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Holmes Wants To Finish Career As Jet

Jun 29, 2011 9:06 AM

The Jets say they want to re-sign wide receiver Santonio Holmes and he certainly wants to return. A source who knows the wide receiver well said that Holmes "is absolutely looking forward to playing the rest of his career in a Jets uniform."

Fox Sports

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Jason Taylor Wants To Return To Jets

Jun 28, 2011 9:23 AM

Former Jets defensive end/linebacker Jason Taylor says he would welcome a return to New York next season. "I'd love to come back and play one more year in New York," Taylor said on ESPN's NFL Live on Monday. Taylor signed a two-year deal with the Jets in April of 2010, but was cut on March 1, after a season where he recorded five sacks and 35 tackles in 16 games.

Sporting News

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Manning: Giants Would Take Burress Over Barber

Jun 28, 2011 9:21 AM

Giants quarterback Eli Manning believes the team would welcome Plaxico Burress back more so than running back Tiki Barber. "Probably Plaxico just because he has probably fonder memories of winning a Super Bowl and that catch for the touchdown in Super Bowl XLII," Manning said on the Dan Patrick Show. "Tiki ended on a bad note and it's really a shame, he should be remembered as a great Giants running back and a terrific player, because he was. Just kind of the way he went out and burned a few bridges with the fans and kind of went after me a little bit, it's unfortunate. I'm not happy about it in that sense, so I think Plaxico would probably be welcomed back a little quicker."

New York Post

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Brees' Contract Will Be An Issue Soon

Jun 26, 2011 8:54 PM

The next contract of Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to become a prominent issue soon. Brees isn't likely to get a new deal until the Colts set some sort of market price by making Peyton Manning the game's highest-paid player. Manning and Brees are both represented by agent Tom Condon. Brees isn't expected to receive as much as Manning, but the more Manning gets the better for the New Orleans quarterback.

Pro Football Talk

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Brad Smith Ready To Explore Options

Jun 25, 2011 4:07 PM

Jets wide receiver/kick returner Brad Smith is set to become an unrestricted free agent and he doesn't expect to definitely be re-signed. Despite his uncertain future, Smith attended the team's player-led workouts. "It was a little awkward, to be honest," Smith said. "Most of the guys are under contract, then you have (Santonio) Holmes, Braylon (Edwards) and I. We worked hard, but you just don't know." "I love being a Jet because of my teammates. It's what makes it special for me," he said. "But as a football player in the interest of business, you have to be able to explore and see what may be best for you, and that's what we're going to do. We'll see if we'll be back with the Jets. I love being with them, but you never know."

Pro Football Weekly

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If Steelers Don't Want Him, Taylor Ready To Move On

Jun 25, 2011 12:21 PM

Ike Taylor, who has spent eight seasons in Pittsburgh, knows that his future with the Steelers is uncertain. "Time will tell," Taylor said. "I've been (in Pittsburgh) for eight years. I've been in that city more than any other city in my whole life, but time will tell. I see myself being anywhere I need to be. Wherever you put me, I'm going to make home." Taylor played the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million deal with the Steelers last season. "I just leave it up to my agent (Joel Segal) and Pittsburgh," Taylor said. "When it comes down to getting serious, I'm sure my agent is going to call me. Other than that, he'll let me know when the time is right. When you get into this profession, you already know that's part of the business. You don't know what's really going to go on. There's nothing in our business that's guaranteed anyway, so that's how I look at it."

NFL.com

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Holmes Is A Priority For Jets

Jun 25, 2011 12:19 PM

Santonio Holmes is a priority for the Jets, writes Jason La Canfora of The NFL Network. Holmes will be a free agent once the NFL's league year resumes. "I believe they will (be able to afford Holmes)," La Canfora told NFL Total Access. "From everything I've heard, he will be a priority. Look at what they've done in recent years with D'Brickshaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, stepping up for Darrelle Revis. They've done everything possible to keep their young core. ... I think Holmes stays in New York." La Canfora doesn't believe Braylon Edwards will be as much of a priority.

