Archive: April 2007

Bears' T. Johnson Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Gun Charge

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor gun charge. Johnson pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without an owner's identification as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid additional jail time. He is to serve 45 days in jail, a term that is...

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Release D. Jones

The Philadelphia Eagles released linebacker Dhani Jones. The Eagles traded for linebacker Takeo Spikes last month and used a third-round draft pick Saturday on Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley....

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

Giants Moving Kiwanuka to Linebacker

The New York Giants are planning to move Mathias Kiwanuka from defensive end to outside linebacker. The move will enable the Giants to fill a need at linebacker and get Kiwanuka on the field at the same time as defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora. Kiwanuka was the...

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Appeals Season-Long Suspension

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones has notified the league office that he is appealing the season-long suspension imposed on him by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's conduct policy. Goodell suspended Jones, who's been questioned by the police in a series of incidents since being drafted...

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Buccaneers Sign J. Stevens

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed tight end Jerramy Stevens on Sunday. Stevens is a former first-round draft choice by the Seattle Seahawks. His tenure in Seattle was best remembered for the dropped passes that he had in the Seahawks' Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end...

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Planning for Future at Quarterback

One of Saturday's more intriguing picks was the Philadelphia Eagles selecting Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb with the fourth choice of the second round. The Eagles lost veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia in free agency, but they added veteran Kelly Holcomb to go with A.J. Feeley behind Donovan McNabb. McNabb, though,...

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trade With Browns Was Good for Cowboys, Too

The Cleveland Browns are getting plaudits, and rightfully so, for Saturday's trade with the Dallas Cowboys that enabled the Browns to land quarterback Brady Quinn with the draft's 22nd choice after already getting left tackle Joe Thomas with the third pick. That sagging franchise has hope again. But the...

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Most of the Big Proposed Trades Didn't Happen

The draft is over, and one of the big stories is the trade that did get made: Wide receiver Randy Moss goes from the Oakland Raiders to the New England Patriots. But a draft weekend that was supposed to be filled with significant trades wasn't. Quarterback Trent Green still...

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Land R. Moss

The New England traded a fourth-round pick today to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Randy Moss. The Raiders had shopped Moss around the league for much of the offseason, and the Patriots and Green Bay Packers emerged as the leading bidders. It was thought that the Raiders were...

By Mark Maske | April 29, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Trade J. McCown, M. Williams to Raiders

The Detroit Lions traded quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Mike Williams to the Oakland Raiders for a fourth-round pick. McCown gives the Raiders a veteran option at quarterback. Williams is a former first-round draft choice who had gotten into disfavor with the Lions' coaching staff....

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Long First Round Filled With Defensive Linemen, Wide Receivers, Safeties

NEW YORK--The first round of the draft lasted 6 hours 8 minutes, making it the longest first round in draft history. Some tends went as expected: There were seven defensive linemen, six wide receivers and four safeties taken in the opening round. The rest of the breakdown went like...

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Complete Trade, Take B. Quinn

NEW YORK--The trade got done. The Cleveland Browns sent a second-round pick today (up from the third-rounder they originally offered) and their first-rounder next year to the Dallas Cowboys for the 22nd choice. The Browns selected Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and, after taking Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas...

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Trying to Trade Up For B. Quinn

NEW YORK--Brady Quinn's plummet might end right here. The Cleveland Browns are offering a third-round pick later today and next year's first-rounder to the Dallas Cowboys to try to move up from the second round and select Quinn, the Notre Dame quarterback....

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

G. Adams to Bucs

NEW YORK--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the fourth selection in the draft on Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams. That leaves open the possibility of a trade that would send Adams to Detroit and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the second overall choice by the Lions, to Tampa....

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Surprise: Browns Go With J. Thomas

NEW YORK--The draft's first mild surprise came when the Cleveland Browns used the third choice on Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas was regarded as one of the draft's top five players but the Browns passed over Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson....

