Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Morris has said in interviews that he is married to first round draft pick Josh Freeman.
Bucs fan Rick Hughes put together this photo of Morris and Freeman together, similar to the photo former New Orleans coach Mike Ditka took with Ricky Williams for an ESPN Magazine photo shoot several years ago:
From Cleveland.com You just knew the Brett Favre drama wasn't over.
The New York Jets have finally released Favre from their reserve/retired list, and while it isn't likely that Favre will return to the NFL as a player, with him, you just never know.
His agent Bus Cook told ESPN that Favre has no plans to end his retirement.
But speculation will rise again if Favre accepts an invitation from his former coach, Eric Mangini, to be a "visitor" to Berea this summer to take in some of the Cleveland Browns' training camp.
Last month, Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini sent out an invitation to Favre. (New York Daily News story) The two apparently have been text messaging and keeping in touch since Mangini was fired by the Jets after last season. Mangini told the Daily News:
"He might come out to training camp to visit. Maybe I will have him do the show team or just hang out. . . . I don't think it would be anything formal. It's not like we are hiring him to run the scout team. I don't think he would be interested in that. He would be more like a visitor. An open invite."
Thursday, April 23, 2009
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The Blog section will be reserved for my articles, opinion piece and of course, my hommages to Pacman Jones and his love for Scipp Clubs.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
DeVan left Boise for a tryout Monday, after the Burn's Saturday night loss to Spokane, and was signed Tuesday. DeVan spent part of the 2008 season on the Jets practice squad.
Ryan, has appeared on several NFL team rosters over his five-year career, he has played in 43 games with San Francisco, New Orleans, Miami, the Jets and Dallas. He spent time with the 49ers, Saints and Dolphins in 2008, catching a total of three passes for 15 yards.
For his career, Ryan has 12 catches for 105 yards and no touchdowns.
In other news, the Chiefs also waived offensive tackle Andrew Carnahan, linebacker Curtis Gatewood and wide receiver Kevin Robinson.
A relative said he is expected to recover.
The 46-year-old Perry, who resides in his native Aiken, S.C., was diagnosed last June with Guillain-Barré syndrome and hospitalized for five months. He used a wheelchair during his rehabilitation.
Purnell Perry told the Sun-Times in a phone interview that his uncle entered the hospital more than a week ago because of complications related to the illness, and is expected to make a full recovery.
“They were making sure he was in pretty good health before they started treating him,” said Purnell Perry.
A spokeswoman for Aiken Regional Medical Center said Perry is in serious condition, but declined to elaborate.
There is no cure for Guillain-Barré syndrome, but treatments are available that can ease the symptoms and duration.
Perry played ten seasons in the NFL — eight of them with the Bears and two with the Philadelphia Eagles. He earned the nickname “The Refrigerator” for his intimidating 6-foot-2, 350-pound frame. He won a Super Bowl ring his rookie year with the 1985 Bears, scoring a touchdown in the game.
Gruden spoke about the Bucs needs when he took part in an NFL Draft conference call today along with former San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci.
Draft experts like ESPN's Mel Kiper has said he believes the Buccaneers should consider drafting Kansas State QB Josh Freeman, but Gruden believes that defensive line is a much bigger problem, and if Gruden, a known QB collector says the Bucs need a defensive lineman over a quarterback you'd better believe him.
"I really think Tampa Bay lost some key players on defense and they struggled down the stretch last season on defense," Gruden said. "Let's be honest. For whatever reason, and most of that obviously was the head coach's inability to get it going.
"Kevin Carter [free agent] is still out there. I think Greg White, Stylez White, he obviously had a disappointing sophomore season. This is a big year for Gaines Adams in a new scheme. I wouldn't be surprised if they do target a defensive end."
Many people believe that the Buccaneers next option after Freeman is defensive tackle, namely Ole Miss' Peria Jerry, but Gruden isn't sold.
"I think everybody down here [Tampa] expects them to draft a defensive tackle. I just don't know if that player is there for them in the first round," Gruden said. "I don't know if that kind of guy is in this draft other than the [B.J.] Raji kid at Boston College. I know Jerry at Ole Miss, he's not as big as the guy [6-foot-2, 290 pounds] maybe Jim Bates [Bucs defensive coordinator] has played with in the past in Miami.
