Archive: May 2007

Tomlin Has a Chance to Succeed Immediately in Pittsburgh

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Change Resigned: Bill Cowher Hired: Mike Tomlin Players Released: Joey Porter, LB Verron Haynes, RB Chris Gardocki, P Free Agents Lost: Sean Morey, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Najeh Davenport, RB Tyrone Carter, S Free Agents Added: Sean Mahan, C Nick Eason, DE Kevan...

By Mark Maske | May 31, 2007; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Need McNabb to Get Healthy, Young Players to Deliver

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Philadelphia Eagles Players Released: Dhani Jones, LB Free Agents Lost: Michael Lewis, S Jeff Garcia, QB Rod Hood, CB Donte Stallworth, WR Shawn Barber, LB Traded: Darwin Walker, DT Traded For: Takeo Spikes, LB Kelly Holcomb, QB Free Agents Re-Signed: Juqua Thomas, DE Will James, CB...

By Mark Maske | May 30, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Take First Steps on Long Journey Back Toward Respectability

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Oakland Raiders Coaching Change Fired: Art Shell Hired: Lane Kiffin Players Released: Aaron Brooks, QB Adimchinobe Echemandu, RB DeJuan Green, RB Michael Quarshie, DT Brad Badger, G Lance Johnstone, DE Free Agents Lost: Langston Walker, T Marques Tuiasosopo, QB Traded: Randy Moss, WR Traded For: Josh...

By Mark Maske | May 29, 2007; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tragedy Strikes Again as M. Hill Becomes Third Active NFL Player to Die This Offseason

For the third time this offseason, an active NFL player has died. Authorities in New Orleans on Monday identified a body pulled from Lake Pontchartrain as that of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill. There had been a search for Hill being conducted since he and a female...

By Mark Maske | May 29, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Try to Build on Mangini's Year-One Success

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup New York Jets Players Released: Kevan Barlow, RB Trey Teague, OL Derrick Blaylock, RB Bobby Hamilton, DE Patrick Ramsey, QB Free Agents Lost: B.J. Askew, FB Dave Ball, DE Traded For: Thomas Jones, RB Free Agents Re-Signed: Bobby Hamilton, DE Wade Smith, G/T Anthony Clement, T...

By Mark Maske | May 25, 2007; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Security Officers Reportedly Contact County Investigators in Vick Case

NFL security officials reportedly have offered their assistance to Surry County, Va., investigators who are looking into allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was involved in a dog-fighting operation in Virginia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today that members of the league's security staff called county officials and showed...

By Mark Maske | May 25, 2007; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

For Giants, Offseason Subtractions Have Been More Eye-Catching Than Additions

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup New York Giants Players Released: LaVar Arrington, LB Luke Petitgout, T Carlos Emmons, LB Tiki Barber, RB (retired) Bob Whitfield, T (retired) Chad Morton, RB/KR Free Agents Lost: Visanthe Shiancoe, TE Jay Feely, K Frank Walker, CB Traded: Tim Carter, WR Traded For: Reuben Droughns, RB...

By Mark Maske | May 24, 2007; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, Tinkering This Time Instead of Overhauling, Have Another Good Offseason

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup New Orleans Saints Players Released: Ernie Conwell, TE Joe Horn, WR Terrence Melton, LB John Carney, K Free Agents Lost: Montrae Holland, G Danny Clark, LB Bryan Scott, S Omar Stoutmire, S Curtis Deloatch, CB Billy Cundiff, K Traded For: Olindo Mare, K Free Agents Re-Signed:...

By Mark Maske | May 24, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Didn't Fail Drug Test

Officials said Wednesday that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry has not failed a court-ordered drug test. A Kentucky prosecutor told reporters Monday that Henry had failed a drug test and could be subject to jail time, but later that day the prosecutor's office backed off that contention and...

