Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sports

Coach apologizes for inappropriate query

ATLANTA — The Falcons on Monday said secondary coach Marquand Manuel asked the inappropriate question "Do you like men" to Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple during the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Manuel, a safety at Florida from 1998-2001, and the rest of the Atlanta staff received social training on Monday from a counselor approved by the league. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said there was additional training for Manuel, who played eight seasons in the NFL.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the Associated Press, "Our review of the matter continues."

Manuel issued an apology to Apple and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, among others.

"I take full responsibility for the inappropriate question I asked at the combine. It was wrong and I apologize to Eli Apple, Mr. Blank, the entire Falcons organization, my family, and our Falcon fans for my insensitivity," Manuel said in a statement released by the team.

Quinn said Manuel asked the question during a conversation between him and Apple and not in the team's formal 15-minute interview with the cornerback.

The Falcons did not identify Manuel as the coach who asked the question when the team apologized Friday.

RB Murray traded

NASHVILLE — The Titans agreed to acquire DeMarco Murray in a trade with the Eagles, perhaps landing the running back Tennessee has lacked since releasing Chris Johnson.

Murray agreed to rework the five-year, $40 million contract with $21 million guaranteed he signed with Philadelphia last year, the Associated Press reported. The deal is slated to be officially announced Wednesday.

ESPN first reported the trade.

Other terms of the deal were not immediately available. The Titans hold the No. 1 pick in the April draft and have eight picks — three in the top 64 selections.

Murray led the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards in Dallas in 2014 and was the NFL offensive player of the year. But he was considered a bust last year in then-Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense, running for only 702 yards.

The Eagles also agreed to trade cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins for a draft choice, AP reported.

RG3 released: As expected, the Redskins released Robert Griffin III, ending the quarterback's sudden rise and stunning fall in Washington. The team cleared his 2016 contract, worth about $16 million, off the payroll before Wednesday, when free agents can be signed. In a long post on Instagram, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor wrote: "Although my time here is over, I'm excited about what the future brings!!!!" RG3 took Washington to the playoffs as a rookie in 2012 but battled injuries and ineffectiveness since and didn't play at all last season as Kirk Cousins supplanted him. The NFC East champions also released former Bucs safety Dashon Goldson and defensive end Jason Hatcher.

Steelers: Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and safety Robert Golden signed three-year deals.

Vikings: Strong safety Andrew Sendejo re-signed to a four-year contract.

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