Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

NFL Roundup: Ex-WR Johnson sought on probation violation

The SportsXchange

Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson is wanted by authorities in Florida for violating multiple terms of his probation, according to an NFL.com report.

The Broward Sheriff's Office issued a warrant May 7 because Johnson failed to meet with probation specialists on Feb. 15 and March 15, and also didn't show proof of enrollment and completion of the "Batterers Intervention Program."

Johnson received probation after being accused of head-butting his then-wife, "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada, during an argument in August in the driveway of their home. The fight started when Lozada found a receipt for condoms in the couple's car, according to the police report. Arrested Aug. 11 and charged with domestic battery, Johnson pleaded no contest and received one year probation.

Johnson, 35, spent 11 years in the league, mostly with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Miami Dolphins released him after his August arrest, and no team picked him up.

---Doug Whaley took over as general manager of the Buffalo Bills.

The 40-year-old Whaley has worked for the Bills since 2010 as lead assistant to Buddy Nix, 73, who resigned his post May 13, two weeks after conducting his fourth draft and free agency signing period for the club. Whaley, who worked 11 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, oversaw the pro and college personnel departments for Buffalo and assisted Nix in every capacity.

Whaley is Buffalo's fourth GM in eight seasons and 12th overall. He inherits a team that hasn't made the NFL playoffs in 13 years, three that he's part of.

---One-time replacement NFL referee Lance Easley, who infamously awarded a winning touchdown on "Monday Night Football," will be switching to calling fair or foul in a celebrity softball game.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, whose team benefitted when Easley signalled touchdown on a Hail Mary pass to wide receiver Golden Tate -- even though the ball was intercepted by Green Bay's M.D. Jennings -- thus allowing the Seattle to beat the Packers 14-12, will serve as an umpire in a celebrity softball game on July 7.

---Punter Chris Kluwe has landed in Oakland, as the Raiders moved to replace departed kicker Shane Lechler.

Kluwe was released by the Minnesota Vikings earlier this month.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did announce the signings of free agent wide receiver and return specialist Josh Cribbs and former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin.

---Rookie safety Shamarko Thomas, the first of two fourth-rounders for the Steelers in the 2013 draft, signed a four-year deal Thursday.

Thomas was the 111th overall pick and started 39 of 48 games in which he played at Syracuse, recording 263 tackles, 16.5 TFLs and four sacks.

---Joe Webb is going from Christian Ponder's backup to George Stewart's pet project in Minnesota. he Vikings are transitioning Webb back to wide receiver after three seasons as a backup quarterback.

"We had been talking about it for a while, and we made the decision that this was the way to go after we had our draft," coach Leslie Frazier said.

Webb, 6-4, 220, started at quarterback in the Vikings' playoff loss at Green Bay when Ponder was battling an elbow injury. He had 32 receptions for 480 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver in college, but last played the position regularly in 2008.

---The Washington Redskins signed seventh-round draft pick Jawan Jamison.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jamison was the 228th player taken overall.

The running back played at Rutgers University from 2010-12, and started 20 games. In his career, he rushed for 1,972 yards on 486 carries with 13 touchdowns.

---The Miami Dolphins have been awarded wide receiver Marvin McNutt off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles and signed fullback Rupert Bryan.

To clear room on the roster, the team waived defensive tackle Chas Alecxih and wide receiver Taylor Stockemer.

---Defensive tackle Kyle Love was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, a day after the New England Patriots released him in a surprise move.

The Patriots parted ways on Wednesday with the 26-year-old Love, citing medical uncertainty, after he was diagnosed with Tipe-2 diabetes earlier in May and reportedly lost 20 pounds. But his agent, Richard Kopelman, expects Love to be healthy soon and ready for the 2013 season.

---One day after the Baltimore Ravens announced that Rolando McClain retired from the NFL at age 23, the linebacker said he hopes to play again in the future.

His off-the-field troubles off included three arrests since 2011. He also was suspended by the Oakland Raiders for two games last season for conduct detrimental to the team.

"Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions," he said. "Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together.

"Beyond that, I'm not sure what the future holds for me, including football. .. God willing, maybe I'll play for (the Ravens) one day."
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football
View Comments (10)