NFL Players in the News

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

 



Quarterback

QB | Jeff Garcia | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles QB Jeff Garcia said that his ankle is completely healed and he feels 100 percent healthy. Garcia added that he has been running and lifting and is ready to move forward from the injury.

QB | Josh McCown | Free Agent Players | Fantasy
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna will compete with QB Josh McCown for the starting quarterback role.

QB | Jon Kitna | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna will compete with QB Josh McCown for the starting quarterback role.

QB | Joey Harrington | Detroit Lions | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Joey Harrington will likely get released from the team. Harrington is due a $4 million roster bonus on June 15 and is scheduled to have a base salary of $4.5 million for the 2006 season. His release would save the team approximately $5.4 million in salary cap space.

QB | Gus Frerotte | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports the St. Louis Rams have interest in free agent QB Gus Frerotte (Dolphins). Rams head coach Scott Linehan was Frerotte's offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports the Miami Dolphins trade for QB Daunte Culpepper has improved the Dolphins odds of winning the Super Bowl greatly. A week ago, the Stardust Hotel sports parlor had the Dolphins at 25-to-1 to win the Super Bowl. Since the trade for Culpepper, the offshore Pinnacle Sports Book has the Dolphins' odds at 11-to-1.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Free Agency News
Jason Wilde, of the Wisconsin State Journal, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday, March 15, that Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre told the Packers' front office to become more active in free agency and he will return to the team. Two weeks ago, Favre appeared on ESPN saying he is "kind of waiting to see what we do free agent-wise and in the draft" before deciding whether to return for his 16th NFL season. Packers' general manager Ted Thompson denied Mortensen's latest report.

QB | Charlie Batch | Free Agent Players | Transaction
Updating previous reports, Steelers.com reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have officially re-signed QB Charlie Batch. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports with the departure of QB Drew Brees to the New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is ready to take on the job as starting quarterback for the 2006 season. "I'm confident that I can succeed at this level," Rivers said, "and I'm excited about the opportunity to get out there and show not only what I can do but, more importantly, what this team can do with me in there."

QB | Aaron Brooks | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News, Fantasy
The NFL Network reports the New Orleans Saints have released QB Aaron Brooks, making him an unrestricted free agent.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) said Wednesday, March 15, he hopes to be able to throw by mid- to late-April. Brees added that he has no concern that he will be ready by training camp and available to participate in preseason games.

QB | Matt Leinart | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Jimmy Smith, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports Southern California QB Matt Leinart's agent, Leigh Steinberg, said the New Orleans Saints' signing of QB Drew Brees will not deter his client from coming to New Orleans if the team selects him with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. "From Matt's perspective, we have always assumed there would be a veteran starter with any franchise that drafted him," Steinberg said, "and (assumed) he would not be the immediate starter, wherever he would go, and spending some time learning has proven to be advantageous for a number of the best quarterbacks in football."

QB | Kerry Collins | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports the Oakland Raiders intend to speak with free agent QB Kerry Collins (Raiders) about re-signing with the team.

QB | Brian Griese | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in free agent QB Brian Griese.

QB | Matt Schaub | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Atlanta Falcons are trying to piece together a trade offer to present to the New York Jets in exchange for franchise free agent DE John Abraham. One significant blockage to a deal that, despite ongoing efforts from both sides, remains a long shot: The Falcons steadfastly refuse to include QB Matt Schaub, the player Jets officials regard as the centerpiece to any deal, in their trade proposals. It is believed the Jets are seeking Schaub and the Falcons' second-round draft pick for Abraham.


Running Back

RB | Michael Bennett | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints met with free agent RB Michael Bennett (Vikings) sometime this week.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban said there has been no change in the status of Dolphins RB Ricky Williams. "Nothing has changed," Saban said. "There is no new information." Williams is awaiting the results of his appeal of a fourth failed drug test and a potential one-year suspension.

RB | Tatum Bell | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Frank Schwab, of the Colorado Springs Gazette, reports Denver Broncos RB Tatum Bell wants to be the team's 2006 starting running back. "Once I get that chance, I feel like I'll prove myself," said Bell. "I don't want to do the rotating thing. I want to be the man. The committee thing worked this year and it was good for the team, but I learned a lot in my playing time and I want the chance to get more."

RB | Mike Anderson | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Mike Anderson said Tuesday, March 14, that he has no regrets about signing with the Ravens. Team officials have assured Anderson he will have the chance to battle RB Jamal Lewis for the starting running back position. "It was a surprise," Anderson said about the Ravens' decision to re-sign Lewis. "But if you've been in this business long enough, you know anything can happen at any given moment. That was fine with me. I know Jamal. I am going to love playing with him."

RB | Shawn Bryson | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions have officially announced the team has re-signed RB Shawn Bryson to a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

RB | Dominic Rhodes | Indianapolis Colts | Draft Information
Michael Marot, of the Associated Press, reports the Indianapolis Colts paid out a $1.45 million bonus Saturday, March 11, to keep RB Dominic Rhodes under contract next season, his agent, Mike McCartney, said Tuesday, March 14. The move, combined with the loss of free agent RB Edgerrin James to Arizona over the weekend, means Rhodes will presumably compete for the starting job during this summer's training camp. "Everything we've heard from them has been great," McCartney said. "Dominic's got his chance, and he's thrilled and chomping at the bit to get into the offseason program right now." With team president Bill Polian already saying the Colts are likely to sit out the first few weeks of free agency, it's more likely the Colts will use an early round draft pick on a running back in April who will compete with Rhodes for the starting job. With a base salary of about $550,000 next year, Rhodes will count $2 million against the $102 million salary cap.


