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Tue, 25 Feb 2003 13:54:20 -0800
Redskins.com reports the Washington Redskins have announced the official hiring of Mark Smith as head conditioning coach. Smith spent last season at the University of Kansas.
Thu, 14 Nov 2002 06:18:24 -0800
Christopher Walsh reports for PackersNews.com the Green Bay Packers worked out DT Mark Smith last week.
Mon, 21 Oct 2002 22:08:13 -0700
ClevelandBrowns.com reports the Cleveland Browns have released DT Mark Smith.
Sun, 20 Oct 2002 12:26:58 -0700
The Cleveland Browns have announced QB Kelly Holcombe, S Robert Griffith, DB Daylon McCutcheon, T Chad Beasley, T Joaquin Gonzalez, WR Andre King, TE Darnell Jackson and DT Mark Smith as inactive for week 7.
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 19:44:04 -0700
Cleveland Browns.com reports coach Butch Davis had this to say about the health of DT Mark Smith at the conclusion of QB school earlier Thursday: "Mark has a partial tear of ligament in his wrist. They got a cast on him that makes it look like he was in an eight-car pileup." Davis added the cast comes off next week and Smith is expected to be ready for the team's mini-camp.
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 11:31:40 -0700
The Canton Repository reports Cleveland Browns backup LDT Mark Smith (wrist) has his right wrist in a cast due to a tendon injury. He plans to be ready to roll come training camp in July.
Tue, 19 Mar 2002 09:21:10 -0800
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Cleveland Browns have agreed to a two-year contract with DT Mark Smith. The deal is worth $2.6 million and includes a $500,000 signing bonus.
Fri, 23 Nov 2001 07:26:10 -0800
The Plain Dealer reports Cleveland Browns DL Orpheus Roye, Mark Smith and Alvin McKinley will rotate at tackle in rookie DT Gerard Warren's absence. Warren is suspended for this week's game.
Sun, 02 Sep 2001 17:52:55 -0700
Cleveland Browns.com reports with DE Courtney Brown out this weekend against Seattle, Orpheus Roye will start at left DE against Seattle and Keith McKenzie will flip sides and take Brown’s spot on the right. Gerard Warren will play left DT and Mark Smith will line up on the right.
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 20:12:51 -0700
Patrick McManamon reports for the Akron Beacon Journal Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis said DT Mark Smith "had the finest practice since he's been a Cleveland Brown." Davis said, "He was a holy terror."
Mon, 16 Apr 2001 11:38:28 -0700
Tony Grossi reports for the Plain Dealer Cleveland Browns director of football operations Dwight Clark had visioned the team adding a couple of defensive tackles along the lines of Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams of the Baltimore Ravens, big guys who can clog the middle. Coach Butch Davis arrived and plans changed. Davis does not like his linemen in the 350-pound range. Davis liked what he saw at defensive tackle at the team's first mini-camp. According to Davis, "Orpheus Roye weighed 318 [up from 290]. Mark Smith was 322 [up from 294 with Arizona]. Marcus Spriggs was in the 320s. Darius Holland was probably 320." Davis does not believe he needs to add significant size inside to improve the team's defense against the rush. Speed at linebacker, namely Dwayne Rudd, will help against that problem. Changing the defensive scheme to move away from the "two-gap" system will help as well.
Thu, 12 Apr 2001 10:24:29 -0700
The Canton Repository reports the consensus is LB Dwayne Rudd and RB Jamel White were the defensive and offensive stars of the Cleveland Browns recently concluded mini-camp. Coach Butch Davis said he did not think there was one drill where Rudd "didn't get his hands on a ball or gotten an interception. You talk about team defensive speed. That's a huge upgrade." For the Browns he is expected to lineup at their 'will' linebacker position (weakside). Davis also been impressed with the defensive line. He said DT Mark Smith has "done some really, really special things." Davis has also been impressed by DL Marcus Spriggs. Davis said he will keep five to seven players who will do little except play special teams.
Wed, 11 Apr 2001 18:23:07 -0700
Zac Jackson reports for the team's official site the Cleveland Browns wrapped up their three-day mini-camp earlier today. RB Jamel White continues to earn the praise of coach Butch Davis. In this week's mini-camp, he's been returning kicks, running the ball and catching passes. Davis singled out several defensive players after today's practice sessions: DT Darius Holland, CB Lewis Sanders, DT Mark Smith, DT Marcus Spriggs and LB Dwayne Rudd. Davis reiterated his pleasure with CB Corey Fuller's coverage skills and RB Travis Prentice's hands. The team signed street free agent LB Michael Smith. He was a three-year starter under Davis at the University of Miami. He blew out his knee in 1999, but appears fully recovered.
Mon, 09 Apr 2001 18:55:38 -0700
Zac Jackson reports for the team's official site the Cleveland Browns worked FB Tarek Saleh at linebacker during today's mini-camp session. He was a linebacker for two years with the Panthers but changed his position when the Browns selected him in the Expansion Draft of 1999. When asked about new RB Curtis Enis, coach Butch Davis said, "He did OK. He’s out of shape, but he’s in twice as good a shape as he was a month ago when we first brought him in." Davis expects Enis to get better every day and knows he has the skills to make a difference. Davis singled out QBs Tim Couch, Ty Detmer and Kelly Holcomb, RB Jamel White, WR Bobby Brown, TE OJ Santiago, TE Rickey Dudley, DT Mark Smith, LB Dwayne Rudd and LB Wali Rainer as players he was especially impressed with on the first day of mini-camp.
