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American Football: NFL Rumors (July 04)

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TRD

posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 02:07 PM
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Season, not contract, focus of Light
Boston Globe


"Light, 26, who plays a highly paid position (left tackle), will be a free agent after this season, eligible to enter the open market with at least two Super Bowl rings on his fingers. The question is, will the Patriots go full throttle to sign him or will they slam on the brakes, as they did with Damien Woody?"

Vance, Postons to go toe-to-toe
Jacksonville Times-Union


"In the next few weeks, though, Vance's job likely will be anything but boring and could be the most fascinating aspect of their training camp. That's because he'll be negotiating with the Poston brothers -- Carl and Kevin -- in an attempt to get the team's top draft choice, wide receiver Reggie Williams, signed before the players are due to report to camp on July 30."

New line tries to get job done
St. Petersburg Times


"A year ago, the biggest challenge for center John Wade was learning new plays. Now it's knowing new players. Wade likely will be the only holdover from the Bucs' 2003 starting offensive line."

Top 10 NFL offseason moves: Gibbs, Portis are gold strike for Redskins
Dallas Morning News


" Snyder invested $25 million in Gibbs. It figures to be money well spent. Gibbs represents the best off-season addition in the NFL. Actually, put him down as 1A. Snyder's addition of Pro Bowl halfback Clinton Portis ranks as 1B."

Texans, Lions could make move this season
Florida Today


"They were the have-nots of 2003, but teams like the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions might not be lumped in that category much longer if their offseason moves work out."




posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 02:32 PM
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I was impressed with Texans. For a young club they are making positive moves to be competative quickly. Can't wait to see what they will do this year.



posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 03:48 PM
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Yeah, and the Lions will be interesting to see on the field too, with thier moves. I'm excited abot the upcoming season, there's a lot to look forward to.


TRD

posted on Jul, 12 2004 @ 04:08 PM
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Barroom Scuffle Involves Bucs' Murphy
Tampa Tribune


"A backup wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a barroom doorman got into a scuffle early Sunday that ended with the doorman at the hospital and police trying to sort out the mess. No charges had been filed by late Sunday."

Redskins' Taylor Facing NFL Fine
Washington Post


"The NFL is considering fining Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor at least $10,000 because he left a mandatory four-day rookie symposium late last month, according to sources familiar with the situation."

Surprising NFL conclusion: Jags rule
Orlando Sentinel


"And if we look at the current status of the offensive lines in Miami, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville, we can only draw one conclusion: Jags rule."


TRD

posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 01:42 PM
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NFL punishes Cards, Green for tough drills
East Valley Tribune


"Following an investigation based on player complaints, the NFL Management Council and NFL Player’s Association deemed the Cards violated the collective bargaining agreement 'pertaining to the intensity level and tempo of drills conducted during organized team activity days.' As punishment, the Cards had the final week of their 14-week offseason conditioning program — which began Monday — canceled."


Eli's playing time a touchy subject for Peyton
Nashville Tennessean


"With Eli and the Giants, uncertainty rules. He's the future, and he will take his lumps, and he will go through the pains. But he may not get the ball. Not yet."


Hawks sign 5th-round pick Hackett
Seattle Times


"Seahawks are moving up the list in signing their draft picks, confirming yesterday that wide receiver D.J. Hackett, a fifth-round selection in April, signed a three-year contract."


Possible NFL Fine For Redskins' Taylor Unlikely This Week

" The NFL is not expected to decide this week whether to fine Sean Taylor, the Washington Redskins' top draft pick, for leaving the league's annual rookie symposium early. Taylor, a safety selected fifth overall in April, did not attend all of the NFL's four-day seminar in California last week, angering league officials."


20 questions: A viable pass rush in '04?

" Defensive coordinators often make their names in the league by employing complex blitz packages to intimidate quarterbacks. That's one of the main reasons why Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has become a hot commodity."




[Edited on 13/7/04 by TRD]


TRD

posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 03:57 PM
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Alexander wants to re-sign with Seahawks
Seattle Times


The Times' José Miguel Romero reports that running back Shaun Alexander is hoping to sign a contract extension with the Seahawks. Alexander, who's deal will be up at the end of the season, believes that the Seahawks "will bring up a contract that's going to make everybody happy".



Gildon could join Packers, Bills or Bengals
Green Bay News-Chronicle


The News-Chronicle's Todd McMahon reports that former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon is mulling contract offers from the Packers, Bills and Bengals.



Steelers talking contract with Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Tribune Review


The Tribune Review's Jerry DiPaola reports that the Steelers are already working to get first-round pick Ben Roethlisberger signed. Roethlisberger's agent, Leigh Steinberg, called his meetings with the Steelers "good and productive".

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TRD

posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 01:31 PM
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Meeting with Titans a downer for George
Nashville Tennessean


Eddie George doesn't appear to be any closer to settling his contract dispute with the Titans. The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports that George, who came away from a meeting with the Titans last month optimistic that a deal would get done, "wasn't nearly as positive" after talking with GM Floyd Reese yesterday.



Pace talks to resume
St. Louis Post-Dispatch


The Post-Dispatch's Bill Coats reports that the Rams will be able to resume contract talks with Orlando Pace today. Pace could get a seven-year deal worth $71 million.



Seahawks' Jones may have to sign tender
Seattle Times


The Times' José Miguel Romero reports that Walter Jones may have to settle for the $7.08 million franchise tender if he fails to agree to a long-term contract with the Seahawks. Jones is seeking an $18 million signing bonus, but the Seahawks have only offered him $14 million.



