NFL notebook: Texans reportedly cut TE Griffin

NFL notebook: Texans reportedly cut TE Griffin
By Reuters

18/05/2019 at 02:32Updated 18/05/2019 at 02:34

The Houston Texans have released veteran tight end Ryan Griffin, multiple outlets reported Friday, three weeks after he was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., for allegedly punching a hotel window.

Griffin, 29, was charged with vandalism and public intoxication after he was
arrested April 26, the night of the second and third rounds of the NFL draft
held in Nashville. He sustained a bloody left hand in the incident and was
released a day later on $1,750 bond, with a court date set for May 31.

Griffin was entering the final year of a three-year, $9 million extension
signed in March of 2017. He was set to count $2.7 million against the cap, but
Houston will save all of that figure. A sixth-round pick by the Texans in
2013, Griffin had 24 catches for 305 yards in 14 games (11 starts) last
season. Through six seasons, he has 136 catches for 1,491 yards and seven
scores in 77 games (36 starts).

--New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder will miss offseason workouts as he
recovers from arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in an ankle, NFL
Network reported. He is expected to be ready to take part in training camp
this summer.

Solder, 31, played the first seven years of his career with New England before
he signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants in advance of the 2018
season. He started all 16 games.

The Giants will be counting on Solder to help improve the protection of the
quarterback after Eli Manning was sacked 47 times last season.

--The Baltimore Ravens made additions to both sides of the ball, reaching
one-year free agent deals with defensive end Shane Ray and wide receiver
Michael Floyd.

Ray, the 23rd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, had 12 sacks
over his first two NFL seasons, including eight in 2016. But multiple wrist
surgeries in 2017 led to a drop in production -- two sacks over the next two
seasons and inactive for the final three games of 2018.

Floyd, the 13th overall selection in 2012 by the Arizona Cardinals, has played
with four teams in the past three seasons. He was with the Washington Redskins
last season when he had 10 receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown over 13
games (three starts). He has 266 career receptions for 3,959 yards and 25
touchdowns.

--In other personnel moves:

The Carolina Panthers announced the signing of wide receiver Aldrick Robinson
to a one-year contract. He had 17 catches for 231 yards and a career-high five
touchdowns last season with Minnesota, his fifth team in seven seasons.

The New England Patriots signed linebacker Brandon King to a two-year
extension, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported. King's biggest impact comes on
special teams, where he has played 1,307 snaps over the last four seasons.

The Indianapolis Colts announced they have signed safety Isaiah Johnson and
waived cornerback D.J. Killings. Johnson, 27, has six tackles in 12 career
games with Detroit and the Los Angeles Rams. Killings, 23, has spent most of
his two-year career on numerous practice squads, though he was active for a
time with the Colts last season.

--Prosecutors in Florida are appealing a judge's decision to suppress video
evidence in their case against Robert Kraft, in which they allege the Patriots
owner solicited a prostitute at a massage parlor in Jupiter.

Earlier this week, Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser sided with the
defense's contention that the warrant that allowed recording devices into the
spa, and the methods detectives used to obtain video, did not sufficiently
protect the privacy and identity of innocent people in the surveillance
videos.

Kraft, 77, visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter on Jan. 19 and 20,
during which time prosecutors claim Kraft paid for and received sex acts at
the spa.

--Field Level Media

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