Archive: June 2008

Interest in K. Jones

Four teams reportedly sent representatives to a workout over the weekend in Michigan by former Detroit Lions tailback Kevin Jones. Jones, who's working his way back from a knee injury, remains unsigned after being released by the Lions. According to the Associated Press, Jones's workout Saturday was attended by...

By Mark Maske | June 30, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

New Deal for Bucs' Graham

Tailback Earnest Graham has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth about $11 million. Graham had declined to participate in voluntary offseason activities with the Buccaneers, although he had taken part in a mandatory minicamp. He had one season remaining on his previous deal...

By Mark Maske | June 30, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants to Sell Seat Licenses at New Stadium

The New York Giants have announced that they will sell personal seat licenses for tickets at their new stadium, scheduled to open in 2010. The licenses will cost $1,000 to $20,000 per seat depending on location, according to the team. The Giants are building the $1.6 billion stadium at...

By Mark Maske | June 27, 2008; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Teams Getting Earlier Starts On Rookie Negotiations

I always used to wonder why the way of the NFL was to draft a player in April, have him in for a rookie minicamp and some other offseason practices, and then say goodbye to him for the action-less period on the league calendar between mid-June and early July...

By Mark Maske | June 26, 2008; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Extend Contact of Starting Guard B. Butler

The Buffalo Bills announced that they've extended the contract of guard Brad Butler, a starter last season on the right side of the offensive line. He had two years remaining on his original NFL contract. The Bills also announced that they'd signed tight end Derek Fine, a fourth-round draft...

By Mark Maske | June 25, 2008; 6:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Extension For Giants' Snee

It pays to be the coach's son-in-law. Actually, it pays much more to be one of the league's best guards playing for the reigning Super Bowl champions. The New York Giants completed a six-year contract extension with guard Chris Snee, a deal apparently worth about $7 million per season....

By Mark Maske | June 25, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Reportedly Considering Haynesworth's Offer

The Tennessee Titans reportedly are considering defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's offer to sign his franchise player deal for next season if the team agrees not to use its franchise tag on him again in 2009. Haynesworth remains unsigned after being tagged by the Titans in February. He has offered...

By Mark Maske | June 24, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Cut Lorenzen

The New York Giants have released quarterback Jared Lorenzen. Lorenzen was known for his linebacker-like heft more than his skill, being officially listed at 285 pounds. But he was the top backup to Eli Manning at times last season. Lorenzen became expendable when the Giants signed David Carr and...

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 8:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan to Join Fox Studio Show

Just-retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is headed, as expected, to a post-playing career in television. Strahan will join Fox Sports as an NFL analyst on the network's studio show, the network announced on its Web site. Strahan joins fellow analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy...

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Sims to Niners

Free agent offensive lineman Barry Sims has agreed to a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Sims remains in the Bay Area after being released by the Oakland Raiders after last season. He could compete for playing time at tackle with the 49ers. The Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis...

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Owners' Support for NFL Network Wavering?

When the NFL's franchise owners decided, along with former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, to pass up rights fees from a TV network and put a package of prime time games on Thursdays and Saturdays on the league-owned NFL Network, they said they wanted to create a unique business asset. They...

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign Third-Rounder

The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they've signed wide receiver Harry Douglas, a third-round draft choice in April from Louisville. Douglas, the 84th overall selection in the draft, signed a four-year contract. The Falcons also announced the signing of veteran safety Deke Cooper, a free agent who was with...

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plea Deal in M. Lynch Case

According to reports by Buffalo-area media outlets, attorneys have reached a deal in the Marshawn Lynch case. The Buffalo Bills tailback reportedly will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a hit-and-run accident last month in which his vehicle was involved. A woman was injured in the accident....

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Settlement Possible in M. Lynch Case

Attorneys reportedly are trying to negotiate a settlement in the hit-and-run case involving Buffalo Bills tailback Marshawn Lynch. The Buffalo News reported that grand jury testimony scheduled for today was postponed. Lynch's vehicle reportedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident last month in which a woman was injured. It...

