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Old 03-18-2009, 04:34 PM   #751
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CHIEFS “TERMINATE” DAVID MACKLIN

Posted by Mike Florio on March 18, 2009, 4:36 p.m.

The new Kansas City Chiefs don’t mess around.

Two players have been arrested since Scott Pioli became the G.M. And both players have been cut.

Or, in the case of cornerback David Macklin, terminated.

The release from the team bears the headline, “Chiefs Terminate CB David Macklin.”

The two-sentence statement reads as follows: “The Kansas City Chiefs terminated the contract of CB David Macklin on Wednesday. Macklin played in four games with the Chiefs in 2008.”

Macklin was busted five days ago for DUI.

Earlier in the offseason, tight end Michael Merritt was arrested for possession of marijuana. He was later released.

It remains to be seen whether the new-look NFLPA fights the decision to “terminate” Macklin. Under the substance abuse policy, the league has exclusive jurisdiction to discipline players for criminal charges arising from alcohol use or abuse. Thus, the union could choose to argue that the Chiefs were not permitted to take action of any kind against him.

Then again, the fact that the move came in the offseason greatly reduces Macklin’s potential losses. He played in only four games last season, and likely wasn’t a lock to make the 53-man roster.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:08 AM   #752
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VIKES ANNOUNCE ARRIVAL OF HOLT, PAYMAH

Posted by Mike Florio on March 19, 2009, 12:42 p.m. EDT

As expected, the Vikings have announced the acquisition of receiver/kick returner Glenn Holt and cornerback Karl Paymah.

There had been speculation that Paymah ultimately punked the Vikings, but his signed contract apparently arrived.

Holt, a former Bengal, likely will become the primary kick returner. Paymah, who previously played for the Broncos, likely will compete for playing time in the nickel and dime packages.

Both players signed one-year deals. With a new CBA in place by next year, both would be eligible for unrestricted free agency. Without a new CBA, they will only be restricted free agents.
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:59 PM   #753
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RAMSEY WEIGHING OPTIONS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 21, 2009, 4:11 p.m.

In a piece of Denver Broncos quarterback news that doesn’t involve the drama surrounding disgruntled starter Jay Cutler, former backup Patrick Ramsey is considering whether he’ll sign with the New England Patriots or the Tennessee Titans.

According to Lindsay H. Jones and Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Ramsey is weighing his options.

A former first-round draft pick with the Washington Redskins, Ramsey was replaced in Denver by Chris Simms.

Ramsey, 30, saw limited action during two seasons in Denver, appearing in three games and throwing one touchdown with one interception.

A former Redskins starter, Ramsey has completed 56 percent of his career passes for 5,930 yards, 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions with a 74.9 cumulative rating. He has 24 career starts.

Ramsey set multiple passing records at Tulane.
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:22 AM   #754
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REPORT: RAIDERS’ CORNELL GREEN BEAT WOMAN WITH MOP HANDLE

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 22, 2009, 12:35 p.m. EDT

Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Cornell Green was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Tampa, Fla., after beating the mother of his two children with an aluminum mop handle, according to an Associated Press report published in the Tampa Tribune.

Green was reportedly arrested while waiting to board an airplane to Oakland on Saturday. The 32-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman is being held without bail, according to jail records.

According to police, Green allegedly ”slammed” Teriyonal Flowers against a wall before hitting her with the mop handle at least once on the right arm at their home in Tampa.

Green left the scene following the domestic incident, but police became aware of his plans to catch a flight and arrested him at Tampa International Airport.

According to NFL.com, Green started every game last season for the Raiders. The former University of Central Florida player has previous stints with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:49 AM   #755
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The Miami Dolphins have traded one-time starting center Samson Satele to the Oakland Raiders for a draft choice.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:50 PM   #756
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SIXTH-ROUND PICK AND A FOURTH-ROUND SWAP FOR SATELE

Posted by Mike Florio on March 23, 2009, 5:05 p.m. EDT

And the Miami Dolphins continue to squander second-round draft picks.

Over the past few years, they have traded second-round selections for players like A.J. Feely and Daunte Culpepper.

