NFL: Arizona signs top draft pick Floyd

Posted: June 13, 2012

Arizona signed first-round draft pick Michael Floyd of Notre Dame to a five-year contract, the team said Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound wide receiver was the 13th overall pick in the draft after setting school records in receptions (271), yards receiving (3,686) and touchdowns (37) in 43 games with the Irish.

'Cinco to Miami

Chad Ochocinco signed with Miami just four days after being released by New England. The signing was reported on the wide receiver's website,, hours after he had a tryout with the Dolphins, who are thin at the position and dropping a lot of passes in offseason drills.

The team declined to comment.

Bounty penalty sustained

An arbitrator ruled that Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline former defensive end Anthony Hargrove for the New Orleans bounties program.

University of Pennsylvania professor Stephen Burbank issued the ruling.


Derrick Mason stepped into retirement as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, the team that provided the sure-handed wide receiver the biggest thrills and, he said, most significant friendships over his 15-year NFL career.

Mason, 38, played eight seasons with Tennessee before signing as a free agent with Baltimore in 2005. He never missed a game over six seasons with the Ravens and is the team career leader with 471 catches and 5,777 yards receiving. He also ranks second with 29 touchdown catches.

Elsewhere: The NFL suspended Minnesota wide receiver Jerome Simpson for the first three games of the 2012 season, following a felony drug conviction tied to a marijuana shipment to his home last fall. . . . The New York Giants waived starting tight end Jake Ballard after he failed a physical exam. Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Giants' Super Bowl victory over New England in February. . . . Arizona re-signed defensive end Vonnie Holliday to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. . . . Cincinnati reached a deal with receiver Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers, the first of the Bengals' two picks in the third round. . . . Jacksonville GM Gene Smith Jaguars said he won't renegotiated running back Maurice Jones-Drew's contract.

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