The memo was sent out after reports surfaced that Washington
Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson claimed his former agent, Drew
Rosenhaus, bribed him.
The NFLPA stated that "effective immediately, the severity of
discipline imposed ... shall be increased," according to the memo,
which was obtained by CBSSports.com.
According to the memo, violations that previously merited a
six-month suspension "going forward will be doubled to a one-year
suspension" and "fines will be doubled as well." It also stated that
"repeat offenders will also be more severely disciplined."
---The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Brandon Linder, their third-round
draft pick out of the University of Miami who is already battling
fourth-year veteran Jacques McClendon for a starting job at right
Linder, the first Hurricane player ever drafted by the franchise, is
a 6-foot-6, 311-pounder who was rated as only a seventh rounder or
priority free agent, 274th overall, by NFLDraftScout.com before the
Jags took him with the 93rd pick of the draft.
The Jaguars also signed rookie wide receiver Brandon Wimberly and
waived offensive tackle DeMarcus Love.
---The Philadelphia Eagles signed first-round linebacker Marcus
Smith II to a four-year deal.
Smith was selected No. 26 overall from Louisville. The 6-foot-3,
251-pound Smith is expected to be a rotational pass rusher for the
Eagles this season. He had 14.5 sacks in 2013.
All seven members of the Eagles' 2014 draft class are now signed.
---Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was released
from the hospital, 10 days after his final radiation treatment in
his battle against cancer.
Kelly returned to his home after his release from Erie County
Medical Center in Buffalo, where he has been since May 15.
Kelly, 54, underwent a six-week regiment of both chemotherapy and
radiation treatments to counter the cancer in his maxillary sinus
and adjacent tissues.
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---Four former NFL assistant coaches -- Jim Johnson, Howard Mudd,
Fritz Shurmur and Ernie Zampese -- were selected as the inaugural
class for the Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman Award by the Professional
Football Writers of America.
The newest PFWA award is given for lifetime achievement as an
assistant coach in the NFL. The award is named for Zimmerman, who
covered the NFL for 29 years as Sports Illustrated's lead pro
---The Jaguars took out 9,500 seats in the north end zone of
EverBank Field and replacing them with a two-level party deck that
includes two swimming pools and 16 cabanas.
For $12,500 a game or $250 per person, companies or fans can rent
one of the four poolside cabanas on the first level. The package
includes 50 tickets and all-you-can-eat food and drinks. Wine and
beer will be served through the third quarter.
On the upper level of the party deck, a similar package of 20
tickets is available for $3,000 per game or $150 per person.
However, it does not include pool access.
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