NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on March 9, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Brady Quinn | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, citing Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Houston Texans are considering trading up from the eighth pick in the draft to take QB Brady Quinn, and that they may already have an arrangement to acquire the sixth overall pick from the Washington Redskins.

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (foot) should be out of his walking boot by the end of this month. Rivers is expected to be a full-time participant in the team's offseason workout program by mid-to-late April.

QB | John Beck | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reporting for the Sporting News, reports the Philadelphia Eagles may use a second-day pick (fifth or sixth round) on a quarterback. Head coach Andy Reid likes grooming young quarterbacks, and it's likely he'll try again. Two possibilities are Brigham Young University QB John Beck and Stanford QB Trent Edwards.

QB | Trent Edwards | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reporting for the Sporting News, reports the Philadelphia Eagles may use a second-day pick (fifth or sixth round) on a quarterback. Head coach Andy Reid likes grooming young quarterbacks, and it's likely he'll try again. Two possibilities are Brigham Young University QB John Beck and Stanford QB Trent Edwards.

QB | Trent Green | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Armando Salguero, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins were one of several teams that have been contacted by the Kansas City Chiefs about the possibility of a QB Trent Green trade.

QB | Chris Leak | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
John Murphy, of Yahoo! Sports, reports Florida QB Chris Leak has denied speculation he scored an eight on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Combine. He was not sure where or when the rumor started but mentioned teams have not mentioned anything to him. He noted most scouts have told him he's done a good job showcasing his skills recently.

QB | Cleo Lemon | Miami Dolphins | Free Agency News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports QB Cleo Lemon and the Miami Dolphins are discussing a multi-year contract, a source said. A restricted free agent, Lemon was given a second-round tender offer of $1.3 million.


Running Back

RB | Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
The NFL Network reports Baltimore Ravens RB Willis McGahee has signed a seven-year contract extension worth $40 million with $15 million guaranteed.

RB | Reuben Droughns | New York Giants | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the New York Giants have acquired RB Reuben Droughns from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for WR Tim Carter.

RB | T.J. Duckett | Washington Redskins | Free Agency News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants have expressed interest in unrestricted free-agent RB T.J. Duckett (Redskins).

RB | Dominic Rhodes | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agency News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports the Oakland Raiders signed free agent RB Dominic Rhodes (Colts) to a two-year, $7.5 million contract Friday, March 9.

RB | Corey Dillon | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the Buffalo Bills had hoped to meet with unrestricted free-agent RB Corey Dillon (Patriots) Thursday, March 8, but Dillon did not make the trip to Buffalo.

RB | LaBrandon Toefield | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports unrestricted free-agent RB LaBrandon Toefield (Jaguars) had a free-agent visit Wednesday, March 7, with the Miami Dolphins.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, ESPNews reports the one-year deal RB Jamal Lewis received from the Cleveland Browns is worth $3.5 million.

RB | Brian Leonard | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reporting for the Sporting News, reports the New England Patriots will draft the best player available, regardless of position. One player who they could be interested in, should he slip, is Mississippi LB Patrick Willis, a big hitter who can play inside and out. Another name to watch in the middle rounds is Rutgers FB Brian Leonard.

RB | Brandon Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Nebraska RB Brandon Jackson measured a height of 5-9 7/8 and a weight of 206 pounds at his Pro Day March 7. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds and 4.42 seconds.


Fullback

FB | Justin Griffith | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of NFL.com, reports the Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent FB Justin Griffith (Falcons). No terms of the deal have been disclosed.


Wide Receiver

WR | Tim Carter | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the New York Giants have acquired RB Reuben Droughns from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for WR Tim Carter.

WR | Kelley Washington | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Edgar Thompson, of the Palm Beach Post, reports the New England Patriots are meeting with unrestricted free-agent WR Kelley Washington (Bengals) Friday, March 9.

WR | Reggie Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reporting for the Sporting News, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Reggie Brown could find himself as the team's No. 1 option in the passing game next season, at least that appears to be the team's plan.

WR | Donte' Stallworth | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
John Nalbone, of the Trenton Times, citing The Philadelphia Inquirer, reports the Philadelphia Eagles front office was not the source of the leak that exposed WR Donte' Stallworth's participation in the league's substance-abuse program.

WR | Bethel Johnson | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
John Nalbone, of the Trenton Times, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Bethel Johnson, who signed a one-year contract March 8, will be expected to return kickoffs alongside second-year WR Jeremy Bloom, who spent his entire rookie season on Injured Reserve.

