|03-06-2006, 04:56 PM||#1|
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NFL Report 3-6-06
A source indicated Sunday night that Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees will ask to visit Miami shortly after free agency opens if, as expected, he can't work out a contract extension with San Diego. In addition, the Dolphins are awaiting to see what will happen with Washington backup Patrick Ramsey. If the CBA is not extended, it's expected that Ramsey will be cut by the Redskins, and he would be interested in playing for the Dolphins. If there is an extension, the Dolphins might part with a low-round draft pick for Ramsey.
Unable to reach agreement on a contract extension with wide receiver Isaac Bruce, the Rams released the four-time Pro Bowler on Sunday night. "We do want Isaac to remain a Ram," Rams president of football operations Jay Zygmunt said. "We're still hopeful that we can get something done in the near future." But there are no guarantees. Bruce is now free to negotiate and sign with any team, no strings attached. And one potential suitor that immediately comes to mind is the Detroit Lions, where former Rams coach Mike Martz is now offensive coordinator.
Former Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison is traveling today to meet with the New York Giants, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Sunday night on Channel 7 (WSVN-TV). Madison was released Wednesday after nine seasons in Miami.
The Colts restructured the contracts of quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, creating approximately $12.5 million in cap savings. Manning provided about $5 million and Harrison approximately $7.5 million in cap relief, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Had the Colts not restructured those contracts, they would have faced the task of cutting players to be in compliance with the salary cap.
According to Comcast SportsNet, the Eagles are also going to make quick moves to sign Jeff Garcia as a backup quarterback to Donovan McNabb and Shawn Barber as an outside linebacker. Signing Garcia would be an interesting move because it would briefly make him teammates again with wide receiver Terrell Owens. If Owens is not traded by Saturday, the Eagles plan to release him before they have to pay him a $5 million roster bonus. Barber, 31, had one of the best seasons of his career as the Eagles' weakside linebacker in 2002, then signed with Kansas City and had his best season with the Chiefs in 2003.
The Raiders would have three options if they part ways with Kerry Collins: One, signing a free agent such as Drew Brees, Jon Kitna or Josh McCown; two, trading for a quarterback such as the Minnesota Vikings' Daunte Culpepper; or drafting a quarterback such as Vince Young or Jay Cutler, assuming either is available when the Raiders pick at No. 7 in April's draft.
Agent Marvin Demoff said the Dolphins will release linebacker Junior Seau even if the cap increases. Demoff said the 37-year-old Seau, who landed on injured reserve the past two seasons, is hoping to play for one more year.
Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has been wearing Raiders T-shirts while working out an injured leg at the LA Fitness in Mount Laurel recently. Some gym-goers talk to Mitchell. Some, like a season ticketholder we heard from, say they won't give Mitchell the time of day.
That means it is not unreasonable to believe the Vikings' shopping list includes Seattle guard Steve Hutchinson, New Orleans guard and center LeCharles Bentley, Indianapolis running back Edgerrin James, New England kicker Adam Vinatieri and Carolina linebacker Will Witherspoon.
The Eagles also have interest in Pittsburgh receiver Antwaan Randle-El, but he was expected to field offers from a number of teams.
Adam Vinatieri has reiterated a desire to put himself on the market after 10 years of service. The Patriots have already offered him a contract that would keep him the highest paid kicker in the league, but he could receive $3 million annually from a team desperate for a proven championship kicker, in which case the Patriots would likely let him leave.
Gus Frerotte, who was 9-6 as a Dolphins starter in 2005, is expected to draw interest if allowed to test the free-agent market. The Chicago Tribune reported today that the Bears are considering Frerotte as a potential backup to starter Rex Grossman.
After a lengthy series of negotiations, the Washington Redskins reached an agreement to allow former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington to become a free agent immediately in exchange for providing the team with salary cap relief. Arrington's relationship with the franchise soured in recent years, and many around the NFL predicted he would not be with the team for the 2006 season.
Among the remaining Patriots free agents is popular veteran wide receiver Troy Brown. A source close to Brown yesterday indicated that he plans to return for a 14th season at age 35. His versatility at defensive back, loyalty to the organization, and willingness to sign cap-friendly deals makes his return a strong possibility.
Will Shields’ return has also been clouded with uncertainty, and late last week he seemed pessimistic about playing in 2006 in Kansas City. Peterson reiterated that Shields would not be a cap casualty Sunday and that he hasn’t been asked to restructure his contract, which would pay him a $5.1 million salary.
New York Giants wish list:
• WR Corey Bradford. The Giants made a run at him last year, but didn't land him. With Tim Carter set to leave via free agency and Jamaar Taylor's health always in question, the Giants need a new burner for their third receiver. Bradford could be that guy.
• QB Jay Fiedler. He was another free agent the team pursued last year. The Jets signed him, but his season was cut short by a separated shoulder. The Giants are still looking for a veteran backup for Eli Manning and Fiedler could finally fill that void..
