NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologized yesterday to Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson and Clemson's Gaines Adams for the release of information from confidential interviews at the league's combine in February.
Johnson and Adams, expected to be among five players drafted early today, visited league headquarters in New York yesterday. They are in town as part of a predraft media tour and the trip to the NFL offices is part of that itinerary.
Goodell told both he was sorry for the breach of confidentiality. The commissioner already has warned the 32 teams in a memo that further leaks will be disciplined.
A recent story in Pro Football Weekly identified Johnson, Adams and Louisville's Amobi Okoye as admitting they experimented with marijuana. That report cited unidentified club officials and said the information came from videotaped interviews at the Combine.
Okoye is not on the media tour in New York and won't be attending the draft.
Goodell also has asked for a review of interviewing procedures at the Combine. He has not determined what sort of discipline will be implemented for leaked information.
Turner not sealed Michael Turner
, the backup to NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson
, can now leave the Chargers only if he's traded.
Turner signed the $2.35 million, one-year tender he received from the team after becoming a restricted free agent.
Last Friday was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offers from other teams. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith put the highest possible tender on Turner, meaning if another team signed Turner to an offer sheet, the Chargers could have either matched it or received that team's first- and third-round draft picks.
Smith is still open to trading Turner. He would like to get a first- and third-round pick, either this year or next, but has said he'll listen to all offers.
Saints sign David
Cornerback Jason David
signed a four-year contract with New Orleans, filling a trouble spot for the Saints while leaving the Super Bowl champion Colts with another hole to fill. The Colts had a week to match the Saints' offer sheet. David is the second starting cornerback to leave Indianapolis this offseason; Nick Harper
signed with Tennessee. The 24-year-old David will reportedly receive about $16 million, a cost the Colts considered too much under the league's $102 million salary cap. Indianapolis will get a fourth-round draft pick from the Saints, giving it three in the round and nine overall . . . Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks
signed his tender offer of $1.85 million for the 2007 season, the last day he could do so. The Steelers have not negotiated with Starks on an extension past 2007, a sign they will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent next year.
Vick blames kin Michael Vick
blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity after a police raid found evidence of dog fighting at property he owns in Virginia. An animal rights group scoffed at that explanation, saying it's long suspected the Falcons quarterback was involved in the fight-to-the-death activity. Embroiled in another embarrassing -- and perhaps criminal -- situation, Vick traveled to New York yesterday to take part in activities leading up to the NFL draft. Police conducting a drug investigation raided the Vick-owned house and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated. Investigators also discovered items associated with dog fighting . . . Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen
was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, stemming from two DUI charges, according to the Kansas City Star. The NFL declined comment and no suspension has been announced . . . Johnny Perkins
, who caught 163 passes in a seven-year NFL career spent entirely with the New York Giants, died of complications following heart surgery. He was 54. The Giants said Perkins died Wednesday in Fort Worth.
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