Denver Broncos free safety Quinton Carter is facing felony charges in Nevada alleging that he cheated at a craps game last weekend at a Las Vegas-area casino, authorities said Thursday.
Carter, 24, was arrested late Saturday at the Texas Station casino in North Las Vegas after security officials reported he was videotaped adding a $5 chip to three bets after the dice already rolled, according to a police report. Carter denied wrongdoing when police arrived.
Carter faces three counts of committing a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, a felony in Nevada that carries a possible sentence of one to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He provided a North Las Vegas address when he was booked at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas and released with a Monday court date.
A message left at the North Las Vegas home wasn’t immediately returned.
Carter also faces a warrant charging him with failure to complete counseling after pleading guilty in a 2011 misdemeanor marijuana possession case, according to court records.
It wasn’t clear if Carter posted bail or was represented by a lawyer.
A Broncos spokesman, Patrick Smyth, said in Denver that the team was aware of the matter involving Carter and was “in the process of gathering more information.”
Kansas City cuts Cassel
Matt Cassel’s rocky career in Kansas City came to an abrupt ending, when the Chiefs released their former starting quarterback with two years left on his contract.
He sustained a season-ending hand injury two years ago, and then lost his job to Brady Quinn after sustaining a concussion last season, spending the rest of the year as the backup.
The Chiefs had been trying to trade Cassel for a late-round draft pick but, having found no suitors, decided to release him and carve out additional space under the salary cap. He would have made a base salary of $7.5 million this season.
Hours later, Cassel reached an agreement to join the Minnesota Vikings as the backup for Christian Ponder, according to a source with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
The Chiefs agreed to terms with cornerback Sean Smith on a three-year deal. He’s spent his entire career with the Miami Dolphins, starting every game each of the past two years.
Patriots add receiver
The New England Patriots agreed to terms with receiver Danny Amendola on a deal that would reportedly pay him $31 million over five years, moving quickly after the loss of five-time Pro Bowl selection Wes Welker.
Amendola posted a message on Twitter saying, “Blessed. Thankful. Excited to get to work. Go Pats.” Rams coach Jeff Fisher also said Amendola had signed with the Patriots. The Patriots confirmed the deal later Thursday.
“We are excited about Danny’s addition to our team and we look forward to beginning work with him this spring and into the future,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a release.
Amendola, 27, is a 5-foot-11, 188-pound former rookie free agent from Texas Tech — the same school as Welker. After signing with the Rams in 2009, Amendola led the NFL with 66 kickoff returns, 1,618 kickoff return yards and 1,978 total return yards. The following season, he led the NFL with 2,364 all-purpose yards, catching 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns.
Jackson, Falcons set deal
The Atlanta Falcons found their replacement for Michael Turner by agreeing to terms with Steven Jackson, considered the top free-agent running back, on a three-year, $12 million deal. The 30-year-old Jackson had 1,042 yards rushing and four touchdowns with the Rams last season. It was his eighth consecutive season with more than 1,000 yards rushing.
Jackson’s 10,135 yards rushing for his career are the most of any active player. He set career highs with 1,528 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns with St. Louis in 2006. Turner’s average of 3.6 yards per carry last season set a career low.
Around the league
The New York Giants took steps to improve their defensive backfield, agreeing to deals with safety Ryan Mundy and cornerback Aaron Ross in free agency. Ross, a former New York No. 1 draft choice, played for the Giants from 2007-2011 and started in two Super Bowl victories. Mundy arrives by way of Pittsburgh, where he played four seasons for the Steelers. … The Seattle Seahawks finalized a two-year contract with free-agent defensive end Cliff Avril, adding another needed pass rusher along their defensive line.… The Philadelphia Eagles made a splash in their defensive backfield, signing cornerback Cary Williams and safety Kenny Phillips. … The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Nate Collins to a one-year contract. Collins played in nine games with Chicago last season, recording 13 tackles. … The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent cornerback Keenan Lewis to a five-year contract. … The Indianapolis Colts struck two more deals, this time landing San Francisco defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and re-signing cornerback Darius Butler. … Charles Woodson’s representative said that the veteran defensive back’s visit with the San Francisco 49ers a day earlier went well.
Lions tackle retiring
Detroit Lions tackle Jeff Backus is retiring, ending a 12-year career in which he missed only one game.
Backus played for the Lions his whole career after being drafted in the first round out of Michigan in 2001.
He started his first 186 games before a hamstring injury forced him to miss last year’s Thanksgiving matchup against Houston.