Archive: July 2008

Packers Might Be Able to Keep Favre Off Field Until Tuesday

Glancing at the Packers' practice schedule, it's looking more and more like Brett Favre isn't likely to be on the field before Tuesday, even if he reports to training camp and isn't traded. He wasn't reinstated today. Even if he's reinstated Friday, the Packers can wait another 24 hours...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Reinstatement Delayed Another Day

Brett Favre wasn't reinstated today by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell delayed Favre's reinstatement by at least another day to allow more time for the retired quarterback and the Green Bay Packers to try to settle their differences. Favre sent his reinstatement request to the league office in New...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 6:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Place Punter on IR List, Add Kick Returner E. Drummond

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed punter Daniel Sepulveda on the injured reserve list, ending his season before it even started because of a torn knee ligament. The Steelers also signed kick returner Eddie Drummond, a former standout for the Detroit Lions....

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 6:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Titans Release M. Williams

The Tennessee Titans released wide receiver Mike Williams. The Titans signed Williams last November but now become the third NFL team to give up on the player selected with the 10th overall choice in the 2005 draft. The Detroit Lions, who drafted him, traded him to the Oakland Raiders,...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 6:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Suspended Four Games

The NFL has suspended former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for the first four games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Henry was released by the Bengals in April after being arrested and charged with assault. The charge later was dropped. If Henry is...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Could Travel to Green Bay Tonight

Brett Favre is scheduled to fly from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Green Bay tonight on a private jet. He is to arrive in Green Bay just before 9 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Eastern). That doesn't necessarily mean that Favre would be able to practice with the Packers on Friday,...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Favre Situation Remains In Flux

There are whispers around the league that Brett Favre might be in the Packers' training camp in Green Bay on Friday. But nothing is certain yet. Favre still hasn't been reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but that could happen this afternoon. If it does, the Packers would have...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Calling Garcia's Injury Minor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saying that the injury to his right calf that quarterback Jeff Garcia suffered during today's practice isn't serious. Coach Jon Gruden said during a news conference that more evaluation of the injury is required but at this point he doesn't think it's serious. The...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Garcia Hurt in Bucs' Camp, Favre to the Rescue?

Quarterback Jeff Garcia has suffered an apparent injury to his right leg during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice. According to an observer, Garcia was hurt during a non-contact passing drill and left the field on a cart. He limped to the locker room after getting out of the cart....

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sore Elbow Keeps Raiders' Russell Out of Full Team Drills

The Oakland Raiders hope that quarterback JaMarcus Russell will be ready to resume practicing fully by week's end. Russell was withheld from full team drills Wednesday because of a sore right elbow. He suffered the injury a day earlier when he accidentally hit his elbow against the helmet of...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Reportedly Offering Favre Money to Stay Retired, Reconsidering Trade Options

According to media reports in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers made a financial offer Wednesday to quarterback Brett Favre to try to induce Favre to remain retired and not report to the team's training camp. WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee reported that the Packers offered Favre approximately $20 million over 10...

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 8:06 AM ET | Comments (19)

Titans to Take Look at B. Leftwich

Free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich is scheduled to visit the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. The Titans might not be interested in signing Leftwich immediately, however. The Titans might merely take a look at Leftwich work out to have a report on him in case a need arises later. The...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 10:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Glenn Headed to Miami?

Wide receiver Terry Glenn, released by the Dallas Cowboys, reportedly is prepared to sign with the Miami Dolphins. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the move is expected to happen within the next few days. In one way, that move would make perfect sense. Glenn played for Bill Parcells,...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 10:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Lynch Reportedly Leaving Broncos, Might Retire

Veteran safety John Lynch, unhappy with his role on the Denver Broncos, reportedly has decided to leave the team and might retire. Lynch told a Denver television station, KCNC, that he will consider playing for another NFL team or pursuing a possible broadcasting career. He reportedly was displeased about...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 9:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Meeting Over

The meeting between Packers President Mark Murphy and Brett Favre's agent, Bus Cook, at Cook's office in Hattiesburg, Miss., is said to be over, according to a source familiar with the discussions. The two continued meeting long after Favre departed. Murphy left without commenting but Cook might speak to...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Favre Reinstatement Today

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is taking no action today on quarterback Brett Favre's reinstatement request. A league official said that Goodell wanted to give more time to Favre and the Green Bay Packers to work out their issues. "He wants to give both the Packers and Brett an appropriate...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (10)

Packers Prez, Agent Now Said to be Meeting Without Favre

Brett Favre's agent, Bus Cook, is said to be meeting now with Packers President Mark Murphy without Favre present, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Favre's participation in the meeting at Cook's Hattiesburg, Miss., office lasted nearly 3-1/2 hours. There's no word yet on the outcome of...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCarthy Not Commenting on Favre Meeting