"Ziggy Hood [Missouri defensive tackle], similar. I just don't know if that guy fits what the Bucs really want and need at No. 19."
The Ravens are trying to secure a premier wide receiver for Joe Flacco to throw to next season, but are hesitant about parting with multiple draft picks to land Boldin in a deal with Arizona. They would not mind sending a player along with a single selection, but the Cardinals have not shown much interest in that proposal as of yet.
Webb caught five passes last season for 46 yards. He has caught 36 passes for 382 yards with one touchdown in 31 games during his three-year career with the Chiefs. Webb mainly contributes on special teams where he has returned 17 kickoffs for 373 yards (21.9 average) and has 14 special team tackles.
The Chiefs took him as a sixth-round pick (190th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Hurd suffered a high ankle sprain in the final preseason game against Minnesota and began the season on the inactive list. He missed the first three games of the regular-season, but returned to the lineup against Washington. He played the next 3 games before re-injuring the ankle on a special teams play. He had surgery on Oct. 14 and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 16 and missed the remainder of the season.
In three seasons, Hurd has 24 receptions for 389 yards and one touchdown. He originally signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent and made the roster as a rookie in 2006.
The 32-year-old Holt agreed to a incentive laiden contract that grows financially based on the way he plays. The deal, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton, calls for three years with base salaries totaling $13 million. While there is no signing bonus, the first year of the contract is guaranteed.
Thigpen said after the Chiefs’ final game that he thought he had done enough to begin the 2009 season as the team’s starting quarterback. Over the weekend Thigpen was running the second team offense while Cassel led the first team offense. So by early appearances Thigpen is buried on the depth chart once again, but he’s willing to trust coaches’ judgment and hopes he’ll get a chance at the starting job.
“It’s life,” Thigpen said Sunday. “Everything happens for a reason. You may not see the reason right now, but I know there’s a reason that they brought a guy in like Matt. I’m behind him, and all I’m doing is pushing him, making him better. Hopefully me doing that is going to make this team better.”
Thigpen has been in this situation before, he began last season as the No. 3 quarterback and wound up starting 11 games after Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard suffered season-ending injuries. Thigpen passed for 18 touchdowns and seemed to grow more comfortable after a few early-season struggles.
"Unless you come from a high-profile college, you’re always the underdog,” Thigpen said. “I’m back in that situation again. I don’t mind in that situation.”
Both players were offered the low tender by Carolina and did not receive offers from other teams. Clubs would have had to surrender a third-round draft pick to sign Anderson and a fourth-rounder to get Salley.
Salley, 25, is entering his 4th year in the league, all with Carolina. He played his college ball at Ohio State and is a core special teams player with the Panthers.
Anderson, 25, is also entering his 4th season. Another core special teams player, Anderson also has 3 career starts at linebacker where he has tallied 41 tackles and 2 sacks.
Giordano, a special teams Maven, He has appeared in 55 games, six as a starter, since being selected in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.
Andia Denise Wilson, 30, died at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa after battling acute myeloid leukemia. James, who plays for the Arizona Cardinals, is listed as Wilson's "loving spouse and significant other'' in an obituary notice. James and Wilson had four children: Edquisha, 11, Ehyanna, 7, Edgerrin Jr., 4, and Euro, 2.
Pierre Rutledge, head of the Edgerrin James Foundation, said the family would not be doing any interviews this week but would like to invite people to attend the funeral to honor Wilson's life.
A funeral service and celebration of Wilson's life will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive in North Naples. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday, prior to the service, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, 34105.
Kelsay, a six-year veteran out of the University of Nebraska, had 47 tackles and 2 sacks for the Bills last season, according to NFL.com.
More on this story as it develops.
One of the main reasons for their success in '08 was the play of running back Ronnie Brown, but Michael Lombardi of nationalfootballpost.com is reporting that Brown does not fit Dan Henning's offense and the Dolphins "might be interested" in shopping his services.