By Mark Maske | May 24, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not the Same Old Patriots, But the Team to Beat

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup New England Patriots Players Released: Corey Dillon, RB Don Davis, S (retired) Free Agents Lost: Tully Banta-Cain, LB Daniel Graham, TE Traded For: Wes Welker, WR Randy Moss, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Heath Evans, FB Larry Izzo, LB Junior Seau, LB Free Agents Added: Adalius Thomas,...

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 4:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

K. Johnson Retiring, Heading to ESPN

Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is retiring and heading straight into broadcasting, agreeing to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Johnson, 34, had 70 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns for the Carolina Panthers last season but was released by the team following last month's NFL draft. Johnson met...

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners' Decision About 2011 Super Bowl Host Seemingly Was a Money Decision

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The decision by the NFL's team owners here Tuesday to award the 2011 Super Bowl to the Dallas area instead of Indianapolis seems to have been made largely for financial reasons. The Cowboys and Colts both have new stadiums on the way. The domed stadium in Indianapolis, scheduled...

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

T. Johnson Ruling Could Come Soon

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears poised to rule on a possible suspension of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson for violating the league's conduct policy. Goodell met with Johnson last week in New York after Johnson was released from prison. Johnson served half of a 120-day sentence for...

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 8:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Competition Committee Recommends That Goodell Shorten Draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The NFL's competition committee has recommended to Commissioner Roger Goodell that he take steps to shorten the draft, Goodell said here today. Goodell discussed the possibility with the franchise owners during today's meeting here but took no action. During his post-meeting news conference, Goodell said he plans to...

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 8:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Says He's "Very Concerned" About Vick Allegations But Not Ready to Decide About Discipline

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said here today that he's "very concerned" about the allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick might have been involved in a dogfighting operation in Virginia but is not prepared to make a decision about possible disciplinary action. Authorities are investigating Vick's possible involvement,...

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 8:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

Concussion Recommendations Presented to Teams

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--At today's owners' meeting, the league presented the teams with a set of medical recommendations for handling concussions suffered by players. The recommended practices were drawn up by the league's committee on mild-traumatic brain injury, and include a "whistle-blower" provision in which anyone can anonymously report an incident...

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Owners Award 2011 Super Bowl to Dallas

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The NFL's franchise owners voted during a meeting here today to award the 2011 Super Bowl to the Dallas area. Indianapolis and Phoenix also submitted bids, and Dallas and Indianapolis had been regarded as the favorites. The game is to be played in the $1 billion stadium that's...

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (4)

Vikings Will Take Their Lumps While T. Jackson Learns

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Minnesota Vikings Players Released: Brad Johnson, QB Fred Smoot, CB Jermaine Wiggins, TE Mike Rosenthal, T Free Agents Lost: Jason Whittle, G Napoleon Harris, LB Bethel Johnson, WR Ralph Brown, CB Marcus Robinson, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Tank Williams, S Drew Henson, QB Free Agents Added:...

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Owners to Select Host of 2011 Super Bowl During Meeting Tuesday

The owners are scheduled to choose a host city for the 2011 Super Bowl when they meet Tuesday in Nashville. Dallas and Indianapolis are regarded as the front-runners. Both cities are building new stadiums. Phoenix also has submitted a bid. The owners also might talk about the possibility of...

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Re-Sign Seau

The New England Patriots re-signed free agent linebacker Junior Seau. Seau, 38, played for the Patriots last season on the heels of announcing his retirement. He had his season cut short by a broken arm suffered in November....

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals Release Nicholson

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker A.J. Nicholson. Nicholson pleaded not guilty today to a domestic violence charge. He is accused of striking his girlfriend last week. Nicholson has been charged with misdemeanor assault even though the woman has said she accidentally hit herself with a cell phone. Nicholson played...

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Accounts Differ on Result of Court-Ordered Drug Test for C. Henry

There were conflicting reports today about a court-ordered drug test taken by suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. A prosecutor in Kentucky told reporters that Henry had failed a drug test and could be facing jail time. But later in the day, the prosecutor's office indicated that results...

