BALTIMORE – Thousands of family and friends turned out Tuesday for the funeral of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
An important figure in the development of the league, Modell was one of the NFLs most polarizing owners. Cleveland fans never forgave him from moving his club to Baltimore for financial reasons after the 1995 season, but Ravens fans were fond of him and he also was remembered as a loving family man on Tuesday. Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Haloti Ngata and Torrey Smith were among current Ravens players who attended the funeral. Former Ravens players Michael McCrary, Peter Boulware and Rob Burnett also went to the service.
Goodell to meet with bounty players
The NFL confirmed that Commissioner Roger Goodell has agreed to meet with four players whose suspensions in connection with the bounty investigation were recently lifted by an appeals panel.
No dates have been set for the meetings.
Goodell is reconsidering whether to hand down revised suspensions to Saints linebacker Jon Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita, who was added back to the Browns roster Tuesday, and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove. The panel that lifted the four players suspensions on Friday did not permanently void them or address the merits of the bounty probe. Rather, it asked Goodell to start the disciplinary process over after ruling it was unclear whether he followed proper procedures in disciplining the players the first time.
Around the league
Indianapolis signed offensive tackle Bradley Sowell from Tampa Bays practice squad. Former New England center Dan Koppen signed with Denver. Oakland finalized a multiyear contract extension with fullback Marcel Reece. Oakland receiver Jacoby Ford will undergo surgery on his injured left foot.