Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In addition to posting a statement from owner Pat Bowlen on the team’s web site, the team has also removed Cutler from the online depth chart, which currently shows no starting quarterback despite expressly being dated as of December 22, 2008.
That said, his online bio still is still there — but might dissapear in the near future.
“Numerous attempts to contact Jay Cutler in the last 10 days, both by Head Coach Josh McDaniels and myself, have been unsuccessful. A conversation with his agent earlier today clearly communicated and confirmed to us that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos. We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded.”
He was released earlier in free agency in a salary cap move and apperently received plenty of interest on the free agent market, but ultimately decided to return to Washington. It was also believed that the interested teams wanted to wait until after the draft.
Daniels' re-signing with Washing represents a significant paycut as he was scheduled to make $2.15 million in 2008 under his old contract.
Daniels, 36, has been with the Redskins since 2004. Previously, the former University of Georgia standout played with Seattle (1996-1999) and Chicago (2000-2003). He has appeared in 159 games with 141 starts, and started 15 games for Washington in 2007. He had 37 tackles and 2½ sacks that season but missed the 2008 season with a knee injury.
For his career, Daniels has 456 tackles, 59 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries, one interception, and 36 passes defensed.
Cifelli was born in Philadelphia in 1925 and served in the Marines during World War II. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1950, after which he was drafted by the Detroit Lions. He also played for Green Bay, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Monday, March 30, 2009
After a down year in 2008, QB Carson Palmer and the Bengals hoped Ocho Cinco would be present.
"I'm not worried about him; I'm worried about the guys we have here," Palmer said at a news conference Monday. "The guys that want to be here and want to work now are the guys who are in the locker room right now and are here today."
Even though Bengals coach Marvin Lewis would not say what players were present, Carson Palmer was more willing to divulge the dissapointing information. Palmer did sound more upbeat when asked about other receivers such as Laveranues Coles, who was present.
This is not the first time that Ocho Cinco skipped an off-season program. Just last season 85 caused a major stir by skipping "voluntary" workouts and publicly stating his desire to be traded. Wether this absence is again hinting that he wants out of Cincinnati is unknown, but knowing Chad, if he wants out the media will hear about it soon. Ocho Cinco has not been in contact with the Bengals recently.
Last year Cincinnati passed up trade offers because the team was unwilling to take an $8 million salary-cap hit. A year later that cap number is reduced to $4.87 million to trade Ocho Cinco, making it more of a possibility.
"Great player," Kraft exclaimed, "I'm sure that can happen if he wants it."
"My main focus right now is spending time with the kids and the family, being back down here in Florida," Taylor said. "The rest of that will work itself out. It's got to be the right situation, beneficial for both team and myself, whatever team that is. I look forward to finding one, so I can get back to work, get with the program and keep going."
HALL OF FAME GAME: AUGUST 9
Buffalo vs. Tennessee (NBC)
WEEK 1: AUGUST 13 – 17
Arizona @ Pittsburgh (ESPN, 8/13)
Carolina @ NY Giants (ESPN, 8/17)
Atlanta @ Detroit
Chicago @ Buffalo
Cincinnati @ New Orleans
Cleveland @ Green Bay
Dallas @ Oakland
Denver @ San Francisco
Houston @ Kansas City
Jacksonville @ Miami
Minnesota @ Indianapolis
New England @ Philadelphia
St. Louis @ NY Jets
Seattle @ San Diego
Tampa Bay @ Tennessee
Washington @ Baltimore
WEEK 2: AUGUST 20 - 24
Philadelphia @ Indianapolis (FOX, 8/20)
Tennessee @ Dallas (FOX, 8/21)
NY Jets @ Baltimore (ESPN, 8/24)
Atlanta @ St. Louis
Buffalo @ Green Bay
Carolina @ Miami
Cincinnati @ New England
Denver @ Seattle
Detroit @ Cleveland
Kansas City @ Minnesota
New Orleans @ Houston
NY Giants @ Chicago
Oakland @ San Francisco
Pittsburgh @ Washington
San Diego @ Arizona
Tampa Bay @ Jacksonville
WEEK 3: AUGUST 27-31
Miami @ Tampa Bay (FOX, 8/27)
New England @ Washington (CBS, 8/28)
San Diego @ Atlanta (CBS, 8/29)
Chicago @ Denver (NBC, 8/30)
Minnesota @ Houston (ESPN, 8/31)
Baltimore @ Carolina
Buffalo @ Pittsburgh
Green Bay @ Arizona
Indianapolis @ Detroit
Jacksonville @ Philadelphia
New Orleans @ Oakland
NY Jets @ NY Giants
St. Louis @ Cincinnati
San Francisco @ Dallas
Seattle @ Kansas City
Tennessee @ Cleveland
WEEK 4: SEPTEMBER 3-4
Arizona @ Denver
Baltimore @ Atlanta
Cleveland @ Chicago
Dallas @ Minnesota
Detroit @ Buffalo
Green Bay @ Tennessee
Houston @ Tampa Bay
Indianapolis @ Cincinnati
Kansas City @ St. Louis
Miami @ New Orleans
NY Giants @ New England
Oakland @ Seattle
Philadelphia @ NY Jets
Pittsburgh @ Carolina
San Francisco @ San Diego
Washington @ Jacksonville
There you have it, Mark your calendars and look out for Alldayfootball.com's live game day chats coming this season.
