NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on April 25, 2008 @ 15:37:24 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Matt Ryan | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens may select Boston College QB Matt Ryan with their first-round draft pick, if he's available.

QB | Chad Henne | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, University of Michigan QB Chad Henne said he had a private workout for the Atlanta Falcons.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers are seriously considering adding free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Raiders) to their roster. The Packers brought Culpepper in for a visit Wednesday, April 23.

QB | Troy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
SportingNews.com reports Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith will compete with QB Kyle Boller for the starting quarterback spot.

QB | Kyle Boller | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
SportingNews.com reports Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller will compete with QB Troy Smith for the starting quarterback spot.


Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
The Associated Press reports University of Arkansas RB Darren McFadden said he expects former teammate and RB Felix Jones to be selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

RB | Felix Jones | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
The Associated Press reports University of Arkansas RB Darren McFadden said he expects former teammate and RB Felix Jones to be selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

RB | Cory Boyd | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
During an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio Movin' The Chains, University of South Carolina RB Cory Boyd said the reason for his off-field issues were because he was hanging out with the wrong crowd. He said he has learned from his mistakes and wants to move on.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports University of Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall is a potential first-round target for the Denver Broncos.

RB | Ryan Grant | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant said he does not see a scenario in which he would hold out of the team's training camp. Grant has yet to sign his $370,000 exclusive rights free agent qualifying offer. He stated that he is not worried about the situation and is confident that a deal will get done.

RB | Jamaal Charles | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, University of Texas RB Jamaal Charles said he had a private workout with the Detroit Lions.

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
SportingNews.com reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor said he will likely play two more seasons in the NFL. Taylor has said that he wants to pass former NFL RB Jim Brown in career rushing yardage before he retires. Taylor needs 1,598 yards to pass Brown.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
SportingNews.com reports Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams appears to be inspired and rejuvenated during his offseason training program, according to team insiders. Vice president of football operations Bill Parcells has taken a liking to Williams and has reminded him that he is not too old to be a great in the NFL.

RB | Tashard Choice | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matthew J. Darnell, of Yahoo! Sports, reports Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice wants to be known as a great player in the NFL after his career is over. Choice said he would rather have a career were he makes the Pro Bowl, has a chance at the Hall of Fame and is known as a great player, rather than be known as a solid player while winning three Super Bowls.

RB | Shaun Alexander | Free Agent Players | Draft Information, Free Agency News
John Murphy, of Yahoo! Sports, reports the Houston Texans may show interest in free-agent RB Shaun Alexander (Seahawks) depending on how the 2008 NFL Draft plays out.


Wide Receiver

WR | Devin Thomas | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
The Associated Press reports Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, said Michigan State WR Devin Thomas will go in the first round because he's a big fast target and can help teams by returning kicks. However, Brandt said Thomas has some learning to do after only having one solid season of major college production.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub said he does not think WR Devin Hester will become the team's No. 1 receiver this year. "I don't see that happening this year. That's my personal view of it. Maybe down the road, but not right now. I don't think we need to really address it right now," Toub said.

WR | Lavelle Hawkins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers could be targeting University of California-Berkeley WR Lavelle Hawkins in the third round.

WR | Donnie Avery | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers could be targeting University of Houston WR Donnie Avery in the third round.

WR | Andre Caldwell | NCAA | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers could be targeting University of Florida WR Andre Caldwell in the third round.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers are unlikely to take a wide receiver in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft unless University of Oklahoma WR Malcolm Kelly is available at the No. 29 pick.

WR | Javon Walker | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Draft Information
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders WR Javon Walker (knee) should be ready for the team's first minicamp following the NFL Draft.

WR | Mario Manningham | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous report, Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports University of Michigan WR Mario Manningham visited with the New York Giants.

WR | Eddie Royal | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous report, Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports Virginia Tech WR Eddie Royal visited with the New York Giants.

WR | Joe Jurevicius | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
SportingNews.com reports Cleveland Browns WR Joe Jurevicius (staph, knee) likely will not be set back by a staph infection he contracted after arthroscopic knee surgery.


Tight End

TE | Martin Rucker | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills scout Shawn Heinlen said University of Missouri TE Martin Rucker will have to make a transition from playing in a spread offense in college. "For him the transition is going to be coming from that offense; you don't see him in the traditional tight end position with his hand on the ground trying to block guys at the line of scrimmage. That's going to be a little bit of a learning curve, but he's very willing to do it."

TE | Fred Davis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills scout Brian Fisher said University of Southern California TE Fred Davis is going to be a red-zone threat.

TE | Jacob Tamme | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports the Buffalo Bills may be able to acquire University of Kentucky TE Jacob Tamme in the later rounds of the 2008 NFL Draft.

TE | Kellen Davis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports the Buffalo Bills may be able to acquire Michigan State TE Kellen Davis in the third or fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

TE | Jermichael Finley | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports the Buffalo Bills may be able to acquire University of Texas TE Jermichael Finley in the third or fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

TE | Martellus Bennett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports Texas A and M TE Martellus Bennett is a likely candidate to be selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

TE | John Carlson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports Notre Dame TE John Carlson is a likely candidate to be selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

TE | Steve Heiden | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Cleveland Browns TE Steve Heiden (back) recently underwent surgery to repair a bulging disc in his back and will be out for approximately three weeks, according to Heiden's agent Jack Wirth. Heiden began feeling back pains during offseason workouts. Wirth said, "Steve decided to go ahead and do whatever procedure they had to do. It was very simple, and they assured him that he could do everything in about three weeks."


