The players’ union representative from the Miami Dolphins said the fallout from their bullying scandal is overblown because every NFL team has a similar locker room culture.
Long snapper John Denney, a nine-year veteran, said Monday he hadn’t read the investigative report on the Dolphins case. But any harassment among players is nothing new, he said.
‘‘It’s overblown, because this has been my experience with the league my entire career from Day 1,’’ Denney said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. ‘‘If something needed to be done, it needed to be done a long time ago. It has never escalated. I never saw conditions worsen. I guess we’re late in getting to the issue.
‘‘I would be comfortable in saying if you put an investigation on any of the 32 teams in the NFL, you’re going to come out with the exact same results.’’
In a report released Feb. 14, investigators found guard Richie Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman, and an assistant trainer.
Denney, at 35 the Dolphins’ oldest player, said behavior among players was no different last year than when his NFL career began in 2005. Bullying of rookies was common then, too, he said.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he’s confident the necessary changes will be made to ensure a healthy locker room environment. Tannehill made his first public comments regarding the 144-page report.
‘‘I saw a few pages of it,’’ Tannehill said. ‘‘I got overwhelmed by 140-and-whatever pages and skipped it. I’m just glad it’s out. The evaluations and summaries have been made, the points have been taken, and now we can move forward. There’s no more being anxious about it coming out. We’ve had the consequences and repercussions, and now we can put it in the past and move forward.’’
NFL punishment of players who engaged in harassment may be forthcoming in the form of fines, suspensions, or both.
In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, 49ers owner Jed York stated that he wants to retain Jim Harbaugh and had “no interest” in the Browns’ trade offer for the coach.
York also noted that he hopes that a long-term contract can be reached with Harbaugh, who has coached San Francisco to three straight NFC championship games.
However, according to a report on CBSSports.com, the relationship between Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke is strained. This has led to protracted contract talks as well as persistent rumors that the team might have to decide between keeping Baalke or Harbaugh, as the two are only communicating via e-mail.
Archer wows in dash
Dri Archer, an all-purpose running back who played at Kent State, ran the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in 4.26 seconds, just short of Titans running back Chris Johnson’s event record. Johnson recorded a 4.24 in 2008, the fastest time since the league started officially recording times in 1999. Archer gained 854 yards and had 11 touchdowns for the Golden Flashes during his senior season despite missing two games . . . Former South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney ran a 4.53 official time in the 40-yard dash, the top mark among defensive lineman. Clowney did 21 reps at 225 pounds in the weightlifting workout, putting him in the second half of the defensive ends. Michael Sam, who is trying to become the first openly gay player in the NFL, posted a time of 4.91 . . . Linebacker Khalil Mack, who played at Buffalo, ran a 4.65 in the 40 and had a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and 40-inch vertical. He finished his career with 75 tackles for loss, tying an NCAA record. Linebacker Anthony Barr, who was originally a running back at UCLA before starting as a linebacker as a junior, ran a 4.66.
CBS promotes Scott
Bart Scott has been hired as a studio analyst for CBS’ ‘‘The NFL Today’’ pregame show. Scott will join James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, and Tony Gonzalez. The former linebacker was a studio analyst on CBS Sports Network’s weekly Sunday pregame show ‘‘That Other Pregame Show.’’ Before joining CBS Sports, Scott played for the Ravens (2002-08) and Jets (2009-12) . . . The Raiders signed special teams standout Taiwan Jones to a three-year extension that keeps him under contract through 2017. Jones was originally selected in the fourth round in 2011 by Oakland as a running back out of Eastern Washington. The Raiders moved Jones to cornerback last season but he did not play on defense. Jones made his impact on special teams, where he was credited with 13 solo tackles and two assists.