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Titans, Johnson Continue To Discuss Deal
The Titans and Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson continue to discuss a long-term deal, according to sources. The sides remain in close contact and are working toward an agreement that would end Johnson's holdout in time for him to play in Week 1 of the season. They were at a stalemate after a face-to-face meeting last week, but continue conversations to the point where momentum toward a new deal could build considerably by the weekend.
Andre Gurode Visits Seahawks
Andre Gurode, who was cut by the Cowboys on Monday, visited the Seahawks on Tuesday, according to a source. Gurode is a five-time Pro Bowl center. Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable was on the coaching staff at the University of Colorado, where Gurode played before being selected by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2002 draft. According to a source, six teams have contacted Gurode since his release.
Cowboys, Gurode To Discuss Center's Future
Andre Gurode has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons, but the veteran center isn't guaranteed a spot on the final roster of the Cowboys. Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he would have a meeting with Gurode, who did not play Saturday night in Minnesota, and his agent, Kennard McGuire, on Sunday. "It's a cap issue," Jones said. "And he's healthy. This is the time to talk about it. He's had good competition there. There's alternatives for us there so we're going to sit down and talk about and see what we might work out. It's not one thing disciplinary." Gurode is scheduled to make $5.5 million this season and count $7.16 million against the cap. Should he be cut or traded, the Cowboys would save $5.5 million against the cap this year and have a $1.66 million charge in dead money in 2012. "I will like to keep the details of my conversations private that we had with Jerry and Stephen (Jones)," McGuire said. "There are a few things that both sides are discussing."
Briggs Seeks Raise From Bears
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs approached the organization in recent weeks seeking a raise over the $3.65 million in base salary he's scheduled to receive in 2011, according to multiple sources. A six-time Pro-Bowl selection, Briggs missed his second preseason outing Saturday night because of a bruised knee. Briggs seeks a raise commensurate to some of the recent high-profile linebacker signings around the league, according to a source.
Peterson Unconcerned With Contract Situation
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't as concerned about his next contract as some of his peers. While Frank Gore, Chris Johnson and Matt Forte have all engaged in various forms of holdouts as they seek new deals, Peterson says he's "in the driver's seat" for his next contract. Peterson is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to earn $10.7 million in base salary this season. "I'm pretty much in a good position right now, kinda in the driver's seat," Peterson told 105.3 FM 105.3 FM in Dallas. "So I just decided that this is my last year of my contract and I'll stay faithful to it. I'll just go out and focus on doing what I can do to help this team win a championship."
49ers, Gore To Meet Monday
The 49ers will meet with Frank Gore and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, on Monday to discuss the running back's desire for a new contract. Little headway has been made on either side as they have publicly traded barbs. Gore, who is in the final year of his contract, has rushed for more than 1,000 yards four times in his six-year career.
Titans: Talk With Johnson Was Beneficial
The Titans and running back Chris Johnson met on Wednesday, but no deal between the two sides was reached, Still, the team said the meeting was "beneficial." "It was important for us to have a face-to-face meeting so that everyone could have a voice and understand the perspective of the other side," general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement. "I'm not sure there was any progress made, but I do think it was beneficial to meet. We were able to discuss several different elements of a potential contract, but there was no agreement on those topics."
Baalke Wants To Make Gore A '49er For Life'
Talks between the 49ers and running back Frank Gore haven't progressed as expected, but general manager Trent Baalke has expressed a desire to get a deal done. "The best thing we can say is we're doing everything we can to make Frank a 49er for life and whether that gets accomplished in the near future or not remains to be seen," Baalke told Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan of SiriusXM NFL Radio. "But Frank's a 49er. He's a heck of a football player, he's a heck of a young man, and he's a leader. You can't say enough good things about Frank."
Titans, Johnson To Meet Wednesday
Titans running back Chris Johnson wrote on his Twitter page that he will meet with Tennessee general manager Mike Reinfeldt on Wednesday in Nashville. "Flying out to Nashville tonight to meet with Joel and the GM in the morning to see which way were going. Could get better or worst," Johnson wrote. The "Joel" he referred to is his agent, Joel Segal. Johnson has spent his holdout primarily in his hometown of Orlando. League sources have told ESPN insider Chris Mortensen that Johnson is seeking a deal that would pay him $39 million over the first three years, a $13 million average.
Georgia RB King Will Sign With Vikings
Former Georgia running back Caleb King was not selected in Monday's supplemental draft, but he agreed to a deal with the Vikings later in the day. King, who would have been a senior at Georgia this season, was declared academically ineligible in July. In three seasons with the Bulldogs, he rushed for 1,271 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Gore Wants To Stay With 49ers, Says Talks Are 'Slow'
The two sides don't seem anywhere close to reaching a new deal.
Munchak Hopes Titans, Johnson Reach Deal Soon
Mike Munchak said the Titans aren't going to entertain trade offers for Chris Johnson.
Colts Owner Tweets He's In Hattiesburg
Brett Favre's agent says he hasn't heard from the Colts.
Titans: Deal With Chris Johnson Isn't Close
Chris Johnson returned to Nashville on Saturday, but he and the Titans remain far apart in contract talks.
49ers Confident They'll Work Out Deal With Gore
The talks are going slowly and the sides remain far apart, according to league sources.
Cardinals To Re-Sign Fitzgerald For $120M
The Cardinals will sign wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a record eight-year, $120 million deal.
Pryor Worked Out For 17 Teams, Won't Appeal Suspension
Terrelle Pryor won't appeal his five-week suspension at the start of the NFL season.
Patriots Worked Out Clinton Portis
The Patriots had free-agent running back Clinton Portis in for a workout on Friday.
Rice: Vikings Didn't Even Try To Re-Sign Me
Sidney Rice signed a five-year, $41 million contract with Seattle this summer.
Bears 'Optimistic' About Negotiations With Forte
Matt Forte is entering the final year of his rookie contract with Chicago.
Bengals, Leon Hall To Discuss New Deal
Leon Hall is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2012.
Jets Offer Maybin One-Year Deal
The Jets, like a host of teams, have extended an offer to Aaron Maybin.
Bears May Have Interest In Maybin
Aaron Maybin, a former first-round pick, was waived by Buffalo on Monday.
Briggs: Bears Should Extend Forte's Contract
Lance Briggs wants to see the Bears reward Matt Forte with a new contract as soon as possible.
Top Money Isn't Enough For Chris Johnson
The Titans and running back Chris Johnson remain at a stalemate when it comes to terms on a new contract.
Patriots To Work Out Houshmandzadeh, Sharper
The Patriots may continue to welcome unwanted veterans into their locker room.
Foster Believes In 'Good Karma' Over Holding Out
Texans running back Arian Foster led the NFL in rushing last season, but he won't holdout in hopes of getting a new contract.
49ers Taking A Look At Culpepper
Daunte Culpepper will visit with and work out for San Francisco this week, according to a league source.
Giants Hope New Offer Satisfies Umenyiora
Osi Umenyiora has not accepted any restructured deal at this point and hopes to be traded, according to sources.