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Harris Gets Four-Year Extension From Bears

The Chicago Bears have locked up three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris to a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2012 season. The extension keeps Harris, one of the league's top defensive tackles, from being eligible for unrestricted free agency after next season. The deal is worth,...

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Terps' Moore Signs Deal With Bucs

Dre Moore, a rookie defensive tackle from the University of Maryland, has signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced. Moore was a fourth-round draft pick in April, the 115th overall selection in the draft....

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Bradshaw Serving Jail Sentence For Probation Violation

New York Giants tailback Ahmad Bradshaw reportedly is serving a 30-day prison sentence in Virginia for a probation violation. His attorney said in a written statement that the original offense occurred when Bradshaw was a juvenile, according to the Associated Press. Bradshaw began serving the jail sentence Sunday. He...

By Mark Maske | June 19, 2008; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Reportedly Could Be in J. Taylor Trade Mix

The Green Bay Packers made a trade inquiry with the Miami Dolphins about defensive end Jason Taylor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The Taylor situation has quieted recently after Taylor said he would play for the Dolphins next season if he's not traded and club officials indicated they want...

By Mark Maske | June 19, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Burress Expects New Deal By Training Camp

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress told a Philadelphia radio station this week that he expects to have his contract situation resolved before training camp. "I'm not going to worry about it, but I did state that I was unhappy with my current situation with my contract," Burress said during a...

By Mark Maske | June 19, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Reportedly Balking at Haynesworth Proposal

The Tennessee Titans are attempting to negotiate a longterm contract with Albert Haynesworth after giving the defensive tackle their franchise player tag in February. Haynesworth remains unsigned but reportedly has offered to sign his one-year franchise player deal, which would pay him a guaranteed salary of $7.25 million next...

By Mark Maske | June 19, 2008; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys, T. Glenn Clashing Over Injury Waiver

Veteran wide receiver Terry Glenn and the Dallas Cowboys are at odds over Glenn's refusal to sign an injury waiver, and Glenn reportedly wants to be released so he can sign with another team. According to reports, Glenn has refused to sign a $500,000 injury settlement that would protect...

By Mark Maske | June 18, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ankle Surgery for C. Johnson

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said. It is expected that Johnson will be able to play by training camp. Johnson, after demanding to be traded earlier in the offseason, showed up at a Bengals' minicamp...

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 8:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Excused From Cowboys' Minicamp

Wide receiver Terrell Owens was at the Dallas Cowboys' Valley Ranch facility today but left before the opening practice of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp. Coach Wade Phillips indicated that Owens had been excused because of a personal matter....

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 8:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simms Not At Bucs' Minicamp

Quarterback Chris Simms did not attend the opening day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' three-day minicamp today. Simms reportedly has asked the team to release him and recently told two Tampa-area newspapers that his relationship with Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden cannot be repaired. Simms said that Gruden last year...

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 8:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Release J. Williams

The Atlanta Falcons released safety Jimmy Williams. Williams was a former second-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech who'd quickly fallen into disfavor with new coach Mike Smith. He reportedly showed up overweight for a voluntary minicamp and was demoted to the third-team defense....

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 7:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Specter On Spygate: "I've Gone As Far As I Can"

Even Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) now appears ready to allow the Spygate scandal to fade away. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Specter told the newspaper's editorial board Monday that he won't ask fellow Capitol Hill lawmakers to pursue the matter and won't request hearings of the Senate Judiciary...

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Walker Injured in Apparent Robbery in Las Vegas

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker is hospitalized in Las Vegas after being injured in what media reports are speculating might have been a robbery. According to the police, Walker was found with significant injuries early Monday on a street off the Las Vegas Strip. KVVU-TV reported that Walker...

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Accorsi Named Co-Chairman of League's New GM Advisory Committee

The NFL announced today that former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi will work as a consultant for the league and will serve as co-chairman of a newly formed general managers advisory committee. Accorsi was out of the league last season, having retired after assembling much of the...