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy declined to comment on today's meeting in Mississippi between team president Mark Murphy and quarterback Brett Favre. McCarthy was asked about it during his daily news conference in Green Bay. Favre participated in the meeting at Cook's office in Hattiesburg, Miss., and then left. There...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 3:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Favre Meeting Adjourned

The meeting between Packers President Mark Murphy, Brett Favre and Favre's agent, Bus Cook, at Cook's office in Hattiesburg, Miss., is said to have broken up, according to a person familiar with the proceedings. It's not clear, however, whether the parties will reconvene this afternoon. Murphy reportedly intended to...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bucs Lose Special Teams Standout

Buccaneers cornerback Torrie Cox is headed to the injured reserve list after suffering a season-ending knee injury over the weekend. The injury will be troublesome to the Buccaneers because Cox is one of the league's better special-teams players....

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Punter for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have claimed punter Paul Ernster off waivers from the Detroit Lions. Ernster could be the Steelers' replacement for Daniel Sepulveda, who has a torn knee ligament and likely will miss the entire season....

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Simms Trade Still Possible

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't traded quarterback Chris Simms yet, but it remains possible. The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are thought to be interested. Simms has said that he doesn't believe he can continue to coexist with Coach Jon Gruden....

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Grievance Planned Yet in Favre Case

NFL Players Association officials say they won't file a grievance on behalf of Brett Favre if he merely is asked today not to show up at training camp. The Packers can ask Favre not to attend camp. What they can't do is keep him from attending camp if Favre...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Visit to Favre Could Be Blunder By Packers

According to reports by media outlets in Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy has traveled to Mississippi to meet with quarterback Brett Favre and his agent, Bus Cook. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Murphy will ask Favre not to show up for the Packers' training camp. If...

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (48)

Clemons Released From Hospital

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Clemons was released from a hospital and rejoined the team at its training camp in Bethlehem, Pa. Clemons reportedly was treated for dehydration after being taken to the hospital in an ambulance....

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 10:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots' Harrison Begins Practicing

The New England Patriots removed safety Rodney Harrison from the physically unable to perform list, making him eligible to practice. Harrison participated in the Patriots' evening practice. The Patriots began training camp with a dozen players on the PUP list but have removed three of them, including offensive tackle...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Groin Injury Puts Cowboys' Newman on Shelf

The Cowboys expect to be without cornerback Terence Newman for at least three weeks because of a groin injury. Newman got hurt during Monday's practice in Oxnard, Calif. That could make newcomer Adam (Pacman) Jones a starter for now alongside Anthony Henry, with rookie Mike Jenkins moving up to...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 10:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Ellis Agrees to Deal With Saints

Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis has agreed to a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Ellis was the seventh overall selection in the NFL draft in April. His deal with the Saints will leave only two first-round picks unsigned: Jaguars defensive end Derrick Harvey, the eighth overall choice, and...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Officially Requests Reinstatement

Quarterback Brett Favre has sent his letter to the league office requesting reinstatement. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello acknowledged the league received Favre's letter but indicated that Commissioner Roger Goodell would take no action today. Goodell previously informed the parties that Favre would be reinstated if he asked. Favre announced...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 4:51 PM ET | Comments (25)

P. Manning Joins Colts at Camp

A famous quarterback who'd been absent from his team's training camp arrived there today. Brett Favre? Nope. Peyton Manning. Manning joined the Colts at their camp in Terre Haute, Ind. It's unclear when he might practice. It's been 15 days since Manning underwent surgery to have an infected bursa...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

G. Jackson Returns to Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they've agreed to contract terms with veteran defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Jackson is one of the league's heftiest and most effective run-stoppers. He was with the Falcons last season before being released by former coach Bobby Petrino, but agreed to patch up his differences...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles' Clemons Reportedly Hospitalized With Dehydration

Defensive end Chris Clemons was hospitalized with dehydration after leaving the practice field at the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp today in Bethlehem, Pa. Clemons reportedly was alert and sitting up as he was placed in an ambulance about an hour after leaving the Eagles' practice at Lehigh University. He'd...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's Next In Favre Saga?

There were some rumblings within the league during the day Monday that a Brett Favre trade might be close. But people familiar with the Packers' trade discussions with other teams said Monday night that General Manager Ted Thompson has not received anything close to what he would regard as...

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell on Favre, M. Lynch

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that he will not serve as a mediator in the dispute between the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Brett Favre. "From my standpoint, these are decisions that the team and Brett are going to have to make individually based on what their desires...

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thompson Says Packers Still Working on Resolution

GREEN BAY, Wis.--Packers General Manager Ted Thompson just finished his news conference. He acknowledged he's had trade talks with other teams but said he will not deal Brett Favre to a fellow NFC North club. He reiterated that the Packers will not release Favre. He left open the possibility...

