NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on March 28, 2008 @ 06:13:30 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Fantasy
Mike Florio, of SportingNews.com, reports New York Jets QB Chad Pennington is staying positive in regards to his future with the team. "I don't know what the organization's stance is, and I'm not really concerned about it," Pennington said after the Jets wrapped up the 2007 season. "I know whatever happens something good will happen for me." Pennington is due $6 million in 2008, but the Jets could release him before October to clear cap space.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
FOXSports.com reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is participating in the Azalea Invitational golf tournament. Romo is just four shots off the lead in the country's top amateur golf event.

QB | Brian Brohm | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins have inquired about scheduling a private workout session with Louisville QB Brian Brohm.

QB | Matt Flynn | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Louisiana State QB Matt Flynn worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. Flynn ran position drills and kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds.

QB | Shaun Hill | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers QB Shaun Hill (finger) is participating in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program.

QB | Alex D. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers QB Alex D. Smith (shoulder) is participating in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program.

QB | Matt Ryan | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous item, J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Boston College QB Matt Ryan measured a weight of 222 pounds at his Pro Day March 18. His hands measured 9 3/4 inches and his arm length was 32 1/4 inches.

QB | Quinn Gray | Houston Texans | Transaction, Free Agency News
John Murphy, of Yahoo! Sports, reports the Houston Texans signed free-agent QB Quinn Gray (Jaguars) to a one-year deal worth $605,000, with a $40,000 signing bonus, according to a team source.

QB | Sage Rosenfels | Houston Texans | Free Agency News
John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak insists the signing of free-agent QB Quinn Gray (Jaguars) does not increase the likelihood of QB Sage Rosenfels being traded. "I know what people are saying, but signing Quinn has absolutely nothing to do with it," Kubiak said. "I've been a two-quarterback type of guy, but what happened to us last season scared the heck out of me, and I don't want to go through that again."

QB | Adam Tafralis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports San Jose State QB Adam Tafralis worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 21. Tafralis ran a 4.73 40-yard dash, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a nine-foot, five-inch long jump. He measured in at 6-foot-1 1/4 and 224 pounds.

QB | Trent Dilfer | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Ron Orozco, of the Fresno Bee, reports unrestricted free-agent QB Trent Dilfer (49ers) said the Oakland Raiders have shown interest in him.

QB | Josh Johnson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Greg Olson met with University of San Diego QB Joshua Johnson earlier this month.

QB | Chad Henne | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Dan Pompei, of the Chicago Tribune, reports University of Michigan QB Chad Henne scored a 22 on his Wonderlic test.

QB | Joe Flacco | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Dan Pompei, of the Chicago Tribune, reports University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco scored a 27 on his Wonderlic test.


Running Back

RB | Michael Pittman | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz reports the Denver Broncos are interested in free-agent RB Michael Pittman (Buccaneers).

RB | Jacob Hester | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Louisiana State RB Jacob Hester worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. Hester had a 29-inch vertical jump and measured in at 5-foot-11 1/8 and 225 pounds.

RB | Chris Johnson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Albert Breer, of The Dallas Morning News, reports the Dallas Cowboys will meet with East Carolina RB Chris Johnson in April.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio SIRIUS Blitz, University of Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart said he has a meeting scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys in April.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Detroit Lions are interested in University of Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall.

RB | Cory Boyd | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Josh Buchanan, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports South Carolina RB Cory Boyd measured a height of 6-foot-1 1/8 and a weight of 217 pounds at his Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. He measured a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump.

RB | Ray Rice | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
John Garrett, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports Rutgers RB Ray Rice did not run in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He improved his vertical jump to 39 1/2 inches and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. He lowered his short shuttle to 4.17 seconds and finished the long shuttle in 11.22 seconds.

RB | Peyton Hillis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Arkansas RB Peyton Hillis worked out at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 25. Hillis ran a 4.57 and 4.58 40-yard dash, had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 4.24-second short shuttle. He measured in at 6-foot-1 and 237 pounds.