Brown is signed through 2010, at base salaries of $3.6 million this year and $5 million next year. If the Dolphins were to move Brown this may be the time as his stock couldn't be hotter, following his performance last season.
In 2008, Brown rushed for 916 yards and 10 TD's while splitting time with Ricky Williams, he was also the centerpiece of the Dolphins' "Wildcat" offense, which took the league by storm.
If a trade were to take place, the Dolphins would need to find a replacement for Brown, likely a mid-round pick, or perhaps West Virginia QB Pat White, who would an excellent hybrid/wildcat type player.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The St. Louis Rams released Holt on March 13 shortly before he was due a $1.25 million roster bonus on March 17.
Holt, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, ranks 11th on the league's all-time reception list with 869 catches.
The 10-year veteran caught just 64 passes last year for 796 yards and three touchdowns, the fewest scoring catches of his career. His total receptions and total yards were the second-lowest of his career, ahead of only his rookie season of 1999.
The move to Jacksonville makes sense as the team recently released WR's Jerry Porter and Matt Jones.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Defensive end Victor Adeyanju has signed his one-year tender worth $1.01 million. Offensive guard/center Richie Incognito is expected to sign his $1.01 million tender sometime next week.
Adeyanju, who is entering his 4th season in the NFL, has amassed 101 career tackles and 3 sacks in 43 games with 25 starts.
Incognito, who is entering his 5th season, was redshirted in his rookie year but has played in 35 games all starts.
As in any other restricted free agents, if they had received outside offers, the Rams would have one week to match the offer.
Peters passed a physical at the Eagles’ training complex, and team officials immediately began on a new deal with Peters’ agent, Eugene Parker.
"Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football,” said head coach Andy Reid. “He is a powerful and athletic tackle and I have admired his play over the last few years on film. I have always believed that success in the National Football League is derived from the strong play of the offensive and defensive lines. This offseason we have added two young, top-flight offensive linemen in Jason and Stacy Andrews.”
The 27-year-old Peters garnered back-to-back Pro Bowl and Associated Press All Pro honors following the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. He originally joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004, Peters entered the NFL as a tight end after playing that position at Arkansas. Because of his unique combination of athleticism and size, the Bills began grooming Peters for the offensive line while using him as a blocking tight end.
Peters played the hybrid blocking tight end/offensive lineman role for most of his first two seasons. In 2006, he started all 16 games on the offensive line, switching to left tackle for the final nine contests.
UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that Peters’ extension is worth $53 million in new money with a total of $60 million over the next six seasons.
The league made the change Friday, rescheduling the 4:15 start to 1 p.m. a day after Jets owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch to allow fans to arrive home before sundown on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.
The Jets' home opener against New England is 1 p.m. on Sept. 20, which falls during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
"By changing the time of the Tennessee game from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., the NFL has provided the best compromise to resolve our scheduling conflict," Johnson said in a statement issued by the team. The Jets owner also thanked Goodell and Howard Katz, the league's senior vice-president of broadcasting and media operations, for their prompt response.
Jets officials called the league offices first on Wednesday to express their concern, and Johnson followed with a formal letter Thursday.
In the letter to Goodell, Johnson wrote: "There has long been an understanding that neither the Jets nor the Giants fans should have to bear completely the brunt of this issue since we are in the largest Jewish market in the country."
Rep. Anthony Weiner, a U.S. congressman who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, also sent a letter to Goodell on Friday urging the league to accommodate the Jets' Jewish fans.
"This commonsense solution is a win for everyone involved," Weiner said, praising the league's decision. "The NFL can maximize the greatest audience while Jewish New York Jets fans can support their team and respect their religion."
As a result of the schedule change, the Titans-Jets and Giants-Buccaneers games will be televised head-to-head on different networks. The Giants are on the road for both Jewish holidays, with a game at Dallas at 8:20 p.m. in Week 2, and the game at Tampa, Fla., the following Sunday.
Inforation from the Canadian Press was used in this report.
The versatile offensive lineman is capable of playing right or left tackle, but likely will back up RT Ryan Harris.