Fullback

FB | William Henderson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jeff Zulgad and Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, report the Minnesota Vikings were discussing contract parameters Wednesday, March 15, with free agent FB William Henderson (Packers), who said after his visit that he could make a "huge impact" on the Vikings offense. "This is definitely a program moving in the right direction," Henderson said. "Coach Bevell (offensive coordinator Darrel) gave me a call last week, and I definitely respect him and all he's done. I have a lot of respect for what he can do, and he feels I would fit well into the system. I definitely enjoyed my visit here, and we'll see how things go."


Wide Receiver

WR | Keyshawn Johnson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Michael Silver, of Sports Illustrated, reports free agent WR Keyshawn Johnson (Cowboys) has interest in joining the Seattle Seahawks, among other teams.

WR | Jabar Gaffney | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Jabar Gaffney figures to compete for the No. 2 receiver position.

WR | Terrell Owens | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban said he's not interested in signing free agent WR Terrell Owens (Eagles).

WR | Rod Gardner | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Green Bay Packers have re-signed free agent Rod Gardner to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | David Givens | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR David Givens signed a five-year, $24 million contract with base salaries of $800,000 (2006), $2.5 million (2007), $3.5 million (2008), $3.5 million (2009), and $4.2 million (2010). The deal included a signing bonus of $6 million and has roster bonuses of $500,000 in the final three years of the contract.

WR | Peter Warrick | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Seattle Seahawks have re-signed free agent WR Peter Warrick (Seahawks) to a one-year contract extension worth $1 million.

WR | Nate Burleson | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Seattle Seahawks will meet with Minnesota Vikings restricted free agent WR Nate Burleson Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, his agent Ken Sarnoff said. Burleson confirmed the visit and said, "I always loved the Seahawks and Sonics, because I was a hometown guy." The Vikings would receive a third-round pick if the Seahawks, or any other club, successfully signs restricted free agent Burleson. Seattle would appeal to Burleson because his parents still live in the area.


Tight End

TE | Vernon Davis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Kevin Van Valkenburg, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Maryland TE Vernon Davis did minimal work at his Pro Day. Davis chose not to lift in the weight room or run the 40-yard dash.


Place Kicker

PK | Joe Nedney | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers PK Joe Nedney signed a four-year contract worth $6 million. The deal also included a $1.56 million signing bonus.

PK | Josh Brown | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Dallas Cowboys may sign restricted free agent PK Josh Brown (Seahawks) to an offer sheet.

PK | Mike Vanderjagt | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tom James, of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, reports free agent PK Mike Vanderjagt's (Colts) agent, Gil Scott, has been in contact with the Dallas Cowboys.


Defensive Line

DL | John Abraham | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets franchise free agent DL John Abraham visited with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, March 15, and was very impressed. Abraham said, "The Seahawks have a first-class organization. They treated me like a king. From top to bottom, I was really impressed. They have a great stadium and a great facility. No matter where I go, Seattle is a great organization."

DL | Rocky Bernard | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Updating an earlier report, John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the contract signed by Seattle Seahawks DT Rocky Bernard was a three-year, $13 million deal that includes a $5.4 million signing bonus.

DL | Ryan Pickett | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agency News
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Green Bay Packers have signed free agent DT Ryan Pickett (Rams). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Mario Williams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New Orleans Saints signing of QB Drew Brees now makes it unlikely the team will draft USC QB Matt Leinart with the No. 2 overall draft choice. The team could shift focus and take North Carolina State DL Mario Williams or trade out of the No. 2 position.


Linebacker

LB | Julian Peterson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Palm Beach Post, reports free agent LB Julian Peterson (49ers) is expected to visit the Miami Dolphins Monday, March 20.

LB | LaVar Arrington | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Garafalo, of the Star-Ledger, reports free agent LB LaVar Arrington (Redskins) will not have his negotiations with the New York Giants affected by the suspension of his agent, Carl Poston. Carl's brother and business partner, Kevin Poston, has done most of the recent negotiations with the team. Kevin Poston has not spoken with the Giants about Arrington since Tuesday, March 14.

LB | Peter Boulware | Free Agent Players | Transaction
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Baltimore Ravens have released LB Peter Boulware.

LB | Willie McGinest | Cleveland Browns | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Cleveland Browns have officially announced the team has signed free agent LB Willie McGinest to a three-year deal.

LB | Nate Webster | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Denver Broncos have signed free agent LB Nate Webster (Bengals) to a two-year contract with a signing bonus of $200,000. The deal includes base salaries of $585,000 (2006) and $720,000 (2007), but the second year of the deal will void if Webster plays in 70 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2006.

LB | Sam Cowart | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
The Washington Post reports Washington Redskins vice president of football operations, Vinny Cerrato, has contacted the agent for free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings), according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cowart wants to continue to play middle linebacker, according to agent Paul Healy. Healy said Cowart has a visit planned this week, but not with the Redskins.


Cornerback

CB | Tyrone Poole | Free Agent Players | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports New England Patriots CB Tyrone Poole has been released from the team. His release saves the Patriots a little over $2 million in salary cap space.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Palm Beach Post, repots the Miami Dolphins have reportedly ramped up their interest in free agent CB Ty Law (Jets).


Strong Safety

SS | Shaun Williams | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Panthers.com reports the Carolina Panthers have officially signed SS Shaun Williams (Giants). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Free Safety

FS | Chris Hope | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Tennessee Titans signed FS Chris Hope to a six-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FS | Will Demps | New York Giants | Transaction
ESPNews reports the contract signed by New York Giants FS Will Demps was a five-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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