NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 25, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Jay Cutler | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Frank Schwab, of the Colorado Springs Gazette, reports Denver Broncos rookie QB Jay Cutler wants to be in camp according to his agent James "Buss" Cook. He couldn't guarantee that Cutler would be signed before the start of training camp Friday, July 28. "At some point we'll get it done," Cook said. "We hope to get it done this week. If we're late, we're late. Jay wants to be there and we want to get him there. We'll just have to buckle down and get it done."

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady should have plenty of options on offense this season. The Patriots are thin at wide receiver, but Brady is unrivaled at spreading the ball around.

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg discussed how QB Donovan McNabb (hernia) has looked so far. Mornhinweg said, "I have not seen any signs of the surgery or anything like that. He's sharp, looks sharp."

QB | Rex Grossman | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
John Mullin and K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, report one question facing the Chicago Bears heading into training camp is how solid is QB Rex Grossman as their starting quarterback? Management insists it's Grossman's job to lose, but signing QB Brian Griese gave the Bears more than a veteran backup. Griese has a higher career completion percentage and passer rating than Grossman. He also has 25 more touchdown passes than interceptions, compared with Grossman's four touchdowns and six interceptions. Grossman, if he stays healthy, does have the respect of his teammates. If there is to be a controversy, it may come once the exhibition games start. If Grossman falters, Griese's credentials to replace him are established.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) holds the key to the team's success in 2006. Most of the attention in camp will be focused on Palmer. He is trying to make a rapid return from major reconstructive knee surgery Jan. 10. The sooner and stronger he's back, the better the Bengals' postseason chances. Even if Palmer can't play early, the Bengals still figure to score a lot because all of their starters on offense are back for a second straight year.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) has been the only player, other than DT Manuel Wright and LB Donnie Spragan, to linger in the halls of the team's facility during the final weeks before camp rehabbing his injured knee. Culpepper is still aiming to be ready to play opening night Thursday, Sept. 7.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Les Carpenter, of the Washington Post, reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) has asked the team's trainers about using one of the concussion-reducing helmets. The concussion helmets are cut lower than regular helmets and add extra protection to the jaw. The team has not made a decision on what helmet Roethlisberger will use yet.


Running Back

RB | Michael Robinson | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
49ers.com reports the San Francisco 49ers have announced the team has signed rookie RB Michael Robinson, the team's fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Chris Brown | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Terry McCormick, of the Nashville City Paper, reports Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese is not interested in trading RB Chris Brown. "Chris is one of ours," Reese said. "I haven't talked to anyone about trading him."

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Terry McCormick, of the Nashville City Paper, reports Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese has been in contact with RB LenDale White's agent Eugene Parker. Parker said some progress has been made towards getting a deal done.

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis (knee) will be eased back into practice when training camp starts. He missed most of the team's offseason workouts.

RB | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
PackersNews.com reports Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski is looking forward to seeing what the team's running backs can do in 2006. RBs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport are coming back from severe season-ending injuries last year. Green was one of the NFL's top five or six runners from 2001 through 2004, but after his injury Oct. 23 at Minnesota, it's almost impossible to project him getting the Packers' running game back to the upper-tier position it held when he was healthy and in his prime. The other question is whether Davenport will still have his speed after a broken ankle ended his 2005 season. It's a prospect that has to leave the Packers feeling a little uneasy after last season. "I don't know if uneasy is the word," said Jeff Jagodzinski, the Packers' offensive coordinator. "I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do. I know what Ahman can do, and if we can get him back to where he feels comfortable and confident with his injury and rehab, he'll be fine." "Najeh's always been a good player, he's just never been able to stay health," Jagodzinski said. "I just think there's a question mark on how fast they come back in the preseason." RB Samkon Gado showed enough last season to suggest he's at least a capable backup and perhaps more, though he's been too indecisive in the new zone-blocking scheme that requires the backs to make one cut and go. In fact, RB Noah Herron had moved ahead of Gado with the No. 1 offense by the organized-team activities practices in June, though Gado is the superior talent.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots rookie RB Laurence Maroney is going to push RB Corey Dillon at training camp. He realizes he will have to earn his spot from the bottom up. "If I have to start at the bottom, that's where I'll start," Maroney said. "There's no gimmes in this league. Everything is so fast, it takes a while to learn how things are called here, but with a little bit of hard work and dedication, I'll be fine."

RB | Ricky Williams | CFL | Injury News
MiamiDolphins.com reports Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban issued a statement regarding CFL RB Ricky Williams' (arm) injury. Saban's statement read, "We're very supportive of Ricky and the season that he is having in Canada. Hopefully, he will have a speedy recovery and we feel certain this setback will not affect his future as a football player."

RB | Correll Buckhalter | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles have activated RB Correll Buckhalter (knee) from their Physically Unable to Perform list.

RB | Dominic Rhodes | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Mike Chappell, writing for the Sporting News, reports Indianapolis Colts RB Dominic Rhodes wants to be "the man" at running back and he'll get his shot in 2006. Rhodes rushed for 1,104 yards and nine TDs in 2001 when RB Edgerrin James was injured. Since that season Rhodes largely has been a non-factor. Rhodes will have to put his best foot forward to keep the starting job because he'll be pushed in training camp by first-round draft pick RB Joseph Addai.

RB | Lee Suggs | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Steve Doerschuk, writing for the Sporting News, reports Cleveland Browns talented, but often injured, RB Lee Suggs will open training camp as the team's No. 2 running back behind starting RB Reuben Droughns. Suggs is the most talented all-around back on the team. Suggs can also offer more breakaway runs both inside and outside. Suggs has bulked up to around 215 pounds, costing him just a shade of his good natural elusiveness. If he stays healthy, he could be the surprise player of 2006. If he is injured again, his days with the team may be numbered.

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Bart Hubbuch, writing for the Sporting News, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are anxious to see RB Fred Taylor when training camp opens later this week. All reports indicate the team's all-time leading rusher is in the best shape of his career. Taylor apparently has dropped nearly 15 pounds from his 2005 listed playing weight of 234 and is showing burst in workouts that he hasn't displayed since the late 1990s. Taylor's challenge now is to show the team he can stay healthy. He missed five games due to injury last season and has yet to prove his reliability to the current coaching staff.

RB | Carnell Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Carnell Williams focused on his blocking and pass-catching this offseason. Williams said, "It's not that I'm bad at those things; I just never had to do a lot of it when I was in college. So I'm trying to get better in both areas. I really want to be sound there, because that will force the coaches to play me on third down. That's what I'm trying to do - I'm trying to force their hands." Williams was not used often on third-downs last season, with only 24 of his 290 carries coming on third down. Williams has apparently made a lot of progress in his pass catching, with running backs coach Art Valero saying, "We went back to square one with him in terms of just learning the offense, working on individual techniques and learning passing routes. And it wasn't just backfield routes that we worked on. We worked on some moves that will enable Cadillac to shake free of defenders by using his hands better, and that's going to be invaluable to him. I mean, he should be a legitimate receiver in this offense this year, because he's going to be able to run some real passing routes instead of just running clearing routes where he's clearing out [defenders for] someone else."

RB | Brian Westbrook | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg discussed how he plans to run the ball more in the upcoming season. Mornhinweg said, "We're not going to put any numbers on anybody. [RB] Brian Westbrook will have his hands on the football enough for us to win. Again, we will use all of our eligible receivers and all of our eligible runners and spread it around just a little bit. But, Brian will have his hands on the ball enough for us to win."

RB | Cedric Benson | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
John Mullin and K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, report one question facing the Chicago Bears heading into training camp is can RB Cedric Benson be a solid No. 1 running back for the team? Benson's rookie season revealed little, thwarted by the contract impasse that cost him camp, the knee injury that cost him six games and RB Thomas Jones' play. If he had been in camp on time, speculation was that his first NFL start would have come far earlier than Nov. 13 against San Francisco. Benson has apparently now been installed as the top back for a run-oriented team.