By Mark Maske | June 16, 2008; 8:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Colvin to Texans

The Houston Texans reportedly will sign free agent linebacker Rosevelt Colvin. KRIV-TV is reporting that Colvin is traveling to Houston to sign with the team. The Houston Chronicle reported this morning that the Texans have a deal with Colvin. Colvin is a good pass rusher who will give the...

By Mark Maske | June 16, 2008; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Mourn Russert

The Buffalo Bills have issued a statement about the death of newsman Tim Russert, a huge fan of his hometown team. The Bills' statement says: "The Buffalo Bills organization is devastated in hearing the news of the passing of Tim Russert. Tim, as everyone knows, was a tremendous Bills...

By Mark Maske | June 14, 2008; 3:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey, J. Reese Reportedly Exchange Words

Tight end Jeremy Shockey reportedly got into a heated verbal confrontation with General Manager Jerry Reese during the New York Giants' minicamp this week. The yelling match was first reported by the Bergen Record. The details remain unclear. Shockey showed up at the minicamp after saying last weekend that...

By Mark Maske | June 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

C. Henry Suspended Indefinitely

The NFL suspended former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry indefinitely. Henry was released by the Bengals in April after he was charged with assault and criminal damaging. It was the latest in a series of off-field issues for Henry, who was suspended by the league for the first...

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Little Activity, Lots of Attention for C. Johnson At Bengals' Minicamp

Wide receiver Chad Johnson indeed was at the Cincinnati Bengals' minicamp Thursday but didn't do much practicing. The Bengals didn't seem to believe that Johnson wasn't injured but Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told reporters that the wideout was suffering from an ankle injury. Johnson had threatened to boycott the...

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Three Bills Players Subpoenaed in Lynch Case

Three Buffalo Bills players reportedly have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in the hit-and-run case involving Bills tailback Marshawn Lynch. The Buffalo News reported that the players are offensive lineman Christian Gaddis and rookie wide receivers James Hardy and Steve Johnson. A grand jury has been...

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Benson Clears Waivers

No NFL team wants tailback Cedric Benson at the moment. No club put in a waiver claim on Benson, the former first-round draft choice who was waived by the Chicago Bears after he was arrested twice on alcohol-related charges in a little more than a month. Benson now becomes...

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson On Field for Bengals' Practice

Wide receiver Chad Johnson was in uniform and on the field this morning as the Cincinnati Bengals opened a three-day minicamp that's mandatory for players. He reportedly arrived on the field about 10 minutes after the practice was to begin at 9:45 a.m. Johnson had created a major ruckus...

By Mark Maske | June 12, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Urlacher On Hand for Bears' Voluntary Practice

Linebacker Brian Urlacher was on hand for a voluntary practice by the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. Urlacher had attended a mandatory minicamp but previously had skipped voluntary workouts this offseason as he tries to pressure the Bears to rework his contract....

By Mark Maske | June 12, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Peters Skipping Bills' Minicamp

Left tackle Jason Peters is skipping the Buffalo Bills' mandatory minicamp that opened Wednesday. Peters has three seasons remaining on a five-year, $20.1 million contract that pays him a salary of $3.25 million next season. He wants a raise after a Pro Bowl season and has missed all of...

By Mark Maske | June 12, 2008; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Smith Agrees to Contract Extension With Saints

Defensive end Will Smith agreed to a six-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is worth about $70 million, including $26 million in guaranteed money, a source familiar with the negotiations said. The former first-round draft pick has 33-1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Saints,...

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ogden Set to Make Retirement Official

Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden told the Baltimore Sun that he has decided to retire. Ogden, 33, was one of the best offensive linemen in the sport for most of his 12 seasons but had been plagued by a toe injury. He'd been expected to retire this offseason...

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Grant Bentley's Request to be Released

The Cleveland Browns released LeCharles Bentley at the center's request. Bentley missed the last two seasons after signing with the Browns. He suffered a knee injury and then underwent a series of operations and was plagued by a staph infection. He passed a physical this week and resumed practicing,...