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Goes Second to Lions

NEW YORK--The Detroit Lions chose Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson with the second pick in the draft. It's the fourth time in five years that the Lions have used a top-10 selection on a wideout, following the choices of Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams. Several teams,...

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Take J. Russell

NEW YORK--The Oakland Raiders used the top overall selection in the NFL draft on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders also had contract talks during the week with Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but went with the player they'd been expected all...

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Agree to Trade D. Jackson to Niners

NEW YORK--The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade wide receiver Darrell Jackson to the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth-round draft pick. The deal is contingent upon Jackson passing a physical with the 49ers....

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Still Not Tipping Hand

It's less than 24 hours until the NFL draft, and the Oakland Raiders continue to keep everyone guessing about what they're going to do with the top overall selection. Most people around the league have been guessing that the Raiders will use the choice on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell....

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Vows He's On His Way to Full Recovery

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper said in an e-mail sent to reporters who cover the Miami Dolphins that he expects to resume football activities next month and eventually recover fully from the knee injuries that have derailed his career. "I have been frustrated since last year about the way that my...

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Re-Sign M. Turner But Still Could Trade Him

Tailback Michael Turner signed the one-year, $2.35 million contract that the San Diego Chargers had tendered to him in restricted free agency. Turner has drawn interest from the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and other teams, and it's possible that the Chargers will trade him this weekend. Turner signing his...

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Add Linebackers

The Denver Broncos signed free agent linebackers Warrick Holdman and D.D. Lewis. Holdman previously was with the Washington Redskins and Lewis with the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos were looking for manpower at the position after releasing Al Wilson....

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Players to Undergo Annual Neurological Exams

Commissioner Roger Goodell said today the league plans to require teams to have all their players undergo annual neurological examinations. Many teams already do that, but Goodell said the league is taking steps to try to protect players from concussions. Goodell said that players will be urged to fasten...

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 9:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Additional Regular Season Game Is a Down-the-Road Possibility

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told a gathering of sports editors today in New York that league officials are considering eventually adding a 17th regular season game to the schedule to accommodate the desire to play overseas games. The idea is in the formative stages. Goodell and other league officials...

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Grant Agrees to Longterm Deal With Saints

The New Orleans Saints and defensive end Charles Grant agreed to a seven-year contract that includes about $20 million in guaranteed money. The Saints had placed their franchise player tag on Grant in February. If the two sides hadn't worked out a longterm deal, Grant would have played next...

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Let J. David Go to Saints

The Indianapolis Colts declined to match the New Orleans Saints' four-year offer sheet to cornerback Jason David, a restricted free agent. The Saints get David and send a fourth-round pick in this weekend's draft to the Colts as compensation. The contract is worth about $15.6 million and was structured...

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Make Additions at Receiver

The Detroit Lions signed free agent wide receivers Marcus Robinson and Cliff Russell. Robinson had 29 catches for the Minnesota Vikings last season. Russell, a former Washington Redskins' draft choice, had two catches for the Miami Dolphins before being released during the season....

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Trade D. Hall to Rams

The Kansas City Chiefs traded wide receiver and kick returner Dante Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-round choice in this weekend's NFL draft. Hall has 11 career touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns, but only two of those have come over the last two seasons. "We...

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Teams Warned Not to Leak Confidential Draft Information

The NFL warned each of its teams in a memo distributed Tuesday not to leak confidential draft information. Commissioner Roger Goodell warned clubs in the memo that any leaks could be considered conduct detrimental to the league and warrant punishment. The warning comes after Pro Football Weekly reported last...

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Talking Contract Terms With Johnson, Russell and Quinn But Keeping Everyone Guessing

The Oakland Raiders, who have the top overall selection in the NFL draft, have had preliminary contract deliberations with the representatives of Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell of LSU and Brady Quinn of Notre Dame. But it remains unclear if the Raiders will sign...

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plenty of Trades In Play as Draft Nears

There is plenty of trade talk going on league-wide as the draft approaches, and not only about the swapping of picks this weekend. Some prominent players also are involved in the discussions. The Miami Dolphins are pressing the Kansas City Chiefs to complete a trade before the draft that...