RB | Kevan Barlow | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Kevin Lynch, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports the San Francisco 49ers running game could be a force, but that's dependent upon the health of RBs Kevan Barlow and Frank Gore. Barlow is coming off an arthroscopic procedure to remove a cyst in his knee that he says has bothered him for two years. Though he'll be ready for Friday's first workout, July 28, Gore is rebounding from surgeries on both shoulders and is playing on two reconstructed knees.

RB | Eric Shelton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Steve Reed, of the Gaston Gazette, reports the Carolina Panthers are still hopeful RB Eric Shelton can contribute to the team's success in 2006. Unless Shelton is able to make vast improvements pickup up opposing defenses and is able to correct his upright running style then the team may be forced to cut bait and release him. However, the team is hoping Shelton can at least contribute this year as a short-yardage back.

RB | Ron Dayne | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Vic Lombardi, of CBS4Denver.com, reports the starting running back spot for the Denver Broncos remains up for grabs. The candidates are RBs Ron Dayne, Tatum Bell, Mike Bell and Cedric Cobbs. "With the running back situation, it's really hard to tell until you put the pads on and watch them in live situations," head coach Mike Shanahan said. "We'll get a chance to do that in these preseason games. That's really where the running back, along with the safeties, separate themselves."

RB | Moe Williams | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Nick Wagoner, of StLouisRams.com, reports there has been some talk the St. Louis Rams could turn to another former Minnesota Vikings running back, free agent RB Moe Williams (Vikings) as a potential No. 2 running back now that RB Marshall Faulk (knee) is done for the 2006 season.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Sports Xchange reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown said he will remain in the 235-pound range for his second NFL season, but Brown said he believes he is in better shape than as a rookie when he rushed for 907 yards and four touchdowns. "I think the muscle mass and being in a little bit better shape is probably going to be helpful," Brown said.

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Jason Cole, of Yahoo Sports, reports there has been some talk of New Orleans Saints rookie RB Reggie Bush not signing in time for training camp. Now, a league source said Bush is toying with the idea of sitting out the entire season and going back in the NFL Draft in 2007 if he doesn't get his price. "No player has ever had the kind of leverage that Reggie Bush has right now," the source said. "The Saints made it clear what they were willing to do before and now we'll see if they're going to get there." Two sources said that talks between the Saints and agent Joel Segal have been nearly non-existent. Wednesday, July 19, Mike Ornstein, who is Bush's marketing agent, told the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., that he didn't think Bush would be signed in time for camp. Ornstein is not allowed to negotiate contracts, but he is acutely aware of all of Bush's business matters. Bush supposedly has more than $5 million in the bank from multiple endorsement deals Ornstein has negotiated since Bush left the University of Southern California. Bush could probably sit out 2006 and still be a high pick next year.

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams intend to keep RB Marshall Faulk (knee) on the roster and pay him his $2 million salary. Head coach Scott Linehan said, "Some guys earn that. Not very many, but some do, and I believe he's definitely one of them. The reason we've tried to be patient with this is because of who the individual is. We were kind of hoping that it would respond and he would feel good, but it has not been a positive rehabilitation for him." Faulk will likely be designated to the Physically Unable to Perform list. Linehan said that retirement "has never been discussed. He's got to go through the surgery first."


Fullback

FB | Justin Griffith | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
George Henry, writing for the Sporting News, reports the Atlanta Falcons want to extend the contract of FB Justin Griffith. He can become a free agent after the 2006 season, but the team is expected to offer him a new contract sometime in August.


Wide Receiver

WR | Sinorice Moss | New York Giants | Transaction
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the New York Giants have reached agreement on a four-year contract with second-round draft pick WR Sinorice Moss. The four-year contract is worth $3.51 million and includes $1.91 million in guarantees. The Giants also included $100,000 in incentives, which is not often done on a second-round contract.

