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[April 25, 2019]
The Johnson County (Kan.)
district attorney's office announced Wednesday it will not file
charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his
fiancee following an investigation into two March incidents at the
couple's home involving their 3-year-old son.
"We believe a crime has occurred," District Attorney Stephen Howe
said. "However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively
establish who committed this crime."
Howe added the criminal investigation has been closed, although the
child protection investigation is continuing. Any new information to
emerge could reopen the criminal investigation, with a five-year
statute of limitations in Kansas.
Authorities had been investigating incidents -- one on March 5 for
child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery -- at
Hill's home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a
juvenile was involved.
--The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed
to a two-year contract extension.
"I know Ben's focus is on only one goal -- to bring another Lombardi
trophy back to Pittsburgh," team president Art Rooney II said in a
statement. "We are excited to finalize this new contract that will
keep him as a Steeler through the 2021 season."
ESPN reports the deal is worth $80 million in total over three
years, with a $37.5 million signing bonus and $67.5 million
guaranteed. The 37-year-old was previously due $12 million base
salary for 2019, and he got a $5 million roster bonus last month.
--Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch plans to retire for a
second time, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Lynch, who turned 33 on Monday, played the past two seasons for his
hometown Raiders after sitting out the 2016 season. He rushed for
376 yards on 90 carries in six games in 2018 before sustaining a
season-ending groin/core muscle injury in Week 6.
Lynch has rushed for 10,379 yards on 2,441 carries (4.3-yard
average) and 84 touchdowns for the Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and
Buffalo Bills in his career.
--Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said he is open to
remaining with the team he signed with as an undrafted rookie in
2011, a day after taking a pay-me-or-trade-me stance.
"I want to be here, so we can salvage it," Harris told 9News Denver.
In a separate interview with The Athletic, he added, "I'm still open
to coming back. I'm never closing that door until they close it."
Multiple reports emerged late Tuesday night that Harris' agent told
the Broncos his client would like a new contract or to be traded.
According to 9News Denver, Harris is seeking an annual salary of at
least $15 million, which would equal the NFL's highest-paid
cornerback, Josh Norman.
--The Baltimore Ravens met with former Detroit Lions defensive end
Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah.
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Tyreek Hill during red carpet arrivals for the NFL Honors show at
the Fox Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Ansah, who turns 30 next month, is recovering from shoulder surgery
after missing nine games last season, which has slowed his free
NFL Network reported that Ansah visited expert Dr. Neal ElAttrache
on Monday and drew positive reviews, with the expectation he'll be
cleared by mid-August.
--The Ravens signed Justin Tucker to a four-year extension that
makes him the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.
The contract keeps Tucker in Baltimore through the 2023 season and
is worth $23.05 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed in the first
two years and an $8 million signing bonus, ESPN reported.
--The NFL warned Jacksonville Jaguars football czar Tom Coughlin
that future comments disapproving of players who don't attend
voluntary offseason workouts could result in league discipline, ESPN
The NFL Players Association had asked the league to remind the
Jaguars that players should not be pressured to attend the workouts,
--Kelly Stafford checked herself back into the hospital because of
pain following brain surgery.
The wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford posted on Instagram
that she needed medical help to cope with headaches and other side
effects. She had a 12-hour operation last week to remove a brain
tumor and returned home Sunday.
--Veteran defensive end Brian Robison announced his retirement after
signing a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
Robison, who turns 36 on Saturday and did not play in 2018, played
in 173 games in 11 seasons with the Vikings from 2007-17, totaling
--The Washington Redskins re-signed offensive lineman Tony
Bergstrom, 32, played in 13 games (eight starts) at center and guard
--The Ravens will have a blind 13-year-old fan announce a
fourth-round pick during this week's draft by reading off of a card
written in Braille.
Mo Gaba, who is battling cancer and lost his vision at nine months
old, will become the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick
off a Braille card.
--Field Level Media
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