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (3)

Burress, Shockey Not Practicing At Giants' Minicamp

The New York Giants opened a minicamp today, and defensive end Michael Strahan's retirement was all but forgotten because there were plenty of new issues for the defending Super Bowl champions. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress and tight end Jeremy Shockey showed up but didn't practice. Burress told reporters that...

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ailing Shoulder Shelves McNabb

Quarterback Donovan McNabb sat out the Philadelphia Eagles' practice Tuesday with what was described as tendinitis in his shoulder. Kevin Kolb ran the starting offense in McNabb's absence, another sign that the second-year pro is taking over as McNabb's primary backup....

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Holmgren Slated to Rejoin Seahawks Today

Coach Mike Holmgren is expected back on the field for the Seattle Seahawks' minicamp today. Holmgren missed the last two days of the camp because of an undisclosed medical condition that the team described as minor. Holmgren announced earlier in the offseason that this would be his final season...

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 8:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign Third-Rounders

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they'd signed a pair of third-round draft picks, LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson and Cal safety Thomas DeCoud. Jackson was taken 68th overall and DeCoud 98th. The Falcons, like a few other teams, have gotten an early start on signing draft choices. They signed quarterback...

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Says Even An $8 Million Salary Wouldn't Have Kept Him Around

Michael Strahan had his retirement news conference today and gave a dignified farewell address. Among the things he said was that the New York Giants could not have influenced him to play another season by offering to double his salary to $8 million. Strahan said his decision wasn't about...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Anyone Need A Running Back?

For those keeping track, the list of unemployed tailbacks now includes Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry and Cedric Benson. They remain unsigned along with quarterbacks Daunte Culpepper and Byron Leftwich....

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Bentley Practices With Browns

Center LeCharles Bentley practiced with the Cleveland Browns today. Bentley signed with the Browns before the 2006 season but hasn't played for them after injuring his knee at the outset of his first training camp with the team. He's been sidelined by a series of operations and a staph...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Plummer, Bucs Reach Settlement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached a settlement with retired quarterback Jake Plummer. According to the Tampa Tribune, Plummer has agreed to repay half the $7 million in bonus money that the Buccaneers had been seeking to force him to return. The money will be given to the Buccaneers...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Simms Tells Newspapers He's At Odds With Gruden

Quarterback Chris Simms remains on the Buccaneers' roster but told Tampa-area newspapers that his relationship with Coach Jon Gruden is "totally broken" and cannot be repaired. Simms indicated he has asked the Buccaneers to trade or release him. Simms had his 2006 season ended by a ruptured spleen suffered...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Linebacker Fowler Reportedly Facing Possible Suspension

According to reports, Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler was informed by the league in a letter that he is facing a possible suspension for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The possible discipline by the league apparently has arisen from information supplied by Plano, Tex., personal trainer David...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Resolution Yet in Case Involving Bills' Lynch

The status of Buffalo Bills tailback Marshawn Lynch remained unclear after a meeting Monday between his attorney and prosecutors. Lynch's vehicle reportedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident May 31 that injured a woman. It hasn't been established whether Lynch was driving, and participants in Monday's meeting said that...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prosecutor Says Vick's State Trial Will Come After Release From Federal Prison

Michael Vick's trial on state dogfighting charges reportedly will not begin until after he's released from federal prison. Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter told the Associated Press that it would be too expensive for Surry County to pay for Vick and his co-defendants to travel to Virginia for their trials. Vick...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Owens Could Be Subjected to Additional Drug Testing

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens reportedly has been placed in the NFL's "reasonable cause" testing program for performance-enhancing drugs after being unavailable for a recent random test. Owens missed calls to schedule a test, according to reports, and now is subject to as many as 24 annual tests...

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Press Conference Today

Michael Strahan is scheduled to participate in a news conference today at 11:30 a.m. The New York Giants defensive end announced his retirement Monday....

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Release C. Benson

The Chicago Bears have waived tailback Cedric Benson, who was arrested twice on alcohol-related charges in recent weeks. "Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate," General Manager Jerry Angelo said in a written statement released by the team. "As I said this past weekend, you have...

