NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on March 30, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Steve McNair | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair wants to play for at least three to four more seasons, according to his agent, James Bus Cook. Cook also said that McNair is not excited about possibly having to groom his potential successor. "All I know is Steve is a starter and he is one of the best quarterbacks in football," said Cook. "And if the Titans do in fact draft a new quarterback and they want Steve to stay around and be a mentor to him, then he needs to have a long-term deal. Otherwise it doesn't make sense for him to stay around." The Titans want to lower McNair's $23.46 million cap number for 2006, but talks between the team and Cook have stalled.

QB | Byron Leftwich | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich had his 2006 base salary raised to $3.6 million because of an escalator in his contract. Leftwich has the Jaguars' highest salary cap number at $6.2 million.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton admitted there is some uncertainty about how quickly and how fully QB Drew Brees (shoulder) will recover. But he said a large part of the Saints' faith lies in their "conviction on the person going through the rehab." The coach knows as well as anyone that Brees' injury is far from minor. Payton said the Saints' goal is that Brees will begin throwing during the team's second minicamp from June 2-4 and be "throwing 100 percent full-go" by training camp. Brees will attend but not throw during the Saints' first minicamp next weekend. As for next week's minicamp, Payton said he sees Brees "more as a player who's observing, getting his introduction to the offense. He'll get in the meetings, be it position meetings or offensive meetings. He'll be very much involved." Brees is spending the majority of his rehabilitation in Birmingham, Ala., under the watch of Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on his right throwing shoulder.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Kevin Seifert, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress wishes Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) would have rehabilitated his knee in Minnesota instead of a Florida health clinic. Childress said he Culpepper did himself a disservice by rehabilitating at a subpar facility. Childress said atletic trainer Eric Sugarman met with Culpepper at a HealthSouth clinic near Orlando. When Sugarman asked for some basic movement drills, Culpepper led Sugarman out of a back door and into a Wal-Mart parking lot.

QB | Kerry Collins | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Balitmore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said he spoke with agent David Dunn, who represents free agent QB Kerry Collins (Raiders) and Detroit Lions QB Joey Harrington, but indicated nothing surfaced from the meeting. Asked if he expected to pursue a trade with the Lions for Harrington, Newsome said, "Not at this point."

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy believes he can return QB Brett Favre to the quarterback he was before he threw a career-high 29 interceptions. He wants to go back to what worked best and take desperation out of the equation. McCarthy said, "We're going back to the more core base concepts in the earlier years that I truly believe in. If you have a guy like Brett Favre, he has more reps piled up in the base concepts in this offense probably than anybody in the league because he's played the longest. That's (something) you need to take advantage of, to put him in a position he's very familiar with and let players make plays instead of always out-scheming the defense."

QB | Josh McCown | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli revealed his preliminary quarterback depth chart Wednesday, March 29, at the annual NFL meetings and QB Josh McCown is currently No. 2. McCown will battle QB Jon Kitna for the starting job in training camp. Marinelli said today's depth chart does not mean anything.

QB | Kelly Holcomb | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron said he and offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild might try to keep the practice repetitions during spring practices equal for the QBs Kelly Holcomb, J.P. Losman and Craig Nall. "At some time, the reps will have to shift," Jauron said. "We'll have it figured out obviously before we even start our on-field work in the offseason."

QB | Matt Schaub | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim Mora said the team is willing to listen to trade offers for QB Matt Schaub, but that the team will likely retain him. "It would have to be a great offer for us to trade Matt Schaub. We're going to entertain or listen to offers, just like we listened to the Jets. We have to do what's best for us. What's best for us right now is to have Matt Schaub as our backup quarterback. We like the kid as our backup quarterback. When he's played, he's played well. As a starter, he's 0-2. It's not like he's undefeated or anything, but he has played well," said Mora.

QB | David Garrard | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was willing to trade QB David Garrard, one year ago. This year things have changed and Del Rio would be reluctant to do that. "I can't imagine a team being able to give up enough for him," he said. I see too much value in what he brings to our football team.'' Garrard is the team's solid No. 2 quarterback and won't be given a chance to start.

