The Miami Dolphins knew wide receiver Davone Bess had psychological and emotional troubles, but did not disclose that information when they traded him to the Cleveland Browns last year, according to the Miami Herald.
Miami traded Bess in April, shortly after he was arrested and committed to a treatment facility against his will.
According to the Herald's report, the Dolphins took a "don't-ask-don't-tell" approach when they shopped Bess for a trade, knowing of his issues.
Further, it is reportedly the reason why owner Stephen Ross emphasized the word "integrity" in a recent press release that explained what he is looking for in a new general manager. Former GM Jeff Ireland agreed to step down earlier this month.
"This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative," Ross said in the statement.
Bess has been in the news recently for legal troubles and other controversies.
He was arrested for assaulting an officer/firefighter on Friday morning at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
The arrest came a day after he posted an image on Twitter of what appeared to be marijuana, indicating he was watching "Cocaine Cowboys," a program about illegal drug use in the 1980s, and wrote the message "We da real dons!" The photo was later deleted.
Bess also wrote on Twitter a reference to African-Americans using the N-word. The tweet was also removed. He said during the season that there is never an appropriate time to use the word.
After the Browns acquired Bess, he was given a contract extension, including $5.75 million in guaranteed money. Bess made 42 catches for 362 yards with two touchdowns in 14 games this season.
---Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown does not plan to retire, ESPN reported Sunday.
McCown led the Bears to a 3-2 record while filling in for injured starter Jay Cutler for part of the 2013 season.
Some believed McCown may retire but he reportedly plans to file for free agency in the offseason and is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks available.
McCown, 34, and Michael Vick are expected to lead a thin crop of free agent quarterbacks.
The Bears reportedly want to bring back McCown, but other teams more needy for a quarterback may have a better chance of luring him. The Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans are among the teams in search of a starting quarterback.
McCown threw for 1,829 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception in eight games this season.
---The NFL announced that a record 98 underclassmen made themselves eligible for this year's draft.
The league released the list of early entrants Sunday, and said the number has increased six straight seasons. The deadline for underclassmen to apply for the draft was Jan. 15.
That list includes Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is also a notable underclassman who applied for the draft.
The 98 underclassmen shatters last year's record of 73. In 2012, 65 underclassmen entered the draft, and in 2011 the number was 56.
Four players who graduated but still have college playing eligibility remaining also joined the draft class. That includes Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The draft is May 8-10 in New York.
---President Barack Obama told the New Yorker that if he had a son, he would not allow him to play professional football.
The comments came a year after Obama said he was not sure if he would let his hypothetical son play youth football.
"I would not let my son play pro football," Obama said.