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Jets | O'Donnell an Option

Mon, 26 Sep 2005 16:49:05 -0700

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports retired QB Neil O'Donnell could be a candidate for the New York Jets, who are struggling at quarterback with the loss of QB Chad Pennington (shoulder).

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Titans | Could Select QB With No. 6 Pick

Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:47:21 -0700

Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans could potentially invest their No. 6 overall draft choice this year on a quarterback. ''How long has Mac (Steve McNair) been here, 10 years? And we have not had a chance to get a franchise quarterback since Mac," general manager Floyd Reese said. "Now that doesn't mean we haven't brought in a Billy Volek and a Neil O'Donnell, guys that were really good football players and really good for us. But somebody that you are grooming to take the thing over and lead the franchise for the next 10-12 years, we have not had a lot of opportunities to get that guy.''

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Patriots | Team Contacted O'Donnell

Wed, 16 Jun 2004 21:05:41 -0700

Andy Hart, of Patriots.com, reports that the New England Patriots contacted former Tennessee Titans QB Neil O'Donnell about his playing status for the 2004 season. With the loss of backup QB Damon Huard this offseason, the team was in search of a veteran to serve as their second-string quarterback. "The Patriots asked if I would consider doing it one more time, and I kind of laughed and said, 'Call me in December and let's see how you guys are doing, maybe making another run to a Super Bowl ring," O'Donnell told the Nashville City Paper. "But as of now, I'm more or less finished."

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Titans | O'Donnell at Camp as a Reporter

Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:59:39 -0700

Former Tennessee Titans QB Neil O'Donnell was at the team's practice Tuesday, June 15, but this time as a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Nashville, reports Kyle Payne of TitansOnline.com. He will report on the Titans during offseason practices, at training camp and throughout the season. "I wanted to do some work here in town and stay with the Titans since I know the guys so well," O'Donnell said. "Channel 5 came and gave me an opportunity to start here so I am excited. I'm really looking forward to calling it from this side instead of from the huddle."

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NFL | O'Donnell to CBS?

Fri, 14 May 2004 09:03:50 -0700

Rudy Martzke, of USA Today, reports former NFL QB Neil O'Donnell is a candidate to replace former NFL CB Deion Sanders on CBS' NFL Today pregame show.

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Giants | O'Donnell Not Joining, Plans To Retire

Tue, 04 May 2004 08:53:10 -0700

The Associated Press reports free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans), who has been targeted by the New York Giants to backup rookie QB Eli Manning, plans to retire rather than play another season. "It wasn't an easy decision," O'Donnell, who is a New Jersey native, told the New York Daily News. "It really wasn't. It's home. All my high school buddies and everyone who followed my career, they all wanted me to come back home one more time. But I just felt the way it all ended last year, with the closure. ...Don't tarnish the fine finish, right? That's how I look at it."

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Giants | O'Donnell Targeted

Thu, 29 Apr 2004 10:42:20 -0700

Kimberly Jones, of the Star-Ledger, reports the New York Giants have apparently targeted free agent QB Neil O'Donnell, who has been contemplating retirement, as the veteran quarterback they would like to sign. O'Donnell, who turns 38 in July, and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke by phone Tuesday, April 27, about joining the team. O'Donnell would be expected to provide insurance and be a mentor for Giants rookie QB Eli Manning. "He is intrigued," O'Donnell's agent, Steve Rosner said. "The Giants have made it clear that he is a guy they are targeting."

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Giants | Interest In O'Donnell

Tue, 27 Apr 2004 12:57:30 -0700

The New York Daily News reports the New York Giants are interested in free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans), who announced his retirement from in the NFL following the 2003 season.

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Titans | O'Donnell Retires

Mon, 12 Jan 2004 01:00:13 -0800

The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans backup QB Neil O'Donnell is retiring from the NFL.

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Titans | O'Donnell To Retire

Wed, 31 Dec 2003 10:35:48 -0800

Teresa M. Walker, of the Associated Press, reports Tennessee Titans backup QB Neil O'Donnell will retire at the end of this season.

