|06-05-2005, 12:59 PM||#1|
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Peerless Price insists he wants to remain with the Falcons, but the veteran receiver acknowledged uncertainty about his future with the team. "I want to be here," Price said. "I like playing with Mike [Vick], all my receivers, everybody on this team, guys I've formed relationships with, I've bonded with. I'd be a fool to say I don't want to be here, but whatever happens, happens." Thursday marked the first day NFL teams could release players with multiple years on their contracts in order to gain immediate salary-cap relief. Price, scheduled to earn $2 million this season, surmised that he could be a marked man.
Don't expect the Jets, rumored to be interested in Ty Law, to sign the former Patriots star. For one thing, it appears that CB Donnie Abraham will play this season. Secondly, the Jets aren't likely to meet Law's asking price. Best guess: He winds up with the Browns, reunited with former Pats defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
On the subject of forty-something players, don't look for QB Vinny Testaverde, 41, to retire anytime soon. Testaverde, a free agent, is keeping himself in shape, hoping to catch on with a team in the preseason. "He's definitely going to play if given the right opportunity," his agent, Mike Azzarelli, said. Keep an eye on the Panthers.
The Saints have an offer on the table to Az-Zahir Hakim but the veteran receiver plans to make a visit or two more before making a decision. He's visiting Kansas City today. . . . The Saints might also pursue Rod Gardner if the Redskins release him, but Gardner is likely to seek a starting spot and the Saints are looking strictly for a No. 3 or 4 receiver.
Troubled WR Koren Robinson, who looked like a future star when he was a first-round pick in 2001, is on the market. Robinson, who served a drug suspension last season, was dumped by the Seahawks after a recent drunk-driving arrest. Maybe he'll wind up in Denver, where Mike Shanahan has turned into a garbage collector.
The Browns do have an interest in free-agent linebacker Peter Boulware, but they are concerned about his knee, toe and other health issues that cost him all of last season. Other teams have said the same thing. The idea would be to see if Boulware would take a contract heavy on incentives, where he'd be paid well if he can play a lot. But the team would not take a big financial hit if he can't play because of injuries.
The Dolphins have been closely studying Southern California defensive tackle Manuel Wright, who will be eligible for the supplemental draft to be held by early July (date TBA). Wright, who started two games last year on a deep USC defensive line, is considered a third- or fourth-round pick. The team that picks him would give up a choice in the same round of next year's draft. A lottery weighted in the favor of last year's weakest teams will determine draft order.
When handicapping the odds of which team will end up in Los Angeles, don't leave out the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs could be free agents within two years. The Chiefs' landlord at Arrowhead Stadium, the Jackson County Sports Authority, is dangerously close to defaulting on the club's lease, which expires in 2014, because it is running out of money to maintain the stadium in "state of the art" condition as stipulated by the lease. It's no coincidence that the stadiums in San Diego, Kansas City and New Orleans are among the oldest in the NFL, which is why teams in those cities are being mentioned as candidates to relocate to Los Angeles.
The Bills are expected to trade Travis Henry before the start of the regular season. Tennessee is among the teams interested in dealing for Henry, who has two 1,000-yard seasons in his four-year NFL career. The Titans have offered a fourth-round pick, but the Bills are holding out for a third-rounder.
Don't be surprised if the Browns give unhappy offensive tackle Ross Verba his wish and dump him within the next several days. Verba has been holding out and demanding more money. "If Verba was smart, he'd be in Berea [today] clearing out his stuff - instead of waiting for [the Browns] to pack it for him," says one source close to the situation. The Browns lineman has his Strongsville home up for sale.
The Miami Herald reported that Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor turned himself in to the Miami-Dade Police Department last night and was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault with a firearm as well as simple battery, but police officials would not confirm that and continued to say that Taylor was a person of interest in this case. The Herald said Taylor turned himself in, accompanied by his lawyer, about 10 p.m. last night at the Cutler Ridge district police station and was taken to Turner Guilford Knight correctional facility.
Atlanta did everything right last year, got some breaks and had a very good season. All that won't happen again. And I'm starting to think Michael Vick is another Barry Sanders. He's fun to watch, exciting as all get out, worth the price of admission, but he's never going to win anything.
How badly does former Browns quarterback Tim Couch want to cut major ties to this area? Couch has just sold his Westlake house for $700,000 to his good buddy, Browns tight end Aaron Shea - $37,500 less than he paid for the home in 1999.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was the unofficial winner of the EA Sports Quarterback Challenge. The competition was conducted May 13 but won't air until July.
|06-05-2005, 03:55 PM||#4|
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I am loving these comments, talk about some real motivation for the guys we brought in
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