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Mon, 01 Dec 2003 15:16:06 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson went over the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row. The last time a Bengals WR did that was Carl Pickens in 1995-96.
Tue, 05 Jun 2001 01:07:55 -0700
The Dallas Morning News reports WR Carl Pickens has been placed on the Dallas Cowboys' reserve-retired list.
Tue, 29 May 2001 15:43:25 -0700
ESPN's John Clayton reports Dallas Cowboys WR Carl Pickens, at the age of 31, has informed his agent that he plans to retire because of continued problems with his hamstring. Agent Steve Zucker stated it's a shame because Pickens is still young, but he's unable to run at full-speed. In nine seasons, Pickens had 540 receptions, 7,129 yards and 63 TDs. He spent his first eight seasons with the Bengals and last year with the Titans. He was signed by Dallas earlier this year as a free agent.
Tue, 29 May 2001 01:01:21 -0700
The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas Cowboys will kick off their fourth mini-camp later today and it will run through Friday. Neither WR Carl Pickens or CB Phillippi Sparks are expected to attend.
Fri, 18 May 2001 03:09:42 -0700
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Dallas Cowboys WR Carl Pickens appears ready to retire soon according to his agent, Steve Zucker. Zucker, who noted Pickens wants to continue playing but doesn't think it's possible because of continued injury problems, said a decision could come from Pickens in the next few days.
Tue, 15 May 2001 04:11:21 -0700
The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas Cowboys will be kicking off another mini-camp later today and are expected to be without WR Carl Pickens, LB Darren Hambrick and CB Phillippi Sparks once again. Pickens is still suffering from hamstring problems and is considering retirement while both Hambrick and Sparks have issues with the team about their contracts. Meanwhile, DallasCowboys.com reports TE Mike Lucky (knee), DE Peppi Zellner (knee) and WR Marcus Stiggers (knee) are all expected to be limited.
Tue, 15 May 2001 04:09:20 -0700
The Dallas Morning News reports if WR Carl Pickens retires from the Dallas Cowboys, it'll open up more opportunities for WRs Wane McGarity, Jason Tucker, Damon Hodge, Chris Brazzell, Bashir Yamini, Damon Dunn and Jermaine Copeland. The Cowboys are deep at wide receiver right now and probably won't keep any more than six receivers. Thus, only four spots would be open as starters Joey Galloway and Raghib Ismail are almost guaranteed roster spots this year.
Wed, 02 May 2001 22:37:13 -0700
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, LB Darren Hambrick was a no-show again today for the Dallas Cowboys ongoing mini-camp. CB Phillippi Sparks and CB Carl Pickens, as expected, both skipped out on their third consecutive day of camp. TE Jackie Harris had to depart for Arkansas after today's workouts to take care of personal business.
Wed, 02 May 2001 07:52:20 -0700
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports agent Steve Zucker stated it's going to be a few more weeks before wide receiver Carl Pickens makes a decision on his future. As reported, Pickens is currently holding himself out of the Dallas Cowboys mini-camp because he's contemplating retirement.
Mon, 30 Apr 2001 22:56:56 -0700
Jean-Jacques Taylor reports for the Dallas Morning News there apparently is no timetable set for when Dallas Cowboys WR Carl Pickens may return to Dallas to start working out in the team's off-season program. Pickens' agent, Steve Zucker, said his client visited a doctor Monday concerning his injured hamstring. Zucker said Pickens would like the hamstring to be at 100 percent before he decides to return. Owner Jerry Jones said he understands Pickens' position. Pickens, as previously reported, could still retire.
Mon, 30 Apr 2001 17:11:50 -0700
SportsLine.com's Len Pasquarelli, as an update to previous stories, reports both CB Phillippi Sparks and WR Carl Pickens are planning to skip out on the Dallas Cowboys' current mini-camp as they're both pondering their futures. Sparks is also believed to be interested in renegotiating his current deal with the team.
Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:32:43 -0700
According to their official site, the Cowboys donít expect a handful of injured players in quarterback school including WRs Joey Galloway and Rocket Ismail, DE Peppi Zellner, TEs Mike Lucky and David LaFleur, who are all sitting out while continuing their recovery from injuries. WR Carl Pickens is not expected to make the camp for unspecified reasons.