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Jean-Jacques Taylor, of the Dallas Morning News, reporting for the Sporting News, reports the Dallas Cowboys want more production from WR Terrell Owens. One way they will try this in 2007 is by getting him more involved in crossing routes that will give him the ability to run after the catch. That's the skill that makes Owens special, and the Cowboys didn't get him the ball on the move quite enough last season.

WR | Rod Smith | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos WR Rod Smith (hip) is expected to miss the majority of the team's offseason program after undergoing arthroscopic debridement on his left hip Feb. 26. The surgery is expected to sideline him for four months. The procedure is done to remove dead or damaged tissue in the affected area to allow living tissue to heal more quickly. Smith has not missed a regular season game due to injury in over five seasons.

WR | Joe Horn | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Updating a previous post, the Associated Press reports Atlanta Falcons WR Joe Horn received a four-year contract worth $19 million.

WR | Brandon Stokley | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of NFL.com, reports the New Orleans Saints are meeting with unrestricted free-agent WR Brandon Stokley (Colts) Thursday, March 8.

WR | Kevin Curtis | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles will be meeting with unrestricted free-agent WR Kevin Curtis (Rams) Friday, March 9.

WR | Chad Jackson | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reporting for the Sporting News, reports in the best-case scenario, New England Patriots WR Chad Jackson (knee) could be back sometime just before opening day 2007, but could be well behind in his preparation.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Michael Felger, of the Boston Herald, reports WR Wes Welker will probably line up in the slot wide receiver position in 2007. Welker, who was traded to the New England Patriots from the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, March 6, admitted that he is better suited to the inside role generally reserved for third and fourth receivers than outside.


Tight End

TE | Randy McMichael | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agency News, Fantasy
StLouisRams.com reports the St. Louis Rams have signed unrestricted free-agent TE Randy McMichael (Dolphins) to a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Place Kicker

PK | Josh Huston | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants are apparently willing to let rookie PK Josh Huston become their full-time kicker. Huston, who was signed in January of 2007, is a rookie out of Ohio State with only one full year of kicking experience at the college level. In 2005, as a fifth-year senior for the Buckeyes, he hit 22 of his 28 field goals and 44 of 45 extra points.

PK | Jay Feely | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agency News, Fantasy
Armando Salguero, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins have signed unrestricted free-agent PK Jay Feely (Giants) to a three-year deal worth a little less than $6 million.

PK | Olindo Mare | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Armando Salguero, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins are expected to either release or trade PK Olindo Mare after the signing of PK Jay Feely.


Defensive Line

DL | Keith Traylor | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agency News
MiamiDolphins.com reports the Miami Dolphins have re-signed unrestricted free-agent DT Keith Traylor to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Grant Wistrom | Free Agent Players | Transaction
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Seattle Seahawks have released DE Grant Wistrom.


Defensive End

DE | Gaines Adams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Paul Woody, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, reporting for the Sporting News, reports defensive end appears to be in the forefront of the Washington Redskins evaluation process for the draft. With the sixth choice, the team should be able to grab Clemson DE Gaines Adams.

DE | Adam Carriker | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Nebraska DE Adam Carriker measured a height of 6-6 and a weight of 291 pounds at his Pro Day March 7. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.73 seconds and 4.72 seconds.


Linebacker

LB | Donnie Edwards | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
John Nalbone, of the Trenton Times, reports the Philadelphia Eagles have expressed interest in unrestricted free-agent LB Donnie Edwards (Chargers).

LB | Paul Posluszny | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reporting for the Sporting News, reports at the NFL Combine, the New York Giants fell in love with the overall group of linebackers and came away convinced that there are four or five worthy of a first-round selection. They need two outside linebackers and are almost certain to use the 20th overall pick at that position. A few that might be considered are Penn State LB Paul Posluszny, Florida State LB Lawrence Timmons, and Oklahoma LB Rufus Alexander. Whomever they draft will have an opportunity to walk right into the NFL and start.

LB | Rufus Alexander | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reporting for the Sporting News, reports at the NFL Combine, the New York Giants fell in love with the overall group of linebackers and came away convinced that there are four or five worthy of a first-round selection. They need two outside linebackers and are almost certain to use the 20th overall pick at that position. A few that might be considered are Penn State LB Paul Posluszny, Florida State LB Lawrence Timmons, and Oklahoma LB Rufus Alexander. Whomever they draft will have an opportunity to walk right into the NFL and start.

