NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on April 27, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT



QB | Kerry Collins | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Michael Smith, of, reports if the Tennessee Titans release or trade QB Steve McNair, the team could sign free agent QB Kerry Collins (Raiders) as a short-term solution at quarterback.

QB | Joey Harrington | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Chrissie Zavicar, of, reports the Detroit Lions are prepared to release QB Joey Harrington in June if they can't find a way to trade him. "I'm prepared for anything," said Lions team President Matt Millen. "We all are. We are prepared to do whatever is best for our football team and that's what we'll do."

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports the New York Jets have not decided if QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) will throw during the team's minicamp which starts May 12.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Breaking News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Jeff Harding, of, reports the Green Bay Packers have confirmed QB Brett Favre will return to the team next season. "The Green Bay Packers are very pleased that Brett has come to this decision, and look forward to a successful 2006 season," said Ted Thompson the team's executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations.

QB | Trent Green | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy reports during a press conference Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson said he expects veteran QB Trent Green to be with the team for a couple more years, so the team is not necessarily looking for a young quarterback at this time.

QB | Aaron Brooks | Oakland Raiders | Draft Information, Fantasy
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports the Oakland Raiders do not see QB Aaron Brooks as a long-term solution at quarterback. They will probably take a quarterback in the upcoming draft, perhaps as early as the first round.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Allan Robinson, of the Associated Press, reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (thumb) is probable for the team's minicamp that starts May 12.

QB | Michael Vick | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Associated Press reports a woman who charged Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick of knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease has agreed to an undisclosed resolution of the case. The lawsuit claimed Vick used the alias "Ron Mexico" when seeking treatment for the disease.

QB | Luke McCown | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Luke McCown appears to be the team's No. 2 quarterback, with QB Tim Rattay at No. 3. Rattay is scheduled to earn $1.25 million and could be shopped in trade.

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Draft Information
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is clearly frustrated by the idea of the team drafting a quarterback in the first-round of the NFL Draft. Warner said it's easy and natural to think about putting in the first-round pick if the team suffers a couple losses in a row. Warner added, "Some teams say, 'Hey, we're happy to let a guy sit on the bench for two or three years. But I think there is that pressure when you take a guy in the high first round for him to play as quickly as possible and validate that pick."

QB | Kyle Boller | Baltimore Ravens | Draft Information, Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller believes the team's starting quarterback job is still his. The Ravens might have a chance at signing QB Steve McNair or another free agent to compete with Boller. They could also select a quarterback in the NFL Draft to compete with Boller. He has put on 20 pounds as a result of work in the weight room. When asked if there is any chance that he wouldn't be the Ravens' starter this season, Boller replied, "I don't ever doubt that." Boller said he would welcome the signing of McNair as long as the Ravens wouldn't name him the starter immediately. Boller said it would "surprise" him if the Ravens took a quarterback that early in the draft. Boller also said he has no problems with the foot and ankle injuries that sidelined him for seven starts last season.

QB | Charlie Frye | Cleveland Browns | Draft Information
Patrick McManamon, of the Akron Beacon Journal, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said he expects to receive a phone call or two if one of the top three quarterbacks falls to the No. 12 spot in the draft. While not fully endorsing QB Charlie Frye, Savage did say, "We have started going down the path with Charlie. At this junction, to put on the brakes, back out of that road and try to head down another one may not make as much sense as it should, especially at that position."

QB | Doug Flutie | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
The Boston Globe reports the New England Patriots are keeping free agent QB Doug Flutie's (Patriots) nameplate on his stall in their locker room. His agent, Kristen Kuliga, laughed and said she didn't mind if Flutie fans took the nameplate as a good omen, but Flutie has yet to decide whether he will return for a 22d season of professional football. ''Right now, he's exploring some broadcasting opportunities and trying to decide if he wants to play," Kuliga said.

QB | Marc Bulger | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger is learning a new offensive philosophy for 2006 under new head coach Scott Linehan. "It's different," Bulger said Saturday, April 22, at Rams Park. "It's not that coach (Mike) Martz was wrong or coach Linehan is right. People have different philosophies, and they can both be right. I know what direction (Linehan is) going, and that change might be good." Some of the words are the same, but they mean different things, Bulger explained. For example, "rip" used to call for a deep pass to WR Torry Holt. "Now it's a slant to somebody else," Bulger said.

