Misc Rumor - Football Wiretap
Pats Cut Lynch, WR Jackson
The Patriots have released safety John Lynch and wide receiver Chad Jackson, according to NFL.com. New England signed Lynch a little more than two weeks ago, and Bill Belichick has left open the possibilty of adding him to the roster later in the season. "It goes without saying but John is an all-time great safety, one of the league's classiest professionals and his elite play speaks for itself," Belichick said. "As has been the case in other situations, I would not rule anything out down the road." Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowler, has been released twice this year. "I have no regrets about my time thus far with the Patriots," Lynch said. "The immense respect that I've long held for the organization has been only heightened over the past couple of weeks. I am going to keep all options open and look forward with excitement to see what the future brings."
Mangini Says Clemens Not On Block
Jets' Coach Eric Mangini says that backup quarterback Kellen Clemens is not on the trading block, according to New York Daily News. "First of all, I don't really guarantee," Mangini said of not trading Clemens. "That's not the business I'm in, but I fully, fully, fully anticipate Kellen being on the roster on opening day - unless something earth-shattering happens."
Harrington Among Final Cuts In Atlanta
Quarterback Joey Harrington was among the final cuts by the Falcons on Saturday, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team decided to keep D.J. Shockley as their No. 3 quarterback behind rookie Matt Ryan and backup Chris Redman. Harrington, the third overall pick in the 2002 draft and a starter for 10 games last season, was the odd man out in an open quarterback competition.
Bucs Released A Thrilled Simms
The Buccaneers released quarterback Chris Simms on Saturday and he couldn't be happier, according to New York Times. He had asked for his release early in the summer and said the team was holding him hostage, after he skipped a minicamp and off-season workouts in protest. Simms is expected to be picked up quickly.
Cardinals Name Warner Starter
The Cardinals have named Kurt Warner their starting quarterback heading into the 2008 season, according to Arizona Republic. "There was a lot of opinions, from all different sources," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I know our staff, and I know I didn't buy into it. There was a process that started a long time ago, a lot of information to be evaluated, and it really wasn't one thing more than another. To the credit of both of the quarterbacks, it was close." Predictably, Matt Leinart wasn't thrilled with the decision. "He's upset," Whisenhunt said. "And that's what you want to see. I saw the competitiveness of Matt come out. And I have no doubts that when it's his turn this year to play, that he'll respond in the same way."
Source: Miami Gives Williams Extension
The Dolphins have signed running back Ricky Williams to a one-year contract extension, a source close to the veteran told ESPN.com. The source told ESPN on Saturday that there was no signing bonus, but Williams' salary increases over this year's base of $730,000. The deal will keep Williams in Miami through the 2009 season.
Hurricane Gustav Forces Saints Out Of Town
Hurricane Gustav has forced the Saints to leave New Orleans to prepare for their season opener against Tampa Bay in Indianapolis, according to Associated Press. The Saints will practice at the Colts' new Lucas Oil Stadium. The team's season-opener against the Buccaneers is scheduled for the Louisiana Superdome, and the Saints plan to be there for it unless damage from Gustav dictates otherwise.
Whisenhunt Won't Commit To Quarterback
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt insists that he has yet to make a decision regarding which quarterback will start for the team to open the season, according to NFL.com. "We've got some tape to look at," Whisenhunt said. "We've got to go back and evaluate all the information that we've compiled over the last six months. ... It's going to be a tough decision." Both Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner entered the preseason knowing full well that they'd be battled for the starting role. "We knew there was going to be a competition," Warner said. "We knew there were going to be a lot of things involved and that it was going to have to play itself out."
Eagles Make Moats One Of Eight Cuts
The Eagles cut eight players on Saturday, including running back Ryan Moats, according to Philly Blurbs. The Eagles also released wide receiver Bam Childress, cornerbacks Therrian Fontenot and Nick Graham, wide receiver Jamal Jones, safety Marcus Paschal, offensive lineman Stefan Rodgers, and linebacker Pago Togafau.
Bengals Cut Rudi Johnson
The Bengals have terminated the contract of running back Rudi Johnson, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton. Peter Schaffer, Johnson's agent, confirmed that the Bengals notified him that his client will no longer be with the team. Johnson was in the fourth year of a five-year, $20.7 million contract. Chris Perry is now the team's starting running back.
Chad Legally Changes Name To 'Ocho Cinco'
Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has legally changed his last name to Ocho Cinco.
Texans Cut LB Colvin, 20 Others
Veteran linebacker Rosevelt Colvin was among twenty-one roster cuts by the Texans on Friday.
Bears Release High '07 Picks Bazuin, Okwo
The Bears have released a pair of high 2007 draft picks, defensive end Dan Bazuin and linebacker Mike Okwo.
Peyton Expects To Start Against Bears
Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning expects to start for the team against the Bears in Week One.
Reid Is A Huge Fan Of Eagles' Jackson
Eagles' Coach Andy Reid is a huge fan of rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Jackson's Deal Might Be Cut Short In St. Louis
Rams' running back Steven Jackson's new deal could be cut short if he reaches certain statistical milestones.
Chad Johnson Now Officially Ocho Cinco?
Bengals receiver Chad Johnson might have officially changed his name to "Ocho Cinco".
Vikings Resistant To Los Angeles Move?
A Vikings' executive said Thursday that owner Zygi Wilf has turned down overtures to discuss moving the team to Los Angeles.
Matt Ryan, Teammates In Minor Car Accident
Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan and teammates D.J. Shockley and Brian Finneran were in a minor car accident on the way to practice on Wednesday morning.
Marshall's Suspension Reduced To One Game
Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall has had his three-game suspension reduced to one game.
Dungy Would Be 'Shocked' If Peyton Sat Out Opener
Colts' Coach Tony Dungy said that he would be 'shocked' if quarterback Peyton Manning sat out the team's season-opener against the Bears.
Texans' Green Agrees To Restructure Contract
Texans' running back Ahman Green has agreed to restructure a part of his four-year contract to help the team save money this season.
Chargers Unlikely To Re-Sign Merriman?
All signs point to the Chargers not re-signing linebacker Shawne Merriman when his contract expires after the 2009 season.
Extra Game In Season All About Money?
The NFL season is expected to be extended with the next few years.
Dolphins Release Safety Keith Davis
The Dolphins have released safety Keith Davis in order to make room for four safeties on their 53-man roster.
Whisenhunt Tabs Warner For Final Start
Cardinals' Coach Ken Whisenhunt has tabbed Kurt Warner to start the team's final preseason game on Friday night.
Sparano: Dolphins May Add Players Before Opener
Dolphins' Coach Tony Sparano says that the team may add more players to their roster before the season begins.
Bears Release CB Ricky Manning Jr.
The Bears released cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. on Tuesday just a day after he revealed that his previous request for a trade or release was denied by the team.
Goodell: Meeting With Rooney Family 'Productive'
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called his Tuesday morning meeting with Pittsburgh Steelers' chairman Dan Rooney and his four brothers about the franchise's ownership situation "productive."