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Try to Go About Their Business

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The Packers went through their opening, Brett Favre-less practice of training camp. Aaron Rodgers looked relatively sharp at quarterback, then later handled the onslaught of media attention pretty gracefully as he stood in front of his locker answering questions. "I feel good about where I'm at physically...

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Packers' Practice Comes This Morning as Favre Trade Talks Continue

GREEN BAY, Wis.--It's a sunny morning in Green Bay and the Packers are scheduled to begin training camp with a practice in a little over two hours. Brett Favre's designated successor at quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is to be taking the snaps with the starting offense, with Favre still at...

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 7:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Agree If C. Johnson Behaves, They'll Consider New Contract After Season

According to a league source, the Cincinnati Bengals agreed to consider reworking wide receiver Chad Johnson's contract after the season if Johnson is on his best behavior until then. Johnson reported to training camp on time Sunday after an offseason of demanding, often and loudly, to be traded. The...

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Deal For Hester

Kick returner Devin Hester has a new contract from the Chicago Bears said to be worth $30 million over four years, including $15 million in guaranteed money. The deal includes escalator clauses based on Hester's performance as a wide receiver. Hester had skipped the first couple days of the...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Not Commenting on Goodell's Involvement In Favre Dispute

GREEN BAY, Wis.--NFL officials aren't commenting on the nature and scope of Commissioner Roger Goodell's involvement in the Brett Favre controversy. Goodell has been in contact with both Favre and Green Bay Packers officials, and Favre told Sports Illustrated he's hopeful that Goodell will serve as an arbitrator of...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (23)

Another Favre Protest

GREEN BAY, Wis.--There was another Brett Favre protest today at Lambeau Field. Around 12:30 p.m. local time, a group of perhaps 75 people walked through the front doors into Lambeau's atrium and demanded that the Green Bay Packers invite the retired quarterback to return to the team. People carried...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gruden Tired of Favre Questions

Jon Gruden is growing weary of answering questions about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' interest in trading for quarterback Brett Favre. Asked what he makes of the latest round of developments in Favre's standoff with the Green Bay Packers, the Buccaneers coach said during his news conference today: "I don't...

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Won't Report Today as Packers Ask For More Time

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The Packers are here to begin training camp. But quarterback Brett Favre apparently won't be joining them, after all. Favre told Sports Illustrated that he won't report to camp today with the Packers after General Manager Ted Thompson asked for a couple days to resolve Favre's status....

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (17)

Bills Sign McKelvin

It's down to three unsigned first-round draft choices. The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Leodis McKelvin, the 11th overall selection in April. Left unsigned are the draft's Nos. 7, 8 and 9 picks: Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, Jaguars defensive end Derrick Harvey and Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers....

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Jordan to Patriots

The Patriots announced the signing of tailback LaMont Jordan. Jordan had been released a day earlier by the Raiders. The Patriots, as always, were quick to pick up a potentially useful player discarded by someone else....

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2008; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

And Then There Were Four

Running back Chris Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Tennessee Titans. He was the 24th overall pick in April. That leaves only four first-round draft picks unsigned: Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (No. 7), Jaguars defensive end Derrick Harvey (No. 8), Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers (No. 9)...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2008; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Moving Day For Favre? (With McCarthy Press Conference Update)

A couple league sources said this morning that the Green Bay Packers have been asking for way, way more than they're going to get in trade discussions for Brett Favre. Still, they're convinced that the Packers will reduce their asking price and something could get done today, most likely...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2008; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five More Rookie Deals

Five more first-rounders agreed to contracts with their teams overnight and this morning. Included in that group is defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, the fifth overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs. The top six picks in the draft now have reached contract agreements. The Dallas Cowboys have deals with...

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Down to 10 First-Round Picks Still Looking For Deals

After a flurry of signings today, there are 10 first-round picks without contracts. The list: No. 5 Glenn Dorsey, DT, Chiefs No. 7 Sedrick Ellis, DT, Saints No. 8 Derrick Harvey, LB, Jaguars No. 9 Keith Rivers, LB, Bengals No. 11 Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills No. 13 Jonathan Stewart,...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 9:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Release L. Jordan

The Oakland Raiders released tailback LaMont Jordan. The Raiders had told Jordan not to report to training camp. But under NFL rules, they could not keep him from joining the team without trading or releasing him. Unable to trade Jordan, the Raiders released him....

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 9:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Decide to Cut T. Glenn

The Dallas Cowboys have decided to release veteran wide receiver Terry Glenn. Glenn missed almost all of last season because of knee troubles, and he and the team spent much of the offseason at odds because of Glenn's refusal to sign a waiver that would have reduced his salary...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 9:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Announce Agreement With S. Baker

The Falcons have announced that their first-round draft pick, offensive tackle Sam Baker, has agreed to contract terms. He was chosen 21st overall in April....