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs to Release Quarles

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they would release linebacker Shelton Quarles before the draft. Quarles reportedly failed his physical and has a $1 million roster bonus due on May 1. He's been with the Buccaneers since 1997 and was second on the team in tackles last season....

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Says Prospects No Longer Will Be Asked About Past Drug Use During League-Sponsored Interviews

NFL prospects no longer will be asked during league-sponsored interviews about past drug use, according to players' union chief Gene Upshaw. Upshaw said during an interview Monday with Sirius NFL Radio that he contacted Commissioner Roger Goodell after Pro Football Weekly reported that Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson,...

By Mark Maske | April 24, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins Eager to Try to Complete T. Green Trade This Week

Quarterback Trent Green and the Miami Dolphins plan to press the Kansas City Chiefs to complete a trade this week that would send Green from the Chiefs to the Dolphins. Chiefs President Carl Peterson suggested publicly last week that the club should receive second- and seventh-round draft choices for...

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Faneca Skips Steelers' Minicamp

Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca was a no-show for the Pittsburgh Steelers' voluntary minicamp this past weekend. Faneca is entering the final season of a contract that pays him a salary of $3.375 million next season, and there apparently has been little progress on a possible extension. The Steelers...

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Writes in Full-Page Newspaper Ad That He'll Change His Ways

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones took out a full-page advertisement in today's Tennessean, writing that he intends to try to win back the trust of members of the organization and the team's fans. "To my family, teammates, coaches and fans, I recognize that I have lost the...

By Mark Maske | April 20, 2007; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (13)

Restricted Free Agent Market Closes Today

The NFL's restricted free agent market closes today. It is the final day for a player who's a restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet with another team, or his rights remain with his current club. Six restricted free agents have agreed to offer sheets this offseason. Three...

By Mark Maske | April 20, 2007; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Linehan Expresses Interest in R. Williams

Never mind that the league's tampering rules prohibit an official with one NFL team from commenting publicly on his interest in a player under contract to another club. St. Louis Rams Coach Scott Linehan told reporters today that he would be interested in adding the Miami Dolphins' Ricky Williams...

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 8:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. David Agrees to Offer Sheet With Saints

Cornerback Jason David, a restricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts, agreed to an offer sheet today with the New Orleans Saints. The Colts will have a week to decide whether to match the offer and retain David. If they don't, they would receive a fourth-round draft pick from...

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 8:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Add Myers, Courting Hartwell

Free agent defensive tackle Michael Myers agreed to a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals worth about $1.6 million, including a signing bonus of about $100,000. Myers had spent the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos. The Bengals also are trying to sign free agent linebacker Ed Hartwell,...

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 8:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sauerbrun Agrees to Deal With Broncos

Punter Todd Sauerbrun agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos. The move had been expected after Sauerbrun was declared a free agent this week. Sauerbrun returns to the team that released him last season after the former Pro Bowl punter served a four-game suspension by the league...

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 8:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three Top Draft Prospects Reportedly Admitted Past Marijuana Use During Combine Interviews

Three top draft prospects reportedly admitted to past marijuana use in interviews taped by the league at the NFL scouting combine in February and distributed to each of the 32 teams. Pro Football Weekly reported that Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams and Louisville...

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (28)

Dolphins Allow D. Jones to Go to Rams

The Miami Dolphins opted against matching a contract offer by the St. Louis Rams to punter Donnie Jones, a restricted free agent. The Dolphins receive a seventh-round draft choice from the Rams as compensation....

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 8:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Wins Case to Make Sauerbrun Free Agent

The NFL Players Association won a case before league special master Stephen Burbank to make punter Todd Sauerbrun a free agent. The former Pro Bowl selection likely will sign with the Denver Broncos. Sauerbrun had signed a contract with the Broncos, but the New England Patriots had exercised their...