Mon, 30 Apr 2001 01:39:40 -0700
The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas Cowboys WR Carl Pickens will not be at the team's mini-camp on Monday because he's contemplating his future. Agent Steve Zucker said Pickens will talk to the Cowboys on Monday and "then we'll see what happens. I don't really want to say anything else right now." Pickens is also battling a hamstring injury. Pickens has not spent much time in Dallas since agreeing to terms with the Cowboys. During one recent throwing session, Pickens showed little speed or explosion coming out of his break. He also dropped several passes. Reportedly, Pickens is considering retirement.
Tue, 10 Apr 2001 21:21:40 -0700
According to their official site, WR Carl Pickens has now officially signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Pickens, who played just nine games for the Tennessee Titans last season, will play for $500,000 this season and no signing bonus. The Cowboys also officially signed free agent DT Ben Williams. To make room for the two new additions to the roster, the Cowboys waived S JaJuan Cherry.
Mon, 09 Apr 2001 09:33:57 -0700
The Star Telegram reports having added free agent QB Tony Banks and WR Carl Pickens, the Dallas Cowboys are now turning their attention to the NFL Draft. The Cowboys have major needs at defensive tackle, linebacker, defensive back and quarterback. The Cowboys are hoping a defensive tackle will be available for them in the second round as they have no first round pick this year. Owner Jerry Jones said the team "has to get the best available player on the board" regardless of position. The Cowboys are considering investing a draft pick on a QB for the first time since they drafted Bill Musgrave in the fourth round in 1991
Fri, 06 Apr 2001 20:02:22 -0700
According to the team's official site, WR Carl Pickens is now expected to sign the contract he agreed to yesterday with the Dallas Cowboys early next week. Earlier reports had the official signing today. Cowboys WRs coach Wes Chandler said he had a "good conversation" with Pickens on what it will take to revamp and prolong his career.
Fri, 06 Apr 2001 10:06:26 -0700
The Star-Telegram reports the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a contract with street free agent DT Ben Williams. He has played for five NFL teams including the Vikings. According to the Star-Telegram, WR Carl Pickens one-year, $500,000 contract includes no signing bonus and no incentives.
Thu, 05 Apr 2001 23:33:29 -0700
According to Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News, the one-year contract free agent WR Carl Pickens agreed to with the Dallas Cowboys is valued at $500,000. "I talked to Stephen Jones (Wednesday night) about 9 p.m. and got it done," agent Steve Zucker said. "He wanted to play for Dallas, so we took the deal."
Thu, 05 Apr 2001 20:51:29 -0700
According to their official site, the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent WR Carl Pickens (Titans). It is a one-year contract worth just over the NFL veteran minimum and it could be completed as early as Friday.
Mon, 02 Apr 2001 21:42:09 -0700
The Dallas Morning News reports free agent WR Carl Pickens rejected the Dallas Cowboys one-year, minimum salary contract on Monday. Agent Steve Zucker said, "I talked to Stephen (Jones) today and I told him that we were going to explore some other avenues." He said the door is not closed because Pickens likes Dallas and something could still happen after the NFL Draft.
Tue, 27 Mar 2001 22:31:50 -0800
According to John Clayton of ESPN, as an update to previous stories, the contract the Dallas Cowboys have offered free agent WR Carl Pickens is a one-year deal valued at close to the NFL minimum of $477,000. When QB Tony Banks agreed to a one-year contract earlier today, he decided not to accept a complicated two-year proposal that included guarantees and incentives in the second year.
Thu, 22 Mar 2001 23:11:48 -0800
The Dallas Morning News reports agent Steve Zucker confirmed he and the Dallas Cowboys have been discussing a contract for free agent WR Carl Pickens. Zucker and the Cowboys discussed financial parameters and talked about proposals that could lead to Pickens signing with Dallas. Zucker said several other teams are also vying for Pickens, though he declined to divulge them. Agent Steve Weinberg said free agent DT Keith Traylor, formerly of Denver, is now scheduled to visit Dallas on Friday.
Thu, 22 Mar 2001 21:32:02 -0800
Don Banks of CNN/SI reports free agent WR Jake Reed is expected to agree to a one-year contract calling for slightly more than $500,000 plus incentives with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. He is expected to be the team's No. 3 WR. Dallas apparently lost interest in Reed when WR Carl Pickens entered their plans.