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 9:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals, Rookie Cornerback Agree

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He was the 16th overall selection in the NFL draft....

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 7:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Dozen Unsigned First-Round Picks

It's now down to a dozen unsigned first-round draft picks league-wide. They are: No. 5 Glenn Dorsey, DT, Chiefs No. 7 Sedrick Ellis, DT, Saints No. 8 Derrick Harvey, LB, Jaguars No. 9 Keith Rivers, LB, Bengals No. 11 Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills No. 13 Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 6:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Formal Reinstatement Request Yet By Favre

As of 5:45 p.m., Brett Favre had not filed a formal request with the NFL office asking Commissioner Roger Goodell to reinstate him. It's a formality. Goodell has made it clear that he will reinstate Favre once Favre formally requests to return from retirement. But it's a necessary formality...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 6:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deals For Two More First-Rounders

Two more first-rounders have agreed to contracts. Tailback Rashard Mendenhall, the 23rd overall selection, gets a five-year, $12.5 million deal from the Pittsburgh Steelers that includes just more than $7.1 million in guaranteed money. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while awaiting the possible arrival of quarterback Brett Favre, finished a...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 5:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Jackson Absent From Rams' Opening Meeting

Tailback Steven Jackson didn't show up for the St. Louis Rams' pre-camp meeting. Jackson is entering the final season of his contract and the two sides have begun discussions about an extension....

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Favre Would Fit In With Jets' Recent Approach

If the New York Jets indeed are in pursuit of Brett Favre via a possible trade, it would mean they're dissatisfied with their current quarterback competition between Kellen Clemens and Chad Pennington. Coach Eric Mangini told reporters Thursday that he was happy with the quarterbacks he had on the...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks' First-Rounder Signed

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson has signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He was the 28th overall pick in the NFL draft in April and is the 17th of 31 first-round choices league-wide to sign. Jackson's deal is worth more than $11 million over five years, including more than $6 million...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Have Deal With Haynesworth

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. Haynesworth was named the Titans' franchise player in February and will receive the salary--$7.25 million--to which he was entitled under the franchise tender. But the Titans and Haynesworth apparently have added conditions to the deal...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trade Remains Likely Outcome

Even with Brett Favre telling the Packers that he will report to training camp with them, several NFL sources say they still expect Favre to be traded. "Look for a trade," said one source. A source said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed to the Packers that they cannot prevent...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Reportedly Planning to Report to Camp With Packers

An NFL source has confirmed a report that quarterback Brett Favre informed the Green Bay Packers today that he plans to report to training camp with them. The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Favre is likely to send a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Favre: Dialogue Between Two Sides

A league source says there's been dialogue in recent days between Green Bay Packers officials and quarterback Brett Favre in an attempt to resolve their dispute. "They're talking," said the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. The source speculated that the...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hester Reports to Bears' Camp

Kick returner extraordinaire Devin Hester reported to the Chicago Bears' training camp today. He is expected to participate in the club's afternoon practice. Hester had skipped the first two days of the Bears' camp, seeking an upgraded contract. It's not immediately clear if he got one....

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

First-Round Signings Update

By my count, it's now 15 first-round draft picks league-wide signed (including five of the top six) and 16 unsigned. The rundown: Signed: No. 1 Jake Long, T, Dolphins No. 2 Chris Long, DE, Rams No. 3 Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons No. 4 Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders No. 6...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Have Deal With First-Rounder Clady

Offensive tackle Ryan Clady has agreed to a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos. He was chosen by the Broncos with the 12th overall selection in the NFL draft in April. Clady was one of eight left tackles drafted in the first round league-wide. His contract includes about $11...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jets, Gholston Have Deal

Linebacker Vernon Gholston has agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Jets. A source said the deal is worth about $50 million, including approximately $21 million in guaranteed money. The Jets earlier signed their other first-round pick, tight end Dustin Keller. Five of the top six selections...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Peters Holding Out From Bills' Camp

Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters is holding out from the Buffalo Bills' training camp. Peters is under contract but wants a new deal. He didn't report to camp as scheduled Thursday and wasn't on the field for the team's opening practice of camp this morning. The Bills have...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Resolution Near?

Many people around the league expect the Brett Favre situation to be resolved within the next 48 hours. The most likely outcome, some of them continue to believe, is the quarterback being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Green Bay Packers, to whom Favre remains under contract, report...

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Overjoyed By J. Taylor's Departure From Division

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Tom Brady said he was ecstatic to see pass-rushing defensive end Jason Taylor traded out of the AFC East, from the Miami Dolphins to the Washington Redskins. "I think [Patriots left tackle Matt] Light and I popped a cold beer when we saw that transaction," the quarterback said...

