Hendricks violates restraining order

Updated: March 18, 2005, 10:00 PM ET
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars linebacker Tommy Hendricks was charged with violating a restraining order taken out by his former wife.

Hendricks was arrested Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge in nearby Clay County after calling his ex-wife twice the day after the restraining order was issued in Broward County, where the couple previously lived. He was later released on a $1,500 bond.

Team spokesman Dan Edwards said Friday that Hendricks also is being treated for an unspecified medical condition.

Edwards added that the team doesn't plan any disciplinary action against Hendricks, who joined the Jaguars last March after spending four seasons with the Dolphins. He played primarily on special teams last season.

"We're hopeful he'll be able to work out these problems," Edwards said. "Our main concern right now is for his well-being."

Hamilton Tiger-CatsHamilton Tiger-Cats: At least one CFL team is interested in quarterback Doug Flutie.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats general manager Ron Lancaster told radio station CHML on Thursday that the team plans to contact Flutie's agent next week. Flutie was released last week by the NFL's San Diego Chargers.

The 42-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner had an eight-year stint in the CFL and won the league's outstanding player award an unprecedented six times. He played for Chicago, New England, Buffalo and San Diego in the NFL.

There have been persistent reports that if Flutie returned to the CFL, his brother, Darren, might come out of retirement.

But Darren Flutie told the station he doesn't think a CFL return is likely, adding he has a good job in Boston and has re-signed to be a CBC broadcaster this season.

"I saw an article that actually mentioned that we may be coming to Hamilton and playing," he told the station. "It's the farthest thing from the truth at this point."

Philadelphia Eagles: Linebacker Keith Adams agreed to a one-year contract following a season in which his career-high 54 tackles helped Philadelphia reach the Super Bowl.

Adams also is a key player on special teams whose value rose after he played well as a starter filling in for Mark Simoneau in the playoffs.

Adams, a seventh-round pick by Tennessee in 2001, played parts of two seasons with Dallas before being claimed off waivers by the Eagles in October 2002. The son of former New England Patriot Julius Adams, he has 93 tackles in 51 career games.

Atlanta Falcons: Continuing the reshaping of their safety corps, the club signed unrestricted free agent Ronnie Heard, a five-year veteran who had played his entire NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

In 69 appearances, including 24 starts, Heard has 167 tackles, six interceptions 15 passes defensed and 3 sacks. In addition to being a solid "nickel" defender, the hard-hitting Heard is a special teams standout. He is familiar with Jim Mora, having played for him when the Falcons head coach was the San Francisco defensive coordinator.

Heard, 28, entered the league as an undrafted college free agent in 2000. The former University of Mississippi star is the second unrestricted free agent safety added by the Falcons in the past two weeks, as the team earlier signed Rich Coady of St. Louis. The Falcons have signed six free agents in all, all middle-level performers, and concentrated on improving their overall depth.

Contract details on Heard, who started in 14 games last season, were not yet available.

Baltimore Ravens: Three-year veteran Dave Zastudil, one of the top young punters in the league, has re-signed with the club, ESPN.com has learned. A restricted free agent, it is believed that Zastudil signed the one-year qualifying offer.

A fourth-round pick in the 2002 draft, the former Ohio University star possesses a rare combination of leg strength and accuracy. He missed three games in 2002 with a shoulder injury but is completely recovered now. Despite missing three games, he still ranked No. 3 in the AFC with 26 punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

Zastudil, 26, has a career average of 41.0 yards gross and 36.9 yards net. He has 78 kicks inside the 20-yard line and just 25 touchbacks.

Denver Broncos: Offensive lineman Cooper Carlisle changed his mind after agreeing to a deal with the Ravens, and instead decided to stay with the Broncos.

The guard, a backup most of last season who will have a chance to start in 2005, signed a two-year deal Friday.

On Tuesday, Carlisle agreed in principle to a two-year contract worth $2 million with the Ravens. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound blocker was slated to be the primary backup to right tackle Orlando Brown and guards Edwin Mulitalo and Keydrick Vincent.

The Broncos also signed unrestricted free agent punter Jason Baker to a one-year contract believed to include a minimum base salary of $540,000.

Baker, 26, is now the third punter added by the team in the past two weeks. All three of the candidates can also handle kickoff chores. That is a key, since the Denver coaches do not want star placement specialist Jason Elam to kick off.

A former University of Iowa star, Baker appeared in four games for the Broncos in 2004, and averaged 39.4 yards gross and 34.4 yards net. For his career, Baker has a 39.6-yard gross average and net average of 34.8 yards.

ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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