Place Kicker

PK | Robbie Gould | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears PK Robbie Gould is the only kicker under contract with the team at the time.

PK | Taylor Mehlhaff | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
John Murphy, of Yahoo! Sports, reports the New Orleans Saints may look to spend one of their second day draft selections on University of Wisconsin PK Taylor Mehlhaff. Mehlhaff met with a member of the team's staff and worked out within the past few weeks, according to several sources.


Defensive Line

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of The Indianapolis Star, reports former Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly said Indianapolis Colts DL Dwight Freeney (foot) makes the whole defense better and is not sure there is another player in the league who has had the impact Freeney has.

DL | Mark Anderson | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears DL Mark Anderson (knee) is expected to be ready to practice when the team's workouts begin May 19.

DL | Glenn Dorsey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Pete Prisco, of CBSSports.com, reports the Atlanta Falcons, who have the No. 3 overall pick, may try to work a trade with the St. Louis Rams to acquire the No. 2 overall pick and acquire Louisiana State DL Glenn Dorsey.

DL | Chris Long | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens may select University of Virginia DL Chris Long with their first-round draft pick, if he's available.

DL | Quentin Groves | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous report, Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers could be targeting Auburn University DL Quentin Groves.

DL | Kentwan Balmer | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports University of North Carolina DL Kentwan Balmer is unlikely to be available when the San Francisco 49ers are on the clock with the No. 29 pick.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Free Agency News
Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora said Thursday, April 24, he will not hold out this summer. Umenyiora said he was considering a holdout after seeing free-agent defensive linemen receive more than $30 million in guaranteed money. He currently has five years remaining on his $41 million contract.

DL | Tommy Kelly | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders DL Tommy Kelly (knee) should be 100 percent for the start of training camp, according to head coach Lane Kiffin.

DL | Vernon Gholston | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
The Associated Press reports the St. Louis Rams acknowledged interest in taking Ohio State DE Vernon Gholston with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

DL | Dewayne Robertson | Denver Broncos | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan announced Thursday, April 24, the team acquired New York Jets DL Dewayne Robertson in a trade. The Broncos sent the Jets a 2009 conditional draft pick.

DL | Trevor Laws | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, Notre Dame OL Trevor Laws said he met with the Seattle Seahawks.

DL | Greg White | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agency News
Anwar Richardson, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent DE Greg White might seek a trade if the team does not offer him another contract Wednesday, April 23. The team offered White a contract of $370,000. White is seeking either a long-term deal or an incentive-laden short-term contract.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Pat Sims | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, Auburn University DL Pat Sims said he is receiving interest from the New Orleans Saints.


Defensive End

DE | Phillip Merling | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports it is unlikely Clemson University DL Phillip Merling will be available when the San Francisco 49ers are on the clock with the No. 29 overall pick.


Linebacker

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman said he has not tested positive for steroids or illicit drugs. "If I failed a drug test or steroids test I'd be the first one to know about it. And after it being leaked the first time, I don't think someone would be holding back the results this time," Merriman added. Two other sources have confirmed Merriman did not fail a drug test.

LB | Shawn Crable | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the New England Patriots have hosted University of Michigan LB Shawn Crable.

LB | Tavares Gooden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous report, Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports University of Miami LB Tavares Gooden visited with the New York Giants.


Defensive Back

DB | Leodis McKelvin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens may select Troy University CB Leodis McKelvin with their first-round draft pick, if he's available.


Cornerback

CB | Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Tennessee State CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he felt like he was under the radar before the Senior Bowl and 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.

CB | Mike Jenkins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports University of South Florida CB Mike Jenkins could be one of the top three cornerbacks in the 2008 NFL Draft.

CB | Nathan Vasher | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears CB Nathan Vasher (groin) is expected to be ready to practice when the team's workouts begin May 19.

CB | Reynaldo Hill | Tennessee Titans | Transaction, Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans restricted free-agent CB Reynaldo Hill has signed his one-year tender offer from the team. He is scheduled to make $927,000 in 2008.

CB | Antwaun Molden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous report, Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports Eastern Kentucky University CB Antwaun Molden visited with the New York Giants.

CB | Pacman Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys agreed to a four-year contract with CB Pacman Jones. The deal does not include a signing bonus, according to a source. The deal will include yearly bonuses tied to Jones' presence on the team's roster. He will receive an advance on his base salary if and when he gets reinstated. Jones must still approve the terms of the deal that could also include activity restrictions.

CB | Antoine Cason | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, University of Arizona CB Antoine Cason said he met with the New York Giants at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.


Strong Safety

SS | Cameron Worrell | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
Harvey Fialkov, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports the Miami Dolphins released SS Cameron Worrell Friday, April 25, for failing a physical.

SS | Jarrod Cooper | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders SS Jarrod Cooper (knee) is nearly 100 percent following knee surgery.

SS | Roman Harper | New Orleans Saints | Draft Information
John Murphy, of Yahoo! Sports, reports a proposed deal that would send New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints is not yet a dead issue, according to several league sources. The Giants are looking to acquire the Saints' second-round pick (No. 40 overall) and S Roman Harper. The Saints have seemed willing to move the draft pick, but have held back on putting Harper into any type of trade discussion.


Free Safety

FS | Vincent Fuller | Tennessee Titans | Transaction, Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans restricted free-agent S Vincent Fuller has signed his one-year tender offer from the team. He is scheduled to make $927,000 in 2008.

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