Gorin (6-foot-6, 308 pounds) is an ninth-year player who joins the Broncos after stints with St. Louis (2007-08), Arizona (2006), New England (2002-06) and San Diego (2001). He entered the NFL with the Chargers in 2001 as a seventh-round selection (201st overall)
The former Purdue Boilermaker has appeared in 49 games with 26 starts and seven postseason contests inclusding 5 starts in his career.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound fourth-year veteran from Louisville who started his career with the Arizona Cardinals, had a breakout season in 2008, his first year with the club.
The Detroit Lions have added two more unrestricted free agents, with the announcement of WR Ronald Curry, and FB Terrell Smith signing contracts today, terms were not released on the contracts.
Curry, is listed at 6'2" and 210lbs, he spent the last seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders collecting 193 catches for 2,347 yards and 13 TD's. HE joins the Lions depth chart with Calvin and Bryant Johnson (not related).
Smith, is a 6' 246lbs fullback, he spent the last 2 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He has 58 carries for 185 yards, and 67 catches for 354yard and 3 touchdowns, but is a bruising lead blocker.
This maybe be the Lions way of telling everyone they intend to sign Georgia QB Matthew Stafford by getting the Curry and Smith signings out of the way first.
Dogra, who was recently hired by Ryans, said he has yet to discuss his client's contractual situation with the Texans.
"I have not spoken to the Texans yet. They are in draft meetings right now. I will speak with (general manager) Rick Smith at the appropriate time."
Nedney, entering his 14th season, has made nearly 88 percent of his field-goal attempts since coming to the 49ers in 2005. Last season, he converted 29 of 33 field goal tries and led the team in scoring with 121 points.
The San Jose native has made 101 of 115 field goals with the 49ers, his seventh NFL team since coming to the league out of San Jose State in 1995
Russell made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2007 and became their short-yardage running back midway through the 2008 season. He rushed for 77 yards on 28 carries last season and scored three touchdowns.
His most memorable touchdown, came in the second quarter of the Super Bowl when he ran one yard for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead. His only other carry in that game resulted in a 4-yard loss.
He also scored a touchdown from one yard out in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 35-24 playoff victory against San Diego.
The Steelers gave no reason for his release.
Haralson was drafted by the 49ers in the 5th round (140th overall) in the 2006 draft out of Tennessee. He started 10 games last season in replacement of Manny Lawson and in relief led the team with 8 sacks.
Madden said his health is fine, but at the age of 73, he wanted to spend more time with his family. His 50th wedding anniversary is this fall, and his five grandchildren are old enough to notice when he's gone.
Madden's blue-collar style and love for in-the-trenches football endeared him to fans. His "Madden NFL Football" is the top-selling sports video game of all time.
Madden is reluctant to fly and often traveled to games in a specially equipped bus.
Head Coach Sean Payton said he expects Moore to miss the team's spring mini-camps but he is hopeful that Moore will be available to return for the start of training camp in July.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
"Before the draft, you know there is going to be talk about Anquan and his situation and a trade," Whisenhunt said, ESPN reported. "Since not a whole lot has changed with his contractual situation, we know that will come back. It would be foolish from out standpoint not to listen to those opportunities and see what actually exists. But I want to make the points — our goal is to re-sign him to a long-term deal. That hasn't changed."
Waters, who is entering his third NFL season, spent two years in San Diego after being selected by the Chargers in the third round of the 2007 draft.
The 6-3, 238-pound linebacker played in seven regular season games, making three tackles on defense and three stops and a fumble recovery on special teams. He also played in one postseason contest, recording a tackle.
Cameras will start rolling after he's sprung on July 20 and will follow him as he seeks to "make amends for his past," including starting work at a $10-an-hour construction job as he applies for reinstatement in the NFL.
Apperently producers visited Vick while he was behind bars to close the deal and are now shopping the series to cable outlets like A&E and Spike TV.
Okoye said he plans to wait two weeks to see if the soreness goes away. If not, he’ll get the MRI to see if there’s any damage.
"I went to the doctor, and he took a look at it and said it's nothing to worry about right now," Okoye said. "I hope it stays that way."