The Fins exercised a second-round selection in 2007, taking center Samson Satele. Less than two years later, he has been shipped out of town, reportedly for a sixth-round draft pick.

According to David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders and Dolphins also swapped fourth-round picks, moving Miami up 18 spots, from No. 122 overall to No. 104.

Still, most teams aspire to get something more than that from a second-round draft pick, especially after getting only two years of service out of him.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:15 PM   #757
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Browns Announce Acquisition of Patten

Posted by Mike Florio on March 23, 2009, 10:08 p.m. EDT

On the same day that G.M. George Kokinis indicated that the Browns would be signing receiver David Patten, the Browns did just that.

The team announced the move earlier this evening.

Patten returns to the Browns nine years after a one-season stint with the club, during which he started eleven games.

The next year, Patten jumped to the Patriots, and participated in the team’s three Super Bowl championship seasons.

Patten’s 12-year NFL career was actually preceded by a one-season stint with the Albany Firebirds of the AFL.

He spent the past two seasons with the Saints, and two seasons prior to that with the Redskins.
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REPORT: RAIDERS’ CORNELL GREEN BEAT WOMAN WITH MOP HANDLE

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 22, 2009, 12:35 p.m. EDT

Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Cornell Green was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Tampa, Fla., after beating the mother of his two children with an aluminum mop handle, according to an Associated Press report published in the Tampa Tribune.

Green was reportedly arrested while waiting to board an airplane to Oakland on Saturday. The 32-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman is being held without bail, according to jail records.

According to police, Green allegedly ”slammed” Teriyonal Flowers against a wall before hitting her with the mop handle at least once on the right arm at their home in Tampa.

Green left the scene following the domestic incident, but police became aware of his plans to catch a flight and arrested him at Tampa International Airport.

According to NFL.com, Green started every game last season for the Raiders. The former University of Central Florida player has previous stints with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

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Old 03-25-2009, 09:07 AM   #759
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Mike Vick Is Out Of Jail

Posted by Mike Florio on March 25, 2009, 11:55 a.m. EDT

Falcons quarterback Mike Vick has been released from prison.

According to WSB-TV, Vick currently is making the trip to Virginia, where he’ll serve the rest of his prison term on home confinement.

Vick was supposed to finish his time in federal custody in a halfway house, but due to space limitations he’ll get to stay in his home.

Vick is due to be released from federal custody on July 20. At that point, he’ll presumably apply for reinstatement to the NFL.

He was sentenced to 23 months after pleading guilty in 2007 to federal conspiracy charges relating to gambling and dogfighting. He also pleaded guilty last year to dogfighting charges under Virginia law, which entailed no additional jail time and which paved the way for his release from prison.

Under federal law, a player can’t serve the balance of a prison term outside of prison if there are pending criminal charges against him.
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Home confinement?

If he wants to market himself to the other 31 teams in the league, maybe he should invite the media over to watch him do situps in his driveway.
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If he wants to market himself to the other 31 teams in the league, maybe he should invite the media over to watch him do situps in his driveway.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:41 PM   #762
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Strickland To Sign With The Jets

Posted by Mike Florio on March 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m.

Free-agent cornerback Donald Strickland has agreed to terms with the Jets, a league source tells us.

Per the source, the former 49er is expected to sign a three-year contract in New York.

The seven-year veteran has spent the past three seasons in San Fran. Prior to that, he played for the Eagles (2005) and the Colts (2003-05).

He appeared in 14 games, starting three, in 2008.

Strickland entered the league as a third-round pick, and he started a career-high eight games as a rookie, making the only two interceptions of his entire career.
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Bears, Browns Complete De Facto Tackle Swap

Posted by Mike Florio on March 25, 2009, 4:39 p.m.

Earlier this month, the Browns cut right tackle Kevin Shaffer.

To potentially replace him, they signed Bears free-agent tackle John St. Clair.

And, of course, the Bears have now replaced St. Clair by signing Shaffer.

The Bears announced the transaction moments ago. It’s a three-year deal.