Sun, 18 Mar 2001 15:31:10 -0800
The Morning Journal's Jeff Schudel reports the Cleveland Browns are reportedly trying to outbid other teams for the services of free agent OL Ross Verba (Packers). They want him to play right tackle for them. "Something will be done on the offensive line," team president Carmen Policy said. He expects other free agent OL to become available after June 1. Free agent G Tre Johnson (Redskins), who visited the Browns earlier, remains a free agent. Policy said the Browns have structured contracts, especially those of Tim Couch and Courtney Brown, so that they should still be in excellent shape cap-wise in 2002 and 2003. The team's off-season conditioning program begins tomorrow and DT Mark Smith and RB Curtis Enis are expected to attend.
Tue, 13 Mar 2001 18:30:58 -0800
ClevelandBrowns.com reports the Cleveland Browns have signed free agent DT Mark Smith (Cardinals) to an undisclosed deal.
Wed, 07 Mar 2001 17:03:23 -0800
According to their official site, the Cleveland Browns had free agent visits from DT Mark Smith (Cardinals) and LB Brant Boyer (Jaguars) earlier today. Smith was a starting defensive tackle for the Cardinals and Boyer was a key backup LB and special teams player for the Jaguars.
Mon, 05 Mar 2001 17:35:32 -0800
According to Mike Jurecki, of XTRA Sports 910 radio in Phoenix, free agent DT Mark Smith's agent Gil Thompson stated he has not received any calls so far regarding Smith's services for the upcoming season.
Thu, 04 Jan 2001 16:30:53 -0800
According to their official site, the Arizona Cardinals have informed DT Mark Smith he will not be offered a new contract for the 2001 season. The move makes him an unrestricted free agent.
Sat, 09 Dec 2000 10:44:04 -0800
The Arizona Republic reports Arizona Cardinals QB Jake Plummer (ribs) didn't practice again on Friday and he'll be a gametime decision this weekend against the Jaguars. If Plummer cannot play, Dave Brown would get the starting nod but the Cardinals would also give No. 3 QB Chris Greisen plenty of playing time. RB Michael Pittman (toe) practiced on a limited basis Friday and RB Thomas Jones (lungs) saw extensive practice time. DL Mark Smith (knee) will play this weekend but Mao Tosi will continue to start.
Wed, 06 Dec 2000 12:56:13 -0800
The Arizona Republic reports DE Thomas Burke (groin) likely will miss Sunday's game after reinjuring his groin. Veteran DL Mark Smith, who missed Sunday's game with a shoulder problem, will return to the starting lineup Sunday. Rookie LB Raynoch Thompson (knee) is probably gone for the remainder of the year after injuring his knee on Sunday.
Sat, 02 Dec 2000 09:41:41 -0800
Bengals.com reports the Arizona Cardinals have declared RB Thomas Jones, G Yusuf Scott, DT Mark Smith and DE Corey Sears inactive for this weekend's game.
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 12:25:37 -0800
The Arizona Republic reports Arizona Cardinals DE Brad Ottis (elbow) and DE Andre Wadsworth (knees) missed practice on Wednesday but are expected to play this weekend. WR Frank Sanders (knee) also took the day off on Wednesday. DT Mark Smith (shoulder) returned to practice after missing last weekend's game. WR Mac Cody twisted his knee during practice but is expected to be fine. RB Michael Pittman (ribs) took a hit to his sore ribs and was down on the ground briefly but was able to continue.
Mon, 07 Jun 1999 21:35:00 -0700
The Arizona Republic reports that Cardinals GM Bob Ferguson sent a letter of apology on Monday to DT Mark Smith and his agent, Gilbert Thompson, for remarks Ferguson made in Wednesday's Arizona Republic regarding Smith's contract status and the fact that Smith "ought to look around and see what they're paying at McDonald's." Thompson said the apology was a good start but he wasn't sure whether it would be enough to pacify Smith. Ferguson says that Smith does not want to be traded, but reportedly the two sides have a long way to go in negotiations. The Cardinals have offered Smith the minimum one-year tender offer of $325,000 while Smith would like $1 million.
Fri, 04 Jun 1999 06:55:00 -0700
The AP is reporting that Cardinals DT Mark Smith, unhappy with the way he has been presented in the media by Cardinals management, is now demanding a trade. "He'll be traded or he'll sit out," Smith's agent, Gilbert Thompson, told The Tribune (a local Arizona newspaper). "He won't play for them again, not another down. It's that simple." As an exclusive-rights Free Agent the Cards own his rights for the next two years so they do have the upper hand in the negotiations. "The system is definitely working against him, but at the same time things were promised and there were other players not limited (financially) to what the system offered," Thompson said. "Why shouldn't Mark be rewarded? But it doesn't matter now." Management has been upset that Smith decided to skip minicamp and the most recent voluntary camp for veteran players. Negotiations had been ongoing, but now that the Cardinals have publicly made bad comments about Smith, Thompson added, "he likes his teammates and the coaches, but he doesn't want to play for an employer that will publicly ridicule him." "Negotiations will now cease." Another sticking point for the agent is that one of the Cardinals backup defensive linemen, Brad Ottis, is scheduled to earn more than Smith and backups should not be paid more than Smith, according to the agent.
Wed, 02 Jun 1999 09:45:00 -0700
The Arizona Republic has reported the Cardinals are not going to budge on the demands for a new contract by DL Mark Smith. Smith skipped the team's minicamp earlier in the year and is looking for more money, but the team has stated they will play without him in 1999 if they have to.
Sat, 01 May 1999 00:10:00 -0700
The Arizona Republic reports Arizona Cardinals head coach Vince Tobin is quite upset with DL Mark Smith for not showing up at the team's minicamp.