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NFL AM: Titans’ Hunter Jailed on Assault Charge

Titans receiver Hunter jailed; NFL’s revenue-sharing pie pays handsomely; Chargers want to sign Rivers soon

Alex Hickey

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Titans’ Hunter arrested following bar fight

Unlike a pair of his NFL counterparts, Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter did not blow off any fingers during his Fourth of July weekend. He did, however, get into a bar fight that leaves him currently sitting in a Virginia Beach jail cell.

Hunter turned himself in to police Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the incident spent the rest of the day in jail without bond. Hunter will be arraigned today and officially charged with felonious assault.

The Titans have yet to say anything other than “We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts.”

The allegations against Hunter include the words “malicious intent, stabbing, cutting, wounding.” It is generally agreed it is never good to be on the receiving or giving end of any of those words.

This is not the first time the Titans have had an idiot receiver on their hands. Tennessee dealt with Kenny Britt’s brand of off-field buffoonery for five seasons before letting the Rams take him off their hands last season.

Hunter has 46 catches for 852 yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons, though surely the Titans were hoping that pairing him up with rookie Marcus Mariota might help him live up to the expectations created when they traded up to take him in the second round of the 2013 Draft.

Now, depending on the nature of the incident, we will have to wait and see if he ever plays another down for Tennessee.

NFL teams received $226 million each in revenue sharing last year

The Green Bay Packers are our window into the NFL’s financial world.

Because the team is publicly owned, it must disclose its financial information to its shareholders. (This despite the fact that Packers stock is purely ceremonial and has no financial value.)

Thanks to that unique fact, we learned on Monday that each NFL team made $226.4 million in revenue from TV contracts and other shared streams last year. And that is just the tip of the iceberg given that teams are also producing millions in revenues on their own. In the Packers’ case, you can add an extra $149.3 million on top of the shared revenue pie – not bad at all for a team in the smallest market in professional sports.

Thanks in part to a huge national following, Green Bay ranked ninth in the league in revenue.

Chargers trying to sign Rivers to long-term deal

The Philip Rivers/Chargers contract saga has taken many twists and turns, but the latest word out of San Diego is that the team wants to sign their franchise quarterback to a long-term contract that would presumably last until the end of his career.

The NFL Network is reporting that a deal is expected to be completed before the start of training camp.

Early in the offseason Rivers indicated reticence about committing to a long-term deal with the team if they were going to move to Los Angeles in 2016. Rivers told U-T San Diego there is nothing new to add to his contract talks, but said it would be “awesome” to retire as a Charger.

Alex Hickey can vividly recall most significant NFL events going back to Walter Payton's final game in 1987, including the ones that didn't make him cry. Since 2008, his full-time job has been covering college football, specifically McNeese State, for the Lake Charles (La.) American Press. Free time is spent informing, amusing or annoying you for Football Insiders.

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