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Maller: Rumors & Notes 6/18/07

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  1. Hostile

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    Pro Football Talk reports that the Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper could be eyeballing the Green Bay Packers as his next NFL landing spot. If it happens, Culpepper would be a candidate to serve as the backup to starter Brett Favre, and could then be the guy to succeed Favre.



    Speaking this weekend from Philadelphia, where Bears DT Tommie Harris was a guest of Donovan McNabb's at the quarterback's charity golf tournament, the D-lineman had this to say: "I'd love to have [McNabb] as my quarterback in Chicago. … Hopefully, he comes here and helps the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl. … If he comes to Chicago, we'll definitely win the Super Bowl. … He's my friend and I would like him to play on my team. … I'd love him to play for the Bears." He just kept going. And Harris wasn't done, capping his comments with, "Hopefully we get Donovan." Harris backtracked on Saturday on WSCR-AM 670, saying he was kidding and if incumbent starter Rex Grossman was offended, Harris would apologize.


    The Ravens are scheduled to attend University of Nebraska offensive tackle Chris Patrick’s campus workout today. A 6-foot-4, 300-pounder who reportedly has 5.1 speed in the 40-yard dash and projects to guard, Patrick’s application for the supplemental draft was recently approved by the league office. Other teams expected to attend the workout include: the New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins.


    Troubled NFL star Adam "Pacman" Jones may be involved in a shooting early Monday at a DeKalb County strip club, WSB-TV reported. Dekalb police said two groups of men got into an argument around 2:30 a.m. at Club Blaze, a Moreland Avenue strip club, WSB said. Three men say they left the club in an SUV and were approached by Jones and his entourage in another SUV. When Jones' vehicle pulled alongside the other vehicle near I-285, someone opened fire. No one was hit by bullets, but one person was scratched by flying plastic, WSB reported. Investigators want to question Jones, a College Park native, about the incident. No charges have been filed.


    Jags Coach Jack Del Rio was drawn to Tony Pashos for three reasons. He stands 6 feet 6 and weighs 320 pounds -- a rather undetectable size upgrade over Maurice Williams (6-5, 315) -- but he possesses broad hips and a wide base. Plus, he has a reputation as both a grinder and a locker-room leader. Pashos' execution during 13 organized training activities was more than enough to convince Del Rio the club made the right decision to pay big money to uproot Williams. Williams is now Khalif Barnes' backup at left tackle and possible trade bait as the 2007 season nears.



    Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper is in NFL limbo. He's still under contract, but the Dolphins have locked him out of their practice facilities. Culpepper is protesting the team's actions, an arbitration hearing is scheduled for June 29, and he is expected to win his grievance and become an unrestricted free agent. When that happens, the Jets should offer him a contract. ... With Culpepper as Chad Pennington's backup, the Jets wouldn't have to worry that they were one Pennington shoulder injury away from having their season implode before their eyes. Culpepper isn't the star he was a couple of years ago, but he's a capable enough quarterback that he could take over the team if Pennington got hurt.


    Andre Wadsworth, who is 32 and married with two children, says a lot of people think his football comeback is a fool’s mission. There is not much precedent for what he is trying to do. In 1995, Bobby Joe Edmonds, a running back who spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and one with the Oakland Raiders, played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being sidelined five years with a leg injury. Myers said he had a stock answer for those who asked him if Wadsworth was crazy: “If you have to ask, I can’t explain it to you.” Wadsworth says he is not doing it for money or attention. He has more of both than he needs. What it boils down to, he said, is opportunity. He is doing it because for the first time in seven seasons, he is physically able to.


    Kicker Morten Andersen's consortium of trainer, sports psychologist, chiropractor, massage therapist and nutritionist has fared well. As a result of their efforts, the NFL's all-time leading scorer is lining up for a shot at playing past age 50. Even if he doesn't quite reach that milestone in 2010, Andersen could still become the oldest player in NFL history. To break George Blanda's record, he'd have to take the field after Dec. 7, 2008; Blanda was 48 years, 110 days when he played in the Jan. 4, 1976, AFC Championship. "For me, it was always about setting goals," said Andersen, a 24-year veteran. "When I was in my 20s, I said I wanted to play into my 30s. When I was in my 30s, I said I wanted to play into my 40s. "So here we are —- I'm going to be 47 in August, so 50 was just the next step." But Andersen, a seven-time Pro Bowler and a sure bet for the Hall of Fame someday, is currently just another kicker in search of a home. His one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons expired following a brilliant 2006 season in which he made 87 percent (20 of 23) of his field-goal attempts and 27 of his PATs.


    Raiders center Jeremy Newberry had microfracture surgery on each knee. That's usually a last-resort treatment. The 49ers were among the doubters and did not re-sign him even after all he had accomplished in San Francisco. Enter the Raiders, who have always had a soft spot in their hearts and a hard spot on the field when it came to centers. Newberry admits he wasn't sure fate was on his side. "I definitely did say that," he said. "Last year I was kind of halfway thinking that until I said, 'I am going to give myself a chance and keep training and see what happens with my legs.' I still had the burning desire to play football. I really wanted to prove to myself as much as anything that I could still do this.


