NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on April 20, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT



QB | Jeff Garcia | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dave Spadaro, of, reports the Philadelphia Eagles are prepared to start next season with QB Jeff Garcia as the primary backup to Donovan McNabb as well as the long-term solution should McNabb have to miss significant time.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy's John Clayton reports the real decision time for Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre is around May 5, when head coach Mike McCarthy holds his first minicamp. As a team leader, Favre needs to show by then he wants to be with the Packers in 2006. Favre normally wouldn't have to go to a minicamp, but this one would be important because of the coaching change from Mike Sherman to McCarthy.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Sheldon Mickles, of the Advocate, reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) took mental reps with the team during the recent minicamp April 7-9. He expects to be back on the field for the team's next minicamp June 2-4. "There was a lot of information and obviously it was a chance for me to see the pace and the tempo coach Payton wants to have here," Brees said. "I was able to evaluate the personnel a little bit, the guys I'll be throwing to. It was just a chance to get in the mix and call the plays again, even if I'm just kind of calling them to myself and taking a few snaps. Obviously, I can't throw quite yet - but we got a lot done."

QB | Joey Harrington | Detroit Lions | Draft Information
The Detroit Free Press reports Detroit Lions president Matt Millen said the Lions' efforts to trade QB Joey Harrington were "kind of where they were a week ago" - meaning, at a standstill. "We're going to continue to be patient," Millen said. Asked if he thought something would happen before the NFL Draft April 29-30, Millen said: "It could. I don't know that." Asked if he would take a 2007 pick, Millen said: "Yeah, it just depends what it is. There's a deal to be made. We just have to make it."

Running Back

RB | Moe Williams | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Associated Press reports lawyer Joe Friedberg, who represented free agent RB Moe Williams (Vikings) during the boat-party sex scandal, said Williams has retired from the NFL.

RB | Thomas Jones | Chicago Bears | Fantasy's John Clayton reports the Indianapolis Colts do not appear to be interested in Chicago Bears RB Thomas Jones. Though the Colts are in the market for a running back, the pursuit of Jones will probably not happen for a couple of reasons. First, Jones just went through an agent change and the Colts don't want to get involved in a messy contract renegotiation. Second, Jones and RB Cedric Benson are a great one-two punch in their backfield and the Bears would want maybe two first-day draft choices to part with Jones.

RB | Dominic Rhodes | Indianapolis Colts | Draft Information, Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts RB Dominic Rhodes is ready to take over for RB Edgerrin James as the team's starting running back. "I'm ready to go out there and roll,'' Rhodes said. "I'm ready to help this team reach what we didn't reach last year. I'm getting ready to have a very productive season and show everybody who thinks because Edge is gone we're going to have a vulnerable spot at running back, (show) that I'm here to stay.'' The fate of the Colts' ground game, and by extension their potent offense, rests in the hands of Rhodes or someone else. Even though management displayed its faith in Rhodes by paying him a $1.45 million roster bonus due in March, the Colts could still use the 30th overall pick in the April 29-30 NFL Draft on a running back. His optimism aside, Rhodes didn't exactly provide strong evidence in 2005 that he was the man capable of replacing James. He said a lack of playing time was a key factor in his lack of performance.

RB | Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agency News
The Pittsburgh Steelers have five remaining free agents; one exclusive rights free agent, two restricted and three that were released. RB Willie Parker heads the list of remaining free agents.

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams RB Marshall Faulk (knee) has not been cleared to participate in next weekend's minicamp after having arthroscopic surgery on both knees. The clean out surgery has become almost an offseason ritual for Faulk. "I think he had some loose bodies that needed to be cleaned out," head coach Scott Linehan said. "Nothing serious. The older you get, the more time it takes just to kind of get them back to 100 percent. You've got to manage them. You can't take every (practice) snap like you used to. And the offseason's different. It's like you've got to heal up first." Linehan said he hasn't talked to Faulk recently, but he still expects him to return for the 2006 season.

