NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on May 4, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (foot) will take part in the team's minicamp. Rivers, however, will take less snaps than he normally would.

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Draft Information
Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb and head coach Andy Reid had a meeting at the team's complex Tuesday, May 1, according to a team spokesman. Details of their discussion were not available. Reid said he tried to contact McNabb Saturday, April 28, following the selection of QB Kevin Kolb in the NFL Draft and left a message with McNabb telling the quarterback that he remained a part of the team's plans. McNabb reportedly arrived to the team's training facility Monday, April 30, for rehab but did not speak with Reid, amid speculation that McNabb was not happy about the selection of Kolb.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Transaction, Fantasy
ESPNews reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady restructured his contract to help facilitate the addition of WR Randy Moss.

QB | Trent Green | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins ability to work out a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for QB Trent Green appears dead at the moment. Both general managers continue to jockey for a better draft pick, which must now come in the 2008 season.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron said he has spoke with QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) and told him their focus is on Culpepper getting healthy so Cameron can see where he is at on the field.

QB | Josh McCown | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Draft Information
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Oakland Raiders have acquired WR Mike Williams and QB Josh McCown from the Detroit Lions for the No. 105 overall selection in the NFL Draft.

QB | Brady Quinn | Cleveland Browns | Draft Information
Suzy Kolber, of ESPN, reports the Kansas City Chiefs tried to trade with the Dallas Cowboys to draft Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn.

QB | John Beck | Miami Dolphins | Draft Information
Keven Lerner and Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, report the Miami Dolphins will most likely take a quarterback with one of their two second round picks. Some possibilities include Stanford QB Trent Edwards, Brigham Young University QB John Beck and Michigan State QB Drew Stanton.

QB | JaMarcus Russell | Oakland Raiders | Draft Information
The Oakland Raiders have selected Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.


Running Back

RB | Adrian L. Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
ESPNews reports Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian L. Peterson (collarbone) will take part in the team's rookie minicamps. Peterson is described as "90 percent healthy."

RB | Michael Bush | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Bill Soliday, of MediaNews, reports Oakland Raiders RB Michael Bush (leg) says doctors expect him to be ready for the start of the team's training camp in July.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins may not keep RB Ricky Williams even if he is reinstated by the league. The Dolphins drafted RB Lorenzo Booker and he seems to fit the team's need for a third-down back behind starting RB Ronnie Brown.

RB | Lorenzo Booker | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins may not keep RB Ricky Williams even if he is reinstated by the league. The Dolphins drafted RB Lorenzo Booker and he seems to fit the team's need for a third-down back behind starting RB Ronnie Brown.

RB | Michael Turner | San Diego Chargers | Draft Information, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports the San Diego Chargers talked repeatedly with the Tennessee Titans during the first round of the NFL Draft and continued to talk with at least one other team throughout the day about a possible deal involving backup RB Michael Turner. General manager A.J. Smith is content keeping Turner with the Chargers if they are not offered a first-round pick in exchange for him. Smith said the team is not actively trying to trade him and a deal has to be on their terms. "It has to be good enough," Smith said.

RB | Antonio Pittman | New Orleans Saints | Breaking News, Fantasy
Associated Press reports the New Orleans Saints added another running back to their stable Sunday, April 29, with the selection of RB Antonio Pittman, formerly of Ohio State. He is expected to compete for the No. 3 running back job with RB Aaron Stecker. Pittman said he was shocked with the Saints selecting him because he never worked out for them before the NFL Draft.

RB | Anthony Thomas | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Associated Press reports the Buffalo Bills are excited about the potential of rookie RB Marshawn Lynch, the team's first-round draft choice. The team is hopeful he can become even better than former starter Willis McGahee because he is an added threat as a receiver out of the backfield. Lynch will compete with Anthony Thomas for the starting job this summer.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Associated Press reports the Buffalo Bills are excited about the potential of rookie RB Marshawn Lynch, the team's first-round draft choice. The team is hopeful he can become even better than former starter Willis McGahee because he is an added threat as a receiver out of the backfield. Lynch will compete with Anthony Thomas for the starting job this summer.

RB | Chris Brown | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have made preliminary contact with free-agent RB Chris Brown (Titans).

RB | Tony Hunt | Philadelphia Eagles | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Penn State RB Tony Hunt measured a height of 6-foot-1 5/8 and a weight of 234 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and 4.71 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.72 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.39 seconds. He measured a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-2 broad jump.


Wide Receiver

WR | Keyshawn Johnson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports the Philadelphia Eagles are unlikely to sign unrestricted free-agent WR Keyshawn Johnson (Panthers).

WR | Darrell Jackson | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers WR Darrell Jackson (toe) did not participate at the team's first day of minicamp due to injury.

WR | Randy Moss | New England Patriots | Transaction
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots WR Randy Moss has signed a one-year, $3 million deal with $2 million in incentives.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins WR Ted Ginn Jr. (foot) says he may not be ready for the start of the team's training camp. Ginn's sprained left foot will be in a boot for about another month.

