April 2008 - Football Wiretap
Haynesworth Makes Progress, Talks Don't
Albert Haynesworth is working out regularly, but contract talks between the defensive tackle and the Titans have remained dormant, according to the Tennessean. "I have told [general manager] Mike [Reinfeldt] we are ready to talk about it at any time, but they have chosen to go slow in negotiations, which they have the right to do," his agent Chad Speck said. "I anticipate us talking." Tennessee designated Haynesworth has their franchise player in February.
Jags Add Safety Prioleau To Secondary
The Jaguars have added veteran safety Pierson Prioleau to their secondary, according to the Associated Press. In order to make room for the safety on Wednesday the team also waived quarterback Lester Richard. Prioleau is entering his tenth NFL season.
BCS Rejects Playoff Plan
Bowl Championship Series officials rejected a plan on Wednesday to turn the controversial system for deciding a national champion into a four-team playoff, starting in the 2010 season, according to an Associated Press report.
Alexander Interested In Cincy?
Shaun Alexander grew up in nearby Kentucky and would be interested in joining the Cincinnati Bengals. "Making calls to teams. Bengals are on our list!" Jim Steiner, Alexander's agent, told The Enquirer in an e-mail Wednesday morning.
Raiders Hoping To Trade Jordan
LaMont Jordan is owed $4.7 million this season, and the Raiders are looking to trade him because they believe he still has value. Interested teams are likely to hold off on making offers for Jordan hoping that he is released, and they could then sign him to a more affordable contract.
Bills Get $78M From Rogers For Eight Games
The Buffalo Bills will be paid $78 million (Canadian) by Rogers Communications Inc. to have the team play five regular-season and three exhibition games at the Rogers Centre over the next five years, according to the Toronto Star. The price is much higher than the profit the team makes per game that is hosted at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York. "All I can say is we are thrilled to bring the NFL product to fans in Toronto," a spokeswoman said from Rogers.
Texans, G Weary Agree On Deal
The Texans have signed guard Fred Weary to a one-year contract, according to the Houston Chronicle. He started twelve games for the team on the right-side of the line last season before suffering an injury at the beginning of December. The deal will pay him $800,000 in base salary.
Chargers Agree To Terms With Veteran OT Shelton
The Chargers made a move to bolster their offensive line Tuesday as they agreed to terms with tackle L.J. Shelton on a two-year deal. ?We had the opportunity to add an experienced, good player to the mix at offensive tackle,? General Manager A.J. Smith said. ?L.J. has played both left and right tackle during his career. We were thin at the position and we were determined to find a talented player. We believe we?ve addressed the need with L.J. Shelton.? Shelton, 6-6, 345, who enters his 10th NFL season in 2008, brings a wealth of experience and versatility to San Diego. He?s played in 130 games and started 125 during his career. In 2007 with the Miami Dolphins, he started all 16 games at right tackle. A year earlier, he started five games at left tackle before moving inside to right guard for the final 11 games.
Baltimore Tried To Move Up To Get Ryan
The Ravens reportedly tried to trade up in Saturday's NFL Draft in order to select quarterback Matt Ryan, according to the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore ended up taking Joe Flacco with the eighteenth pick in the draft, and the general opinion has been that he needs some time to grow before starting as the team's quarterback. "I think we accomplished that. Hopefully, next year at this time, we can look back on this draft and feel really good about it. I think we will," said Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' director of college scouting.
Dallas Wants To Sign Barber Over Long-Term
The Dallas Cowboys are still interested in signing running back Marion Barber to a long-term deal, according to the NFL Network. When the Cowboys bypassed Rashard Mendenhall in favor of Felix Jones in this weekend's draft, many believe that signaled their desire to keep Barber over the long haul. Jones has been projected as a great complementary back to Barber.
49ers Reportedly Interested In LB Spikes
The 49ers are still interested in signing free-agent linebacker Takeo Spikes.
Rift Growing Between Taylor And Parcells
The rift between Miami defender Jason Taylor and front office figurehead Bill Parcells appears to widening.
Sources: Jaguars Interested In Deal For Sheppard
The Jaguars are reportedly interested in making a deal for Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard.
T.O. Being Sued By Eagles Over Bonus Money
The Philadelphia Eagles have sued WR Terrell Ownes for nearly $770,000 for bonus money he has not repaid the team.
Jets Tried To Trade Up To Grab Chris Long
The Jets tried to trade up in last weekend's NFL Draft to select defensive end Chris Long.
Panthers Add Depth With DT Walker
The Carolina Panthers added some depth on Monday by signing free agent defensive tackle Darwin Walker.
Jets Baker Upset Over Drafting Of TE
The New York Jets' Chris Baker is upset with the team for drafting another tight end Dustin Keller in last weekend's draft.
Oakland Releases RB Dominic Rhodes
The Raiders have released running back Dominic Rhodes after his future with the team was put in question with the drafting of Darren McFadden.
Record 33 Trades During NFL Draft
A record 33 trades were made on Saturday and Sunday as NFL teams tried to assemble winning rosters.
GM Ireland Admits To Taylor Trade Talks
Dolphins' General Manager Jeff Ireland finally admitted on Sunday that he had some discussions with teams in regards to the services of Jason Taylor.
UCLA's Cowan Out For 2008 Season; Olson To Miss 6-8 Weeks
UCLA QB Patrick Cowan will undergo surgery on the ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire 2008 season.
Day Two, The NFL Draft Rolls On
The NFL Draft continued on Sunday with rounds three through seven. Keep up with all the picks as a host of fresh college faces were assigned to professional teams.
Packers: Drafting Brohm No Slight To Rodgers
The Packers claim that their decision to draft quarterback Brian Brohm in the second round of the NFL draft on Saturday was no slight to Aaron Rodgers.
Raiders Trade CB Washington To Ravens
The Raiders traded cornerback Fabian Washington to the Ravens in exchange for a fourth-round pick on the second day of the NFL Draft on Sunday.
NFL Makes Pacman Trade Official
The league has finally approved the trade between the Cowboys and the Titans that will send suspended cornerback Pacman Jones to Dallas.
Miami: Henne Could Start As Rookie
The Dolphins claim that second-round pick Chad Henne could start at quarterback for the team this season.
It's Official: Packers Place Favre On Retired List
The Green Bay Packers have ended any speculation that Brett Favre could come out of retirement next season after placing him on the team's reserve-retired list.
Strahan To Giants: Don't Trade Shockey
Michael Strahan hasn't decided whether or not he'll retire this summer, but he is sure that he doesn't want the Giants to trade Jeremy Shockey.
Taylor Remains In Miami For Now
Jason Taylor is still a member of the Dolphins - for now.