Thu, 22 Mar 2001 01:28:51 -0800
As a follow up to a story reported last night, the Dallas Morning News reports three sources said Wednesday the Dallas Cowboys have made an offer to free agent WR Carl Pickens, formerly of Tennessee. Owner Jerry Jones has coveted Pickens for at least a couple of seasons. Pickens' addition would allow the Cowboys to be conservative with the return of both of their injured WRs, Joey Galloway and Raghib Ismail. The contract details on the deal signed by FB Robert Thomas on Wednesday day are it's a three-year contract worth $3 million, including a signing bonus of about $600,000. He will earn $418,000 in base salary this season and count about $618,000 against the Cowboys cap.
Wed, 21 Mar 2001 21:23:55 -0800
CNN/SI's Don Banks reports scouts with the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly telling owner Jerry Jones to sign former Carolina QB Steve Beuerlein. He has expressed interest in rejoining Dallas. Jones spoke again Wednesday with free agent QB Randall Cunningham, who continues to express optimism that he will re-sign with Dallas in the coming weeks. The team cannot afford to sign both. Free agent WR Carl Pickens (Tennessee) visited Dallas on Wednesday and is being considered as a replacement for WR James McKnight, who signed with Miami.
Sun, 18 Mar 2001 11:05:59 -0800
The Tennessean reports several former Tennessee Titans free agents have drawn some interest from around the league, but have yet to sign. WRs Yancey Thigpen and Carl Pickens drew some early interest from the Jets and Colts respectively, but nothing further developed. Agent Jim Steiner said nothing is brewing for FB Lorenzo Neal. Agent Michael Sullivan who represents RB Rodney Thomas said no one has expressed a strong interest in Thomas who is seen as a backup RB. The agent said he thought the Titans might want to re-sign Thomas, but not yet. FS Marcus Robertson has made two visits, Seattle and Oakland, and he has drawn interest from the Bills. Reportedly concern over a leg injury from last season has the Raiders shying away.
Thu, 01 Mar 2001 16:52:37 -0800
Terry McCormick, of the Nashville City Paper, has informed KFFL the Titans have also released the following players to clear cap space: TE Larry Brown, PK Al Del Greco, LB Terry Killens, WR Carl Pickens, TE Michael Roan and WR Yancey Thigpen. The team has scheduled a press conference for 5 p.m. to announce the cuts.
Thu, 01 Mar 2001 04:40:51 -0800
According to the Tennessean, the Tennessee Titans have some tough decisions to make today. By the end of the day, the team could be without WRs Yancey Thigpen and Carl Pickens, PK Al Del Greco, RB Rodney Thomas, TE Michael Roan, S Marcus Robertson and LB Terry Killens as the team needs to make some cuts to get under the salary cap. The team is hoping to restructure the contracts of LB Eddie Robinson, WR Chris Sanders and S Blaine Bishop. OL Bruce Matthews and OL Brad Hopkins appear to be candidates for extensions.
Tue, 27 Feb 2001 03:31:20 -0800
The Tennessean reports the Titans may be able to work out a contract extension with LT Brad Hopkins, who has a $7.132 million hit on the salary cap this year. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, met with the team on Friday. The Titans, at the start of the week, were about $12 million over the salary cap. In addition to LB Randall Godfrey, TE Frank Wycheck and RT Fred Miller working out new deals, QB Neil O'Donnell and P Craig Hentrich will as well. The first three mentioned will save the team close to $5M; the latter two could save the team an additional $1M. Releasing WRs Yancey Thigpen and Carl Pickens would save the team around $2.5M. With the team not expected to restructure the deals of any other players, that could put the likes of OL Bruce Matthews ($5.075M), S Blaine Bishop ($4.3M), LB Eddie Robinson ($3.25M) and DT Henry Ford ($3.08M) on the bubble.
