NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on February 16, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Joey Harrington | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz said that he "didn't have a real good knowledge" about QB Joey Harrington. "I did coming out of college, and that's kind of who I'm going to hold in my mind of who he is, or who he potentially is and see if we can't get him to that level and then we'll go from there." When asked if Harrington will be with the team in 2006, Martz said "I'm just trying to figure out how to work my phone and you're asking me who the quarterback is going to be."

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
ESPN.com reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper responded to the recent rumors that he wants out of Minnesota in an e-mail to ESPN's Andrea Kramer. Culpepper wrote that he will continue to focus on the rehabilitation on his knee and that he refuses to talk about trade speculation. "My position has been and continues to be that I am focusing on rehabilitating my knee so that I can come back and play the game I love at the highest level," Culpepper wrote in the e-mail. "Until I hear different from (Vikings owner Zygi Wilf) or the new 'triangle of authority' at the Vikings I plan on playing quarterback for Minnesota. Trying to delve into speculation, innuendo, rumor or anything else of this nature would be a waste of energy. I choose at this time to spend my energy on getting healthy."

QB | A.J. Feeley | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
Updating an earlier report, John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the restructured contract signed by San Diego Chargers QB A.J. Feeley was a two-year, $2 million deal that includes a $455,000 signing bonus.

QB | Aaron Brooks | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Jimmy Smith, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said a decision on QB Aaron Brooks' future with the Saints would be made in the coming weeks, with input from head coach Sean Payton and his staff. "We want to make those kinds of decisions quickly," Loomis said, "because that's in our best interest and also in the best interest of the players involved."

QB | J.P. Losman | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron said he'll open the quarterback job for 2006 to a competition this spring between QBs J.P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb, with the hope of having a starter ready by the start of training camp. Jauron noted that Losman, who is entering his third season, will have to improve. "You have a veteran quarterback in Kelly, who is comfortable with his game," Jauron said. "J.P. is a young quarterback and plays like one. He needs to be better for what he went though last year." Jauron's desire for competition is a departure from a year ago when former head coach Mike Mularkey awarded the starting job to Losman.

QB | Kerry Collins | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Josh Dubow, of the Associated Press, reports the Oakland Raiders still have a decision to make regarding QB Kerry Collins. The Raiders still have to decide whether to stick with Collins, who will count $12.9 million against the salary cap next season. "He is an exciting quarterback," head coach Art Shell said. "I think he has a chance to be great for us. But those issues will be addressed down the road."

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner's new, three-year contract with the team could be worth as much as $22 million if he hits all the incentives during the life of the deal. Warner is expected to make around $7 million in the first year of the deal. Warner had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Warner will return as the starter, with QB Josh McCown expected to leave with his own free agency. Warner will be 39 by the end of the contract, but vice president of football operations Rod Graves said the deal is structured in such a way so the Cardinals can absorb the entire thing if Warner's play remains at a productive level.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis discussed QB Carson Palmer's (knee) rehab from knee surgery during an interview Monday, Feb. 13. Palmer plans to return to Cincinnati to continue his rehab. "We don't want him to take a step backward mentally," Lewis said. "I talked to him for a half an hour today. When he talks, this is home. He talks about here and us. He's a guy from California who comes to Cincinnati. He is a guy who lives in Cincinnati who right now is in Cincinnati." Lewis added Palmer is frustrated by his injury situation. "His presence is needed here when the time comes. Back when (Palmer) was here before we drafted him, I told him, `We're going to be joined at the hip.' And he understood that, and he feels good about talking that way."

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Fantasy
Ken Berger, of Newsday, reports the New York Jets and agents for QB Chad Pennington have begun discussions aimed at dramatically reducing the injured quarterback's salary cap figure for 2006, according to a source close to the situation. Pennington's contract calls for a base salary of $6 million this season. Pennington also is scheduled to receive a $3 million roster bonus on the first day of the league year in early March. Those figures, plus $3 million of prorated signing bonus money, add up to a $12 million cap figure for 2006. They have the option of converting his 2006 base salary to guaranteed money, which would allow them to prorate it over the next four years for cap purposes. The expected move would reduce Pennington's cap figure to $7.5 million in 2006. The team is believed to be seeking a much more aggressive adjustment, including a playing-time incentives clause that would further reduce his cap figure while forcing Pennington to earn some of the money the team already has agreed to pay. Something must be worked out by the end of the month, when the Jets will have to make plans to bring in a quarterback to compete with Pennington.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports in his opinion Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre will retire and not return to the team in 2006. Mortensen said a lot of off-camera comments made by Favre in an interview with Mortensen have him feeling that way.

QB | David Carr | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Kris Krikes, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, general manager Charley Casserly and head coach Gary Kubiak announced during a press conference Friday, Feb. 10, that the team has exercised its option to extend QB David Carr's contract for three more years. Kubiak likes Carr's mobility and his ability to make plays off-schedule. He agrees that Carr's skills translate well into his offensive scheme and is more than willing to put in the extra hours to help get him comfortable in the system. Kubiak expects Carr's transition to the new system to be smooth, especially because he anticipates his new pupil is eager to step up to the task at hand. He is impressed with Carr's toughness and resilience, and is excited to see what he can produce when put in the right situation.

QB | Rex Grossman | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was asked about the team's quarterback situation for 2006. Angelo expects QB Rex Grossman to head to training camp in July as the starting quarterback. He also felt that QB Kyle Orton picked up valuable experience during the 2005 season. "I would see Rex going into training camp as our starting quarterback as the way he finished the season. Saying that, I believe the playtime and expertise Kyle gained this past season will bode well for him going into training camp. Most players make their biggest stride in years two and three. With that, we feel there will be competition, knowing the competitive nature of both players."


Running Back

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
According to ESPNews, one potential trade possibility involving Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper is a deal with the Baltimore Ravens for RB Jamal Lewis.

RB | Mewelde Moore | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore (wrist) had surgery to repair the sprained right wrist that troubled him for much of the 2005 season.

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (knee) thinks he will return in time for the team's May minicamp. Johnson recently had arthroscopic surgery and said he played all but one game in 2005 with what he described as "a banged-up wheel." Johnson said he thinks he tore cartilage at some point during the second game of the season and was not 100 percent the rest of the season. "I didn't want to miss any time," said Johnson. "We were winning early in the year, something we had never done since I'd been here, and I wanted to be there for the team. If I had done (the surgery) during the season, I probably would have rushed it and maybe come back too soon."

RB | Shaun Alexander | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Jaymes Song, of the Associated Press, reports Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander said contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks will continue Monday, Feb. 13. Alexander will become one of the league's most coveted free agents if he doesn't re-sign with the Seahawks before March 3. Alexander said he is open to signing with another team. "At the same time, we've already started with Seattle and the conversations will continue tomorrow and we told them if it's correct, it's correct. But if it's not, we're going to play the field," Alexander said. "If Carolina comes correct or Arizona, or whoever else it could be, Jacksonville, whoever, that is what it is." Alexander also said the Seahawks' spectacular season won't factor in his decision. "I'm a firm believer that I'm going to get back to the Super Bowl," he said.

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Jacksonville Jaguars could potentially release RB Fred Taylor.

RB | Edgerrin James | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Indianapolis Colts are expected to allow RB Edgerrin James to become a free agent in March.

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Bernie Miklasz, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports in an interview with Mike Grimm on KMOX (1120 AM), St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan sounded upbeat about the return of RB Marshall Faulk in 2006. "I've had a couple of really good conversations with Marshall and I think he's very positive about having a couple of good years left in him," Linehan said.

RB | Chester Taylor | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports one rumor making the rounds at the Pro Bowl is that the Carolina Panthers will make a play for Baltimore Ravens free agent RB Chester Taylor if Panthers RB DeShaun Foster signs elsewhere.

RB | DeShaun Foster | Carolina Panthers | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports one rumor making the rounds at the Pro Bowl is that the Carolina Panthers will make a play for Baltimore Ravens free agent RB Chester Taylor if Panthers RB DeShaun Foster signs elsewhere.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
NFL.com reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards spoke with RB Priest Holmes and after the conversation Edwards said he believes there is a good chance Holmes will be back next season. Edwards said he didn't talk to Holmes about what role he might have. "He wants to play," Edwards said. "He just wants to make sure he's OK, and I can understand that. That's something you don't deal with lightly. I anticipate he'll be back. I'd say it's 50-50." Holmes is scheduled to undergo further tests later this month.

