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Browns coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday after passing camp that he'd like
to bring former Patriots cornerback Ty Law in for a visit. "I haven't
spoken with Ty, but Ty knows how I feel about him and I don't think there's any
question about how he feels about me," Crennel said. "His injury
situation is one that has to be resolved." Law (5-11, 200) won two Super
Bowls with Crennel when healthy and holds Patriots franchise records with 36
career interceptions and six regular-season touchdowns on interceptions.
If the Titans are able to strike a deal with the Buffalo Bills for running back
Travis Henry, it would make one important person happy: owner Bud Adams.
"We're interested in Henry,'' Adams said yesterday from the NFL Meetings in
Washington, D.C. "He wants to get out of Buffalo. We think he has a lot of
ability. We think he has four good years left. Because of where he went to
college I think he'd be real popular with the fans. "I think he'd be a real
good addition.'' As for the Titans re-signing running back Eddie George, the
franchise's all-time leading rusher, Adams didn't sound nearly as optimistic.
"Well, I'm not sure,'' Adams said. "Anything is a possibility.''
George, released by the Titans in July 2004 and played for the Dallas Cowboys
last season, is a free agent.
In another sign he intends to return to the NFL, running back Ricky Williams,
who retired last summer after failing a third drug test, has requested to be
reinstated in the league's drug-testing program, a source said. The program
would be a requirement of Williams' reinstatement and includes being subject to
as many as 10 tests a month. Participants have to inform program administrators
if they plan to leave town, because players can be contacted about tests taking
place within hours.
Free agent cornerback R.W. McQuarters met with Washington Redskins officials
yesterday and dined with them last night, league sources said, and could depart
today with a new contract. McQuarters, who was recently released by Chicago for
salary cap reasons, is expected to work out and undergo a physical at Redskins
Park today as the sides continue to negotiate terms.
After capital gains taxes, Red McCombs stands to profit on the sale of the
Vikings by about $300 million. He owned the team for seven years. Despite
denials, there is still speculation he could buy into pal Tom Benson's New
Orleans Saints and try to move them to San Antonio, where he lives. McCombs also
is heavily involved in a mammoth ski resort project in Colorado.
Which NFL coach will be the first to be fired/step down? Vegas Vic has Oakland's
Norv Turner at 3-1. Jets coach Herm Edwards is one of four guys at 5-1. Andy
Reid is 250-1.
At a time when the Eagles have a lengthy list of unhappy and unwilling campers,
running back Correll Buckhalter is delighted to be one of the few veterans at
this week's rookie camp. Furthermore, he can't wait for training camp to begin
at the end of July. Buckhalter, of course, has an understandable reason for his
enthusiasm even though there are 110 days until opening night in Atlanta. Two of
his first four NFL seasons, including last year, have been erased by serious
knee injuries, so there are questions about his ability to bounce back as a
productive NFL running back. Buckhalter is confident that he will be an integral
part of the offense. When he hears the cries for the Eagles to add someone such
as Buffalo's Travis Henry to the running rotation, he doesn't understand.
The Eagles will have to deal with, arguably, the most hated agent in the NFL.
The way Drew Rosenhaus is known for running his mouth, if the Eagles were to say
it was Rosenhaus who leaked news of this contractual squabble, who's going to
take the agent's word over the boys with the gold-standard mantra? There is such
a thing as being too clean, too pristine to be believed. Call Owens what you
want - egomaniacal, self-centered, self-absorbed - but he's not a liar. The guy
doesn't even curse, and he's certainly not someone who shortchanges people. Can
the Eagles say the same? We know better.
The Chargers and defensive tackle Jamal Williams are close to finalizing a deal
on a restructured contract, sources said yesterday. Terms were not available.
The official announcement could come by the end of the week. Williams is to make
$2.65 million in 2005, the final season on his current contract.
On the day he agreed to become a Bronco, Jerry Rice was all about fitting in. He
said he has no plans to ask veteran wide receiver Rod Smith for jersey No. 80,
even though Rice wore that number his first 20 NFL seasons. Rice also doesn't
need to be the center of the offense. "I'm not trying to catch 12-14 balls
a game," he told the NFL Network on Wednesday. "I'm just trying to
San Francisco lost receiver Derrick Hamilton to a knee injury. In Wednesday's
organized team activity practice, Hamilton leaped to catch a pass, landed, then
tried to push off. His left knee gave way, and an examination revealed a torn
anterior cruciate ligament. Recovery sometimes takes more than a year. Hamilton
is scheduled for surgery next week.
An exotic dancer's account of an alleged sexual attack by an NFL player is
detailed in a report The Herald obtained Wednesday from the Broward State
Attorney's Office. Prosecutors are in the process of reviewing the complaint and
will decide whether to will file charges against Al Harris, a cornerback for the
Green Bay Packers who grew up in Broward County and has a home in Coral Springs.
''The allegations in there are entirely false,'' said Keith Seltzer, a Fort
Lauderdale attorney who represents Harris. ``These are obviously the creations
of someone with a vivid imagination. It's totally, totally fiction.'' The
dancer, who was not named, claimed the incident happened about 1:30 a.m. April
17 at The Cheetah II strip club in Pompano Beach. According to the incident
report: Broward Sheriff's Office deputies were contacted that morning by staff
at North Ridge Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale about an alleged rape victim
being treated there. The victim told Deputy Samuel Sirico that she went into
strip club's Champagne Room with a tall man with dreadlocked hair. The woman
told Sirico that the man wanted to have sex with her and she told him no and
tried to push him away. But he did not stop, she said. She also told
investigators that there are cameras in the Champagne Room -- a private, dimly
lit area -- and that customers must fill out a form before they enter the room.
She also said she believed her alleged attacker paid with a credit card. At the
Sexual Assault Treatment Center, a rape kit was completed and DNA taken from the
victim, according to the report. The victim told police she did not know the
name of the man, who investigators have identified as Harris, several sources
told The Herald.
Browns RB Reuben Droughns, who was prepared to hold out, is participating in
passing camp and Crennel is pleased. "He's shown a good attitude, he's been
working and taking his reps and he's been trying to do it right," Crennel
said. "We'll see. You never can tell, but so far it's been good." He
said running backs coach Dave Atkins called Droughns while he was back in Denver
and told him the Browns wanted him in Cleveland, but Crennel didn't know if that
was instrumental in his return.
Browns coach Romeo Crennel expressed interest in free-agent linebacker Peter
Boulware, the former Baltimore Ravens' Pro Bowler who missed all of last season
with knee and toe injuries. He also wouldn't mind discussing the possibility of
acquiring free-agent defensive back Ty Law, who played for Crennel with the New
England Patriots but missed much of last season with injuries.
Browns coach Romeo Crennel said Kellen Winslow has been attending the club's
passing camp this week and rehabilitating his injuries at the team's facility,
but that he has yet to seek a second medical opinion on his injured right knee.
``He comes out on the field, and he has been learning the system just like
everyone else has,'' Crennel said. ``I told him I expected him to do that.'' The
coach said after Winslow gets the second opinion the team will have a better
idea on when he might return. The tight end apologized to Crennel while he was
hospitalized and he also has been talking to fellow teammates on an individual
basis, the coach said.
The contract for new Vikings kicker Paul Edinger calls for only $50,000 of the
$540,000 guaranteed. Edinger could earn another $250,000 if he makes 85 percent
of his field-goal attempts. Vikings coaches say they believe if he could kick a
good percentage in windy Soldier Field in Chicago, he ought to do well in 10
games this season in domed stadiums -- in addition to eight home games, the
Vikings play indoor games at Detroit and Atlanta.
A source told the Enquirer that there has not been and likely would not be a
free agent visit to Cincinnati by former Baltimore linebacker Peter Boulware.
Released last week by the Ravens, Boulware was a starter on coordinator Marvin
Lewis� Super Bowl XXXV-winning Ravens defense. �Peter obviously has been a fine
player,� Lewis said, �someone we obviously know well. Let�s just leave it at
that.� Lewis also dismissed a question about the possibility that the club was
pursuing an injury settlement with middle linebacker Nate Webster, who underwent
surgery twice in 2004 on a serious patellar tendon injury.
New Vikings lead owner Zygmunt Wilf said he would greatly prefer an open-air
stadium, surprising some public officials and raising anew the question of the
Metrodome's future. Until Wednesday, the Twin Cities stadium futurescape was
envisioned without the Metrodome because a proposed Vikings stadium in Anoka
County was assumed to have a fixed roof for climate control. That plan could
eliminate the Metrodome, which is host to 200 events a year that have nothing to
do with its primary tenants, the Vikings, Twins and the University of Minnesota
football team. Some of those events, the current theory goes, could go to the
new Vikings stadium. But if Wilf gets his way, the fixed-roof Metrodome might
need to live on because neither the proposed Twins stadium nor the proposed
university stadium are planned to include a climate-control cover. Some local
officials were flabbergasted by Wilf's remark.