Tue, 20 Feb 2001 08:05:10 -0800
The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans are nearly complete with their strategy of getting under the NFL's salary cap. At this point Team President Jeff Diamond is closing ranks on which actions the team will take to get there. "It's really impossible to say, it's all contingent on what gets accomplished," he said. There are expected to be some cuts, potentially WRs Yancey Thigpen and Carl Pickens, mixed in with some contract restructures. Two players that may see their contracts extended to more cap friendly deals are QB Steve McNair and OT Brad Hopkins.
Tue, 09 Jan 2001 10:26:56 -0800
According to the Tennessean, Tennessee Titans veteran OL Bruce Matthews is now sounding like he wants to be back with the team for the 2001 season. If the Titans elect to bring WR Carl Pickens back next season, heíll count $5.7 million against the salary cap. He had a very unproductive 2000 season with only 10 catches.
Thu, 04 Jan 2001 09:10:00 -0800
The Baltimore Sun reports even though WRs Yancey Thigpen and Carl Pickens are not listed on the Tennessee Titans injury report, both players will remain as backups this weekend against the Ravens. WRs Derrick Mason and Chris Sanders, who have started the past 12 games, will remain in the starting lineup. Thigpen and Pickens, who were both injured most of the year, are expected to contribute.
Wed, 27 Dec 2000 23:36:00 -0800
Jeff Legwold reports for the Sporting News Tennessee Titans WR Yancey Thigpen is showing his best form in practice since the team signed him three years ago. He is expected to get more action in the postseason, especially in some three wide-receiver sets. Carl Pickens appears healthy and should see more action as well. Their playing time will come at the expense of Chris Sanders.
Tue, 19 Dec 2000 17:38:42 -0800
The Tennessean reports FS Marcus Robertson (shin) said Sunday he hopes to practice this week. Robertson, who has missed the past few weeks of practice, played against Cleveland after missing the Cincinnati game. WR Carl Pickens was the only player on Sundayís 45-man active roster that failed to make it on the field. Pickens had two catches against the Bengals, but coach Jeff Fisher said because of the weather conditions he wasnít really needed on Sunday.
Tue, 12 Dec 2000 16:20:31 -0800
The Tennessean reports Titans coach Jeff Fisher said both Yancey Thigpen and Carl Pickens can expect more playing time but will not be the starting wide outs this Sunday.
Mon, 11 Dec 2000 03:15:36 -0800
Titans Radio Network reports Tennessee Titans WRs Yancey Thigpen and Carl Pickens, who have both been slowed this year by injuries, contributed to the Titans offense finally on Sunday. The two combined for 4 receptions for 145 yards on the day. Thigpen hauled in a 56-yard touchdown reception.
Sat, 09 Dec 2000 13:41:54 -0800
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer reports WR Carl Pickens has been a huge disappointment for the Tennessee Titans this year. He signed a five-year deal with the Titans earlier this year and has missed six games because of a hamstring injury. His future with the Titans is in question now because he's set to receive a $4.5 million roster bonus and a $1 million base salary in 2001.
Fri, 01 Dec 2000 08:17:16 -0800
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans WR Carl Pickens (hamstring) is likely to finally be active for this weekend's game. He'd likely serve as the Titans fourth receiver.
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 15:54:05 -0800
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair (thumb) said although heís still icing his right thumb regularly, he feels fine and is still working through some soreness. CB Dainon Sidney did minimal work with a hamstring strain, while coach Jeff Fisher said the practice work of WR Carl Pickens (hamstring) was very encouraging.
Wed, 29 Nov 2000 18:56:08 -0800
Titans Radio Network reports Tennessee Titans RB Eddie George (toe) missed practice on Wednesday. He said it swelled up a little bit and he wanted to give it another day's worth of rest. Head coach Jeff Fisher stated George probably could have practiced today, but they'd rather have him go through the entire practice on Thursday. QB Steve McNair (thumb) and WR Carl Pickens (hamstring) practiced on Wednesday, too. Fisher said Pickens looked better than he's seen in a "long time." CB Dainon Sydney (hamstring) went through practice but remains very questionable for this weekend's game.
Tue, 28 Nov 2000 16:28:34 -0800
According to the Tennessean, WR Carl Pickens tested his injured hamstring prior to Sunday's game against the Jaguars before it was decided he'd miss his sixth game this season. Pickens practiced last week, but the team felt if he had gone out and pushed it a little bit he had the risk factor of reinjuring it. Pickens will most likely be ready to play against the Eagles on Sunday if there are no setbacks in practice this week.