RB | Felix Jones | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Arkansas RB Felix Jones worked out at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 25. Jones had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and completed 13 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 5-foot-10 1/8 and 210 pounds.

RB | Darren McFadden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Alex Abrams, of The Morning News, reports University of Arkansas RB Darren McFadden did nothing to hurt his draft status during a brief workout Tuesday, March 25. He decided not to run the 40-yard dash, as he had a blistering time of 4.33 seconds at the NFL Combine. He ran the shuttle drill and also darted through cones while holding a football to his chest. In the bench press, he put up 225 pounds 13 times. McFadden said he felt he could have done better in the weight lifting portion.

RB | Kevin Smith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Central Florida RB Kevin Smith worked out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 20. Smith ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and completed 15 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 6-foot-1 1/8 and 216 pounds.

RB | Matt Forte | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Chicago Bears are showing a great amount of interest in Tulane University RB Matt Forte.


Wide Receiver

WR | James Hardy | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, University of Indiana WR James Hardy said the Denver Broncos have shown interest in him.

WR | Dexter M. Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio Movin' The Chains, Appalachian State WR Dexter M. Jackson said the Kansas City Chiefs have expressed interest in him.

WR | Early Doucet | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Louisiana State WR Early Doucet worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. Doucet ran a 4.59 and 4.64 40-yard dash, had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 7.34-second cone drill. He measured in at 6-foot and 203 pounds.

WR | Limas Sweed | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio SIRIUS Blitz, University of Texas WR Limas Sweed said he will meet with several NFL teams in April.

WR | Laveranues Coles | New York Jets | Fantasy
Rich Cimini, of the Daily News, reports the New York Jets are close to a new deal with WR Laveranues Coles. According to a person close to the situation, the deal could be finalized as early as Friday, March 28. Coles has two years and $11 million remaining on his current contract.

WR | Harry Douglas | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Louisville WR Harry Douglas worked out at his school's Pro Day Monday, March 24. Douglas ran a 4.55 and 4.51 40-yard dash, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.12-second short shuttle, a 6.86-second cone drill and completed 11 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 5-foot-11 1/2 and 177 pounds.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Oklahoma WR Malcolm Kelly will work out for NFL teams in Norman, Okla., April 9, after not being able to participate in the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine or the Oklahoma Pro Day due to injury.

WR | D.J. Hall | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
During an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio Movin' The Chains, University of Alabama WR D.J. Hall said he will hold a private workout with the New Orleans Saints.

WR | Roy Williams | Detroit Lions | Transaction
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions WR Roy Williams said he was told by head coach Rod Marinelli that he will not be traded. Williams said that he would like to be a Lion for life if the team is willing to sign him to a long-term contract. "I'm ready to do whatever," Williams said. "If they want to make me a Lion for life, I'm good with that. If not, I'm going to play my type of ball and see what happens after that." Williams said the team has not spoken with him about extending his contract.

WR | Earl Bennett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 21. Bennett had a 32-inch vertical jump and measured in at 5-foot-11 3/4 and 206 pounds.

WR | Mario Urrutia | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Louisville WR Mario Urrutia is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh was not present at the start of the team's offseason strength and conditioning program Monday, March 24. The program was voluntary for the players.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson was not present at the start of the team's offseason strength and conditioning program Monday, March 24. The program was voluntary for the players.


Tight End

TE | Kevin Everett | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
The Associated Press reports former Buffalo Bills TE Kevin Everett (neck) visited the Miami research facility Friday, March 28. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is credited with helping him recover from his life-threatening spinal cord injury.

TE | Martin Rucker | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, University of Missouri TE Martin Rucker said he will meet with the Tennessee Titans Thursday, April 3.

TE | Benjamin Watson | New England Patriots | Injury News
Karen Guregian, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson (ankle) underwent surgery on his left ankle within the past few weeks, which revealed cartilage damage and scar tissue, according to sources familiar with the situation. When asked about the surgery, Watson said he couldn't talk about it. According to sources, the surgery was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital by Dr. George Theodore, the same doctor who performed surgery on Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling after the 2004 World Series.