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Titans | O'Donnell to Start

Sun, 28 Dec 2003 09:53:08 -0800

FOX Sports reports Tennessee Titans QB Neil O'Donnell will start for the Titans in Week 17.

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Titans | O'Donnell Ready to Go

Fri, 19 Dec 2003 13:19:33 -0800

The Tennessean's Jeff Legwold reports Tennessee Titans QB Neil O'Donnell practiced with the first team again Friday, Dec. 19, and is ready to go if necessary.

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Titans | O'Donnell Signs

Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:16:55 -0800

ESPNews reports the Tennessee Titans signed QB Neil O'Donnell to an undisclosed contract.

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Titans | O'Donnell Could be Signed Soon

Tue, 16 Dec 2003 18:16:08 -0800

SportsLine.com reports the Tennessee Titans are negotiating a contract with former Titans QB Neil O'Donnell, with the hopes he can join the team soon. With the loss of QB Billy Volek (spleen) and injury problems to QB Steve McNair (ankle/calf), the Titans have only one healthy signal caller on their roster, rookie QB Jason Gesser, who has yet to throw a pass in the league. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said O'Donnell, who was cut by the team in training camp, "is very interested in joining the club."

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Packers | Will Stay in Contact With O'Donnell

Fri, 31 Oct 2003 14:34:49 -0800

ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Green Bay Packers plan to stay in contact with free agent QB Neil O'Donnell just in case he is needed.

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Packers | O'Donnell Works Out

Wed, 29 Oct 2003 06:56:12 -0800

Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers brought QB Neil O'Donnell in for a workout on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The team gave no indication that a contract was offered.

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Titans | O'Donnell Released

Sun, 31 Aug 2003 18:56:03 -0700

The Tennessee Titans announced the release of QB Neil O'Donnell.

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Titans | QB Rotation Set For Bills Pre-Season Game

Fri, 15 Aug 2003 10:36:47 -0700

Jeff Legwold, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair will start at quarterback in the Saturday, August 16 pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills and play into the second quarter. Titans QB Billy Volek is expected to play into the second half and rookie Jason Gesser will finish up. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said QB Neil O'Donnell is not expected to play.

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Titans | O'Donnell A Leader In Practice

Wed, 02 Jul 2003 07:21:37 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Neil O'Donnell plays a large part in preparing the Titans' defense, according to The Tennessean's Paul Kuharsky. Every week, O'Donnell plays the role of opposing quarterback during practice games against the Titans' starting defense. His experience and game-like intensity keep the defense playing at a regular season level. According to the Titans' CB Samari Rolle, O'Donnell deserves 50 percent of the credit for preparing the defense during a given week. The Titans have been one of the better defenses of the last 5 years, including No. 1 in 2000.

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Titans | Watts Odd Man Out?

Mon, 30 Jun 2003 11:29:25 -0700

Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans have five quarterbacks - QB Steve McNair, QB Neil O'Donnell and QB Billy Volek, along with undrafted rookies QB Jason Gesser and QB Tyler Watts. In the past, the Titans have entered camp with just four quarterbacks, which means Watts probably will be among those players cut.

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Titans | O'Donnell Expected To Stay

Thu, 26 Jun 2003 08:58:21 -0700

Updating previous reports, according to Jim Wyatt, staff writer for the Tennessean, Tennessee Titans backup QB Neil O'Donnell always expected to be re-signed by the team. O'Donnell said he remained in contact with Titans head coach Jeff Fisher his entire time as a free agent and always thought he'd be asked back. ''It was a long process but this time of year you want to start playing football,'' O'Donnell said. ''That's the only thing I've been doing my whole life and I'm glad to be back.''

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Titans | O'Donnell Contract Update

Wed, 25 Jun 2003 08:29:10 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Nashville Tennessean reports the two-year contract signed by Tennessee Titans QB Neil O'Donnell Tuesday, June 24, is believed to include a $90,000 signing bonus. The deal also includes base salaries of $755,000 (2003) and $855,000 (2004).