Running Back

RB | Onterrio Smith | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Fantasy reports the Minnesota Vikings have released RB Onterrio Smith.

RB | Moe Williams | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports agent Ethan Lock said Tuesday, April 25, free agent RB Moe Williams (Vikings) has not formally retired and may return to the NFL. "It's not clear that he's retiring," Lock said. "That's not accurate at all." Williams will have to find an NFL team willing to sign him.

RB | Thomas Jones | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy said Monday, April 24, the team's pursuit of Chicago Bears RB Thomas Jones is "more rumor" than reality. "I know (Bears head coach) Lovie Smith pretty well and I know they're going to be a running football team,'' Dungy said. "It would be hard for me to imagine you get a good back like (Jones) and he'll be available to anybody.'' Although Dungy would not specifically address the Colts' level of interest in Jones, he conceded the team "investigates it all. But right now I'd say it's still in the rumor stage.''

RB | Cedric Benson | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears RB Cedric Benson is ready for a breakout season in 2006. "I think it kind of (stunk)," Benson said Monday, April 24, from Halas Hall when asked to assess his rookie season. "But it went like that to make this year that much better." One year and one day since the Bears used the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft on him, Benson is participating in the team's offseason program leading to a June minicamp, eager to put a disappointing first season behind him. He wouldn't reveal his goals, calling them "personal," but a safe guess would be they focus less on numbers and more on happiness. Asked if sharing the load again with RB Thomas Jones would be frustrating, Benson virtually embraced the Bears' philosophy. "It isn't easy being a No. 1 guy every game, every play, every snap," he said. "It can be beneficial to have two guys in there to take the load off each other. Especially on this level because it's so much more demanding and you play more games than in college."

RB | Cedric Houston | New York Jets | Injury News
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets RB Cedric Houston (wrist) suffered a broken wrist and several cuts and bruises on his face and hands in a one-car accident late Friday night, April 21, in Tennessee, one of his agents said Sunday, April 23. He is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks and will miss a minicamp for rookies and first-year players which begins May 12. "It's nothing serious at all," agent Safarah Lawson said Sunday. "He suffered some cuts on his head, over his eye and sustained a cut on a finger that required stitches. But he should be fine for the veterans' minicamp in (mid)-June."

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Nick Wagoner, of, reports with the news that St. Louis Rams RB Marshall Faulk (knees) is struggling with knee problems again, backup RB Tony Fisher's role could turn out to be bigger than he first expected. Fisher has shown a good set of hands and some nice route running ability. He's a nice backup to have around behind starting RB Steven Jackson.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Kathleen Nelson, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson has repeated that he wants the ball more often, but now he's not going to discuss in any longer. "I don't even want to beat that drum anymore," Jackson said Friday, April 21, after the team's first workout under new head coach Scott Linehan. "We all know how I feel about that. I'm pretty sure the coaching staff feels the same way. I feel like a diamond in the rough, and hopefully they'll polish me up this year." Jackson's early assessment of Linehan's offensive philosophy: "It's more downhill, but as usual it's a relentless game, so we're going to play relentless. It's not dramatically different. The only thing that's pretty different is terminology."

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
Dave Skretta, of the Associated Press, reports Kansas City Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said he is counting RB Priest Holmes (neck) "in" for next season, as Holmes continues to recover from midseason surgery for head and neck trauma. "If we had to start today, right now, the doctor would not clear him for contact," Peterson said. "But we don't have to start today." Holmes is continuing to work out at his home in Texas, just as he has the past three offseasons. Peterson said doctors will evaluate him again soon, and new head coach Herman Edwards said he hopes Holmes will be able to return.


FB | Jerald Sowell | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy reports recently signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers FB Jerald Sowell will step right in as the starting fullback. He replaces FB Jameel Cook, who signed with the Houston Texans. Sowell should add durability, versatility and elite lead-blocking skills to the team.

