Free Agent Rumor - Football Wiretap
Portis Leaves Bengals Without Contract Offer
Clinton Portis visited the Bengals on Tuesday, but he left Cincinnati without a contract offer. According to a league source, the Bengals also worked out veteran Larry Johnson. Portis has worked out for at least five teams including the Titans, Seahawks and Dolphins after being released by Redskins in February.
Colts Will Look At Orlovsky, Croyle
The Colts will take a look at a pair of veteran journeymen quarterbacks because of the concussion starter Kerry Collins suffered on Sunday night against the Steelers. Indianapolis has shown zero interest in David Garrard, instead inviting Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle in for workouts on Tuesday. Orlovsky spent time with the Colts during training camp.
Tomlin Looking For Help On Pittsburgh's O-Line
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is looking to fortify the team's offensive line. Three of the team's starters on the line were helped off the field during Sunday night's win over the Colts. Tomlin said the Steelers are "open to looking to maybe bring someone in" this week. He stressed the team is looking for depth, not someone to show up on Wednesday and be ready to play in Sunday's game at Houston. "It would just be for practice purposes only," Tomlin said.
Cowboys Aren't Interested In Randy Moss
While Randy Moss might consider coming out of retirement to play again, the Cowboys won't be one of the interested parties if the wide receiver does so. Dallas has no interest in Moss, according to multiple sources. Moss would prefer to play for a winning team and has listed New England, Philadelphia, New York Giants and Jets, Chicago and Dallas as preferred destinations. The wide receiver will not call any of the teams, according to the source, but if they called him, he'll listen.
Still No New Contract For Brees
As the Saints prepare to face the Texans, quarterback Drew Brees is still without a new contract. An agreement between Brees and the team has not been reached and there is no deal in sight, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The financial divide remains too wide. The two sides are expected to pull the plug on talks at some point in the near future for fear it will become a distraction.
Hillis, Browns Still Working On Deal
The Browns and running back Peyton Hillis are still working on a new contract, but the bruiser insists the negotiations won't affect his play. "The bottom line is that it's not up to me in the end," Hillis said. "When people say they want to stop negotiating it's because they want to play better and they don't want the (salary) figure to hang over their heads. So for me, if they want to come back and talk, I'm open. "It's up to the Cleveland Browns and until that time happens, I'll continue to play my best." Browns general manager Tom Heckert declined to comment on the status of negotiations with Hillis, who is in the final year of his rookie contract. "Until we get a deal done with somebody, we're not gonna talk about it," Heckert said. Hillis, who rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, is scheduled to make a base salary of $600,000 this season.
Ravens Want To Lock Up Flacco, Rice
The Ravens are focused on locking up quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice for the foreseeable future. Rice's contract ends after this season, while Flacco's deal expires after the 2012 campaign. "There's no secret," said linebacker Ray Lewis. "I think our organization does a great job in handling those guys. [General Manager Ozzie Newsome] does a great job in talking to those guys personally, to kind of let them know where they're at. I think everybody knew what the food chain is, what the priorities of what we're trying to get done is. I think Joe and Ray know what's coming up next for them." Baltimore recently gave All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata a lucrative extension. "That's something, I think, everybody in the league recognizes. What's been accomplished here, it starts with the draft. These guys are all guys who were drafted that the Ravens decided to hold onto rather than let walk out of the building," coach John Harbaugh said. "They decided ... we're going to establish a great defense here and we're going to maintain a great defense. Now, you have the personality for a football team and for an organization. That's really important. Everybody in the building would agree with that."
Flacco Focused On Football, Not Contract
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hopes to sign a lucrative contract extension with the team, but he isn't overly concerned about talks. "I'm not really expecting anything during the season," Flacco said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "I don't think that's going to happen." Flacco, 26, is under contract with the Ravens through the 2012 season. He expressed displeasure during the offseason at the lack of progress being made toward an extension.
Texans Work Out Vernon Gholston
The Texans worked out six players on Tuesday, including former first-round pick Vernon Gholston. Gholston, a defensive end, was a disappointment with the Jets.
Portis Will Work Out For Titans
Clinton Portis will visit with the Titans in Tennessee on Tuesday. The Redskins released Portis earlier this year and he has been searching for work since the lockout ended. He has previously met with the Dolphins, Patriots and Seahawks.
Brees: Contract Talks Won't Be Distraction
Drew Brees is in the final year of his contract with New Orleans.
Owens Insists He'll Play Football Again
Terrell Owens, without an NFL contract, insists he'll be playing in the league before long.
Brees, Saints Have 'Substantial Talks' On New Deal
The agent for Drew Brees spent the day with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Tuesday to try and narrow the gap in contract negotiations.
Agent: No Interest In Brett Favre
Brett Favre did not receive a single call from any team this summer.
Saints Have No Plans To Sign Randy Moss
The Saints could be in the market for a wide receiver after losing Marques Colston to a broken collar bone.
Eagles Have Yet To Make Offer To DeSean Jackson
The Eagles and DeSean Jackson are far apart in contract negotiations.
Romo Reworks Deal To Save Cap Space
Dallas has re-worked the contract of Tony Romo to save $6.552 million against the 2011 salary cap.
Cowboys Sign Ratliff To Five-Year Extension
The Cowboys have signed nose tackle Jay Ratliff to a five-year, $40 million contract extension.
Browns 'Trying Like Crazy' To Extend Hillis
The Browns are "trying like crazy" to extend running back Peyton Hillis' contract.
Steelers, Polamalu Committed To Finishing Extension
Troy Polamalu has one year and $6.4 million left on his contract.
Steelers, Polamalu Still Discussing Extension
Troy Polamalu is entering the final season of his contract.
Agent: Three Teams Interested In Garrard
David Garrard was surprisingly released by the Jaguars on Tuesday.
Contract Talks With Forte On Hold
A Bears source claimed the team had offered Matt Forte a deal worth $13-14 million guaranteed.
Patriots Bringing In Gurode For Visit
Former Cowboys center Andre Gurode will visit with the Patriots on Saturday, according to a report.
There Is 'Huge Gap' In Talks Between Brees, Saints
The Saints and quarterback Drew Brees have engaged in contract talks, but the two sides remain far apart.
Peterson Happy Johnson Received Long-Term Deal
Chris Johnson could make as much as $56 million over the next six seasons in Tennessee.
Ratliff, Cowboys Discussing Extension
Jay Ratliff wants to spend the rest of his career with Dallas.
Seahawks To Workout Portis
Seattle is not expected to sign Clinton Portis immediately, but they want to take a look at the veteran.
Bengals, Whitworth Agree To New Deal
Andrew Whitworth could now remain with Cincinnati through the 2015 season.