RB | Carnell Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Carnell Williams has learned a lot from last season. After exploding on to the scene in the team's first three games, Williams suffered a foot injury and then compounded the problem by not fully reporting it to the team's medical staff. "I think it did put a little discomfort in my step," Williams said. "But it was one of those situations where coach (Jon) Gruden and them really didn't know the extent of the injury because there were a lot of things I was holding back from the trainer and everybody. I told them, "I'm fine.' There were times in the Green Bay game, Coach Gruden wanted me to come out and take a break and I waved him off."

RB | Willis McGahee | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of, reports the Buffalo Bills coaching staff expects to utilize RB Willis McGahee in the passing game more often next season. "Any time you have a player like Willis McGahee the more touches he can get, particularly getting the ball in space, is an advantage," said Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. "From what I can see he's a very good receiver in addition to being a very good ball carrier."


FB | Jonathan Wells | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
The Houston Texans have nine remaining free agents; two unrestricted, four restricted, one exclusive-rights and two players that were released. Unrestricted free agent RB Jonathan Wells heads the list of remaining free agents.

FB | Jeremi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
Geoff Hobson, of, reports the Cincinnati Bengals have signed FB Jeremi Johnson to a six-year deal just one day after he signed his one-year, $721,600 tender as a restricted free agent.

Wide Receiver

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Updating previous reports,'s Len Pasquarelli reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson's new six-year, $35.5 million extension gives the Bengals the option to extend his contract through 2011 if they desire. His new contract will pay him $16 million between 2006 and 2007. The new deal brings $10.75 million in "new money" from the extension portion of the deal. He received $5 million through a signing bonus and will receive $250,000 reporting bonus, $250,000 workout bonus and a $2.75 million base salary in 2006. In 2007, he's due a $3.5 million option bonus, a $1.5 million reporting bonus, a $250,000 workout clause and $2.5 million in base salary. His remaining base salaries will be $3 million (2008), $4.5 million (2009), $5 million (2010) and $6 million (2011). In each of those seasons, there are $250,000 workout bonuses. If the team does not exercise the option on 2011, they must make him a non-exercise payment of $3.5 million.

WR | David Patten | Washington Redskins | Injury News
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins WR David Patten (knee surgery) is expected to be ready for the team's first minicamp.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Doerschuk, of the Canton Repository, reports the Cleveland Browns expect WR Braylon Edwards (knee) to be back at the beginning of the 2006 season. Head coach Romeo Crennel said, "We're saying and expecting that he will be back at the beginning of the year. If he makes better progress before that, good. We don't want to rush him and set him back. We want him to be there at the beginning of the year, so we're trying to get him to there."

WR | Javon Walker | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Bob Grotz, of the Delaware County Times, reports the Philadelphia Eagles quietly wouldn't confirm or deny interest in Green Bay Packers WR Javon Walker. Earlier reports had the Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos linked as potential trade partners for the Packers, if they decide to trade Walker. The Packers have said they aren't interested in giving Walker away amid a broadcast report that a couple of second round choices might appease the Packers. It's more likely the Packers would have to take a conditional pick or picks should they change their minds and unload Walker. The Eagles have made no secret of their intention of upgrading the wide receiver position after getting rid of temperamental superstar WR Terrell Owens.

WR | Kevin Curtis | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News
Kathleen Nelson, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports restricted free agent WR Kevin Curtis (Rams) said he would wait until the April 21 deadline to sign his one-year tender offer from the St. Louis Rams.

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Star-Telegram, reports several sources have noted that Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens has not been a regular participant in Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells' offseason program. His initial absences were understood because of a prior commitment, but Owens in the past has preferred to work with his own trainer. His publicist, Kim Etheredge, said, "He is here when he is required to be here just like every other player on the team" and added that Parcells has expressed no concern about Owens' regimen. Parcells' feelings on the subject are clear. The "voluntary" program requires players to work out four times a week and get in 40 workouts during the offseason. "To (Parcells), it's about chemistry," a source said. "He wants you here."

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy reports Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme thinks Panthers WR Steve Smith will be the beneficiary of the additions to the receiving corps through free agency (WR Keyshawn Johnson) and wide receivers that will be healthier in 2006 (WR Keary Colbert). "He's one of the best receivers in the league, if not the best, in the NFL. Having those other guys to take some pressure off of him will help, but he's a special player," Delhomme said of Smith.

