NFL notebook: Kraft reportedly wants to block alleged video release
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is seeking to suppress video evidence that authorities assert support the solicitation of prostitution charges filed against him, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Per the report, a motion was filed Wednesday by Kraft's attorneys with
intentions to make sure the video, which he said has been described as
"graphic and damning," never is released. The report calls the motion a
"warning shot" to prosecutors that Kraft's team will challenge that police had
probable cause even to collect the video as evidence.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that prosecutors offered to defer
prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but
any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence
to lead to a conviction at trial, along with other stipulations. CNN reported
Wednesday Kraft will reject the offer.
Kraft entered a not guilty plea after being charged with two misdemeanor
counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The
77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia
Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money.
--Much of the New York Giants' top brass -- including head coach Pat Shurmur,
offensive coordinator Mike Shula and senior vice president of player personnel
Chris Mara -- took Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to dinner Tuesday
night, then studied his on-field drills at the Buckeyes' Pro Day the following
Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network summed up the action: "Strong
workout for Haskins. Improved foot quickness, excellent anticipation and pace
on the ball."
Haskins could be the choice if New York is ready to try to draft the
replacement for Eli Manning with the No. 6 overall pick, but there could be
competition as other quarterback-needy teams assess their draft positions.
Haskins said he would soon meet with the Oakland Raiders (who hold the No. 4
pick), the Denver Broncos (No. 10), the Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and the
Washington Redskins (No. 15).
--Also in Columbus, potential No. 1 overall pick Nick Bosa did not participate
in on-field drills after performing well in drill work at the 2019 NFL
He said he had meetings scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the
No. 2 pick, and the Giants. He also interviewed with all the top teams at the
combine, including Arizona, which picks first. Bosa had 29 tackles for loss,
including 17.5 sacks, in 29 career games for the Buckeyes.
--Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told Sports Radio 950 KJR in
Seattle that "more surgeries (are) on the way, most likely," while the NFL
Network's Mike Garafolo cited a source in saying that Baldwin will meet with
Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia in early April about a potential sports
Baldwin, 30, missed two games in September with a knee injury and a shoulder
problem arose later in the campaign. He had surgeries to address both issues
--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added two women as assistant coaches, making them
the first full-time female coaches in team history and making the Bucs the
first NFL team with two female coaches on staff. Maral Javadifar will take on
the role as assistant strength and conditioning coach as Lori Locust will be
an assistant defensive line coach.
--Quarterback Trevor Siemian has agreed to a reported one-year deal worth $2
million with the New York Jets. Siemian spent all of last season on
Minnesota's active roster, although he did not play as Kirk Cousins' backup
after the Vikings acquired him in a trade with Denver last March. Siemian, 27,
started 24 games for the Broncos over the 2016 and '17 seasons, passing for
5,686 yards and 30 touchdowns against 24 interceptions.
--The Minnesota Vikings, in search of help at offensive guard, announced the
signing of Josh Kline, who was released last week by the Tennessee Titans. The
deal is for three years and $15.75 million, according to the NFL Network's Ian
Rapoport. ... The Chicago Bears re-signed punter Patrick O'Donnell and backup
quarterback Tyler Bray.
--Field Level Media