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins' Makeover Unlikely to Produce Quick Turnaround

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Miami Dolphins Coaching Change: Resigned: Nick Saban Hired: Cam Cameron Players Released: Seth McKinney, C Bennie Anderson, G Eric Kimble, WR Kevin Carter, DE Jeno James, G Joey Harrington, QB Randy McMichael, TE Eddie Jackson, CB Manny Wright, DT Marcus Vick, WR Free Agents Lost: Sammy...

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Case Drawing Congressional Scrutiny

The possible involvement of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in a dog fighting ring in Virginia is drawing attention on Capitol Hill. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) wrote a letter today to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to take strong disciplinary action against Vick if it's determined that Vick...

By Mark Maske | May 18, 2007; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Huard Getting His Chance With Chiefs, With Solid Team Around Him

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Kansas City Chiefs Players Released: Stephen Williams, DT Sammy Knight, S Kyle Turley, T Will Shields, G (retired) Eric Hicks, DE Free Agents Lost: Jordan Black, T Lenny Walls, CB Kawika Mitchell, LB Traded: Dante Hall, WR/KR Free Agents Re-Signed: Ron Edwards, DT Jimmy Wilkerson, DL...

By Mark Maske | May 18, 2007; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Johnson Reportedly to Visit Titans Today

Free agent wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is scheduled to visit the Tennessee Titans today, the Tennessean reported. Johnson was released by the Carolina Panthers after the NFL draft. The Titans have been viewed since he was cut as a leading contender to sign him. He is friendly with Titans...

By Mark Maske | May 18, 2007; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Outcome of Leftwich Drama Will Determine Jaguars' Fate

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Jacksonville Jaguars Players Released: Chris Hanson, P Ahmad Carroll, CB Free Agents Lost: Kyle Brady, TE Deon Grant, S Cortez Hankton, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Tony Gilbert, LB LaBrandon Toefield, RB Free Agents Added: Tony Pashos, T Dennis Northcutt, WR Jermaine Wiggins, TE Kevin McCadam, S...

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ticket Sales Brisk For London Game

Tickets to the Giants-Dolphins game in London in October are going fast. It took only an hour and a half for the league to sell 40,000 tickets Wednesday. The game is to be played on Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium. It will be the second regular season NFL game...

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Round of Draft Could Be Shortened

NFL officials are considering reducing the amount of time allotted to each team to make its first-round selection during the draft, a league source said this morning. Currently, each club is given 15 minutes to make its first-round pick. It's possible that will be reduced to 10 minutes. Last...

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Players Paying Tribute to D. Williams, D. Nash

The Denver Broncos players wore helmet decals honoring late teammates Darrent Williams and Damien Nash when they practiced Wednesday as part of an offseason camp. The decals had Williams's jersey number, 27, and Nash's number, 29, on them. Williams, a cornerback, was shot and killed after attending a New...

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Changes Mind, Reportedly Will Attend Packers' Minicamp

According to several reports, quarterback Brett Favre has decided to attend the Green Bay Packers' minicamp this weekend. Favre previously had indicated that he wouldn't attend and instead would remain at his home in Mississippi to be with his family. He'd said his decision to skip the minicamp was...

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Meets With Commissioner, No Decision Yet On Possible Suspension

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson had a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York. Johnson is facing a possible suspension by Goodell for violating the league's conduct policy. Over the weekend, Johnson was released from prison after serving half of a 120-day sentence for...

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Have Suffered Losses But There's Still Plenty There, Especially on Offense

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Indianapolis Colts Players Released: Brandon Stokley, WR Montae Reagor, DT Gilbert Gardner, LB Free Agents Lost: Dominic Rhodes, RB Nick Harper, CB Cato June, LB Mike Doss, S Jason David, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Rob Morris, LB Dan Klecko, DT Jim Sorgi, QB Rocky Boiman, LB...