Ike Hillard who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Giants
before signing a one-year deal, said he doesn't expect to be handed a starting
spot. "That's up to Coach ( Jon) Gruden and the way I perform in training
camp," Hilliard said. "I'm looking forward to hopefully finishing my
career here, but if I don't play well, there are 12 guys in camp at
receiver." Thus far, things are going well.
Not that anyone in Foxboro would admit it, but Duane Starks is the Pats' answer
for the departed Ty Law. He's a former high first-round pick (No. 10 overall by
Baltimore in 1998) and Super Bowl hero (interception for a touchdown in Super
Bowl XXXV) with a penchant for taking big chances and making big plays. Starks
isn't as big or physical as Law, but he's every bit as fast and every bit as
confident. And he's aware that fans are going to invariably make the comparison.
Another Eagles player who lost last season to injury, 2004 first-round rookie
guard Shawn Andrews, said yesterday he has lost about 10 pounds since the first
minicamp, the weekend after the draft, but he hopes to lose 15 to 20 more
It was another impressive offensive show yesterday with Ravens quarterbacks Kyle
Boller and Anthony Wright staging a virtual duel for consecutive completed
passes. The solid week led coach Brian Billick to cancel today's final session.
"We got what we needed to get done in these last seven practices,"
Hines Ward isn't the only Steelers player hoping to get a contract extension.
He's just the only one the Steelers are negotiating with at the moment. Even
though seven of the Steelers' likely starters will enter the final year of their
contracts, Ward remains the lone player in active negotiations for an extension.
The others, apparently, will have to wait either until Ward comes to an
agreement or talks reach an impasse with him before the club opens negotiations
with anyone else. "The focus is always going to be on Hines first,"
said cornerback Deshea Townsend, who enters his eighth year with the team, the
past 1 1/2 as a starter. "That's how it goes. I want to sign a new contract
and stay here. I have to go out there and prove myself on the field again, I
guess." Besides Townsend and Ward, the others listed as starters on the
depth chart who have one year left on their contract are nose tackle Casey
Hampton, receiver Antwaan Randle El, defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen, tight end
Jerame Tuman and safety Chris Hope.
Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu believes the NFL�s new horse-collar tackle
rule is terribly offensive. �Ridiculous,� Polamalu said Wednesday, after a
voluntary workout on the South Side. �There are a lot more injuries due to cut
blocks. But it�s an offensive league, and it�s an offensive business.�
The Boston Herald reports... that the New England Patriots will receive their
third piece of Super Bowl bling at a blowout at owner Robert Kraft's Brookline
abode June 12. And then the next day, the champs will swing at the team's annual
charitable foundation golf tournament at Willowbend in Mashpee.
The Bears are trying a more sophisticated form of food monitoring for their
players. The health and welfare of players is part of the equation for every NFL
team, but the Bears recently seem to have an inordinate number of broken limbs
and stretched joints as well as overweight and out-of-shape players. Bears
general manager Jerry Angelo says the organization is providing breakfast and
lunch for players at Halas Hall in the off-season with very specific options to
build a 500-, 600- or 700-calorie meal. Depending on the player, a special plan
is set up for him to follow that allows three options within each category to
build a meal each day. "We're on the right track and hopeful that those
days [of poor conditioning] are behind us," Angelo said. The Bears hired
Rusty Jones as the new strength and conditioning coach during the off-season.
William "Refrigerator" Perry used to be excused from eating meals with
his Bears teammates in the summer training-camp dining room in Platteville,
Wis., during the late 1980s. The 360-pound Perry had been assigned a personal
nutritionist, and Sherry�his wife at the time�was supposed to help monitor what
food he ate in their motel room. At least that's what coach Mike Ditka thought.
Problem was, Sherry would be spotted routinely importing buckets of chicken,
french fries, cheeseburgers and ice cream from the local Dairy Queen into their
room as Fridge was overheard asking for more ketchup.
Erik Kramer was back in town for a couple of days so the subject came up, as it
inevitably does. The 1991 Lions. The 12-4 record and the playoffs. And the 38-6
victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Even now -- 13 seasons later -- Kramer remains
the only Lions quarterback to have won a playoff game since the Lions won the
NFL championship in 1957. Since his retirement -- after three years with the
Lions and another five in Chicago -- Kramer has remained involved in the game.
He runs a quarterback school at home in Agoura Hills, Calif., near Los Angeles,
coaches his sons' youth teams and is putting together an instructional video for
young quarterbacks. He is also a regular on two Fox Sports Net football shows --
"Ultimate Fantasy Football" and "Quarterback Confidential"
-- during the NFL season.
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