NFL Notes: Darrelle Revis' assault and robbery charges dismissed

NFL Notes: Darrelle Revis' assault and robbery charges dismissed

PITTSBURGH -- A judge has dismissed all charges against former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stemming from a fight last month in Pittsburgh.

Revis had been charged with aggravated assault and other counts in a fight Feb. 12 in which two men were punched and knocked out.

A witness testified Wednesday that he came to Revis' aid during the fight and was responsible for the knockout punches.

Police said the incident began when a man started recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it.

The Jets released Revis shortly after the incident and he's yet to sign with another team.

He starred at the University of Pittsburgh before the Jets drafted him 2007.

Patriots: Pro Bowl LB Hightower re-signed
BOSTON -- The Patriots have re-signed Pro Bowl linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

Hightower's agency, SportsTrust Advisors, tweeted the agreement on Wednesday and his agent Pat Dye, Jr confirmed it. The new pact is for four years and $43.5 million.

It brings back one of the Patriots' biggest free agents, who has helped New England win two Super Bowls in his five NFL seasons. He has 372 tackles and 17 sacks since being a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2012.

He also had one of the biggest plays in last month's Super Bowl. He forced a fumble on a sack on Atlanta's Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter, helping swing the momentum New England's way in its comeback 34-28 overtime victory.

Hightower, 27, took free agent visits with both the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, but will return to captain a defense that allowed a league-low 15.6 points per game during the regular-season in 2016.

Steelers: WR Justin Hunter gets 1-year deal
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have added depth at wide receiver, signing free agent Justin Hunter on Wednesday to a one-year deal.

Financial details were not disclosed. The 25-year-old Hunter split time between Buffalo and Miami in 2016, catching 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns. Hunter has 78 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns while playing for the Titans, the Bills and the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh is searching for quality behind star wide receiver Antonio Brown. The 6-foot-4 Hunter provides a red zone target the Steelers missed last season with Martavis Bryant serving a drug suspension. Pittsburgh is hopeful Bryant will return in 2017. Hunter joins a mix at receiver that includes Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers and Demarcus Ayers.

Eagles draft WR Mack Hollins with 4th-round pick

Eagles draft WR Mack Hollins with 4th-round pick

The Eagles finally drafted a weapon for Carson Wentz.

With their first of two fourth-round picks (No. 118 overall), the Eagles selected North Carolina wide receiver Mack Hollins from North Carolina.

Hollins (6-4, 221 pounds) was actually one of the prospects Wentz worked out with while in California earlier this offseason. While Hollins is a big receiver, he still ran a 4.53 at the combine.

"If he has insight because he worked out with a particular guy or knows a guy from college, then we want that information," Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman said to CSNPhilly last week.

It sounds like the Eagles liked what they heard from Wentz about Hollins, who shares an agent with Wentz — the reason the two were put together in California.

Hollins suffered a collarbone injury in October that needed surgery. He caught 16 passes for 309 yards in his abbreviated senior season.

In 2014 and 2015, he caught 65 passes for 1,358 yards and 16 touchdowns. Hollins led the NCAA in yards per reception as a junior (24.8 average) and averaged 20.6 yards per catch during his career, which set a UNC record. 

He's raw as a receiver, but is a very skilled special teams player. Last season, the Eagles had a lack of receivers who could play on special teams.

The Eagles still have four picks left on Day 3 of the draft. One more in the fourth round and then one pick in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.

(More coming...)

Eagles stay away from taking controversial RB Joe Mixon

Eagles stay away from taking controversial RB Joe Mixon

After spending the first day of the draft commending Derek Barnett's character and stressing the importance of character in their players, it would have been quite a departure to draft Joe Mixon in the second around.

They passed.

Mixon, the talented running back from Oklahoma who once punched a woman and broke her jaw, was available when the Eagles took corner Sidney Jones at pick No. 43.

The Bengals took him five spots later.

Was Mixon on the Eagles' draft board? Reports surfaced both ways in the weeks leading up to the start of the draft. On Friday, Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman wouldn't say one way or the other on Friday, but feel free to read between the lines.

"Yeah, I don't know that we necessarily want to get into each particular player, whether they were on our board or not," Roseman said. "We have very specific guidelines for guys that we're going to select or not; we made those decisions a long time ago. I know there have been a lot of reports, and I don't know where a lot of them have come from. But we make the decisions based on the people that we want to bring into this building and the criteria we put forth."

Last year, the Eagles took three players on Day 3 with some character concerns. With those picks they found some value. But obviously, those situation's were different from Mixon's.

And throughout the process, the Eagles have said they judge every player on a case-by-case basis.

“I heard a great story in that year away and when you have young players who are some of the leaders of your football team, you want to surround them with guys who have the same personality," Roseman said to CSNPhilly, "and for us it’s very important who we bring into this building and what the deal-breaker is for us, and we took that approach into the draft."