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Seahawks sign former first-rounder Warrick


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The Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday signed receiver Peter Warrick, a day after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals.

After passing a physical Wednesday morning, Warrick signed a one-year contract worth $1.4 million, including a $900,000 base salary and a $500,000 signing bonus, said Drew Rosenhaus, Warrick’s agent in Miami. He also has an opportunity to earn $880,000 in incentives.

A day before he was cut by Cincinnati, the injury-plagued Warrick had asked to be released if the Bengals had written him out of their plans.

Seattle was the first team to call when he was released, Rosenhaus said, and the first team the receiver visited.

“They’re a team that really needs help at the receiver position,” Rosenhaus said. “There’s an opportunity there for Peter to come in and contribute right away.”

He faces stiff competition in Seattle, where he’ll be the 10th receiver on the Seahawks’ roster. He’ll be battling for one of five or six spots when the Seahawks make final cuts after their last exhibition game Friday night against Minnesota.

Warrick’s history of leg problems is not an issue, though, Rosenhaus said.

“We don’t really have any reservations about his health,” the agent said. “We’re confident that he’s healthy and ready to do this.”

Warrick, 28, was the fourth overall pick in the 2000 draft when he was selected by the struggling Bengals from national champion Florida State. But Cincinnati failed to make the playoffs or have a winning season during his five years, and he had only one notable season.

He caught 79 passes for 819 yards in 2003, carried 18 times for 157 yards and scored eight touchdowns.

Colts’ Pope suspended for year

The Indianapolis Colts expected linebacker Kendyll Pope to make a contribution this season, but they’ll have to wait at least one more year to get him on the field.

Pope was suspended for the season by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Pope missed all but two games in 2004 because of a hip flexor injury.

“We’ll do as much as we can to help Kendyll get through this, but it’s a situation where he has to satisfy the league,” coach Tony Dungy said. “It’s not a situation I’ve dealt with many times.”

Neither the Colts, who announced the suspension, nor the NFL said the substance for which Pope had tested positive.

The Colts put Pope on the reserve-suspended list Tuesday, though the punishment wasn’t announced until Wednesday. Pope’s agent, George Mavrikes, didn’t return a phone message left by the Associated Press.

The suspension begins immediately, and Pope can’t practice or play with the Colts until next August. The length of the suspension indicates the fourth-round draft pick in 2004 has tested positive for a banned substance at least three times.

Green travels with Packers

Green Bay running back Ahman Green traveled with the Packers to Tennessee for their final preseason game after agreeing to undergo counseling and perform community service to avoid a trial on a domestic violence charge.

Green signed an agreement to “complete meaningful counseling” and perform 100 hours of community service. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the case in one year if conditions of the deal are met.

Had he been convicted, the Pro Bowler faced up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. He also faced potential sanctions from the NFL.

“Green Bay added Pro Bowl tight end Bubba Franks to the active roster and claimed linebacker Corey Jenkins on waivers.

Franks signed a $28 million, seven-year contract last week after missing all of training camp. The team received a commissioner’s roster exemption because of Franks’ holdout.

The Packers also picked up Jenkins on waivers from the Miami Dolphins and waived linebacker Zac Woodfin.

Bengals claim receiver

The Bengals claimed rookie receiver Dante Ridgeway off waivers from the St. Louis Rams, adding to the competition at their deepest position.

The move came a day after the club released Peter Warrick, a receiver who had played in only one preseason game because of injuries.

Ridgeway was the Rams’ sixth-round draft pick out of Ball State.

To open a roster spot, the Bengals waived offensive tackle Benton Johnson, a second-year player from Mississippi who missed all of last season with a torn thigh muscle.

Elling out for Friday

Aaron Elling will miss Friday’s preseason game because of a strained right hip, all but ending his chance to be Minnesota’s kicker.

Coach Mike Tice stopped short of declaring Paul Edinger the winner, but Edinger won’t have any competition for the second straight week. The Vikings visit Seattle to finish the exhibition season.

Jets waive DT Harper

The New York Jets waived defensive tackle Alan Harper.

Harper was selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2002 draft. He played in 11 regular-season games last year and posted six tackles.

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