Steelers release Wilson after assault charge

Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, hours after he was charged with punching his estranged girlfriend, Lindsey Paulat, in the face at a Pittsburgh-area restaurant.

Wilson, 29, was arraigned on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct and freed on $10,000 bail.


"The Steelers do not condone violence of any kind, especially against women," team chairman Dan Rooney said.

Wilson apologized and said he will be treated for anger management.


"I shouldn't have done it. I hold myself to a higher standard than that," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Paulat told police that Wilson pushed her on the shoulder at a restaurant Wednesday night. She said when she turned around he punched her in the left side of her face, according to the complaint

Wilson caught 81 passes for 1,162 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons with the Steelers.

Raiders -- Oakland and DeAngelo Hall agreed to terms on a seven-year, $70 million contract that cleared the way for the former Pro Bowl cornerback to be dealt from Atlanta to Oakland. Oakland sent a second-round pick, the 34th overall, in next month's draft, and a fifth-round pick in 2009 to the Falcons in the deal. Hall will be guaranteed a little more than $24 million in the new deal, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press.

Patriots -- New England signed cornerback Fernando Bryant. Bryant, 30, started every game for the Lions last season and had 76 tackles and tied a career-high with two interceptions.

Vikings -- Minnesota signed former Houston safety Michael Boulware. The Texans had acquired him in a trade with Seattle with the intent of making him the starter, but he played mostly on special teams.

Panthers -- Carolina signed safety Terrence Holt to a one-year contract. Holt started all 16 games for Arizona last season and had 75 tackles.