NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 3, 2009 @ 21:50:17 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Michael Vick | Free Agent | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports United Football League commissioner Michael Huyghue said the league is willing to allow unrestricted free-agent QB Michael Vick play for one of its teams as long as he is past his legal issues.

QB | Kerry Collins | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Terry McCormick, of The City Paper, reports Tennessee Titans QB Kerry Collins believes the team's passing game will be improved in 2009, thanks to an upgrade in personnel. "I thought we made good strides this offseason. Offensively, we built on things that we did well last year. We implemented some things that are going to help us and from a personnel standpoint we've gotten better. I'm excited about it," Collins said. "I just think overall as far as the passing game, I'd like to be more productive, score more, and I'd like to throw more than 12 touchdowns. If we can just step it up a little bit and be more prolific from a passing standpoint. I think that should be a goal of ours."

QB | Tyler Thigpen | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Dan Armonaitis, of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, reports Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen said he is comfortable being the team's No. 2 quarterback behind QB Matt Cassel. "They've got a lot of money invested in (Cassel), and I'm comfortable being behind him," Thigpen said. "I'm going to support him and do anything that I can to make him better. I'm a team player and not just an individual."

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Greg Johns, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports Seattle Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh said during an interview with the Sporting News that the team will make the playoffs this season. Houshmandzadeh also predicted Pro Bowl nominations for himself and QB Matt Hasselbeck. "I just want to let everyone know that Matt Hasselbeck and I will be leading the Seahawks to the playoffs this season," Houshmandzadeh said. "And we'll be going to the Pro Bowl as a tandem. We're both going to have top five seasons: He'll have a top five quarterback season, and I'll have a top five receiving season. I'll put up stats I've never had before yards-wise because they're allowing me to be a complete receiver."

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Eric Allen, of NewYorkJets.com, reports New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez said he is confident of earning the team's starting quarterback job. Sanchez is competing with QB Kellen Clemens for the spot. "For me, I feel like I'm going to be on the field and that's what you always want to do. You don't grow up dreaming of being a backup, so I'm going to go for it," Sanchez said. "I know Kellen's going to do the same thing, and it's going to be a great competition and I'm excited to compete with him."

QB | Luke McCown | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said the competition between QBs Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich is extremely close and indicated a decision might not be made until the end of the preseason. "It should be very wide open," Dominik said. "The competition still is ongoing. The important thing about what they did in the OTAs as a group is that they got a foundation of the offense and showed an ability to grasp it mentally and then go out and operate it on the field. That's why we're anxious to put the pads on and see how they do in the (preseason) games."

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Carlos Holmes, of the Dayton Daily News, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (elbow) is still trying to work on improving his arm strength and plans to throw a lot before and during training camp. "It's just like when a track guy needs to get faster. You don't do 5,000 squats, you run and run some more. To get your arm in shape you throw and continue to throw. So I will be throwing all summer long as well as in training camp," Palmer said.


Running Back

RB | Chris Perry | Free Agent | Free Agency News
WCPO.com reports the Wyoming Police in Hamilton County have issued an arrest warrant for unrestricted free-agent RB Chris Perry (Bengals) after he failed to appear for a court date. He is wanted for failure to pay city taxes in 2006 and 2007.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
David J. Neal, of The Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown is in great shape and has looked explosive during offseason workouts. "As far as shape goes, he's outstanding right now," head coach Tony Sparano said. "That sounds like a company line, but I mean it. In the weight room the guy is super right now. He weighs 230 pounds, he's running better, he is stronger, so all of those things from a progress standpoint I see as positives."

RB | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
Agent Drew Rosenhaus wrote on his Twitter page that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with second-round draft choice RB LeSean McCoy. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson said he knows people are saying he is not a "team guy" based off his recent comments about wanting to be known as "Every Coach's Dream." Johnson said he is an entertaining guy and people have the wrong opinion about him after the comments. "People just can't get sensitive off a nickname," Johnson noted. He said there are not any problems between he and RB LenDale White. "We love playing with each other. We're friends," Johnson said.

RB | Edgerrin James | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Tom Curran, of ProFootballTalk.com, reports the agent for free-agent RB Edgerrin James (Cardinals), Drew Rosenhaus, said James did receive an offer earlier this offseason. Although Rosenhaus did not reveal the team, he did say that James wants to sign with a team who will provide him with significant playing time. "We will be selective. We want to make sure for Edge that he goes to a good situation. He would like an opportunity to have a significant role and a great opportunity for playing time," Rosenhaus said. "We may wait until right before camp and see what teams have the greatest need. We may wait until during or after camps when teams are dealing with injuries."


Wide Receiver

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Mark Cannizzaro, of the New York Post, reports the New York Jets likely will not sign unrestricted free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants), according to ESPN's John Clayton.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kent Babb, of The Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe said he has been working hard on improving his concentration and ability to catch the ball on a consistent basis. Head coach Todd Haley is expected to work with Bowe during training camp.

