Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth has given up plans to pursue a relationship with his son after being released from prison later this year.

In a letter to the Charlotte Observer, Carruth wrote that he will not pursue custody of Chancellor Lee Adams, who lives in Charlotte with his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams.

Carruth wrote that including in the first letter his desire to enter Chancellor’s life was a mistake and he admitted that was too optimistic, even though he still wants to make amends with Chancellor and try to be the father that I should have been from day one.”

I now understand that any notions of me one day being welcome to Sunday dinner is totally out of the question, Carruth wrote in the second letter, which was postmarked Feb. 21. And lastly, I didn’t foresee the media and general public being unanimous in its belief that I shouldn’t be allowed to ever have anything to do with Chancellor.

I think where we are unanimous, Mara told ESPN on Tuesday, [are] plays like the Dez Bryant play in Green Bay, going to the ground, [and] the Calvin Johnson play from a couple of years ago. I think all of us agree that those should be completions. So let’s write the language to make them completions.

What is different in 2018, in addition to Goodell’s insistence on change, is the consensus to find a way to avoid inorganic rulings caused by the requirement to maintain control throughout the process of going to the ground.

The Bengals have never been very aggressive in free agency, and after receiving four compensatory picks in this year’s draft, it would be very surprising to see them suddenly shift philosophy now. Cincinnati usually signs a free agent or two but never goes after the big fish in the early days of the signing period. — Katherine Terrell