April 2006 - Football Wiretap
McNair Could Be Released Or Traded Immediately
Steve McNair's tenure with the Tennessee Titans could be over within the next 24 hours, according to his agent. Team officials don't agree, even though they gave permission for McNair's agent to talk with the Baltimore Ravens. Agent Bus Cook said Sunday the team was considering releasing McNair or trading him to the Ravens, with something possibly worked out by Monday. General manager Floyd Reese said a few hours later the Ravens indeed had discussed a trade with Tennessee. But the Ravens' offer was insufficient, and Reese said the talks died right there. "Steve's a Tennessee Titan. That has not changed," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. Asked about McNair being released within hours, the Titans general manager had a short answer. "That's not going to happen, no," Reese said.
Chargers Acquire TE Manumaleuna From Rams
The Chargers have acquired tight end Brandon Manumaleuna from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Bolts? fourth-round pick (113th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 6-2, 288-pound Manumaleuna started 14 games for the Rams in 2005. He was utilized primarily as a blocker in St. Louis? offense, but caught 13 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. He?s a versatile player who has also lined up at fullback and H-back during his career.
LenDale Finally Picked By Titans At 45
The only Trojan who had a worse day than Matt Leinart was LenDale White, who had to wait all the way until the 45th pick of the draft, when he was selected by the Tennessee Titans. White's stock dropped sharply in the weeks leading up to the draft when his work ethic was questioned and was unable to run the 40. The Titans come out of Day 1 with two of the stars of the 2006 Rose Bowl, as they picked Vince Young with the 3rd choice.
Walker Dealt To Denver
The Broncos have improved their air attack by completing a trade for Green Bay's Javon Walker. The Broncos traded out of the No. 37 slot to acquire Walker, who missed all but one game last year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
A Jordan-Sized Pass?
With an eerie parallel to the Portland Trailblazers selecting Sam Bowie instead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft; the Texans made a terrible mistake in passing on once-in-a-generation superstar Reggie Bush with the first pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Texans? GM Charley Casserly denies the fact that recent allegations regarding the relationship between potential agents and Bush?s family had any bearing on their decision to make Mario Williams the first overall selection in this year?s draft. Despite what the Texan executives say, this could not have been strictly a football move. This selection had as much to do with measurements, forty-times, and college tape as it does with off-field allegations and potential contract snares. Throughout the entire draft process Reggie Bush had all the leverage in negotiation talks and could have held out for any amount of money because of his draft selection. Now with the #1 selection receiving a deal worth 6 years and $54 million, the market is set for Bush which could decrease his leverage drastically.
Eagles Grab Bunkley At 14, Justice At 39
The Philadelphia Eagles improved their defense by drafting Broderick Bunkley out of Flordia State. Bunkley came into the Draft as a potential top-10 selection and now Andy Reid picks up a tremendously talented player in what can be one of the steals of the day. The defensive tackle is a gifted athlete with great strength, benching 225 pounds over 40 times at the combine. They then selected USC's tackle Winston Justice with their 39th pick.
Broncos Trade Up For Cutler
The Broncos have traded up with the Rams and have selected Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler. Cutler was ranked as the top-ranked quarterback in the draft by some experts.
Vernon Davis Becomes Alex Smith's Best Friend
The San Francisco 49ers selected Maryland tight end Vernon Davis with the sixth pick in Saturday's NFL draft. Davis should step in as a starter after four tight ends on the San Francisco roster combined for just 20 catches last season. The addition of Davis should also be a welcome addition for Smith, the club's quarterback of the future who was selected first overall last season. Davis saw his draft stock rise with impressive workouts at the scouting combine, where he ran a record time for a tight end in the 40-yard dash at 4.38 seconds. He also has a 42-inch vertical leap.
Arizona Ends Leinart's Wait
Matt Leinart's wait came to an end when the Cardinals selected him with the 10th pick. Leinart likely would have been the overall top pick in the 2005 Draft, but decided to return to Southern Cal for his senior season. While Leinart certainly lost a great deal of money by not coming out last year with his stock falling this year, he will have a host of weapons in Arizona. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are two of the best young wide receivers in the game and they gave their offense an even bigger boost by signing Edgerrin James this March. Heading into Saturday's draft, many believed that the Titans would select Leinart, which would reunite the QB with his former offensive coordinator at USC, Norm Chow. Leinart will be staying in Pac-10 country and will begin the season behind Kurt Warner on the depth chart, a former Super Bowl winner who is on his last run as an NFL quarterback.
Hawk To The Packers
The Green Bay Packers selected outside linebacker A.J. Hawk out of The Ohio State University with the 5th pick of the NFL Draft. He is one of the quickest linebackers in the draft and has an uncanny instinct for playing the game.
Jets Select Ferguson As Leinart Begins Free Fall
The Jets decided against the Hollywood/Broadway appeal of USC QB Matt Leinart and selected D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Reports are coming in that Leinart will still be on the board for the Cardinals at 10.
Saints Tell Bush They'll Select Him
Reggie Bush has just reportedly been told by Saints' head coach Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and other team executives that they will select him with the 2nd pick.
Saints Fielding Offers From Five Teams For Bush
Among five teams that have contacted the Saints are the Jets, Raiders and the Packers.
Super Mario To Houston
The Houston Texans have signed North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams and made him the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Texans Focusing On Williams, Not Bush
Stop the presses on the Reggie Bush Texans' jerseys, as reports are coming out that the club is focusing on its negotiations with N.C. State DE Mario Williams.
Dolphins To Decide Ricky's Canadian Fate
It will be up to the Miami Dolphins if Ricky Williams plays football in the Canadian Football League this season, according to the suspended running back's agent.
Mario To Houston A Serious Possibility?
"It's not likely, but it's a possibility," Williams said of his chances to be the first pick. "It's kind of shocking, especially for a defensive end."
Ricky To Toronto?
The Toronto Argonauts of the CFL are going to take a run at suspended NFL running back Ricky Williams. The Argos added Williams to their negotitation list yesterday.