Sun, 02 Jan 2000 23:23:21 -0800
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports there is a great deal speculation brewing in Cincinnati that WR Carl Pickens will be looking to leave the Cincinnati Bengals during the off-season. Word out of Bengals camp has Pickens' apology for blasting head coach Bruce Coslet last week only being an apology because he feared being fined by the team. It appears things could get ugly in Cincinnati this off-season ...
Fri, 31 Dec 1999 04:49:16 -0800
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports WR Carl Pickens has told the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff that he intends to play his hardest this weekend even though he blasted management for allowing head coach Bruce Coslet to return. Pickens apologized for his comments. In other news, QB Jeff Blake packed up all of the things in his locker for what appears to be the last time. Blake is a free agent at the end of the season and has no desire to remain in Cincinnati. OL Willie Anderson (ankle) has been ruled as out while OL Rod Jones (knee) has been upgraded to probable.
Sat, 26 Jun 1999 10:20:00 -0700
Don Pierson reports for MSNBC that although other teams are reportedly still looking to trade for disgruntled WR Carl Pickens the problem remains the Bengals asking price. VP Mike Brown insists on getting at least one #1 draft pick in return for Pickens. The problem is the Rams acquired RB Marshall Faulk for a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick which lowered the standard for these types of trades. According to Pierson, one of the teams interested in Pickens is the Steelers but it is doubtful that Brown would trade Pickens to one of his chief rivals in the league.
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 12:20:00 -0700
The Cincinnati Post reports many Bengal players are pulling for WR Willie Jackson to be the man for the Bengals since WR Carl Pickens has made it clear he'll never play for the Bengals again. 'I'm just going to try and better my game,'' Jackson said. ''I can't go out and try and be Carl Pickens. Just like when I was in Dallas, I couldn't try to be Michael Irvin or in Jacksonville I couldn't be Keenan McCardell or Jimmy Smith. I just have to be Willie Jackson.'' Jackson is expected to battle with WRs Stepfret Williams, James Hundon and Craig Yeast.
Fri, 11 Jun 1999 02:00:00 -0700
The Dallas Morning News reports Cincinnati WR Carl Pickens' agent, Stephen Zucker, let the Cowboys know time and time again during the recent league meetings that his client only wants to play for the Cowboys this year. "They (Cincinnati) don't want to get rid of him and are doing all they can to make it hard for us to make a deal," Zucker said. "Right now, time is on their side because there is no camp starting. But as the opening of camp gets closer ... Eventually, they will know how strong-willed he is. He wants to leave and will not play there anymore."
Mon, 07 Jun 1999 08:24:00 -0700
WBAL-TV reports the agent for WR Carl Pickens has been in Baltimore recently talking with the Ravens to possibly work out a deal that would bring Pickens to the Ravens.
Thu, 03 Jun 1999 08:05:00 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the deal the Dallas Cowboys reportedly offered the Bengals for WR Carl Pickens also included FB Nicky Sualua in addition to Michael Irvin. Owner and GM Mike Brown had no interest in either player due to Irvin's age and the excess baggage of both players. Sualua was the player involved with former Cowboy Mark Tuinei's heroin overdose last month while Irvin has had some off the field issues during his career. The Bengals were also quoted as saying that Irvin's age was also a factor in their decision.
Wed, 02 Jun 1999 23:55:00 -0700
The Cincinnati Post reports the Bengals also have no interest in trading Carl Pickens for Michael Irvin and according to a Cincinnati Enquirer report they already turned down the Cowboys on this potential trade offer.
Tue, 01 Jun 1999 22:10:00 -0700
The Miami Herald reports that Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson says he has no intentions of trading for Cowboys WR Michael Irvin, if he goes on the trading block. He said that Irvin was on the downside of his career and too expensive. He also balked at the idea that the Dolphins would be willing to trade for any of the veterans mentioned as possibly available such as Carl Pickens, Barry Sanders or Deion Sanders. "We've got no interest in making a trade for any player at this stage," Johnson said. "If they're available on the waiver wire, we'll take a look at them. . . . But you don't need to be calling me at home about a player being available in a trade."