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 6:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Fined $100,000 For Sponsor Infraction During Super Bowl Media Day

The league today fined Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher $100,000 for wearing a cap of an unauthorized sponsor during his media day interview session at the Super Bowl. The fine was so hefty because the infraction came at the Super Bowl, according to the league. A similar infraction during...

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 4:21 PM ET | Comments (4)

Patriots' Moves Could Make Them Team to Beat in AFC

The New England Patriots seem to have inched ahead of the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers as the favorite in the AFC entering next season. The Patriots had a near-miss loss to the Colts in last season's AFC title game after upsetting the Chargers in San Diego in...

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (5)

T. James Agrees to Deal With Patriots

Free agent cornerback Tory James agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. James spent the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, totaling 21 interceptions in that time. He has 39 interceptions in 11 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Bengals. The addition...

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2007; 9:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wistrom Retiring

Defensive end Grant Wistrom, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks last month, has decided to retire. Wistrom told the Associated Press he's 99.9 percent certain he won't play next season and he plans to coach at the Springfield, Mo., high school at which his brother is the principal....

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2007; 9:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Turner's Camp Not Optimistic About Trade

The agent for San Diego Chargers backup tailback Michael Turner is saying he doesn't think his client will be traded. Turner, who's stuck behind LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego, has drawn interest from the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills. But agent Bus Cook told the Tennessean he's not counting...

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs' Asking Price for T. Green Still High

The Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs intensified trade talks over the weekend regarding Chiefs quarterback Trent Green. Several media outlets in South Florida reported that the trade was imminent, and there was speculation that the Dolphins might release quarterback Daunte Culpepper after trading a mid- to late-round draft...

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Appear Ready to Give Up on Culpepper

The Miami Dolphins appear ready to give up on quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Former Dolphins coach Nick Saban made a career-altering mistake last offseason when he traded for Culpepper instead of signing Drew Brees as a free agent. Saban apparently was more wary of Brees's injured shoulder than Culpepper's injured...

By Mark Maske | April 16, 2007; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Shields Announces Retirement

Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields announced his retirement today. "The love for the game never decreased but, as the years passed, the physical requirements of the game became harder to fulfill each and every day," Shields wrote on his Website. "If it was up to me I would...

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2007; 8:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Mistakenly Pay B. Westbrook Extra $3 Million

The Philadelphia Eagles like tailback Brian Westbrook so much, they paid him a $3 million roster bonus twice. Actually, the double payment was a mistake produced by an accounting error by the team. Westbrook has agreed to repay the extra $3 million. Just to make sure, the Eagles filed...

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2007; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Reportedly Close to Completing T. Green Trade, Could Release Culpepper

According to reports by several South Florida news outlets, the Miami Dolphins are close to completing a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for veteran quarterback Trent Green. The deal reportedly could lead the Dolphins to release quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Trade talks between the Dolphins and Chiefs regarding Green...

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2007; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Giants Add A. Wright

The New York Giants signed free agent quarterback Anthony Wright. It's the fifth NFL team for Wright, who's likely to be the primary backup to Eli Manning and bump either Jared Lorenzen or Tim Hasselbeck off the roster....

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2007; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Says He'll Appeal Suspension

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones said during a televised interview that he'll appeal the suspension imposed on him by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones told ESPN while attending a boxing event Friday night in Tunica, Miss., that he thinks Goodell made him the "poster boy" for the league's...

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Make Two Moves as Minicamp Opens

The Miami Dolphins made two free agent moves before opening a minicamp today, signing offensive tackle Mike Rosenthal and re-signing safety Travares Tillman. Rosenthal played the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after four seasons with the New York Giants. He made three starts at right tackle for...

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 6:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Reportedly to Release A. Wilson

According to reports by several Denver-area news outlets, the Broncos plan to release linebacker Al Wilson. Wilson is scheduled to conduct a news conference this afternoon to discuss his future. There are reports he might retire. The Broncos nearly traded him to the New York Giants last month but...

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Patten Lands With Saints

Wide receiver David Patten, released by the Washington Redskins, signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Patten totaled only 23 catches in two seasons with the Redskins after averaging 41 catches per year in four seasons with the New England Patriots. He had stints with the New...