The Chiefs will now have a ton of money locked up in a player that totally does not fit their system, releasing Dorsey would not be an option, considering his age and value on the NFL market. The Chiefs should act now and secure a trade to help further improve their team.
Who would be a good fit to trade with the Kansas City Chiefs? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they are clearly open to trading this season, they traded with the Cleveland Browns for TE Kellen Winslow, and they nearly stole Matt Cassel away from Kansas City to complete a three way trade with Denver and New England. Also Tampa's new GM Mark Dominik is openly searching for a defensive tackle to fit new defensive coordinator Jim Bates' scheme, but unfortunately all the defensive tackles on the Bucs radar have been signed elsewhere, and by elsewhere we mean the New York Giants.
What do the Bucs have that the Chiefs need? Offensive lineman. The Kansas City Chiefs have just locked up their franchise QB, but they still have an iffy o-line to protect him. Everyone is aware that a QB cannot be successful if there are defenders in his face. The chiefs are set at the LT position with last seasons 1st round choice Branden Albert, but he may be the only one worth keeping. LG Brian Waters has been solid in his career but is entering his 10th season. RG Adrian Jones is not inspiring fear in opposing defenders, and can't stay healthy for a whole season.
The Buccaneers have 3 young solid guards including one pro-bowler, former 1st round pick Davin Joseph. Joseph is a team captain and one of the leaders on the Bucs roster, I don't see him being used as trade bait.
Arron Sears (6'3" 319) is a rising star in the NFL and some have projected him to be better than Joseph, a second round choice the guard from the university of Tennessee has started 31 games in his 2 year career. Sears is a mauling and road grating offensive guard with the natural athleticism and ability of an offensive tackle. He is incredibly stout and anchors well in pass protection but his main forte is his run blocking ability where he is powerful, plays with good leverage and works his way well in space to seal off linebackers at the second level, he has very good football IQ and won't often get fooled by stunts and blitzes, he's young and still has a lot of potential upside and would be a welcome addition to any teams offensive line.
Jeremy Zuttah (6'4" 303) personifies the word versatility as he can play any offensive line position from tackle to center, he has amazing athleticism and incredible football IQ from his incredible dedication to tape watching and study of schemes, he's not a powerful mauling guard like Sears or Joseph but he has very good technique and is very good blocking in space, he has a nice pass set but will tend to get over powered by stronger defensive tackles, he's still young and finding his niche in the league but he is a potential star waiting to happen when he puts it all together. Zuttah a rookie last season appeared in 12 games with 5 starts.
If the Buccaneers' GM Mark Dominik offered up Sears and a 4th round pick or Zuttah and a 3rd in exchange for Dorsey, the Chiefs would have a tough time turning him down. Dorsey is signed to a large, long term contract and his production would not justify the huge amount of money they will have to pay him, not to mention their franchise quarterback will suffer from sub-par protection.
Zuttah would be a great fit for the Chiefs because of his versatility he could provide an upgrade at four positions along the line, if placed at left guard he could be matched with Branden Albert and provide a solid left side to anchor the offense for the next decade. With the left side of the oline solidified the Chiefs can use their 1st round draft choice to pick up another piece for the 3-4 defense, like Wake Forest's Aaron Curry.
Dorsey would provide an immediate upgrade at the Bucs under tackle position and be the type of penetrating defensive tackle that can push back the pocket stopping opposing QB's from stepping up and allowing the edge rushers to run their line and attack the quarterback. If the Bucs were to able secure Glenn Dorsey for Jim Bates' defense it would allow the Bucs to spend their first round pick on a linebacker like USC's Brian Cushing, or QB Josh Freeman.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Tahi was signed off the Bengals practice squad in 2006. He beat out Thomas Tapeh for the starting fullback job during the season and helped open holes for Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor in the running game.
