Ray McDonald Arrested Wednesday Afternoon

9:49pm: While Defilippis said “the only thing (McDonald) got was a booking sheet when he left,” he also added, “they told him to stay away from her,” Anderson tweets.

Defilippis also provided his explanation for what occurred prior to McDonald’s latest arrest.

Today my investigator contacted her and confirmed that she was in Santa Cruz, and Ray went over to the apartment to meet the investigator to let him in so that he could get photographs of this allegedly broken door, and lo and behold the cops show up and arrest him,” said Defilippis. “He was not served with a restraining order. We confirmed that the young lady was not going to be there. He goes there to meet the investigator for a legitimate purpose and the police show up and arrest him; and knowing these facts the police still have insisted upon keeping him custody…This is pretty much gamesmanship on their part.

9:28pm: McDonald’s attorney Steve Defilippis tells Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (on Twitter) that he was never aware of any restraining order against his client.

When Ray McDonald was released from jail he was not served with a restraining order. They say there is a restraining order now, but they never served him with it,” the attorney said.

8:50pm: After Ray McDonald‘s alleged domestic violence incident over the weekend, his attorney went on the offensive to try and cast doubt on the alleged victim’s motives. Now, it sounds like his job just got even more difficult. The defensive end was arrested Wednesday by Santa Clara, California police for violating a restraining order, according to Katie Nelson of the San Jose Mercury News (via Twitter).

McDonald was issued a restraining order following his Memorial Day arrest and it required him to stay away from his ex-fiancée. After this latest violation, it’s not immediately clear if he’ll have the opportunity to post bail like he did on Monday. After he was sprung loose from jail, the Bears wasted little time in ridding him from their roster.

“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear. He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him,” Bears GM Ryan Pace said.

McDonald inked a one-year deal with the Bears earlier this offseason despite his checkered past. Chicago brass went to bat for McDonald against public criticism and concerns, but that vote of confidence has apparently backfired. The defensive end’s season was already in a bit of jeopardy since the league had yet to make a decision on his December incident. Now, given these two incidents within the span of three days, the 30-year-old might not see the gridiron ever again.

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), McDonald was the league’s 12th-best 3-4 defensive end in 2014, grading well both against the run and as a pass rusher. Over the last four regular seasons as the 49ers’ starting left defensive end, McDonald racked up 14.5 sacks, 153 tackles, five forced fumbles, and a safety.

 

Extra Points: Winston, Bills, Rams

While there’s a lot of whispering about whether first overall pick Jameis Winston will live up to the hype, Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins feels like he’s up to the challenge, Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida writes. “He’s just himself,” Jenkins said of Winston. “Great quarterback and he wants to be great. He’s himself, he doesn’t need to pretend or anything like that. But I didn’t really get to see him personally out there. We were just running. I think it’s a better question to ask the coaches, they spent more one-on-one time with him.” Here’s more from

  • Bills head coach Rex Ryan says he’s trying Corey Graham at safety to make sure that he has the “best eleven on the field” after losing Da’Norris Searcy in free agency, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News writes. For his part, Graham says he’s excited about the move and is eager to follow in the footsteps of Charles Woodson, who also made the transition from corner to safety. “Obviously, I’ve been watching him my whole career, so with the move to safety, now I have the opportunity to do some of the things he’s done,” Graham said. “I was in Chicago when he was in Green Bay, so I watched him a lot. He played nickel, I played nickel. I focused on him, studied his game, so it means a lot to me, seeing what he was able to accomplish.”
  • St. Louis residents will not vote this summer on the use of their tax dollars to build a new riverfront football stadium for the Rams, David Hunn of the Post Dispatch writes. At this point, it is unclear whether city voters will get the opportunity to weigh in on the use of city tax dollars to help finance a proposed $985MM downtown stadium.
  • According to team sources, the Chargers and San Diego city officials will sit down on Tuesday, June 2nd to talk about the stadium proposal, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News tweets.
  • West Georgia defensive end/outside linebacker Darrius Caldwell is applying to the Supplemental Draft this year, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Illinois transfer registered 69 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks in 2014.

NFC North Notes: Peterson, Patterson, Bears

Here’s a quick look at the NFC North..