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Shorthanded at Opening Practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The Patriots opened their camp with an uneventful practice indoors. Quarterback Tom Brady's ankle appeared fully healed, and he and other players emerged to say what they've been programmed by Coach Bill Belichick to say: that they've put the Super Bowl loss to the Giants behind them and...

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Set to Open Camp on Rainy Morning

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It's a rainy day here and the Patriots are scheduled to have their first couple practices of training camp. They've moved the morning practice, scheduled for 8:45, to their indoor facility. There will be plenty to talk about, from the aftereffects of the Super Bowl loss and Spygate,...

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Release E. Parker

The Chargers have announced that they've released wide receiver Eric Parker. He had 187 catches in six seasons in San Diego. But he was coming off a foot injury and was facing a numbers crunch at the position, and no longer was in the team's plans....

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Have Deal With First-Rounder C. Williams

The Chicago Bears completed a contract agreement with rookie offensive tackle Chris Williams hours before their opening practice of training camp today. Williams agreed to a five-year deal that, according to a source, is worth about $16 million, including approximately $10 million in guaranteed money. He was the 14th...

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 3:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Burress's Contract Now Giants' Major Concern

Now that disgruntled tight end Jeremy Shockey has been traded, the remaining headache for the New York Giants is the contract status of wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress has been seeking a new contract and expressed optimism at one point during the offseason that a deal was about to...

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (3)

Decision on T. Glenn Looms for Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys fly to Oxnard, Calif., for their training camp late this week, and it remains unclear if veteran wide receiver Terry Glenn will be there with them. The Cowboys and Glenn spent the offseason at a standoff over Glenn's refusal to sign a waiver that would reduce...

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Portion of Highway Near Bills' Stadium Named for Russert

President Bush has signed a bill naming a portion of a highway near Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., the home of the Buffalo Bills, after late television newsman Tim Russert. Russert was an avid Bills fan....

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Tampering Investigation Reportedly Under Way

The NFL reportedly has begun its investigation of the tampering allegation levied against the Minnesota Vikings by the Green Bay Packers for improper contact with quarterback Brett Favre. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that members of the league's security staff interviewed Vikings officials Tuesday at the team's headquarters. The...

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rams Bringing O. Pace Along Slowly

The Rams are withholding left tackle Orlando Pace from contact drills at the outset of training camp as he works his way back from the shoulder injury that sidelined him almost all of last season. Club officials say that Pace is close to returning from the injury but will...

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Expecting M. Harrison to Participate in Camp

Colts officials are saying that veteran wide receiver Marvin Harrison will be ready for training camp. Harrison missed most of last season because of knee troubles. Colts officials also have indicated they don't believe Harrison is in legal jeopardy because of the April shooting in Philadelphia in which a...

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Add G. Wesley

The Raiders signed safety Greg Wesley. He'd been released by the Chiefs....

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Phillips In Fold With Giants

Safety Kenny Phillips, the final pick of the first round of the NFL draft in April, agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Giants worth about $11.15 million. Seven of the 31 first-rounders league-wide have agreed to contracts....

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tampa, Carolina Still Viewed By Many As Top Possible Favre Destinations

People within the league remain convinced that if the Green Bay Packers are going to trade Brett Favre, it probably will be to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Carolina Panthers. Tampa has been regarded as the front-runner within league circles because Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden is a former Packers...

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dungy Not Fretting About Manning

Colts Coach Tony Dungy told reporters today he's sure that quarterback Peyton Manning will be ready for the regular season opener and it's possible that Manning will play during the preseason. Manning underwent surgery last week to have an inflamed and potentially infected bursa sac removed from his left...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 7:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Practices

Quarterback Donovan McNabb participated in the Eagles' training camp practice today and declared his once-sore right shoulder fine. McNabb had missed time during offseason practices because of shoulder troubles....

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 7:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plea Deal for Patriots' Kaczur

New England Patriots offensive tackle Nick Kaczur pleaded guilty to speeding today as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, a misdemeanor drug possession charge will be dismissed if Kaczur stays out of trouble for six months. Kaczur reportedly had 202 OxyContin pills when he was...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Waive L. Walls, Sign Remaining Draft Picks

Veteran cornerback Lenny Walls was waived by the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens also officially announced the signing of first-round choice Joe Flacco and indicated they'd signed all their remaining draft picks: second-rounder Ray Rice, third-rounders Tavares Gooden, Tom Zbikowski and Oniel Cousins, fourth-rounder David Hale, sixth-rounder Haruki Nakamura and...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Extension for Chargers' Castillo

Defensive lineman Luis Castillo has signed a five-year contract extension with the San Diego Chargers. The deal runs through the 2014 season and is worth approximately $43 million, including about $17.5 million in bonuses. Castillo's contract had been due to expire following the 2009 season....