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Sign Dolphins Punter to Offer Sheet in Restricted Free Agency

Miami Dolphins punter Donnie Jones, a restricted free agent, agreed to an offer sheet with the St. Louis Rams. Once the offer sheet is signed, the Dolphins will have a week to decide whether to retain Jones by matching the Rams' five-year, nearly $5.6 million offer. The deal includes...

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Decisions On Possible Appeals By Jones, Henry Due Early Next Week

Representatives for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry have told NFL Players Association officials that they'll decide by early next week whether to appeal the suspensions imposed on the two players this week by Commissioner Roger Goodell. On Tuesday, Goodell suspended Jones...

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Also Facing Suspension

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed lengthy suspensions on Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry this week under the league's conduct policy. According to sources familiar with the situation, Goodell also is virtually certain to suspend Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson in...

By Mark Maske | April 12, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bledsoe Retires

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe announced his retirement after 14 NFL seasons. Bledsoe, 35, lost the Dallas Cowboys' starting job to Tony Romo last season. The Cowboys released Bledsoe and signed Brad Johnson to replace him as Romo's backup. Bledsoe threw for 44,611 yards and 251 touchdowns for the New England...

By Mark Maske | April 12, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins' Schedule Released

The NFL has released next season's schedule and the Washington Redskins open at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 9. They're scheduled to play a Monday night game, a Thursday night game and a Sunday night game. The Redskins' schedule looks like this: Sept. 9... Miami... 1 p.m....

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Campbell Not Miffed By Russell's Visit to Redskins

LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is visiting the Washington Redskins today as part of the pre-draft evaluation process. Russell is a leading candidate to be taken by the Oakland Raiders with the top overall selection in the draft. The Redskins have the sixth choice and already have a young former...

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2007; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

N. Barnett, Packers Agree to Extension

Linebacker Nick Barnett agreed to a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers that will keep him from being an unrestricted free agent next year. The five-year extension runs through the 2012 season. He had one season remaining on his existing contract....

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2007; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schedule Announcement Set For Wednesday Afternoon

The NFL plans to announce next season's schedule at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Portions of the schedule, including the prime-time games on the season's opening weekend and the Thanksgiving games, already were announced last month....

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 11:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Say Jones Might Not Return After Suspension

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams indicated today it's not certain that the team will allow cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones to return after his suspension by the NFL ends. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for the entire 2007 season for violating the conduct policy, although the league announced that Jones's...

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conduct Policy Announced

The NFL announced its new player conduct policy today in conjunction with Commissioner Roger Goodell's suspensions of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. The policy, as expected, says that a player with repeat criminal offenses is subject to a range of disciplinary...

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Suspends Jones for Entire Season, Henry for Eight Games

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for the entire 2007 season without pay under the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell also suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for eight games. Each player had a hearing before Goodell last week in New York...

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Patriots Keep Sauerbrun By Matching Broncos' Offer

The New England Patriots retained former Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun by matching the Denver Broncos' contract offer to him. Sauerbrun signed a one-year deal worth as much as $1.4 million with the Broncos last week. But when he signed with the Patriots last season, his contract gave them...

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins Meeting With Top Draft Prospects

Washington Redskins officials are in the process of meeting with the top draft prospects, and LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is scheduled to arrive in town Tuesday evening and be at Redskins Park on Wednesday. The Redskins have the sixth overall choice in the draft, and there's no indication that...

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Extend Shanahan's Contract

The Denver Broncos extended the contract of their coach, Mike Shanahan. The three-year extension runs through the 2011 season, the team announced. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach has 123 regular season victories and seven playoff appearances in 12 seasons with the Broncos....

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington to Falcons

Free agent quarterback Joey Harrington agreed to a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The former Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins starter is to back up Michael Vick in Atlanta. He replaces Matt Schaub, who was traded to the Houston Texans. Harrington was a part-time starter for the Dolphins...