WR | Jabar Gaffney | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Chris McPherson, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Jabar Gaffney practiced with the first-team offense during the team's full-pads workout Tuesday, July 25, in place of WR Todd Pinkston (Achilles').

WR | Ashley Lelie | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Frank Schwab, of the Colorado Springs Gazette, reports Denver Broncos WR Ashley Lelie could be fined $14,000 a day if he decides to holdout during training camp. Lelie's agent, Peter Schaffer, said a fine wouldn't change Lelie's stance about wanting a trade. "We've been working diligently to get a deal done for months and we're going to continue to do that," Schaffer said. "We're focused on coming up with a positive resolution."

WR | Troy Brown | New England Patriots | Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots WR Troy Brown has the desire to line up every play this season as the team's number two receiver. "I'm pushing whoever's lined up in front of me," Brown said. "It's my job to earn a starting spot. That doesn't mean it's going to happen, but you better know where I'm at. Don't slip up on your game, because I'm right behind you."

WR | Ronald Curry | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of Inside Bay Area, reports Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry (Achilles') will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
The Green Bay Packers have announced the team has signed rookie WR Greg Jennings, the team's second of two picks in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Nate Davis, of USA Today, reports Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says the back injury that quietly plagued him during the second-half of the 2005 season is a non-issue. Fitzgerald said, "I'm no different than anyone else. A great percentage of us have something wrong by the middle of the season. But I've got that old-school mentality and keep on going. I've just been working out, trying to put myself in the best condition to handle the rigors of the season while trying to enjoy myself."

WR | Devery Henderson | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Mike Triplett, writing for the Sporting News, reports New Orleans Saints WR Devery Henderson could be attempting to lock down the team's No. 3 wide receiver job in training camp, or he could be on the outside looking in. The Saints are overcrowded at the wide receiver position, especially after they acquired WR Bethel Johnson in a trade with the New England Patriots. Henderson and Johnson are downfield speed receivers, so there might not be a need for both of them on the roster. Henderson will have to start over with a new quarterback and a new offense this year after having an up and down 2005.

WR | Mike Williams | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, writing for the Sporting News, reports Detroit Lions WR Mike Williams must get his act together to remain with the team. When Williams was late for a morning meeting during the mandatory minicamp, head coach Rod Marinelli told him to stay away for the final two days. If the problem persists, though, it won't be long before Marinelli tells Williams to go home, for good.

WR | Charles Rogers | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, writing for the Sporting News, reports there is some word that Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers really turned it on during the final weeks of the offseason workouts and he could become a significant contributor. Talent-wise, Rogers is the best receiver on the team, but his mental approach has been lacking the last two years. If he's on his game, loaded with downfield speed and big-play ability, Rogers has a chance to blossom in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's offense. The early part of training camp should be very telling for Rogers.

WR | Javon Walker | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Lee Rasizer, writing for the Sporting News, reports Denver Broncos WR Javon Walker (knee) promised he wouldn't need a brace on his surgically-repaired right knee and kept his word at July minicamp. His plan was to use the three weeks between minicamp and training camp to gain confidence making hard plants off his leg, with the goal of being full go for two-a-days. It's likely Walker will be used sparingly in those twice-daily practice situations, however, as head coach Mike Shanahan's history is treating his veterans with injury issues lightly in the summer.

WR | Chris Henry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry (knee) could be released as soon as he is medically cleared from a sprained knee. Henry has been involved in legal problems during the offseason. The team could decide to keep him in an attempt to capitalize on his talent as a pass catcher.

WR | Arnaz Battle | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Kevin Lynch, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports San Francisco 49ers WR Arnaz Battle's (knee) injured knee remains a mystery. He missed half his starts last season and needed respites during minicamp practices.