Place Kicker

PK | Jeremy Ito | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Rutgers University PK Jeremy Ito worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. Ito kicked a 55-yard field goal and made nine out of 11 kicks during his workout. He measured in at 5-foot-10 3/4 and 183 pounds.

PK | Olindo Mare | Seattle Seahawks | Free Agency News
ESPN.com reports the Seattle Seahawks and free-agent PK Olindo Mare (Saints) agreed to terms on a two-year deal, worth $3.5 million.


Defensive Line

DL | Vernon Gholston | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
SIRIUS NFL Radio Movin' The Chains reports Ohio State DL Vernon Gholston had a workout with the Miami Dolphins.

DL | Kalimba Edwards | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
Michael David Smith, of AOL Sports, reports the Oakland Raiders signed free-agent DL Kalimba Edwards (Lions) to a two-year deal worth $5 million. Edwards is expected to compete for a starting position.

DL | Chris Long | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, head coach Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni met with University of Virginia DE Chris Long for more than two hours Tuesday, March 25.

DL | Charles Grant | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Jimmy Smith, of The Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints DL Charles Grant (ankle) underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle. The injury was sustained in a game against the San Francisco 49ers Oct. 28.

DL | Anthony McFarland | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Bires, of the Beaver County Times, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers withdrew their offer with free-agent DL Anthony McFarland (Colts) Wednesday, March 26, after McFarland failed a physical.

DL | Nick Eason | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced they re-signed free-agent DL Nick Eason to a two-year deal Thursday, March 27. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eason spent last season with the Steelers.

DL | Red Bryant | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers met with Texas A&M DL Red Bryant Thursday, March 27.

DL | Glenn Dorsey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
John Murphy, of Yahoo Sports, reports the Miami Dolphins will meet with Louisiana State DT Glenn Dorsey Tuesday, March 25.

DL | Kevin Carter | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday, March 25, that the team re-signed free-agent DL Kevin Carter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | James Hall | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News
The St. Louis Rams announced Tuesday, March 25, that they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent DL James Hall (Rams). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Defensive End

DE | Calais Campbell | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports University of Miami DE Calais Campbell will work out for the Miami Dolphins April 11.


Linebacker

LB | Ali Highsmith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Louisiana State LB Ali Highsmith worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. Highsmith ran a 4.87, 4.72 and 4.70 40-yard dash, had a 29-inch vertical jump and completed 23 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 6-foot and 221 pounds.

LB | Clark Haggans | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Arizona Cardinals announced they officially signed unrestricted free-agent LB Clark Haggans (Steelers) to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Haggans spent the last eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LB | Keith Rivers | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Southern California LB Keith Rivers (ankle) has a private workout scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys.

LB | Jerod Mayo | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports the Detroit Lions will meet with University of Tennessee LB Jerod Mayo Wednesday, March 26, and Thursday, March 27.

LB | Lance Briggs | Chicago Bears | Draft Information
The Associated Press reports the Chicago Bears will receive the San Francisco 49ers' third-round and fifth-round draft picks in the 2008 NFL Draft because the 49ers tampered with Bears LB Lance Briggs. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the 49ers contacted Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, which violated the NFL's anti-tampering policy. The Bears will receive the seventh overall pick in the third-round and the 49ers fifth-round pick.

LB | Shawn Crable | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers met with Michigan State LB Shawn Crable Tuesday, March 25.

LB | Quentin Groves | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Christopher L. Gasper, of the Boston Globe, reports the New York Jets worked out Auburn University DE Quentin Groves, according to Groves' agent Sean Kiernan.

