NFL news roundup: Maurice Jones-Drew avoids assault charges, Richard Seymour rules out Patriots

Al Messerschmidt

Maurice Jones-Drew avoids legal trouble and Richard Seymour nixes the idea of a Patriots reunion in Tuesday's NFL roundup. Also making appearances: Brett Favre, Vonta Leach and Keenan Allen.

Maurice Jones-Drew will not face assault charges for an incident that occurred at a St. Augustine, Fla., restaurant, south of Jacksonville. Jones-Drew was accused of knocking out a security guard while defending a friend who was put in a headlock. Immediately following the incident, reports indicated that Jones-Drew had already been charged with battery, but the State Attorney's office ultimately dropped the case. Video of the incident does not clearly show whether Jones-Drew threw a punch or not.

Now Jones-Drew can go back to recovering from the Lisfranc injury that knocked him out of all but six games last season. He recorded a career-low 414 yards on the ground last year, though he still managed to lead the Jaguars in rushing. Jones-Drew missed 10 games after missing just three over the first six years of his career.

Richard Seymour rules out return to New England

Richard Seymour is still hammering out details on a contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Other teams may make bids in the meantime, but Seymour told SiriusXM Sports that he would not return to the New England Patriots if given the opportunity.

I always felt like that chapter was closed when I left there, I always been grateful for the time I spent there, we had a great time together, I thought it worked well for both sides, but I kinda moved on from there. I think their team is well and they moved on as well, so I think that won't be anything we'll see in the future.

Seymour did reiterate that he wants to play for a championship contender, which keeps the Falcons, one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, in a strong position.

Brett Favre unabashedly hawks pain cream

Brett Favre has a great new product he wants to tell you about. It is called Rx Pro, and he went on SiriusXM radio to shill the product, made by a company called World Health Industries, of which Favre owns a stake. Via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"I can speak volumes on pain and narcotics use," Favre told SiriusXM hosts Jim Miller and Bruce Murray, noting that he was once addicted to painkillers. Rx Pro, he said, "is a safe way to treat some of your ailments. It even works with cramps, stomach pain...It's just endless what will happen with this product and this company."

Favre said that the product contains no substances currently banned by the NFL, though he declined to say what was actually in the stuff. Rx Pro does not appears to be FDA-approved, but it can be acquired with a prescription.

So that's what Brett Favre is up to.

Dolphins expected to sign Vonta Leach

The Miami Dolphins are looking to beef up a middling running game, and may be closing in on fullback Vonta Leach to provide lead blocks for an unproven stable of running backs.

Leach is regarded as one of the better blocking fullbacks in the NFL. He was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl after paving the way for Ray Rice with the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately for Leach, he was phased out of the offense when Jim Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator late in the season, and the Ravens viewed his $4.33 million cap hit as too much to absorb.

The Dolphins released Reggie Bush this offseason, apparently confident that second-year Lamar Miller, third-year Daniel Thomas and rookie Mike Gillislee will be productive.

Jerod Mayo: Patriots 'ignoring the noise' of offseason

The Patriots have had a wild few weeks. The team signed media lightning-rod Tim Tebow out of the blue and Rob Gronkowski can't stay off the operating table, but both of those stories pale in comparison to the drama that has unfolded as a result of Aaron Hernandez's involvement in a homicide investigation.

Linebacker Jerod Mayo spoke with ESPN Boston and acknowledged the "noise" of the offseason, but maintained that the Pats are doing their best to carry on as usual.

"We always talk about ignoring the noise, and we're doing the same now," linebacker Jerod Mayo told ESPNBoston.com on Sunday. "Whether it's good or bad, we always talk about ignoring the noise."

When asked about Hernandez, Mayo responded, "I'm going to leave that one alone."

Keenan Allen wants to start for the Chargers

Keenan Allen was in the first round of several 2013 NFL Draft projections before falling to the San Diego Chargers in the third round. Ultimately, concerns about his balky knee may have forced him to take a reduced paycheck, but the young man is still very confident in his abilities. Allen told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he wants a lot of playing time this season.

"I want to be a starter," Allen said. "I don't want to watch. I want to be part of the moment. I don't want to watch it."

The Chargers have a deep, though not entirely impenetrable receiving corps. Malcom Floyd, Danario Alexander and Vincent Brown may take the first reps in training camp, but all three have extensive injury histories. Meanwhile, Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal have been very productive in the past with other teams, but were major disappointments when signed by the Chargers last season.

Lions sign Israel Idonije to 1-year contract

The Detroit Lions made addressing the defensive line a priority this offseason, and succeeded signing Jason Jones from the Seattle Seahawks and drafting Ziggy Ansah with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. They solidified the depth chart even further Tuesday by signing Israel Idonije to a one-year contract.

Idonije has spent his entire nine-year career with the Chicago Bears, playing defensive tackle and defensive end. That versatility should serve the Lions well, though he will likely spend more time at end playing in a rotation with Jones and Ansah.

More from SB Nation:

Brett Favre would like to sell you some pain cream

Maurice Jones-Drew avoids battery charges

What to expect from Andrew Luck

Kenny Chesney concert erupts in brawl

Bill Parcells regrets leaving Patriots

The Aaron Hernandez investigation continues

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