  • On Wednesday afternoon, a reader asked Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter) to handicap the odds that the Vikings will trade Adrian Peterson. Schefter replied that the Vikings have been very clear in their stand and they’ve insisted that they won’t budge. Earlier today, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with a league source who felt that Peterson was likely to show up at some point during OTAs. Peterson, meanwhile, issued a statement explaining that he does not want to be traded.
  • The Lions are set to meet with defensive lineman Mike Patterson, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (via Twitter). Detroit is looking to beef up the line and they could do it by reuniting Patterson with coach Jim Washburn.
  • The Bears have hired former Saints cap guru Joey Laine as their new director of football administration, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Tribune (on Twitter). Laine will handle the salary cap and player negotiations, according to a source. Cliff Stein will remain with Chicago as general counsel.

Latest On Adrian Peterson, Vikings

9:00pm: Peterson issued a statement to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (via Twitter). “The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings,” the running back said.

6:42pm: Adrian Peterson is unlikely to skip the entirety of the Vikings’ volunteer workouts, a league source tells Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. The working theory is that the star running back will show up at some juncture so that he doesn’t miss out on his $250K workout bonus.

Peterson gets his bonus if he attends 90% of OTAs and minicamps, so he can still recoup that bonus if he shows up to the Vikings’ facility next week. One rival exec told Freeman that he believes Peterson is simply stomping his feet over the fact that the Vikings won’t trade him. “He’s sending a message to the Vikings,” the exec said. “‘I’ll rejoin the team when I’m good and ready.'” 

Meanwhile, AD is texting with teammates and, apparently, he has given no indication that he wants to be moved. Furthermore, Freeman has heard no indication that Peterson is serious about his threat to retire if he doesn’t get what he wants. Even if the Vikings have a chance of heart, they’ll have a hard time finding a suitable deal. One GM said the market for AD is “almost nonexistent.”

NFC East Notes: Moss, Pierre-Paul, Cowboys

Darren McFadden‘s new Cowboys teammates are bringing out the best in him, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News writes. “Once you’ve been in a place so long like Oakland you get set in your ways,” the running back said. “Coming out here and just being around guys who are working so hard, it just brings out the best in you and that’s something I really look forward to.”

Dallas boasted the league’s second-best rushing offense in 2014, averaging 147.1 yards per game with star DeMarco Murray in the backfield. Now, it’ll be up to Dallas’ new group of running backs to try and replicate that production. Here’s more from the NFC East..

  • Santana Moss says that he still wants to play in the NFL, but he might have to settle for an off-field role. As it turns out, Washington owner Daniel Snyder has already spoken with the veteran about a potential job, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post writes. “I went up there and met with Dan a little before the draft, and we just talked basically about life, football, everything,” Moss told 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes. “Dan has always been special to me from Day One when I became a Redskin, and he knows how much I love him and I appreciate him. So we sat down and talked for hours, and he just told me, ‘I know that you want to play so I’m not sure how things are gonna go, but if you’re not a ‘Skin, whenever you’re done, I want you back here to retire and everything. And when you’re done with that, if you want to do something with the team, give me a holler.’”
  • Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters, including Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News (on Twitter), that he expects Jason Pierre-Paul will be at the mandatory minicamp in mid-June. However, he also knows that the star defensive end might not show.
  • Cowboys exec Will McClay has been given a new title for the third time in three years, as Todd Archer of ESPN.com writes. McClay is now the team’s senior director of college and pro scouting after being given the assistant director of player personnel title in 2014. The position is roughly the same as McClay will run the personnel department as he did last year.
  • The Giants got some good news on Robert Ayers, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Tests revealed no major damage to the defensive end’s knee or ankle. The defensive end was carted off the practice field earlier today.
  • The injury to left tackle Will Beatty forced the Giants to remake an offensive line that had received a makeover just a few months ago, Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News writes. Beatty tore a pectoral muscle while in the weight room and is expected to be out until November.

Minor Moves: Wednesday

Today’s minor moves..

  • The Ravens cut Trey DePriest and re-signed linebacker Andrew Bose, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun writes. Both players were UDFAs from this year’s class. DePriest, who got a $5K signing bonus from Baltimore earlier this month, was a starter at Alabama who registered 87 total tackles and five tackles for loss last season. Bose, meanwhile, tried out at the Ravens’ rookie minicamp and was a roster casualty after the signing of veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington.
  • The Raiders signed linebacker Horace Miller and wide receiver Milton Williams III, according to Wilson (on Twitter). The Panthers waived Miller in April.
  • Browns linebacker Keith Pough reverted to the team’s injured reserve after going unclaimed off waivers, Wilson tweets. Cowboys wide receiver Chris Boyd (link) and Colts defensive back Josh Mitchell (link) also went back to their team’s respective IRs after going unclaimed.
  • The Raiders cut Travell Dixon and Austin Hill, Wilson tweets. Oakland signed Hill after the wide receiver did not pass a physical to sign with Seahawks.