WR | Michael Clayton | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need WR Michael Clayton to have a full comeback in 2006. Clayton had a horrific training camp a year ago. Knee surgery prevented him from reporting in shape, and then he suffered a separated shoulder in an early preseason game. Head coach Jon Gruden lost confidence in Clayton and built the passing game around WR Joey Galloway. When asked if Clayton is back to form Gruden replied: "I think he is. He's had four or five operations in a year and a half. That's a real challenge for anyone, but particularly a professional receiver. But he is making progress. There's still progress to be made but I do like what I've seen and I like what I've seen from some others at that position, also."

WR | Keary Colbert | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Steve Reed, of the Gaston Gazette, reports the Carolina Panthers believe WR Drew Carter will battle with two-year starting WR Keary Colbert for the No. 3 receiver spot, but either way it will be hard for the Panthers to keep him out off the field given his speed and big-play ability. Carter finally got a shot in Week 15 last season and he made some huge plays down the stretch and even in the playoffs. Carter has great speed and his 6-foot-3; 200-pound frame makes it difficult for cornerbacks to defend him on deep routes one-on-one. The team may deploy more three-receiver sets in 2006 to take advantage of their depth at wide receiver.

WR | Koren Robinson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, recently interviewed Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress and he asked him about WR Koren Robinson being the team's No. 1 wide receiver. Childress replied: "He is our No. 1 receiver, and I think each of those guys will establish how many downs they're on the field. But the more contributors you have, the better. But I have every reason to believe he is (our No. 1 receiver)." Childress was asked what impressed him about Robinson and he replied: "This offense is a catch-and-run offense, so you're talking about a bigger body guy who has some niftiness and some elusiveness, so that lends itself to this offense."

WR | Darius Watts | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Vic Lombardi, of CBS4Denver.com, reports Denver Broncos WR Darius Watts is looking like the team's No. 3 wide receiver, with WR Ashley Lelie currently out of the picture. Watts made some strides in the offseason after spending all of last season in the dog house. "I was kind of glad it happened, you know, it made me focus more," Watts said. "I was a little lackadaisical about being focused because I had the job. But, once you get it taken away from you, you're like 'Oh.'"

WR | Chad Jackson | New England Patriots | Transaction
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the New England Patriots reached an agreement on a four-year contract with second-round pick WR Chad Jackson. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Tight End

TE | Leonard Pope | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
The Arizona Cardinals have announced the team has signed rookie TE Leonard Pope, the team's third-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, to a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TE | Kris Mangum | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Pat Yasinskas, writing for the Sporting News, reports the Carolina Panthers want to involve TE Kris Mangum more in the passing game, provided the team can get better offensive line play. He doesn't have the speed to be a big factor as a receiver, but he has good hands, knows the offense well and can be an excellent safety valve for QB Jake Delhomme.

TE | Alge Crumpler | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
George Henry, writing for the Sporting News, reports Atlanta Falcons TE Alge Crumpler (knee, shoulder) expects to recover completely from offseason shoulder surgery, but the team will hold him out of the early portion of camp and likely the first three preseason games, too. Crumpler also underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the 2005 season, so he would've been limited in camp even if his shoulder were healthy. Crumpler's injury also provides valuable snaps for TE Dwayne Blakley, who is a better receiving option than No. 2 TE Eric Beverly.

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction, Fantasy
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a new, six-year contract with TE Jason Witten. He was entering the final season of the original four-year contract he signed with the Cowboys as a third-round choice in the 2003 draft, and was scheduled to have a base salary of $1.573 million in 2006. The new contract is worth about $28 million-$29 million and includes a $12 million signing bonus.

TE | Bubba Franks | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Jason Wilde, of the Wisconsin State Journal, reports Green Bay Packers TE Bubba Franks has once again heard the team's tight ends will be more involved in the offense and this year he is a believer. Franks saw enough evidence during the team's offseason minicamp and organized team activity practices to be cautiously optimistic about the possibilities. "You can see it in the offense. We are more involved," said Franks, who missed most of training camp last year because of contract negotiations but will report on time for Friday's first practice. "We're pretty much (being used) at every position - we're at the tight end position, we're in the backfield, we're split out at the wide receiver position. We play all the positions, really. So they have no choice but to get us the ball. But we'll see." One reason for Franks to believe the hype is his former position coach, Jeff Jagodzinski, is now the team's offensive coordinator. "He's going to be more involved. He will be," said Jagodzinski of Franks. Under Jagodzinski, Franks went to the Pro Bowl in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Jagodzinski wants to focus on Franks' strength, which is his red zone ability.


