May 2008 - Football Wiretap
Jags Add Depth, Reach Deal With WR Thorpe
The Jaguars have added some depth to their receiving corps by signing wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton. Thorpe played for the Colts and was a fourth-round draft choice of the Chiefs back in 2005. His one-year deal is worth $370,000.
Urlacher Reports For Mandatory Minicamp
Bears' linebacker Brian Urlacher reported for the team's mandatory minicamp on Friday, according to The Associated Press. "When it says mandatory, you're supposed to be at those things, so that's why I'm here," Urlacher said. "I'm supposed to be here. I'm not trying to send any message. It's a mandatory team function, and we're supposed to be here." He did not participate in the team's voluntary workouts because of displeasure with his nine-year contract that expires after the 2011 season. "All that matters is I'm here with my teammates," Urlacher said. "That's really the only thing that matters right now."
Broncos: Mustard Out 8-10 Weeks
Broncos' tight end Chad Mustard has a strained leg muscle and will miss eight-to-ten weeks, according to The Denver Post. The back-up tight end will have surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn hamstring.
Source: Jets Name Cohen Assistant GM
Yahoo.com reports that the Jets have hired Scott Cohen for their newly created position of assistant GM, according to a person with the team. Cohen will work with GM Mike Tannenbaum on day-to-day operations, the person said on condition of anonymity Friday night because the team hadn?t yet announced the hiring. Cohen, 39, spent the last seven seasons as Philadelphia?s director of pro personnel.
Philly Extends GM Heckert; Name Roseman VP
The Eagles on Friday extended the contract of GM Tom Heckert through the 2011 season, as reported by Yahoo.com. Heckert, who is entering his eighth season with the team, works with Coach Andy Reid in all player personnel matters. He originally joined the Eagles as the club?s director player personnel in 2001, was promoted to VP of player personnel in 2003, and to GM in 2006. The Eagles also named Howie Roseman VP of player personnel.
Redskins Sign Free Agent S Hamilton
The Redskins signed free agent safety Justin Hamilton on Friday, as reported by Yahoo.com. Hamilton made 15 tackles for the Browns during the 2006 season. He was cut from the Browns on September 1, 2007, and did not play in the NFL last season.
Bucs Release QB Gradkowski; Re-Sign TE Stevens
The Buccaneers on Friday re-signed tight end Jerramy Stevens and released backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, as reported by the Associated Press.
Report: Vanderjagt Returning To Argos
A league source requesting anonymity told The Canadian Press on Friday night that Mike Vanderjagt, who earned two Grey Cup rings with Toronto before heading to the NFL after the 1997 season, has re-signed with the CFL club. The move would be a homecoming for Vanderjagt, 38, a native of nearby Oakville, Ont.
Gailey: Croyle Can Be Chiefs' Franchise QB
Chiefs' Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey believes that a healthy Brodie Croyle can be the team's franchise quarterback, according to The Kansas City Star. ?There?s no question in my mind he can be that guy,? Gailey said emphatically. ?There?s no question.? ?I really like the offense,? Croyle said Thursday. ?I?m very comfortable, surprisingly. The reads are pretty clear right now for us." ?It?s a pretty simple offense. It?s giving guys the chance to go out and play, not a whole lot of thinking about it, just go out and line up and go.?
Packers To Give Favre His Locker
The Packers plan to give legendary quarterback Brett Favre his locker from Lambeau Field, according to The Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He'll get his locker," General Manager Ted Thompson said. "I kind of messed up the timing. I didn't realize people would have such a to-do about it, but the timing of it in order to do it properly will be in between our minicamp and training camp sometime, when things slow down, and (the maintenance staff) has time to go in there and do the work. We were kind of going to do it under the radar, but it obviously took on a life of its own."
Ravens Work Out F. Mitchell
The Ravens worked out free-agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell on Thursday.
Young: 'I Wasn't Going To Quit'
Titans' quarterback Vince Young claims that he was never close to retiring from the game of football despite comments he made last week.
Green Bay's 'KGB' Has Surgery On Knee
Green Bay defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Thursday morning.
Report: Urlacher Plans To Attend Camp Despite Dispute
The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday evening that Brian Urlacher plans to attend the Bears' mandatory minicamp starting Friday.
Broncos Still Looking To Extend QB Ramsey
The Broncos are continuing to negotiate with quarterback Patrick Ramsey on an extension.
Colvin Could Be In Cleveland's Future
Free-agent linebacker Rosevelt Colvin could be in the future for the Browns as the team monitors his status.
Vikings Have No Interest In Miami's Taylor
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Vikings are not interested in the services of Jason Taylor.
40,000 Tix For London Game Sell In 90 Minutes
The first 40,000 tickets for the Saints and Chargers game at Wembley Stadium were sold in 90 minutes on Thursday.
Glenn Says Dallas Wants Injury Settlement
Dallas wide receiver Terry Glenn claims that the Cowboys want an injury settlement.
Taylor On Training Camp: 'Deal With That When I Get There'
Dolphins' defensive end Jason Taylor doesn't sound like he's going to skip training camp as Coach Tony Sparano suggested last week.
Dolphins Waive WR-KR Perry
Tab Perry was waived by the Dolphins on Wednesday, four days after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon.
Chad Owes $13,000 In Taxes
Wide receiver Chad Johnson reportedly owes $13,000 in back taxes on his Cincinnati home.
Sauerbrun Pleads Guilty, Takes Swipe At Broncos
Ex-Broncos' punter Todd Sauerbrun pleaded guilty Wednesday to disturbing the peace, and was sentenced to perform 24 hours of community service.
Pacman Met With Goodell
Suspended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about his possible reinstatement last week.
Petrino: Leaving 'Hardest Thing Of My Life'
Former Falcons' Coach Bobby Petrino says that leaving the team near the end of last season was one of the hardest things he's had to do in his life.
Selvin Young's Goal: 2,000 Yards
Selvin Young is hoping to be the number one running back for the Broncos in 2008 and has set a goal of 2,000 yards for himself.
Jags' D-Coordinator Williams Trying To Bounce Back
Jaguars' Coach Gregg Williams on Tuesday refused to talk about his awkward departure from the Redskins.
49ers Waive Butler After Arrest
Free agent LB Ezra Butler was waived by the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday after he was arrested over the weekend on misdemeanor charges.
L.J.'s Foot Appears Healed
Larry Johnson's foot injury that caused him to miss the final eight games last season, appears to be fully healed.