Friday, January 19, 2018
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Wilder resolves his legal issues

TAMPA — Draft hopeful James Wilder Jr. no longer has a legal issue hanging over him.

Hillsborough County Judge Margaret Courtney dismissed a charge of driving on a suspended license with knowledge after the 22-year-old Wilder appeared before her Tuesday with a valid license.

The former Plant High and FSU running back was cited March 1 then arrested on a warrant April 13 because he missed his court date. He lost his license in December for having no proof of insurance, but state records show he satisfied the insurance requirement March 12.

Cowboys: Linebacker Bradie James signed a one-day contract Tuesday, wrapping up a career that included him being one of six Cowboys with at least 1,000 career tackles. The 33-year-old James, the team's fourth-round pick out of LSU in 2003, played his final season with Houston in 2012. He set a franchise record by leading Dallas in tackles for six consecutive seasons.

Jets: Michael Vick's new jersey number cost him $10,000 — all of it going to charity. The quarterback negotiated for the number with punter Ryan Quigley, who previously wore No. 1. "I think it's great that Ryan was willing to change as long as it was for a good cause," Vick said in a statement released by his publicist Monday night. "I loved his idea." Vick plans to make a donation in Quigley's name to Teen Angel of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Quigley is a North Myrtle Beach native — and to the Boys and Girls Club of New York.

Redskins: On the same day Tanard Jackson, 28, a 2007 Bucs draft pick, was reinstated by the NFL, the team terminated his contract, which was for the upcoming season and worth $700,000. The free safety had been suspended indefinitely on Aug. 31, 2012, because of a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. It was the third time the NFL suspended him. Washington signed Jackson in 2012 to be its starting free safety just a few days after he was released by the Bucs.

seahawks: Strong safety Kam Chancellor had hip surgery. The team confirmed Chancellor's surgery on Tuesday following a report from nfl.com. No details were released, only that it took place a month ago. Chancellor, 26, had been bothered by his hips in the past but has missed just one regular-season game in his four-year career. It's not known how much the surgery will limit his ability to participate in offseason workouts and training camp.

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