Place Kicker

PK | Stephen Gostkowski | New England Patriots | Transaction
Patriots.com reports the New England Patriots have signed fourth-round pick PK Stephen Gostkowski to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Jamal Williams | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers DT Jamal Williams (knee) is likely to be on the sideline when training camp opens Saturday, July 29.

DL | Patrick Kerney | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
Gorge Henry, writing for the Sporting News, reports the Atlanta Falcons want to extend the contract of DE Patrick Kerney. He can become a free agent after the 2006 season, but the team is expected to offer him a new contract sometime in August. Kerney, who canceled the final two years of a contract he signed in October 2002, will command more than the $8.5 million signing bonus he received last time.

DL | Kris Jenkins | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Sports Xchange reports Carolina Panthers DL Kris Jenkins (knee) will not likely work two-a-days right off the bat for the team. The team will likely make Jenkins work only once a day to reduce stress on his surgically repaired knee.


Linebacker

LB | Trev Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports a decision will be made soon on St. Louis Rams LB Trev Faulk (back), who underwent back surgery for a herniated disc in late spring. Pending results of a physical, he could end up on the Injured Reserve or Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list.

LB | Matt McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles WLB Matt McCoy has entered training camp penciled in as the team's starter at weakside linebacker.

LB | D'Qwell Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with second-round draft pick LB D'Qwell Jackson on a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

LB | Zach Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Sports Xchange reports Miami Dolphins LB Zach Thomas (shoulder) should be cleared to participate in training camp after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Thomas was limited in the team's offseason practices. "I've never really had anything on my upper body from an injury (standpoint)," said Thomas, who still led Miami in tackles in 2005 with 158 despite getting injured 10 games into the season. "You've got to have patience with it. It will eventually come."

LB | Kailee Wong | Houston Texans | Injury News
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans LB Kailee Wong (knee) will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when training camp starts July 28. The team will be able to remove him from the PUP list at any point during training camp.


Cornerback

CB | Antonio Cromartie | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the San Diego Chargers have reached an agreement with first-round draft pick CB Antonio Cromartie on a five-year, $12.75 million deal that includes $7.35 million in guarantees. There also are another $2 million in escalators. His deal represents a 13 percent increase over what last year's 19th overall selection, OT Alex Barron, got from the St. Louis Rams.

CB | Lito Sheppard | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Don Benevento, of the Courier-Post, reports Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and his medical staff plan to keep a close eye in the coming days on CB Lito Sheppard (ankle) and WR Todd Pinkston (Achilles'). Sheppard is coming off a broken ankle and Pinkston is coming off an Achilles' tendon tear that kept him out all last season. "We're going to just keep communication open," Reid said. "We've got enough guys out here to give Pinkston and blow and I'll watch him and Lito to make sure both of those two are all right."

CB | Ty Law | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agency News
Doug Tucker, of the Associated Press, reports free agent CB Ty Law has passed his physical and officially signed with the team. The team has a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 25.


Strong Safety

SS | Dwight Smith | Free Agent Players | Depth Chart Tidbit
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Minnesota Vikings FS Dwight Smith is expected to start at free safety with the Vikings. He is reunited with Mike Tomlin, the Vikings' defensive coordinator, who was Smith's secondary coach for four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

SS | Rodney Harrison | New England Patriots | Injury News, Transaction
The Boston Globe reports New England Patriots SS Rodney Harrison (knee) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means he is not ready to complete the required physical to start training camp.


Free Safety

FS | Darren Sharper | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Minnesota Vikings FS Darren Sharper is likely to move to strong safety with the addition of FS Dwight Smith.

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