SUNY Cortland, located about four hours from New York City, has air-conditioned dorms and two full-sized Fieldturf fields. It also has additional grass fields. This location was also a finalist for the Giants training camp who eventually landed in Albany.
The Jets moved to the Florham Park facility after spending the past 40 years at Hofstra, where they also held their training camp. Despite a move of training camps, the Jets have said they still plan to hold community events at Florham Park and Hofstra before the season starts.
Franklin was a fourth-round pick (105th overall) of the Chiefs in 2008 out of Missouri. In 13 games for Kansas City last season, he had seven catches for 83 yards (11.9-yard average) with no touchdowns.
The Raiders, Rams, Colts, and Eagles all put in claims but the Lions had first dibs because of their 0-16 record.
While a knee injury kept Franklin low on KC's depth chart as a rookie, he has a rare combination of speed (4.37) and size (6'2/205). He should have a strong shot at a roster spot.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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John Clayton of ESPN.com is reporting that Batch agreed to a one-year, $895,000 deal, according to a source, including a $50,000 signing bonus.
Batch, 34, is entering his 11th season, his seventh with the Steelers.
A native of Pittsburgh, Batch joined the Steelers in 2002, after 4 seasons in Detroit where he a full time starter. Since arriving in Pittsburgh he has played in 22 games, including four starts.
The sixth-round pick from Georgia in 2006 started 12 games last season, recording 28 tackles and two sacks. In his 3-year career Golston has recorded 83 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a safety.
The Redskins have now re-signed all three of their restricted free agents, including DT Anthony Montgomery and PK Shaun Suisham.
“This is a very difficult decision for me because I love the Buccaneers and I love working for the Glazers,” said Diaco. “The Glazer family has been nothing but kind and generous to me and my family. I leave with a heavy heart but this will allow me to work with my son in his practice and more importantly, spend more time with my children and my grandchildren.”
Diaco practiced general and laparoscopic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, where he served as chief of surgery and staff for a decade. He saw the Bucs at the worst and best, including Super Bowl XXXVII during Tampa Bay’s 2002 season.
“Dr. Diaco has been an important fixture in this organization since its inception, and he will be missed,” said Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik. “We are truly indebted to him for his tireless dedication over the last 33 years, and wish him all the best in retirement.”
Dr. John Zvijac will continue to serve as Tampa Bay’s orthopedic surgeon while Dr. Chat Janecki and Dr. Dan Lamar serve as team associate orthopedic surgeons.
The 25-year-old who starred in college at Mississippi State had 36 tackles and an interception in 13 games last season, he also returned a blocked field goal 71 yards for a touchdown in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in December.
Dockery had until the end of the week to sign the offer. The Giants tendered Dockery, a restricted free agent, at a second-round level.
Dockery joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He has been a backup to Corey Webster and Aaron Ross the past two seasons.
The Chiefs picked Franklin in the fourth round of last year’s draft. He played in 13 games and even made one start in a late season game against San Diego. But Franklin caught just seven passes for 83 yards.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The trade was announced Monday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
Jansen, who signed with Green Bay as a undrafted free agent in May 2008, spent last season on injured reserve. He played his college ball at Notre Dame.
Two things that have occurred over the past several months influenced the change: the economic downturn and negative feedback received on pricing from fans who attended the first two games of Bills Toronto Series last season.
“During the off-season we asked our customers for feedback on the Bills Toronto Series. This price adjustment, developed in conjunction with the NFL and the Bills, is a result of that feedback,” said Phil Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. “Sports leagues and teams around the world are taking similar steps to make their products more accessible. We are conscious of these challenging economic times and are more committed than ever to providing Toronto sports fans with an outstanding NFL experience.”
The Bills played one preseason and one regular-season game in Toronto during 2008. The pre-season game was so under attended because of the high prices that people were giving away tickets on the street just to save face. The regular season game against Miami in December was announced as a sellout but was not a packed house either.