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Look Formidable After Shockey Trade

Watch out for the Saints. Their trade for tight end Jeremy Shockey could make them a force again in the NFC. Coach Sean Payton got the most out of Shockey during the tight end's rookie season, when Payton was the offensive coordinator of the Giants. Shockey could be highly...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (3)

Reid Taking It Easy on Eagles' Vets

Coach Andy Reid is trying to keep his veterans fresh during the Eagles' training camp. Reid announced that he will gave all his players at least 30 years old a morning practice off every third day. Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and A.J. Feeley might not qualify, however, because that might...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Disgruntled Jets Tight End Begins Camp on PUP

The New York Jets placed tight end Chris Baker on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp. A player on that list can be activated whenever he passes a physical. Baker was outspoken during the offseason about his desire for a new contract....

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Close With First-Rounder

The Bears are said by people within the league to be close to completing a contract agreement with rookie offensive tackle Chris Williams, a first-round pick in April. Williams, from Vanderbilt, was chosen 14th overall. He would be the seventh first-round pick league-wide to sign....

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Reach Deal With Second-Round Pick

The Arizona Cardinals signed rookie defensive end Calais Campbell, a second-round draft pick in April. The Cardinals' only unsigned draft choice is first-round selection Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a cornerback picked 16th overall....

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Allen Might Pull A Favre

Brett Favre isn't the only notable player reconsidering retirement. San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Nolan told reporters Monday that guard Larry Allen might postpone retirement and play another season. It had been reported during the offseason that Allen, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection whose best seasons came with the...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Add A. Clement

The Patriots have announced the signing of free agent offensive tackle Anthony Clement, a former starter for the Jets. Clement was released by the Jets after last season. He previously played for the Cardinals and 49ers....

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Situation Has to be Settled By Week's End, Doesn't It?

The Packers are scheduled to report to training camp Sunday and practice for the first time Monday. The guess here is that team officials will find a way to settle the Brett Favre situation before camp opens. The Packers wouldn't accomplish much this summer amid the carnival atmosphere that...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Reassessing the NFC East

The NFC East underwent significant changes the previous two days because of trades, with the Redskins obtaining defensive end Jason Taylor and the Giants getting rid of tight end Jeremy Shockey. The moves might call into question the Giants' presumed status as the main challenger to the Cowboys in...

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

Rivers Okay, Gates Still on Mend at Chargers' Camp

Quarterback Philip Rivers declared himself fully healthy at the San Diego Chargers' training camp today. Rivers underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament after playing with an ailing knee in the AFC title game. Tight end Antonio Gates did some running on a side field as Chargers rookies...

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Agrees to Upgraded Contract With Bears

Linebacker Brian Urlacher has gotten the new contract he wanted from the Chicago Bears. Urlacher has agreed to a new deal with the Bears that adds one season to his previous contract, meaning that he's signed through the 2012 season. He gets a $6 million signing bonus and, in...

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Court Overturns CBS Fine for Super Bowl "Wardrobe Malfunction"

A federal appeals court overturned the $550,000 fine for indecency levied against CBS by the Federal Communications Commission for the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" involving singer Janet Jackson during the Super Bowl halftime show. The court ruled that the FCC acted "arbitrarily and capriciously."...

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 5:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Says He'll Report to Bengals' Camp On Time

Wide receiver Chad Johnson told the Associated Press that he will report to training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals on time this weekend after lobbying for a trade during the offseason. But Johnson also indicated he's only about 60 percent recovered from ankle surgery last month....

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Agree to Trade Shockey to Saints

The Jeremy Shockey trade is done. The New York Giants have agreed to trade the tight end to the New Orleans Saints for second- and fifth-round draft picks next year. Shockey leaves the Giants after six seasons and 371 catches. He was selected to four Pro Bowls but his...

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Saints Trying to Complete Shockey Trade

The New Orleans Saints are attempting to complete a trade for New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, an NFL source said. The Saints have been in pursuit of Shockey since before the NFL draft in April but the two teams have been unable to agree to draft-choice compensation....

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Prevails In Case Affecting Rookie Signings

The NFL Players Association has prevailed over the league in an arbitration case that clears the way for draft picks to sign with their teams. The union and league were at odds over a set of complex rules governing how guaranteed money in players' contracts would be counted against...

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Sign Pair of Third-Rounders

The New England Patriots have announced the signings of two third-round draft choices, linebacker Shawn Crable and quarterback Kevin O'Connell. Crable was selected 78th overall in April and O'Connell was picked 94th. The defending AFC champions have their first practice of training camp scheduled for Thursday....