RB | Warrick Dunn | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim Mora said RB Warrick Dunn will remain a Falcon, despite the fact he is due to count for just more than $8 million against the team's salary cap next season. "Warrick Dunn isn't going anywhere," Mora said in an e-mail Thursday. "Warrick epitomizes what we believe an Atlanta Falcon should be both on and off the field. He has been one of most productive players over the past two seasons and is a great fit for this offense. I'm excited to see him out on the field helping us win games again in 2006." Dunn is signed through the 2007 season. Dunn said he is unaware if any contract talks have taken place. "I don't want to leave, I don't think I'm going to leave and if I do, I'll be as shocked as anybody," said Dunn, who spearheaded the Falcons' league-best running game. "I've told the organization that I want to retire as a Falcon. I'm a staple with this team and my teammates. They know what I can do game in and game out. I've proven myself to be consistent with what I do."


Fullback

FB | Mike Alstott | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want FB Mike Alstott to return in 2006. The team needs Alstott to return. The vision the team once had of FB Rick Razzano replacing Alstott as their lead fullback has become a bit cloudy. In part because of his steroid-related four-game suspension, Razzano spent just four weeks on the active roster and just three weeks on the practice squad last year. As a result, the Buccaneers still aren't quite sure what they have in Razzano. Alstott doesn't expect to get the $3 million signing bonus and $2 million salary he's slated to receive, but he wants a respectable wage. A deal that guarantees he'll make a little more than the $1.5 million he earned last year probably would do the trick.


Wide Receiver

WR | Terrell Owens | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agency News
Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban told reporters Wednesday, Feb. 15, that he isn't ready to talk about any possible free agent acquisitions. That especially includes Philadelphia Eagles WR Terrell Owens, who is under contract but received permission from the Eagles to contact other teams. "Premature projections on our part can be damaging to our competitive position," Saban said. He did say that national media reports about Owens visiting the Dolphins' training facility were wrong. "It didn't happen," Saban said. "Until you put the whole ball of wax together, it's premature to say what we're going to do," Saban said. "If you look at it from a thousand feet, you can see how one thing will affect another."

WR | Brian Finneran | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons WR Brian Finneran is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season ends.

WR | Josh Reed | Buffalo Bills | Free Agency News
BuffaloBills.com reports Buffalo Bills WR Josh Reed is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent when the 2005 season ends.

WR | Laveranues Coles | New York Jets | Fantasy
Mark Cannizzaro, of the New York Jets, reports New York Jets WR Laveranues Coles could be asked by the team to take a pay cut or have his contract restructured.

WR | Eric Moulds | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports the Buffalo Bills are exploring their options concerning WR Eric Moulds. He is scheduled to make $7.1 million in salary next season and would count about $11 million toward the salary cap. If the team chooses to release Moulds in March, the cap savings would amount to roughly $5.5 million. "I know Eric had an unsettling season last year," general manager Marv Levy said. "We hope we can work something out so he can be here. Restructuring is possible." Head coach Dick Jauron said he hasn't talked to Moulds yet but hopes to within the coming weeks.

WR | Ashley Lelie | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports rumors have floated that the Denver Broncos are shopping WR Ashley Lelie, who is in the final season of his contract. Those rumors are false, head coach Mike Shanahan said. "Of course they are not true, of course," Shanahan said. "This is the time of year all kinds of crazy things are said."

WR | Rod Smith | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos WR Rod Smith (eye) was left with blood on his shirt after the Pro Bowl game Sunday, Feb. 12. He suffered a small cut over his left eye after he dived for a pass from Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair in the final seconds. Smith landed hard and an NFC defender then landed on top of him. He stayed down for a few minutes, and then walked to the AFC sideline. "My helmet, with the sweat, just got turned a little bit and when everybody landed on me, it cut me," Smith said. "But I should have caught that ball."

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Chick Ludwig, of the Dayton Daily News, reports any talk of the Cincinnati Bengals trading WR Chad Johnson is simply not true. The team has no plans to trade Johnson. With WR Chris Henry facing a fine and suspension after two arrests, dealing Johnson to another club is out of the question.