Tahi is really excited to be back in Minnesota and ready to work on improving the team. He says he and Peterson got into a good groove in the second half of the season, leading the way to Petersons' league rushing title.
A Kansas City Municipal Court judge sentenced Johnson to two years probation on Friday. Johnson has a chance to clear his name and have his guilty plea will be removed from public record if he finishes the probation without further incidents.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Kaesviharn, 32, was scheduled to earn $1.6 million in salary and bonuses this year. He had two years remaining on the four-year contract he signed in 2007, but the Saints decided to go in a different direction, signing veterans Darren Sharper and Prioleau in free agency.
Kaesviharn started 14 games over the past two years with the Saints. But was ineffective during that span, he was inconsistent in coverage, giving up too many deep passing plays.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"I don't have a projected starter at this point," Mangini said Tuesday at the NFL meetings.
Anderson received a big contract after his breakthrough '07 season, a three-year, $24 million deal with a $5 million bonus he collected this month. But he struggled before being replaced by Quinn for the ninth game.
Quinn, who has a five-year, $20.2 million contract, lasted just three games before breaking a finger on his right hand and needing surgery.
That is a lot of money tied up in two players at the quarterback position, so the Browns may consider shopping, one of the two high priced players. It has been speculated that both are on the trade block.
A wiser option would be to send one of the QB's and some draft choices to the Broncos in exchange for the disgruntled Jay Cutler. Who is also on the trade block and wants out of Denver after finding out the he was almost apart of a 3-way trade for Matt Cassel.
"George and I are looking at any opportunity to improve the team," Mangini said of general manager George Kokinis. "But I'm in no way saying that is specific to the quarterback situation. We'd look at any opportunities to improve the team, but not specific to the QB situation. Any opportunity that came up, we'd look at it."
The NFL is going to outlaw the "wedge" on kickoffs, stop the bunching of players on onside kicks, protect blockers from a helmet-to-helmet hit from the blind side and save receivers from forearm or shoulder hits to the head when they appear to be defenseless.
Under terms of the new anti-wedge rule, no more than two players on the receiving team may intentionally form a wedge to help the returner. The penalty is 15 yards and will be enforced from the spot of the wedge. It will be called if three or more players line up shoulder to shoulder within 2 yards of each other to lead the blocking.
Under the new onside kick rule, players on the kickoff team will be spaced accordingly. First, at least four players of the kicking team must be on each side of the kicker. Second, at least three players must be lined up outside each inbounds line, including one who must be outside the yard-line number.
The third accepted proposal involves a play in which Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward made a block that resulted in a broken jaw for Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers. A 15-yard penalty will be enforced if a player delivers a blind-side block to the head of a defender using his helmet, forearm or shoulder.
The final change addresses forearm and shoulder hits to protect defenseless receivers. In the past, officials gave an unnecessary roughness penalty to a defender if he delivered a helmet hit to a receiver going across the middle of the field or any spot on the field in which he appeared to be defenseless. Starting this fall, the penalty will also apply if the defender hits the defenseless receiver in the head or neck with his forearm or shoulder.
Also, defenders who are knocked to the ground no longer can lunge into quarterbacks if the play is still going on. Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard did just that on the hit that ended Tom Brady's season almost before it began, and Pereira placed such plays in the player safety category.
That adjustment was not a rule change and did not require an owners' vote.
Pereira was dismayed by the lack of progress in curbing horse-collar tackles. There were 24 called in 2008, up from 12, but there also were 47 league fines handed out for them.
"That's just too high a number," he said. "We have not been effective in terms of stopping the tactic."
3 (35-99) Chicago
3 (36-100) NY Giants
4 (33-133) San Diego
4 (34-134) San Diego
4 (35-135) Tennessee
4 (36-136) Indianapolis
5 (33-169) Pittsburgh
5 (34-170) New England
5 (35-171) San Francisco
5 (36-172) Dallas
5 (37-173) Tennessee
6 (33-206) Tennessee
6 (34-207) New England
6 (35-208) Dallas
6 (36-209) Cincinnati
7 (33-242) Tennessee
7 (34-243) Washington
7 (35-244) San Francisco
7 (36-245) Seattle
7 (37-246) Chicago
7 (38-247) Seattle
7 (39-248) Seattle
7 (40-249) Cincinnati
7 (41-250) Jacksonville
7 (42-251) Chicago
7 (43-252) Cincinnati
7 (44-253) Jacksonville
7 (45-254) Arizona
7 (46-255) Detroit
7 (47-256) Kansas City
Monday, March 23, 2009
Tomlinson was scheduled to make $24 million over the final three years of his contract. Under the new deal, the Chargers gave him a $2.875 million signing bonus and lowered his base salary to $3.825 million, a source said. In so doing, Tomlinson was able to keep the 2009 payout of his contract at $6.725 million.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
A four-year veteran, Earl was originally a fourth-round pick of Houston in the 2004 draft. The former Notre Dame standout provided size and play-making ability to the Texans' secondary before his injury. And in 2006, he had a career-high 74 tackles.
