Jaguars' Jones-Drew to test free agency
General manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday that Jones-Drew has "earned the right" to enter the market in March. Caldwell added that the Jaguars would decide whether to match or beat another team's offer.
"This is his first time, he's been a great player in this organization, he's had a great career, and he's earned the right to see what his value and his market is," Caldwell said. "And it's our right to decide if we want to match it and bring him back. I think that's kind of where we're at now."
Jones-Drew, a second-round draft pick in 2006, has 8,071 yards rushing and 68 touchdowns in eight seasons. He missed the final 10 games last season with a left-foot injury and played much of this season while recovering from surgery and dealing with a strained right hamstring.
The Bengals have changed punters for the playoffs, waiving Shawn Powell after only two games and signing Zoltan Mesko.
Powell was signed after Kevin Huber suffered a season-ending broken jaw during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Dec. 15. Powell shanked a 10-yard punt during a 34-17 win over Baltimore on Sunday.
Mesko was New England's fifth-round pick in 2010. The Patriots released him Aug. 31, and he punted in seven games for Pittsburgh before he was waived Oct. 29.
The mother of former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the team after exhuming his body so that his brain could be examined.
The lawsuit, filed by Cheryl Shepherd in Jackson County circuit court, alleges that Belcher was subjected to "repetitive head trauma" and that the Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care before he killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide last December.
Belcher's body was exhumed in December at his family's request so his brain could be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative condition found in some former players.
Shepherd is seeking a jury trial and $15,000 in damages.
A spokesman for the Chiefs said the team was aware of the lawsuit but could not comment on pending litigation.
Record is safe
The NFL said Peyton Manning's single-season record for 5,477 yards passing will stand.
Elias Sports Bureau, the league's official statistician, reviewed a 7-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker and determined it will remain a forward pass and not a lateral, which would have made it a 7-yard run.
That would have subtracted 7 yards from Manning's total, leaving him with 5,470 yards, six shy of Drew Brees' 2011 record.
Cleveland's search to replace Rob Chudzinski, fired after just one season, will gain momentum this week when the Browns interview New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
New England has a bye in the AFC playoffs this week, giving the Browns a chance to meet with McDaniels. The former Denver head coach, 37, an Ohio native, has a strong relationship with Browns general manager Michael Lombardi.
Quinn is available this week because the Seahawks' playoff game will be Jan. 11. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Quinn is "really well equipped" to become a head coach.
- Associated Press