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Jets pick Colts’ brain

Moore to serve as consultant

Warns kids
Associated Press / July 22, 2011

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A person with knowledge of the situation said the Jets have hired former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore as a consultant.

Moore, credited for helping Colts quarterback Peyton Manning develop into a four-time NFL MVP, will work during the season from his home in South Carolina, according to the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Moore, 72, retired in May as a senior offensive assistant, and was offered the Jets job last month.

As for Manning, Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t worried about the QB’s health after offseason neck surgery, although he’s not sure when he’ll start throwing to teammates.

“My sense is that he’s doing well,’’ Irsay said. “We’ve been through [his neck] surgery before [in 2010]. So I anticipate him being ready.’’

The comments came one day after the Indianapolis Star reported Manning would not be ready at the start of training camp.

Dawkins OK with cut Eight-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins, 37, is likely to be back with the Broncos this year, most likely as their starting strong safety. And he’s will take less money to do so.

Dawkins is scheduled to make $6 million this year. The team wants to restructure that deal, and Dawkins said he will take less to play at least one more season.

“When I signed this deal I knew what it was,’’ Dawkins said. “I knew after a couple years there was a balloon [mechanism] and we most likely would have to restructure. That’s no big deal to me.’’

Ex-Bengal indicted Nathaniel Webster Jr., a 33-year-old former linebacker, was indicted on sex-related charges involving the teenage daughter of a former Bengals assistant coach.

Webster played for the Bucs (2000-03), Bengals (2004-05), and Broncos (2006-08).

Prosecutors allege Webster engaged in sexual conduct with the 15-year-old girl in 2009 and threatened to harm her and her family if she told anyone.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said Webster was indicted on single counts of gross sexual imposition and sexual battery and five counts of unlawful sex with a minor with gun specifications.

Burress shares story As Plaxico Burress grabbed a microphone and started telling his story yesterday afternoon to about 100 children in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., some of the kids were murmuring and chattering among themselves.

And then he said “gun.’’

The kids got quiet in a hurry.

Released from prison last month after serving nearly two years on a gun charge, Burress has vowed to use his failings as fuel for others, pointing to himself as illustration that everything can change in an instant.

“I was playing professional football at the time. I had just won a Super Bowl. I had just received a brand-new contract. I had just signed a shoe deal with Nike. The choice that I made, basically it took everything away that I worked so hard for,’’ Burress told the kids.

“Nobody wants to go to jail. It’s a terrible place.’’

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