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Originally published Friday, March 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM

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Suddenly, hot wide receiver prospect available

Plaxico Burress' prison term reduced three months

Seattle Times news services

NEW YORK — Former New York Giants Super Bowl star receiver Plaxico Burress is to get out of prison in June, after officials agreed Friday to shave about three months off his time behind bars in a gun case.

A committee of prison-system staffers decided Burress was eligible for time off for good behavior, so he can be freed after serving about 21 months of his two-year sentence.

With Burress' release date now set for June 6, his agent and lawyer said he's looking to return to football — and a number of teams are looking at him.

"He's counting the hours," lawyer Peter M. Frankel said. "He's extremely positive."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has ruled that Burress would be reinstated and eligible to sign with a team upon completing his sentence.

"The future is very bright for Plaxico," said Drew Rosenhaus, his agent.

Ex-Husky Stevens

arrested again

TAMPA, Fla. — Jerramy Stevens, a former tight end with the Washington Huskies, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested Thursday night on a felony battery charge involving two bar bouncers in Tampa, according to a report in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.

Stevens allegedly became unruly at an establishment and was asked to leave by bouncers. Police said he refused and punched two of the bouncers. The two then held Stevens on the ground until officers arrived. One of the bouncers was taken to Tampa General Hospital with a possible broken jaw.

Stevens' attorney, Mark O'Brien, released a statement to the St. Petersburg Times that offered a vigorous defense of Stevens and portrayed him as the victim.

The Bucs released Stevens, 31, on Oct. 25 after he was arrested on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell and drug paraphernalia. He has had multiple arrests during his college and pro career.

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NOTES

Mike McCarthy signed a new multiyear contract less than a month after coaching the Packers to their 13th NFL championship. Terms were not disclosed.

Shelton Quarles, the coordinator of pro scouting for the Buccaneers, has been arrested on a DUI charge in Tampa, Fla.

• Authorities say former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith and two others have been charged with murder in the 2008 beating and shooting death of a 31-year-old man in northern Los Angeles County.

• The Bears did not extend a qualifying tender to receiver Devin Aromashodu, a restricted free agent, according to a source.

• Cornerback Nathan Vasher made enough of an impression in late-season action that the Lions re-signed him to a one-year deal.

• Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is scheduled to fight for the second time as a professional March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Zbikowski will face Richard Bryant from London, Ky., in a four-round heavyweight bout.

• Eagles offensive tackle King Dunlap has been charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct for driving his Cadillac Escalade onto the plaza outside the arena hosting the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament in Nashville. He told officers he was picking up his father, who uses a wheelchair.

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