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Eagles Have Deal With D. Jackson

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson agreed to a four-year contract late Sunday with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson was a second-round draft pick in April. The Eagles still are negotiating with their other second-rounder, defensive tackle Trevor Laws. The team's rookies are scheduled to report to training camp tonight....

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Trade Works for Both Teams

We'll just take it as a given here that the Washington Redskins have made a good trade by obtaining defensive end Jason Taylor from the Miami Dolphins. The Redskins had a huge need at defensive end even before opening training camp, and it got even bigger with today's injuries....

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Key NFL Question No. 10: Is Spygate Over?

My thoughts: Yes. Whether you agree with the actions taken by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or not, Goodell did act. The public didn't share the ongoing interest of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Matt Walsh didn't have the goods when it came to the allegation that the Patriots had...

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Favre Back in Green Bay, At Least For One Night

Brett Favre was in Green Bay on Saturday night for the induction of former Packers teammate Frank Winters into the franchise's Hall of Fame. Favre spoke about Winters but managed to steer clear of the controversy over his clash with the Packers about his desire to end his fourth-month...

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Long, Rams Have Deal

Prized rookie defensive end Chris Long has a deal with the St. Louis Rams. Terms of the agreement are not immediately clear but the deal will enable Long, the University of Virginia product and son of Hall of Famer Howie Long who was taken by the Rams with the...

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 9: Should Fans Be Worried About Labor Unrest?

My thought: Not too much. Not yet, at least. Yes, the storm clouds are gathering on the horizon after the league's franchise owners voted in May to reopen their labor deal with the players. That makes the 2009 season the final one in the deal with a salary cap,...

By Mark Maske | July 18, 2008; 9:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hamstring Injury to Sideline Jaguars' Porter

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jerry Porter is expected to miss training camp and the preseason after undergoing surgery for a hamstring injury. Porter, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, signed with the Jaguars in the offseason as a free agent....

By Mark Maske | July 18, 2008; 9:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Have Deal With First-Rounder D. Keller

The New York Jets completed a deal with tight end Dustin Keller, the 30th overall selection in the NFL draft in April. The terms of the agreement were not immediately clear. Keller becomes the fifth first-round choice league-wide to agree to a contract following Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake...

By Mark Maske | July 18, 2008; 9:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 8: Have Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb Stayed One Year Too Long in Philly?

My thoughts: It's possible, but it's too soon to tell. As last season wound down, it seemed highly possible that both Reid and McNabb would depart in the offseason. Reid had endured a difficult time with his sons' legal troubles, and there was talk that McNabb could be headed...

By Mark Maske | July 18, 2008; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Many Rookie Contract Negotiations Temporarily on Hold

Quarterback Joe Flacco, a first-round draft pick in April, agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens in recent days but most negotiations league-wide between teams and their first- and second-round selections have been put temporarily on hold. Agents for those players and team negotiators are awaiting an arbitration...

By Mark Maske | July 18, 2008; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thoughts on Favre Vs. Packers

So, I've been going over the Brett Favre thing in my mind, trying to figure out which side I think is right and which is wrong. And I've finally come to my conclusion: Favre is wrong. Completely wrong. But the Packers should take him back as their starting quarterback...

By Mark Maske | July 17, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 7: Will Bill Parcells Get Things Turned Around in Miami?

My thought: No, at least not right away. Parcells hasn't lost his touch. He didn't win a playoff game in Dallas but he handed a Super Bowl-caliber team to successor Wade Phillips. He got young quarterback Tony Romo ready to play and put Romo into the lineup at the...

By Mark Maske | July 17, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Ravens, Flacco Have Tentative Deal

Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco tentatively has agreed to a five-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The deal includes $8.75 million in guaranteed money and potentially could be worth as much as $30 million, said the source, who spoke on the condition of...

By Mark Maske | July 17, 2008; 1:14 PM ET | Comments (2)

Thoughts on Tampering Charge in Favre Case

The Green Bay Packers reportedly have accused the Minnesota Vikings of tampering with quarterback Brett Favre, and the league office is investigating. In the past, this would be the sort of matter that probably would go away quietly. Tampering was easy to allege but difficult to prove, and there...

By Mark Maske | July 17, 2008; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Key NFL Question No. 6: How Worrisome Should Peyton Manning's Knee Injury Be to the Colts?

My thought: Not very. Manning underwent knee surgery Monday to have an inflamed bursa sac removed from his left knee. The procedure is to be followed by a 4-6 week recovery period. That very well could leave Manning missing all of training camp and the entire preseason. But so...

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

Favre Speculation Centered on Bucs, Panthers

Some people within the league are focusing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers are possible trade suitors for Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. In Tampa, Favre would play in the sort of West Coast offensive system that he played in Green Bay and would be coached...

