|06-09-2005, 03:49 PM||#1|
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Join Date: May 2003
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Nfl Report June 9th
Wide receiver Chad Johnson has a simple message for Bengals fans panicking
over his hiring of high-profile agent Drew Rosenhaus this offseason � relax.
Unlike Philadelphia superstar Terrell Owens, a prized Rosenhaus client who is
demanding more money, Johnson promised on Wednesday that he won't stage a
holdout. He promised to be in uniform when training camp kicks off at Georgetown
College on July 29 and promised to fulfill the $25 million contract extension he
signed in 2003 that will keep him in Cincinnati through 2009. "My agent
doesn't run me. I run myself. He works for me," Johnson said after practice
at Paul Brown Stadium. "If there was any type of holdout going on, it would
be going on right now. That's all the security you need to know � (number) 85
ain't going nowhere. I'm kinda upset that Oprah's not calling me, but I'm
Barring a drastic change by the Dolphins, veteran cornerback R.W. McQuarters is
expected to sign with one of four other teams he has met with. The Dolphins are
offering a relatively small contract for McQuarters, who was released by Chicago
last month in a salary-cap move. Aside from the Dolphins, McQuarters has met
with Detroit, Washington, the New York Giants and Minnesota.
Pats coach Bill Belichick would not comment on possible contract negotiations
with defensive lineman Richard Seymour, who has two years remaining on his
contract and is in line for a sizable raise if and when his contract is
extended. But the coach, who is in his sixth year with the Patriots, said he was
not overly concerned about players such as kicker Adam Vinatieri and Givens, who
could enter the season with one-year deals if new contracts aren't agreed to.
''We've all been there," Belichick said. ''Some guys are in their first
year, some guys are in their last year, and some guys are in the middle. That's
just how a team is set up. That's how it works."
While Miami-Dade County police have completed their criminal investigation into
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor , they are continuing to investigate
other events that occurred last Wednesday night in conjunction with Taylor's
arrest on felony assault charges. A police source said yesterday that no more
arrests are anticipated at this time. Taylor is not a subject in this ongoing
investigation. Should Taylor be found guilty of any of the criminal charges he
faces, and thus violate the NFL's personal conduct policy, the Redskins could
reclaim a significant portion of the bonuses that make up the bulk of his
six-year contract -- worth a maximum of $40 million. Taylor could end up having
to return more than $10 million in 2005.
Chad Pennington still is on schedule to test his surgically repaired shoulder by
the end of the month, but the Jets' quarterback missed his last chance yesterday
to throw in an official practice before training camp. The Jets wrapped up their
offseason program, which included three weeks of practices, and Pennington
didn't participate in any of the sessions, according to a team spokesman.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus put the odds at 50-50 last night that Eagles wide receiver
Terrell Owens would join his teammates at training camp Aug. 1, when veterans
are expected to report. "I'm saying this based on the fact that I have
confidence in the Philadelphia Eagles organization that they are going to work
with me in a capacity that will be satisfactory," Rosenhaus said during an
interview with Washington Post columnists Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser on
ESPN's Pardon The Interruption. Rosenhaus' qualifier: "If they don't, then
I wouldn't be very optimistic about him being there." Rosenhaus has said
Owens' bargaining power was damaged because he never became a free agent. A
league source said it was strongly believed Owens would have become a free agent
if he had allowed Penn professor Stephen Burbank to make his special master
ruling on the case in March 2004. "[Union chief] Gene Upshaw told him
that," the source said.
Colts RB Edgerrin James still wants a long-term contract but has no intention of
forcing the issue with a holdout. He skipped the team's mandatory three-day
minicamp and has not participated in its voluntary summer school. In a recent
interview, James said, "I honor my contract. The season hasn't even started
yet. I never said I wasn't going to play. I'm going to play, regardless."
Return specialist Eddie Drummond has taken part in all offseason workouts and
mini-camps, even though he has not signed the one-year tender offer the Lions
made to maintain his rights as a restricted free agent. If Drummond signs the
tender, the Lions are committed to paying him $1.4 million for 2005. Under NFL
rules, he has until June 15 to sign. Beyond that date, teams have the right to
withdraw the tender. It is unlikely that would happen. Drummond has demonstrated
good faith by participating in the offseason workouts. Many players on other
teams who are in a similar situation have skipped them. Drummond said Wednesday
that he and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, hope to complete a long-term deal.
Ravens coach Brian Billick has said that he thinks Sanders could have more of an
impact this season, particularly since he will participate in mini-camp and
training camp. Also, Sanders has prepared for this season much differently than
last year. "I was at a pool, laying out when they called me to come back
last year. Tanning," he said.