    With the Redskins' three-day minicamp over, the hierarchy is clear: Clinton Portis is back, and he is the starter. Ladell Betts is the second running back, followed by the reserve group of Rock Cartwright, Derrick Blaylock and Mike Sellers. "I like the group of guys we have in the locker room. I like the coaching staff. I didn't feel like relocating," Betts said. "There are a lot of things that go into starting over with another team. I just felt comfortable here. To me, being comfortable is more important than the money. That's just me, though. Everybody's different." Betts has always played down his success and role on the team, and said he had no expectations after last season. He said he understood well his chance to go with testing the open market, but wanted to remain in Washington. "Clinton is the starter, but I still feel like I can be an impact player here," he said. "I still prepare as if I'm the number one, and when you work hard and focus on your preparation, there are going to be opportunities for you to make an impact on this team."


    The Rams have some things in my mind for Claude Wroten, especially after trading veteran lineman Jimmy Kennedy to Denver. They foresee Wroten getting plenty of work in a rotation with veteran La'Roi Glover on the interior of the line, with some situational action at end plus special-teams duties.\ "With the advent of us playing some left and right tackle and all that, he's not out of the mix," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "It's a really good situation we have right now."


    Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said he was pleased with the progress of backup quarterback Mark Brunell, who is recovering from labrum surgery.


    Byron Westbrook may have played at Division III Salisbury and gone unselected in the draft, but that belies the rookie cornerback's NFL pedigree. Westbrook, from Fort Washington, is the younger brother of Philadelphia Eagles star running back Brian Westbrook, and there is no lack of brotherly advice coming his way. Byron Westbrook has made a strong impression on several of Washington's veteran defenders and, though facing a multitude of proven competitors for a roster spot at defensive back, will be someone getting lots of attention come training camp. Westbrook's goal is to merely crack the roster -- he would be eligible for the practice squad as well -- and his work this offseason puts him in a good spot. He has held his own even against the top offensive unit thus far, players said.



    Nothing could make a player feel any older than this: When Giants defensive end Michael Strahan first broke into the NFL in 1993, one of his teammates was linebacker Steve DeOssie. Now, entering his 15th NFL season, one of Strahan's teammates is DeOssie's 23-year-old son, Zak. No offensive tackle could hit the 35-year-old Strahan any harder than that.


    Ex-Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, who was released by the Charlotte Panthers, was on the Minnesota campus with some Cretin-Derham Hall athletes the other day and he is still looking for a job. You wonder if the Vikings and Brad Childress would at least take a look at him.


    Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said his 2-year-old grandson, Taylor, will begin a phase of rigorous cancer treatment today. Gibbs intends to spend as much time between now and July 27 -- the day players report for training camp -- with his family as possible. "He's my hero," Gibbs said of Taylor. Gibbs said that the nature of training camp will not be dramatically different from other years, although several players said they are banking on more two-a-day sessions following last year's 5-11 finish. "We need to come back and straighten this thing out," Gibbs said.
  2. Cowboy4ever

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    Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said his 2-year-old grandson, Taylor, will begin a phase of rigorous cancer treatment today. Gibbs intends to spend as much time between now and July 27 -- the day players report for training camp -- with his family as possible. "He's my hero," Gibbs said of Taylor. Gibbs said that the nature of training camp will not be dramatically different from other years, although several players said they are banking on more two-a-day sessions following last year's 5-11 finish. "We need to come back and straighten this thing out," Gibbs said.

    I hope everything works out good for him in that regard.. much more important than any football game.
  3. DallasDW00ds0n

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    that is sad news about Gibbs grandson. i hope everyone goes fine.
  4. ThreeSportStar80

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    Forget football, that's a much more serious battle, God bless the youngster and I'm sure I can speak for all of us at the Zone in wishing him a full recovery!

    :pray:
  5. ThreeSportStar80

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    I could actually see Culpeper going to Green Bay, Favre's days are numbered.
  6. Cowboy4ever

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    Why replace one broke down QB with another? besides isn't Rodgers still on the team? He was a 1st rounder.. he should be the back up and the future.
  7. ThreeSportStar80

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    :laugh2: Culpeper is a better option to me.. My opinion, end of discussion. :thumbup:
  8. RW Hitman

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    yes, may God be with him and the family. Hope all goes well.
  9. Hostile

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    When it's said this well...I don't mind you speaking for me at all.
  10. ThreeSportStar80

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    Yeah sometimes we all forget how trivial the game of football really is, family is most important...
  11. THUMPER

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    I'd rather have Morten Andersen than Gramatica any day. Hopefully, Folk will pan out but if he doesn't and Morten is still available then I'd snatch him up quick.

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