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The three offensive linemen named in the Miami Dolphins locker room harassment investigation will be subject to medical evaluations before being subject to potential discipline, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday.

Investigator Ted Wells submitted a report to the league in February that found Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry harassed and bullied former teammate Jonathan Martin over the previous two seasons. Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins on Nov. 3 and is a free agent, but neither Pouncey nor Jerry, who signed a free agent with the New York Giants this month, has been punished.

No punishments will come from Goodell until after testing for medical or psychological issues. "Once they have been evaluated, our joint medical professionals will make a determination on whether any treatment is necessary, and if that is a requirement they must fulfill that," Goodell said.

Goodell was asked Monday if suspensions are possible, and he declined to speculate.

"I think the first thing for us is to get the evaluations and determine treatments," Goodell said. "Depending on what the doctors prescribe for that, that could prevent them from being around football for some period of time."

The Dolphins scandal has been a frequent discussion point at the league meetings, including an opening presentation with the theme of "respect."

"This is a culture change. This is more about people understanding the importance of a professional workplace," Goodell said. "We will modify our policies, but more importantly we want to engage with our players and our coaches to make sure we're making the right choices."

Raiders hope to stay: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said his team's fans in Oakland shouldn't be worried about the franchise moving south to Los Angeles or anywhere else.

At least not yet.

"No, not at this time. We're trying to get something done in Oakland," Davis said Monday. "We'll see what happens there. The next step is if Oakland doesn't happen, we'll see what's after that."

The Raiders have signed a one-year extension to play at O.co Coliseum, the stadium the team shares with Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics, but Davis is pushing for a new, permanent home for the team he inherited from his father, Al Davis.

Mark Davis said one of the options he is not likely to pursue is sharing the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

"As I have explained many, many, many times, the Raiders would be like the (New York) Jets in the old Meadowlands, and that's not what I'm looking for," Davis said.

High priority: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said working out a new contract with starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a high priority for the Niners this offseason.

Kaepernick is heading into the final year of the rookie contract he signed in 2011 after he was drafted in the second round. Kaepernick is scheduled to make $1.073 million this season -- far below market value for a starting quarterback, let alone one who has reached two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl in two years as a starter.

"Those things tend to play out," Harbaugh said. "The priority is Colin Kaerpernick is a San Francisco 49er for however long we can have him be a 49er. It's definitely a high priority."

The 49ers added a new backup for Kaepernick this month when they traded a 2014 sixth-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for 2011 first-rounder Blaine Gabbert.

"I think he's a very talented player and his career so far hasn't gone on to be what he expected, and maybe what others expect it to be," Harbaugh said. "I believe that can be a real powerful opportunity and a motivator for a player to show, 'It wasn't me, it was my situation.' Now he has that opportunity. I'm very intrigued by that. I've seen it work."

Working it out: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday that he hasn't given up hope defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will stay with the team.

Wilfork remains under contract, with a $7.5 million salary and a salary-cap number of $11.6 million, but he has requested his release in lieu of a pay cut.

"He's making some individual decisions, and for us we have to put a team together of over 50people," Kraft said. "In the end it's about both parties feeling like it's a good transaction."

Compensatory picks: The NFL awarded 32 compensatory draft picks split up among 13teams for the 2014 draft. The Baltimore Ravens and Jets got the most with four each.

The league awards the extra selections based on a formula that determines which teams suffered more losses than gains in free agency before the previous season. The picks range from rounds three to seven. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Ravens and 49ers were the four teams gaining a third-round pick.

 

March 25, 2014

 

 
 

 

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