QB | Charlie Frye | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Patrick McManamon, of the Akron Beacon Journal, reports Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel was told Tuesday, March 28, that the Browns fans would be shocked if QB Charlie Frye was not the team's starting quarterback in 2006. "Well," Crennel said, "they've been shocked before." Most of the other coaches in the league this week talked about the Browns as if it's a given the job is Frye's, and fans seem to be solidly in Frye's corner, opposed to returning to QB Trent Dilfer. Despite those facts, Crennel steadfastly maintained that he has not decided yet who his starting quarterback is, and said he's not playing coy in any way. Even general manager Phil Savage seemed to indicate Frye would be the starter. Crennel, the guy who matters most, said: "Right now I got two quarterbacks. I got an experienced veteran and I got a young kid. We like both of them. Which one that's going to be I haven't decided yet." Crennel said he could go through two and perhaps three preseason games without naming a starter for the season, but at some point he'd have to.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
David Porter, of the Associated Pres reports New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he has no plans to go to Florida to throw with TE Jeremy Shockey or WR Plaxico Burress, both of whom are or will be working out at the University of Miami instead of with the team. "I need to be here," he said. "This is where everything is. Hopefully we can get them up here if it works out, to find time and throw a little."

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Bob Glauber, of Newsday, reports New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini said Jets' QB Chad Pennington(shoulder) continues to rehab from shoulder surgery, although his long-term prognosis remains somewhat guarded. Pennington has resumed throwing, but Mangini wasn't certain when he'd be back to full strength. "He's doing exactly what's expected of him. There's really no timetable set. Wherever he's going to be, I couldn't tell you. In terms of his program, he's on target, and that's encouraging. His progress has been positive. The fact that he does have more time (than after last year's surgery) is a benefit to us," said Mangini Tuesday, March 28.


Running Back

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Nick Wagoner, of StLouisRams.com, reports St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson is eager to start the 2006 season after a disappointing 2005 season. Jackson said, "I am approaching it with a focus of saying this is me getting a new beginning. I feel like I have a chance to start over my career." Jackson added, "I feel like this can be my breakout year. I want to be able to do all things; run, catch, receive, run inside the tackles, outside the tackles. I want to be that triple threat so on third downs I don't have to come out."

RB | Thomas Jones | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Don Pierson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said there is no reason to project a playing rotation with starting RB Thomas Jones and RB Cedric Benson. Usually when a team tries to use two backs, one ends up getting the vast majority of work. "It works itself out," Smith said. "We know it's a long year. History tells us we're going to need two or three running backs to have the type of season we want." He believes Benson certainly will get more than his 67 rookie carries. Smith disputed the notion Jones and Benson aren't the best of buddies, which either could help or hurt the competition.

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio expects RB Fred Taylor to play better than he did last season because he won't spend the offseason overcoming an injury. "We feel like Fred has something left in the tank, but we like the guys (Greg Jones, Alvin Pearman, Derrick Wimbush and LaBrandon Toefield) behind him,'' Del Rio said.

RB | Curtis Martin | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Bob Glauber, of Newsday, reports New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini said he expects Jets' RB Curtis Martin (knee) to return in 2006 as competitive as he has always been. "He understands that it's about competition. He's never shied away from that. That's what makes him so special. Don't underestimate him. Whenever you underestimate him, he kills you. I think Curtis is going to be as competitive as he always has been," said Mangini.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Draft Information, Fantasy
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports the Kansas City Chiefs appear to be preparing for life without RB Priest Holmes (neck), whose midseason neck trauma last year allowed RB Larry Johnson the opportunity to have one of the most spectacular rushing half-seasons in NFL history. The Chiefs haven't given up on a return from Holmes. However, one month before the NFL Draft and seven weeks before the first offseason practice, the Chiefs still have nothing definitive on Holmes or from him. President/general manager Carl Peterson said he doesn't expect Holmes to participate in a three-day May minicamp or any of the 13 other offseason practices scheduled for May and June.

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (knee) is ready to return after having minor offseason surgery.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis will be the starting running back for the Ravens at the start of the 2006 season. Head coach Brian Billick estimates Lewis will receive nearly two-thirds of the carries.