There has been little substantive discussion the past several days between the Broncos and the representative for defensive tackle Gerard Warren, their most pivotal free agent still unsigned. Warren's agent, Joel Segal, insisted there still is a "strong chance" his client will return to the Broncos, despite the holdup.
LB Derrick Brooks agreed to a four-year contract extension that virtually ensures he will remain a Buc for the remainder of his career. "As you know, Derrick is a special guy," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said in announcing the restructured deal. "He wanted to be a Buc and we wanted him to be a Buc. In a few days we were able to agree to a deal that will keep him here." The deal did more than that. It also created approximately $5 million in cap space that should allow the Bucs to keep or eventually re-sign several other players, possibly including quarterback Brian Griese, defensive tackle Chris Hovan and fullback Mike Alstott.
New York Jets Shopping List:
• LT Kevin Shaffer: Falcons: The fifth-year pro, a former seventh-round pick out of Tulsa, is one of the most underrated left tackles in the league. Unofficially, he has allowed just six sacks in the past two seasons. His price tag may be too high for the Jets.
• LB Willie McGinest Patriots: A solid locker-room guy, he would add some veteran leadership and help new coach Eric Mangini preach his message. Oh, and he can still play, even after a dozen years in the league. He had six sacks and 56 tackles last season and knows the Patriots defense inside and out.
• NT Sam Adams, Bills: The Jets desperately need a massive run-stuffer in the middle and Adams could be their guy. The 13-year veteran may not have a lot of tread left on his tires, but he remains an immovable object -- even on his worst day. He has spent the past three seasons in the AFC East.
• TE Jeb Putzier, Broncos: The Jets signed him to an offer sheet last year but the Broncos matched it and the Jets then settled for Doug Jolley. Acquired from Oakland for a first-round pick, Jolley was a colossal flop, so the Jets may revisit Putzier, who has good hands and is tough..
This year there are three Steelers available at defensive positions the Giants would like to strengthen. Free safety Chris Hope, cornerback Deshea Townsend and linebacker Clint Kriewaldt will look to turn their Super Bowl seasons into big paydays in the upcoming week. Signing either Hope, 25, or Townsend, 30, would require some crafty cap management by general manager Ernie Accorsi and assistant GM Kevin Abrams.
The greatest sticking point, Gene Upshaw said, remained revenue sharing among clubs, which has caused a fissure among owners and vexed both sides for months. A group of 9 or 10 owners of high-revenue teams — including the Redskins, the Eagles, the Patriots and the Texans — has balked at sharing locally earned revenues, like stadium naming rights, with teams that do not generate as much local revenue, like the Jaguars and the Bills. The talks included a discussion of how teams could manage spending cash over the salary cap, a practice in which teams pay large bonuses that are prorated over the life of a contract. That gives wealthier teams a decided advantage in luring players and in circumventing the salary cap with a large payroll.
Kerry Collins remains a member of the Raiders -- contrary to numerous unsubstantiated reports that said Collins had been released Sunday. No sources were mentioned in any of the reports. Raiders senior personnel executive Michael Lombardi and Collins' agent, David Dunn, denied the report and said Collins remains signed through the 2009 season. Releasing Collins would free up approximately $9.2 million in salary-cap room for 2006. However, it also would leave the Raiders without a proven starter six months before the season opener.
There are two ways the Titans could become bigger players in the free-agent marketplace. One is they could strike some sort of deal with quarterback Steve McNair, as they are currently dragging around a $23.463 million cap figure on him. The other way would be for a new collective bargaining agreement to be completed, something that would give Tennessee and all other clubs about $10 million of added cap room.
The future of fullback Mike Alstott is still undetermined. Because the final three years of Alstott's contract were voided, he will become an unrestricted free agent. Alstott would like to return for an 11th season but is believed to be seeking a $1.5-million salary. "I'm looking forward to talking to Mike again, just him and I, in the near future," Allen said. "Nothing is determined on that. "We're hoping for a positive answer out of that as well."
All indications remained that the Eagles planned to strike a quick deal with unrestricted free agent LeCharles Bentley despite a denial by the New Orleans Saints center over the weekend. After a source close to the center said Thursday that Bentley planned to join the Eagles once the free-agent period opened, he denied The Inquirer's report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He did not deny, however, that he had no plans to return to the Saints.
Chiefs GM Carl Peterson bristled when asked about the speculation that Priest Holmes’ career may be over. “Priest is still under contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, all right?” he said. “Specific to his future, it’s still an ongoing evaluation by our medical people. He’s made a lot of progress. We don’t have to make a decision today, and neither does he because we don’t start the season until August. “I would not count this man out. You or anybody else can speculate, but I will not count him out. I know him. He could’ve said, ‘I retire, I’m finished,’ but he’s not doing that.”
The Broncos appeared on the verge of finalizing a multiyear contract with running back Ron Dayne. ... Dayne's agent, Len Rowe, said the deal was "getting close" Sunday afternoon and had better than a 50-50 chance of being completed by the end of the evening after more discussions. Dayne, 27, signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum last off-season and became a valuable spare part in the Broncos backfield.
