Free Agent Rumor - Football Wiretap
212 Players May Lose Unrestricted Status
More than 200 NFL players will lose their status as unrestricted free agents this offseason if the league and its union can't agree on a new labor contract. According to a list obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday, there are 212 players who would be considered restricted free agents ?- instead of unrestricted -? if there is no salary cap in 2010. Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin and Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall are on the list. "Free agency's always been something for the players, always been a great thing. If you get one crack at free agency as a player, that's what you dream of," Denver quarterback Kyle Orton said. "How it stands right now ... guys aren't going to be able to have that dream, to be a free agent. That's a shame for the players, I think."
Steve Smith Wants Extension From Giants
Giants wide receiver Steve Smith wants to negotiate a contract extension after the season. Agent Ralph Cindrich told the New York Daily News he's informed the Giants that the receiver wants a contract extension and they plan to press the issue this offseason. Smith has 90 catches for 1,093 yards and six touchdowns this season. "He wants to be a part of it," Cindrich said. "He's with an organization that can win. He's got a great quarterback. You always have a chance to go all the way and he can hit all his goals there. I know there are some issues up in the air, but if you have a chance to lock guys up, you lock guys up. "Especially with a player like this."
Cowboys Will Bring In Shaun Suisham To Kick
Free agent kicker Shaun Suisham is scheduled to work out for the Cowboys, according to sources. Dallas owner Jerry Jones fumed after Nick Folk's latest misadventure, a missed field goal against New Orleans on Saturday night. "That's not a good picture right there," Jones said. "I've got to look at that picture."
Cribbs: Browns Have Promised New Deal
Browns wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs says that the team has told him they want to get a new contract in place by the end of the season. "They told me they wanted to do something before the year was over," Cribbs told the Associated Press. "Coach [Eric] Mangini has been optimistic about it as well. He's told me directly I deserve a new contract and he would work to get it done." Cribbs wouldn't say who within the organization told him that a deal was forthcoming, but revealed that the conversation was held during Cleveland's bye week in early November. "We're positive. We're upbeat," Cribbs' agent, J.R. Rickert said. "I'm confident both sides will put forth the best effort they can to get something done." Cribbs has 19 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown this season.
Gradkowski Hopes He Has Future With Raiders
Bruce Gradkowski was the first player signed by the Raiders last offseason and he hopes to be re-signed this offseason as well. "I love the idea of the Silver and Black," Gradkowski said Wednesday. "We've got a great coaching staff and, definitely, great players that can put a run together. And I'm not just talking about an OK season, I'm talking about playoff time, making a run at playoffs. That's in my mind, that's in my future, I'd love to be here to do that."
Colts Could Sign Losman This Week
The Colts are looking at veteran quarterbacks, sources have told NFL.com. Peyton Manning's backup, Jim Sorgi, is out for the season. Indianapolis is high on free agent J.P. Losman and planned to sign him this season.
Cribbs, Browns Getting Closer To New Deal
The Browns and wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs are getting closer to a new contract. Cribbs told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he and his agent are "making good progress" in talks with the Browns. "I feel really good about where we are right now," said Cribbs. Coach Eric Mangini also said last week the Browns "are moving forward" on a new deal.
J.P. Losman Works Out For Colts
The Colts worked out former Bills quarterback J.P. Losman on Friday. Losman, who just completed the UFL season, could sign with the Colts. Peyton Manning's usual backup, Jim Sorgi, suffered a shoulder injury in practice more than a month ago.
Colts Work Out Dominic Rhodes
The Colts auditioned former running back Dominic Rhodes on Tuesday, sources told the National Football Post. Rhodes won a Super Bowl ring with the team and has already had two different stints with Indianapolis.
Bush Likely To Leave Saints In 2010
Reggie Bush is unlikely to remain with the Saints in 2010, according to a Yahoo! report. Bush's cap number will be at $8 million in 2010. One Saints insider said general manager Mickey Loomis isn?t interested in carrying Bush?s salary, even if there is an uncapped season. Bush?s cap number and secondary importance to the team could create conflict in a locker room where several players, such as wide receiver Marques Colston, are expected to cash in soon.