March 2006 - Football Wiretap
Packers Extend Favre Deadline Again
The Green Bay Packers aren't pressuring Brett Favre to make a retirement decision by Saturday's due date for a $3 million roster bonus. And even if they were, the quarterback doesn't think he owes the team a decision this weekend anyway. In his most recent comments about his murky football future, Favre made one thing clear: If he does return, he told a newspaper in his native Mississippi there is ?no doubt? it will be his last season.
Vikings Decline To Match Seattle's Offer For Burleson
A unique fight over restricted free agents between Seattle and Minnesota ended Friday when the Vikings chose not to match the Seahawks' contract offer to receiver Nate Burleson. Vikings vice president for football operations Rob Brzezinski confirmed the decision, which allowed Burleson to join his hometown team. "This is a dream come true for Nate," his agent, Ken Sarnoff, said. "That seven years after being named the Seattle High School Athlete of the Year, he now plays for the Seahawks."
Bengals Land Sam Adams
The Bengals pursuit of Sam Adams paid off Thursday night when they reached an agreement in principle on a three-year contract with the unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills. Terms of the deal weren't revealed, but ESPN.com reported Adams can make about $4 million in 2006 if he reaches certain playing time and performance levels. The deal likely won't be consummated until the weekend because the Bengals want Adams to take a physical exam.
Vikings And Johnson Have No Contract Talks
Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson, who is signed as the team's starter for a relatively low $1.2 million this season, said he has had no talks about a new contract. "We're not talking about that now," he said.
Law Interested In Joining The Titans
Veteran cornerback Ty Law, one of the top free agents still on the market, is interested in playing for the Titans. Law's price tag, however, might keep the Titans from getting in the mix for five-time Pro Bowl selection. Law's agent, Carl Poston, said yesterday he's had recent conversations with Titans General Manager Floyd Reese about bringing Law to Nashville for a visit.
Texans Close To Deal For Moulds
After days of negotiations, the Houston Texans are close to finalizing a trade that will land them Buffalo Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds. The Texans have agreed to pay Moulds $14 million over four years, in a deal that includes a $5 million signing bonus. The only part of the deal that has yet to be finalized is what the Texans will give the Bills as compensation. The Texans are offering a fifth-round draft pick. The Bills are asking for a fourth-round pick. Moulds will arrive in town on Monday to meet with Texans officials.
Haynes Re-Signs With Steelers
Running back Verron Haynes re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, agreeing to a two-year contract. Haynes, a five-year veteran, ranked third on the Steelers last season with a career-best 274 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 74 carries.
Jets Steal Dyson Away From Seattle
The Jets on Thursday signed cornerback Andre Dyson, who had been with the Seattle Seahawks. Terms were not disclosed. The 26-year-old Dyson likely will fill the vacated starting spot left by Law, who had 62 tackles and a career-high 10 interceptions in his first and only season in New York. The brother of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kevin Dyson, Andre Dyson missed six games for the Seahawks last season but was in the starting lineup for all three of the NFC champion's playoff contests. "Andre is a good, young player who has extensive playing experience at the highest levels in the NFL," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "One of our priorities heading into the offseason was to acquire a cornerback that had valuable playing experience. In addition, he has played in two championship games and a Super Bowl, and that experience will be an asset to the Jets."
McCarthy Has A Plan For Favre
Mike McCarthy thinks his offense will provide the vehicle for Favre to finish his career on a high note. It's a pretty simple plan, too. Go back to what worked best for him and take desperation out of the equation. "We?re going back to the more core base concepts in the earlier years that I truly believe in," McCarthy said Wednesday during a coaches breakfast at the NFL owners meetings. "If you have a guy like Brett Favre, he has more reps piled up in the base concepts in this offense probably than anybody in the league because he?s played the longest. That's (something) you need to take advantage of, to put him in a position he's very familiar with and let players make plays instead of always out-scheming the defense.
Moulds To Houston?
WIP radio in Philadelphia is reporting that the Houston Texans have reached an agreement with Buffalo Bills star receiver Eric Moulds. But, in order for the deal to go through the Texans will have to work out a trade with the Bills. Look for Buffalo to okay the deal for a third or fourth round pick.
Holmgren Shaky About Future
Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren left open the possibility the 2006 season could be his last in the league.
Walker Totally Done With Packers
?They could give him a $15 million signing bonus and he would decline it,? Charles Goldsmith said. ?I think everybody is thinking it?s going to blow over and Javon?s going to show up."
Harrington Meets With Miami
Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, who is helping his team try to find him a new job, is scheduled to meet in South Florida today with Dolphins coach Nick Saban.
Broncos Could Deal For Walker
Two sources in the league said Monday that Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has made informal inquiries about Green Bay Packers receiver Javon Walker.
In No Rush For Replacement
"It's not a race for speed, it's a race for success," said Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles' owner. "When you're going to be the C.E.O. of a 32-team operation, it's not speed, it's quality."
Fox Given Five-Year Extension
John Fox, who had two years left on his current contract, received a deal that runs through 2010 and will pay him close to $5 million a season.
Moulds Wants To Go To Philly
"Every time I mention Philadelphia, Eric's ears perk up," said Greg Johnson, who represents the 32-year-old Bills wide receiver.
Texans Try To Deal For Moulds
The Texans are interested in trading for veteran Buffalo Bills receiver Eric Moulds to start opposite Andre Johnson.