August 2006 - Football Wiretap
QB Volek Waives Trade Clause
Likely to soon be bumped from the top spot on the depth chart, probably by the September 10th regular-season opener, Tennessee Titans quarterback Billy Volek will waive the no-trade clause in his contract to facilitate a move to another NFL team. Expected to supplant the departed Steve McNair as the Tennessee starter, Volek has been rendered all but extraneous by the Monday signing of veteran quarterback Kerry Collins to a one-year deal. In what has been a cram course to get Collins practice time, and to accelerate his learning curve in a new offense, Volek has seen his snaps reduced this week. There is a possibility that Volek won't accompany the Titans to Green Bay for the Friday preseason finale.
Goodell To Become Active NFL Commission On Friday Morning
Roger Goodell officially takes over from Paul Tagliabue as NFL commissioner on Friday. The official time of change is 6 a.m. ET so that all of Thursday night's exhibition games -- two of which start at 10 p.m. ET -- will be over in case a decision needs to be made. "No, neither of us will be in the office," Tagliabue said when the transition date was announced.
Bengals Give RT Anderson An Extension
Just a month after completing a monster deal for emerging leftside pass protector Levi Jones, the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday completed the second half of their offensive tackle daily double, signing right tackle Willie Anderson to a five-year contract extension. The extension, which will run through the 2011 season, is worth about $32 million. Anderson, who was entering the final year of his contract and would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring without the add-on, should bank roughly $20 million in the first three years of the new deal. "The Bengals stepped to the plate and allowed me a chance to do what I've always wanted to do, which is stay with one organization my entire career," Anderson said.
Vinatieri Has Broken Foot
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has a broken bone in his left (non-kicking) foot, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday. ?That's what he told us about a week and a half ago,? Vinatieri's mother, Judy Vinatieri, said, the newspaper reported. ?They sent him to a specialist. They found a small broken bone in his foot.? Vinatieri suffered the injury in practice Aug. 14, the newspaper reported.
Eagles Sign P Johnson To Six-Year Extension
The Eagles on Thursday signed punter Dirk Johnson to a six-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed. The extension runs through the 2011 season for Johnson, who has been Philadelphia's primary punter for the last three seasons. Johnson missed the second half of last season due to a groin strain. Before the injury, he was 11th in the NFL with a net average of 38.4 yards, the highest by an Eagles punter since 1976. "Dirk has developed into one of the top punters in the NFL in the three years he's been with us," Eagles coach Andy Reid said.
Jets Trade TE Jolley To Bucs, Acquire TE Ryan From Cowboys
Tight end Doug Jolley's stay with the Jets did not last very long. The Jets on Thursday traded Jolley to the Buccaneers for an undisclosed draft pick. They also acquired tight end Sean Ryan from the Cowboys for an undisclosed draft pick.
Will 49ers Give QB Hamdan Chance To Show Off Skills?
Gibran Hamdan stepped back confidently and fired a hard pass into the end zone that skimmed a defender's fingertips and fell perfectly into a surprised receiver's hands. On his first full day of practice -- and perhaps his last -- with the San Francisco 49ers, Hamdan showed plenty of the skills that made him NFL Europe's Offensive Player of the Year this season. Whether he'll get the chance to show off his talent with the 49ers still hasn't been decided.
Chargers Sign Olivea To New Six-Year Deal
Chargers offensive tackle Shane Olivea signed a new six-year deal Wednesday that will run through the 2011 season. He was due to become a restricted free agent following this season. Olivea has been the starting right tackle since joining the team as a seventh-round draft choice out of Ohio State in 2004. He's missed only one start, due to a sprained knee.
Bucs Release Fiedler
Jay Fiedler's bid to make the Buccaneers ended before the injured quarterback could even get on the field. The Bucs released the former Dolphins and Jets player and signed offensive tackle Cornell Green on Wednesday. Fiedler, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent on June 29, is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder and had been unable to practice during training camp. His departure leaves three quarterbacks on the roster: starter Chris Simms and backups Tim Rattay and Bruce Gradkowski.
Eagles Re-Sign Feeley, Release Detmer And Pinkston
Two longtime Eagles are out and one is returning to the nest after a two-year hiatus. The Eagles released quarterback Koy Detmer and receiver Todd Pinkston on Wednesday and re-signed quarterback A.J. Feeley, who led the team to a 4-1 record in the last five games of the 2002 season when Donovan McNabb and Detmer were both sidelined with injuries.
Cardinals' Leinart To Become A Father
Brynn Cameron will miss the upcoming USC basketball season because she is expecting a baby with Cardinals' QB Matt Leinart, according to her father.
Parker Gets Extension Done
Willie Parker, a backup while at the University of North Carolina, signed a $13.6 million, four-year contract Thursday with the Steelers.
Patriots Owner Remains Optimistic On Branch
``Like all the fans, I appreciate and think Deion is very special. But we have to let things work their way out and we'll see what happens come Friday."
Eagles Allow Pinkston To Seek Trade
Former Dolphins starter Todd Pinkston, the six-year veteran who missed the entire 2005 season with a torn right Achilles, has been limited at training camp.
Jets' Pennington Wins The Starting QB Job; Martin Stays On PUP
Jets quarterback Chad Pennington won the starting job Tuesday, but he will be missing a key member of the offense when the regular season starts.
Eagles Acquire Stallworth From Saints
Still looking to replace Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Donte' Stallworth from the New Orleans Saints on Monday.
Titans Sign Kerry Collins
"Kerry brings a great deal of experience to our team and has won a lot of games over his career," said GM Floyd Reese. "He adds instant depth to our quarterback group."