RB | Najeh Davenport | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agency News, Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on a new contract with free agent RB Najeh Davenport (Packers). Davenport will sign a one-year contract, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Saturday afternoon, March 25. "Najeh will be in Green Bay Sunday night (March 26) and he'll sign the contract Monday (March 27)," Rosenhaus said. "We had several teams that were interested in him, but he really enjoys playing for the Packers and he wanted it to stay that way. He's very happy to get it squared away. It's good news."

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan remains under the impression that RB Marshall Faulk is coming back for his 13th NFL season. Linehan said the signing of RB Tony Fisher is unrelated to Faulk's status with the team. Linehan commented on Fisher's signing Friday, March 24. "That signing is really not for any other reason other than we need a third guy that if called upon can do the job," Linehan said. "That's really more Fisher's fit for us right now."

RB | Willis McGahee | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports RB Willis McGahee is starting the NFL offseason on the right foot with the Buffalo Bills' new coaching staff. He showed up Monday, March 20, for the start of the team's voluntary, 12-week offseason conditioning program. Last year, McGahee did his offseason training in his hometown of Miami. "It's a fresh start," McGahee explained Thursday, March 23. McGahee said he's looking forward to seeing what he can do in the offense coordinated by Steve Fairchild. McGahee said he would be very happy to be used more on third downs. He came off the field on most third downs last year, even in game-deciding situations, and finished with 28 catches. "I'd love to be a part of the passing game, that would be good to show another side of my football skills," he said. "But you also have to be a team player. You can't overstep your boundaries."


Fullback

FB | Fred Beasley | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
Miami Dolphins FB Fred Beasley signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $710,000 in 2006.

FB | Mike Alstott | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers FB Mike Alstott (elbow) underwent minor surgery on his left elbow to remove a bone chip.


Wide Receiver

WR | Jimmy Smith | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has the team's second-highest cap number for 2006 at $5.6 million.

WR | Eric Moulds | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
ESPNews reports the Philadelphia Eagles are turning up their interest in Buffalo Bills WR Eric Moulds, who remains on the trading block.

WR | Troy Williamson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has been impressed by WR Troy Williamson during early offseason workouts. "He catches it better than I thought," Childress said. "Does he need release skills at the line of scrimmage? Yes, he does. But he is pretty young, and he was inactive a lot last year. I expect him to make a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2."

WR | Michael Clayton | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton is hoping to have a better 2006 season after his 2005 season where he struggled with mechanical problems, a knee injury, a shoulder injury, and turf toe. Clayton has been participating in the team's offseason workout program and has done more to prepare himself for the 2006 season than he did all of last year.

WR | Darrell Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson (knee) will be out until training camp, according to head coach Mike Holmgren. He said he would not be surprised to see the team draft a wide receiver sometime from the third-round on.

WR | Jabar Gaffney | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Jabar Gaffney will be used a lot inside in three-receiver sets, according to head coach Andy Reid. Reid said, "One thing that jumps out at you when you look at his tapes is he doesn't drop the ball. Great hands and runs very good routes. In this offense, those things go a long way. He has a good feel for the safety. We're going to use him a lot as the inside (slot) receiver in three-receiver sets. He wasn't afraid to cross the middle with linebackers and safeties."

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel said doctors have told him WR Braylon Edwards (knee) is expected back "somewhere around the beginning of the year."

WR | Javon Walker | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports the Philadelphia Eagles have not had any conversations with the Green Bay Packers about trading for WR Javon Walker. Walker, who recently said he would retire before playing for the Packers again, is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that limited him to just one game last season. The Packers have also said they will not trade Walker.

WR | Terry Glenn | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
Dallas Cowboys WR Terry Glenn signed a five-year contract extension with base salaries of $2.0 million (2006), $820,000 (2007), $1.74 million (2008), $2.0 million (2009), and $4.95 million (2010).

WR | Nate Burleson | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agency News, Fantasy
ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the Minnesota Vikings will wait until Friday evening, March 31, before making the Seattle Seahawks aware of whether or not they will match the seven-year, $49 million offer sheet the Seahawks tendered to WR Nate Burleson. The general feeling is the Vikings will not match the offer.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Jason La Canfora and Howard Bryant, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins WR Brandon Lloyd showed up to the team's offseason workout program, despite not having a new contract. He said one reason he attended was because he is confident his representatives will have a deal finished by next week.

