MINNEAPOLIS The NFL is asking a federal court to vacate a judge's ruling allowing suspended quarterback Michael Vick to keep $16.5 million in bonuses.
The NFL also wants to end the jurisdiction of U.S. District Judge David Doty over labor matters.
Doty ruled earlier this month that the Atlanta Falcons would violate the NFL collective bargaining agreement if they tried to recover the roster bonus Vick already received. The league argues that Doty's public comments show he is biased against it.
Vick is serving a 23-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal charges in a dogfighting operation. After the plea, the Falcons tried to recover about $20 million in bonuses Vick earned from 2004 to 2007.
"Michael Vick breached his contract and cannot play because he was convicted of a felony and is sitting in jail," the NFL said in a statement.
JAGS FILL COACHING VACANCIES: The Jacksonville Jaguars rounded out their coaching staff Thursday, hiring assistant secondary coach Thom Kaumeyer and assistant special teams coach Nate Kaczor. The additions complete a significant turnover for coach Jack Del Rio, who also hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and secondary coach Donnie Henderson. Ted Monachino was promoted to defensive line coach after spending the past two seasons as assistant defensive line coach, and Tom Williams will serve as a defensive assistant.
DANSBY GETS FRANCHISE TAG: The Arizona Cardinals have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Karlos Dansby. The move prevents Dansby from becoming a free agent but guarantees him a salary of just over $8 million. Dansby led the Cardinals in tackles last season with 117 despite missing two games. He also had 3 1/2 sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.
PACMAN SETTLES CHARGES: Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones settled his last pending criminal charge Thursday in a plea the prosecutor said makes the cornerback a convicted felon. Jones was charged with obstructing a police officer two years ago in Georgia. "It is clearly a conviction," District Attorney General Scott Ballard said. Jones' attorney and agent, Manny Arora, called the plea the equivalent of no contest. Jones was sentenced to three years of probation for the run-in with police on Feb. 6, 2006, outside the family home of his pregnant girlfriend in Fayetteville, Ga. He also paid a $500 fine.
GIANTS' PIERCE CHARGED: New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce was accused of neglecting one of his dogs in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. The Middlesex County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued a summons Wednesday. The group said Pierce's two pit bulls escaped from a fenced enclosure in his yard on Jan. 30 just days before the game. Pierce was issued the summons because one of the dogs was found to be underweight and suffering from a respiratory illness.
BILLS RELEASE 3 PLAYERS: The Bills released receiver Peerless Price on Thursday, ending his disappointing two-year run in Buffalo. Price missed the final 12 games this past season after surgery to repair a disk in his neck. He finished with seven catches for 68 yards. The Bills also released linebacker Kevin Harrison and defensive back E.J. Underwood.