By Mark Maske | May 16, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

T. Johnson Set For Hearing Before Commissioner

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, facing a possible suspension for violating the league's conduct policy, is scheduled to have a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York. Johnson just finished serving 60 days of a 120-day jail sentence for violating his probation in a...

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 6:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Third-Round Pick Agrees to Contract With Bears

Rookie running back Garrett Wolfe became the first player selected in last month's NFL draft to agree to a contract with his team. Wolfe, a Northern Illinois product taken in the third round, agreed to a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth just less than $2.3 million, including...

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 6:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Reportedly Skipping Packers' Minicamp

Quarterback Brett Favre plans to skip the Green Bay Packers' minicamp this weekend, but not because of his displeasure over the team's failure to trade for wide receiver Randy Moss. Favre is unable to practice after undergoing surgery earlier this offseason to have bone spurs removed from his left...

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Not Contenders Yet, But Schaub Trade Means They Finally May Have Gotten It Right at Quarterback

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Houston Texans Players Released: Eric Moulds, WR Seth Payne, DT Zach Wiegert, T David Carr, QB Domanick Williams, RB Free Agents Lost: Antwan Peek, LB Lewis Sanders, CB Michael Stone, DB Traded For: Matt Schaub, QB Free Agents Re-Signed: Charlie Adams, WR Chad Stanley, P Ephraim...

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 4:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Easy Answers These Days For Packers

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Green Bay Packers Players Released: William Henderson, FB Free Agents Lost: Ahman Green, RB David Martin, TE Kendrick Allen, DT Free Agents Re-Signed: Tyson Walter, T/G Free Agents Added: Frank Walker, CB Draft: Rd. 1 (No. 16 overall) Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee 2 (63) Brandon Jackson,...

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Moving D. Hester to Offense

The Chicago Bears are moving cornerback Devin Hester to offense. There had been speculation that the move would be made after Hester scored six special-teams touchdowns on returns last season as a rookie, then returned the opening kickoff of the Super Bowl for a touchdown. The Bears are using...

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Cut S. Adams

The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran defensive tackle Sam Adams. Adams, 33, spent one season in Cincinnati. The Bengals signed free agent defensive tackle Kendrick Allen, who played for the Green Bay Packers last season. The team plans to start Domata Peko and John Thornton at defensive tackle next season....

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Says He's Not Seeking Trade

Quarterback Brett Favre said today that he was upset when the Green Bay Packers failed to trade for wide receiver Randy Moss, but indicated he never truly wanted the team to trade him. "I was frustrated a couple weeks back when Randy Moss was traded to New England," Favre...

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Make Modest Progress

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Detroit Lions Players Released: Ross Verba, G Marcus Pollard, TE Marcus Bell, DT Tyoka Jackson, DT Craphonso Thorpe, WR Free Agents Lost: Terrence Holt, S Cory Schlesinger, FB Jon McGraw, S Rick DeMulling, T/G Jamar Fletcher, CB Traded: Dre Bly, CB James Hall, DE Josh McCown,...

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Emerge From Trying Offseason With Promising Team

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Denver Broncos Players Released: Courtney Brown, DE Al Wilson, LB Free Agents Lost: Patrick Chukwurah, DE Cooper Carlisle, G Michael Myers, DT Traded: Tatum Bell, RB George Foster, T Jake Plummer, QB Traded For: Dre Bly, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Quincy Morgan, WR Kenny Peterson, DE...

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Favre, Packers At Odds Over Moss Non-Trade

Quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are at odds over the team's inability to trade for wide receiver Randy Moss. Favre was publicly critical of the Packers over the weekend, saying they should have made more of an effort to land Moss--who was dealt to the New...

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owens Participates In Cowboys' Minicamp

Wide receiver Terrell Owens surprisingly participated in the Dallas Cowboys' minicamp over the weekend. Cowboys officials had expected Owens, who underwent two offseason surgeries to have a torn tendon in his right ring finger repaired, to remain sidelined longer, perhaps until training camp in July. Instead, he caught passes...

