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American Football: NFL Rumors (June 04)

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TRD

posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 02:14 PM
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Peterson talks will have to wait
San Jose Mercury News


The Mercury News' Daniel Brown reports that the 49ers' window to re-sign linebacker Julian Peterson is "closing fast". The 49ers won't be able to resume contract talks with Peterson until mid-July.


Steelers' Ward wants new contract
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Receiver Hines Ward is hoping that he will be the next Steeler to get a new contract. Ward's agent told the Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette that he is "hopeful that Hines' situation can be addressed and resolved in a mutually beneficial way".


McAlister a no-show at Ravens camp
Washington Post


The Post's Camille Powell reports that the Ravens started their four-day mandatory minicamp yesterday without cornerback Chris McAlister. McAlister could earn $7.1 million this season if he signs a one-year tender, but he is holding out for a long-term deal.


Seahawks' Mili skips practice
Seattle Times


The Times' Josa Miguel Romero reports that a contract dispute kept Seahawks tight end Itula Mili from attending the team's voluntary minicamp practice yesterday. The Seahawks may have to give Mili a deal similar to the five-year, $15 million contract that Jim Kleinsasser signed with the Vikings if they want to get him back.


Vikings may dump alleged brawler
Minneapolis Star Tribune


A brawl outside a nightclub on Saturday night could force the Vikings to make several roster moves. The Star Tribune's Kevin Seifert and David Chanen report that the Vikings may release tight end Steve Farmer. The Vikings could also sign linebacker Keith Newman if E.J. Henderson runs into further trouble.

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Ben

posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 06:11 PM
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Ward is a proven WR but its all about money with the players and no love for hte game.


TRD

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 01:49 PM
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Bryant may pay steep price for crossing Parcells
Dallas Morning News


Cowboys receiver Antonio Bryant's altercation with coach Bill Parcells yesterday could cost him his job. The Morning News' Jean-Jacques Taylor reports that the Cowboys could decide to release Bryant.


Peterson's asking price too high for 49ers
San Jose Mercury News


Mercury News columnist Skip Bayless doesn't think that the 49ers should give in to linebacker Julian Peterson's contract demands. Sources told Bayless that Peterson has asked the 49ers for "$30 million in signing bonus or guaranteed money".


Gardener deal on hold
Cincinnati Post


The Post's Kevin Goheen reports that the Bengals still haven't signed free agent defensive tackle Daryl Gardener. Gardener met with the Bengals recently, but he left Cincinnati without completing a deal.


Jaguars' Williams wants new contract
Jacksonville Times-Union


The Times-Union's Bart Hubbuch reports that offensive tackle Maurice Williams wants to sign a contract extension with the Jaguars. Although Williams' contract will be up at the end of the season, the Jaguars have yet to make him an offer.


Falcons' Johnson may be ready to return
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The Journal-Constitution's Matt Winkeljohn reports that holdout defensive tackle Ellis Johnson may be close to returning to the Falcons. Johnson, who has skipped the Falcons' last three minicamps, is rumored to be in talks with the team.

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TRD

posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 03:59 PM
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Steelers' Ward could hold out for new contract
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Hines Ward's contract squabble with the Steelers could get nasty. The Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports that Ward has hinted that he could hold out for a new deal.


Packers may cut ties with Reynolds
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


The Journal Sentinel's Cliff Christl reports that Packers defensive end Jamal Reynolds is still in danger of being cut. The Packers could elect to release Reynolds rather than pay him a $217,250 roster bonus next month.

Cowboys' Bryant a no-show
San Antonio Express-News


"Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Antonio Bryant, his future with the team already clouded after an altercation with coach Bill Parcells on Tuesday, reportedly skipped practice Wednesday."

McCardell wants raise
Tampa Tribune


"Coach Jon Gruden said Keenan McCardell knows how important he is to the team. McCardell wants his paycheck to reflect that. The Pro Bowl wide receiver has not participated in the offseason program."



posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 07:28 PM
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McCardell, deserves the new contract. Hines should wait for his to end first. And Bryant? Buck up, be a man, and admit when you are wrong.


TRD

posted on Jun, 11 2004 @ 03:20 PM
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Bryant still AWOL
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The Star-Telegram's Jennifer Floyd Engel reports that receiver Antonio Bryant still hasn't rejoined the Cowboys. Bryant, who reportedly threw his jersey at coach Bill Parcells on Tuesday, could be fined, traded or cut.


Ball wants out of San Diego
San Diego Union-Tribune


The Union-Tribune's Jim Trotter reports that Chargers center Jason Ball would like to be traded. Agent Peter Schaffer says that Ball "wants to be somewhere where he's appreciated".


Falcons' Johnson looking for new contract
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The Journal-Constitution's Matt Winkeljohn reports that Falcons defensive end Ellis Johnson wants a raise. Johnson is seeking a deal that would help compensate him for the money he spends commuting between Atlanta and his home near Indianapolis.


