned to the field.
The former Michigan State star has been working with noted quarterbacks coach Georgia Whitfield in California and will travel to Indianapolis this week for the annual Scouting Combine. In addition to agility tests and positional drills, Cook can expect a thorough evaluation of his right shoulder during the rigorous medical checks that are often of the most interest to NFL teams.
Cook declined an invitation to last month’s Senior Bowl, opting to stay in California and train with Whitfield and make sure his arm was back to full strength in time for the Combine and his pro day.
-- Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid underwent knee replacement surgery and will miss next week’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
The Chiefs confirmed the procedure on Saturday, according to published reports.
Reid, who turns 58 in March, also had a knee replacement surgery performed after the 2014 season. His unavailability for the Senior Bowl isn’t expected to be an issue for the Chiefs.
-- Football legend Jerry Kramer sold his ring from Super Bowl I for $125,475, according to an auction house.
Kramer, who played guard for the Green Bay Packers for 11 seasons, auctioned off more than 50 items through Heritage Auctions on Saturday night in New York City.
The recorded record for a Super Bowl ring selling price is $230,401 in 2012 for a Super Bowl XXV ring auctioned off by former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor.
Kramer, who recently turned 80, attended the auction. He said he plans to establish an educational trust for his five grandchildren. His auction proceeds were expected to top $350,000.
Among the other items Kramer sold were a 1965 NFL Championship ring, a 1962 NFL Championship wristwatch and mid-1960’s game-used jersey.
“We were very pleased with the results of the highlighted Kramer items as a whole,” consignment director Chris Nerat told reporters. “This is the highest price ever paid for a Green Bay Packers piece at auction.”
Kramer declined to sell his ring from Super Bowl II.
-- The Dallas Police Department said on Saturday that quarterback Johnny Manziel remains under investigation for an incident of possible domestic violence on Jan. 30 involving his former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley.
However, nothing has been determined about the possibility of potential charges against the troubled Manziel, who figures to be released by the Cleveland Browns in the coming weeks.
“We’re letting the officer and detective do their due diligence,” a police spokesman said. “We want to make sure all the facts are there and clear, and we’ll present it to the prosecutors.
The spokesman said the department was not sure whether Manziel, if he is arrested -- would be arrested via warrant or via a grand jury.
A report on Friday indicated police obtained medical records from Crowley relating to an alleged ear injury that she claims to have sustained when she was struck by Manziel.
Crowley’s attorney said earlier she sustained a broken eardrum during the incident.