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Released From Jail

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was released from prison Sunday after serving half of a 120-day sentence for violating his probation in a gun case. He was released for good behavior. Johnson is scheduled to have a hearing Wednesday in New York before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Owners...

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Few In League Expect Goodell to Reduce Jones's Suspension

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones had a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday in New York, as scheduled. Jones is appealing the season-long suspension imposed on him by Goodell for violating the league's conduct policy. Jones and his representatives have cited the punishments handed down to...

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams's Reinstatement Delayed By Positive Marijuana Test

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams tested positive last month for marijuana use, an NFL source said. Williams sat out last season and continues to serve a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He has applied for reinstatement but now won't be eligible before September, said...

By Mark Maske | May 11, 2007; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Reshuffle, But It All Comes Down to Romo Again

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Dallas Cowboys Coaching Change Retired: Bill Parcells Hired: Wade Phillips Players Released: Drew Bledsoe, QB (retired) Ryan Hannam, TE E.J. Whitley, G Jason Fabini, T Free Agents Lost: Al Johnson, C Kenyon Coleman, DE Ryan Fowler, LB Free Agents Re-Signed: Martin Gramatica, K Marc Colombo, T...

By Mark Maske | May 11, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (7)

T. Johnson's Hearing Set for Next Wednesday

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson is scheduled to have a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell next Wednesday in New York. Johnson is completing a 120-day jail term for violating his probation in a gun case. Several NFL sources familiar with Johnson's case have said in recent weeks...

By Mark Maske | May 10, 2007; 8:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Restore Hope, But First There Are More Lumps to be Taken

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Cleveland Browns Players Released: Daylon McCutcheon, CB Terrelle Smith, FB Joe Andruzzi, G Free Agents Lost: Dennis Northcutt, WR Brian Russell, S Alvin McKinley, DT Nick Eason, DE Traded: Reuben Droughns, RB Traded For: Tim Carter, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Lennie Friedman, C/G Free Agents Added:...

By Mark Maske | May 10, 2007; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Bolster Running Back Depth By Adding K. Barlow

Free agent tailback Kevan Barlow agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Barlow, formerly with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, is scheduled to participate in the Steelers' minicamp this weekend under first-year coach Mike Tomlin....

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

Titans Add Rattay, Gardner

The Tennessee Titans signed free agent quarterback Tim Rattay and claimed linebacker Gilbert Gardner off waivers. Rattay is a former starter in San Francisco and Tampa Bay who joins Kerry Collins as veteran backups for Vince Young in Tennessee. Gardner was a starter for Indianapolis for most of last...

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

Raiders Fire Lombardi

The Oakland Raiders fired front office chief Mike Lombardi on Wednesday. The move had been expected. Lombardi reportedly feuded with former coach Art Shell. He outlasted Shell, who was fired after the Raiders' 2-14 season, but not by much. It's not clear if the Raiders even will replace Lombardi,...

By Mark Maske | May 10, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Breakthrough Still Within Reach For Bengals

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Cincinnati Bengals Players Released: Rich Braham, C (retired) Brian Simmons, LB Free Agents Lost: Eric Steinbach, G Marcus Wilkins, LB Tony Stewart, TE Kelley Washington, WR Kevin Kaesviharn, S Shaun Smith, DT Anthony Wright, QB Tory James, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Kenny Watson, RB Reggie Kelly,...

By Mark Maske | May 9, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bears Look Formidable Again

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Chicago Bears Players Released: None Free Agents Lost: Cameron Worrell, S Todd Johnson, S Justin Gage, WR Alfonso Boone, DT Ian Scott, DT Traded: Thomas Jones, RB Traded For: Adam Archuleta, S Free Agents Re-Signed: Ruben Brown, G Free Agents Added: Anthony Adams, DT Draft Rd....