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Reportedly Making K. Jenkins Available on Trade Market

The Carolina Panthers reportedly are willing to listen to trade offers for three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. The Charlotte Observer reported in recent days that the Panthers have informed other teams that Jenkins could be obtained in a trade for the right offer. It's not clear what...

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Schedule to be Released Wednesday?

An official with one NFL team said the clubs are scheduled to be updated by the league office this afternoon about when next season's schedule will be released. The official said he's been led to believe the schedule might be released Wednesday. The league is juggling the timing of...

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 1:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Samuel, Patriots In Contract Staredown

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs isn't the only player league-wide who's talking about his disenchantment over being named his team's franchise player. New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel is grumbling as well. Samuel expressed his displeasure last week during an interview with the NFL Network. He said he'd like...

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Reportedly Not Ready For Full Minicamp Participation

The Miami Dolphins have a minicamp scheduled for next weekend but quarterback Daunte Culpepper reportedly won't be ready to participate fully. Culpepper continues to work his way back from the knee troubles that plagued his first season with the Dolphins. The club obtained him in a trade with the...

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2007; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Considering J. Harrington

Free agent quarterback Joey Harrington met with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. It was the second free agent visit for the former Detroit and Miami starter. He was in Charlotte earlier in the week to meet with the Carolina Panthers but they signed David Carr instead to back up...

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2007; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Applies For Reinstatement

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams has applied to the NFL for reinstatement. Williams's one-year suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy expires on April 25....

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Formation of Player Advisory Council Officially Announced

The league officially announced the formation of its player advisory council. The council has been formed to advise Commissioner Roger Goodell on a variety of issues. The group met with Goodell on Tuesday in New York and discussed player conduct, concussions and pensions. The members of the council are...

By Mark Maske | April 6, 2007; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Intensifying Pursuit of T. Green

The Cleveland Browns reportedly are launching contract negotiations with Trent Green and his agent as a possible precursor to a trade for the Kansas City Chiefs' veteran quarterback. The Chiefs are attempting to trade Green after re-signing fellow quarterback Damon Huard to go with youngster Brodie Croyle. The Chiefs'...

By Mark Maske | April 6, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Carr Cuts Deal With Panthers to be Delhomme's Backup

Quarterback David Carr agreed to a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers to be Jake Delhomme's backup. Carr visited the Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks in recent days. He had been hoping to find a team willing to offer him a chance to compete for a starting job, but...

By Mark Maske | April 6, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Release Carney

The New Orleans Saints released kicker John Carney today. According to Saints officials, Carney asked to be let go after the club obtained fellow kicker Olindo Mare in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. Carney connected on 23 of 25 field goal attempts last season for the Saints but...

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Darryl Stingley Dies

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley died in Chicago today, nearly 29 years after he was paralyzed during a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. According to authorities, the 55-year-old Stingley was found unconscious in his home early this morning and later was pronounced dead at Northwestern...

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Jones Expecting Punishment By Goodell

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones said in an interview with the NFL Network that he knows he will be disciplined by Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I know there is going to be a punishment and whatever the punishment is, I am going to be a man and I am...

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Join Titans in M. Turner Chase

The Buffalo Bills are joining the Tennessee Titans in pursuit of tailback Michael Turner, a restricted free agent from the San Diego Chargers. Turner is scheduled to visit the Bills in the coming days. He visited the Titans earlier this week. The Chargers might trade Turner before the NFL...

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington Meeting With Panthers

Free agent quarterback Joey Harrington is scheduled to meet with the Carolina Panthers today. Harrington was a part-time starter for the Miami Dolphins last season before being released after the season. He becomes the second former NFL starter to meet with the Panthers this week about the possibility of...

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Doss Becomes Latest Former Starter to Leave Super Bowl Champs

Free agent safety Mike Doss left the Indianapolis Colts for a one-year, $1 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Doss was hurt for most of last season and rookie Antoine Bethea (from Howard University) emerged as the Colts' starter at safety alongside Bob Sanders. He is the sixth former...

