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NFL roundup: Security beefed up for draft

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The National Football League will take additional security measures at Radio City Music Hall for the 2013 draft, the league announced Tuesday.

The annual event is scheduled to begin April 25-27.

Anyone entering Radio City will be subjected to screenings, including metal detectors and pat-downs. Those who don't all won't be allowed to enter. As a result of the increased measures, fans are encouraged to arrive early.

"The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events," Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer, said in a statement.

---Longtime rival James Harrison officially signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Harrison turns 35 in May and was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after nine seasons and five Pro Bowl bids. He'll be used as a strong-side linebacker in defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's 4-3 defense after playing exclusively as a rush linebacker in the 3-4 scheme used by the Steelers.

"There was no significance in staying in the AFC North," Harrison said. "My thing was I wanted to play with a team that was competitive and had a chance of winning a Super Bowl. I felt like [defending champion] Baltimore and Cincinnati were those teams."

---As the NFL Draft approaches, Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert remains in limbo as to whether his current team will take an offensive tackle at No. 1 overall and whether he'll be traded to the Miami Dolphins.

While that situation plays out, the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly emerged as a possible trade partner, with the price being a second-round pick, according to XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Miami is still interested in acquiring Albert, and meeting his desire for a contract similar to Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown, who signed a $53.4 million contract last August with $22 million guaranteed.

---The Baltimore Ravens said they are reviewing the events of Rolando McClain's Sunday arrest but had no comment regarding the linebacker's status with the team, according to a Baltimore Sun report.

"There is due process on this, and we are paying attention to that," Ravens senior vice president for public and community relations Kevin Byrne told the Baltimore Sun.

McClain signed a one-year, $700,000 deal on April 12. The troubled linebacker was arrested April 21 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he allegedly hollered an expletive about police officers when they responded to a disturbance call in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.

---Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt signed his restricted free-agent tender with the team.

Colquitt is the Broncos' franchise leader in career gross (46.1) and net (39.5) punting averages. He has appeared in 48 regular-season games and punted 254 times for 11,717 yards (46.1 avg.) with 79 kicks placed inside the 20-yard-line.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars and Nike announced that the team will have new uniforms for the 2013 season, including a new logo and helmet.

This is the second redesign that Nike has unveiled since it signed a five-year deal as the official apparel supplier of the NFL last year. The Seattle Seahawks got a new look last season.

The new jerseys will include a patch that says "Jags" over the heart to acknowledge the fact that Jacksonville has the third-largest military training site in the U.S.
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