LB | Rocky Boiman | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they have signed unrestricted free-agent LB Rocky Boiman (Colts) to a one-year contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

LB | Corey Mays | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Monday, March 24, that they have signed exclusive rights free-agent LB Corey Mays to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Stanford Keglar | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous item, Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Purdue LB Stanford Keglar measured a height of 6-foot-1 5/8 and a weight of 235 pounds at his Pro Day March 7. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 and 4.56 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.17 seconds. He measured a 39-inch vertical, took part in position drills and kept the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Takeo Spikes | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Karen Guregian, of the Boston Herald, reports the New England Patriots are showing interest in unrestricted free-agent LB Takeo Spikes (Eagles), according to the San Francisco Chronicle.


Defensive Back

DB | Kenny Phillips | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports University of Miami S Kenny Phillips will work out for the Miami Dolphins April 11.

DB | Leodis McKelvin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports the Dallas Cowboys are looking at Troy State CB Leodis McKelvin as a possible first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

DB | Charles Godfrey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports University of Iowa CB Charles Godfrey is scheduled to visit with the Dallas Cowboys.


Cornerback

CB | Chevis Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Louisiana State CB Chevis Jackson worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. Jackson ran a 4.57 and 4.58 40-yard dash and had a 40-inch vertical jump. He measured in at 6-foot 1/8 and 192 pounds.

CB | Andre Dyson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans will meet with free-agent CB Andre Dyson (Jets) Thursday, March 27.

CB | Antoine Cason | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports the Dallas Cowboys are looking at University of Arizona CB Antoine Cason as a possible first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

CB | Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports the Dallas Cowboys are looking at Tennessee State CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as a possible first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

CB | Reggie Smith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Oklahoma CB Reggie Smith will work out for NFL teams in Norman, Okla., April 9, after not being able to participate in the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine or the Oklahoma Pro Day.

CB | Pacman Jones | Tennessee Titans | Draft Information, Fantasy
Continuing an ongoing storyline, Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans suspended CB Pacman Jones said he hopes to be reinstated before the NFL Draft and traded to the Dallas Cowboys. The Titans have said they will explore all options regarding Jones. They have indicated they will wait for his reinstatement - or the blessing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell - before making any move with him. Goodell has said a reinstatement for Jones may not happen until summer provided Jones does not have any further troubles.

CB | Tracy Porter | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Albert Breer, of The Dallas Morning News, reports the Dallas Cowboys will meet with University of Indiana CB Tracy Porter.

CB | Marcus Trufant | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agency News
Updating a previous report, The Sports Network reports the Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms with free-agent CB Marcus Trufant (Seahawks) on a six-year deal worth $50.2 million, with $20 million guaranteed, according to The Seattle Times. Trufant will reportedly earn $28 million over the first three years of the deal. The Seahawks placed the franchise tag on Trufant in February, which would have paid him $9.465 million, the average of the top-five players at his position, for the 2008 season. Trufant had seven interceptions in 2007 and made his first Pro Bowl appearance. He was selected 11th overall by the Seahawks in the 2003 NFL Draft and has started all 78 games. He finished second on the team in 2007 with 85 tackles, 78 solo, and led the team with 16 passes defended.

CB | DeJuan Tribble | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous item, J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Boston College CB DeJuan Tribble worked out at his Pro Day March 18. His hands measured 8 1/2 inches and his arm length was 30 1/4 inches. He ran 10 yards in 1.59 seconds, 20 yards in 2.63 seconds and the long shuttle in 11.33 seconds.


Safety

S | Craig Steltz | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Louisiana State S Craig Steltz (shoulder) worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 26. Steltz had a 35-inch vertical jump and completed 10 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He could have completed more repetitions on the bench press but injured his right shoulder. Steltz measured in at 6-foot-1 3/8 and 210 pounds.

S | Jamie Silva | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous report, J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Boston College FS Jamie Silva worked out at his Pro Day March 18. His hands measured nine inches and his arm length was 29 inches. He ran 10 yards in 1.68 seconds, 20 yards in 2.75 seconds and the long shuttle in 11.66 seconds .


Strong Safety

SS | Nick Ferguson | Houston Texans | Transaction, Free Agency News
Updating a previous item, John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans signed free-agent SS Nick Ferguson (Broncos) to a one-year deal worth $730,000.

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