June 2005 - Football Wiretap
Giants Awarded TE Sesay Off Of Waivers From Dolphins
The New York Giants have claimed rookie tight end Victor Sesay off of waivers after the rookie was released by the Miami Dolphins on June 24. Sesay was not selected in the 2005 NFL Draft but was signed by Miami on April 29. He was released on June 24 and claimed by the Giants.
Vikings Coach Tice Fined $100,000 By The NFL
The NFL handed down a $100,000 fine to Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice for scalping his Super Bowl Tickets from last season. "It will not happen again," Tice said. "I apologize to my family, Commissioner Tagliabue, the NFL, the entire Vikings organization and the fans. I consider this matter closed and remain focused on the upcoming 2005 season, which should be an exciting year for Vikings fans everywhere." Running backs coach Dean Dalton and special teams coach Rusty Tillman were also each fined $10,000 for scalping their tickets.
Jets Sign 3rd Round Selection DT Pouha
The New York Jets signed their third-round pick from the 2005 draft, defensive tackle Sione Pouha from the University of Utah. As a senior in 2004, Pouha finished with 35 total tackles, three tackles for losses and two sacks in nine-of-11 games played. Pouha also received the heroism award from the Mountain West Conference after rescuing a woman from a smoke-filled apartment in fall 2002.
Redskins Top Pick CB Rogers Has Stress Fracture In Foot
The Washington Redskins first pick in the draft, cornerback Carlos Rogers, has a stress fracture in his right foot. The injury is more serious than previously thought and could cause him to miss the start of the July 31 training camp. Rogers had been playing through the pain when the extent of the injury was not yet known. At the time, Gregg Williams , assistant head coach-defense, praised Rogers for his toughness: "He showed the vets a lot the last two days by practicing under physical duress. Today we made him not practice."
Jury Acquits Suggs
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will not see any jail time for an assault charge stemming from a playground incident in which Suggs and his brother David got into an altercation with childhood friend Jeryme Cook near basketball courts set up for a three-on-three tournament at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. It escalated to violence in a parking lot, where Suggs claimed he was hit over the head with an iron rod. "I wasn't shocked when I heard the verdict," Suggs said. "You all have watched me grow up here. I've never once been in trouble." "That used to be my best friend, so why -- unless he did something to me -- would I try to harm him?" Suggs said. "We spent the night at each other's houses. He walked one path and I walked another." You better believe there will be a civil suit following.
Patriots' Owner Robert Kraft Gives Putin 2005 Super Bowl Ring
Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring during a recent meeting with U.S. business executives. But not to worry: Kraft says the ring was a gift to Putin, presented out of "respect and admiration." No hobbits, just Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, and Vladimir Putin (note the precious Super Bowl bauble in the Russian president's left hand). Earlier, The Boston Globe had speculated that Kraft hadn't meant to give away the ring. "I showed the president my most recent Super Bowl ring," Kraft said in a statement released Wednesday. The Russian president "was clearly taken with its uniqueness," Kraft said. "At that point, I decided to give him the ring as a symbol of the respect and admiration that I have for the Russian people and the leadership of President Putin," Kraft said.
#3 Pick Edwards Claims Miami Deceived Him
Former Michigan receiver Braylon Edwards is going public about what he believes to be a deceptive maneuver on the Miami Dolphins part. "They kind of flat out lied to me," said Edwards, the No. 3 pick taken by the Cleveland Browns, one spot after the Dolphins chose Auburn running back Ronnie Brown. "They tried to use me ... more so the owner and General Manager, Mr. [Rick] Spielman, Mr. [H. Wayne] Huizenga," Edwards said Tuesday. "They tried to get some buzz out there so they could try to warrant some trades so they could get more for the pick, when Ronnie Brown is who they wanted in the long run. "I don't like being lied to. I'm a man. Tell me straight out. [They lied to] my face and on the phone. They actually called me right before they picked as well."
As Garcia Patiently Waits, It?s Harrington?s Job To Lose In Detroit
At his annual charity golf tournament over the weekend, Detroit back-up Jeff Garcia addressed the Lions? quarterback situation. "It's Joey Harrington's job to lose," Garcia told the Gilroy Dispatch. "But I'm going to be right there nipping on his heels." That does not mean he is not eager to be in the starting role again, when asked if he gets the chance at the starting job he was quick to respond. "It's Joey Harrington's job to lose," Garcia told the Gilroy Dispatch. "But I'm going to be right there nipping on his heels."
Sigh Of Relief In Atlanta, Vick?s MRI Comes Up Negative
The Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick had an MRI Wednesday on his right throwing shoulder in order for the team?s new medical staff to get an update on the recovery of the injury suffered last season. With no damage found, Vick was pronounced to be in good health and has not complained of any discomfort in the Dolphins minicamp.
Redskins Add CB Joyce And Receiver Elliott
The Washington Redskins added cornerback Eric Joyce and receiver Jamin Elliott to their roster on Tuesday. Joyce was granted a roster exemption in place of injured fellow NFL Europe veteran James Bethea. Undrafted rookie receiver Pedro Holiday was cut to make room for Elliott.
Dolphins Likely Out; Chiefs And Jets Now In Ty Law Hunt
The Dolphins are most likely out of the running to aquire former Pro-Bowl cornerback Ty Law.
Titans Will Look To Sign Safety Thompson Long-Term
The Titans will try to sign Lamont Thompson to a long-term contract after cutting Lance Shulters.
Chiefs? TE Wilson At Full Strength
Kansas City quarterback will have tight end Kris Wilson at full form for the 2005 season.
Raiders Sign DT Ed Jasper To A One-Year Deal
Free agent defensive tackle Ed Jasper, released by the Atlanta Falcons nearly four months ago, has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
With Taylor?s Knee Worse Than Expected, Jags May Pursue RB Henry
The true status of Fred Taylor's rehabilitation will soon be known, if all does not go well, the Jaguars may aggressively pursue Travis Henry.
Will Shields Will Return For 13th Season
The 10-Time Pro Bowler Will Shields is reportedly set to return for his 13th season in the NFL.
Bettis Is Making One Last Championship Run
After considering retirement, Jerome ?The Bus? Bettis, running-back for the Pittsburg Steelers, came to the conclusion to continue playing football for the Pittsburg Steelers.