NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about the star’s off-field problems.
Goodell already has spoken with team owners about Roethlisberger, who is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub on March 5. Roethlisberger’s attorney says the quarterback committed no crime. Roethlisberger has yet to be interviewed by police in Milledgeville, Ga., and charges have not been filed.
“We take this issue very seriously,” Goodell said Monday at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla. “I am concerned that Ben continues to put himself in this position.
“I spoke with the Steelers and (team president) Art Rooney about it and, at some point, I will be meeting with Ben at the appropriate time.”
Roethlisberger also is being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel. He denies those allegations and has asked for counter-damages.
His latest alleged incident came during a 28th birthday party for Roethlisberger, who has a home about 30 miles from Milledgeville.
Redding signs with Ravens
Baltimore filled a void on its defensive line by reaching agreement on a two-year deal with former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cory Redding.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Redding, 29, started only three games for the Seahawks last year but has 18 career sacks over seven NFL seasons, the first six with Detroit. He has played in 101 games, 79 as a starter.
49ers, GM part ways
Scot McCloughan is out as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers in a “mutual parting,” and director of player personnel Trent Baalke will lead the team into next month’s draft.
Team president Jed York, in a conference call from the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., said the move was in the best interest of both parties and called it a “private personnel matter.”
Goodell likes the proposal to modify overtime in the playoffs. The competition committee recommended Monday to the 32 owners that a team losing the coin toss and then surrendering a field goal on the first possession should have a series of its own in OT. Such a rule would need 24 votes for ratification. … Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown, who had been in the suburban Atlanta area to help celebrate his parents’ anniversary, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and released from jail hours later, officials said Monday. … Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards signed a $6.1 million tender offer and reported for the first day of voluntary offseason workouts. Edwards was acquired last season from Cleveland. … The New England Patriots were awarded four compensatory picks in April’s draft to make up for free agents they lost last year. In all, 32 picks were given out. The Seattle Seahawks will receive one pick, the 245th overall, in the seventh round. … Restricted free agent linebacker Akeem Jordan will return to the Philadelphia Eagles next season after signing a one-year tender offer. … The St. Louis Rams have re-signed veteran defensive end James Hall. The 33-year-old Hall has played 10 NFL seasons, three in St. Louis.