The paperwork was processed on Wednesday to effect the release of left tackle
Ross Verba from the Browns. Verba wanted out so badly that he agreed to return a
$465,000 roster bonus paid by the club in March in to gain his release. After
the formality of a 24-hour period on waivers, Verba, 31, will seek to find a new
team as a free agent. As a vested NFL veteran, Verba can reject a waiver claim
and opt for free agency. "If we're successful in attracting a multiyear
deal, I assume he's going to want to make visits and talk to coaches,"
agent Tom Condon said. "We're certainly cognizant of teams that look to
have a need at the position and we hit them off the bat. We also go through the
remainder of the other 31 teams."
While none of the five players made available to the media Wednesday wanted to
comment on the possible return of running back Ricky Williams, Junior Seau
offered a telling remark. "The game was taken away from me half of the year
last year, and if you really love the game, you will embrace it," Seau
said. "But it's hard to love a game that you have to run into a wall that's
360 pounds, 6-foot-8, for 60 plays every Sunday. "It's not made for
everyone. It's not," Seau said. "For me, I could never walk away.
You're going to have to kick me out. I might even go deep-snap." After he
retired in July, Williams complained about the pounding he had endured while
carrying the ball a franchise-record 392 times in 2003.
The Bucs have all but parted ways with several veterans - WR Tim Brown, DL Chidi
Ahanotu, FB Greg Comella and TEs Ken Dilger and Rickey Dudley. None received a
June 1 tender offer from the team, so unless they are signed by another club,
all will remain free agents after July 22.
Who Knew? The jersey of Bucs first-round pick Carnell Williams ranks eighth in
NFL sales, highest among rookies. The running back sits four spots ahead of top
pick Alex Smith. The top-seller is Randy Moss followed by Michael Vick, Tom
Brady, Donovan McNabb and Ben Roethlisberger.
Jets have expressed interest in veteran RT Scott Gragg, cut recently by the
49ers, but they're in no rush to make a move. They're still hopeful that Adrian
Jones can nail down the starting job in training camp.
Jets CB Donnie Abraham, once thought to be leaning toward retirement,
participated in the three-week session. The club expects Abraham to play in
2005, but it's still not a guarantee.
Just two months ago, when the Jets' goal of a West Side stadium seemed within
reach, New Jersey officials announced an agreement with the Giants for the team
to entirely finance a $750-million, open-air stadium in the Meadowlands that
would open in 2009.
Among the reasons Browns officials are anxious to see unhappy offensive tackle
Ross Verba go (though they'll never say so publicly): Verba's lavish spending
habits, partying lifestyle and "Hey, whatever" work ethic has at times
rubbed off on younger teammates - and not in good ways.
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said the team will keep searching the waiver wire
for a veteran backup quarterback, but that it wouldn't make sense to bring in
someone who won't perform as well as Wallace, the current No. 2. Instant Rumor:
Kordell Stewart to Seattle?
Patriots backup quarterback. Rohan Davey is the incumbent, but Doug Flutie is
lurking in the background, and the release of veteran Chris Redman could mean
the coaches saw something in rookie seventh-round pick Matt Cassel.
The Bears are the sixth team to give Kurt Kittner, 25, a chance. But this time
he will have a head start on the offense because offensive coordinator Ron
Turner was his head coach at Illinois. "He hasn't been in the right
situation," Turner said. "Given an opportunity in an offense that fits
him, he'll do what he's doing over there, playing well."
Charles Rogers would rather not talk about anything related to his recovery from
a second broken right collarbone in two years. No news, and no comment, really
would be good news. Rogers bypassed reporters Tuesday but stopped to talk
Wednesday. The broken collarbone is a touchy subject, he admitted. "Because
it's the second year I've been going through this," he said. "Most of
the questions are the same questions from the first time I broke it. You've got
to be a little touchy about it. The same thing -- but a different day."
Practicing in blue was a positive step for Rogers, but he would have accepted
waiting until training camp starts in July to ditch the red jersey. "I feel
like I'm getting the flow back a little bit," he said, "getting back
in the rhythm, getting back in the swing of things.
It's no secret Green Bay would like to improve its talent and depth along the
defensive line. That's why the Packers are thought to be highly interested in
University of Southern California defensive tackle Manuel Wright, who declared
for the supplemental draft July 10.
DE Jay Williams' second tour of duty with the Rams ended Wednesday, when he was
released. Williams, 33, was signed to a three-year, $2.65 million contract in
March as a free agent after being released by Miami. Williams has played five of
10 NFL seasons with the Rams. He left St. Louis after the 1999 season for
Carolina as a free agent. The Panthers traded him to the Dolphins in 2002.
|06-09-2005, 06:08 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
What a dissapointing report.
No Rapes, Shootings or Murders today.
They all seem to be limping into nipple time tho.
|06-09-2005, 11:28 PM||#3|
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