Archive: July 2007

Strahan, Giants Officials Talking

New York Giants officials spoke to holdout defensive end Michael Strahan on Monday. Coach Tom Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese told reporters today at the team's Albany, N.Y., training camp that Strahan is welcome to return but the club is proceeding as if he won't. Strahan hasn't reported...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2007; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars Lose Starting Center

The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost starting center Brad Meester for at least eight weeks. He suffered a broken foot during a practice Monday evening and is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday. Dennis Norman is scheduled to take over as the starter....

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2007; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

F. Gore Has Broken Hand

San Francisco 49ers tailback Frank Gore, the NFC's leading rusher last season, suffered a broken right hand during the team's practice Monday. The 49ers expect Gore to be ready for the regular season but might withhold him from the entire exhibition season. It's possible he will resume practicing as...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2007; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Scheduled to Work Out for Raiders

Free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper is scheduled to work out for the Oakland Raiders today. Culpepper remains available after being released by the Miami Dolphins, and the Raiders are shorthanded at quarterback with top overall draft choice JaMarcus Russell still unsigned. The Raiders also have Andrew Walter and Josh...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2007; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Walsh Dies

Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh died today. Walsh, who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl titles in the 1980s, was 75. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004. Walsh coached the 49ers for 10 seasons and established himself as one of the most successful and...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 4:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Simms Not Ready for Full Participation in Bucs' Camp

Quarterback Chris Simms has been unable to participate in full team drills at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training camp the past two days. Simms reportedly continues to suffer from complications from the emergency surgery that he underwent last September to have his spleen removed following a game against the...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Says in Radio Interview He's Put Team's Owner, Fans "Through a Lot"

Michael Vick said in an interview with an Atlanta radio station today that he hopes to play for the Falcons again but is uncertain whether he will be able to do so. "Hopefully I'll see you all again," Vick said in a taped interview. "It remains to be seen....

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Reportedly Could Be Involved in Pro Wrestling Circuit During NFL Suspension

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones reportedly is in discussions to be involved in a pro wrestling circuit. One of Jones's attorneys, Worrick Robinson, told the Tennessean that Jones could have a role in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Jones would not be a wrestler, Robinson told the newspaper....

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Sanders's Newspaper Column on Vick Controversy Pulled

The NFL Network prohibited one of its analysts, Deion Sanders, from having a column published in a Florida newspaper over the weekend to defend his views on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Sanders wrote in his previous weekly column for the Fort Myers News-Press that he was "more concerned...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Co-Defendant in Vick Case Pleads Guilty

One of the three men indicted with Michael Vick on federal dogfighting charges pleaded guilty today. Tony Taylor is to be sentenced on Dec. 14. Taylor's plea came as part of an agreement with prosecutors. According to the Associated Press, Taylor said he was not promised a specific sentence....

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan, Giants Vying for Leverage?

The New York Giants are expressing interest in Simeon Rice with fellow veteran defensive end Michael Strahan absent from their Albany, N.Y., training camp. Rice, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week after refusing to take a pay cut, is scheduled to be in New York...

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

Walker Trade Makes Sense for Both Bills, Bears

The Buffalo Bills solved a problem and the Chicago Bears filled a need with Sunday's trade of defensive tackle Darwin Walker from Buffalo to Chicago for a draft pick next spring. The Bills had obtained Walker in a March trade with the Philadelphia Eagles that sent linebacker Takeo Spikes...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Couch Finally Gets Another NFL Chance But is Long Shot to Make Jaguars' Roster

Tim Couch is back in an NFL training camp. The quarterback chosen first overall in the 1999 draft by the Cleveland Browns was signed Sunday by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Couch last was with an NFL team when he failed to make the Green Bay Packers' roster in the 2004...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Only Seven First-Rounders Still Without Deals

The deals are coming fast and furious now, and only seven of the 32 first-round draft picks league-wide haven't agreed to contracts with their teams. The top two selections in April, Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, remain unsigned. So, too, are Arizona...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Rice Might Have Trouble Getting Big Contract

Simeon Rice is 33 years old and coming off a two-sack season, but the veteran defensive end apparently is seeking a lucrative contract after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. He might have trouble getting it. Executives with two NFL teams contacted today said they would...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 6:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Samuel a No-Show at Patriots' Camp

Cornerback Asante Samuel was absent from the New England Patriots' training camp as it got under way today. Samuel is unsigned after being named the team's franchise player in February. He is seeking a lucrative longterm deal instead of the one-year, $7.79 million contract that he would have if...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 6:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deals Done for More Than Half of First-Rounders

Seventeen of the 32 first-round draft picks have agreed to contracts with their teams. Agreeing today were wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (the No. 9 overall selection) with the Miami Dolphins, defensive end Adam Carriker (13th) with the St. Louis Rams and safety Brandon Meriweather (24th) with the New...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 6:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bulger Cashes In With Big Extension from Rams

Quarterback Marc Bulger signed a six-year, $65 million contract extension with the St. Louis Rams today. The deal includes about $29 million in guaranteed money, a source familiar with the negotiations said. Bulger joined the team today after missing a mandatory meeting Thursday. Bulger had one season remaining on...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Holding Out, Said to be Pondering Retirement

Defensive end Michael Strahan is holding out from the New York Giants' training camp and has informed the team through his agent that he's considering retirement. Agent Tony Agnone told Giants General Manager Jerry Reese in a telephone conversation Thursday evening about Strahan's decision not to report to training...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Turn to Harrington

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Joey Harrington was on a vacation with his family last week, he says, when he got a call informing him that Michael Vick had been indicted on federal dogfighting charges. That quickly, Harrington had become the likely starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Harrington, the failed...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 8:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Denies Jones's Request to Participate in Titans' Camp

The NFL has denied a request by suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones to participate in training camp. Jones and his representatives had hoped that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would allow Jones to report to camp. But the Titans apparently opposed to the idea, and the league rejected...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

G. Adams Agrees to Deal With Bucs

Defensive end Gaines Adams, the fourth overall selection in the NFL draft in April, has reached a contract agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a league source said. He is the eighth of the 32 first-round picks to complete a deal with his team. The others are Atlanta Falcons...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losman Hurting as Bills Open Camp

The Buffalo Bills opened training camp with starting quarterback J.P. Losman sidelined. Losman is suffering from a strained lower back and team officials called his status day to day....

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two D.C. Attorneys Playing Key Roles in Vick Case

Two prominent Washington-area lawyers became involved in the Michael Vick case this week. On Monday, Vick hired William R. "Billy" Martin to represent him. Martin is a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan whose clients have included former NBA player Jayson Williams, Monica Lewinsky and her mother and the...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bengals' Thurman Denied Reinstatement

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denied Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman's request to be reinstated for the upcoming season, the Bengals announced today. Thurman will miss a second straight season. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement after the 2007 season. He was suspended for the first four games of...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Preparing to Start Camp Without Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. It's a warm, sunny day in the Atlanta area, and the Falcons are readying to open training camp this afternoon without quarterback Michael Vick. Vick is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today in Richmond after being indicted by a federal grand jury last week...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (29)

 

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