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan, Favre and Sapp Could Be Canton-Bound Together

It says here that Brett Favre, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan will go into the Hall of Fame together in 2013. Favre is a no-brainer. He's in the discussion about the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, and being a first-ballot inductee in Canton, Ohio, is a virtual certainty. There might...

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Announces Retirement

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan has decided to retire. Strahan told Fox Sports that he wanted to make up his mind before the defending Super Bowl champions opened a minicamp that's scheduled to begin Wednesday. "It was important that my teammates knew which way I was going...

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Benson Reportedly to Be At Bears' Training Facility Today

Tailback Cedric Benson reportedly is scheduled to participate in the Chicago Bears' organized team activities today. Benson's status with the team is being questioned by many observers after he was arrested in Texas over the weekend on a drunk driving charge. It was Benson's second alcohol-related arrest in a...

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey's Offseason of Discontent

Trade speculation has surrounded Jeremy Shockey all offseason after the New York Giants won the Super Bowl without the injured tight end. There were reports that Shockey might be headed to the New Orleans Saints, and others that he would welcome such a move. Shockey seemed less than pleased...

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Latest Arrest Could Put C. Benson's Status With Bears In Doubt

Executives around the league are wondering about tailback Cedric Benson's status with the Chicago Bears after his second alcohol-related arrest in recent weeks. Benson reportedly was arrested early Saturday in Texas and charged with driving while intoxicated. The incident comes just more than a month after Benson was charged...

By Mark Maske | June 7, 2008; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

O. Thurman Suspended Indefinitely by League

Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. A league spokesman told the Associated Press that Thurman will not be eligible for reinstatement until after next season. Thurman missed the last two seasons for violations of the...

By Mark Maske | June 7, 2008; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Jacobs's Death Ruled Suicide

The death of Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs was ruled a suicide Friday by the Dallas County medical examiner. Jacobs had been found shot to death in his home. He was a convicted steroids dealer who had spoken to NFL representatives last month about players to which he...

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Specter Repeats Call for NFL to Hire Outside Investigator

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) hasn't forgotten about Spygate just yet. Specter entered a floor statement into the Congressional record Thursday. He reiterated the same points he's been making all along, repeating his criticisms that the NFL's investigation of the videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots was insufficient. He...

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Raiders, McFadden Have A Deal

Last year, it took the Oakland Raiders until two days after the regular season opener to sign their top draft pick, quarterback JaMarcus Russell. They've done a lot better this time around. The Raiders completed a deal late Thursday with tailback Darren McFadden, the fourth overall selection in the...

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steroids Dealer Who Met With NFL Officials Reportedly Found Dead in Home

A convicted steroids dealer who had met recently with NFL representatives was found shot to death today, according to reports. Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs, 35, was found dead in his home when police went there to make a welfare check, the Associated Press reported. Amando Jo Earhart-Savell,...

By Mark Maske | June 5, 2008; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Denies Rift With J. Taylor

There's plenty of back-tracking and making up going on between the Miami Dolphins and defensive end Jason Taylor. First it was Taylor saying he isn't demanding a trade and would play for the Dolphins next season if he's not dealt. Then it was Coach Tony Sparano saying the team...

By Mark Maske | June 5, 2008; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Speculation That Tyree Could Be Squeezed Off Giants' Roster Is Misguided

There are reports beginning to surface out of the New York Giants' offseason activities that because of the team's surplus of wide receivers, Super Bowl standout David Tyree might not have a guaranteed spot on next season's roster. The Giants drafted Mario Manningham and have holdovers Plaxico Burress, Amani...

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Lineman Reportedly Participated in DEA Sting After Prescription Drug Arrest

There's more controversy for the New England Patriots. The Boston Globe reported today that Patriots offensive tackle Nick Kaczur was arrested in April for illegal possession of prescription painkillers. Kaczur subsequently assisted Drug Enforcement Administration agents by wearing a hidden recording device to gather evidence against his alleged supplier,...