By Mark Maske | May 9, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Panthers Will Try to be Team They Were Supposed to be Last Season, But Weren't

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Carolina Panthers Players Released: Al Wallace, DE Kris Mangum, TE (retired) Kevin McCadam, S Chris Weinke, QB Keyshawn Johnson, WR Free Agents Lost: Vinny Ciurciu, LB Chris Draft, LB Free Agents Re-Signed: Na'il Diggs, LB Kindal Moorehead, DT Free Agents Added: Terrence Melton, LB Stephen Williams,...

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Cut Former Starting Linebacker Gardner

The Indianapolis Colts released linebacker Gilbert Gardner. Gardner was a starter for most of last season but was benched in the shakeup by defensive coordinator Ron Meeks that produced some improved play by the unit during the postseason. The Colts also announced that they'd released linebacker Mike Labinjo....

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Sign J. Smith to Franchise Player Deal

Defensive end Justin Smith signed a one-year, $8.644 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. That's the tender offer that the Bengals made to Smith in February when they placed their franchise player tag on him to limit his free agent mobility. "We are pleased that Justin has come in...

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Soundness of S. Alexander's Foot Remains An Issue

Seattle Seahawks tailback Shaun Alexander told reporters Monday that there still was a crack in his left foot when X-rays were taken at the end of last season. Alexander missed six games last season because the foot was broken. Alexander is participating in the Seahawks' offseason practices this week...

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers, S. Smith Agree to Extension

Wide receiver Steve Smith agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers. The deal runs through the 2012 season. Smith had three seasons remaining on his existing contract for salaries totaling $10.9 million....

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Remain Intriguing Team

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Buffalo Bills Players Released: Chris Villarrial, G Matt Bowen, S Tutan Reyes, G Free Agents Lost: Nate Clements, CB London Fletcher, LB Mike Gandy, T/G Traded: Willis McGahee, RB Takeo Spikes, LB Kelly Holcomb, QB Traded For: Darwin Walker, DT Free Agents Re-Signed: Anthony Thomas, RB...

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Jaguars Release A. Carroll Two Days After Arrest

The Jacksonville Jaguars released cornerback Ahmad Carroll on Monday. The move came two days after Carroll was arrested on drug and weapon charges in Atlanta. The former first-round draft choice signed with the Jaguars in October after being released by the Green Bay Packers....

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

For Ravens, McGahee's Arrival Offsets Losses

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Baltimore Ravens Players Released: Jamal Lewis, RB Edwin Mulitalo, G Free Agents Lost: Tony Pashos, T Ovie Mughelli, FB Adalius Thomas, LB Aubrayo Franklin, DT Free Agents Re-Signed: Jarret Johnson, LB Musa Smith, RB Free Agents Added: None Traded For: Willis McGahee, RB Draft: Rd. 1...

By Mark Maske | May 7, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Jones's Appeal Hearing Set For May 11

The hearing for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones's appeal of his season-long suspension has been scheduled for May 11 in New York. Jones's appeal is to be heard by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who imposed the suspension last month. Goodell made the suspension reviewable after 10 games. Goodell found...

By Mark Maske | May 4, 2007; 10:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Can Petrino Get Things Out of Vick That Mora Couldn't?

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Atlanta Falcons Coaching Change Fired: Jim Mora Hired: Bobby Petrino Players Released: Ed Hartwell, LB Ike Reese, LB Matt Lehr, G Kevin Mathis, CB Traded: Matt Schaub, QB Free Agents Lost: Ashley Lelie, WR Patrick Kerney, DE Justin Griffith, TE Free Agents Re-Signed: None Free Agents...

By Mark Maske | May 4, 2007; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hartwell To Bengals

Free agent linebacker Ed Hartwell, cut by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason, agreed to a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. The deal reunites Hartwell with Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis, his former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens....

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 9:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Hanson Agrees to Deal With Saints

Punter Chris Hanson agreed to a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. He was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars this week....

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 9:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Bulk Up at Defensive Tackle by Adding I. Scott

Free agent defensive tackle Ian Scott agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the Chicago Bears. Scott visited the New England Patriots and Eagles this week. Philadelphia needed help at tackle after trading Darwin Walker to the Buffalo Bills last month....