NFL.com

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Two Teams Interested In Barber

Jun 23, 2011 9:09 AM

The NFL lockout restricts teams from targeting free agents, but that hasn't stopped two teams from showing "serious interest" in Tiki Barber. The returning running back's representative, Mark Lepselter told WFAN in New York as much. "We feel like we already know where we're going (to sign)," Lepselter said.

WFAN (via Yahoo! Sports)

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Steelers Interested In Burress?

Jun 22, 2011 8:10 AM

Believe it or not, Pittsburgh's coaching staff has some interest in wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress, who will be a free agent when the league year resumes, was released from prison earlier this month after serving time for felony gun possession. The Steelers like Burress, but their level of interest will depend on his price.

Gerry Dulac/Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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Eagles, Cowboys, Ravens Are Favorites For Asomugha

Jun 20, 2011 8:22 AM

The Eagles, Cowboys and Ravens appear to be the favorites to land free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha once free agency begins. Free agency has been delayed by the NFL lockout, but Asomugha is expected to command top dollar and tons of attention once a labor agreement is reached. Peter Kings of Sports Illustrated labeled Asomugha as the best defensive free agent since Deion Sanders.

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Tiki Barber A Fit For Steelers?
Mike Tomlin is close to Tiki's brother Ronde and he wouldn't be afraid to pull the plug if things don't work out.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Lions Kicker Rayner Mulls Options
Dave Rayner wants to re-sign with Detroit and the Lions hope to bring him to training camp.

Detroit Free-Press

Jenkins Likely To Leave Packers
Cullen Jenkins could grab significant money on the open market as a free agent.

Green Bay Press-Gazette

Vikings Didn't Offer Rice Contract Before Lockout
Sidney Rice is expected to explore the free agent market once the NFL's labor unrest is solved.

Pioneer Press

An Upset If Seahawks Don't Sign Leinart?
Dan Pompei of The National Football Post fully expects Seattle to sign Matt Leinart to reunite with Pete Carroll.

National Football Post

Chris Johnson Will Hold Out For New Deal
Chris Johnson badly wants a new deal and won't attend training camp without one.

Tennessean

Ireland: Start Of Free Agency Will Be 'Nuts'
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland expects the start of free agency to be crazy.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Harbaugh Admits Baltimore's Moderate Interest In Asomugha
Ravens coach John Harbaugh hinted at interest in free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha recently.

Baltimore Sun

Hasselbeck Offered $7M By Seahawks
The Seahawks offered veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck a $7 million contract for the 2011 season.

Pro Football Talk

Seahawks Unlikely To Pursue Asomugha
Nnamdi Asomugha's age and price tag may be too high for the Seahawks.

710 ESPN

Umenyiora Open To Giants Return
Osi Umenyiora has two years worth $8 million left on his contract with New York.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN.com

Dolphins Hint At Changes In Backfield
While discussing his backfield, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland failed to mention Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

NFL.com

Rex Ryan Takes Wait-And-See Approach On Burress
Rex Ryan reiterated that the Jets are focused on signing as many of their own free agents as possible once the NFL lockout ends.

Ian Begley/ESPN.com

Dolphins Hint At Changes In Backfield
While discussing his backfield, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland failed to mention Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

NFL.com

Pat White To Sign With UFL Team
Pat White flirted with a baseball career after being released by the Dolphins.

NFL.com

Lewis Wants More Security From Jags Than Tag
Marcedes Lewis enjoyed the best season of his career in 2010.

NFL.com

Benson Works Out With Bengals, Wants To Re-Sign
Cedric Benson is ready to re-sign with Bengals and help lead the team into a new era.

Associated Press

Hasselbeck Addresses Uncertain Future
Matt Hasselbeck is working hard in anticipation of 2011 season, which could be spent in Seattle or a new NFL town.

Mike Sando/ESPN.com

Sharper Still Looking For Starting Job
Darren Sharper loves New Orleans, but he would have to accept a reduced role if he re-signed with the Saints.

NFL.com

Peterson Would Welcome Burress To Vikings
While the Vikings don't appear to have interest in Plaxico Burress, Adrian Peterson does.

Sporting News