Atlanta Falcons defensive back William Moroe out of jail

ATLANTA — Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore, who was charged with simple battery on Thursday, was granted a $2,500 bond during his first appearance before a Fulton County magistrate judge Friday morning.


Moore was in court at the 9 a.m. hearing at the jail, according to Fulton County police spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan. She said Moore would be able to leave jail Friday after posting bond.

Moore, who recently re-signed with the team after playing in his first Pro Bowl, was arrested and charged with simple battery Thursday, according to Fulton County Jail Records.

Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos says officers were called to a Northwest Atlanta address Thursday and advised that Moore and a woman were involved in an argument.

Campos says during the argument Moore “threw the victim’s phone and grabbed the victim’s shoulder.”

The Falcons released a statement saying the team was aware of the “situation involving William Moore” and was gathering more information.

Moore was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2012 when he had four interceptions and 105 tackles.

BENGALS: Reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, his agent said on Friday night.

The Bengals didn’t confirm the deal because it hadn’t been signed.

Agent Bill Parise said Harrison has taken a physical and all of the contract details have been worked out.

SAINTS: General manager Mickey Loomis says restricted free agent running back Chris Ivory has signed his tender offer.

The 6-foot, 222-pound Ivory joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin (Ohio) in 2010 and has run the ball 256 times for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

BEARS: Agreed to a three-year contract with kicker Austin Signor.

Signor, who played at Illinois, participated in the Bears’ voluntary minicamp this week.

AUBURN: Fans are set for a final farewell to the beloved oak trees at Toomer’s Corner.

Thousands of Tigers fans are expected to attend a rolling party at the intersection of campus and downtown tonight after the Tigers’ spring game.

The trees, poisoned two years ago by a fan of rival Alabama, will come down a few days later.

Rolling the two live oaks with toilet paper to celebrate big Auburn wins is a tradition going back more than four decades in a state that cherishes its college football.

Auburn is planning a seven-figure renovation of Toomer’s Corner that will include the planting of more oaks.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will be among the speakers at an event memorializing what he calls “one of the best traditions in college football.”