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 9:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals Making Progress, But Not There Yet

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Arizona Cardinals Coaching Change Fired: Dennis Green Hired: Ken Whisenhunt Players Released: None Free Agents Lost: Leonard Davis, T/G Fred Wakefield, DE John Navarre, QB Alex Stepanovich, C Chris Liwienski, G David Macklin, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Marcel Shipp, RB Hanik Milligan, S Monty Beisel, LB...

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bills Get M. Wright Off Waivers

The Buffalo Bills obtained defensive tackle Manny Wright by claiming him off waivers. Wright was released by the Miami Dolphins. His time with the Dolphins included a training camp incident in 2005 in which former coach Nick Saban reduced him to tears with a practice-field tirade....

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trade Offers Were Lacking For Lions

The Detroit Lions didn't get the sort of trade offers they were expecting before keeping the second overall choice in the NFL draft Saturday and using it on Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Lions President Matt Millen said on a Detroit radio station this week that he discussed...

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Tell Andruzzi He's Being Cut

The Cleveland Browns have told guard Joe Andruzzi that they plan to release him this week. Andruzzi has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $9 million contract. Offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer is trying to get the Browns to trade him after they used the third overall selection in the...

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Concussion Summit Scheduled For Next Month

The NFL plans to conduct a concussion summit next month. According to the league, Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the 32 teams that each of them must send members of their medical departments to a meeting in Chicago scheduled for June 19. The representatives are to discuss issues related...

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2007; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Vikings Hopeful No Surgery Necessary For A. Peterson

Minnesota Vikings officials are hopeful that just-drafted tailback Adrian Peterson won't have to undergo surgery for the broken collarbone that he suffered last season and aggravated in Oklahoma's bowl game. Some NFL teams had been wary before the draft that Peterson might have to undergo surgery. The Vikings selected...

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2007; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Brown Signs Franchise Player Deal With Seahawks

Kicker Josh Brown signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Brown gets a salary of $2.078 million next season, the amount of the tender offer that the Seahawks made to him when they used their franchise player tag on him in February to limit his mobility on the...

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2007; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars Cut C. Hanson After Drafting Punter

The Jacksonville Jaguars released punter Chris Hanson. The club used a fourth-round draft choice Sunday on University of Maryland punter Adam Podlesh....

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2007; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Release M. Wright, M. Vick

The Miami Dolphins released defensive tackle Manny Wright and wide receiver Marcus Vick. Wright spent last season on the reserve-nonfootball injury list, reportedly to deal with depression. He reportedly showed up overweight to a recent minicamp. His Dolphins tenure was best remembered for him being reduced to tears by...

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 8:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Offseason Injuries Piling Up for Falcons Defense

The Atlanta Falcons have had significant injuries suffered by two defensive starters in recent days. Linebacker Demorrio Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights and underwent surgery last week. Defensive tackle Rod Coleman underwent surgery for a ruptured quadriceps muscle after being hurt in a boating accident....

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Trade R. Sims to Bucs, Cut E. Hicks

The Kansas City Chiefs did some housecleaning on their defensive line, trading tackle Ryan Sims and releasing end Eric Hicks. Sims was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an undisclosed draft pick. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2002 NFL draft but never lived up to...

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Panthers Release K. Johnson

The Carolina Panthers released wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. It's the second straight offseason that Johnson, 34, has been released. He was cut by the Dallas Cowboys last offseason and signed with the Panthers to serve as the complement to star wideout Steve Smith. Johnson had 70 catches for 815...

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 7:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots' Moves Make Them Team to Beat

The New England Patriots will enter next season as the league's clear-cut Super Bowl favorite. The Patriots already had a good team, reaching the AFC title game last season even after leaving themselves shorthanded at wide receiver with the September trade of holdout Deion Branch to the Seattle Seahawks....

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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