NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with sixth-round draft pick Zach Mettenberger and fifth-round selection Avery Williamson.
Mettenberger threw for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns at LSU last season and ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency. Mettenberger passed for 5,783 yards and 35 touchdowns during his LSU career.
Williamson, a linebacker, had 296 career tackles at Kentucky. He produced more than 100 tackles each of the last two seasons.
The Titans now have agreed to terms with four of their six draft picks.
The only unsigned Titans draft picks are first-round selection Taylor Lewan and second-round choice Bishop Sankey.
Lewan’s an offensive tackle from Michigan and Sankey’s a running back from Washington.
Ravens’ Rice gets initial OK
MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received initial approval to enter a court program that could result in dismissal of a criminal charge against him in New Jersey.
The decision announced Tuesday relates to an aggravated assault charge Rice faces following a Feb. 15 incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The couple married a day after Rice was indicted.
Atlantic County acting prosecutor Jim McClain said the decision was made after his office “considered all relevant information.”
The pretrial intervention program allows for charges to be dismissed against first-time offenders who participate in it and meet certain conditions. A judge must give final approval before Rice can enter the program.
If convicted of the charge, Rice could face three to five years in prison.
Browns add Kuharich
CLEVELAND — The Browns added longtime NFL executive Bill Kuharich to their front office.
Kuharich, who previously worked for New Orleans and Kansas City, was hired as an executive chief of staff in Cleveland. He worked with Browns General Manager Ray Farmer as a consultant for this year’s draft.
Kuharich will have a pivotal role in personnel and aid Farmer with personnel moves.
Farmer said he wanted to expand Kuraich’s role. Farmer credited Kuharich with getting him his start with the Chiefs and considers him “more than mentor. He’s helped me become better at scouting players, better at being a father, and better at living life.”
Kuharich is the son of the late Joe Kuharich, a longtime college and NFL head coach and executive.
At one point in his career, Kuharich served as the Saints president, general manager and chief operating officer.
QB Morrall remembered
DAVIE, Fla. — Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall was remembered by Hall of Fame coach Don Shula and a packed church of family and friends during a celebration mass.
Tuesday’s memorial was held at St. David’s Catholic Church in the town where Morrall once presided as mayor, near where the Dolphins train. He died April 25 on the 42nd anniversary of the day he was signed to back up Hall of Famer Bob Griese.
Fellow Dolphins Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Larry Little, Nick Buoniconti and Dwight Stephenson, along with several other former Miami players, joined Griese and Shula at the service.
Some of Morrall’s teammates from the Baltimore Colts, including offensive lineman Dan Sullivan, also attended.
Sullivan joined Shula and Morrall’s two sons, Matt and Mitch, in reflecting on the quarterback’s life.
Goodell praises NBA
ATLANTA — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is praising the way the NBA has handled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments.
Goodell says Tuesday at the NFL owners’ spring meeting that his NBA counterpart, Adam Silver, was “being decisive, made the right statements and is doing the right things.”
Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million. NBA team owners will meet June 3, when they could force Sterling to sell the team he has owned since 1981. Three-quarters of the other 29 owners must vote to sustain the NBA’s charge against Sterling to force him to sell.