February 2007 - Football Wiretap

49ers Promote Hostler To Offensive Coordinator

Feb 28, 2007 8:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan did not look far to find a replacement for Norv Turner. Nolan on Wednesday promoted Jim Hostler to offensive coordinator. After serving the last two seasons as quarterbacks coach for the 49ers, Hostler will replace Turner, who was named coach of the San Diego Chargers on February 19.

Yahoo.com

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Texans Release Moulds

Feb 28, 2007 6:41 PM

With the free agency period beginning this Friday, the Texans cleared some room in their salary cap today by releasing veterans Zach Wiegert, Seth Payne and Eric Moulds. The three players have a combined 33 NFL seasons under their belts, including 10 with the Texans. Each of the players started for the Texans at some point during the 2006 season, although Wiegert and Payne suffered knee injuries that cut their respective seasons short. Texans general manager Rick Smith discussed the transactions in a statement released today by the team. ?We made some difficult decisions today in releasing these three veteran players," Smith said. "We appreciate the contributions that each made to our football team, organization and community."

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Ravens Waive Jamal Lewis, Hope To Re-Sign Him

Feb 28, 2007 6:29 PM

The Ravens have waived running back Jamal Lewis, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced today. But, just one day before the start of free agency, that doesn't mean that the seven-year veteran won't don a Ravens' jersey in the future. Newsome expressed his desire to re-sign Lewis sometime this offseason. "We are involved in negotiations with Jamal, and there has been good dialogue," said Newsome. "Jamal has been a significant contributor to us in the last seven seasons."

NFL.com

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Brady And Gisele Continue European Romp

Feb 28, 2007 5:33 PM

Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen have not let baby news spoil their European adventure in Italy. The couple were spotted shopping near the Coliseum and smooching it up all over Rome this week.

TMZ.com

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Vikings Release Brad Johnson

Feb 28, 2007 5:02 PM

The Minnesota Vikings released quarterback Brad Johnson on Wednesday. Johnson played for the Vikings for nine seasons in two different stints.

Press Release

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Glanville Ready To Run Portland State

Feb 28, 2007 4:46 PM

Jerry Glanville is ready to run another football team. This time, the former NFL coach is set to take over at Portland State. Glanville, who led the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, will be introduced by the Division I-AA school at a news conference Wednesday night. He had been Hawaii's defensive coordinator for two years.

AP

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Sources: Packers Explore Trade For Moss

Feb 28, 2007 2:09 PM

The Oakland Raiders are trying to trade Randy Moss and the Green Bay Packers definitely are interested if the former all-pro wide receiver would agree to a restructured contact in order to play with a better team and Brett Favre. Sources close to the situation said the Packers had explored trading for Moss. The two teams have had preliminary dialogue but at this point the Packers consider Moss to be an economically unfeasible solution to their need for another receiver alongside Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.

Journal Sentinel

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Ramsey's Days With The Jets Are Over

Feb 28, 2007 1:53 PM

Patrick Ramsey, whom the Jets acquired last year from the Redskins, is expected to be traded or released by Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

New York Daily News

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Steelers Re-Sign Aaron Smith

Feb 28, 2007 1:46 PM

Aaron Smith, who was entering the last year of his contract, has signed a four-year extension with Pittsburgh. The deal, which runs through the 2011 season, is for roughly $25 million and rewrites the final year the 31-year-old Smith's current contract, under which he was due a $1 million roster bonus and a salary of $3.5 million. The new deal is worth about $12 million between now and next season, including a signing bonus.

AP

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Niners' Derek Smith Undergoes Eye Surgery

Feb 28, 2007 12:24 AM

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Derek Smith underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged muscle connected to his left eye, a delicate injury that hampered his play last season. Smith won't participate in contact drills until the preseason, but should be healthy for his 11th pro campaign.

AP

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Chiefs Agree To Terms With QB Huard

Press Release

DT Thomas To Sign Four-Year Deal With New Orleans

AP

Dolphins Expected To Release Harrington
According to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins are expected to release QB Joey Harrington.

Detroit Free-Press

Jauron: Bills Listening To Offers For McGahee
Calling no player "untouchable," Bills coach Dick Jauron said the team would consider trade offers for Willis McGahee.

AP

Packers Sign Jenkins To Four-Year Extension

AP

Rams Release Timmerman

AP

Bills Re-Sign Kelsay
DE Chris Kelsey signed a four-year contract with the Bills, avoiding the uncertainty of becoming an unrestricted free agent.

NFL.com

Harris Has Surgery On Broken Left Hand

NFL.com

Favre Undergoes Ankle Surgery

NFL.com

Chargers Hire Ross And Hurd

Press Release

Former Colt George Preas Dead At 73

AP

Sources: Jackson Is Available
"We'll listen to anything, but it doesn't mean we're going to do anything," said Seahwaks president Tim Ruskell.

Seattle PI

Johnson Runs 4.35 40-Yard Dash

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Owens Needs More Surgery

NFL.com

Eagles Sign Feeley To Three-Year Deal

Yahoo.com

Allen Requests Trade, Chiefs Say No
Chiefs DE Jared Allen has requested to be traded, according to a published report in the Kansas City Star.

ESPN

Broncos To Go After Garcia

Philadelphia Inquirer

Denver's Damien Nash Dies After Basketball Game
Denver Broncos reserve tailback Damien Nash collapsed and died Saturday night after an appearance in a charity basketball game in St. Louis

ESPN

Giants Show Interest In McGahee
"There is some talk about Willis out there," GM Floyd Reese said. "We'll investigate Willis. We'll investigate everybody out there with trade talks."

ESPN

Falcons' Kerney Enters Free Agency

AP