Commissioner apologizes for leaked information
Saints sign former Colts cornerback David
Report: NFL suspends Chiefs' Allen for DUIs
â€¢ NEW YORK - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologized Friday 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 were among five players expected to be drafted early today who visited the league headquarters Friday. They are in town as part of a predraft media tour and the trip to the NFL offices always 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 any 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 yet determined what sort of discipline will be implemented for leaked information.
â€¢ NEW ORLEANS - Cornerback Jason David signed a four-year contract with New Orleans on Friday, filling a Saints' trouble spot while leaving the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts with another hole to fill.
The Colts had a week to match New Orleans' offer sheet. David was the second starting cornerback to leave Indianapolis this offseason; Nick Harper signed with Tennessee.
"We are obviously pleased to add Jason to our mix in the secondary," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. "This is a positive addition as we make final preparations for this weekend's draft. Jason is a young, emerging player with his best years ahead of him."
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. The NFL draft starts today.
The Colts declined to comment Friday.
Indy has lost four starters - David, Harper, former Pro Bowl linebacker Cato June and running back Dominic Rhodes - since beating Chicago in the Super Bowl. Also gone are third receiver Brandon Stokley and defensive tackle Montae Reagor, starters until sustaining season-ending injuries in 2006.
â€¢ KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen reportedly was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
The suspension was reported Friday by the Kansas City Star, saying it stems from two DUI charges. But the NFL declined comment and no suspension has been announced.
Allen would have the right to appeal any suspension under the subtance-abuse policy.
"I'm sorry my actions of last year will affect my teammates, coaches and fans," Allen told The Kansas City Star. "I have definitely learned from my mistakes and am glad to finally put this entire thing behind me once and for all. I will be with the Chiefs this year and will do everything I can to help bring a championship back to the great fans of KC."
The 25-year-old Allen twice in the last year was charged with driving under the influence. He entered a diversion program in connection with the first charge, and recently pleaded no contest to the second, according to the newspaper.
Allen was offered a $2.35 million, one-year contract by the Chiefs as a restricted free agent. But unhappy with the club's offer on a long-term contract, he asked to be traded.
If a suspension is imminent, the Chiefs could approach this weekend's draft somewhat differently, perhaps looking for a pass rusher. They pick 23rd in the first round.