NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on March 14, 2008 @ 07:26:08 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Jon Kitna | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna understands and supports all of head coach Rod Marinelli's offseason moves. "The one thing that Rod has done is really try to unify the whole organization, from top down," Kitna said. "He's worked hard at that. He's had to make some really tough decisions, part ways with some very talented people, both players and coaches. In the best interest of the team, that's what he's tried to do. I trust that with Rod."

QB | Kevin O'Connell | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports San Diego State QB Kevin O'Connell worked out at his school's Pro Day Saturday, March 8. O'Connell ran position drills but kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-5 1/4 and 222 pounds.

QB | Mark Brunell | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Free Agency News
The NFL Network reports the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent QB Mark Brunell (Redskins). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

QB | Trent Dilfer | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers released QB Trent Dilfer Thursday, March 13. Dilfer was scheduled to receive a $500,000 roster bonus Saturday, March 15. The move saves the 49ers $1.5 million on the salary cap.

QB | Joe Flacco | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Flacco ran position drills but kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-6 1/4 and 237 pounds.

QB | Joshua Johnson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of San Diego QB Joshua Johnson worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Johnson ran position drills but kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-2 3/4 and 213 pounds.

QB | Josh McCown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Edgar Thompson, of The Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins QB Josh McCown will change his jersey number to No. 4 for the 2008 season. McCown previously wore the No. 12 jersey in his six seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.


Running Back

RB | Derrick Ward | New York Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports the New York Giants re-signed free-agent RB Derrick Ward to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million with incentives that could earn him another $1 million, according to ESPN.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News
Clare Farnsworth, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports University of Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart (toe) underwent surgery Wednesday, March 12, on his big toe and could miss up to four to six months.

RB | Owen Schmitt | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous item, West Virginia FB Owen Schmitt measured a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump at his Pro Day Thursday, March 13.

RB | Chris Brown | Houston Texans | Transaction, Fantasy
The Sports Network reports the Houston Texans signed unrestricted free-agent RB Chris Brown (Titans) Thursday, March 13. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Kevin Jones | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions will save around $6 million on their salary cap in 2008 after the releases of free-agent RB Kevin Jones (Lions) and free-agent DL Kalimba Edwards (Lions).

RB | Michael Pittman | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Detroit Lions are considering meeting with free-agent RB Michael Pittman (Buccaneers).

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall did not work out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 12.


Wide Receiver

WR | Bryant Johnson | San Francisco 49ers | Free Agency News
Michael Smith, of ESPN.com, reports the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with free-agent WR Bryant Johnson (Cardinals) on a one-year contract, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | D.J. Hackett | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
The NFL Network reports free-agent WR D.J. Hackett (Seahawks) reportedly turned down a contract offer from the Washington Redskins.

WR | Troy Brown | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports free-agent WR Troy Brown (Patriots) said that he will not play for a team that faces the New England Patriots in 2008.

WR | Dorien Bryant | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Purdue WR Dorien Bryant worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Bryant ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and a 6.51-second cone drill. He measured in at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.


Tight End

TE | Ben Utecht | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports the Cincinnati Bengals signed restricted free-agent TE Ben Utecht (Colts) to an offer sheet Friday, March 14. The offer sheet is for a multi-year contract, according to Utecht's agent, Chris Murray. The Indianapolis Colts have one week to match the Bengals offer.

TE | Dustin Keller | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Purdue TE Dustin Keller worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Keller had a 41-inch vertical jump and a 3.94-second short shuttle. He measured in at 6-foot-2 3/8 and 238 pounds.


Defensive Line

DL | James Hall | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Kevin Seifert, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings will meet with free-agent DL James Hall (Rams) Friday, March 14.

DL | Kalimba Edwards | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions will save around $6 million on their salary cap in 2008 after the releases of free-agent RB Kevin Jones (Lions) and free-agent DL Kalimba Edwards (Lions).

DL | Vernon Gholston | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Ohio State DL Vernon Gholston worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Gholston ran a 4.58 40-yard dash and had a 42-inch vertical jump. He measured in at 6-foot-2 3/4 and 263 pounds.

DL | Aaron Smith | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
John Harris, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (biceps) should be at full strength for the start of training camp. Smith is working out in Colorado, according to agent Peter Schaffer.


Defensive End

DE | Phillip Merling | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Rob Rang, of CBSSports.com, reports University of Clemson DL Phillip Merling (groin) recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and will not be working out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Merling hopes to be recovered in time to work out for NFL scouts before the 2008 NFL Draft.

DE | Cliff Avril | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Purdue DL Cliff Avril worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Avril had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 4.31-second short shuttle. He measured in at 6-foot-2 3/4 and 250 pounds.


Linebacker

LB | Quentin Groves | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Auburn DL Quentin Groves worked out at his school's Pro Day Monday, March 10. Groves had a 35-inch vertical jump, 5 1/2-inches better than he did at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds, which is 10 pounds less than he was at the combine.

LB | Jeremy Leman | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Illinois LB Jeremy Leman (ankle) did not work out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 12, because of an ankle injury. Leman's ankle is healing well and he is off crutches and jogging, according to his representatives. It is a possibility that Leman will schedule private workouts with NFL teams prior to the 2008 NFL Draft.

LB | Takeo Spikes | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports free-agent LB Takeo Spikes (Eagles) visited with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, March 12.

LB | Al Wilson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports free-agent LB Al Wilson (Broncos) visited with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, March 12. The team gave him a physical exam, but a team source indicated there was nothing further to report.


Defensive Back

DB | Patrick Lee | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Auburn CB Patrick Lee worked out at his school's Pro Day Monday, March 10. Lee ran a 4.56 40-yard dash, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a nine-foot, nine-inch long jump, a 4.39-second short shuttle and a 6.89-second cone drill. He measured in at 6-foot and 196 pounds.


Cornerback

CB | Antoine Cason | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Arizona CB Antoine Cason worked out at his school's Pro Day Saturday, March 8. Cason had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 7.07-second cone drill. He measured in at 6-foot 3/8 and 187 pounds.

CB | Mike Jenkins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of South Florida CB Mike Jenkins worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Jenkins ran position drills but kept the rest of his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 5-foot-10 1/4 and 193 pounds.

CB | Gary Baxter | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday, March 13, that the team re-signed free-agent CB Gary Baxter to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports free-agent CB Ty Law (Chiefs) said Wednesday, March 12, that he has been in contact with the New England Patriots. Law said he had a "good conversation" with head coach Bill Belichick.


Safety

S | Joshua Barrett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Arizona State S Joshua Barrett worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 7. Barrett ran position drills but kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-1 5/8 and 224 pounds.


Strong Safety

SS | Kenoy Kennedy | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Detroit Lions announced Friday, March 14, that the team released SS Kenoy Kennedy.


Free Safety

FS | Eugene Wilson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agency News
John Clayton, of ESPN, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent FS Eugene Wilson (Patriots) to a one-year deal Friday, March 14. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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