WR | Troy Brown | New England Patriots | Transaction
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Troy Brown signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $810,000 for the 2006 season. $300,000 is guaranteed and the deal includes a $265,000 signing bonus and a $30,000 workout bonus.

WR | Lee Evans | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Allen Wilson, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans is ready to take on the No. 1 receiver role with WR Eric Moulds likely departing to another team. "Right now I'm preparing myself for whatever happens," said Evans. "And if they put me into that role, then I've got to do what I have to do to fulfill it."

WR | Keyshawn Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Free Agency News
Darin Gantt, of the Rock Hill Herald, reports while the Carolina Panthers are not expected to make any more big-ticket signings during the remainder of the free agency period after the signing of WR Keyshawn Johnson, the club may make a few additional minor additions.


Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel expects TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) to be on the field for the start of the 2006 season, barring any further setbacks.

TE | Kyle Brady | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said he expects TE Kyle Brady to continue to be more of a blocker than a receiver in the team's offense. "That's what his real value is for us (blocking)," Del Rio said. "It's hard to justify his salary based solely on his ability to be a receiver. He brings value to our organization with his ability to block defensive ends. Not a lot of tight ends can do that.''

TE | Aaron Shea | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
San Diego Chargers TE Aaron Shea signed a three-year contract with base salaries of $600,000 (2006), $750,000 (2007), and $750,000 (2008).

TE | Justin Peelle | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
Miami Dolphins TE Justin Peelle signed a three-year contract with base salaries of $600,000 (2006), $1.2 million (2007), and $1.3 million (2008).

TE | Jeb Putzier | Houston Texans | Transaction
Houston Texans TE Jeb Putzier signed a four-year contract with a base salary of $585,000 (2006), $1.05 million (2007), $1.75 million (2008), and $2.25 million (2009).

TE | Eric Johnson | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Matthew Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee, reports San Francisco 49ers TE Eric Johnson (foot) says his plantar fascia tear in his right foot is fully healed. He hopes to be at full speed by the second week of April.


Place Kicker

PK | Phil Dawson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Patrick McManamon, of the Akron Beacon Journal, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said PK Phil Dawson (hernia) had surgery to repair a sports hernia after the 2005 season.

PK | Billy Cundiff | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of free agent PK Billy Cundiff (Buccaneers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Sam Adams | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports free agent DL Sam Adams (Bills) continues talks with Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis in an attempt to reunite with him. Both were a part of the Baltimore Ravens that won the Super Bowl in 2000. Adams is the type of run stuffer the Bengals have been looking for and some believe he could be a missing piece for Lewis to win a championship of his own.

DL | Alex Brown | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Don Pierson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith acknowledged DE Alex Brown (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery after the 2005 season ended.

DL | Carlos Hall | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
Kansas City Chiefs DL Carlos Hall signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $585,000 in 2006.

DL | N.D. Kalu | Houston Texans | Transaction, Free Agency News
John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans have agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract with free agent DE N.D. Kalu (Eagles).

DL | Dan Cody | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Mike Preston, writing for the Sporting News, reports Baltimore Ravens DE/OLB Dan Cody (knee), who tore an ACL ligament in his knee during the first day of training camp and missed the entire 2005 season, has been participating in team workouts. He is expected to participate in several of the team's mini camps in some capacity, and should be ready to play in training camp.

DL | Kris Jenkins | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Carolina Panthers DT Kris Jenkins (knee), who is coming off knee surgery, looked fit and happy as he walked out of Bank of America Stadium Friday afternoon, March 24. Jenkins said his knee is progressing well and he plans to take part in the team's offseason workout program, which starts Monday, March 26."I'll be running on Monday," Jenkins said. "I may not be going too fast at first, but I'm getting there."


Linebacker

LB | Nick Greisen | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans and the agent for free agent LB Nick Greisen (Giants) have exchanged contract proposals.