WR | Charles Rogers | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli was asked what he has seen from WR Charles Rogers, after minicamp ended Thursday, April 13. "Hard work - coming out and doing everything we're asking him to do. I mean (he's) working hard and he's got talent. And the offense, the system, is very demanding. The coaches over there are very demanding. It's precision - the willingness and learning it and doing it over and over."

Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) is expected to be able to participate in the team's June minicamp. He told that he's been working out six to seven days a week.

TE | Desmond Clark | Chicago Bears | Draft Information
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears TE Desmond Clark would not be upset if the Bears draft a tight end early in the 2006 NFL Draft. "I know they're going to draft a tight end," Clark said. "It's logical to draft a tight end right now. I'm not worried about who they bring in. If they bring one in, I'll help him out as much as I can."

Place Kicker

PK | Paul Edinger | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
The Minnesota Vikings have eight remaining free agents; six unrestricted, one exclusive-rights and one player released earlier. Unrestricted free agent PK Paul Edinger heads the list of remaining free agents.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | Kansas City Chiefs | Free Agency News
The Kansas City Chiefs have nine remaining free agents; four unrestricted, two restricted, two exclusive-rights and one player released. Exclusive-rights free agent PK Lawrence Tynes heads the list of remaining free agents.

PK | Todd Peterson | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Atlanta Falcons have 10 remaining free agents; eight unrestricted and two players who were released. PK Todd Peterson heads the list of remaining free agents.

Defensive Line

DL | Renaldo Wynn | Washington Redskins | Injury News
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DL Renaldo Wynn's (arm) arm injury is keeping him from full participation in the team's conditioning program, but he is expected to be ready for minicamp.

DL | Cornelius Griffin | Washington Redskins | Injury News
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DT Cornelius Griffin's (shoulder) shoulder injury is keeping him from full participation in the team's conditioning program, but he is expected to be ready for minicamp.

DL | Gary Walker | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are showing interest in free agent DL Gary Walker (Texans). He played for the Jaguars from 1999 until 2001.


LB | LaVar Arrington | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports free agent LB LaVar Arrington (Redskins) took a physical for the New York Giants Thursday, April 20. His visit sparked more talk that the linebacker may be on the verge of signing with the Giants. While meeting with the media to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft April 29, Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi was bombarded with questions about Arrington and declined to go into detail including where the physical took place or the results. "He has had a physical with us," Accorsi said. "That's all that's taken place. If this triggers another round of hysteria, it will be inaccurate just like the last round. Nothing has happened in the negotiations. Obviously, you're not even going to think about a player without a physical examination. Now we have that."

LB | Chris Clemons | Washington Redskins | Injury News
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins LB Chris Clemons (knee) is expected to be ready for the team's first minicamp.

LB | Mike Peterson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vic Ketchman, of, reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB Mike Peterson (wrist) is on the recovery trail from last year's wrist injury. Peterson sustained a significant wrist injury in the Jaguars' win over the Tennessee Titans in the regular-season finale. He played in the team's playoff game, but he probably should not have. The injury was technically a dislocation and the wrist was popped back into place right away, but Peterson tore a ligament and it required surgery a week after the season ended. Pins were inserted and after two months of healing they were removed a few weeks ago. Peterson expects to be ready for the 2006 season, one he feels his team has a shot to make the Super Bowl.

LB | Cato June | Indianapolis Colts | Free Agency News
The Indianapolis Colts have 12 remaining free agents; four unrestricted, three restricted and five players that were released. Restricted free agent LB Cato June heads the list of remaining free agents.

LB | Rocky Calmus | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports free agent LB Rocky Calmus (Colts) is out to prove he can still play in the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts have indicated they don't plan to re-sign Calmus for 2006 and his former team the Tennessee Titans are not interested at this time even though they don't have a proven middle linebacker on the roster. Calmus said "three or four teams" are keeping an eye on him, however, and he hopes to get a workout. "I can still play," he said. "I just need to prove it.'' Calmus has been plagued by injuries throughout his NFL career.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction reports the Pittsburgh Steelers officially re-signed LB James Harrison to a contract extension through the 2009 season. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

LB | Akbar Gbaja-Biamila | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Casey Pearce, of, reports San Diego Chargers LB Akbar Gbaja-Biamila does not anticipate a return to a down lineman position. "I really like Wade Phillips' system," Gbaja-Biamila said. "I'll essentially be a defensive end but I'll be standing up instead of starting from a three-point stance. I will be asked to drop into coverage, but I'm comfortable with that. I just want a chance to play again." Gbaja-Biamila was switched from defensive end to linebacker when the team switched to a 3-4 defensive set.