WR | Craig Davis | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said rookie WR Craig Davis should be able to contribute to the team early this year in third down packages. He noted Davis has played in the slot and will also contribute on special teams as a punt returner.

WR | Ronald Curry | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Steve Corkran, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry is likely to step into the starting lineup with the departure of WR Randy Moss.

WR | Anthony Gonzalez | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Associated Press reports the Indianapolis Colts view rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez as a younger, quicker version of former slot-receiver Brandon Stokley, who was released during the offseason. General manager Bill Polian said the two are comparable in size, dedication, speed and personality.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Wes Welker is the top option to be the team's slot receiver during 2007.

WR | Donte' Stallworth | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Donte' Stallworth is expected to be one of the team's starting wide receivers in 2007.

WR | Chad Jackson | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Chad Jackson (knee) is likely to open training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list.

WR | Reche Caldwell | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Reche Caldwell figures to push for playing time at one of the team's outside receiver spots in 2007.

WR | Sidney Rice | Minnesota Vikings | Draft Information, Fantasy
Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings addressed one of their biggest needs in the second-round of the NFL Draft by selecting WR Sidney Rice, of South Carolina. Head coach Brad Childress said Rice has very good hand-eye coordination.

WR | Robert Meachem | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints rookie WR Robert Meachem will compete for a starting role.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz discussed where rookie WR Calvin Johnson will fit into the team's offense. The Lions already have WRs Roy E. Williams, Shaun McDonald and Mike Furrey under contract for the 2007 season. "We're going to put him over with Mike Furrey at Z, opposite of Roy. We've got Mac and Roy at X and then Mike and Calvin over at Z. He will be the Z in our four wide receiver package with Mike inside and Mac inside and Roy on the outside. That's a pretty good crew of four. Hopefully it will equal the best I've ever had, or maybe it will be a bit better, who knows."

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Draft Information
The Kansas City Chiefs have selected Louisiana State WR Dwayne Bowe with the No. 23 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

WR | Steven Smith | New York Giants | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Southern California WR Steven Smith measured a height of 6-foot and a weight of 195 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Combine.


Tight End

TE | David Martin | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Greg Bedard, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins TE David Martin (flu) did not practice at the team's minicamp because he has the flu.

TE | Jerramy Stevens | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agency News
Buccaneers.com reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent TE Jerramy Stevens (Seahawks). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TE | Zach Miller | Oakland Raiders | Draft Information, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Bill Soliday, of MediaNews, reports Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin said rookie TE Zach Miller is expected to take over as the team's full-time starter at tight end. Due to his versatility, Kiffin noted Miller was their top-rated tight end in the NFL Draft. The team is going to get away from the committee situation they used previously at the position, handing the job over to Miller on a full-time basis.

TE | Greg Olsen | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Associated Press reports Chicago Bears rookie TE Greg Olsen feels like he has improved in strength and technique while trying to become a better blocker, which was considered a weak spot for him. He is looking to have a deal with the team done as quickly as possible so he can begin learning the team's system.


Place Kicker

PK | Billy Cundiff | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
Paul Sheehy, of ProStar Sports Agency, has confirmed to KFFL the Atlanta Falcons have signed PK Billy Cundiff (Saints). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

PK | Josh Brown | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks PK Josh Brown has signed his one-year franchise tender worth $2.078 million.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jason King, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs PK Lawrence Tynes will probably go into training camp with the Chiefs but will have a hard time holding off rookie PK Justin Medlock, a fifth-round selection.

PK | Justin Medlock | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jason King, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs PK Lawrence Tynes will probably go into training camp with the Chiefs but will have a hard time holding off rookie PK Justin Medlock, a fifth-round selection.


Defensive Line

DL | Rod Coleman | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Atlanta Falcons will look to DT Jonathan Babineaux to act as DT Rod Coleman's (quadriceps) replacement, according to general manager Rich McKay. If the Falcons do sign a more experienced player, it will probably be as a backup. Coleman could be sidelined for as long as fine months after sustaining a ruptured right quadriceps in a watercraft accident.

DL | Erasmus James | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Ryan Kibbe, of KSTP Eyewitness News, reports Minnesota Vikings DE Erasmus James (knee) gave a strong indication he will be completely recovered by the start of the 2007 season. He said doctors gave him great news a week ago and are telling him the game plan is to be ready for the start of the regular season. He is recovering from a torn ACL. He wasn't sure if he'd be ready to participate in June minicamps, noting it is a one-day-at-a-time process.

DL | Kris Jenkins | Carolina Panthers | Free Agency News
ESPNews reports Carolina Panthers DT Kris Jenkins will meet with head coach John Fox to discuss the defensive lineman's status with the team.

DL | Ryan Sims | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired DT Ryan Sims from the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed draft choice.