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Titans | O'Donnell, Titans Agree to Terms

Tue, 24 Jun 2003 08:43:25 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Nashville City Paper reports the Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) on a two-year deal, the terms of which were not disclosed.

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Titans | Nearing Deal with O'Donnell

Tue, 24 Jun 2003 07:41:39 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Nashville Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans were on the verge of reaching a contract agreement with free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) Monday, June 23. The deal will likely be for two years with base salaries in the $700,000-$900,000 range. O'Donnell could sign as early as Tuesday.

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Titans | Release Frees Up Cap

Wed, 18 Jun 2003 12:17:21 -0700

Updating previous reports, The Nashville Tennessean reports that according to Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese, the release of LB Randall Godfrey helps the team progress with three unsigned free agents (QB Neil O'Donnell, P Craig Hentrich and C Gennaro DiNapoli). Godfrey's release should allow them to bring in some of those players by next week. The release frees up more than $2 million in salary cap room and puts the team roughly $3 million under the cap.

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Titans | O'Donnell to Return; But When?

Sat, 07 Jun 2003 08:44:20 -0700

The Tennessean reports free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) recently spoke with Tennessee Titans GM Floyd Reese. The two sides are expected to workout a deal before the Titans conclude their June minicamp later this month.

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Titans | O'Donnell Expected Back

Mon, 19 May 2003 13:22:52 -0700

The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher expects to re-sign unrestricted free agent backup QB Neil O'Donnell in June. O'Donnell has visited three teams and has already turned down at least two offers.

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Titans | O'Donnell Remains a Free Agent

Thu, 15 May 2003 13:48:04 -0700

TitansOnline.com reports QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) remains a free agent even though the Tennessee Titans have said repeatedly they want to re-sign him.

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Titans | Volek Wants To Be No. 2

Sat, 22 Mar 2003 06:45:23 -0800

The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans QB Billy Volek wants to be the team's No. 2 QB, whether or not the team re-signs QB Neil O'Donnell. Volek says he doesn't know what the Titans want to do with him. "If Neil's back I'm going to do the same thing I've been doing," Volek said. "If they bring in somebody else or draft somebody, one way or the other I'm going to try to get that No. 2 job … I'm going into my fourth year and I want to play." O'Donnell, according to his newly-hired agent Jim Steiner, is in no hurry to sign a deal. Volek also remains unsigned, but as a restricted free agent he has a one-year tender offer on the table.

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Dolphins | O'Donnell Remains Interested

Sat, 15 Mar 2003 06:47:33 -0800

Jason Cole reports for the Miami Herald free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) remains interested in joining the Miami Dolphins.

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Titans | O'Donnell Hires An Agent

Fri, 14 Mar 2003 05:47:51 -0800

The Tennessean reports free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) has reportedly hired Jim Steiner as his new agent. O'Donnell had acted as his own agent since breaking from Leigh Steinberg in 2000.

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Vikings | No To O'Donnell

Fri, 14 Mar 2003 05:43:10 -0800

Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press the Minnesota Vikings have decided to not sign free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) as their backup QB.

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Ravens | O'Donnell To Visit

Sun, 09 Mar 2003 08:33:43 -0800

Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) will now visit with the Baltimore Ravens as he continues his worldwind tour of NFL teams.

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Vikings | Odds Continue To Decrease

Sun, 09 Mar 2003 08:32:51 -0800

Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice said there is "less than a 50-50 chance" free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) will sign as the Vikings backup quarterback. It's believed he is looking for an incentive based contract. Tice said he'd like to have the backup situation resolved early next week.

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Saints | O'Donnell Visiting

Sat, 08 Mar 2003 07:51:03 -0800

Updating an ongoing story, Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press free agent QB Neil O'Donnell visited with the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

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Vikings | Giving Up On O'Donnell?

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 21:33:27 -0800

The Sun Sentinel reports the Minnesota Vikings are reportedly ready to pull their offer if free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) doesn't agree to terms by the end of the weekend.

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Saints | O'Donnell To Visit?

