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Urlacher Reports For Mandatory Minicamp
Bears' linebacker Brian Urlacher reported for the team's mandatory minicamp on Friday, according to The Associated Press. "When it says mandatory, you're supposed to be at those things, so that's why I'm here," Urlacher said. "I'm supposed to be here. I'm not trying to send any message. It's a mandatory team function, and we're supposed to be here." He did not participate in the team's voluntary workouts because of displeasure with his nine-year contract that expires after the 2011 season. "All that matters is I'm here with my teammates," Urlacher said. "That's really the only thing that matters right now."
Broncos: Mustard Out 8-10 Weeks
Broncos' tight end Chad Mustard has a strained leg muscle and will miss eight-to-ten weeks, according to The Denver Post. The back-up tight end will have surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn hamstring.
Bucs Release QB Gradkowski; Re-Sign TE Stevens
The Buccaneers on Friday re-signed tight end Jerramy Stevens and released backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, as reported by the Associated Press.
Gailey: Croyle Can Be Chiefs' Franchise QB
Chiefs' Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey believes that a healthy Brodie Croyle can be the team's franchise quarterback, according to The Kansas City Star. ?There?s no question in my mind he can be that guy,? Gailey said emphatically. ?There?s no question.? ?I really like the offense,? Croyle said Thursday. ?I?m very comfortable, surprisingly. The reads are pretty clear right now for us." ?It?s a pretty simple offense. It?s giving guys the chance to go out and play, not a whole lot of thinking about it, just go out and line up and go.?
Packers To Give Favre His Locker
The Packers plan to give legendary quarterback Brett Favre his locker from Lambeau Field, according to The Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He'll get his locker," General Manager Ted Thompson said. "I kind of messed up the timing. I didn't realize people would have such a to-do about it, but the timing of it in order to do it properly will be in between our minicamp and training camp sometime, when things slow down, and (the maintenance staff) has time to go in there and do the work. We were kind of going to do it under the radar, but it obviously took on a life of its own."
Ravens Work Out F. Mitchell
The Ravens worked out free-agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell on Thursday, according to a report on The Baltimore Sun. He has not caught a pass in the NFL since 2004, and was a first-round pick of the Eagles back in 2001. Mitchell accumulated 90 catches for 1,263 yards and five touchdowns over four seasons with Philadelphia.
Young: 'I Wasn't Going To Quit'
Titans' quarterback Vince Young claims that he was never close to retiring from the game of football despite comments he made last week, according to The Tennessean. "I was never going to quit football," Young said Thursday. "Football, that is my pride and joy; it is my dream. I am playing my dream. And I don't plan on giving that up any time soon." He told NFL.com in a recent interview that he considered retiring after his rookie season in Tennessee. "Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I ain't never said I was going to quit football," Young said. "There was a lot of stuff going on in my life, but football is not hard to me. Football is easy. All you have to do is be coachable and use your God-given talent. If it was a thought at all it was just a passing thought for a second."
Green Bay's 'KGB' Has Surgery On Knee
Green Bay defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Thursday morning, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The knee problems popped up in the recent offseason workouts, with the procedure considered to be just a preventative measure. "Pretty much. It's something that he's not a young puppy anymore, and it is something that's kind of been bothering him of late, so [team doctor] Pat McKenzie thought it was best to do something now," said Packers' Coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy doesn't expect KGB to return to the team until late July. "I talked to Pat, and he said everything went great. He doesn't expect any problems," said Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson.
Report: Urlacher Plans To Attend Camp Despite Dispute
Brian Urlacher plans to attend the Bears' mandatory three-day minicamp starting on Friday, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday evening. Urlacher had missed voluntary offseason team activities to this point. He previously asked for more money than the Bears offered in a one-year extension.
Broncos Still Looking To Extend QB Ramsey
The Broncos are continuing to negotiate with quarterback Patrick Ramsey on an extension, according to The Denver Post. Ramsey, 29, is in the final year of a two-year, $4.5 million contract. He threw just 48 passes in 2007, completing 29 for 262 yards and one touchdown. He saw almost all of that action in a 44-7 loss to the Lions in Week Nine of last season.
Vikings Have No Interest In Miami's Taylor
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Vikings are not interested in the services of Jason Taylor.
40,000 Tix For London Game Sell In 90 Minutes
The first 40,000 tickets for the Saints and Chargers game at Wembley Stadium were sold in 90 minutes on Thursday.
Glenn Says Dallas Wants Injury Settlement
Dallas wide receiver Terry Glenn claims that the Cowboys want an injury settlement.
Taylor On Training Camp: 'Deal With That When I Get There'
Dolphins' defensive end Jason Taylor doesn't sound like he's going to skip training camp as Coach Tony Sparano suggested last week.
Chad Owes $13,000 In Taxes
Wide receiver Chad Johnson reportedly owes $13,000 in back taxes on his Cincinnati home.
Pacman Met With Goodell
Suspended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about his possible reinstatement last week.
Petrino: Leaving 'Hardest Thing Of My Life'
Former Falcons' Coach Bobby Petrino says that leaving the team near the end of last season was one of the hardest things he's had to do in his life.
Selvin Young's Goal: 2,000 Yards
Selvin Young is hoping to be the number one running back for the Broncos in 2008 and has set a goal of 2,000 yards for himself.
Jags' D-Coordinator Williams Trying To Bounce Back
Jaguars' Coach Gregg Williams on Tuesday refused to talk about his awkward departure from the Redskins.
Vikings Trade DE James To Redskins
Minnesota has traded defensive end Erasmus James to Washington.
Cowboys' WR Glenn Expected To Miss Workouts
Cowboys' wide receiver Terry Glenn is expected to miss the team's workouts this week.
Titans' Young Considered Retirement
Titans' QB Vince Young told NFL.com in an interview posted on Monday that he considered retirement after his rookie season.
Kevin Jones To Titans?
The Titans are interested in former Lions running back Kevin Jones.
T.O. Said No To 'Dancing With The Stars'
Terrell Owens turned down a gig on the wildly popular television show 'Dancing With The Stars' recently.
Former Buc' McHale Found Dead
Authorities are investigating the death of former Tampa Bay Bucs' player Thomas McHale.
Romo Determined To Improve
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is determined to improve his passing game this offseason.
Mike Williams Trying To Save Career With Titans
Wide receiver Mike Williams, the tenth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, is attempting to save his career with the Titans this season.
Browns' TE Shea Retires
TE Aaron Shea announced his retirement from the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
Pacman Jones Pays Debt To Vegas Casino
Suspended cornerback Pacman Jones sent a check to a Las Vegas casino Friday to pay off a $20,000 gambling debt.
Porter Criticizes League's Handling Of Pats, Spygate
Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter has criticized the NFL's handling of the Spygate controversy in New England.