Washburn and Bishop Carroll product Joe Hastings could be added to the San Francisco 49ers active roster today.
On Wednesday, a day after San Francisco released Braylon Edwards, coach Jim Harbaugh said the team probably will fill the roster spot with one of two in-house candidates, practice-squad wideouts Hastings and John Matthews. After Harbaugh spoke, Matthews indicated Hastings would earn the promotion.
"I think Joe's the guy who's the next man up," Matthews told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Hastings, 6-foot and 185 pounds, has been with the 49ers since training camp after catching 87 passes for 1,546 yards and earning third-team Little All-American honors last year at Washburn.
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Source: Succop signs 5-yr, $14M deal with Chiefs — A person familiar with the deal says the Kansas City Chiefs have signed kicker Ryan Succop to a $14 million, five-year contract extension.
ESPN.com, citing anonymous sources, first reported the deal.
The contract includes a $2 million signing bonus, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity late Friday because an official announcement had not been made.
Succop was tagged with the "Mr. Irrelevant" nickname when he was the final pick of the 2009 draft. But he's been quite relevant for the Chiefs this season, hitting 24 of 29 field goal attempts, including 22 straight to match a franchise record.
Lawyer: Suit filed for some 20 NFL players — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton and some 20 other NFL players are suing a Chicago law firm for more than $10 million, claiming they received bad financial advice on investing in energy concerns.
The 14-page lawsuit filed this week in Cook County Circuit Court claims that the alleged negligence of Chuhak & Tecson cost Orton and the other players millions of dollars related to energy investments. The firm did not return several messages left Friday seeking comment.
The lawsuit only lists two individuals by name as plaintiffs — Orton, now 29, a former quarterback for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, and Atlanta lawyer Edward Rappaport. Plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Konicek said the others he represents in the suit are all NFL players he declined to identify.
"I think this says a lot about the vulnerabilities of NFL players — that they rely on the expertise of others," he said. "They relied on people who were supposed to have their best interests in mind."
In 2005, the law firm encouraged then-rookie Orton and others to set up partnerships that, in turn, would invest in producers and sellers of gas generated at landfills, the lawsuit says. The plaintiffs didn't find out until 2010 that they didn't qualify for tax breaks that Chuhak & Tecson allegedly assured them they would benefit from.
Instead, the investors "suffered millions of dollars in damages, including loss of investment, adverse tax consequences, penalties, expenses and professional fees," the lawsuit claims.
The suit itself doesn't provide an exact figure for how much the parties are seeking in damages, but Konicek said that, combined, it will be more than $10 million.
"This is a lesson to make sure you're dealing with the right people," said Konicek. "These guys thought they were."
Cardinals' Dockett fined $30K for 2 hits against Cincy — Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for hitting Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton below the knees last weekend and another $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle on Bengals running back Bernard Scott.
Dockett was called for 15-yard penalties on each play in the Cardinals' 23-16 loss last Saturday.