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 21:31:32 -0800

The Sun Sentinel reports free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) is expected to meet with the New Orleans Saints about their second-string vacancy.

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Dolphins | O'Donnell Visits

Thu, 06 Mar 2003 00:04:40 -0800

The Sun Sentinel reports, as expected, free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) visited with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. O'Donnell would replace QB Ray Lucas as QB Jay Fiedler's backup, if he signs. As noted, it appears O'Donnell has a strong interest in re-signing with Tennessee.

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Vikings | Frerotte Update

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 22:59:43 -0800

The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings did not offer free agent QB Gus Frerotte (Bengals) a contract as of Wednesday evening and were hoping to speak with free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) one more time before moving on.

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Dolphins | O'Donnell In Town

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 04:37:08 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Tennessean confirmed free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) traveled to Miami for a visit Wednesday.

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Vikings | O'Donnell Turns Down An Offer

Tue, 04 Mar 2003 20:00:44 -0800

The Star Tribune reports free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) rejected a multi-year contract offer from the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. O'Donnell is believed to be waiting for Tennessee to clear salary cap money so he can re-sign there.

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Dophhins | O'Donnell To Visit?

Tue, 04 Mar 2003 19:58:49 -0800

The Star Tribune reports free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) is expected to visit with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.

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Vikings | O'Donnell Still Undecided

Tue, 04 Mar 2003 05:57:35 -0800

Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) and Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice talked Monday, but it appears O'Donnell is undecided about whether to sign with the Vikings or wait for Tennessee to clear salary cap room to re-sign him.

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Vikings | O'Donnell Discussions Continue

Mon, 03 Mar 2003 20:05:21 -0800

The Star Tribune reports discussions between the Minnesota Vikings and free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) continued on Monday. There is some thought O'Donnell is waiting for his previous team, the Tennessee Titans, to free up salary cap space so it can re-sign him.

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Vikings | Latest On O'Donnell

Fri, 28 Feb 2003 20:56:08 -0800

The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice said he hopes to talk with free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) this weekend about his interest in coming to play for the Vikings.

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Vikings | More On O'Donnell

Thu, 27 Feb 2003 01:10:21 -0800

Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press Minnesota Vikings vice president of football operations, Rob Brzezinski, said the team hopes free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) returns next week, this time with his wife, Leslie. He told the Vikings he will decide by next week if he wants to become QB Daunte Culpepper's backup. The Titans also hope to re-sign him.

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Vikings | Trying To Impress O'Donnell

Tue, 25 Feb 2003 20:19:54 -0800

The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings rolled out the red carpet for free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) on Tuesday. One of the first things he saw was a Vikings jersey, with his name on it, hanging in the locker room. "Boy, you move quickly," O'Donnell said to Vikings coach Mike Tice. "Just thought I'd get you settled in," responded Tice. So far, no deal has been reached with O'Donnell. "If he's going to move from Tennessee, a team that has won an AFC championship, he wants to move to a team that has a chance to make the playoffs this year," Tice said.

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Vikings | O'Donnell Still Visiting

Mon, 24 Feb 2003 22:10:25 -0800

As previously noted, the Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood reports free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) will be visiting with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.

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Vikings | More On O'Donnell

Sun, 23 Feb 2003 13:28:20 -0800

Updating an earlier story, ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice said this weekend he doesn't plan to let free agent QB Neil O'Donnell (Titans) to leave the team complex next Tuesday until he signs him as the new backup and mentor for QB Daunte Culpepper. The Titans would like to re-sign O'Donnell to a more palatable salary, but the Vikings plan to make that a very difficult chore.

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Vikings | After O'Donnell

Sat, 22 Feb 2003 00:44:17 -0800

Updating an earlier story, the Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice said he has talked to free agent QB Neil O'Donnell. He has scheduled a Tuesday meeting at Winter Park for O'Donnell. "Neil is the perfect guy; he's done it already," Tice said of O'Donnell. The Titans stil want to re-sign O'Donnell, but, according to Tice, O'Donnell was disappointed by his release by the Titans.

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