Wide Receiver

WR | Javon Walker | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said an ESPN report that the Packers have given WR Javon Walker permission to seek a trade is inaccurate. The Packers have given teams permission to visit with Walker, but Thompson said it was just a part of the process of fielding offers from other teams. Asked if the odds were that Walker would be traded, Thompson said, "No. I would not think the odds are in favor of that happening. We're just following up on things. I don't necessarily feel this will end in anything. We're going through the process." Thompson did not say that he wouldn't trade Walker, only that it was unlikely it would happen.

WR | Ashley Lelie | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Bob Grotz, of the Delaware County Times, reports ESPN reported the Denver Broncos offered the Green Bay Packers WR Ashley Lelie and a sixth-round draft pick in exchange for WR Javon Walker. According to, the Packers want a first-round draft pick for Walker.

WR | Kevin Curtis | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agency News
The St. Louis Rams have re-signed restricted free agent WR Kevin Curtis (Rams) to an undisclosed contract.

WR | Quincy Morgan | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Quincy Morgan (ankle) will not attend the team's minicamp. He might be ready to attend the coaches sessions.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson is looking beyond 2011, the year his new contract with the team ends. Johnson said, "I want to play until I'm 45 and I'm not fooling. As long as I can go out there and run my mouth and make plays, I can do it. What I have to do now is continue to get better." He believes he can have the same career path as Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith, who caught 70 passes during the 2005 season at the age of 36.

WR | Az-Zahir Hakim | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins inquired about speedy free agent WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Saints), but will reassess after the NFL Draft. ''Az would love to be in Miami,'' agent Chuck Price told the newspaper.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Washington Redskins | Transaction
Gary Fitzgerald, of, reports the Washington Redskins have signed WR Brandon Lloyd to a long-term contract extension. Exact terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed.

Tight End

TE | Jerramy Stevens | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens (knee) underwent knee surgery Tuesday, April 25, and he is now expected to miss the team's upcoming minicamp. Stevens had experienced swelling and pain in the knee recently. Doctors discovered a cartilage tear during the surgery. Stevens could return in time for training camp, although a precise timetable was not immediately known.

TE | Eric Johnson | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Dennis Georgatos, writing for the Sporting News, reports San Francisco 49ers TE Eric Johnson (foot), who has missed two of the past three seasons with injuries, is an active participant in the 49ers' offseason workout program for the first time in his career. The 49ers considered cutting him after last season, but he made an impression on head coach Mike Nolan when he sought Nolan out the day after the season and told the coach of his renewed dedication to the team and determination to improve his conditioning.

Defensive Line

DL | Kenderick Allen | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Green Bay Packers signed free agent DL Kenderick Allen (Giants) to an undisclosed contract.

DL | Kindal Moorehead | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Carolina Panthers have re-signed restricted free agent DL Kindal Moorehead (Panthers) to his one-year, $721,600 tender offer.

DL | Cory Redding | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Detroit Lions have announced the team has re-signed restricted free agent DE Cory Redding to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Warren Sapp | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Draft Information
Jim Jenkins, of the Sacramento Bee, reports Oakland Raiders DT Warren Sapp (shoulder) told the NFL Network he is progressing well from a torn rotator cuff that caused him to miss the final six games last season. "I'm ready to get back on the field," said Sapp, who attended but didn't participate in the team's recent minicamp. Sapp's rehabilitation, and whether it's satisfactory in management's eyes, might determine whether the Raiders consider defensive tackles in the NFL Draft.

DL | Alex Brown | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said DE Alex Brown (shoulder) should be on the field when offseason training activities begin in late May. Brown underwent offseason shoulder surgery.


LB | Ben Leber | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Josh Fiedler, of, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Leber is a perfect fit for the Tampa 2 defense they want to employ. This scheme takes advantage of versatile, athletic playmakers at the linebacker position.

LB | Mike Peterson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB Mike Peterson (wrist) will be held out of the team's mandatory minicamp May 12 through May 14. Head coach Jack Del Rio hopes to have him back for the 2006 season.

