TEMPE, Ariz. — Former Southern University football coach Stump Mitchell is among 21 coaches named to the first staff assembled by new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.
Arians, a former New Orleans Saints assistant, chose Mitchell as his running backs coach. His staff also includes Larry Zierlein, a member of the LSU staff in the early 1990s. Zierlein was named assistant offensive line coach.
Mitchell, who played nine seasons with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, returns to the NFL after two seasons and two games as Southern’s head coach from 2010-12. Before taking the Southern job, he was the running backs coach for 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1999-2007) and Washington Redskins (2008-09).
Zierlein, who was on the LSU staff from 1990-93, returns to the Cardinals after an earlier three-year stint as their offensive line coach.
Goldson seeks longer deal
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers franchise safety Dashon Goldson said he has earned a long-term contract, and hopes not to play on a one-year deal again in 2013.
If the Super Bowl runner-up Niners won’t reward him so he can stay put where he prefers, Goldson said Tuesday he would pursue opportunities with any of the other NFL teams.
The 28-year-old Goldson has played on one-year contracts the past two seasons, including the 2012 franchise tag of $6.2 million and says he’s “not for that” again. He had 69 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
Jaguars unveil new logo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new logo to signify a new era.
New video boards, which will cost about $50 million and will be the largest in the NFL, are next.
Owner Shad Khan and team president Mark Lamping unveiled the redesigned logo Tuesday, a minor facelift for a franchise that’s making major changes.
The new logo, which comes on the heels of hiring general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley, maintains traditional colors (black, teal and gold) and offers a more realistic and fierce jaguar head.
Khan says, “Now that’s a cool cat.”
The Jaguars also released their theme for 2013: “Stand United” and announced tickets prices and a series of fan forums.
Lions cut 2 veteran starters
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions released two veteran starters Tuesday, cutting defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman.
Vanden Bosch signed a four-year contract with Detroit worth $26 million when he arrived as a free agent before the 2010 season. He quickly earned respect in the locker room, but the price tag may have been too high this year for the 34-year-old.
Vanden Bosch has earned three Pro Bowl selections in 11 NFL seasons. He made 15 ½ sacks in 43 games for Detroit and started all 16 games last season.
Peterman, who turned 31 last month, started all 48 regular-season games for the Lions over the last three seasons.
Cowboys promote pair
IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have promoted Wes Phillips to tight ends coach and hired Frank Pollack as assistant offensive line coach.
Phillips, the son of former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, has been on the Dallas staff since his father was hired in 2007. He was the offensive line assistant the past two seasons.
Phillips replaces John Garrett, the brother of Dallas coach Jason Garrett. John Garrett is now the receivers coach in Tampa Bay.
Pollack spent last season as offensive line coach for Oakland after five years as the assistant offensive line coach for the Houston Texans.