Packers hoping McKenzie will return
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Packers coach Mike Sherman still hopes to mend fences with holdout cornerback Mike McKenzie. Sherman told the Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak that his goal is to "get [McKenzie] back into camp".

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posted on Jun, 11 2004 @ 06:36 PM
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Cleveland finally dropped Couch, wonder where he will actually end up now?

Couch dropped


TRD

posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 07:00 PM
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Contract complaints not on Brady's agenda
Boston Globe


"As a two-time Super Bowl MVP and owner of the highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks with at least 25 starts, Tom Brady deserves to be the league's highest-paid QB, if not its highest-paid player."

Bruschi works on extension
Boston Herald


"The veteran linebacker confirmed that he and the Patriots have been talking recently about a contract extension that would keep Bruschi in New England for the foreseeable future. Bruschi, who serves as his own agent, would not go into specifics, but reports indicated a deal was imminent."

Couch finally takes a hike . . . goodbye
Cleveland Plain Dealer


"The Browns released quarterback Tim Couch on Friday afternoon, three months after they signed free agent Jeff Garcia and Couch asked coach Butch Davis to let him go... Couch, a five-year veteran, is now free to sign with any NFL team. He is expected to be courted by about five clubs. Green Bay is the front-runner, but Couch received interest from Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco and Atlanta."

Bryant still exiled; team adds a WR
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


"Despite mounting evidence that his days as a Cowboy might be numbered, including trade offers, receiver Antonio Bryant remains hopeful that fences can be mended with coach Bill Parcells, allowing his return to the team... What is apparent, as the Cowboys bolstered their receiving corps by signing veteran Dedric Ward on Friday, is more effort seems to be directed to preparing for life without Bryant than keeping him."


Maddox hoping to see both Burress and Ward at camp
Pittsburgh Tribune Review


"The Steelers have some unhappy wide receivers on their roster right now, but quarterback Tommy Maddox isn't worried yet about having someone to throw to. He hopes that Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress will be on the field when training camp opens July 30."

George, Titans appear closer to deal
Tennessean


"The Titans and Eddie George's agent, Lamont Smith, have communicated this week, but no restructured deal has been completed with the running back. After George's return looked fairly bleak for weeks, it now looks like the deal will get done unless George has a late-in-the-game change of heart about taking a substantial pay cut."

Gardener On Hold
Cincinnati Enquirer


"The Bengals are in no hurry to finalize the deal with free agent defensive tackle Daryl Gardener. Gardener has visited Cincinnati, but doctors continue to test a potentially degenerative disc in his back that might prevent the 31-year-old from playing again."


TRD

posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 03:47 PM
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Trading Bryant would be a mistake
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Star-Telegram columnist Gil Lebreton doesn't think that the Cowboys should trade receiver Antonio Bryant. Lebreton believes that Bryant, who threw his jersey at coach Bill Parcells last week, could become one of the Cowboys' "cornerstones".

Gardener deal dead?
Cincinnati Post


Daryl Gardener may not be coming to Cincinnati after all. The Post's Kevin Goheen reports that the Bengals may decide to pass on the free agent defensive end.

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Gannon alert in Green land
New York Daily News


"Memo to Jets fans: Keep an eye on the Rich Gannon situation in Oakland. If Gannon winds up being released, the Jets, still without an experienced backup, could be tempted to make a play for the former MVP."

Couch could find Green Bay to be chilly
Green Bay News-Chronicle


"Many NFL insiders think former Browns quarterback Tim Couch, just released by the team, is right to hesitate over signing with the Green Bay Packers, who have heavily pursued him. Why? The insiders suggest the Packers organization - from the front office down to the locker room - is a web of tight cliques. And no clique, they say, is tighter than that of Packers starting QB Brett Favre and his backup (and social buddy), former Browns reserve Doug Pederson."

Bucs could boot Griese
New York Daily News


"Don't be surprised if there's a shakeup on the Bucs' QB depth chart before the start of the season. Right now, it reads Brad Johnson, Brian Griese and Chris Simms. But Simms is coming on, which could make Griese expendable."



posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 03:59 PM
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Well, another day and the Niners haven't cut another integral part of their team. I guess "no news IS good news."



posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 05:20 PM
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Wow, I used to think Greise was a good QB, he did have a real good season in Denver that one year. What ever happened to him/


TRD

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 01:26 PM
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Titans expect George to attend workouts
Tennessean


Even though running back Eddie George has yet to agree to a new contract with the Titans, he will likely attend the team's latest round of workouts. Coach Jeff Fisher told the Tennessean's Jeff Legwold that he would "be shocked if [George] wasn't here".


Ogunleye losing money
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel


The Sun-Sentinel's Michael Cunningham reports that the Dolphins may reduce their contract offer to defensive end Adewale Ogunleye. The tender could be lowered from $1.32 million to $412,500.


