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NFL notes: Sharper facing more rape charges

An arrest warrant was issued for former safety Darren Sharper and another man, accusing them of raping two women in New Orleans last year.

Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada, and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.

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The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes detectives Thursday obtained warrants for the 38-year-old Sharper and 26-year-old Erik Nunez. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape.

New Orleans police said the two women were raped at the same location Sept. 23.

Sharper was an All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints.

Incognito dents car

Police checking on reported damage to a car belonging to Richie Incognito, the offensive lineman at the center of the Dolphins’ bullying scandal, said Incognito told a Scottsdale, Ariz., officer he did the damage himself.

Sergeant Mark Clark said the Dolphins guard took responsibility when police contacted him Thursday.

He said police first went to Incognito’s home Wednesday after being contacted by TMZ Sports and being given a photo of a black Ferrari with several dents in its hood.

Clark said further details are unavailable because no report was filed because no crime was reported. He said Scottsdale police are done with the matter.

An investigation conducted for the NFL determined Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman, and an assistant trainer.

Eagles sign two

The Eagles agreed to a five-year contract with wide receiver Riley Cooper and a seven-year deal with center Jason Kelce. They gave All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters a new five-year deal Wednesday.

Cooper would’ve become a free agent next month after a breakout season in which he set career highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (835), and touchdowns (eight). His deal is worth $25 million over five years with about $10 million guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms weren’t announced.

‘‘Riley is one of the toughest and hardest-working guys in our locker room,’’ coach Chip Kelly said.

Cooper has come a long way since leaving the Eagles for three days during training camp after using a racial slur.

‘‘I didn’t test free agency because I wanted to be here,’’ he said.

Cooper blossomed in his first season as a starter after Jeremy Maclin went down for the season with a knee injury in camp. Maclin, a former first-round pick, is scheduled to be a free agent, but the Eagles are hoping to bring him back.

Kelce was signed through 2016, and the new deal adds four years to his contract. Overall, it’s worth $37.5 million with $13 million guaranteed, according to the person familiar with the deals.

‘‘The numbers just sounded right,’’ Kelce said.

Kelce was part of an offensive line that helped the Eagles lead the NFL in rushing while setting a franchise record for points (442).

Ravens cut a pair

The Ravens terminated the contracts of three-time Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach and six-year linebacker Jameel McClain.

Leach and McClain were part of the Super Bowl champions two seasons ago.

Although Leach played in all 16 games in 2013, the Ravens’ ground game struggled and Leach often watched from the sideline while Baltimore opted for a one-back set.

McClain was limited to 10 games last season after missing the first six weeks with a bruised spinal cord.

Baker re-ups

The Redskins re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker to a three-year contract worth $12 million. The deal includes $4 million of guaranteed money. Baker has spent two seasons with the Redskins, playing in 29 games. He started the final three games last season after Stephen Bowen was sidelined with a knee injury. Baker has played both tackle and end, and he’ll be a possible contender for a regular starting job at end in the team’s 3-4 alignment under new coach Jay Gruden, especially with both Bowen and Adam Carriker recovering from major injuries . . . The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with center Roberto Garza. Garza, who turns 35 in March, was the lone holdover on a line that featured four new starters last season. He has appeared in 194 games and made 164 starts over 13 seasons with the Bears and Falcons . . . The 49ers and offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season. San Francisco selected Kilgore in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Appalachian State. He has played in 33 regular-season games, plus all six playoff games the last two seasons. He has split time at guard and center. With veteran center Jonathan Goodwin set to become an unrestricted free agent, Kilgore could take over the starting center role next season . . . The Packers signed running back Michael Hill and re-signed safety Chris Banjo. Hill appeared in two games for the Packers in 2013 and was signed by the Buccaneers from Green Bay’s practice squad Nov. 13. Banjo appeared in all 16 Packers games with one start in 2013. He posted 15 tackles and a pass defensed, in addition to ranking second on the club with 10 coverage tackles on special teams . . . The NFL announced the Giants and Bills will open the 2014 exhibition schedule in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The game will be held Aug. 3, the day after the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions. This year’s Hall class includes former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and ex-Bills receiver Andre Reed.

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