NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on April 18, 2008 @ 00:04:43 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | John Beck | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Edgar Thompson, of The Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins QB John Beck has been working hard during the offseason. General manager Jeff Ireland said Beck has thrown close to 4,000 balls with quarterbacks coach David Lee. He has also spent much of his time and energy in the film room.

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports the Cincinnati Bengals re-signed free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal worth $927,000.

QB | Steve McNair | Retired | Breaking News
ESPNews reports Baltimore Ravens QB Steve McNair is expected to announce his retirement.

QB | Matt Ryan | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Baltimore Ravens privately worked out Boston College QB Matt Ryan Wednesday, April 16.


Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Jets have met with University of Arkansas RB Darren McFadden three times in the past month, including a night on the town. McFadden was escorted by team officials Wednesday, April 16, to a dinner and to a boxing event in Manhattan, N.Y.

RB | Deuce McAllister | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints RB Deuce McAllister (knee) has been rehabbing and has been able to run and do strength and conditioning drills. McAllister tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the third game of the 2007 season and underwent surgery Sept. 27. He also had microfracture surgery on his right knee. The left knee is further along in the rehab process, and his right knee has been limiting him in his workouts. McAllister said he is not at full speed, but he has been pushing through his workouts and has not had any setbacks. He expects to participate at least on a limited basis in the team's minicamp at the end of May. He hopes to be 100 percent or close to it for the start of training camp in July, and 100 percent by the start of the 2008 season.

RB | Marion Barber III | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Calvin Watkins, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips has named RB Marion Barber III the team's starting running back for 2008.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports University of Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall is expected to visit the Denver Broncos Thursday, April 17.


Fullback

FB | Leonard Weaver | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Clare Farnsworth, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports Seattle Seahawks FB Leonard Weaver signed the one-year, $1.417 million tender the team offered him in February.


Wide Receiver

WR | Darrell Jackson | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agency News
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan announced Friday, April 18, the team signed free-agent WR Darrell Jackson (49ers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Rashied Davis | Chicago Bears | Transaction, Free Agency News
Updating a previous report, Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears WR Rashied Davis signed a one-year restricted free agent tender offer Friday, April 18. The offer was worth $927,000.

WR | Lee Evans | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports the Buffalo Bills are in preliminary discussions with WR Lee Evans on a contract extension.

WR | Davone Bess | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Adam Caplan, of Scout.com, reports the San Francisco 49ers have met with University of Hawaii WR Davone Bess.

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Don Markus, of The Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens are adjusting to the pace of new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's offense at the team's second minicamp workout Friday, April 18. Ravens WR Derrick Mason said the new offense is fast and frustrating.

WR | Donnie Avery | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Michael Murphy, of the Houston Chronicle, reports University of Houston WR Donnie Avery is projected to go between the No. 20 and No. 40 overall picks in the 2008 NFL Draft, according to some general managers.

WR | Will Franklin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports University of Missouri WR Will Franklin worked out for the St. Louis Rams Thursday, April 17.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Bob Holtzman and John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh said Thursday, April 17, that it would be best for the team if they parted ways with WR Chad Johnson. "If he's not traded it's going to be a problem." Houshmandzadeh said. Houshmandzadeh thinks Johnson will eventually show up, but it is unclear how much of a distraction he would be to the team.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Bob Holtzman and John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh said Thursday, April 17, that it would be best for the team if they parted ways with WR Chad Johnson. "If he's not traded it's going to be a problem." Houshmandzadeh said. Houshmandzadeh thinks Johnson will eventually show up, but it is unclear how much of a distraction he would be to the team.

WR | Jerome Simpson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet with Coastal Carolina WR Jerome Simpson Thursday, April 17.

WR | Mario Manningham | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports University of Michigan WR Mario Manningham will visit the Cincinnati Bengals Friday, April 18.

WR | Devin Thomas | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Michigan State WR Devin Thomas is scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys Friday, April 18.

WR | Dexter M. Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Josh Buchanan, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports the Oakland Raiders are showing heavy interest in Appalachian State WR Dexter M. Jackson.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if he would consider a draft-day trade for Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin. "Yes," Jones said before a long pause followed by a smile and a wink.

WR | Roy Williams | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if he would consider a draft-day trade for Detroit Lions WR Roy Williams. "Yes," Jones said before a long pause followed by a smile and a wink.


Tight End

TE | Dan Campbell | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions TE Dan Campbell is excited about the upcoming season. Campbell said he was excited about the team and about head coach Rod Marinelli. He thinks Marinelli will fix the defense and that the more balanced offensive approach will play to the team's strengths.

TE | Quinn Sypniewski | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Don Markus, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens TE Quinn Sypniewski (knee) was injured during the team's minicamp Friday, April 18. Sypniewski went down with an apparent knee injury. He came down with a pass and was trying to avoid LB Antwan Barnes. The extent of the injury is not known.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New York Giants | Fantasy
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New Orleans Saints reportedly offered the New York Giants a second-round draft pick for TE Jeremy Shockey last month. The Giants wanted more than just a second-round pick, according to sources.

TE | Martellus Bennett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J. Michael Moore, of AtlantaFalcons.com, reports Texas A and M TE Martellus Bennett feels like he is under the radar compared to other tight ends in the 2008 NFL Draft.


Place Kicker

PK | Mike Vanderjagt | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Chicago Bears have one kicker on the current roster, PK Robbie Gould, who is not attending the team's workout program. The team may look to acquire another kicker, possibly free-agent PK Mike Vanderjagt (Cowboys).


Defensive Line

DL | Jamal Williams | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers DL Jamal Williams (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday, April 17, to have his left knee cleaned out, according to team sources. His right knee was cleaned out April 1. His recovery from the procedure Thursday is expected to take two to three weeks.

DL | Darrion Scott | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports free-agent DE Darrion Scott (Vikings) visited the New England Patriots Thursday, April 17.


Linebacker

LB | Tully Banta-Cain | San Francisco 49ers | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers LB Tully Banta-Cain and LB Parys Haralson combined for six sacks in 2007.

LB | Parys Haralson | San Francisco 49ers | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers LB Tully Banta-Cain and LB Parys Haralson combined for six sacks in 2007.

LB | Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants | Injury News
Updating a previous report, Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said LB Mathias Kiwanuka (leg) should be ready to participate in the team's training camp.

LB | Karlos Dansby | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, reports Arizona Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby signed his one-year tender offer worth $8 million Thursday, April 17. Dansby and the team have until July 15 to agree on a long-term contract.


Defensive Back

DB | Leodis McKelvin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com, reports the Oakland Raiders are the only team with a draft pick between numbers three and eight in this year's NFL Draft that have not taken an active interest in Troy State CB Leodis McKelvin.

DB | Kenny Phillips | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports University of Miami FS Kenny Phillips attended the Atlanta Falcons' practice Wednesday, April 16.


Cornerback

CB | Mike Jenkins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet with University of South Florida CB Mike Jenkins Thursday, April 17.

CB | Tracy Porter | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports University of Indiana CB Tracy Porter attended the Atlanta Falcons' practice Wednesday, April 16.


Strong Safety

SS | Jarrod Cooper | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agency News
Jason Jones, of the Sacramento Bee, reports the Oakland Raiders signed free-agent SS Jarrod Cooper (Raiders). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SS | Hamza Abdullah | Denver Broncos | Transaction
Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports free-agent SS Hamza Abdullah (Broncos) signed his tender offer from the Denver Broncos Thursday, April 17. Abdullah will receive a $927,000 salary.

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