July 2005 - Football Wiretap
Cardinals Cut DT Bryant
The Arizona Cardinals cut defensive tackle Wendell Bryant on Saturday, saying he didn?t fit a role. "When you look at the numbers and who we have along the defensive line, we just didn't see a role for Wendell," Coach Dennis Green said in a statement. "We added Chike Okeafor as a starting end opposite Bertrand Berry and behind them you have a pair of veterans who have been starters, Calvin Pace and Peppi Zellner. Inside we have Kenny King returning which is a big plus. (King) missed all of last year but is back at full strength and ready to contribute. With King, Russell Davis, Darnell Dockett, and Ross Kolodziej, you have a strong veteran presence at tackle as well. Add in prospects like Antonio Smith, who was the defensive player of the year in NFL Europe, and Wendell just did not fit in for us."
Jets Begin Negotiations For Law
The Jets have begun negotiations to bring cornerback Ty Law to New York. This coming after Law expressed interest in playing for Jets? coach Herman Edwards. Though Law hasn't spoken personally with Edwards since early in free agency, the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback has continued to relay his preference to sign with the Jets through various channels. Jets running back Curtis Martin spoke with Law recently but declined to disclose the nature of those conversations. "It's just that we're friends, so we talk every once in a while," Martin said yesterday. "I'm not going to talk about his business. You know how I feel."
McDougal Will Be Out Of The Hospital Within The Week
The Philadelphia Eagles announced yesterday that Jerome McDougle is expected to be released from the hospital within a week. This news coming two days after the defensive end was shot by armed robbers in the stomach. "He is awake and good," hospital spokeswoman Maria Rosa Gonzalez said. "He is walking." One arrest was made on Friday while other suspects are still being sought. McDougle will have to avoid football activities for the next four weeks.
Saints Agree To Five Year Deal With CB McKenzi
The New Orleans Saints agreed to a five-year, $22 million contract with cornerback Mike McKenzie on Saturday. "It's a beautiful day," said McKenzie, who led the Saints with five interceptions in 10 games last season. "Anybody that plays this game wants to be able to take care of the well-being of their family. . . . I'm happy to be here. I'm going to be here for a good long while, so get used to the face."
No Long-Term Contract And No Holdout For Woodson
With a guaranteed one-year contract worth $10.5 million on the table, the Oakland Raiders' Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson didn?t even think about holding out for a long-term deal. "Last year we tried to make a statement and hold out, and tried to get a deal done,'' Woodson said Friday. "This year, we got $10.5, $10.7 (million) on the table ... why wait?" Those were Woodson's first words to the public since leaving the field during a 35-10 loss Dec. 12 at Atlanta because of a bone bruise in his knee.
Vermeil?s Story Goes Hollywood
According to Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, actor Greg Kinnear is set to play a young Vermeil in a yet-to-be named Disney movie about Vince Papale, a substitute teacher and part-time bartender who earned a job as a walk-on with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. ?He sort of became an image of our football team in the early years,? Vermeil said of Papale. ?Just hard-working kids busting their butts. They were making the ?Rocky? movie in Philadelphia (in ?76), and everyone sort of identified with him.? Vermeil has read the manuscript and described it as part true and part Hollywood.
Burress Injures Knee In Giants? First Practice
New York wide receiver Plaxico Burress hyper-extended his knee in the Giants first practice session on Saturday. At this time there are no details to report in regards to the extent of the injury. The Giants acquired Burress as an unrestricted free agent from Pittsburgh in March. He signed a six-year, $25 million contract that included an $8 million signing bonus.
Archuleta Is Back In Camp After An Injury-Marred 2004 Season
The St. Louis Rams were without Adam Archuleta for the entirety of the 2004 season after the safety was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back. Now he is back on the field and ready to prove himself again. "Absolutely," Archuleta said. "I have to prove myself to me, to my teammates and everybody. ... I had a down year last year. There were a lot of things going on - on and off the field. So I have a pretty fresh attitude, and I feel good physically. I think this is going to be a great year."
Bears Claim LB Leon Joe Off Of Waivers
The Chicago Bears claimed their fourth round draft pick from the 2004 draft, linebacker Leon Joe, off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. To make room for Joe, the Bears waived defensive tackle Greg Pauly.
Day One Of The Seymour Holdout
New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour was not at the Patriots opening training camp practice on Friday marking the beginning of what could be a very lengthy holdout. Seymour wants to re-negotiate his contract that currently has two years remaining. Coach Bill Belichick said after Friday's practice that he was "just concentrating on the people that are here. Coach the guys that are here." While he has the support of some teammates, it is obvious that a prolonged holdout will have an impact on the Patriots great team chemistry. Quarterback Tom Brady said, "Richard's a great person. He's a great teammate. Hopefully, he's here (soon). I can't control it, so I'm just going to go out there and worry about playing quarterback."
Jaguars Extend Contract Of Saftey Donovin Darius
Jaguars' coach Jack Del Rio will have his hard-hitting safety Donovin Darius in his defensive backfield this Fall after the franchise player signed a three-year contract.
Patriots Give Extensions To Green And Vrabel
The Patriots have signed lineman Jarvis Green and standout linebacker Mike Vrabel to contract extensions.
Jerome McDougle Critically Shot
Andy Reid, the Eagles' organization and the entire NFL are waiting on further word about the condition of defensive end Jerome McDougle, who was shot when three armed robbers car-jacked him.
Deuce Becomes Second-Highest RB
Deuce McAllister will be in New Orleans for the next eight years as the Saints gave him a $50 million contract, including $12.5 million in bonuses.
Dolphins Ink Schulters To One-Year Contract
Lance Schulters was released by the Titans in mid-June because of salary cap considerations and signed with Nick Saban and the Dolphins.
Stephen Davis Not Ready For Training Camp
Stephen Davis will not be ready to practice at the outset of the Panthers training camp, and the club is expected to place him on the active/physically unable to perform list on Friday.
Another Holdout Bluff Called
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Javon Walker on Wednesday night reported to training camp and is ready to participate in all workouts.
Redskins Trade Rod Gardner To Carolina For A Draft Choice
The Redskins have finally agreed to trade Rod Gardner. Without the trade, Washington would have relased Gardner, as he was not in Joe Gibbs' plans.