LB | LaVar Arrington | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Nick Cafardo, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have not called agent Carl Poston about free agent LB LaVar Arrington (Redskins).

LB | Reggie Torbor | New York Giants | Injury News
Mike Garafolo, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Giants LB Reggie Torbor (hamstring) is still battling a hamstring injury that kept him out of the final regular-season game of the 2005 season and the playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers. Torbor expects to be fully recovered by training camp.

LB | Paris Lenon | Detroit Lions | Transaction
Detroit Lions LB Paris Lenon signed a three-year contract with base salaries of $750,000 (2006), $750,000 (2007), and $1.05 million (2008).

LB | Julian Peterson | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks signing of LB Julian Peterson is now official.


Cornerback

CB | Andre Dyson | New York Jets | Free Agency News
The New York Jets announced the signing of free agent CB Andre Dyson (Seahawks). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports the Kansas City Chiefs have not eliminated the possibility of adding free agent CB Ty Law (Jets), but if they did, it would likely be after the NFL Draft. "It begins and maybe it ends with Ty Law and whether he wants another big contract," said Peterson. "We're not going to do that."

CB | Charles Woodson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Nick Cafardo, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have not called agent Carl Poston about free agent CB Charles Woodson (Raiders).

CB | Will Peterson | New York Giants | Injury News
Paul Schwartz, of the New York Post, reports New York Giants CB Will Peterson (back) is not expected to be able to resume his career. He has been injured with stress fractures in his back the past two years and is currently not working out with the team.

CB | Deshea Townsend | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
Pittsburgh Steelers CB DeShea Townsend signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $710,000 (2006), $1.4 million (2007), $1.4 million (2008), and $1.8 million (2009).

CB | Will Allen | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
Miami Dolphins CB Will Allen signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $600,000 (2006), $1.0 million (2007), $2.5 million (2008), and $3.0 million (2009).

CB | Eric Warfield | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots did not visit with free agent CB Eric Warfield (Chiefs), as reported previously, but they did talk to him. The clarification was made by agent Craig Domann. Domann said the conversation was set up because the Patriots' brass was in Orlando for the NFL owners' meetings.

CB | Dale Carter | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Preston, writing for the Sporting News, reports the Baltimore Ravens are trying to re-sign CB Dale Carter. According to a team official, the Ravens want to bring him back as the nickel corner because the Ravens play teams from the AFC West, and Carter would match up well with those team's tight ends.

CB | Lenny Walls | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports the Oakland Raiders maintain their interest in free agent CB Lenny Walls (Broncos). Walls was waived by Denver in November and was claimed by the Raiders. However, he didn't pass his physical. Walls is fully healthy now.

CB | Mike Rumph | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers CB Mike Rumph (foot) returned to the field for the team's offseason conditioning program, after missing most of the 2005 season with a foot injury.


Free Safety

FS | Idrees Bashir | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Detroit Lions have announced the team has signed free agent S Idrees Bashir (Panthers) to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FS | Ken Hamlin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks hope FS Ken Hamlin (head) can join them for minicamps and training camp, barring any setbacks in his rehabilitation from career-threatening head injuries. "It's going to be wonderful," head coach Mike Holmgren said Tuesday, March 28, from the NFL owners meetings. "We're going to take it slow and make sure he's OK, but I think there's a chance, yeah, that we'll get him on the field for minicamps." Hamlin probably would wear a red non-contact jersey upon his return to practice. Seattle's first minicamp is scheduled for the first weekend in May.

FS | Marlon McCree | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
San Diego Chargers S Marlon McCree signed a five-year contract with base salaries of $585,000 (2006), $650,000 (2007), $2.765 million (2008), $3.0 million (2009), and $3.0 million (2010).

FS | Ryan Clark | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
Pittsburgh Steelers S Ryan Clark signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $650,000 (2006), $1.5 million (2007), $1.5 million (2008), and $1.7 million (2009).

FS | Sean Taylor | Washington Redskins | Breaking News
Jason La Canfora, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins S Sean Taylor will not take part in the team's offseason workout program until his felony assault charges are resolved. Taylor is scheduled to be on trial April 10 in Miami for attempted assault with a firearm.

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