WR | Joey Galloway | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, writing for the Sporting News, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Joey Galloway won't be excused from the team's offseason program in 2006, but he probably won't participate in it very much either. Part of the reason Galloway avoided serious injury last year was because the team greatly limited the time he spent working on the practice field. If Galloway's legs are sound, he is sound. Keeping Galloway healthy is the top objective.

WR | Todd Pinkston | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Eckel, writing for the Sporting News, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Todd Pinkston (Achilles'), who missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon, is rehabbing on a regular basis at the team's NovaCare facility. He is not going to be rushed back from the injury, however, and may sit out the offseason spring minicamps to ensure he is ready for training camp in July.

WR | Ronald Curry | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Corkran, writing for the Sporting News, reports Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry's (Achilles') rehabilitation of his torn left Achilles' tendon is going well. He is expected at full strength by the start of training camp.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander said at the Pro Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12, that Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith has been wooing him the most this week in Honolulu to join the Panthers, if Alexander becomes a free agent in March.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports agent Lamont Smith believes Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (knee) "definitely" will be ready to start the regular season in September. "Braylon's doing well. He's moving along well and is very optimistic," Smith said. "He's talked to a lot of people that had ACLs, one player who had three, and he was very encouraged how that guy recovered. He's excited. He's antsy to get back and start playing football." Browns general manager Phil Savage has cautioned fans not to expect Edwards to be at 100 percent immediately when he returns to active status. He wouldn't go so far as predicting Edwards may start the season on the PUP list, which would idle him until October.

WR | Antonio Bryant | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers could pursue Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Bryant, if the Browns decide not to re-sign him and they lose WR Antwaan Randle El via free agency.

WR | Antwaan Randle El | Free Agent Players | Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers could pursue Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Bryant, if the Browns decide not to re-sign him and they lose WR Antwaan Randle El via free agency.

WR | Mark Bradley | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears WR Mark Bradley (knee) is on pace to resume practicing sometime in June, according to general manager Jerry Angelo.


Tight End

TE | Aaron Shea | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Cleveland Browns are not actively working on a contract with TE Aaron Shea, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Shea only would come back if he can't sign elsewhere.

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) should be ready for the start of training camp in July.


Place Kicker

PK | Ryan Longwell | Green Bay Packers | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Rob Reischel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers No. 2 priority this offseason is to re-sign PK Ryan Longwell. The two sides remain far apart, though, and Green Bay is thinking long and hard about placing either the franchise or transition tag on Longwell. Longwell has made 81.6 percent of his kicks over his nine years with Green Bay. The question the Packers have to ask themselves, though, is if they want to pay top money to a kicker if they're in a rebuilding mode, as they appear to be. "There could be a roster massacre, I guess," Longwell said late in the season. "It depends on which way they see it going. I mean, there are schools of thought for both sides I'm sure."

PK | Todd Peterson | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons PK Todd Peterson is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season ends.

PK | Billy Cundiff | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
Paul Sheehy, of ProStar Sports Agency, has confirmed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed PK Billy Cundiff (Cowboys). Terms of the deal are not currently available.

PK | Adam Vinatieri | New England Patriots | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Tom E. Curran, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots PK Adam Vinatieri is not sure if the team will slap him with the franchise tag again in 2006. Vinatieri is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Mar. 3. If a player already is the highest-paid at his position, as Vinatieri is, he gets a 20 percent raise over the previous season. Last year, Vinatieri's 20 percent raise gave him a salary of $2,509,000. If the team franchises him again, they'll pay him $3,010,800 in 2006. Asked whether he had an inkling on which way the Patriots would go, Vinatieri said: "I don't. That number gets pretty high, and I know that in the past they don't want to be at the top of the scale (for a position)."


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban said DE/LB Jason Taylor (shoulder) was medically advised to skip playing in the Pro Bowl to rest a shoulder injury that didn't require surgery.

DL | Vonnie Holliday | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins DT Vonnie Holliday (elbow) recently underwent surgery on his injured elbow, according to head coach Nick Saban.