The Buffalo Bills continue to have the lowest priced tickets in the NFL, with an average of $51 and have already stated that prices will freeze for the 2009 season. Rogers Communications Inc. hold the rights to the Toronto games until 2012 and will likely have to keep prices at par with the Buffalo prices if they want the games to be a success.
Former Browns personnel chief Mike Lombardi writes that the Browns have in place first-round offers for both quarterback Brady Quinn and receiver Braylon Edwards.
It is likely that the Browns will wait until draft day to finalize the deals, depending on how the draft shakes out. Pulling the trigger on a trade if a player they covet slips into the range of their prospective new picks.
One player the Browns hope will slip to them at number 5 is Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, whom, according to Lombardi, the Browns are in love with.
ESPN's John Clayton has confirmed the deal and the financial's. According to Clayton it is a two-year deal worth $7.5 Million. Leftwich will be scheduled to make $2 million this year. He will have a $3.5 million roster bonus in 2010 that has to be paid at the start of the free-agency period. If they pay it, the quarterback could make $5.5 million in 2010.
The total value of Leftwich's contract is identical to the contract signed earlier in the offseason by projected starter Luke McCown, but McCown will be paid more in the first season on the deal. McCown will earn $5 million this year, via a $2.5 million signing bonus and a $2.5 million base salary.
The Chiefs were close to moving Gonzalez last season right at the trade deadline to the New York Giants, but got cold feet at the last minute and called off the deal. Gonzalez is going into his 13th season in the NFL and wants to play for a contender and realizes that the Chiefs are a few years away from that, a few years he may not have left.
The move makes sense as Justin Peelle, the Falcons top tight end target from 2008, caught only 15 passes for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns in 16 games last season.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez is coming off another Pro Bowl season in which he hauled in 96 receptions for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
According to NBC Bay Area, 49ers coach Mike Singletary fueled the controversy last month after comments with Ralph Barbieri on KNBR, a local radio station.
“If you’re going to look at drafting a guy in the first round,” Singletary says in the interview, “and you’re going to pay him millions of dollars, and asking him about a divorce about his parents, if that’s going to be an issue, then you know what, maybe he doesn’t belong here.”
It all boils down to a contractual technicality, which blew up a multiyear deal that appeared to be in place for the 65-year-old former Cowboys running back/assistant coach to become a consultant for his old team.
The bug-a-boo for Reeves, was a piece of "hours spent working" language that owner Jerry Jones wanted to have in the contract.
"Although I respected Jerry’s decision, I didn’t understand it, and it wasn’t something that was even negotiable," Reeves recalled from his home in Atlanta. "I just couldn’t sign something that, in my opinion, would mean I’d be working day-to-day."
Reeves had another offer on the table, to be the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, but had to turn it down because he was so sure he had a better deal in Dallas. A job which Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't want to complete until after the Super Bowl.
It was during that delay that Jones included the "punch clock" clause which to him was essential to the deal.
In Reeves' view, coaches "never punch a clock", so why should he?
“He came in this year about 260 (pounds), so he’s definitely getting himself in shape and he’s just very upbeat and positive. He’s a veteran guy who brings that veteran leadership, and it’s very noticeable out there,” said Lions WR Bryant Johnson, a free agent signed in the offseason.
"I've only been here about three days, but the biggest thing I can say is that he's leading by example. The guy looks amazing," recently re-signed George Foster said. "He looks like he's coming out of college, and that takes dedication in itself. He's been working and he made an impression on me. He means business."
The Washington Redskins were also interested in Leftwich, who joins a depth chart in Tampa that includes Luke McCown, Josh Johnson, and Brian Griese.
Leftwich, 29, a first-round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Marshall in 2003, was a back-up last season in Pittsburgh where he threw for 303lbs and 2 TD's in five apearances, he also won a Super Bowl ring last season.
The former Marshall QB is probably best remembered for a gutsy performance in college when he was carried down the field by his offensive line because he finished the game on a broken leg.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Harrison, easily the biggest bargain in the NFL last season was the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is going into the final year of a contract that will pay him $1.2 million in 2009. His agent, Bill Parise, and the Steelers have engaged in contract talks since February, and the sides have apparently made a breakthrough.
