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Panthers restructure Williams' contract

Posted: 05/16/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Running back DeAngelo Williams has agreed to a restructured contract that ensures he'll remain with the Carolina Panthers this season, said a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the move has not been publically announced.

Williams, who turned 30 last month, is Carolina's all-time leading rusher having amassed 5,784 yards and 43 touchdowns. Williams started 10 games last season and had 737 yards rushing and scored five TDs on the ground. He also caught two touchdown passes.

Yahoo.com first reported the new deal Tuesday.

By restructuring Williams' contract, the person told the AP the Panthers will save $3.2 million under the NFL salary cap in both 2013 and 2014, and $3.87 million in 2015.

 

Cribbs joins Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent kick returner Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract.

Cribbs' agent, John Rickert, confirmed the deal when reached by phone Wednesday. He declined to disclose financial terms.

Rickert said Cribbs drew interest from several teams but felt the Raiders were the right fit after a visit to the team's headquarters last Monday.

Cribbs, who turns 30 next month, had been with the Cleveland Browns since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005. He averaged 27.4 yards on kick returns and 12 yards per punt return last season but did not have a touchdown. He also had seven receptions for 63 yards.

Cribbs' eight kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied with Leon Washington for the most in NFL history.

 

Woman suing McCoy

PHILADELPHIA -- A woman is suing Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, claiming he or a body guard hit her, threw a drink at her and tossed her off a party bus last December.

The woman, identified by the fictitious name Mary Roe, filed the suit in Philadelphia on May 10.

She says she was one of about 15 women who joined McCoy and five other men on a bus for a night out in New York on Dec. 18.

She says she objected on the way home when men began spraying women with water.

After that, she says, she was roughed up and tossed out along the New Jersey Turnpike. She says she was allowed back on the bus, but was left again when she called police from a rest stop.

 

Bad boy McClain retires

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Linebacker Rolando McClain has told the Baltimore Ravens he's retiring from the NFL.

The 23-year-old McClain played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders before signing a one-year contract with Baltimore as a free agent on April 12.

"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday. "We have placed him on the reserve/retired list."

Ten days after signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested in Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

It was the third time McClain was arrested in Decatur since 2011. He was previously charged in a 2011 shooting, and police arrested him in January on charges of having his car windows tinted too darkly and trying to lie about his identity.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 16, 2013 D4

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