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Forte Would Like Extension From Bears

Jan 31, 2011 5:37 PM

Matt Forte is entering the final year of his contract with the Bears and would like to sign an extension with the team. Forte joined Walter Payton as the only running backs in Chicago history to post back-to-back seasons with 1,600 yards from scrimmage. His current contract will pay him $550,000 in 2011. "It would be nice [to get the contract done]," Forte said Monday. "It's always nice to have something like that happen. It's really up to my agent [Adisa Bakari] and the Bears to negotiate it. I just want to stay informed with what they're talking about. Hopefully it's all good things. "I love playing for the Bears, and I think it's a great organization and I just want to continue to succeed and play well for them."

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor

Buccaneers Want To Extend Ruud's Deal

Jan 30, 2011 6:42 PM

Barrett Ruud has long said he wants to remain in Tampa Bay and now the Buccaneers have gone public with their desire to retain the linebacker. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik strongly suggested at the Senior Bowl that the only thing standing in the way of Ruud's return is a contract acceptable to both parties. "Barrett had another good season for us," Dominik said. "He led our team in tackles again and he had more splash plays for us this year than he did the year before, which was good. Now we just have to sit down with his agent. "(But) as these things always go, there's always two sides to it. Just because you say you want to sign him and because they say they want to be back, that doesn't mean that's how it's going to work out." Ruud will be a free agent in March.

Tampa Tribune

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor

Eagles To Use Tag On Vick

Jan 30, 2011 1:27 PM

The Eagles will place their franchise tag on Michael Vick next month, according to a source. The move will prevent the quarterback from leaving Philadelphia and ensure he remains with the team through the 2011 season. He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2) this past season.

Adam Schefter/

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor

Rams Still Looking For Backup To Jackson

Jan 29, 2011 6:38 PM

The Rams continue to search for a capable backup to starting running back Stephen Jackson. "Isn't it amazing?" St. Louis general manager Billy Devaney said earlier this month. "We've had the toughest luck filling that. We'd like a game-changer there. Or a change-of-pace back." The Rams were happy with Kenneth Darby, but they'll keep their eyes open. "I thought Darby did a really good job," Devaney said. "But any time that you can add a third-down back type of guy, change-of-pace, who can score from way out. Absolutely. That hasn't changed."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jets GM Wants To Retain Wide Receivers

Jan 29, 2011 11:59 AM

The Jets want to re-sign wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, according to general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Tannenbaum praised both Holmes and Edwards for helping quarterback Mark Sanchez through the regular season and in the playoffs, and would like to maintain the chemistry the trio developed. "We'll see what the system looks like moving forward," he said. "We hope to keep them all."

Tags: New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor

Mankins Doesn't Expect To Return To Patriots

Jan 29, 2011 11:49 AM

Logan Mankins said earlier this week that all 32 teams will be in play to sign him, but a report suggests that he doesn't expect to return to the Patriots. Mankins feels as though the team isn't willing to lock him up to a long-term deal and says there hasn't been any talks on a new contract, according to the Boston Herald. "No, I wouldn't be happy about [a potential franchise tag], if that's what they chose to do, to be dealt that kind of hand," Mankins said Thursday. "But we'll see what happens."

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor

Argos' Owens Gets Offer From Jets

Jan 27, 2011 7:44 AM

CFL return specialist Chad Owens has a contract offer on the table from the NFL's Jets. The Argonauts return man was the CFL's most outstanding special teams player in 2010. "The offer is on the table from the Jets, but we are weighing all of our options," Owens' agent, Richard Burnoski, said. "It's a fair offer and Chad has to make the final decision."

Toronto Star

Tags: New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor

Mankins Won't Rule Out Return To Pats

Jan 27, 2011 7:41 AM

Logan Mankins is set to become a free agent and while he is expected to leave the Patriots, the offensive lineman says that's not a certainty. "Oh yeah," he said when asked about returning to New England. "There are 32 teams in play. Whatever one I feel is the best situation for me. "There's always a possibility (for the Patriots). But to tell you the truth, I haven't given it much thought right now. If there was a CBA, I?m sure I'd be thinking about it a lot more."

Boston Herald

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor

Colts Make Offer To Manning

Jan 23, 2011 3:42 PM

The Colts and the agent for Peyton Manning, Tom Condon, met on Thursday and an offer was extended to the quarterback, according to team and league sources. The two sides met for hours, trying to accelerate a process that has been rumored for months. The offer is worth more than the four-year, $72 million contract that included $48.5 million in guaranteed money that Tom Brady signed with the Patriots in September, according to a source. The Colts want to make Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL, but they also want to show some financial restraint. Indianapolis president Bill Polian presented a pitch Thursday that the Colts want more cash flow to build the talent around Manning with a more aggressive offseason that could include a few key free agent signings, according to sources. The two sides are trying to consummate a deal before the league year ends at 11:59 p.m. March 3, when players will not be allowed to sign contract unless there is a new collective bargaining agreement.

Chris Mortensen & Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor

Ravens, Cundiff Closing In On Long-Term Deal

Jan 22, 2011 1:47 PM

The Ravens are on the verge of a long-term deal with kicker Billy Cundiff, according to a source. Cundiff is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he set a record for touchbacks. The two sides have been working on an extension.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor

Colts Ready To Make Manning NFL's Highest-Paid
Talks between the Colts and Peyton Manning with deal with his future, his legacy and the relationship between the two sides.


'Good Chance' Asomugha Returns To Raiders
Nnamdi Asomugha hasn't ruled out re-signing with Oakland.

San Francisco Chronicle

Seattle Would Like To Keep Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck will be a free agent after the season.


Vick Likely To Be Franchised
The timetable for franchise tags isn't known with the CBA expiring on March 4.

Philadelphia Daily News

Bush, Thomas Hope To Return To Saints
Pierre Thomas isn't under contract for 2011, while Reggie Bush is owed $11.8 million in the final year of his deal.


Asomugha Unlikely To Pair With Revis In New York
The Jets are expected to focus on re-signing their own players.

New York Daily News

Jackson Confident Eagles Will Give Him Contract
DeSean Jackson has one year left on his current contract.


Jets, Packers Could Land Asomugha
Nnamdi Asomugha will have no shortage of suitors as a free agent.

David White/San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter)

Vince Young To End Up In Minnesota?
The Vikings may be in dire need of a quarterback.


Fitzgerald, Cardinals Begin Discussing Contract
Larry Fitzgerald could become the NFL's highest-paid non-quarterback.


NFLPA Document: Asomugha A Free Agent
Nnamdi Asomugha will be this offseason's most prized defensive free agent.


Bengals Picked Up Ochocinco's $6M Option
Chad Ochocinco still isn't a lock to return to the Bengals next season.

Julian Peterson Won't Return To Lions
Julian Peterson played two seasons for the Lions.

Detroit News

Seahawks, Williams Close To Extension
Mike Williams emerged from two years away from the NFL to post 65 catches for 751 yards and two touchdowns.

Jay Glazer/FOX Sports (via Twitter)