NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- The NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a March traffic stop.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. The fine levied Tuesday is the maximum allowed under league rules.
Hours earlier, Irsay was in an Indiana courtroom, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.
He must submit to drug testing for a year and cannot drink or possess alcohol during that time. His driver's license also was suspended for one year.
-The Associated Press
Texans sign Watt to huge extension
HOUSTON -- A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been signed. Multiple media reports said the agreement was for six years and $100 million, with $51.8 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus.
Watt had two years left on his contract that was due to pay him $1.9 million this year and just under $7 million in 2015. He expressed his desire for a new contract last month as the Texans were practicing with the Denver Broncos.
The 25-year-old Watt has emerged as one of the league's most dominant players, with 74 tackles for loss, 36 sacks and 27 pass breakups since he joined the league as the 11th overall pick in 2011.
-The Associated Press
Chiefs sign Kurt Coleman
Andy Reid has reunited with safety Kurt Coleman in Kansas City. The former Eagle signed with the Chiefs on Tuesday, according to his agent Blake Baratz.
In four years with the Birds, Coleman started 29 times, often in a porous secondary. He totaled 170 tackles, seven interceptions and 11 passes defensed in 59 games. Five of those seven picks came in two games, a three-interception game against Washington in 2011 and a two-pick outing in the 2012 season opener in Cleveland.
Coleman will provide the Chiefs some safety depth behind starters Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah.