|04-08-2006, 11:21 AM||#1|
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The Chiefs considered dealing for Detroitís Joey Harrington, but they appear to be increasingly pessimistic about their chances of not only reaching a contract agreement with Harrington but also satisfying the Lionsí trade demands. No Chiefs visit with Harrington had been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.
They continue to have interest in LaVar Arrington, but the former Redskin's asking price remains too high for the Giants' liking.
Tampa Bay remains in negotiations for free agent Charles Woodson, a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the Raiders who played for Bucs coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen. The Packers are also interested in Woodson, with Seattle another potential suitor for the former Heisman Trophy winner, who would likely be switched to safety if he reaches agreement with the Bucs.
Next week, the Vikings are entertaining three top quarterback prospects at Winter Park, according to Scout.com. Vince Young of Texas, Charlie Whitehurst of Clemson and Jay Cutler of Vanderbilt are expected to visit with club officials.
Colts QB Peyton Manning said he'd be surprised if Steve McNair and the Titans don't work it out. "I haven't followed entirely the contract situation, but Steve's a good friend of mine,'' Manning said. "I know our defense does not look forward to playing Steve every year. He's done it the right way for a long time and I certainly expect him to be the quarterback for the Titans this year.''
Free agent linebacker Keith Adams visited Redskins Park yesterday, according to his agent, Jordan Woy , and will decide between Washington and four other teams by next week. Woy has had several conversations with Redskins officials over the last few weeks as the team searches for a weak-side linebacker to replace former Pro Bowler LaVar Arrington. Oakland and Arizona have reportedly expressed interest in Adams (5 feet 11, 223 pounds).
Saints kick returner Michael Lewis, coming off a season-ending knee injury and an unrestricted free agent, was also missing from the minicamp, but Sean Payton said the team was still in contact with Lewis' agent. Greg Johnson, Lewis' New Orleans-based representative, said Friday afternoon he thought the two sides were close to a deal. "We're optimistic about it and we're looking forward to getting him out there soon," Johnson said.
The Giants met yesterday with Chad Brown, a 13-year NFL veteran who is an unrestricted free agent. "He had a great meeting with the Giants," said Brown's agent, Peter Schaffer. "It was wonderful. All good." Schaffer said he plans on speaking with Kevin Abrams, the Giants assistant general manager, on Monday, which means that's when financial terms on a possible deal will be discussed. Brown, who turns 36 on July 12, spent the first four years of his career with the Steelers and knows Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, a former Pittsburgh assistant, quite well.
Tyoka Jackson's five-year stay with the Rams appears to be over. Jackson was informed by the Rams recently that he probably didn't fit into their plans for 2006. Jackson, an unrestricted free agent, was told that his contract situation might be revisited after the draft, but that if he got an offer elsewhere he should take it. Under new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, the team appears intent on going in a different direction in terms of backup defensive linemen.
University of Texas quarterback Vince Young should feel comfortable Sunday when he begins a two-day predraft visit with the Dolphins. When Dolphins coach Nick Saban was at Louisiana State, he hosted Young at two high school camps. Saban urged Young to spend some time at wide receiver as a high school senior.
Bills QB Craig Nall respects J.P. Losman, but he didn't sign with the team to become the understudy who spurs him to greatness. He has spent enough time backing people up. His sights are set on No. 1. "I'm fighting for that spot," Nall said. "I'm going to give it everything I got. I'm not going to go easy."
Former Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler worked out for the Titans yesterday at Baptist Sports Park. It was at least Cutler's third visit to the team's training facility in the past few months. "I thought he did fine,'' Titans General Manager Floyd Reese said. The Titans put Cutler through the same passing routine they put former USC quarterback Matt Leinart through Monday during a private workout in Los Angeles. They put former Texas QB Vince Young through a similar workout last month during his private workout in Austin, Texas. All three workouts were filmed. "Now we'll go over (the film) over and over and look at all three very closely,'' Reese said.
Saints coach Sean Payton said the move of right tackle Jammal Brown to left tackle wasn't an experiment. "No, no, no, no. It's permanent," Payton said. "I know there'll be a lot speculated about the draft and how that move pertains to Jammal. But that move to left tackle is permanent."
Newly signed Saints free-agent quarterback Drew Brees attended, but did not take part in either practice. He said afterward he was tempted to jump in. "I was getting excited out there. I was calling the plays in my head, picturing myself under center, trying to see what they see. Obviously it's not the same as taking the snap, going through the read and throwing the ball and completing the pass. But it's as close as I can come to it right now. It'll come." Brees said he expected to be cleared by his rehabilitation team to throw in two weeks, and is aiming for the June minicamp to possibly be able to fully participate.