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Carr to Visit Seahawks Next

Free agent quarterback David Carr completed a visit with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday. He is to visit the Seattle Seahawks next. The former top overall draft choice, released by the Houston Texans, is drawing interest only as a potential backup. He would back up Jake Delhomme in Carolina....

By Mark Maske | April 4, 2007; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Can Match Broncos' Deal for Sauerbrun

Former Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos worth up to $1.4 million. The New England Patriots have the right to retain Sauerbrun by matching the offer. That provision was negotiated into Sauerbrun's contract when he signed with the Patriots late last...

By Mark Maske | April 4, 2007; 8:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jones, Henry Suspensions Might Come By End of Week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conducted hearings today with Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. Both are facing possible suspensions under the league's personal conduct policy for repeated criminal infractions. Goodell also met with Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players...

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 11:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Trade Mare to Saints

The Miami Dolphins traded kicker Olindo Mare to the New Orleans Saints today for a sixth-round draft pick. The Dolphins previously signed free agent kicker Jay Feely to replace Mare. The Saints' incumbent kicker, John Carney, connected on 23 of 25 field goal attempts last season but is about...

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 9:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Consider D. Carr

Quarterback David Carr, a free agent after being released by the Houston Texans, is visiting the Carolina Panthers today after arriving in Charlotte on Monday. The former top overall draft pick is drawing only mild interest on the open market but the Panthers apparently are considering him as a...

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 8:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Gandy to Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent offensive lineman Mike Gandy to a three-year contract. Gandy was a starter for the Buffalo Bills last season, splitting his time between left guard and left tackle....

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Eye M. Turner

The Tennessee Titans met Monday with San Diego Chargers backup tailback Michael Turner, a restricted free agent. The Chargers made a tender offer of $2.35 million for Turner, meaning that any team signing him to an offer sheet would have to surrender first- and third-round draft choices to San...

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 8:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schedule Out By April 19

The league plans to release the regular season schedule for next season by April 19. League officials had hoped to release it Thursday but continue to tinker with it and now are aiming for next week at the soonest. At last week's annual league meeting, the prime time games...

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dallas, Indianapolis, Phoenix Vying for 2011 Super Bowl

Dallas, Indianapolis and Phoenix submitted bids to host the 2011 Super Bowl. The Cowboys and Colts have new stadiums in the works. The Cardinals' new stadium near Phoenix is hosting next year's Super Bowl. The site for the 2011 game is expected to be selected at an owners' meeting...

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

League Officially Puts Off Game In China

The league, as expected, canceled its preseason game in China in August between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. League officials said they wanted to focus on the regular season game in October in London between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. An exhibition game in Beijing...

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

DeMulling Rejoins Colts

Free agent offensive lineman Rick DeMulling returned to his former team by signing a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. DeMulling is a former starter at guard for the Colts. He left them via free agency and played the past two seasons for the Detroit Lions....

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell to Meet With Player Advisory Council Tuesday In Addition to Conducting Hearings

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to conduct hearings Tuesday in New York with Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. Both are in jeopardy of being suspended by Goodell under the league's new player conduct policy. Goodell also is to meet Tuesday...

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 9:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Preseason Game in China to be Postponed

The NFL is postponing its plans to play a preseason game in China. The league is expected to announce within the next few days that it won't play its game in Beijing as scheduled in August, a source familiar with the deliberations said this morning. The decision first was...

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

R. Williams Readying to Return to Dolphins

Tailback Ricky Williams is prepared to return to the Miami Dolphins. Williams's one-year suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy expires later this month, and he reportedly has written a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell to request reinstatement. Williams played in the Canadian Football League during...

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2007; 9:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Broncos Void Wilkinson Trade

The Denver Broncos voided a trade over the weekend in which they'd obtained defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson from the Miami Dolphins. The deal was contingent upon Wilkinson passing a physical, but he didn't report to the Broncos to undergo one. The Broncos traded a sixth-round draft choice to the...

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2007; 9:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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