Free Agent Rumor - Football Wiretap
Cadillac Hopes To Be Part Of Tampa's Plans
Cadillac Williams, who will be a free agent when the NFL lockout ends, hopes to remain with the Buccaneers. The seven-year veteran has only played for Tampa Bay. "Tampa is a very special place for me," Williams told The Tampa Tribune. "This is the team that drafted me. It's a team that has been through the good times and bad times with me. At the lowest point of my career, the organization was definitely behind me. "The fan base in and out the community, dealing with different people, it's a very special place to me. I've grown accustomed to the area and living here. Tampa is a great city, great place and most of all, a really great place to play. It's definitely a place I would love to play and finish out my career, but only time will tell." Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has indicated that he would like the team to re-sign the running back.
Carroll Unlikely To Reunite With Leinart?
Despite rumors to the contrary it appears unlikely that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will reunite with former USC quarterback Matt Leinart. "It just doesn't seem like a good fit," one team insider said. "If anything, when you look at what happened to LenDale White and Lawrence Jackson, you have to wonder about just how much stock Carroll puts in USC connections."
Plaxico Burress To Eagles Rumors Real?
Plaxico Burress is set to be released from prison on June 6 and rumors continue to link him to the Eagles. Specifically, Adam Caplan of FOX Sports writes that Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid is interested in Burress. "From talking to personnel sources recently, one told me that Reid has always been impressed with Burress' ability to beat coverage with his size and that he expects the Eagles to make a run at him once free agency starts," Caplan writes.
Moss-To-Jets Becoming More Than Talk
Rumors that the Jets could eventually sign free-agent wide receiver Randy Moss have become more than just talk. Free agency in the NFL has been delayed by the lockout. "There's no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots," Jets owner Woody Johnson said. "That's about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he's accomplished during those years." Johnson said that the Jets have worked on "scenario development" the last few weeks, preparing for a potentially frantic free-agent period.
Ike Taylor: Pittsburgh Is 'Like Home To Me'
Ike Taylor isn't sure when he'll sign his next NFL contract, but he admitted that Pittsburgh is "like home." The free-agent cornerback believes he would already have signed with a team if not for the labor lockout that postponed the start of free agency in early March. "It's just got to play its course," Taylor said. "I'm not really worrying about it. The NFL has said they’re going to take care of the (free-agent) contracts whenever they need to." After playing the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million deal, Taylor sounds as if he wants to return to the Steelers.
Portis Wants Chance To Play For Giants
Clinton Portis would like the chance to play for the Giants next season, which would allow him to face the Redskins twice. "I would love that opportunity," Portis told SiriusXM NFL Radio. Portis, 29, noted that the Giants pound the football with their 1-2 running back punch of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. "I just need to be able to come out and show what I'm capable of," Portis said. "... I think it's revitalizing to have an opportunity and still have the drive and still have the hunger to go out and prove people wrong."
Morris Wants Ruud, Cadillac Back
Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has an idea of which players he'd like to see on the sidelines next season. If things go according to his plan, linebacker Barrett Ruud and running back Cadillac Williams will be re-signed as free agents after the lockout. "First of all, you mentioned two guys with great character," Morris said. "Two leaders in our community and two guys that gave us great service throughout their time and hopefully it can continue. "We'll get a chance to sit down when all the collective bargaining agreement stuff is solved. We'll get a chance to find out if we can have both of those guys back on our football team, the two guys that we know we'll have in free agency right now. We'll just have to wait and see."
Irsay Still Thinks Long-Term Manning Deal Is Possible
Colts owner Jim Irsay still believes the team can sign franchise quarterback Peyton Manning to a long-term contract. Because of the lockout rules, Irsay hasn't talked much lately with Manning, whose seven-year, $99.2 million contract expired at the end of the 2010 league year. Irsay has previously said he expects to make Manning the league's highest-paid player, and he remains hopeful that a long-term agreement, separate from the $23.1 million franchise tender afforded to the quarterback in February. "Obviously, things have been put on hold, because of what you're permitted to do," Irsay said. "But I'm still confident that we can get a long-term agreement done. And I think we've probably added to our proposal to him, with our first two draft picks, both really great young offensive linemen (Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana). I think we can get something done. "Again, it's been on hold, but it's something we can get back on track and get something done with him and (agent) Tom Condon, and that's what we're going to try to do on a long-term deal."
Johnson Trying To Sell Asomugha On Texans
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson says he's been trying to lobby cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to join the team. "Andre Johnson said he's talked to Nnamdi Asomugha on more than one occasion and told the cornerback he should sign with the Texans," John McClain of The Houston Chronicle wrote Sunday on his Twitter page. Asomugha has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Raiders.
Jets Have Legitimate Interest In Moss
The Jets have real interest in pending free-agent wide receiver Randy Moss, according to sources. New York receivers Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith could be free agents this offseason. "I would love to have Randy Moss on Jets," cornerback Antonio Cromartie tweeted Monday morning. "Much respect. Great vertical guy who has a lot left in the tank."
Edwards Still Open About Desire To Remain With Jets
Braylon Edwards has worked out with members of the Jets despite the fact that he's not under contract for 2011.
Welker Not Worried About Contract Situation
Wes Welker is in the final year of his contract.
Diehl Doesn't Expect Burress Back With Giants
Giants left tackle David Diehl doesn't believe that wide receiver Plaxico Burress will return to the team.
Raiders, Bears May Be Fits For Ochocinco
Jason La Canfora writes that the Raiders, Seahawks, Redskins and Bears could be potential homes for Ochocinco.
Smith Wants To Work With 49ers' Harbaugh
Former first overall pick Alex Smith is slated to be a restricted free agent this offseason.
Asomugha Not Interested In Texans?
Nnamdi Asomugha is expected to be a hotly coveted free agent.
Bush Prepared To Take Pay Cut
Reggie Bush's current contract calls for him to make $11.8 million in 2011.
Jets Haven't Ruled Out Moss?
The Jets may need a wide receiver if either Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes aren't re-signed.
Ike Taylor Plans To Test Market
Ike Taylor has talked positively about the Steelers, but a source says he intends to test the open market.
With Holes To Fill, Bears Awaiting Free Agency
Chicago could add as many as four new players that will be expected to play significant roles.
Ronnie Brown Doesn't Rule Out Return To Dolphins
Ronnie Brown could see himself playing a role in the development of Daniel Thomas.
Market For McNabb May Be Shrinking
More than half of the teams in need of a quarterback drafted one in last month's NFL Draft.
Cromartie Becoming Priority For Jets
The Jets want to have as many good pass-coverage defenders as possible.
Bush: I'd Prefer To Stay A Saint
Reggie Bush has backed away from recent negative Twitter posts regarding his future with the team.
Jackson Lobbies For Asomugha To Join Eagles
DeSean Jackson says the Eagles "need" expected free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Benson Wants To Be Cincinnati's 'Horse'
Cedric Benson wants to re-sign with the Bengals.
Taylor Wants To Stick With Steelers
Ike Taylor wants to sign a long-term with the Steelers and they want him back.
Vikings Aren't Interested In Vince Young
Minnesota is looking for a veteran quarterback, but Vince Young isn't currently under consideration.
Is Sproles A Fit For Rams?
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com believes Darren Sproles would be an ideal fit in St. Louis.