Although Vince Young is hopeful the Texans will draft him, he knows Reggie Bush is expected to be the first overall pick. Like Bush, who visited the Texans on Thursday, Young knows that if he plays for the Titans and tangles with his hometown team twice a year, they could develop a Bird-vs-Magic kind of rivalry. "I know Reggie, and he's a great guy," Young said. "He's got great skills. "If he comes to Houston, I'm going to pull for him. But when I come home, it's going to be a (big) game. We've got a good rivalry going already because he's a competitor, and I'm a competitor."
Trent Greenís attention is on what lies ahead and not on whatís over his shoulder. The Chiefs may acquire a backup quarterback, this time one who could eventually take his job. If they do, thatís their business, not his. ďI understand thatís going to happen inevitably,Ē Green said. Green just doesnít want it to happen now. Neither do the Chiefs, but for the first time since trading for Green five years ago, they seem to be aware of a couple of realities. One is that Green will be 36 when training camp begins. Only two of the NFLís other starting quarterbacks are older, and one, Green Bayís Brett Favre, is contemplating retirement. The other reality is Greenís string of 80 straight starts, a remarkable feat considering that when he came to the Chiefs, he was damaged goods because of a knee injury and the resulting surgeries. Only Favre and Indianapolisí Peyton Manning have longer streaks.
University of Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney will visit with the Vikings this week.
In addition to wide receiver Troy Williamson, who has traded in the 19 he wore last season for his old college 82, a handful of other Viking players are sporting new numbers. Cornerback Fred Smoot has switched from 27 to the 21 that formerly belonged to safety Corey Chavous, who signed with St. Louis as a free agent. Tight end Richard Owens has switched to 33, with fullback Tony Richardson getting his former 49. Free-agent guard Steve Hutchinson is wearing the same 76 he did in Seattle, with guard Chris Liwienski switching to 67. Hutchinson said he had to work out a deal with Liwienski but declined to say whether any money changed hands.
Matt Birk complained of feeling a bit rusty Friday after the opening day of the Vikings' three-day veteran minicamp. Considering all the physical problems the Pro Bowl center has endured the past two seasons, that's something he can handle. In his first football activity since undergoing hip labrum surgery in September, Birk said it felt good just to be out on the practice field running around again. "I never once thought about past injuries," he said. "I just was out there competing and playing ball."
Quarterbacks Brad Johnson and Mike McMahon have been around the NFL long enough to know job security can be fleeting. For now, Johnson, McMahon and third quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan are controlling what they can. And even if the Vikings draft a quarterback or trade for one, McMahon said the current cast will be ready. "He still has to come in here and compete," McMahon said. "Brad is out there competing, and I'm competing, and J.T. is competing. "You never know," he said. "You can't worry about what they're going to do. You can only worry about yourself."
Your long national nightmare may soon be over, Green Bay Packers fans. Quarterback Brett Favre has scheduled a news conference for 7:30 a.m. today at his charity golf tournament in Mississippi, at which he is expected to announce his plans for this season - whether he'll retire or return for his 16th year in the NFL. Indeed, if Favre has made up his mind, he apparently hasn't informed the Packers. Team president Bob Harlan said Friday night he wasn't aware of Favre's plans to make an announcement until he saw it on the local 6 o'clock news. "I have no idea. I just saw it on TV myself," Harlan said. "Whatever he's decided, he hasn't told us." No one from the team is scheduled to attend the announcement. Coach Mike McCarthy was in Green Bay Friday, with his parents visiting from Pittsburgh, and Harlan said general manager Ted Thompson was also in Green Bay and was out with friends Friday night.
Max Starks stands 6 feet 8 and weighs in the neighborhood of 340 pounds. A big man, in other words. So big, even the citizens in Moscow's Red Square gawked. "Everywhere I went," said Starks, the Steelers' right tackle. "I didn't understand a single word that they said, but the look on their faces -- their eyes bugged out and they were pointing. I kind of got the clue. "They have a replica of Lenin that walks around Red Square, a very drunk Lenin. He looked at me and said, 'I'm scared to stand close to him because he may take a bite out of me.' " Probably not a Steelers fan, and one of just a few Starks met who was not during his participation in the NFL's USO Tour, which ended yesterday. Starks and two other players visited U.S. service men and women at bases in the Balkans and Persian Gulf since March 26, and Terrible Towels were flying as if he were in Heinz Field.
The Redskins hosted 58 NFL draft-eligible prospects who have ties to local colleges or high schools yesterday in an annual event at Redskins Park. Maryland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has the highest profile in the group; the potential first-round pick did not participate in workouts, but was available to chat with team officials.
Yesterday's scheduled hearing between the agents for LaVar Arrington and the NFLPA was rescheduled for April 21, union counsel Richard Berthelsen said. The delay came at the request of Paul Aloe , attorney for agent Carl Poston . Aloe is asking the court to overthrow the two-year suspension issued by the NFLPA for Poston's actions regarding a contract Arrington signed with Washington in 2003.
|04-08-2006, 11:31 AM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2003
D'Qwell Jackson has not been listed as a first rounder for awhile. His speed and position will limit his selection. Nice try by the writer though 6months out of date.