Friday, April 10, 2009
At the core of the increasingly contentious stalemate: Comcast does not carry the NFL Network as part of its basic package, charging a monthly premium to access the channel as part of its digital sports tier.
Comcast wishes to continue the agreement under the same terms. The NFL Network, however, will not agree to a contract that would keep the network on the sports tier.
"We have offered to carry the network under the agreement's current terms, but the NFL has not accepted the offer," said Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice. "We believe an extension of the current agreement is in the best interest of NFL fans so that they will have the same access they presently enjoy."
The NFL Network wants to become part of the basic digital package, which reaches a significantly larger viewership and would generate more revenue for the NFL. Comcast has approximately 2 million sports tier customers. The company reaches an estimated 40 million homes via cable and satellite television.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
McKinney, a 6-foot-3, 310-pounder, was an important and versitile member of the Browns' line last year, filling the No. 1 backup job at both guard spots and the center position. He started three games at guard last year and the first eight games of the 2007 season at guard. His sat out the second half of the '07 season with a shoulder injury.
The football-shaped design will be used by the team and the NFL on their uniforms, signs and programs to honor the American Football League which began in 1960, and was eventually absorbed by the NFL in 1969.
The Denver Broncos along with Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Titans, Houston Oilers, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, comprised the original eight teams of the AFL.
The Buccaneers have said publicly that they would like to bring four QB's to training camp. Luke McCown appears to be the front runner to be QB1 in Tampa, while second-year man Josh Johnson and journeyman Brian Griese prepare for the back-up battle.
The Steelers have told Leftwich, an unrestricted free agent, they would like to have him back, but have been dragging their feet on his resigning. Leftwich has basically seen no interest on the free agent market other than a visit with the Washington Redskins last week.
But the continued debt repayments by Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer, who took out a loan to buy the club in 2005, meant the balance sheet showed another loss.
So, for the fourth time in the past five years, the Rams will hold training camp at their year-round office and practice facility at Rams Park in Earth City.
"In the end, we just felt that this was the most practical option for 2009, from a football standpoint and also from a fan standpoint," said Kevin Demoff, the Rams' executive vice president of football operations.
In an attempt to find an alternative location, the Rams looked at Lindenwood University, just across the Missouri River from Rams Park in St. Charles. They also considered Southern Illinois University Carbondale and SIU-Edwardsville.
"Nobody had ever really taken the time to research local options, at least not in the past few years," Demoff said. "It's possible in 2010 we could go elsewhere. But in the end, all of our research this year led us to want to stay here."
A promising option for 2010 is SIUC ,which is in the midst of an $83 million athletic facilities project that includes a new football stadium, a new athletic support building and renovations to the basketball arena. By 2010, SIUC would have the new stadium and four football fields available for use by the Rams. "All within 200 yards of each other," said SIUC athletics director Mario Moccia
Demoff has put together a team that will continue to research possible camp sites over the next years, including assistant to the head coach-football operations Bruce Warwick and vice president of operations John Oswald.
"By the time we started seeking out schools (this year), it was a little late in the process for them to be able to commit to a month," Demoff said. "... This will give everybody lead time of a year to really give us a proposal that makes sense. And for us to consider what makes sense."
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Lynch is expected to appeal the suspension, which will lose, the Bills back approximately $112,000 of his $635,000 base salary for 2009 during the suspension.
According to WSCR radio, via the Chicago Tribune, new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has reached out to free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress about joining the team.
When Bears head coach Lovie Smith was asked about potentially adding Burress, the coach responded.
"Every player that's available, we look into," Smith said.
The Ohio State Patrol said Hall's blood-alcohol level was .149, nearly twice the legal limit. Hall was charged with driving under the influence and driving left of center.
The 24-year-old Hall played college football at Michigan and has played in 32 games as a Bengal, compiling 143 tackles and eight interceptions.
Peterson said he doesn't believe extra pounds will hamper his speed and agility, but Vikings coach Brad Childress isn't so sure.
"Well, you know what? 230 is awful big," Childress said Wednesday. "From 17 to 30, just put a 10-pound sack of potatoes on your back and think of how that works for you."