Archive: July 2006

Saban Declines To Dine With President

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban was invited by White House officials to dine with President Bush on Sunday night in Miami Beach, but declined. Saban thought his coaching duties should take precedence. "It was really a tough decision," Saban said, according to the Associated Press. "I feel like my...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 8:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Mum On Brady's Non-Participation

Quarterback Tom Brady missed the Patriots' practice Sunday and both of their practices Monday. Coach Bill Belichick, already in midseason secretive form, declined to reveal the reason for Brady's non-participation. Brady did participate in the Patriots' practices the first two days of training camp....

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 8:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

MRI Confirms Finneran Done For Season

The Atlanta Falcons found out today that they'd lost wide receiver Brian Finneran for the entire season because of a knee injury he suffered during practice Sunday. An MRI exam showed that Finneran suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as the Falcons had suspected from the moment he injured...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 7:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush's Deal With Saints Has $26.3 Million Guaranteed

A person familiar with tailback Reggie Bush's contract with the New Orleans Saints said the six-year deal contains about $26.3 million in guaranteed money and has a maximum overall value of approximately $62 million. The base value of the contract apparently is about $51 million. That puts the value...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 7:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Potential Collins-Titans Pairing Is Problematic

With cornerback Ty Law off the market, having signed recently with the Kansas City Chiefs, the most intriguing still-available free agent is quarterback Kerry Collins. The former Giants and Raiders starter, who was released by Oakland in the offseason, has been linked to the Tennessee Titans. But it doesn't seem...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons' Loss of Finneran Could Be Significant

The Atlanta Falcons suffered a significant loss when wide receiver Brian Finneran hurt his right knee during a drill Sunday while making a cut against rookie cornerback Jimmy Williams. Finneran was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today but the Falcons were prepared to lose him for the entire season....

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Arrington's Anger Still on Regular Display

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Some leftovers from the New York Giants' opening day of practices Friday at their training camp at the University at Albany: Linebacker LaVar Arrington says he no longer is bitter about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Washington Redskins. "I'm so over it," he said. "I...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie Signings Going Smoothly

It was thought that it would be unusually difficult this summer for teams to sign their draft picks. The salary cap had jumped 19 percent from last year to this year, but the rookie pool--in essence, a salary cap within the overall salary cap for each team to sign...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Looks Like a Lock

OXNARD, Calif. -- You would be hard pressed this morning to find anyone in the NFL who doesn't believe that Roger Goodell will be elected the sport's commissioner next week in Chicago. Goodell, the league's second-in-command, has been the favorite to ascend to the top job from the moment Paul...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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