LB | Lawrence Timmons | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reporting for the Sporting News, reports at the NFL Combine, the New York Giants fell in love with the overall group of linebackers and came away convinced that there are four or five worthy of a first-round selection. They need two outside linebackers and are almost certain to use the 20th overall pick at that position. A few that might be considered are Penn State LB Paul Posluszny, Florida State LB Lawrence Timmons, and Oklahoma LB Rufus Alexander. Whomever they draft will have an opportunity to walk right into the NFL and start.

LB | London Fletcher-Baker | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Paul Woody, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, reporting for the Sporting News, reports with Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher-Baker now in the middle, LB Lemar Marshall can move back to weak side linebacker, where he played well in 2005.

LB | Lemar Marshall | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Paul Woody, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, reporting for the Sporting News, reports with Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher-Baker now in the middle, LB Lemar Marshall can move back to weak side linebacker, where he played well in 2005.

LB | Thomas Davis | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Brett Borden, of Panthers.com, reports Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis is doing well in his rehabilitation from a torn labrum suffered during the 2006 season. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, "He has worked hard on his rehab and has regained all of his range of motion. We're now just trying to build up his shoulder strength while paying attention to the rotator cuff and the muscles of the scapula." Vermillion added Davis should be back to normal soon, but he might not be ready to participate fully in the team's first minicamp. "I foresee him to be maybe limited for our first mini-camp, but 100 percent for our June school. He'll be part-time when the strength and conditioning program starts on March 19, but he should be 100 percent in the program by the end of it and shouldn't have any problems at all."

LB | Edgerton Hartwell | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Albert Breer, of the MetroWest Daily News, reports the New England Patriots are interested in unrestricted free-agent LB Edgerton Hartwell (Falcons).

LB | Patrick Willis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reporting for the Sporting News, reports the New England Patriots will draft the best player available, regardless of position. One player who they could be interested in, should he slip, is Mississippi LB Patrick Willis, a big hitter who can play inside and out. Another name to watch in the middle rounds is Rutgers FB Brian Leonard.


Cornerback

CB | Roderick Hood | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agency News
Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals are negotiating with the agent of unrestricted free-agent CB Roderick Hood (Eagles) on a contract.

CB | Tory James | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Pete Dougherty, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports the Green Bay Packers met with unrestricted free-agent CB Tory James (Bengals) Thursday, March 8.

CB | Jamar Fletcher | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of NFL.com, reports the Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to meet with free agent CB Jamar Fletcher (Lions).

CB | William James | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agency News
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday, March 9, they have agreed to terms with free agent CB William James (Eagles) on a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Corey Webster | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reporting for the Sporting News, reports New York Giants CB Corey Webster is expected to be a starter in 2007. They believe that a variety of injuries, and shattered confidence, ruined his effectiveness. They also believe that in a new defensive system with a new coordinator, as long as he's healthy, Webster finally will flash some talent.

CB | Dre' Bly | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Fantasy
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos CB Dre' Bly is happy with the team and does not want to be traded, according to his agent. "I've had nothing but positive dialogue with the Broncos," said Bly's agent, Kennard McGuire. "There hasn't been one negative element in play...Obviously, he's very excited to be there and has not expressed anything else." Bly is expected to be in Denver Monday, April 2, to begin his offseason conditioning program.

CB | Nick Harper | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of NFL.com, reports the Tennessee Titans are meeting with unrestricted free-agent CB Nick Harper (Colts) Thursday, March 8.


Safety

S | Reggie Nelson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Florida DB Reggie Nelson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at his Pro Day March 7. He finished the short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.70 seconds. He measured a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-6 broad jump.


Strong Safety

SS | Todd Johnson | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agency News
Updating a previous report, ESPNews reports the St. Louis Rams have signed unrestricted free-agent S Todd Johnson (Bears) to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Free Safety

FS | Kevin Kaesviharn | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports free-agent S Kevin Kaesviharn (Bengals) met with the Cleveland Browns Thursday, March 8.

FS | Brian Russell | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks are negotiating with the agent of unrestricted free-agent S Brian Russell (Browns).

FS | Deon Grant | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agency News
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent S Deon Grant (Jaguars) to a six-year contract worth more than $30 million. The deal included what is believed to be the largest signing bonus ever given to an NFL safety.

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