LB | Steve Foley | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers LB Steve Foley (abdomen) said rest has done him good and he is 100 percent recovered from the abdominal strain that bothered him the second half of last season.

LB | Nick Greisen | Free Agent Players | Draft Information, Free Agency News
The Nashville City Paper reports talks with free agent LB Nick Greisen (Giants) are on hold apparently until after the NFL Draft. Whether talks will be rekindled might hinge on how many linebackers the Titans selects in the NFL Draft.

LB | Boss Bailey | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of, reports Detroit Lions LB Boss Bailey (foot) wasn't at the team's minicamp because he's recovering from foot surgery. A team official described it as a minor procedure and the team expects Bailey to make a rapid recovery.


CB | Nate Clements | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Chris Brown, of, reports the Buffalo Bills and the representative for franchise free agent CB Nate Clements (Bills), have kept in touch since he was named the franchise player by the club in late February. Under terms of the new NFL collective bargaining agreement, the Bills have until July 15 to sign a long-term deal with their franchise player. "It states that we have until July 15 to sign a long term deal with a franchised player," said Overdorf. "After July 15th it's still a little cloudy as to whether you can only do a one-year deal or whether you can do a multi-year deal in which you might lose the option of using the tag on someone else." About a week ago Overdorf asked the league's Management Council for a clarification as to whether or not a one-year deal is the only option with a franchise player after July 15, but is still waiting for an answer.

CB | Charles Woodson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News's John Clayton reports agent Kevin Poston expects things to pick up this week for his client, free agent CB Charles Woodson (Raiders).

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News's John Clayton reports agent Kevin Poston expects things to pick up this week for his client, free agent CB Ty Law (Jets). Law is awaiting an offer from the Seattle Seahawks and other teams.

CB | Ricky Manning Jr. | Carolina Panthers | Draft Information, Free Agency News's John Clayton reports the Chicago Bears told the agent for restricted free agent Ricky Manning Jr. (Panthers) to await a call sometime this week about an offer sheet. The Bears want to get the signing done as close to the NFL Draft as possible to make it tougher for the Carolina Panthers to match.

CB | Fernando Bryant | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Mike O'Hara, of the Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions CB Fernando Bryant (shoulder) took part in all minicamp drills. His 2005 season ended in the second game because of a dislocated left shoulder. "It's back to step one," Bryant said. "It's a new evaluation process. Everybody has reputations. You come in and try to show them what you're made of."

CB | DeJuan Groce | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News
Kathleen Nelson, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports restricted free agent CB DeJuan Groce (Rams) said he would wait until the April 21 deadline to sign his one-year tender offer from the St. Louis Rams.

CB | Travis Fisher | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Kathleen Nelson, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams CB Travis Fisher (groin) is carefully working his way back from last season's groin injury. Fisher injured his groin in camp and tried to play through the pain but never recovered. He appeared in eight games last season, was on the inactive list four times and was placed on the Injured Reserve list Dec. 14. In hindsight, Fisher said, he would have chosen to go on Injured Reserve earlier. Rather than rest, Fisher flew to Miami immediately after the season and began rehabbing, developing core strength. He said he was ready to reclaim his starting role.

Strong Safety

SS | Keith Davis | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction, Free Agency News
Nick Eatman, of, reports the Dallas Cowboys have matched the offer sheet signed by restricted free agent S Keith Davis with the New Orleans Saints.

SS | Bhawoh Jue | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers S Bhawoh Jue (knee) has been absent from offseason workouts while he rehabilitates from knee surgery. "I think he'll be OK, from what I'm hearing medically," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said.

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