"You're not supposed to have a favorite player when you are a coach, but he was the one who got under your skin. He was a great football player but he was an even better man," Burden said in a faltering voice. "Tonight, when I say my prayers, I will ask God to assign me a guardian angel and he'll be wearing number 93," Burden concluded, leaving many in the crowd sobbing or wiping their eyes.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Elam, a restricted free agent was given an offer sheet by the Browns and per NFL rules the Jets had seven days to match it, or recieve compensation in the form of a draft pick. He started nine games last season, his second with the Jets. Browns coach Eric Mangini already has signed four of his former Jets players, and Cleveland signed Elam to an offer sheet last week,
The 27-year-old Elam had 56 tackles and returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown, he also had three forced fumbles. Elam also had 11 special teams tackles.
Haggans played in 11 games for Arizona last season, with 27 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery in a season where the Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl. He missed the final three games of the regular season and the entire postseason with a foot injury.
The 6-foot-4, 243-pound linebacker is a 10-year veteran. He joined Arizona as a free agent in 2008 after spending his first eight pro seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Engram, a former Nittany Lion began his NFL career with the Chicago Bears in 1996 and went to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. He has caught 645 career passes for 7,690 yards with 35 touchdowns, and has returned two punts for touchdowns.
Setterstrom, a seventh round choice in 2006 played 6 games as a rookie, the 3 more in 2007 but has been sidelined basically two full years due to back-to-back knee injuries.
Moore is a four-year veteran who played in seven games for St. Louis in 2008. Otis is the son of former St. Louis Cardinals running back Jim Otis. He has been on practice squads for the Chiefs and Raiders.
No terms of any of the contracts were disclosed.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Matt Jones failed a drug and alcohol screening, when he drank beer while golfing with friends. He assured the judge it wouldn't happen again. The Jacksonville Jaguars and possibly the NFL are not willing to take that risk.
"All roster moves are decisions we feel are in the best interest of the organization," Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said. "This decision is a result of our ongoing player and roster evaluations. We expect responsibility and accountability, and those are important qualities as we continue the process of building this team."
Jones is coming off his best season where he caught 65 passes for 761 yards and two touchdowns, but his off field troubles clearly out weighed his on field production. In fact many expected Jones to get his walking papers last July after the original cocaine charges were filed.
Monday, March 16, 2009
If the Cleveland Browns are becoming the Cleveland Jets than the New York Jets may be attempting to become the New York Ravens. New head coach Rex Ryan has added a third defender from his former Baltimore squad.
Defensive End Marques Douglas will join his former teammates LB Bart Scott and S Jim Leonard after agreeing to terms on a contract with the Jets. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 32-year-old Douglas had 36 tackles last season with the Ravens after he was released from the Buccaneers after training camp. He was originally signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent out of Howard in 1999, and had three stints with the Ravens. Douglas has also played for New Orleans and San Francisco.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed highly sought after and former Denver Broncos CB Karl Paymah. He agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million deal, according to a source.
Paymah was under consideration from the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Vikings calling and recruiting, finally got him to commit to joining one of the most talented defenses in the NFL.
Included in the deal, according to a source, are $500,000 of incentives that could take the deal over the $2 million mark.
Paymah, 26, is a 5th year pro with good size for a cornerback at 6-0, 195 pounds. He had five starts in his four-year career all with the Broncos, but was getting more playing time with the team each season.
The Raiders were the early leaders in the race for Jaguars LT Khaliff Barnes, but then it appeared their interest had cooled. Well it has heated up again and the Raiders have inked the 5th year pro to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not released.
Barnes had been in contract talks with the Buccaneers but it was the promise of playing time in Oakland that sealed the deal. The Raiders have an opening at LT with Kwame Harris recently being released and Barnes has started ever since being a second-round choice of the Jaguars in in 2005 and was not willing to be a back-up.
"I think this is a great opportunity and place for me to start fresh," Barnes said. "I'm excited to be part of helping this franchise get back on top and I will have a shot to be the starter at left tackle and that's all I can ask for. I have a lot to prove and I'm betting on myself by agreeing to a one-year contract. [Raiders owner] Mr. [Al] Davis has a track record of taking care of his own guys and he promised me the same, if I take care of my business on and off the field."