Shaffer has started all but two games over the past five seasons, which include his three-year tenure in Cleveland and the back half of his four seasons with the Falcons.
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Saints Add Another Safety

Posted by Mike Florio on March 26, 2009, 11:56 a.m. EDT

A week or so after signing free agent Darren Sharper, the Saints are shoring up their last line of defense with another veteran safety.

According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, the Saints have agreed to terms with Pierson Prioleau.

Prioleau will serve as a backup to Sharper and Roman Harper.

The move reunites Prioleau with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams; they have worked together in Jacksonville, Washington, and Buffalo.

In ten NFL seasons, Prioleau has played primarily as a reserve. In 2002, however, he was a 16-game starter for the Bills. And he began the 2006 season as a starting safety with the Redskins, but suffered a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the team’s Week One game.

In Jacksonville last season, Prioleau appeared in 16 games, starting once.
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Boom Or Bust for JaMarcus in 2009?

Posted by Mike Florio on March 26, 2009, 12:44 p.m.

The modern NFL carries with it some harsh realities. For coaches, the grace period doesn’t last too long beyond the introductory press conference.

Players face even more pressure to perform quickly or else — especially when they play the quarterback position. And especially when they arrived amid much hype and fanfare.

Let’s face it, under today’s standards Terry Bradshaw would have been pumping gas in South Carolina long before securing his first Super Bowl ring.

So for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007, his third year could be his last chance to show that he’s the real deal.

But it’s not getting off to a great start for Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. He skipped the first week of offseason workouts, and as far as we can tell he hasn’t shown up yet for week two.

Recently, coach Tom Cable tried to give Russell some public coaxing.

Said Cable: “If he can accept the responsibility of being an NFL quarterback, I think that’s working more, working harder, working longer than everybody else, accepting the responsibility that his teammates look to him as the face of the organization, that he has to go above and beyond almost on a daily basis, I think that comes with that position, whether that’s right or wrong, that’s what it is. . . . If he can accept that and become that, he’ll be fine. He’ll be great, I think. Has he done that? I think during the last six weeks he started to, during the season. I think thus far in the offseason he’s been around more than ever. He was never around like this on his own, just watching tape, studying, so that’s a step in the right direction. I think he has to embrace that, though, for him to be what he should be.”

The fact that Russell hasn’t been around when the studying stopped and the sweating started surely is discouraging for Cable.

“In college, it’s easy,” Cable said. “At this level, I think there’s so much on that position, so much you ask him to do. That’s why they’re so critical to your success. You really look at it and it’s him wanting to be as good as he can be and understanding what it takes to do that.”

And that really is the key, in our view. Though raw athletic ability can carry players far at most other positions, a quarterback has to be fully and completely immersed in being the best quarterback he can be.

Making the throw is the easy part. Figuring out where to deliver the ball after comparing the play called by the sidelines against the pre-snap defensive alignment and deciding while the play clock counts down through single digits whether to change the play and trying to predict which of the defenders might blitz and which ones might not and then taking the ball and trying to notice and process the movements of eleven large, strong men while scanning for teammates who might or might not be doing what they’re supposed to be doing while making sure that one or more of the defensive players hasn’t broken free with designs on breaking his neck is the hard part.

Cable mentioned that Russell is “motivated to not be a failure, to not be the kid from Mobile that couldn’t get it done.” As we see it, fear of failure isn’t enough, because it’s easy to accept failure when you’ve got millions in the bank telling you otherwise.

Great quarterbacks have an unflinching desire not to “not fail,” but to be great. It’s a passion that permeates everything they do.

They assume ownership of the fate of the team, and they become fully and completely emotionally invested in whether the franchise rises or falls.

Though we can debate endlessly whether NFL players should be expected to attend optional workouts, the ones who truly aspire to be great don’t view it as work — they view it as an opportunity to achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves.

We’re not writing Russell off just yet. But whether it’s him or Matt Leinart or Vince Young or Brady Quinn or any other former big man on campus who is content with being rich and moderately famous, it takes something deeper than that to drive a man to make the kind of commitment required to be a truly great NFL quarterback.
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Saints Sign Rod Coleman

Posted by Mike Florio on March 27, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints continue to overhaul a porous 2008 defense by signing a guy who didn’t play football in 2008.

