Misc Rumor - Football Wiretap
Titans Release WR Mike Williams
The Titans released wide receiver Mike Williams before Thursday afternoon?s practice, according to an Associated Press report. The Titans signed Williams, the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Lions, last Thanksgiving and told him after the season to get his weight and conditioning under control.
Packers Offer Favre $20 Million To Stay Retired?
At the meeting with Brett Favre and Bus Cook, Mark Murphy floated the idea of paying the quarterback as much as $20 million over 10 years to stay retired, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette and WTMJ in Milwaukee. That option apparently wasn't embraced.
Report: Lynch Wants To Leave Broncos, Retire?
Broncos' safety John Lynch met with Coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday and told Denver?s KCNC-TV that Shanahan gave him permission to explore other opportunities, according to an Associated Press report.
CBA Loophole Could Hurt Jackson
A little-known provision in the collective bargaining agreement could be a huge detriment to a prolonged holdout by Steven Jackson. According to the NFL Players Association, players under contract must report at least 30 days prior to the first regular-season game or else they lose an accrued season of seniority. The Rams open the regular season Sept. 7 in Philadelphia, so Jackson must report by Aug. 8 ? a week from Friday ? or else the 2008 season will not count toward his eligibility for free agency. If the current collective bargaining agreement is voided, as is being threatened by team owners, one of the side provisions is that players would need six years' seniority to be eligible for free agency following the 2009 season.
Grant Sits Out Practice As Packers Work On Deal
Running back Ryan Grant does not have a contract in place and skipped the first practice of Packers' training camp Monday, according to an Associated Press report.
Asomugha Got Advice From Charles Woodson
Nnamdi Asomugha said he sought out the advice of people he respected before deciding to come to training camp and signing his exclusive free agent tender. That included former teammate Charles Woodson, the Green Bay cornerback who in the same situation sat out an entire training camp in Napa and showed up the week before the regular season began in 2004. "I'm not going to tell you what he said, but you can probably figure it out," Asomugha said.
Chad Reports To Bengals' Camp
Chad Johnson has reported to the Bengals' training camp as promised, according to an Associated Press report on Sunday. Johnson didn?t answer questions as he carried his belongings into an apartment at the team?s training complex. A few days earlier, he told the AP that he will continue his boycott of Cincinnati-area media.
Saints And Ellis Getting Closer?
Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis might be soon ending his holdout. The speculation is the Saints' first-round pick and No. 7 overall selection in April's draft could arrive in Jackson sometime in the next couple of days. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, the No. 5 overall pick, agreed to a contract late Friday leaving Ellis the highest first-round pick yet to be signed and in camp.
Rams Won't Negotiate Until Jackson Is In Camp
Stephen Jackson's agent turned down the Rams' latest offer Friday afternoon, and the Rams responded by cutting off talks until the running back was in camp. Coach Scott Linehan's concise update on Saturday, "Nothing that I know of."
Chargers Place Gates, Hardwick, Pinnock, Waters On PUP List
The Chargers have placed four players ? tight end Antonio Gates, center Nick Hardwick, fullback Andrew Pinnock and linebacker Anthony Waters ? on the ?Active-Physically Unable to Perform? list. All four players remain on the team?s 80-man roster; however, each is ineligible to participate in practice until they pass a physical. The players can remain on the ?Active-PUP? list until the final roster cutdown date on Aug. 30. Gates is recovering from a toe injury. Hardwick is recovering from a foot injury while Pinnock and Waters are both recovering from knee injuries.
Raiders Release LaMont Jordan
The Oakland Raiders released veteran RB LaMont Jordan on Friday.
Rams' Jackson A No-Show
Running back Steven Jackson was a no-show for the first team meeting of training camp on Friday.
Giants' Tuck: Dallas Trying To Buy Super Bowl
The Giants, at least Justin Tuck, are feeling overlooked in the NFC East despite being the defending Super Bowl Champions.
JaMarcus Weighing 269 Pounds?
JaMarcus Russell is reportedly weighing 269 pounds as Raiders' camp opens in Napa.
Tearful Rod Smith Retires
Denver Broncos WR Rod Smith announced on Thursday that his NFL career was done.
Boldin Says He Won't Re-Sign With Cardinals
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin lashed out at the organization on Thursday for failing to follow through on what he said was a promise for a new contract.
Packers Plan To Delay Favre's Jersey Retirement
The Packers had scheduled a ceremony to retire Brett Favre's jersey in conjunction with the Sept. 8 season opener against Minnesota at Lambeau Field.
Tampa Bay For Favre?
Brett Favre wants to play for the Vikings but could end up in Tampa Bay.
Broncos' Rod Smith To Retire?
Denver Broncos' WR Rod Smith is planning to hold a news conference on Thursday amid reports he will retire.
Chargers Release WR Eric Parker
The Chargers on Wednesday released veteran wide receiver Eric Parker.
Chad And Marvin Getting Along
Chad Johnson and Marvin Lewis have apparently mended their relationship that appeared to be beyond disrepair over the off-season.
Hester A No-Show
Devin Hester did not report to camp on Tuesday night before midnight as players were required to do and missed team meetings this morning.
Plaxico Will Report To Camp But Isn't Happy
Plaxico Burress, who has been campaigning for a new contract, told the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that he will report to training camp on time when it begins Thursday.
Jets Place TE Baker, LB Trusnik On PUP List
The New York Jets placed Chris Baker and Jason Trusnik on the active-physically unable to perform list Monday.
Chargers First-Round Pick Remains Unsigned
Chargers first-round pick Antonine Cason remained unsigned Sunday night.
Sources: Daniels Has ACL Tear; Taylor Coming To Washington?
Redskins DE Phillip Daniels suffered an ACL injury on Sunday that could lead to the Dolphins' Jason Taylor coming to Washington in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.
Favre Declines To Address Rift
Brett Favre declined the opportunity to address his rift with the Packers on Saturday during an appearance at Lambeau Field.
Kaczur Had 202 Pills When Arrested
When Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur was arrested in upstate New York a few months ago, he had 202 OxyContin pills labeled as being made in Canada.