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BCS Rejects Playoff Plan
Bowl Championship Series officials rejected a plan on Wednesday to turn the controversial system for deciding a national champion into a four-team playoff, starting in the 2010 season, according to an Associated Press report.
Bills Get $78M From Rogers For Eight Games
The Buffalo Bills will be paid $78 million (Canadian) by Rogers Communications Inc. to have the team play five regular-season and three exhibition games at the Rogers Centre over the next five years, according to the Toronto Star. The price is much higher than the profit the team makes per game that is hosted at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York. "All I can say is we are thrilled to bring the NFL product to fans in Toronto," a spokeswoman said from Rogers.
Baltimore Tried To Move Up To Get Ryan
The Ravens reportedly tried to trade up in Saturday's NFL Draft in order to select quarterback Matt Ryan, according to the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore ended up taking Joe Flacco with the eighteenth pick in the draft, and the general opinion has been that he needs some time to grow before starting as the team's quarterback. "I think we accomplished that. Hopefully, next year at this time, we can look back on this draft and feel really good about it. I think we will," said Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' director of college scouting.
Dallas Wants To Sign Barber Over Long-Term
The Dallas Cowboys are still interested in signing running back Marion Barber to a long-term deal, according to the NFL Network. When the Cowboys bypassed Rashard Mendenhall in favor of Felix Jones in this weekend's draft, many believe that signaled their desire to keep Barber over the long haul. Jones has been projected as a great complementary back to Barber.
Rift Growing Between Taylor And Parcells
The rift between Miami defender Jason Taylor and front office figurehead Bill Parcells appears to widening, according to a report on ESPN.com. Taylor recently became incensed with Parcells during a recent visit to the Dolphins' headquarters after Parcells reportedly ignored him after he popped into the executive vice president's office. According to the Miami Herald, Parcells has no desire to talk with Taylor.
Jets Tried To Trade Up To Grab Chris Long
The Jets tried to trade up in last weekend's NFL Draft to select defensive end Chris Long, according to a report in the New York Daily News. They couldn't come to terms with the Rams on deal for the number two selection, landing Long in St. Louis.
Jets Baker Upset Over Drafting Of TE
The New York Jets' Chris Baker is upset with the team for drafting another tight end Dustin Keller in last weekend's draft, according to ESPN.com. Baker is the third-highest paid player on the team but doesn't seem to have much job security after watching the team trade up to grab Keller. "I'm angry about the fact that they said, 'We're going to do something for you,' and nothing's being done," Baker said, according to the New York Post. "It doesn't make any sense. I've been here six years, and I've always done what they've asked me to do."
Day Two, The NFL Draft Rolls On
Round Three 1. Detroit* - Kevin Smith, RB (Cent. Flor) 2. St. Louis - John Greco, OT (Toledo) 3. Miami* - Kendall Langford, DE (Hampton) 4. Carolina - Charles Godfrey, CB (Iowa) 5. Atlanta - Chevis Jackson, CB (LSU) 6. San Diego* - Jacob Hester, FB (LSU) 7. Chicago - Earl Bennett, WR (Vanderbilt) 8. Baltimore* - Tavares Gooden, ILB (Miami) 9. Buffalo - Chris Ellis, DE (Va Tech) 10. Kansas City - Jamaal Charles, RB (Texas) 11. Carolina - Dan Connor, ILB (Penn State) 12. San Francisco - Reggie Smith, CB (Oklahoma) 13. Kansas City* - Brad Cottam, TE (Tennessee) 14. Cincinnati - Pat Sims, DT (Auburn) 15. New England* - Shawn Crable, OLB (Michigan) 16. Houston - Antwaun Molden, CB (E Kentucky) 17. Philadelphia - Bryan Smith, DE (McNeese St.) 18. Arizona - Early Doucet, WR (LSU) 19. Kansas