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (44)

NFL Network Replaces Gumbel With Giants Broadcaster

The NFL Network has announced the hiring of Bob Papa as its new play-by-play announcer. Papa, the radio voice of the New York Giants since 1995, replaces the departed Bryant Gumbel in the NFL Network booth alongside game analyst Cris Collinsworth....

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

No Longterm Deal for Haynesworth, Suggs or Asomugha

The deadline for teams to sign their franchise-tagged players to longterm contracts was Tuesday. The Dallas Cowboys got safety Ken Hamlin signed to a six-year, $39 million deal that includes about $15 million in guaranteed money. But there were no longterm deals for Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth,...

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chicago Makes Sense as Landing Spot for K. Jones

Free agent tailback Kevin Jones seemed to make the right choice by signing with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday. Jones, released by the Detroit Lions, also had been linked to the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. But he has a clear shot to earn playing time in Chicago. The...

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Should Be Okay for Colts' Opener

Peyton Manning has started all 160 regular season games of his 10-year NFL career. That string will remain intact if the timetable given by the Indianapolis Colts is on target. The Colts indicated that the quarterback will need four to six weeks to recover after undergoing surgery Monday to...

By Mark Maske | July 15, 2008; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 5: Who's the Class of the NFC?

My thoughts: The Cowboys. Yes, they have their issues. Quarterback Tony Romo's mostly solid season was undone by the furor over his vacation that preceded last season's playoff loss to the Giants. Terrell Owens remains a threat to create controversy at any moment. The passing game could be one...

By Mark Maske | July 14, 2008; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some View Tampa as Possible Landing Spot for Favre

There is growing sentiment in and around the league, it seems, that one possible resolution to the Brett Favre mess in Green Bay is a trade of the quarterback from the Packers to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's unlikely that the Packers will accommodate Favre's request to be released,...

By Mark Maske | July 13, 2008; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre, Packers at Impasse

It officially is standoff time between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. The retired quarterback and his agent, Bus Cook, asked the Packers in a letter delivered Friday to release him. The Packers are refusing, with team officials telling media outlets that Favre is welcome to return if...

By Mark Maske | July 12, 2008; 6:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 4: Who's the Class of the AFC?

My thought: The Patriots should be very, very good again. So, too, should the Colts. You could make a case for the Jaguars, Steelers or Browns. But the pick here is the Chargers. There are questions about the health of quarterback Philip Rivers after the knee injury that plagued...

By Mark Maske | July 11, 2008; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (13)

Key NFL Question No. 3: Can the Giants Repeat?

My thought: Sure, they can. But they won't. Few would argue that the Giants were the NFL's best team last season. The Patriots were, and three or four other AFC clubs probably were also better than the Giants over the course of the entire season. But the Giants got...

By Mark Maske | July 9, 2008; 7:39 PM ET | Comments (28)

Key NFL Question No. 2: Will the Patriots Make Another Run at an Unbeaten Season?

My thought: No. They still have Tom Brady. They re-signed Randy Moss. Coach Bill Belichick undoubtedly will use the Super Bowl defeat to the Giants and the uproar over the Spygate scandal to create an us-against-the-world resolve to contribute to another championship run. The schedule is far from overwhelming....

By Mark Maske | July 8, 2008; 4:10 PM ET | Comments (9)

Key NFL Question No. 1: Will Favre Play?

It's the lull before training camps open, so we'll spend the next few weeks examining some of the more intriguing questions about the league and the upcoming season. I'll offer a viewpoint, and you guys can post your thoughts if you like... To start: Will Brett Favre play this...

By Mark Maske | July 7, 2008; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why Releasing Favre Would Be Problematic for Packers

Quick, think of an NFL team or two that is only a capable quarterback away from being a Super Bowl contender. For me, the two that come immediately to mind are the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. And that's why it would be problematic for the Green Bay Packers...

By Mark Maske | July 4, 2008; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Almost Done Signing Draft Picks

Tailback Matt Forte agreed to a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears. Forte was a second-round draft pick in April out of Tulane. The Chicago Tribune reported that the deal is worth about $3.7 million, including approximately $2 million in bonus money. The Bears have signed 11 of their...

By Mark Maske | July 3, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Speculation About Possible Favre Return Not Exactly Shocking

While Brett Favre was still playing, there was constant speculation that he was about to retire. Now that the Green Bay Packers quarterback is retired, there is ceaseless conjecture that he's about to play. No one should be surprised that there's a new round of reports that Favre might...

By Mark Maske | July 3, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie Pay Issue Remains Hot Topic

The issue of rookie pay isn't going away. It promises to be a major topic of debate in the upcoming labor negotiations. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made that clear last week when he spoke out on the topic, calling the escalating salaries and bonuses that teams give to just-drafted...

By Mark Maske | July 2, 2008; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

 

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