Three strikes and you're out works in baseball, but it remains to be seen whether that applies to Broncos tight end Dwayne Carswell.
The 31-year-old Carswell, who just two years ago earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, is in trouble again for domestic violence -- his third arrest in five years.
The latest accusation involves charges in Atlanta that he picked up his girlfriend by the neck.
Last year he agreed to restitution and community service after a second mistrial on charges that he assaulted and harassed a former girlfriend. In 1998, he was arrested on a similar charge but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of harassment.
According to the NFL's personal conduct policy, a player convicted of or admitting to a criminal violation is subject to discipline as determined by commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Disciplinary action may include a fine, suspension without pay and/or banishment from the league.v The policy also states that any player convicted of or admitting to a second criminal violation will be suspended without pay or banished for a period of time to be determined by the commissioner. The league has acknowledged it is investigating Carswell's status, but wouldn't say a suspension is imminent.
Though it's possible the most recent case could be dragged out until after the season, the Broncos have to be wondering if he's become more of a liability than an asset.
Carswell is listed as a backup to Shannon Sharpe, but there's little question he is a much better blocking tight end.
And with Sharpe expected to call it quits after the 2003 season, the ranks will grow thinner.
Coaches were so impressed with Putzier's promise that they released Desmond Clark last year.
Now, with Carswell facing possible NFL suspension if convicted, the Putzier plan may be accelerated.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
--Call it the year of change for Jake Plummer. He has a new job in a new city, with a new team and a new house. This summer, he made another big change, becoming engaged to his longtime girlfriend whom he met at Arizona State.
"That's two pretty big life-changing moves. We'll see how things go," he said.
--There's little question the Broncos are expecting big things out of Rod Smith this year. So much so that he is featured on the cover of the 2003 media guide.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think this team is going to win and it's not going to be only because of me. It's going to be because of a lot of guys." -- New quarterback Jake Plummer on insisting he is just one piece of the puzzle in Denver.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED: WR Adrian Madise (5th; $1.705M/5 yrs, $190,000 SB; 2003 cap: $263,000).
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: LB Keith Burns (cut; $680,000/1 yr, $25 RB; 2003 cap: $475,000); WR Chris Cole (RFA; $605,000/1 yr); FB Reuben Droughns (RFA; $605,000/1 yr); PK Jason Elam (Potential UFA, $9M/5 yrs, $2.675 SB); QB Jarious Jackson (RFA; $605,000/1 yr); CB Jimmy Spencer (cut; $760,500/1 yr, no SB; 2003 cap: $450,000).
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: OT Ed Ellis (FA Chargers; terms unknown); S Nick Ferguson (not tendered as RFA/Jets; terms unknown); S Lee Flowers (not tendered as UFA by Steelers; $655,000/1 yr; 2003 cap: $450,000); DT Daryl Gardener (UFA Redskins; $34.87M/7 yrs, $5M SB; 2003 cap: $1.373M); OG Heath Irwin (UFA Rams; $680,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); QB Danny Kanell (FA; terms unknown); QB Jake Plummer (UFA Cardinals; $40.7M/7 yrs, $7M SB/$6M option SB '05; 2003 cap: $1.53M); LB Quincy Stewart (not tendered as ERFA/49ers; terms unknown).
PLAYERS LOST: OT Blake Brockermeyer (cut); TE Matt Dominguez (cut); OG Lennie Friedman (cut); RB Olandis Gary (UFA Bills; 2 yrs, $175,000 SB, other terms unknown); QB Brian Griese (cut); DT Chester McGlockton (cut); WR Phil McGeoghan (not tendered as ERFA/Jets; $300,000/1 yr); DE Kavika Pittman (cut); WR Scottie Montgomery (not tendered as RFA/Raiders; terms unknown); CB Tyrone Poole (UFA Patriots; $8M/4 yrs, $1.8M SB); DT Montae Reagor (UFA Colts; $17.23M/6 yrs, $2M SB); S Izell Reese (UFA Bills; terms unknown); CB Denard Walker (cut); DE Keith Washington (cut).
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.
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