August 2005 - Football Wiretap
Warrick Signs With Seattle
Wasting little time after his release by the Cincinnati Bengals one day earlier, wide receiver Peter Warrick on Wednesday afternoon signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, despite avid interest from other teams. The basic contract is worth $1.4 million, which includes a $500,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $900,000. But the five-year veteran can earn an additional $880,000 -- the difference between his deal with the Seahawks and the $2.28 million base salary that he was scheduled to make in Cincinnati -- through incentives. Warrick will earn $220,000 with 30 receptions, then an additional $220,000 each for 40, 50 and 60 catches. It is also believed that Warrick will return punts for the Seahawks, who have been seeking to add another veteran wideout.
Patriots Cut Chad Morton
Chad Morton was the biggest name released yesterday out of the seven players cut during the New England Patriot?s roster trim. Morton, signed in late June, is recovering from knee surgery, never practiced with the Patriots, spending the entire training camp on the physically unable to perform list. With the emergence of rookie Ellis Hobbs, and the addition of Andre Davis, Morton's services were no longer needed.
Bengals Add LB Navies And S Ohalete
The Cincinnati Begals added two veterans to their lineup on Tuesday, bringing on linebacker Hannibal Navies and safety Ifeanyi Ohalete. "I've played in this defense before and I feel like I fit into this scheme a lot better than I did in Green Bay," said Navies. "I'm playing closer to the line and it's doing a lot of different things that allow me to get to the ball." Ohalete was released from the Cardinals only two days ago. "I don't really care and you can ask them in Arizona," said Ohalete about his release. "The way I look at it, me and Griffith were going at it for the No. 1 and, I don't want to say a whole lot, but that's their boy. That's all I've got to say about that one. I'm happy to be here."
Green Takes Plea Agreement, May Face Punishment From The NFL
Rather than take the charges of disorderly conduct/domestic abuse to a jury, Packers running back Ahman Green agreed to a tentative plea agreement with the Brown County District Attorney. Green may now face a possible punishment for violating the NFL?s personal-conduct policy. The policy states that anyone convicted of a criminal violation or accepting a plea to a lesser offense "will be subject to discipline as determined by the commissioner." The discipline could be a fine, suspension or banishment from the league.
Warrick Will Visit With The Seahawks Today
Recently released wide receiver Peter Warrick will be in Seattle today, his first team visit as a free agent. Warrick was released on Tuesday by the Cincinnati Bengals. It was confirmed later in the day that he will be in Seattle today to meet with team officials and undergo a physical.
Saints Could Move Games To San Antonio
Even as the NFL continued to assess and evaluate the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, and the possible ramifications to playing in the damaged Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Saints officials began exploring potential alternate sites for practices and perhaps even games. Saints director of operations James Nagaoka was in contact with officials from other cities, most notably San Antonio, about moving practices as early as next week. The team is currently practicing in San Jose, Calif., in advance of Thursday night's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, and the preference is to return to a city in the South or the Southwest to begin preparations for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener. Mike Abington, director of the Alamodome in San Antonio, confirmed the Saints have spoken to city officials. Nagaoka inquired about the availability of the San Antonio School District Spring Sports Complex, a site that could be under consideration for team practices. The Saints practiced at the site last September, when they were forced to leave New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Ivan. It is believed that Nagaoka also contacted officials from other cities in the southwest. One league owner said he believed the Saints had begun "at least preliminary" talks about an alternative playing site, with the Alamodome topping the list. The owner said that he had heard Houston was a possible alternative practice site. Reliant Park could be used for the Saints' home opener if the Louisiana Superdome isn't available, stadium president and general manager Shea Guinn said Tuesday.
Vikings Center Birk To Sit 2005 Season
Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk will not return to uniform for the entirety of the 2005 season as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his left hip. "I got a voice mail saying they are going to 'I.R.' Matt, and that they were claiming an offensive lineman off waivers," agent Joe Linta told ESPN.com. "So that's it. The crazy thing is, Matt is supposed to meet with [new Vikings owner Zygi] Wilf on Wednesday. I don't know what that conversation will be about."
Bears Let QB Hutchinson Go
Not long after taking over starting quarterback duties for the Chicago Bears, Chad Hutchinson has been cut from the Bears roster. Hutchinson, demoted on Sunday to fourth string after two shaky outings as the Chicago Bears' starter, was cut Tuesday, two days before the final preseason game. Hutchinson was 5-for-8 for 40 yards with two interceptions and three sacks against the Colts in his first start. Hutchinson was given the starting spot after Rex Grossman broke his ankle Aug. 12.
Falcons Cut Peerless
The Atlanta Falcons cut Peerless Price on Tuesday, giving up on their former top receiver after two disappointing seasons. Price signed a $37 million contract, including a $10 million bonus, with the Falcons, who acquired him from the Buffalo Bills in a March 2003 trade that cost Atlanta a first-round draft pick. Price was coming off a career season with the Bills, catching 94 passes for 1,252 passes and nine touchdowns in 2002, and was expected to give Michael Vick a go-to receiver. But the move never worked out. Price had only 45 catches and three touchdowns last season, and he was demoted to second team behind Michael Jenkins coming into training camp. When Price suffered a concussion in a preseason game, his fate was sealed. "It's just not a good fit here," coach Jim Mora said. "That's the bottom line. It's my hope that he'll go on and be productive with another team."
Dolphins Release Guard Frank Middleton
The Miami Dolphins parted ways with 8-year veteran guard Frank Middleton on Monday. Middleton has missed parts of the past two seasons with various leg injuries. "Frank's injury didn't allow him to get back in the kind of condition that he would like to be in to sustain the kind of performance that would've allowed him to make our team and contribute to our team," Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. "We thought the risk would be worth it to see if he could help us."
Bengals Cut Peter Warrick
The release of Peter Warrick, who appeared in only four games in 2004 because of leg and shin injuries, was not altogether surprising.
Simon May Stay In NFC East
Andy Reid and the Eagles have let Corey Simon go and they may have to face him twice a year, as the Giants are one of the teams interested in him.
Benson Finally Signs
Chicago Bears top pick Cedric Benson has finally agreed to a five-year contract. He is expected to sign a deal worth about $35 million with between $17 million and $17.5 million guaranteed.
Katrina Rips Superdome Roof
While Jim Haslett and the Saints fled the area, the Superdome became a massive shelter, but Hurricane Katrina ripped away part of the roof, creating two holes that could be seen from the floor.
Clarett Gets Cut
Mike Shannahan and the Denver Broncos informed Maurice Clarett on Sunday that he is being released. Clarett never played a down during three preseason games.
Eli Manning Sidelined Indefinitely
"The medical department is completely in charge of the rehab," Giants coach Tim Coughlin said.
Jets? Abraham To Be Back In Uniform On Monday
"John is excited about coming back, eventually," Abraham's close friend, defensive end Shaun Ellis, said last week. "He misses the group.
Saints? TE Williams Sidelined For The Rest Of The Season
Saints' tight end Boo Williams will have no choice but to sit out the entire 2005 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee.