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NFL Rumors & Notes by Ben Maller 04/05/06...

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  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Former Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington continued to negotiate with the New York Giants yesterday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Arrington, who negotiated his release from the club before the start of free agency last month, has stated his desire to remain in the NFC East, and he is the highest-profile free agent remaining on the market. Jacksonville, Miami and Cincinnati have made efforts to sign him as well.
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    Hold off on anointing Joey Harrington as Daunte Culpepper's backup for now. In an e-mail, a Lions official said today he would not be surprised if Harrington wound up somewhere other than Miami or Cincinnati, the two teams seemingly most interested in the Lions quarterback.
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    If things don't change in the stagnant contract negotiations, however, agent Bus Cook said yesterday he believes it might be best for the Titans to just set Steve McNair free. "He is under contract, so they have to do what they have to do,'' Cook said. "But if we can't agree on a new deal that compensates him for 2-3 years on his existing deal, the right thing to do is release him. But that is their choice.'' Titans General Manager Floyd Reese did not return a phone message from The Tennessean seeking further comment on the matter. Titans Coach Jeff Fisher was not involved in the decision to ban McNair from the team's training facility.
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    Nick Harper has been the most productive member of the Indianapolis Colts' secondary the past three seasons. The veteran cornerback wants to be paid accordingly. When the team's voluntary offseason workouts began Monday, Harper didn't show. He's dissatisfied with a contract that will pay him $1 million in 2006 and wants nothing to do with the team until the situation is rectified. "Something's got to give, 'cause I'm not happy,'' said Harper, who has started 42 of a possible 48 regular-season games the past three seasons. "They know they've got a starting corner dirt cheap. "If they can't give me the money I deserve, release me and somebody else will.'' Harper has expressed his displeasure with team president Bill Polian and coach Tony Dungy.
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    The Seahawks’ long-rumored visit with Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law is scheduled to begin today and continue Thursday. Law picked off 10 passes for the New York Jets last seas
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    Green Bay is still in the running for Oakland free agent cornerback Charles Woodson, who visited Monday but hasn't received an offer from them yet. The Packers are competing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Woodson's services and have the ability to offer a better contract, but Woodson's familiarity with Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden could be the deal-breaker. If Woodson doesn't get a big-money offer, he might wait until after the draft to see if other teams become interested.
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    Quincy Carter, the last quarterback to lead the Cowboys to the playoffs, on Tuesday said that marijuana use played a role in his abrupt release from the team before the 2004 season. Carter, who did not play football last year, spoke to The News after signing a one-year deal with Montreal of the Canadian Football League. "I made a mistake in the past. That mistake was for marijuana. I'm excited about getting a fresh start with Montreal, and I want to put the things in the past behind me," said Carter, who spent a portion of last year at John Lucas' treatment center in Houston. "When you walk around and people think you're on cocaine or bipolar, it hurts. None of that was the case. "I had some issues, but I've worked on them, and I'm happy about the way I've picked myself up and faced my situation."
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    It appears the NFL has a sense of humor after all. When Terrell Owens signed with Dallas last month, the Cowboys and Eagles seemed destined to meet in Philadelphia for a matchup in Week 1. But that didn’t turn out to be the case. Neither of the two Eagles-Cowboys games will take place in the season’s opening week. And neither will occur on Thanksgiving, either. Instead, a source has told Comcast SportsNet that Owens will play his first game at Lincoln Financial Field as a Cowboy ... on Christmas Day.
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    For all the public talk of Southern California running back LenDale White sliding in the draft, there also is just as much behind-the-scenes talk of him getting drafted just where many predicted. One team in the 20s recently encouraged White not to run before the draft so it can pounce on him with its selection in the first round. Another team in the mid-teens already has told White it plans on drafting him.
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    The Dolphins will add depth to their secondary this morning when former Jaguars safety Deke Cooper arrives in town to sign a contract. Cooper, 28, chose Miami over the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders.
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    The Packers currently have $19 million of salary cap room, second most in the National Football League behind San Diego's $19.46 million, but probably won't use much of it because the market is almost dry.
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    The Jets will hold a private workout with USC QB Matt Leinart the week of April 17. The club, however, is still believed to be leaning toward selecting either Virginia OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson and N.C. State DE Mario Williams with their fourth selection overall in this month's NFL Draft.
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    Redskins safety Sean Taylor's three charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon each could carry a three-year mandatory minimum sentence. Prosecutor Mike Grieco said he has waived such minimums in past cases in exchange for probation and other contingencies, but he added that in this case the defense has made it known that it would only accept a plea bargain that lowered the offenses against Taylor to misdemeanors. That is not something Grieco is currently considering, and he said the chances of a pre-trial settlement are bleak at this point.
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    The Bengals apparently are discussing both one- and two-year contracts with Joey Harrington. David Dunn, who represents both Harrington and Palmer, had no comment Tuesday. Harrington is due to receive a $4 million roster bonus June 15 and a $4.45 million salary in 2006. If he is unwilling to renegotiate his contract, the Lions will cut him to avoid paying the bonus. Harrington was the third pick in the 2002 draft.
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    Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson said he shared a flight over the weekend with Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens and that they discussed the league's new restrictions on end-zone celebrations. "I don't celebrate. I entertain," Johnson said Tuesday. "We talked about how they're trying to stop us." The NFL adopted new rules last week that will penalize players who use the ball as a prop and who go to the ground to celebrate. Violations will draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the ensuing kickoff. Johnson said he, Owens and Carolina's Steve Smith - Johnson's junior-college teammate - were forming their own committee to study the new rules. "All they will do is make me dedicate more time to thinking up ways to entertain," Johnson said.

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    Mike Holmgren wants to make one thing clear regarding his future with the Seahawks. "I'm not trying to be coy or cute with anybody," Seattle's head coach said Tuesday. Holmgren wants an additional two or three weeks before deciding whether he will sign an extension to his contract, which runs through the 2006 season. "I'm still working through some stuff," Holmgren said. "This is not going to go on forever. I should have things cleared up in a couple, three weeks in my own mind."
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    Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell said his comeback from an auto accident has made him appreciate the remaining time in his career. Carswell, 34, has been cleared to play and is participating in the team's offseason program. He was lost for the season last October after the accident, in which he suffered several injuries. "The accident threw a monkey wrench into my playing career, but it also made me realize that I have to take advantage of the time I have left in the NFL," Carswell said.
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    After repeatedly speaking with Pat Tillman's family in the months since, Jake Plummer said he has grown increasingly frustrated about the family's search for answers surrounding Tillman's death. The Pentagon announced earlier this year it was launching a criminal investigation into a shooting the Army had said, after two previous investigations, was an accidental, friendly fire shooting. Plummer plans to contact NFL players - he said he already has spoken with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe - in each of the league's cities in hopes they will get in touch with members of Congress in those states to try to push for answers. "It's just for his family after all they've been through," Plummer said. "They want to know; it's been two years. Seeing Pat's brother, talking to his parents, I've just been thinking a lot about that."
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    The deadline for the roster bonus Brett Favre is due has been moved back to April 15, an NFL source familiar with the deal confirmed. Favre doesn't have to make a decision by then, but the Packers are hoping he does. The Packers and agent James "Bus" Cook changed the deadline from April 1 to April 15 on Friday, a day before the bonus was due.
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    Victor Green, arguably one of the best safeties in Jets' history, signed a one-day contract with the club yesterday with the intent to retire. Green, who signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent out of the University of Akron, played with the Jets from 1993 through 2001. He broke into the starting lineup midway through the 1994 season and stayed there until his departure.
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    The Dolphins haven't budged off their offer of a late-round pick, and the Lions insist they will not trade Joey Harrington for a sixth- or seventh-round draft choice. So there is the reason for the stalemate, which could be prolonged. The Dolphins even have begun inquiring about free-agent quarterback Jamie Martin, whom the Bengals also have been speaking with the past couple of weeks. Now it looks like Martin could land in Miami or Cincinnati, whichever team does not land Harrington. And should Harrington land in a surprise city such as Kansas City, Arizona or Denver, then Martin might have even more bargaining power.
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    Asked when he thought there might be an announcement from Brett Favre regarding the Packers quarterback's future, Bus Cook said, "I would think we would have something relatively soon -- within the next couple of weeks, I'd guess. But I don't know, I really don't." Cook also said he thought Favre had not seen the critical comments that his former Packers teammate, Mark Chmura, leveled at him over the weekend for being selfish. "I don't think he'd have any comment about what Mark said," Cook said.
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    The Dolphins started to make backup plans by showing interest in former Rams quarterback Jamie Martin. The Bengals also have reached out to Martin. "It's looking like which ever team doesn't land Harrington is going to go after Jamie," a league source said. "He's just waiting to see what happens."
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    Steve McNair's agent, Bus Cook, wondered aloud whether his client would be willing to restructure his deal for a team that acted the way it did April 3. "I would think the way this whole thing was handled, it's going to be pretty difficult for Steve to walk back through those doors," Cook said. "After (Monday), I'm not sure that anything with (the Titans) is going to make sense for Steve. He's disappointed. He doesn't understand why this happened and even if there's a reason why that's his problem, his question is, 'Why did you handle it the way you did?' "
  2. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    Does anyone else find the idea of Chad Johnson forming a committee very funny?
  3. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    What would be funny is if they all got together and had a set routine for that week. If they all scroed they would do the same thing, since you can't celabrate with another players.....technicaly they wouldn't
  4. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    That is hilarious. Chad Johnson is the Flava Flav of the NFL. The guy really is only missing the neck clock and pacifier. :laugh2:

    Seriously Chad...do yourself a favor. Skip the grandios committee idea.
  5. aikemirv

    aikemirv Well-Known Member

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    If I want to be entertained with a dance or something I will turn on MTV!!!!

    Just play football you idiots!!!!!!
  6. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    If I wanted to watch pure football and not be entertained then I would watch college football.

    Hell if I wanted to watch a sport for the pure teamwork and skill involved I would watch pretty much any women's college sport. But then again I might fall asleep....
  7. dallasfaniac

    dallasfaniac Active Member

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    How about if each and everyone on the committe decides they will not celebrate at all, no high fives, no giving the ball to a fan, no nothing. Just hand the ball over to the ref and go sit on the bench. The game is about winning, not about having fun. I mean, who watches basketball for the ally-oop slams, behind the back dunks etc? It's all about solid fundamentals. :rolleyes:
  8. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    Winning a Super Bowl would be pretty darn entertaining.
  9. aikemirv

    aikemirv Well-Known Member

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    Nobody is talking about not having fun. They are trying to regulate self glorification, which IMO is rampant in all Pro Sports. So, NFL, go regulate that crap all you want.

    Team celebrations like the fun bunch are OK with me.

    Johnson, TO and guys like Smith are all about "look what I have done". That is all they are about.

    It took the whole team to get them in the endzone!!!
  10. bobtheflob

    bobtheflob New Member

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    I think the new rules will benifit those guys. They were really running out of ideas anyway, so it'll probably save them from some embarassment. I did get tired last year of watching highlights on Sportscenter and having them spend as much time on an endzone celebration as on a game winning touchdown pass.
  11. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    Apparently they haven't run out of embarrassing ideas.....like....forming a committee.
  12. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the post.
  13. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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  14. Hiero

    Hiero New Member

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    doesnt surprise me about White. I could care less what my bigback runs in the 40.
  15. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    [IMG]
    JackRussell: Do you know what this means?
    Aikemirv: It's a chance to improve ourselves through a little healthy competition?
    JackRussell: No, you bubbleheaded idiot. It's a death sentence.
    JackRussell: If they get their hands on a football, they'll ruin me.
    JackRussell: They're selling fun. I can't compete with fun.
    JackRussell: I should've crushed those receivers in the beginning when they were weak.
    JackRussel: It'll be harder now, but I have no choice. I've got to stop them.
    Aikemirv: How are you gonna do that?
    JackRussell: By any means necessary.
  16. Pottsville Maroons

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    You mean to tell me that White's agent would allow him to make a decision that would intentionally cause him to fall in the draft? Just so he could play for a specific team and cost himself potential millions in contract monies? That just doesn't make any sense. I did like the "another team in the mid-teens" part. Can't get much more "mid-teens" than 15. Denver.

    :star:
  17. dallasfaniac

    dallasfaniac Active Member

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    Well, first the league took away the right to celebrate as a team now they want to take away even more celebrations.

    I guess I'm different from everyone else, a little more thick skinned or something. When I am reminded of Owens standing on the star, I don't see him, I see Smith kneeling on it, slamming the ball on the ground as if to say 'This is my house!' and Teague trying to take Owens head off. I remember two Cowboys defending the Dallas Cowboys, not some annoying punk. Most people take the bad from that incident, I take pride.

    The NFL is about rivalries or at least it used to be. Think back to the chicken incident, for the youngens it's a story you should read. Without celebrations, it's just two teams playing a game.

    Seeing McNabb trying to do some endzone dance (while totally idiotic) only helps pump me up more when Roy busts through the line for the sack. Seeing a Philthy linebacker hooting and howling when he makes a tackle only hightens the experience when Julius jukes and jives past him for a long run and then I can yell at the screen 'How do you like that? Where were you on that one dillhole?!?!?!?'

    If it is a personal celebration we are concerned with, why penalize the whole team? Shouldn't we just issue fines for excess celebrations to the player involved?

    Just my $.02
  18. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Trade for this guy, shuffle someone over to FS, watch our 2ndary kick butt. :D
  19. Rumor

    Rumor New Member

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    Not at all what its about...All BS...Its not look what I have done, its look what I am doing....DUH....:laugh2:
  20. Rumor

    Rumor New Member

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    Thats a damn fine 2 cents your working with bud...I totally agree with ya...I really didnt think about that, as simple as it is...But a damn good point...I think the NFL is turning the players into a bunch of wussys...Who cares if Chad J dances in the endzone, hell I find it entertaining, as far as the competition goes between him and steve smith, etc...I remember a reel on sports center who had the best TD Celebration...C'mon, your losing points on this one NFL...Its ****ing fun to watch...cuz when steve smith does it to us and then we have the game winning TD to Gleen or Owens and they bust out with their own Celebration...c'mon its in your face cant get much better than that baby...Ill miss it...

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