WR | Kevin Walter | Houston Texans | Fantasy
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans WR Kevin Walter said he has been working on his stiff arm and other moves to try to get more yards after the catch this season.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Judd Zulgad, of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing the NFL Network, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie WR Percy Harvin (illness) was absent again from the league's rookie symposium Tuesday, June 30, due to illness. While he was excused, he may have to attend the symposium next year. A league spokesman said excused players are expected to make up the material presented, which could involve attendance at the following year's event.

WR | Santonio Holmes | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
John Harris, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Santonio Holmes said he has bulked up to 201 pounds this offseason. Holmes played in the 190-pound range last season and joined the league weighing considerably less.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports the Denver Broncos still have no plans to trade WR Brandon Marshall and expect him to show up for training camp. If Marshall doesn't report for the beginning of camp, the team still expects Marshall to eventually show up. The Broncos know they hold all the cards. If Marshall doesn't show up in 2009, he won't be paid. A prospective free agent in 2010, there is little chance Marshall will risk missing an entire season.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Greg Johns, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports Seattle Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh said during an interview with the Sporting News that the team will make the playoffs this season. Houshmandzadeh also predicted Pro Bowl nominations for himself and QB Matt Hasselbeck. "I just want to let everyone know that Matt Hasselbeck and I will be leading the Seahawks to the playoffs this season," Houshmandzadeh said. "And we'll be going to the Pro Bowl as a tandem. We're both going to have top five seasons: He'll have a top five quarterback season, and I'll have a top five receiving season. I'll put up stats I've never had before yards-wise because they're allowing me to be a complete receiver."

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Calvin Watkins, of AOL Sports FanHouse, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards said he is committed to staying with the team, even though the Browns tried to trade Edwards this offseason. "I never said I wanted to go," Edwards said. "The Browns tried to put a trade out there. It's always about progress in any level of sport. It will always be business. Trades happen, releases happen, I never took it personal. They thought highly enough of me to ask for a lot and in doing so, the Giants couldn't give the Browns what they wanted. It's a business."


Tight End

TE | Zach Miller | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
Michael C. Wright, of The Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars sixth-round draft pick TE Zach Miller signed a four-year deal for minimum salaries with escalators and a signing bonus of approximately $111,000.


Defensive Line

DL | Ray McDonald | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matthew Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee, reports San Francisco 49ers DE Ray McDonald (knee) could start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

DL | Kevin Carter | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports unrestricted free-agent DE Kevin Carter (Buccaneers) would play defensive end on early downs and defensive tackle on passing downs if he signed with the Detroit Lions.

DL | Jay Alford | New York Giants | Injury News
Mike Garafolo, of the Newark Star-Ledger, reports New York Giants DT Jay Alford (eye) recently had surgery to straighten out a lazy eye. Alford said the surgery was strictly cosmetic and that his vision is the same as before the surgery.


Linebacker

LB | Willie McGinest | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Christopher L. Gasper, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have not had any formal talks with unrestricted free-agent LB Willie McGinest (Browns), who would be open to signing with the Patriots.

LB | Calvin Pace | New York Jets | Transaction
Eric Allen, of NewYorkJets.com, reports New York Jets LB Calvin Pace has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performing enhancing substances. Pace said in a statement that the violation occurred because he used an over-the-counter dietary supplement that contained a substance banned by the league that he did not know about.

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Howard Ulman, of The Associated Press, reports New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi spent less time on the field last year than in recent seasons. He often came off the field on third downs and, entering his 14th year in the league, may do much of the same during the 2009 season. Bruschi isn't thinking about life in the NFL beyond this year; he plans to reassess his future after the upcoming season. He appears healthy at this point, but his numbers were down in 2008. He recorded just 75 tackles last season and it was the first time in his NFL career he failed to record a sack.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Charles Robinson, of Yahoo! Sports, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (knee) said that his best is yet to come, now that he is healthy after missing most of the 2008 season. "People haven't seen the best of me, not at all," Merriman said. "In the past, I would tell someone, 'I'm about to go out and just kill it this year.' Now I want people to just watch. I had enough doubters around before, and some people felt like I was talking (trash) or just talking too much. My thing is, now I'm just talking about what I've done and what I'm doing right now not about what I'm going to do … I'm going to be me. If anybody thought I was good in the past, well, just wait. Now I'm healthy."

LB | Derrick Brooks | Free Agent | Free Agency News
ESPN.com reports there is speculation that the New York Giants could take a look at free-agent LB Derrick Brooks (Buccaneers) should LB Michael Boley (hip) suffer any setbacks in recovery from hip surgery.

LB | Michael Boley | New York Giants | Free Agency News
ESPN.com reports there is speculation that the New York Giants could take a look at free-agent LB Derrick Brooks (Buccaneers) should LB Michael Boley (hip) suffer any setbacks in recovery from hip surgery.

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