NFL Notes: Cruz signs tender with Giants

NFL Notes: Cruz signs tender with Giants
June 14, 2013, 8:15 pm
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NEW YORK -- Wide receiver Victor Cruz has signed his $2.879 million tender with the New York Giants.

Two people familiar with the contract told The Associated Press on Friday that the restricted free agent with three years in the NFL had signed the tender while he works on a long-term deal with the Giants.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced publicly.

Had the 26-year-old Cruz not signed before Monday, the Giants' offer could have been reduced to $630,000 for the 2013 season. The Giants could have matched any offers Cruz received from other teams.

Cruz skipped all of New York's offseason program, but will be required to show up at training camp beginning in late July (see full story).

Jets: Winslow, New York agree to 1-year deal
NEW YORK -- Kellen Winslow Jr. turned a three-day tryout into another chance at reviving his NFL career.

The former Pro Bowl tight end was signed to a one-year deal by the New York Jets on Friday after a solid performance during the team's minicamp this week.

Winslow was brought in on a tryout basis and impressed coach Rex Ryan, who wouldn't comment Thursday as to whether a signing was imminent but seemed to indicate he was pleased with what he saw.

"That athleticism and his ability to catch the football," Ryan said, "it certainly jumps out," (see full story).

Steelers: Third arrest made in stabbing of Adams
PITTSBURGH -- Police say a third suspect in the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams has been captured in Florida.

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard says 26-year-old Jerrell Whitlock of Pittsburgh was arrested Friday morning in Gainesville in central Florida and is being held there.

Whitlock had been wanted on charges of attempted homicide, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy for his alleged role in the June 1 attack on Adams. Two other men are already jailed on similar charges.

According to a criminal complaint, the men tried to rob Adams as he left a restaurant around 3 a.m. and tried to steal his vehicle.

Adams had surgery for stab wounds but the 6-foot-7 345-pound lineman expects to recover by training camp in July.

Female official working toward NFL job
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis wasn't all that thrilled being called for an offside penalty on the final day of minicamp this week.

"I'm not exactly happy with that," Mathis said with a laugh.

The official that made the call? Sarah Thomas, who is on her way toward becoming the first permanent female official in the NFL. It could happen as early as the 2014 season.

"I'm certain I can't make everybody happy," Thomas said of that call on Mathis.

Thomas spent three days at the Colts minicamp as part of the NFL's officiating development program, and league officials say she would be the first woman to reach NFL fields through the program. She's expected to join the Colts in training camp next month and could call some preseason games this year (see full story).

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