July 2008 - Football Wiretap

Chris Henry Suspended First Four Games Of Season

Jul 31, 2008 8:36 PM

Wide receiver Chris Henry was suspended by the NFL on Thursday for four games but may play the final 12 games of the regular season for any team that signs him. Henry was released by Cincinnati in April after his fifth arrest. Commissioner Roger Goodell had suspended Henry indefinitely following his latest arrest. The charges against him on that arrest were subsequently dropped. The 25-year-old player, one of a number of Bengals in trouble with the law the past few seasons, then applied for reinstatement.


Tags: Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Lets Lynch See What Else Is Out There

Jul 31, 2008 8:35 PM

John Lynch, who's entering his 16th NFL season, received permission from Coach Mike Shanahan to explore other opportunities. Lynch's decision caught his teammates by surprise. Champ Bailey knew the nine-time Pro Bowler was discontent with his playing time but not to this degree. "I didn't see that coming," Bailey said. "But I understand how competitive he is and how much pride he has about what he does on the field. It sucks that he can't play every down, but that's what he wants to do. He wasn't happy with his role. I'm behind his decision all the way. I would love him to stay, but every guy has to look out for himself." Lynch was told he'd get an opportunity to compete for a starting safety job when he took a pay cut this offseason.


Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor

JaMarcus Returns To Practice

Jul 31, 2008 8:34 PM

JaMarcus Russell returned to Oakland Raiders' practice on Thursday after being sidelined for two sessions because of a sore elbow. Russell took part in all team drills but held back a bit in his throwing to make sure not to damage his elbow even more after banging it off the helmet of teammate Darren McFadden on Tuesday. "I'm just trying to protect myself as much as I can," Russell said Thursday. "I just wanted to get out here today just so I could get back in practice. I don't really like sitting out and watching guys bust their behinds when I can be out there doing something."


Tags: Oakland Raiders

Titans Release WR Mike Williams

Jul 31, 2008 5:32 PM

The Titans released wide receiver Mike Williams before Thursday afternoon?s practice, according to an Associated Press report. The Titans signed Williams, the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Lions, last Thanksgiving and told him after the season to get his weight and conditioning under control.


Tags: Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

Texans Sign Mike Bell

Jul 31, 2008 4:05 PM

With concerns still surrounding the back injury to Chris Brown, the Texans signed former Broncos' running back Mike Bell on Thursday. He is a third-year back who saw his most success as a rookie in 2006 in Denver.

Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Texans

Green Bay Considering Favre Deal Within Division?

Jul 31, 2008 1:44 PM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing a source close to the situation, on Wednesday reported the Packers were considering seeking a Brett Favre deal with one of their rivals, most likely the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears, if all else fails. That follows reports that the Packers on Wednesday offered Favre a substantial sum of money -- as much as $20 million over several years -- to stay retired.


Tags: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Trade Rumor

Packers Offer Favre $20 Million To Stay Retired?

Jul 31, 2008 11:15 AM

At the meeting with Brett Favre and Bus Cook, Mark Murphy floated the idea of paying the quarterback as much as $20 million over 10 years to stay retired, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette and WTMJ in Milwaukee. That option apparently wasn't embraced.


Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc Rumor

Report: Lynch Wants To Leave Broncos, Retire?

Jul 31, 2008 1:27 AM

Broncos' safety John Lynch met with Coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday and told Denver?s KCNC-TV that Shanahan gave him permission to explore other opportunities, according to an Associated Press report.


Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Glenn To Sign With Miami

Jul 30, 2008 8:31 PM

Terry Glenn is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins in the next few days, according to two sources. Glenn was waived by the Cowboys on Friday. In Miami, the veteran receiver will be reunited with Bill Parcells and several other former Dallas coaches and players.


Tags: Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor

Jags' WR Williams To Have Surgery

Jul 30, 2008 8:30 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars' receiver Reggie Williams will have arthroscopic surgery after re-injuring his right knee during training camp, the third setback in two weeks for Williams initially hurt his knee while working out last week and opened camp on the physically unable to perform list.


Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars

Dallas Still Interested In Chris Simms
The Cowboys remain interested in trading for QB Chris Simms if the Bucs will lower their asking price of a midround draft pick.

St. Petersburg Times

Ricky Back For The Money?
Ricky Williams is back in camp and ready to play football for the Dolphins.

Miami Herald

Packers Meet With Favre
"It's obviously the first step in Brett coming back, but we'll deal with that once he is reinstated," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.


Saints Reach $49M Agreement With Ellis
The New Orleans Saints had a breakthrough Tuesday night in negotiations with first-round draft pick Sedrick Ellis.


Steelers Lose Punter For The Season
The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost punter Daniel Sepulveda for the season after tearing the ACL in his right leg during Tuesday's practice.


Sore Elbow Sidelines Raiders' Russell
Raiders' QB JaMarcus Russell was held out of Tuesday's evening practice with stiffness in his elbow.


Report: Glenn Expected To Sign With Dolphins
WR Terry Glenn is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins and be reunited with Bill Parcells.


Curry In Much Better Shape
Ronald Curry spent every day in the weight room for five months, pushed by the likes of safety Jarrod Cooper and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.

Oakland Tribune

Favre Files Reinstatement Letter
Brett Favre followed through on his statements that he wanted to come out of retirement by faxing his reinstatement letter to the NFL on Tuesday.


Peterson Believes Patience Will Make Him Better
Adrian Peterson is trying to become more patient as he begins his second season in the NFL.

Pioneer Press

CBA Loophole Could Hurt Jackson
A little-known provision in the collective bargaining agreement could be a huge detriment to a prolonged holdout by Steven Jackson.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Grant Sits Out Practice As Packers Work On Deal
Packers RB Ryan Grant does not have a contract in place and skipped the team's first practice on Monday.


Favre Threatening To Show Up This Week
Brett Favre is giving the Packers until Tuesday or Wednesday to work out a trade, or he will report to their training camp.

Green Bay Press Gazette

Favre Doesn't Want To Give Thompson List Of Teams?
Ted Thompson asked Favre for a list of teams he'd accept a trade to on Saturday -- for at least the second time -- and Brett Favre would not give him one.


Asomugha Got Advice From Charles Woodson
Nnamdi Asomugha said he sought out the advice of people he respected before deciding to come to training camp and signing his exclusive free agent tender.

Contra Costa Times

Raiders Don't Want JaMarcus To Run?
Lane Kiffin said he doesn't expect to see JaMarcus Russell lower his shoulder and take on defenders in the open field too often this season.

Contra Costa Times

Gruden On Moving On From Favre: That Wouldn't Be Fair To Him
Bucs Coach Jon Gruden couldn?t bring himself to end the speculation that Brett Favre will wind up in a Bucs' uniform.

Tampa Tribune

Bears Want Kevin Jones To Lose Weight
The Bears want Kevin Jones to drop 10 pounds while he's on the physically unable to perform list.

Chicago Sun-Times

Smith And Hill Vow To Remain Good Friends
Good friends Alex Smith and Shaun Hill have pledged to remain good friends during their 49ers quarterback competition and after a winner is declared.

Mercury News

Soul Hold On To Beat SaberCats In ArenaBowl, 59-56
The Philadelphia Soul held on to beat the San Jose SaberCats 59-56 on Sunday to win their first ArenaBowl title.