Former Sooner to work out for four teams
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The Star-Telegram's Lorne Chan reports that former Oklahoma safety Brandon Everage is scheduled to work out for the Raiders, 49ers, Bills and Falcons.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 01:17 PM
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Ravens to talk with McAlister about long-term contract
Baltimore Sun


The Sun's Jamison Hensley reports that the Ravens will resume contract talks with cornerback Chris McAlister next week. McAlister is believed to be seeking a deal similar to the seven year, $63 million contract that the Broncos gave Champ Bailey.


George decision could come next week
Nashville Tennessean


The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports that running back Eddie George was "less than satisfied" with the Titans' attempts to renegotiate his contract. The Titans are expected to decide George's fate in the next week.


Page visits with Lions
Detroit News


The News' Mike O'Hara reports that former Chargers guard Solomon Page met with the Lions this week.


Colclough on verge of signing with Steelers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports that the Steelers are close to signing second-round pick Ricardo Colclough.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 05:19 PM
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Eddie George is mulling over the Tennessee Titans offer: take a pay cut or risk being released by the salary cap-strapped team.

The veteran running back met Friday in Denver with his agent, Lamont Smith to discuss the situation. Smith said he will be discussing a handful of business ventures with George, the team's leading career rusher with 10,009 yards.

George, who turns 31 in September, has a contract that would pay him $4.25 million for the 2004 season. But the Titans want him to sign a new deal closer to $1.5 million to create space to sign their top rookies.

A decision is expected within a few days because the Titans open training camp July 31.

General manager Floyd Reese, who did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Friday, has said he had enough room to sign all but a couple of his draft picks.

The Titans asked George to rework his contract in February, and he declined, prompting team officials to pay him a scheduled $1 million bonus.

The 1995 Heisman Trophy winner was their first-round pick in 1996, and he is a four-time Pro Bowler. George also became the 17th back in NFL history to top 10,000 yards last season, and his 10,009 yards ranks seventh among all backs through their first eight seasons.

George had only two 100-yard games in 2003, and his 3.3-yard average per carry was the second-lowest of his career. But he has started 112 straight games from the start of his career, behind only Walter Payton (170) and Ricky Watters (114).




posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 08:51 AM
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That's a really low-ball offer. If they can agree to a 2.5-3.2 million deal, I think he'll take the pay cut. He's a loyal guy.



posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 09:40 AM
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I'm not familiar with all of thier accounting issues, but it may not be a low ball offer, if they still have several rookies to sign yet. If any football player deserves a huge contract, though, it's Eddie.


TRD

posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 05:54 PM
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Johnson sounding more like retiree than returnee
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


"Ellis Johnson hasn't changed his tune recently, but the resignation with which he's now singing it has made it notably more difficult to dismiss his talk of retirement."

Raiders may be close to signing Gallery
Boston Globe


"A league source said Oakland could ink the No. 2 overall pick, tackle Robert Gallery, as soon as this week . . ."

Antowain will wait
Boston Herald


"Kennard McGuire, who represents former Patriots running back Antowain Smith, reiterated Friday that he's in no hurry to find Smith a new team. McGuire said a lot can change in training camp (i.e., injuries, unexpected cuts), so Smith will wait a while to see how things unfold across the league. .

Westbrook may get punted
New Orleans Times-Picayune


"The Eagles might replace Brian Westbrook as punt returner this season, even though he led the NFC with a 16.3-yards-a-return average last season."

Weinke may move up
St. Paul Pioneer Press


"Look for Chris Weinke, the Heisman Trophy quarterback from St. Paul, to surpass Rodney Peete and become the No. 2 quarterback for the Carolina Panthers."


TRD

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 03:32 PM
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Titans waiting for George to make decision
Nashville Tennessean


The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports that Eddie George still hasn't decided if he will return to the Titans next season. George, who will likely have to accept a pay cut if he wants to stay in Tennessee, says that he doesn't "know what's going to go down yet".

Former Bucs WR Walker Arrested On DUI Charge
Tampa Tribune


"Former Bucs wide receiver Marquise Walker was arrested Sunday morning on a charge of DUI with property damage or personal injury."

Many Skeptical That Redskins Can Spend Now Without Paying Later
Washington Post


"After another offseason of lavish spending on free agents, the Washington Redskins have assembled the highest-paid team in NFL history, leading officials with several NFL teams to predict that Coach Joe Gibbs has a two-year window to win a fourth Super Bowl before facing a salary cap crisis that would force him to jettison many of his best players."



posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 05:59 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
Many Skeptical That Redskins Can Spend Now Without Paying Later
Washington Post


"After another offseason of lavish spending on free agents, the Washington Redskins have assembled the highest-paid team in NFL history, leading officials with several NFL teams to predict that Coach Joe Gibbs has a two-year window to win a fourth Super Bowl before facing a salary cap crisis that would force him to jettison many of his best players."


We shall overcome, we shall overcome...


TRD

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:05 PM
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Gibbs you think we can do it? They seem to have assembled a good team...



posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:14 PM
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In today's NFL, anything is possible, my friend. With the talent that is assembled there, if they gel as a team, and if they take Joe's words to heart, there is no reason they can't win it all this year.


TRD

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:19 PM
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Man would i love to see that, ive been supporting them ever since i started watching it. Over 10 years now.



posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:22 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
Man would i love to see that, ive been supporting them ever since i started watching it. Over 10 years now.


Ouch man, were you a fan when they won thier last Super Bowl?


TRD

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:25 PM
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What year was that? Remember i'm a brit lol



posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:51 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
What year was that? Remember i'm a brit lol


Let's see, 12 years ago, that'd be in 1992. Holy frig, it's been that friggin long!!!



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