Before Arrington's release, the Redskins were believed to be prepared to cut a group of former starters that included quarterback Patrick Ramsey, cornerback Walt Harris, safety Matt Bowen, center Cory Raymer, defensive tackle Brandon Noble, receiver James Thrash, kicker John Hall and punter Tom Tupa. Reserve receiver Taylor Jacobs also could be released despite the relatively paltry cap savings.
Brandon Noble came into the NFL the hard way and he's leaving it the hard way. The often-injured Washington Redskins defensive tackle is expected to be among the team's cuts because his $1.7 million salary is too high for a team with serious cap issues. Noble, who will be 32 next month, missed all of last season because of knee surgeries and a resulting staph infection.
Veteran Pro Bowler Kevin Mawae was released by the New York Jets on Sunday. That makes 27 NFL starters who have been cut since Feb. 22.
Though the Jets don't plan on being major players in free agency, they are expected to move quickly to pursue Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna, who is an unrestricted free agent. Kitna might visit this week and would compete with Chad Pennington for the starting job if he signs.
That doesn’t mean the Pats won’t have some decisions to make in the coming weeks, such as on linebacker Willie McGinest, who could earn as much as $8.3 million in 2006 and will likely be released before a $3.5 million roster bonus comes due this month. They also have to decide whether they believe Corey Dillon’s injury-marred 2005 represents the rest of his career, or if he’ll bounce back to something approximating his 1,000-yard form. Complicating matters is Dillon’s price tag. He counts $4.3 million against the salary cap if the Patriots keep him, and $5.4 million against if they release him. Other veterans in danger of being cut include linebacker Chad Brown and cornerback Tyrone Poole. The two could save just over $2.5 million off next year’s cap.
Ahman Green, 29, had expressed a strong desire to return to the Packers and the club became more interested in him as its starting running back again as his recovery from the injury progressed. Green has spent the off-season working at the Packers' facility, where the club has been able to monitor his recovery. Signing Green eases the pressure on the Packers to fill a position where they could lose backups Tony Fisher and Najeh Davenport in free agency.
Jonathan Wells could command more money and playing time elsewhere. The Texans are in a bind with him because they are deciding whether to draft running back Reggie Bush. Wells said he would like to return to the Texans, especially with coach Gary Kubiak bringing in the Broncos' offensive scheme, which focuses on the running game. "I'd definitely like to be part of that offense," Wells said. "That's one of the main reasons I'd like to stay." Wells said he would like to return to the Texans, especially with coach Gary Kubiak bringing in the Broncos' offensive scheme, which focuses on the running game. "I'd definitely like to be part of that offense," Wells said. "That's one of the main reasons I'd like to stay."
The Bengals have their sights set on a tight end in the first, second or third round. Maryland's Vernon Davis, UCLA's Marcedes Lewis, Georgia's Leonard Pope, Colorado's Joe Klopfenstein, USC's Dominique Byrd and Notre Dame's Anthony Fasano are the top candidates.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the possibility of moving WR Tab Perry to safety is "more speculation than truth. "It's something that I've considered, and Tab had talked to me about it when we first drafted him," Lewis said. "Our offensive coaches would love to have him have an opportunity to spend an offseason on offense, which he wasn't able to do. So I think they're excited about him expanding his role on offense and doing things as a receiver full-time."
Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner seconded a comment made last month by general manager Jerry Angelo that the Bears want to obtain a "threat" at tight end in the draft. Coaches always want the ideal in every player, meaning blocking and receiving, but "if I had to compromise something," Turner said, "we have to have a guy who can stretch the field." Turner wants the tight ends to take pressure off the running backs and wide receivers by forcing safeties and linebackers to honor the receiving threat. Tight ends accounted for four of the Bears' 12 receiving TDs last season but barely 12 percent of Bears' receptions.
Bears QB Rex Grossman already is spending time at Halas Hall with coaches and going over the game films of his and other 2005 games.
Don't look for cornerback Nathan Vasher to switch from right to left cornerback, or for the Bears to start matching him up on opponents' No. 1 wideouts exclusively. Ron Rivera said Vasher is more experienced and more comfortable at right corner.
The Steelers last night restructured the contract of halfback Duce Staley, and then put on hold negotiations with other players when the NFL and its players union agreed to delay the start of free agency another 72 hours to 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
Center Jeff Hartings, scheduled to earn $4.75 million this season, was the subject of negotiations to reduce his salary before the extension was granted. The Steelers also were negotiating with backup center Chukky Okobi to reduce his $2 million salary.
Washington Redskins guard Derrick Dockery signed a qualifying offer from the team, he said, making him a restricted free agent and giving Washington the right to match any offer made to him. Dockery, who made strides last season, was drafted in the third round in 2003, and said he hopes to stay with the organization for the long term.
|03-06-2006, 05:04 PM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2004
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Just what Detroit needs, more recievers
When was the last time Deuce Staley finished the year healthy?
|03-06-2006, 05:28 PM||#3|
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I have to guess, maybe, ummmmm like 2000.
|03-06-2006, 05:57 PM||#5|
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