Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Allen Barbre was suspended for the first four regular-season games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Barbre is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
He is under contract through the 2012 season and is scheduled to make $700,000.
Barbre played for Green Bay from 2007-09, and appeared in three games for Seattle in 2010 and four last season. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound former Missouri Southern lineman also spent time with Miami in 2010, but didn’t play.
UNION FILES CAP SUIT
The players’ union claimed that the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion.
The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, which oversees the Reggie White settlement covering NFL labor matters. But the league says the union has no grounds for the action and is prohibited from filing it by the collective bargaining agreement.
The complaint claims there was a “conspiracy” to set a $123 million salary cap for the 2010 season, when owners did not have the authority to do so. The Cowboys and Redskins have had their future salary caps lowered for overspending in 2010, Dallas by $10 million over two seasons, Washington by a whopping $36 million.
Both teams lost a grievance against those reductions Tuesday. The union’s lead outside counsel, Jeffrey Kessler, said that the complaint would have been filed no matter how the arbitrator ruled and that the timing was coincidental.
The 49ers signed three-time All-Pro punter Andy Lee to a six-year contract extension through the 2018 season. Lee set the NFL single-season record last year in net punting average (44.0). … Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins has been the notable absence throughout offseason workouts and into this first week of organized team activities as he’s rehabilitating from shoulder surgery. There are numerous reports that Jenkins wants to be traded, but coach Jason Garrett said that is not going to happen. … Former cornerback William James faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine after pleading guilty to a complaint charging him with willful failure to file tax returns from 2005-09. He was known as Will Peterson when he played for the Giants from 2001-05. … The Patriots have signed Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones, the No. 21 overall pick. … The Broncos have traded defensive back Cassius Vaughn to the Colts for fullback Chris Gronkowski, brother of tight ends Rob (Patriots) and Dan (Browns) Gronkowski. The only other fullback on Denver’s roster is former Washington Husky Austin Sylvester, who has yet to play in the NFL. … The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with free agent defensive tackle Nate Collins.