Bryant unlikely to land in Miami
Miami Herald


The Herald's Bob Emanuel Jr. reports that the Dolphins are unlikely to pursue Cowboys receiver Antonio Bryant. Dolphins GM Rick Spielman says that he's "excited" about the team's current crop of wideouts and that he's "not talking to anyone".


Gildon meets with Bills
Buffalo News


The News reports that linebacker Jason Gildon visited with the Bills yesterday. Gildon has been out of work since being cut by the Steelers two weeks ago.


Ricks could join Packers
Green Bay News-Chronicle


The Packers could sign former Lions tight end Mikhael Ricks. The News-Chronicle's Todd McMahon reports that Ricks is expected to meet with the Packers today.

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posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 06:13 PM
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I fully expect George to work out a deal to stay a Titan.


TRD

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 06:14 PM
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Well Gibbs the more it drags on the more likely i think he will stay.



posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 06:36 PM
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yeah, and that's wher ehe belongs, too.


TRD

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 05:14 PM
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Dolphins lower offer to Ogunleye
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel


The Sun-Sentinel's Michael Cunningham reports that the Dolphins have lowered their tender offer to Adewale Ogunleye. Ogunleye's agent called the move "irrelevant".


Titans' George an optimist
Tennessean


Running back Eddie George still hasn't agreed to a new deal with the Titans, but he isn't letting it get him down. The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports that George is "optimistic and will remain patient" while he and the Titans renegotiate his contract.


Gildon meets with Bills
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


The Democrat and Chronicle's Leo Roth reports that former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon met with the Bills yesterday. The Packers, Bengals and Bears are also believed to be interested in Gildon.


Bills halt talks with trio
Buffalo News


The News' Mark Gaughan reports that the Bills have suspended contract talks with Jonas Jennings, Aaron Schobel and Pat Williams. All three players are entering the final year of their contracts.


Ricks visits with Packers
Green Bay News-Chronicle


The News-Chronicle's Todd McMahon reports that tight end Mikhael Ricks was in Green bay yesterday to visit with the Packers. Ricks will sit down with the Jets today.


Ben

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 05:22 PM
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The bills had a solid defense because of these guys to break them up would be disaster.


TRD

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 03:37 PM
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Peterson wants guarantee from 49ers
Oakland Tribune


The Tribune's Roger Phillips reports that Julian Peterson's contract squabble with the 49ers has to do with guaranteed money. Peterson may insist that around half of the money in his new deal be guaranteed.


McAlister talks 'a joke'
Baltimore Sun


Although Chris McAlister and the Ravens aren't any closer to agreeing to a long-term deal, he plans on attending the team's training camp. McAlister told Sun columnist Mike Preston that he and the Ravens are "so far off [in negotiations] that it's a joke".


Ogunleye could end up in Jacksonville
Jacksonville Times-Union


The Jaguars may be interested in trading for Dolphins defensive end Adewale Ogunleye. The Times-Union's Bart Hubbuch reports that the Jags are "closely monitoring" the Dolphins' talks with the restricted free agent.


Bengals to sit down with Gildon
Cincinnati Post


The Post's Kevin Goheen reports that free agent linebacker Jason Gildon is expected to meet with the Bengals. The Bills, Packers and Bears are also believed to be interested in Gildon.


Vinatieri could get new deal
Boston Herald


The Herald's Mike Reiss reports that kicker Adam Vinatieri could be the next Patriot to get a new contract. Vinatieri says that his agent and coach Bill Belichick "talked at draft time".

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Ben

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 10:58 PM
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Benaglas are going to become a powerhouse team this year.


TRD

posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 02:39 PM
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Ravens deny McAlister rumors
Washington Post


Coach Brian Billick denied talk that the Ravens are reluctant to re-sign cornerback Chris McAlister because of his off-field behavior. Billick told the Post's Camille Powell that "at no point has there been, or no point now, in regards to the contract, is Chris' character or what he does off the field, an issue for us in regards to the contract".


Bills talking contract with trio
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


The Democrat and Chronicle's Leo Roth reports that the Bills would like to sign Jonas Jennings, Aaron Schobel or Pat Williams to a new contract before the start of training camp . All three players are entering the final year of their contracts, but the Bills can only afford to re-sign one of them at the moment.


Gildon could sign with Bengals
Cincinnati Post


The Post's Kevin Goheen reports that former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon met with the Bengals yesterday. The Bengals are looking to improve their pass rush and Gildon could fit the bill.


Will Cardinals cut Shelton?
East Valley Tribune


Cardinals offensive lineman L.J. Shelton has lost his starting job, but he may not lose his spot on the team. The Tribune's Darren Urban reports that the Cardinals may keep Shelton as a backup even though he would cost them $3.83 million against the cap.


Giants eyeing veteran tackles
Bergen Record


The Record's Vinny DiTrani reports that the Giants may sign a veteran offensive lineman. The Giants are currently eyeing Marcus Spears and Greg Randall.

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