City - DuJuan Morgan, S (NC State) 20. Tampa Bay - Jeremy Zuttah, OG (Rutgers) 21. Atlanta* - Harry Douglas, WR (Louisville) 22. Tennessee - Craig Stevens, TE (Cal) 23. Baltimore* - Tom Zbikowski, S (Notre Dame) 24. Detroit - Andre Fluellen, DT (Fla St.) 25. Pittsburgh - Bruce Davis, OLB (UCLA) 26. Houston* - Steve Slaton, RB (WVU) 27. Chicago - Marcus Harrison, DT (Arkansas) 28. Green Bay - Jermichael Finley, TE (Texas) 29. Detroit* - Cliff Avril, DE (Purdue) 30. Indianapolis - Philip Wheeler, ILB (Geo Tech) 31. New England - Kevin O'Connell, QB (SDSU) 32. N.Y. Giants - Mario Manningham, WR (Michigan) 33. Washington - Chad Rinehart, OG (N Iowa) 34. Cincinnati - Andre Caldwell, WR (Florida) 35. Atlanta - Thomas DeCoud, S (Cal) 36. Baltimore - Oniel Cousins, OG (UTEP) Round Four 1. Oakland* - Tyvon Branch, CB (UConn) 2. St. Louis - Justin King, CB (Penn State) 3. Green Bay* - Jeremy Thompson, De (W Forest) 4. Tennessee* - Williams Hayes, DE (Win Salem) 5. Cleveland* - Beau Bell, ILB (UNLV) 6. Kansas City - William Franklin, WR (Missouri) 7. Baltimore - Marcus Smith, WR (New Mexico) 8. San Francisco - Cody Wallace, C (Texas A&M) 9. Denver - Kory Lichtensteiger, C (BYU) 10. Philadelphia* - Michael McGlynn, OG (Pitt) 11. Miami* - Shawn Murphy, OG (Utah St) 12. Cleveland* - Martin Rucker, TE (Missouri) 13. Cincinnati - Anthony Collins, OT (Kansas) 14. N.Y. Jets* - Dwight Lowery, CB (San Jose St) 15. Buffalo - Reggie Corner, CB (Akron) 16. Tampa Bay* - Dre Moore, DT (Maryland) 17. Arizona - Kenny Iwebema, DE (Iowa) 18. Philadelphia* - Quintin Demps, S (UTEP) 19. Houston - Xavier Adibi, OLB (Va Tech) 20. Denver - Jack Williams, CB (Kent St) 21. Chicago* - Craig Steltz, S (LSU) 22. Seattle - Red Bryant, DT (Texas A&M) 23. Dallas* - Tashard Choice, RB (Ga Tech) 24. N.Y. Giants* - Bryan Kehl, OLB (BYU) 25. Washington* - Justin Tryon, CB (Arizona St) 26. Oakland* - Arman Shields, WR (Richmond) 27. Tennessee* - Lavelle Hawkins, WR (Cal) 28. Indianapolis - Jacob Tamme, TE (Kentucky) 29. St. Louis* - Keenan Burton, WR (Kentucky) 30. New England - Jonathan Wilhite, CB (Auburn) 31. Pittsburgh* - Tony Hills, OT (Texas) 32. Philadelphia - Jack Ikegwuonu, CB (Wisconsin) 33. Buffalo - Derek Fine, Te (Kansas) 34. Baltimore - David Hale, OT (Weber St) 35. Tennessee - Stanford Keglar, OLB (Purdue) 36. Green Bay - Josh Sitton, OT (C Florida) Round Five 1. Detroit* - Kenneth Moore, WR (Wake Forest) 2. Minnesota* - John David Booty, QB (USC) 3. Atlanta - Robert James, OLB (Arizona St) 4. Denver - Ryan Torain, RB (Arizona St) 5. Kansas City - Brandon Carr, CB (G Valley St) 6. Carolina - Gary Barnidge, TE (Louisville) 7. Chicago - Zack Bowman, CB (Nebraska) 8. Dallas* - Orlando Scandrick, CB (Boise St) 9. New Orleans* - DeMario Pressley, DT (NC State) 10. Cincinnati - Jason Shirley, DT (Fresno St) 11. Detroit* - Jerome Felton, FB (Furman) 12. Buffalo - Alvin Bowen, OLB (Iowa St) 13. Denver - Carlton Powell, DT (Va Tech) 14. Arizona - Timothy Hightower, RB (Richmond) 15. Green Bay* - Breno Giacomini, OT (Louisville) 16. Houston - Frank Okam, DT (Texas) 17. Minnesota* - Letroy Guion, DT (Fla St) 18. New England* - Matt Slater, WR (UCLA) 19. Atlanta* - Kroy Biermann, OLB (Montana) 20. Jacksonville* - Thomas Williams, OLB (USC) 21. Pittsburgh - Dennis Dixon, QB (Oregon) 22. St. Louis* - Roy Schuening, OG (Oregon St) 23. Chicago* - Kellen Davis, TE (Mich St) 24. Jacksonville - Trae Williams, CB (S Fla) 25. Tampa Bay* - Josh Johnson, QB (San Diego) 26. Indianapolis - Marcus Howard, OLB (Georgia) 27. N.Y. Jets* - Erik Ainge, QB (Tennessee) 28. Seattle* - Owen Schmitt, FB (WVU) 29. New Orleans* - Carl Nicks, OT (Nebraska) 30. N.Y. Giants - Jonathan Goff, ILB (Vanderbilt) 31. San Diego - Marcus Thomas, RB (UTEP) Round Six 1. Dallas - Erik Walden, DE (Tenn St) 2. Washington* - Durant Brooks, P (Ga Tech) 3. Oakland - Trevor Scott, DE (Buffalo) 4. Kansas City - Barry Richardson, OT (Clemson) 5. N.Y. Jets - Marcus Henry, WR (Kansas) 6. Atlanta - Thomas Brown, RB (Georgia) 7. Houston* - Dominique