The Saints announced on Friday afternoon the acquisition of free-agent defensive tackle Roderick Coleman.

Coleman was cut in February 2008 by the Falcons after four seasons with the team. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Raiders in 1999.
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Could Jason Taylor Return To Dolphins?

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 29, 2009, 4:45 p.m. EDT

Although it’s widely believed in NFL circles that the relationship between the Miami Dolphins and veteran defensive end Jason Taylor eroded to the point of no return last year, the coldness has apparently thawed.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Taylor and V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells have mended fences to the point where Taylor potentially rejoining the Dolphins after spending last season with the Washington Redskins following a high-profile trade is no longer out of the question.

Taylor and Parcells reportedly are on good terms now, chatting at a local country club since the trade.

And the Dolphins could definitely use a pass rusher to work in tandem with outside linebacker Joey Porter.

As the article noted, though, Taylor would probably have to commit to attending offseason workouts for a formal reconciliation to be negotiated.

Taylor has also been mentioned as a strong free agent possibility for the New England Patriots. Also, Taylor is friends with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Receiver Isaac Bruce is postponing retirement for another season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Bruce, the second-leading receiver in NFL history with 14,944 yards, informed coach Mike Singletary on Wednesday of his decision to return for his 16th NFL season.
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Bears agree to terms with Orlando Pace

And now it looks like Cutler's blind side will be covered. In addition to acquiring a franchise quarterback, Angelo also found time to hammer out a deal with seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace, who agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $15-million. Pace picked the Bears over the Ravens after being released by the Rams last month.
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NEW YORK -- The New York Giants have released wide receiver Plaxico Burress, the team announced Friday.
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Titans Sign Patrick Ramsey

Posted by Mike Florio on April 3, 2009, 5:10 p.m. EDT

As it turns out, the Titans were seriously interested in a first-round quarterback who finished the 2008 season with the Broncos.

They’ve signed Patrick Ramsey, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, who has written perhaps the most succinct blog entry we’ve ever seen.

“The Titans agreed to terms on Friday with quarterback Patrick Ramsey.”

Since we’re merely piggybacking off Jim’s work (yeah, Chris, we’ve got eyes and ears everywhere), we’ll elaborate a bit.

Ramsey entered the league in 2002 as a first-round pick of the Redskins. He started five games in 2002, eleven in 2003, seven in 2004, and one in 2005.

In three years since (one with the Jets and two in Denver) he has appeared in only four games, starting none.

Last year, he threw only three passes, completing two of them.

In Tennessee, Ramsey joins a depth chart with Kerry Collins and Vince Young.

Ramsey will be replaced in Denver by Chris Simms, who spent most of 2008 with the Titans.
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Texans Sign Cato June

Posted by Mike Florio on April 4, 2009, 2:19 p.m.

He was dumped by the Bucs as part of a late February purge. And he has remained available ever since.

But he finally has a new home.

Linebacker Cato June, a Tampa Two weakside specialist for his entire career, has agreed to terms with the Texans, according to the Houston Chronicle.

He has signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with a $500,000 signing bonus. The deal can be worth as much as $2 million, with incentives.

June started his career in Indianpolis before joining the Bucs in 2007.
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Rams Ink Kyle Boller

Posted by Mike Florio on April 4, 2009, 5:04 p.m. EDT

Veteran quarterback Kyle Boller, a 2003 first-rounder who has spent his entire career in Baltimore, has agreed to terms with the Rams.

Boller’s new team announced the move this afternoon.

“We are happy to add Kyle to our roster,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said in a release. “We feel that he will be a valuable addition to our team.”

The move possibly closes the door on a return by veteran Gus Frerotte, who recently had been in negotiations with the Rams. Frerotte lives in St. Louis, and spent last season with the Vikings, starting eleven games.

The other quarterbacks currently on the Rams’ roster are Marc Bulger, Jeff Otis, and Brock Berlin.

If/when Boller actually plays, he’ll be taking snaps from former Ravens center Jason Brown. But Brown might think twice before bending over for Boller, given that Brown called Boller “gun shy” during Brown’s introductory press conference with the Rams.
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