DL | Aaron Kampman | Green Bay Packers | Free Agency News
Rob Reischel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers No. 1 priority this offseason is to re-sign DE Aaron Kampman. The Packers and Kampman's agent, Neil Cornrich, have been negotiating a long-term deal since last fall but aren't close at the moment. Despite having 13 other free agents, the Packers have determined that their most important negotiation this winter will be with Kampman. He lives in the film room and is rarely outworked or outsmarted. He's evolved into a team leader, become a staple in the community and has the type of character coaches yearn for in their locker room. He becomes an unrestricted free agent Mar. 3, if the team does not re-sign him by then. As much as Green Bay values Kampman, it doesn't view him as one of the elite players in football at his position. Therefore, it's highly unlikely the Packers will use either the franchise or transition tag on Kampman.

DL | Antwan Lake | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons DL Antwan Lake is eligible to become a restricted free agent after the 2005 season ends.

DL | John Abraham | New York Jets | Free Agency News
NewYorkJets.com reports New York Jets DL John Abraham is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent when the 2005 season ends.

DL | Grady Jackson | Green Bay Packers | Free Agency News
Steve Doerschuk, of the Canton Repository, reports Green Bay Packers DT Grady Jackson, who is slated to be a free agent, is an option for the Cleveland Browns via free agency.

DL | Damione Lewis | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News
Steve Doerschuk, of the Canton Repository, reports St. Louis Rams DT Damione Lewis, who is slated to be a free agent, is a potential option for the Cleveland Browns via free agency.

DL | Tank Johnson | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Depth Chart Tidbit
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears DT Tank Johnson (head) checked out fine after allegedly receiving a blow to his head following a recent arrest. In addition to his legal problems, the league office will likely be monitoring his latest case, too. He could be subject to a fine, suspension or both for violation of the league's personal-conduct policy. While he figured to vie for a starting job this summer, legal issues could sidetrack his efforts.

DL | Kendrick Clancy | New York Giants | Free Agency News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants are trying to re-sign potential unrestricted free agent DT Kendrick Clancy, but a deal still appears to be far off. According to Clancy's agent, Ronald Del Duca, the sides have been talking for several weeks, but still haven't closed the gap between them. The two sides are expected to talk again at the NFL Combine. "Kendrick wants to go back, but he also doesn't want to shortchange himself," Del Duca said. "So right now we've agreed to disagree. Obviously they like him because they're talking to him. But we seem to have different views on his value."


Cornerback

CB | Ty Law | New York Jets | Free Agency News
The Star-Ledger reports agent Carl Poston said New York Jets CB Ty Law is done with the Jets after one season. The club had hoped the presence of new head coach Eric Mangini, who coached Law in New England, would persuade Law to rework his contract and stay with the team. "We've mutually agreed to part ways," Poston, told The Star-Ledger last night from Hawaii, site of the Pro Bowl. "There are no ill feelings. Ty had a great year. He enjoyed it there. He held up his end of the bargain. Unfortunately, the Jets had some injury problems that derailed them." Law becomes an unrestricted free agent once the Jets officially release him.

CB | Will Allen | New York Giants | Free Agency News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants CB Will Allen, an unrestricted free agent in March, may have priced himself out of the team's price range. Despite that, the Giants might still make him an offer.

CB | Roderick Hood | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agency News
Dave Spadaro, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles CB Roderick Hood is eligible to become a restricted free agent after the 2005 season. General manager Tom Heckert said, "He is a restricted free agent. He will not be traded, I don't think. We want to keep him around here for as long as we can. We'll have him for this year at least, hopefully, and we'll see what happens down the road."

CB | Nate Clements | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Gregg Pastore, of BuffaloBills.com, reports the Buffalo Bills general manager Marv Levy said Monday, Feb. 13, that the Buffalo Bills would like to retain free agent CB Nate Clements and that placing the franchise tag on Clements would be a consideration. "We will make every effort to retain him," said Levy. "(The franchise tag) is an option and (Clements) is the likely person we'd use it on. I hope that we can do a contract that goes beyond that but sometimes you have to put the franchise tag on and then work on the contract part of it. It is definitely an option." The deadline for the Bills to designate a franchise or transition player is 4:00 p.m. ET Thursday, February 23.

CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey (shoulder), who played much of the season wearing a harness on the left shoulder he dislocated in the season opener in Miami, said he won't need surgery in the offseason to repair the shoulder.


Strong Safety

SS | Antuan Edwards | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons SS Antuan Edwards is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season ends.

SS | Keion Carpenter | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons SS Keion Carpenter is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season ends.

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