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Reports: Incognito in psychiatric unit

Ex-Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who was suspended for eight games for last season's bullying scandal, is at a psychiatric care unit in Arizona, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Wednesday, Incognito took a baseball bat to his Ferrari. "That was my self-expression. That was a piece of art," he told a Phoenix TV station. His latest example of erratic behavior led the league and players union to reach out to him with offers of help, reported.

Friday's reports came two weeks after the NFL released its investigation into harassment in the Dolphins locker room. The report accused Incognito, who in the past has received help for anger-management issues, of being the ringleader of the bullying of an assistant trainer and several players.

In addition, Incognito's parents are filing for divorce, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Incognito is a free agent but could face a league suspension related to the bullying report.

Franchise players

Three teams used their franchise tag, which in most cases prevents a player from negotiating with other teams. The player receives a one-year tender for the average salary of the top five players at his position.

The most prominent recipient was the Saints' Jimmy Graham. He got the tender of $7.04 million for a tight end but could be tagged as a receiver ($12.3 million) because of how often he lined up wide. The case likely will go before a arbitrator.

The Panthers tagged defensive end Greg Hardy. He will get a tender of $12.45 million after recording 15 sacks last season. The Jets tagged kicker Nick Folk. He will get a tender of $3.4 million after making 33 of 36 field goals last season.

Teams have until Monday to use franchise tags.

Around the league

Salary cap: Next season's cap will be $133 million, $10 million more than 2013, the union said.

Chargers: Linebacker Donald Butler, second on the team with 99 tackles in 2013, re-signed. Terms were not disclosed.

Eagles: Receiver Jeremy Mac­lin agreed to re-sign for one year. He led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012 but missed 2013 with a torn right ACL.

Panthers: Kicker Graham Gano agreed to re-sign for four years. The ex-Florida State star made 24 of 27 field goals in 2013.

Patriots: Safety Steve Gregory, who in 2013 started 11 games and made a career-high 90 tackles, was released.

Raiders: Khalif Barnes, who in 2013 started 11 games at tackle and five at guard, re-signed. Terms were not disclosed.

Ravens: Tight end Dennis Pitta agreed to re-sign for five years. He caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. After missing 12 games in 2013 with a dislocated and fractured hip, he caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Seahawks: Receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant were cut, saving about $12 million in salary cap space.

Sharper case: Ex-NFL safety Darren Sharper turned himself in to Los Angeles police after being named in a warrant in a New Orleans rape case. Sharper, 38, has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles and is under investigation for sexual assaults in Florida, Nevada and Arizona.

Reports: Incognito in psychiatric unit 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 11:58pm]
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