Barber, S (Minnesota) 8. San Francisco - Josh Morgan, WR (Va Tech) 9. Tampa Bay* - Geno Hayes, OLB (Fla St) 10. Miami* - Jalen Parmele, RB (Toledo) 11. Cincinnati - Corey Lynch, S (App St) 12. New Orleans - Taylor Mehlhaff, K (Wisconsin) 13. Buffalo - Xavier Omon, RB (NW Mo St) 14. Washington* - Kareem Moore, S (Nicholls St) 15. Carolina - Nick Hayden, DT (Wisconsin) 16. Kansas City - Kevin Robinson, WR (Utah St) 17. Denver - Spencer Larsen, ILB (Arizona) 18. Philadelphia - Michael Gibson, OG (Cal) 19. Arizona - Chris Harrington, DE (Texas A&M) 20. Washington - Colt Brennan, QB (Hawaii) 21. Minnesota - John Sullivan, C (Notre Dame) 22. Pittsburgh - Mike Humpal, OLB (Iowa) 23. Seattle - Tyler Schmitt, LS (SDSU) 24. Cleveland - Ahtyba Rubin, DT (Iowa St) 25. Cleveland* - Paul Hubbard, WR (Wisconsin) 26. San Diego - DeJuan Tribble, CB (BC) 27. Minnesota - Jaymar Johnson, WR (Jackson St) 28. Pittsburgh* - Ryan Mundy, S (WVU) 29. Miami - Donald Thomas, OG (UConn) 30. Indianapolis - Tom Santi, TE (Virginia) 31. New England - Bo Ruud, OLB (Nebraska) 32. N.Y. Giants - Andre' Woodson, QB (Kentucky) 33. N.Y. Giants - Robert Henderson, DE (So Miss) 34. Philadelphia - Joe Mays, ILB (NDSU) 35. Indianapolis - Steven Justice, C (W Forest) 36. Indianapolis - Mike Hart, RB (Michigan) 37. Philadelphia - Andrew Studebaker, DE (Wheaton) 38. Miami - Lex Hilliard, RB (Montana) 39. Indianapolis - Pierre Garcon, WR (Mt Union) 40. Baltimore - Haruki Nakamura, S (Cincy) 41. Cincinnati - Matt Sherry, TE (Villanova) Round Seven 1. Chicago* - Ervin Baldwin, DE (Mich St) 2. Green Bay* - Matt Flynn, QB (LSU) 3. Kansas City - Brian Johnston, DE (Gardner Webb) 4. N.Y. Jets - Nate Garner, OT (Arkansas) 5. Atlanta - Wilrey Fontenot, CB (Arizona) 6. Jacksonville* - Chauncey Washington, RB (USC) 7. San Francisco - Larry Grant, OLB (Ohio St) 8. Baltimore - Justin Harper, WR (Va Tech) 9. Detroit - Landon Cohen, DT (Ohio) 10. Green Bay* - Brett Swain, WR (SDSU) 11. Detroit* - Caleb Campbell, S (Army) 12. Buffalo - Demetrius Bell, OT (N'West St) 13. Denver - Joshua Barrett, S (Arizona St) 14. Carolina - Hilee Taylor, OLB (UNC) 15. Chicago - Chester Adams, OG (Georgia) 16. Houston - Alex Brink, QB (Wash St) 17. Buffalo - Steve Johnson,Wr (Kentucky) 18. Arizona - Brandon Keith, OT (N Iowa) 19. Oakland - Chaz Schilens, WR (SDSU) 20. Denver - Peyton Hills, FB (Arkansas) 21. St. Louis* - Chris Chamberlain, ILB (Tulsa) 22. Tennessee - Cary Williams, CB (Washburn) 23. Philadelphia - King Dunlap, OT (Auburn) 24. Cleveland - Alex Hall, DE (St. Aug) 25. Atlanta - Keith Zinger, TE (LSU) 26. Seattle - Justin Forsett, RB (Cal) 27. San Diego - Corey Clark, OT (Texas A&M) 28. Seattle* - Brandon Coutu, K (Georgia) 29. Indianapolis - Jamey Richard, C (Buffalo) 30. New Orleans* - Adrian Arrington, WR (Michigan) 31. Tampa Bay* - Cory Boyd, RB (S Carolina) 32. Kansas City - Mike Merritt, TE (C Fla) 33. Balitmore - Allen Patrick, RB (Oklahoma) 34. Carolina - Geoff Schwartz, OT (Oregon) 35. Washington - Rob Jackson, DE (Kansas St) 36. Chicago - Joey LaRocque, OLB (Oregon St) 37. Cincinnati - Angelo Craig, OLB (Cincy) 38. Miami - Lionel Dotson - DT (Arizona) 39. Cincinnati Mario Urrutia, WR (Louisville) 40. Chicago - Kirk Barton, OT (Ohio State) 41. Chicago - Marcus Monk, Wr (Arkansas) 42. Washington - Chris Horton, S (UCLA) 43. Carolina - Mackenzy Bernadeau, OG (Bentley) 44. Buffalo - Kennard Cox, CB (Pitt) 45. St. Louis - David Vobora, OLB (Idaho) *Denotes a trade
Packers: Drafting Brohm No Slight To Rodgers
The Packers claim that their decision to draft quarterback Brian Brohm in the second round of the NFL draft on Saturday was no slight to Aaron Rodgers, according to the Associated Press. "He'll be fine," Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson said. "Aaron's a pro; he knows this is his gig now." "Aaron's fine," Coach Mike McCarthy added. "He knows how we feel about him; he knows what his role is on our football team; and he'll be given every opportunity to be successful here."