LB | LaVar Arrington | New York Giants | Transaction
New York Giants LB LaVar Arrington signed a seven-year contract with base salaries of $650,000 (2006), $900,000 (2007), $2.95 million (2008), $3.95 million (2009), $4.95 million (2010), $5.45 million (2011) and $5.95 million (2012).

LB | Andre Frazier | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Andre Frazier (ankle) will not attend the team's minicamp. He might be ready to attend the coaches sessions.

LB | Donnie Edwards | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Jay Paris, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers LB Donnie Edwards won't be invited back in 2007 after his contract expires if the team doesn't trade him before then.

LB | Hunter Hillenmeyer | Chicago Bears | Free Agency News
K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports restricted free agent LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (Bears) will sign his one-year, $721,600 tender offer with the Chicago Bears sometime this week.

LB | Cato June | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agency News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports the Indianapolis Colts have re-signed restricted free agent LB Cato June (Colts) to his one-year, $1.573 tender offer.

LB | Nate Webster | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports free agent LB Nate Webster (Bengals) backed out of an oral agreement to join the Denver Broncos and did not sign with the Broncos.

LB | Dexter Coakley | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams LB Dexter Coakley (ankle, leg) will participate in walk-through activities only at the team's three-day minicamp.

LB | Na'il Diggs | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Free Agency News
Pat Sutherland, of the Charlotte Observer, reports the Carolina Panthers have signed free agent LB Na'il Diggs (Packers) to an undisclosed contract.


CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Draft Information, Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports talks with free agent CB Ty Law (Jets) are off at least until after the NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks team president Tim Ruskell said Wednesday, April 26. The Seahawks are hoping to use the draft to beef up their defensive backfield. Talks with Law could resume after the draft "if it's still necessary," Ruskell said.

CB | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports according to agent Carl Poston, CB Charles Woodson picked the Green Bay Packers over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because head coach Mike McCarthy agreed to let him play on offense as well as play cornerback. "I think the fact that Brett committed to another year, that was one thing Charles was interested in," Poston said. "Another point is that they agreed to let Charles play offense as well as defense. That proved to be very beneficial to them. They wouldn't let him do that in Oakland." According to Poston, the Buccaneers, coached by Jon Gruden, weren't interested in allowing him to play on offense and wanted him to play safety. McCarthy said that when Woodson visited the Packers April 3, he told Woodson that he would be able to play some wide receiver if he signed in Green Bay. Woodson is expected to start at cornerback opposite CB Al Harris.

CB | DeJuan Groce | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agency News
The St. Louis Rams have re-signed restricted free agent CB DeJuan Groce (Rams) to an undisclosed contract.

CB | Rashied Davis | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears CB Rashied Davis will be switching to offense full-time next season. Davis has been working at wideout during the team's offseason program. "We're looking for a slot receiver, a guy like that," coach Lovie Smith said. "With last year's group, none of our receivers had what he brings to the table as far as quickness along with his return ability."

CB | Ike Taylor | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agency News
Mike Prisuta, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent CB Ike Taylor didn't receive any offers from other NFL teams. His tender was worth $1.57 million.

CB | Will Peterson | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi was asked about CB Will Peterson (back) during his pre-draft press conference Thursday, April 20, and he replied: "He was here this week. He is not ready to go out on the field yet. We are still exercising patience. We just haven't made a decision. Obviously it is going to be a medical decision and there is no need to make it in April. But we are going to run out of time at some point."

Strong Safety

SS | Donovin Darius | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars SS Donovin Darius (knee) will be held out of the team's mandatory minicamp May 12 through May 14. Head coach Jack Del Rio hopes to have him back for the 2006 season.

Free Safety

FS | Ken Hamlin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks team president Tim Ruskell noted that FS Ken Hamlin (head) has been cleared by the team to participate in non-contact work, which means he'll wear the red non-contact jersey at minicamp practices.

FS | Corey Chavous | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Nick Wagoner, of, confirms St. Louis Rams FS Corey Chavous will move to strong safety to replace SS Adam Archuleta, who signed with the Washington Redskins in the offseason.

FS | Mike Green | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Draft Information reports the sixth-round draft pick traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Chicago Bears in exchange for S Mike Green was pick No. 200 overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.

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