NFL Notes: 'Skins seek dismissal of bounties suit

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NFL Notes: 'Skins seek dismissal of bounties suit
July 16, 2013, 7:45 pm

As training camp slowly approaches, Chip Kelly expects his first in Philadelphia to be fast and active, just like his college days at Oregon (see story).

Also, columnist John Gonzalez writes that quarterback Matt Barkley has felt the least amount of pressure in quite some time since arriving with the Eagles (see story).

Here's some news from around the NFL today:

Redskins: Team seeks dismissal of bounty suit
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former NFL player's lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.

The former player, linebacker Barrett Green, says he was targeted by the Redskins during a game on Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. Green was playing for the New York Giants at the time. He played for New York and for the Detroit Lions between 2000 and 2005. He filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Redskins, Williams and the player who hit him, Robert Royal.

The team said in a response filed Friday in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., that Green's claims are "utterly baseless." But, even if they were true, his lawsuit is pre-empted by an NFL collective bargaining agreement and was filed too late, lawyers for the team wrote.

The team argues that an NFL collective bargaining agreement in place at the time required Green to exhaust grievance and arbitration procedures before filing a lawsuit, which he did not do. The team also says the statute of limitations for all Green's claims is three years from the time of his injury. Green said in his lawsuit he was suspicious he may have been targeted when he was hit in 2004, and team lawyers wrote he had enough information then to pursue his claims if he wanted (see full story).

Packers: Favre's No. 4 to be retired, eventually
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers will definitely retire Brett Favre's No. 4.

It just won't happen during the upcoming 2013 season.

Speaking Tuesday after his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team's finances, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy made it clear that retiring Favre's number and reconciling with the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback is important to the franchise.

But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, "I don't anticipate that, no." 

Redskins: Cooley to work on radio
ASHBURN, Va. -- Longtime Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will work on the team's radio broadcasts.

The Redskins Radio Network announced Tuesday that Cooley will provide analysis starting with the first preseason game next month.

Cooley has not formally announced his retirement as a player, but he was not expected to return after nine seasons with the Redskins.

Cooley was a third-round draft pick in 2004. He didn't miss a game during his first five seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, but injuries began to limit his production. He was eventually passed on the depth chart by Fred Davis.

Cooley was released after training camp last year, then was re-signed after Davis was injured.

Cooley has 429 career catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns.

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