Browns Waive Nick McDonald

The Browns released center Nick McDonald with an injury settlement, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Caplan (on Twitter). McDonald started seven games at center last season while Alex Mack was sidelined with an injury.

McDonald was claimed off waivers by the Browns eleven months ago, just a day after he was cut loose by the Chargers. McDonald stepped into the starting role when he was needed, but the advanced metrics weren’t fond of his work. The 27-year-old (28 in June) graded out as the third worst qualified center in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

 

NFC North Notes: Ihedigbo, Kalil, Bears

Earlier today, we passed along updates on Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte, two star NFC North running backs who aren’t satisfied with their current contract situations. We’ve got a few more items this afternoon from out of the division, including one note related to another player who is seeking a new deal. Here’s the latest:

  • Asked if he felt like he outperformed his contract in 2014, Lions safety James Ihedigbo replied, “I was a Pro Bowl alternate, so that answers that question,” writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Ihedigbo reported to the team’s OTAs, but still wants more money, more years, or both added onto his current contract, which calls for a $1.1MM base salary in 2015.
  • Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil said today that he’d like to play for “another five, six years,” according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter link). Kalil, whose fifth-year option for 2016 was exercised by Minnesota earlier this offseason, turns 26 in July, so playing just five or six more seasons would mean retiring in his early-30s.
  • After releasing Ray McDonald earlier this week following his latest domestic violence arrest, Bears chairman George McCaskey spoke to reporters today, including Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, taking responsibility for having brought the defensive lineman to the team. Even though the McDonald signing went south, the club still has “complete confidence” in new GM Ryan Pace, per McCaskey.

Washington Releases Chris Chester

3:03pm: Chester has officially hit the open market, with Washington formally announcing in a press release that the team has released the veteran guard.

9:46am: Washington has decided to make a change on its offensive line, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, who reports (via Twitter) that the club will release veteran guard Chris Chester. The move isn’t official yet, but when the team does formally announce it, Chester will become a free agent immediately without having to pass through waivers.

Chester, 32, signed a five-year, $20MM deal with Washington before the 2011 season, and has started every game the team has played since then, at right guard. While Chester hasn’t been consistently above-average at the position, he hasn’t been a major liability either. In 2014, he played the eighth-most offensive snaps among guards (1,091), and ranked 33rd among 78 qualified players, according to Pro Football Focus’ grades (subscription required).

While Chester’s performance likely would have secured him a roster spot if he were on a rookie contract, his rising cap number looks like Washington’s primary motive for cutting him. Chester had been on track to count for $4.8MM against the club’s cap this year, and releasing him will create $4MM in cap savings.

With Chester out of the mix, Spencer Long looks like the favorite to start at right guard for Washington to open the regular season, though other players – including fourth-round pick Arie Kouandjio – could challenge for playing time this summer.

Washington Cuts Tracy Porter

3:02pm: Washington has officially released Porter, the team announced today in a press release.

10:22am: Releasing Chris Chester won’t be the only roster move Washington makes today, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, who reports (via Twitter) that the team is also cutting ties with veteran cornerback Tracy Porter. Like Chester, Porter had one season remaining on his contract with the team, so he’ll hit the open market a year early.

Porter, 28, was a full-time starter at cornerback for the Raiders in 2013, and signed a two-year, $6MM deal in free agency last year with Washington, but saw his role reduced significantly in 2014. Before he landed on the injured reserve list in November, ending his season, Porter only played 89 snaps for Washington, finding himself buried on the depth chart behind Bashaud Breeland, E.J. Biggers, David Amerson, and others for a good chunk of 2014.

Porter’s reduce role and his health problems make the decision to release him an unsurprising one, particularly with his cap number on the rise this year. The former second-round pick would have earned a $2.25MM base salary and up to $250K in per-game roster bonuses if he had remained with the team. Instead, he’ll count for just $1MM in dead money on Washington’s books.

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