Miami: Henne Could Start As Rookie
The Dolphins claim that second-round pick Chad Henne could start at quarterback for the team this season, according to NFL.com. "That's up to him," general manager Jeff Ireland said of Henne starting. "It's going to bring some competition to the position. It's going to be a good battle." He will compete with John Beck, a second-round pick in 2007, and recently-acquired veteran Josh McCown. "I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to step in right now," Henne said. "But I'll prepare like I'm going to compete for the starting job."
It's Official: Packers Place Favre On Retired List
The Green Bay Packers have ended any speculation that Brett Favre could come out of retirement next season after placing him on the team's reserve-retired list.
Strahan To Giants: Don't Trade Shockey
Michael Strahan hasn't decided whether or not he'll retire this summer, but he is sure that he doesn't want the Giants to trade Jeremy Shockey.
Pacman To Dallas Deal Almost Official
The trade between the Cowboys and Titans that will land cornerback Pacman Jones in the Lone Star State is nearly official.
Umenyiora Scraps Idea Of Holdout
Osi Umenyiora has canned his initial plans to holdout this summer.
Is Jordan Done In Oakland?
"LaMont does have a very high contract," said Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "So we have to look at what else is going on and make a decision."
Execs: Fish Shopping Taylor For Picks
A pair of NFL executives claim that the Dolphins are trying to acquire another first round pick in this Saturday's NFL Draft for defensive end Jason Taylor.
UNFL Names Joe Cribbs As Commissioner
The UNFL has turned to 1980 UPI AFL-AFC Rookie of the Year Joe Cribbs to be Commissioner and the face of the first year league.
Redskins Still Trying To Trade For Chad
The Redskins are still trying to trade for Bengals' wide receiver Chad Johnson.
The Jets Don't Have Faith In Clemens
The Jets are not all that confident in the talents of quarterback Kellen Clemens.
If Bears Budge, Pats And Cowboys Could Call
The Bears claim that they will not budge on the contract demands of linebacker Brian Urlacher, but should they look to deal the All-Pro the Patriots and Cowboys are expected to come calling.
Eagles Also Interested In K.C. DE Allen
The Eagles are reportedly among the teams interested in Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen.
Haynesworth: Titans Should Get Chad
Albert Haynesworth, the leader of the Titans' defense, believes that the team needs to pry Chad Johnson away from the Bengals.
Bengals' Pollack Set To Retire
Bengals LB David Pollack will retire according to an announcement by head coach Marvin Lewis on Tuesday.
Will Lions Deal Williams, Trade Up For Ryan?
Speculation is running wild in Motown that the Lions are thinking about trading receiver Roy Williams and moving up in this weekend's draft to take quarterback Matt Ryan.
Panthers' Rucker To Retire
Carolina Pathers' DE Mike Rucker will make an announcement about retiring at an afternoon new conference on Tuesday.
Carolina's Smith Wants Jarrett To Produce
Veteran Panthers' wide receiver Steve Smith wants Dwyane Jarrett to produce this coming season.
NFL Reinstates Cincinnati LB Thurman
After a two-year suspension, the NFL has reinstated Cincinnati linebacker Odell Thurman.
What Will Falcons GM Do With Third Pick?
Will the Atlanta Falcons draft Boston College QB Matt Ryan with the third pick?
Colts' RB Keith Arrested Outside Night Club
Colts' running back Kenyon Keith was arrested outside a local night club early Sunday morning after refusing to leave the establishment.