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NFL, union will push for kinder workplace
NFL notes » Former Dolphins bully Incognito sends olive branch to Martin.
First Published Mar 24 2014 11:52 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:52 pm

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will meet on April 8 with the players union to discuss improving the workplace environment.

In the wake of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, league representatives have met with some 40 players in the last three months, as well as with the Dolphins and outside organizations, Goodell said Monday at the NFL owners meetings. The league is trying to get "as much input as possible. It’s more about people understanding the importance of a proper workplace."

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Goodell added the focus is on medical evaluations of the players involved, including tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins in the middle of last season, saying he was harassed by guard Richie Incognito. Martin was traded to the 49ers earlier this month.

An NFL investigation determined Incognito and two other Miami Dolphins offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin. Incognito was then suspended and missed the final eight games last season, and he became a free agent when his contract with the Dolphins expired.

On Monday, Incognito made a peace offering to Martin via Twitter. Incognito posted: "Call me on my cell phone. Love you brother. [Stuff] got crazy but we held it together," with the hash tags of CALLME and FAMILY.

Lineman McQuistan joins Browns

The Browns added flexibility and playoff experience to their offensive line. The club agreed to a contract Monday with free agent Paul McQuistan, who started 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

McQuistan, from Weber State, was previously with the Browns as a backup in 2010. The 30-year-old may slide into the open spot at right guard after the Browns lost starter Shawn Lauvao in free agency to Washington. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound McQuistan played nine games at left tackle and five at left guard for Seattle last season.


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Around the league

Steelers • Pittsburgh signed former Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats to a one-year contract. The 26-year-old Moats spent four seasons in Buffalo and posted career highs last season with 12 starts and 48 tackles.

Niners • Veteran special teams standout and receiver Kassim Osgood signed a one-year deal to stay with San Francisco.



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