July 2009 - Football Wiretap
Seahawks Scrambling To Get Curry Into Camp
The Seahawks are trying hard to sign rookie linebacker Aaron Curry to a deal so that he can report to training camp. Seattle general manager Tim Ruskell said the team was going "nonstop" in their efforts to sign the fourth overall pick.
Brady Doesn't Have 'All The Facts' On Whether Gisele Is Pregnant
Tom Brady claimed ignorance when asked on Friday whether his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, was pregnant with his child. "I heard Big Papi say, 'I don't have all the information,' " Brady told the Associated Press. "I don't have all the facts and it hasn't been researched enough." Bundchen took part in a photo shoot for the London Fog recently, and a company spokesman claims that a visible baby bump had to be airbrushed out of the pictures.
Washington Ends Holdout With Jets
Jets running back Leon Washington showed up at camp on Friday, ending his one-day holdout. Washington didn't report with the rest of the team on Thursday. He had made his displeasure with his contract situation known, but hasn't gotten a new deal and sources claim that nothing in imminent. The New York Daily News is reporting that Washington made up his mind to show up on Friday whether or not a new agreement was in place.
Russell Shows Up To Camp Overweight
Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell appears to have reported to training camp overweight yet again. "I'm probably a little heavy. But I'm not 300 pounds like you all said last year," said Russell, according to the Twitter page of Jerry McDonald, who writes for the Bay Area News Group.
Falcons Sign First-Rounder Jerry
The Falcons signed first-round pick Peria Jerry to a contract late Thursday night. Atlanta's training camp opens on Saturday, and they now have all of their rookies under contract. Jerry, a defensive tackle, was the 24th overall pick.
Dolphins Agree To Terms With Davis
The Dolphins have agreed to terms with first-round pick Vontae Davis on a contract. Miami is still negotiating deals with two draft picks.
UNGL Announces Third Team In Ohio
The United National Gridiron League has announced that the Ohio Marauders will be its third of eight teams to begin play in the professional developmental football league's inaugural 2010 season. The Marauders, who will be based in the Akron/Cleveland area, will be joined by the Alabama Blackbirds (Birmingham), Miami Scorchers and teams soon to be announced in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. "Although our inaugural season teams will be primarily in the south, we could not pass up the opportunity to have a team in Ohio considering the incredible passion and enthusiasm shown by its many football fans," explained Marvin Tomlin, UNGL co-founder.
Ryan: Clemens Opens Camp As Jets' QB
Jets coach Rex Ryan says that veteran quarterback Kellen Clemens will open training camp as the team's starter. "Kellen Clemens will be No. 1 (on the depth chart), (Mark) Sanchez will be two and (Erik) Ainge will be three," Ryan said Thursday. "There is going to be a competition. Clemens going in will get the first reps, and Sanchez will get twos." Ryan made it clear that there is no guarantee that Clemens will hold onto the top spot. "We are going to give Sanchez the chance to be with the ones as well," Ryan said. "I would say that it will be an open competition. We will evaluate them every day. We'll see how it progresses throughout the summer."
Veteran WR Hackett Visits Lions
The Lions had veteran wide receiver D.J. Hackett in for a visit earlier this week. Hackett's agent, Kevin Robinson, told the Detroit News that he isn't sure if the Lions are ready to sign his client to a deal prior to training camp. Players report on Friday, but Detroit's first practice isn't until Saturday afternoon.
No Deal Imminent For Eli Manning
The Giants are focused on signing all of their rookies, and appear to have put a contract extension for Eli Manning on the back burner. A source close to the negotiations told Newsday that no deal is imminent between the Giants and their franchise quarterback. Both sides would still prefer to have a deal in place before Manning becomes a free agent after the 2009 season, but the only timeline the source gave Newsday was that something would be reached "eventually."
Jason Smith Signs With St. Louis
The Rams signed offensive tackle Jason Smith to a contract on Thursday, the day before their training camp opens.
Redskins, Orakpo Agree To Contract
The Redskins have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with first-round pick Brian Orakpo.
Boldin Will Allow Agent To Handle Deal
Anquan Boldin says that he will allow his agent to handle his long-running contract dispute with the Cardinals.
Source: Freeman Agrees To Deal With Bucs
Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman agreed to a five-year, $36 million deal with the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Source: Raiders Release Andrew Walter
The Raiders have released quarterback Andrew Walter, according to a source.
Raiders Sign Heyward-Bey
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with first-round pick WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Vick Getting 'Close' To Signing With Team
Michael Vick said Thursday that he is getting close to signing with a team, but declined to elaborate further.
Oakland Expects Resolution With Andrew Walter This Week
Tom Cable said he expects a resolution on the uncertain status of veteran quarterback Andrew Walter by Friday
Atlanta Still Playing Hardball With Roddy White
Roddy White's contract talks with the Falcons have not progressed very far over the offseason.
Washington Getting Closer To Deal With Jets
Leon Washington's contract talks with the Jets have intensified.
Urlacher Questions Cutler's Manhood
Bobby Wade has attempted to stir the pot in the Windy City.
Raiders Eager To Deal Burgess
Derrick Burgess was a no show on Wednesday as the Raiders prepared to open camp.
Wilfork Disappointed In Treatment By Pats Front Office
Nose tackle Vince Wilfork will be in attendance on Thursday for the first day of Patriots training camp.
Udeze Forced To Retired Due To Illness
Kenechi Udeze, the Vikings defensive end who missed last season because of leukemia, has retired.
Vikings Could Hear From Favre In Two Weeks
There is mounting evidence that Brett Favre is interested in playing football if he can somehow shorten the season as it applies to him.
Ravens Won't Rule Out Vick
The Ravens are the only NFL team that has acknowledged evaluating the pros and cons of signing Michael Vick.
Minnesota Signs Second-Rounder Loadholt
The Vikings have signed second-round pick Phil Loadholt.
Maualuga Gets Four-Year Deal From Bengals
The Bengals have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with linebacker Rey Maualuga.