DL | Jared Allen | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs DT Turk McBride may start in place of DE Jared Allen, who was been suspended for the first four games of next season.

DL | Anthony Spencer | Dallas Cowboys | Draft Information
The Dallas Cowboys have selected Purdue University DE Anthony Spencer with the No. 26 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

DL | Jarvis Moss | Denver Broncos | Draft Information
The Denver Broncos have selected University of Florida DE Jarvis Moss with the No. 17 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

DL | Justin Harrell | Green Bay Packers | Draft Information
The Green Bay Packers have selected University of Tennessee DT Justin Harrell with the No. 16 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

DL | Adam Carriker | St. Louis Rams | Draft Information
The St. Louis Rams have selected Nebraska DE Adam Carriker with the No. 13 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

DL | Amobi Okoye | Houston Texans | Draft Information
The Houston Texans have selected Louisville DL Amobi Okoye with the No. 10 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

DL | Jamaal Anderson | Atlanta Falcons | Draft Information
The Atlanta Falcons have selected Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson with the No. 8 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

DL | Gaines Adams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Draft Information
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams with the No. 4 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.


Linebacker

LB | Edgerton Hartwell | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Cincinnati Bengals have signed unrestricted free-agent LB Edgerton Hartwell (Falcons) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed, but it is believed to be $1 million to $1.5 million.

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Injury News
Karen Guregian, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi (wrist) will have his cast removed Wednesday, May 2, after having surgery to remove a screw from the scaphoid bone he broke during training camp last season. Bruschi underwent follow-up surgery in March because he was experiencing pain.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (shoulder) continues to feel weakness in his surgically repaired left shoulder and will not fully participate in the team's minicamp this week.

LB | Randall Godfrey | Free Agent Players | Draft Information
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports the San Diego Chargers will not re-sign LB Randall Godfrey after drafting LB Anthony Waters and LB Brandon Siler in this year's NFL Draft.

LB | LaMarr Woodley | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team is going to convert rookie DE LaMarr Woodley to outside linebacker, where he will work on the left side of the defense.

LB | Lance Briggs | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Associated Press reports Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the team did not field any phone calls regarding trade interest in LB Lance Briggs, the team's franchise player, during the first day of the NFL Draft. While the Bears had previously talked with the Washington Redskins about a trade, a deal never materialized. Angelo noted they have not ruled out trading Briggs but said he isn't looking to part ways with him.

LB | Derek M. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Associated Press reports San Francisco 49ers rookie LB Patrick Willis will compete with LB Derek M. Smith for a starting job.

LB | Patrick Willis | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Associated Press reports San Francisco 49ers rookie LB Patrick Willis will compete with LB Derek M. Smith for a starting job.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Draft Information
The Carolina Panthers have selected University of Miami (Fla.) Jon Beason with the No. 25 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

LB | Lawrence Timmons | Pittsburgh Steelers | Draft Information
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Florida State LB Lawrence Timmons with the No. 15 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.


Cornerback

CB | Shawntae Spencer | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers CB Shawntae Spencer (foot) did not participate at the team's first day of minicamp due to injury.

CB | Aaron Ross | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he expects rookie CB Aaron Ross to compete for playing time right away. Ross, according to Coughlin, has the ability to play in nickel packages both inside and outside. He noted he'll be able to assist the team on special teams, too.

CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Draft Information
The Cincinnati Bengals have selected University of Michigan Leon Hall with the No. 18 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

CB | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets | Draft Information
The New York Jets have selected Pittsburgh CB Darrelle Revis with the No. 14 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.


Strong Safety

SS | Jordan Babineaux | Seattle Seahawks | Free Agency News
Jose Miguel Romero, of the Seattle Times, reports restricted free-agent S Jordan Babineaux will participate in the Seattle Seahawks' minicamp, despite not signing his tender offer yet.

SS | Gibril Wilson | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agency News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports restricted free-agent S Gibril Wilson has signed his one-year tender offer from the New York Giants.

SS | Michael Griffin | Tennessee Titans | Draft Information
The Tennessee Titans have selected University of Texas S Michael Griffin with the No. 19 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.


Free Safety

FS | LaRon Landry | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Washington Redskins rookie FS LaRon Landry said he's looking forward to getting on the field and competing for a starting job.

FS | Eric Weddle | San Diego Chargers | Draft Information
Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers assistant general manager Buddy Nix said the team had FS Eric Weddle high on their draft board right from the start and did not feel they would have been able to land him had they not traded up 25 spots in the second round. "We were not worried about what we gave up," Nix said.

FS | Brandon Meriweather | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said rookie FS Brandon Meriweather is a versatile player who will be able to help the Patriots in a lot of different areas. He may be given a chance to compete for a role in the team's nickel defense in addition to competing for a job at safety.

FS | Reggie Nelson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Draft Information
The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected University of Florida S Reggie Nelson with the No. 21 overall choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.

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