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NFL Notes: Bengals' Adam Jones pleads guilty to charge from altercation

NFL Notes: Bengals' Adam Jones pleads guilty to charge from altercation

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation earlier this year, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran.

Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory dismissed misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct at the prosecutor's request after a plea agreement. He sentenced Jones to time already served -- two days -- on the obstructing official business count. Police said he kicked and used head-butting as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a downtown hotel employee in January.

Jones, who has twice had lengthy suspensions in his career, still faces potential NFL discipline.

"We have been monitoring developments in this matter, which continues to be reviewed under the personal conduct policy," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said via email. "We have no timetable on any potential discipline."

Jones, 33, apologized in court for his behavior and specifically to Cincinnati police Sgt. Jarrod Cotton. Police video released earlier showed Jones in the back of a police cruiser making profane comments and telling the officer: "I hope you die tomorrow" (see full story).

Falcons: Freeman hoping for extension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Two straight seasons as a 1,000-yard rusher have made Devonta Freeman a bargain as he enters the last year of his rookie contract.

For a player, that's a bad place to be. It's why Freeman is looking for an extension to his deal before the 2017 season.

Freeman said Tuesday he's confident the new deal will come. He said he will remain patient rather than consider holding out of training camp as a negotiating ploy.

"I just always wanted to be that guy that never wanted to hold out and leave my guys out there working," Freeman said. "I understand it's a business, 100 percent, but I know what I signed up for."

Freeman's current contract calls for him to earn $1,797,000 this season, the last year of his four-year, $2.7 million contract he signed as a rookie.

The Falcons, attempting to regroup after their Super Bowl loss to New England, already have re-signed cornerback Desmond Trufant to a five-year extension worth $68.75 million this offseason. They also had all their draft picks signed before last week's rookie minicamp.

Might Freeman and his agent, Kristin Campbell, could be next at the Falcons' bargaining table. Freeman said he sought advice from receiver Julio Jones on how to handle himself this offseason (see full story).

Cardinals: Bucannon has ankle surgery
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals starting inside linebacker Deone Bucannon has undergone ankle surgery to repair a lingering problem.

Coach Bruce Arians said after Tuesday's first OTA session that "if everything goes perfect," Bucannon could be ready for the season opener Sept. 10 at Detroit. But Arians said there's always a chance he won't.

Bucannon was selected as a safety in the first round out of Washington State in 2014. The Cardinals soon moved him to inside linebacker because of a need at that position and he's been there since.

Bucannon led the team in tackles each of the last two seasons. He had 127 two seasons ago and 100 last year.

In Bucannon's absence, first-round draft pick Haason Reddick moves into a starting role.

Eagles claim tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former DL coach

Eagles claim tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former DL coach

The Eagles have claimed tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former defensive line coach Chris Wilson, who was with the Eagles from 2016-18. 

Wilson, 24, was waived by the Washington Football Team on Monday. 

The Eagles also placed Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks on Active/PUP list Tuesday. Brooks tore his Achilles last month and is rehabbing. He’ll get the boot off his foot next week. 

Brooks is obviously unlikely to play this season and the Eagles brought back Jason Peters to fill in for him at right guard. 

The Cardinals drafted Wilson out of UCLA with the very last pick (No. 254) of the 2019 NFL Draft, making him Mr. Irrelevant 2019. He didn’t make the Cardinals’ roster in 2019 but spent most of last season on their practice squad. 

Wilson (6-4, 240) was signed to Washington’s active roster last December but he didn’t play in any games for them. He was with the team until he was waived on Monday. 

During his three years at UCLA, Wilson put up some really solid numbers. As a junior in 2018, he caught 60 passes for 965 yards and 4 touchdowns. That was also his father’s last year with the Eagles, so it’s safe to say the Eagles were well aware of him back then. Chris Wilson is now the DL coach at the University of Colorado. 

At the 2018 combine, Caleb Wilson ran an impressive 4.56 time in the 40-yard dash. 

Here’s what TheDraftNetwork’s Joe Marino wrote about Wilson as a prospect two years ago: 

“Wilson has been a productive middle of the field receiver for UCLA across the last two seasons but projecting him to do the same at the next level is challenging given his restrictions. While he ran an excellent 40-yard dash time at the Combine, his overall athletic profile is disappointing. That, combined with inconsistent effort, leads to lazy routes that lack the separation quickness to get open at the next level. His effort and functional strength also miss the mark as a blocker. Wilson has low level TE2 upside, likely used in a flex role in sub packages.”

With the Eagles, Wilson will actually have a decent shot to make the roster. While Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are obviously locks for the 53-man roster, there are just two other tight ends on the roster: Josh Perkins and rookie Noah Togiai. 

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NFL rumors: LeSean McCoy says Eagles had interest before he signed with Bucs 

NFL rumors: LeSean McCoy says Eagles had interest before he signed with Bucs 

For months — well, years really — LeSean McCoy seemed excited about the possibility of returning to Philadelphia, where his No. 25 has remained available. But that didn’t happen. 

Shady signed with the Buccaneers and will join Tom Brady in Tampa (Tompa) Bay. 

But on a Zoom call with reporters Tuesday, Shady said the Eagles were showing him interest even just before he signed with the Bucs. 

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles had expressed some interest in veteran running backs and the three they were linked with most were Carlos Hyde, Devonta Freeman and McCoy. The only one of the three that remains available is Freeman. 

The Eagles feel pretty comfortable with the running back group they have right now and are ready to roll with some younger players. Their top two running backs are Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. After that, they have Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield, Mike Warren and Adrian Killins. 

Coming into training camp, the Eagles wanted to get an extended look at some of those younger players. For instance, they had a draft able grade on Holyfield last year and had a draftable grade on Warren this year. 

McCoy is 32 now and it seems like his best days are behind him. Even though he was with the Chiefs last year, he didn’t play in the Super Bowl. 

But he’ll always be remembered as an Eagle. The Birds drafted him at No. 53 in 2009 and he played six seasons in Philly before Chip Kelly traded him to Buffalo. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher. 

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