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Colvin Visiting Texans

Free agent linebacker Rosevelt Colvin is visiting the Houston Texans today, the Houston Chronicle reported. Colvin was a starter for the New England Patriots last season but had his season cut short by a foot injury....

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ogden Retirement Announcement Reportedly Could Be Coming Soon

It has been widely assumed that Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden will retire this offseason, but it hasn't been made official. That could change soon. The Baltimore Sun reports that Ogden could announce his retirement within the next week or so....

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sheppard Absent from Eagles' Workout

Cornerback Lito Sheppard missed the Philadelphia Eagles' voluntary workout Tuesday, further clouding his status with the team. It was thought after the Eagles signed cornerback Asante Samuel as a free agent that they would trade Sheppard. But it hasn't happened yet, and now the Eagles might have to work...

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Will Welcome Back J. Taylor, According to Sparano

The Miami Dolphins apparently are prepared to welcome back defensive end Jason Taylor. Coach Tony Sparano said during an interview with a South Florida radio station Tuesday that he'd told Taylor last week the team wants him back. Sparano's comments come on the heels of Taylor saying Sunday he...

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Add J. Butler

The New Orleans Saints signed cornerback Jerametrius Butler. Butler, a former starter with the St. Louis Rams, played for the Buffalo Bills last season. He took part in the Saints' weekend minicamp on a tryout basis....

By Mark Maske | June 3, 2008; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Four-Year Extension for Texans GM

The Houston Texans extended the contract of their general manager, Rick Smith. The four-year extension runs through the 2012 season. Smith succeeded Charley Casserly in 2006....

By Mark Maske | June 3, 2008; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Readying to Return to Bengals

Wide receiver Chad Johnson has told ESPN that he's planning to return to the Cincinnati Bengals soon. "Am I coming back? Of course I am," Johnson told ESPN The Magazine, according to a story posted on the network's website. "I told my coaches I'm going to California to act,...

By Mark Maske | June 3, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Spending Big to Keep Key Players

The Dallas Cowboys are doing some big-time spending to keep their key players in the fold. The three-year, $27 million deal to which wide receiver Terrell Owens has agreed means that, since May 20, the Cowboys have handed out $122 million-worth of contract extensions to tailback Marion Barber, cornerback...

By Mark Maske | June 3, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

T.O., Cowboys Agree to Three-Year Extension

Wide receiver Terrell Owens has agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys, a source familiar with the situation said. The deal includes $13 million in guaranteed money and runs through the 2011 season, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because...

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 9:37 PM ET | Comments (3)

NFL Grants Pacman Jones "Limited Reinstatement"

The NFL has released the following statement about Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones, who's been suspended for more than a year under the league's personal conduct policy: "Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adam Jones today that, effective immediately, he may participate in organized team activities with the Dallas Cowboys,...

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants to Add R. Wynn

Veteran defensive tackle Renaldo Wynn, formerly of the Washington Redskins, reportedly has agreed to a deal with the New York Giants. Wynn would be rejoining Giants Coach Tom Coughlin, for whom he once played in Jacksonville. The Star-Ledger reported that Wynn agreed to a one-year contract with the Super...

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Release T. Henry

The Denver Broncos have released tailback Travis Henry. "We did not feel his commitment to the Broncos was enough to warrant a spot on this football team," the team's coach, Mike Shanahan, said in a written statement. Henry had been sidelined from offseason drills because of a hamstring injury....

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Gives Parcells A Chance to End Feud in Miami

Defensive end Jason Taylor took some of the steam out of the controversy surrounding his status with the Miami Dolphins when he spoke during an informal news conference Sunday. Taylor said he wasn't demanding a trade from the Dolphins but would accept one if the team decides to deal...

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vanderjagt to CFL

Kicker Mike Vanderjagt has been unable to land another NFL job since being released by the Dallas Cowboys during the 2006 season. He reportedly is headed back to the Canadian Football League, where he began his pro career, and will sign with the Toronto Argonauts. Vanderjagt remains the most...

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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