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NFL Report Friday
Ya ya ya it's late.......... Been busy as hell the past day and half. I've taking on a new challenge of joining a start up engineering firm. So I may or may not be on here.
Veteran cornerback Ty Law, one of the top free agents still on the market, is interested in playing for the Titans. Law's price tag, however, might keep the Titans from getting in the mix for five-time Pro Bowl selection. Law's agent, Carl Poston, said yesterday he's had recent conversations with Titans General Manager Floyd Reese about bringing Law to Nashville for a visit. Reese downplayed the seriousness of those talks and said nothing had been planned. The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are also among the teams interested in Law, who is believed to be seeking around $10 million in guaranteed money.
The agent for Ricky Proehl, the Belle Mead native and former Hillsborough High star who has played for five teams in his 16-year NFL career, said yesterday he has had preliminary discussions with the Giants. Proehl, who had 25 catches for 441 yards and four touchdowns for Carolina last season, turned down a one-year deal from the Giants in 2002 and signed a three-year contract with the Panthers instead.
The Bengals have had visits from Joey Harrington, Jamie Martin and Anthony Wright this offseason. In order to acquire Harrington, a former No. 3 overall draft choice who has fallen out of favor in Detroit, the Bengals would need to negotiate a deal with the Detroit signal caller and then trade for him, unless they are willing to wait for the Lions to release him in June and then take the chance that he signs elsewhere.
After days of negotiations, the Texans are close to finalizing a trade that will land Buffalo Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds. The Texans have agreed to pay Moulds $14 million over four years in a deal that includes a $5 million signing bonus. The only part of the deal that has yet to be finalized is what the Texans will give the Bills as compensation. The Texans are offering a fifth-round draft pick. The Bills are asking for a fourth-round pick. Moulds will arrive in town Monday to meet with Texans officials. He is projected to become the Texans' No. 2 receiver and start opposite Andre Johnson.
There has been hardly a sound since the Seahawks signed wide receiver Nate Burleson to an offer sheet one week ago. No squeals of protest from Minnesota. No gnashing of teeth over whether the offer conforms to the NFL collective-bargaining agreement. It has been largely silent except for the ticking of the clock during the seven-day period for the Vikings to match the offer. The deadline is tonight at 9, and the Vikings are expected to wait out every minute, just as the Seahawks did with guard Steve Hutchinson earlier this month. There has been no indication the Vikings will contest the legitimacy of the offer sheet Burleson signed.
The Green Bay Packers are chasing their biggest free-agent target yet this offseason, but even if they don’t sign defensive back Charles Woodson, they are likely to add more lower-level free agents before training camp begins. Woodson, the former Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl cornerback, postponed his visit to the Packers from Thursday and today to early next week. The Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be the only teams pushing hard to sign him.
The Dolphins entertained Jacksonville safety Deke Cooper and Cincinnati running back Kenny Watson on free-agent visits Wednesday.
Free agent cornerback Jamar Fletcher is scheduled to visit Redskins Park on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Redskins have been in contact with Fletcher sporadically throughout this month, and have been in the market for a third cornerback.
A difficult offseason has gotten significantly worse for Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, who underwent surgery last week for a torn quadriceps muscle and will be out four to six months. The best-case scenario is that Johnson will miss most of training camp with the leg injury but return in time for the regular season, lacking the conditioning work that NFL players need. More likely, he will miss a significant part of the season, if not all of it.
Red Hickey, San Francisco 49ers coach from 1959-63 and the man who invented the shotgun formation, died Thursday in Aptos at the age of 89. Howard Wayne Hickey was born in Arkansas in 1917 and was a football and basketball star at the University of Arkansas. Hickey played professionally for the Cleveland and Los Angeles Rams, for whom he was an assistant coach when they won the NFL title in 1951. In 1959, Hickey was hired as 49ers coach and posted a 27-27-1 record. He was a Dallas Cowboys assistant in 1964-65, then worked as their head scout until retiring in 1983. Hickey unveiled the shotgun formation for a game against the Baltimore Colts on Nov.27, 1960. He devised it to give his quarterbacks more time against the Colts' fierce pass rush.
There might be yet another twist in the ongoing criminal case involving Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. Edward Carhart, one of Taylor's attorneys for the trial on assault and battery charges that is supposed to start on April 10 in Miami, said yesterday the state is considering changes. "The whole case is on the table," said Carhart, who expects to hear from assistant state attorney Michael Grieco today about a review of the charges.
Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson, who is signed as the team's starter for a relatively low $1.2 million this season, said he has had no talks about a new contract. "We're not talking about that now," he said.
Former Denver cornerback Lenny Walls is still in the picture for the Chiefs. But he’ll visit at least two other NFL teams next week, his agent, Peter Schaffer, said Thursday. Schaffer declined to say what teams. “We’ve had some positive discussions with the Chiefs,” Schaffer said. “We had a very enjoyable and beneficial trip, and he has nothing but respect for the organization.”
Buffalo Bills free-agent center Trey Teague visited the Jets yesterday and they may make a strong bid to sign him. Teague, 31, is entering his ninth NFL season. He has started the past four seasons with the Bills, including all 16 games last season. He began his career in Denver, where he started at left tackle in 2001.
The Giants are reportedly looking to add Grey Ruegamer, who has served as a reliable backup at center for the Patriots and Packers in his eight-year career. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on its Web site Wednesday night that Ruegamer is weighing offers from the Lions and Giants. Ruegamer's agent, Frank Bauer, did not return a phone message left at his office yesterday.
Bengals WR Chad Johnson speaking about the NFL's attempt to curtail touchdown celebrations. "They actually messed up," Johnson said, "because they're making my mind work double-time on how to be creative. It's better for me and the fans because now they're really going to be antsy about, 'What's he going to do now?' "
The Bengals had been tracking defensive tackle Sam Adams for weeks. Their pursuit paid off Thursday night when they reached an agreement in principle on a three-year contract with the unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills. The deal likely won't be consummated until the weekend because the Bengals want Adams to take a physical exam.
Newly signed Redskins safety Adam Archuleta , one of the biggest fitness fanatics in the NFL, has been conducting his offseason program in Arizona, California and Washington, according to his agent, Gary Wichard. Players began reporting to Redskins Park for informal workouts this week. Archuleta has followed his rigorous routine in Phoenix and regularly visits a trainer and chiropractor in California. Archuleta will participate when team activities begin later in the offseason, Wichard said.
The Bucs on Thursday signed Cowboys restricted free-agent tackle Torrin Tucker to an offer sheet. Details of the offer were not immediately available, but the Cowboys have seven days to match it and retain the lineman's services. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Tucker is a Southern Miss product who first came into the NFL in 2003 as an undrafted free agent. Since then he has played in 35 games, starting 24.