The Journal Gazette
Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:00 am

NFL free agency

Colts add another ex-Niner

Wire services

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts added another piece to their defense Wednesday by signing Sheldon Day.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

He's the second former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle to join the Colts since free agency opened last week. The Colts acquired All-Pro DeForest Buckner in a trade last week.

The 6-foot-1, 285-pound Day has played in 56 games in four seasons with Jacksonville and San Francisco. He has 53 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and six sacks. The Indianapolis native was originally taken by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2016 draft out of Notre Dame.

Cowboys, Prescott working on deal

The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott have resumed discussions on a long-term deal, a source said Wednesday evening. Last week, Dallas placed the exclusive franchise tag on Prescott, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted free agent and not allowing any other NFL club to negotiate with him. The Cowboys and Prescott have until July 15 to reach a multi-year deal; otherwise, Prescott must play on a one-year tag. What that tag is worth won't be finalized until April 17.

Prescott counts for $26.8 million – the figure for quarterbacks who received the non-exclusive tag. His exclusive tag amount will be the average of the five highest quarterback salaries or the non-exclusive tag amount – whichever is higher.

Facilities closed for 2 weeks

Commissioner Roger Goodell instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

In a memo, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8, when the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities.

The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25. Several teams have suggested there could be a competitive disadvantage in keeping those dates and have cited the inability to perform physical exams on draft prospects. But the draft remains on schedule and will ne under a new format because the public events set for Las Vegas were scrapped.

Only the following employees can be at team facilities for the next two weeks:

• Trainers or doctors who are providing ongoing medical treatment to players.

• Directors of facilities, security personnel and independent contracts who maintain physical security of the facilities.

• Technology personnel necessary to maintain security and operational capabilities of a team's IT network that enables remote work.

“During this time,” Goodell wrote, “clubs are free to conduct all normal business operations, including signing players, evaluating draft-eligible prospects, selling tickets and other activities to prepare for the 2020 season.”

Extra points

Minnesota agreed to contract terms with wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe and defensive end Anthony Zettel, adding two fifth-year veterans at positions vacated by star players. Sharpe, who played his first four NFL seasons for Tennessee, had a career-high four touchdown receptions last year, to go with 329 yards. Zettel has spent time with Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and San Francisco. ... Kansas City agreed to one-year deals with defensive tackle Mike Pennel and fullback Anthony Sherman. ... Free agent offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo and  Tennessee agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Sambrailo spent the past three seasons with Atlanta. ... The New York Jets and ex-Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor agreed to a one-year contract. 


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