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Frerotte Isn't Surprised By Release

Feb 28, 2009 11:21 AM

Veteran quarterback Gus Frerotte was unfazed on Friday after Vikings coach Brad Childress informed him that the team was releasing him. Minnesota recently acquired quarterback Sage Rosenfels. "There's really nothing that is going to happen to me in the realm of the business side of the NFL that's going to affect me," said Frerotte. "I've been through almost every situation. I've been cut, I've been let go. Everything you could imagine has happened to me. It is what it is, and you have to move on. There are more important things in life, like my family."

Star Tribune

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Lewis Doesn't Think Bengals Will Lose T.J. And Chad

Feb 27, 2009 6:23 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis doesn't foresee a scenario in which the team will play without both Chad 'Ocho Cinco' Johnson and T.J Houshmandzadeh next season. Houshmandzadeh became a free agent on Friday, while there have been numerous rumors that Cincinnati will look to deal Johnson. "I don't think such a scenario exists," Lewis said.

Columbus Dispatch

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Grading The Deal: Redskins Give Haynesworth $100M

Feb 27, 2009 1:35 PM

The Redskins may have finished last in the competitive NFC East this past season, but they certainly puffed out their chest early on Friday morning by signing this offseason?s most coveted free agent. The Titans weren?t willing to offer Haynesworth the type of money he wanted to stay in Tennessee, and the race reportedly came down to the Redskins and Buccaneers, although agent Chad Speck revealed to ESPN that a host of teams inquired about the defensive tackle when he officially hit the market on Thursday at midnight. Haynesworth, who will turn 28 this June, inked a seven-year deal worth $100 million, with $41 million of that total guaranteed. He had a career-high 8 ? sacks, and forced three fumbles, with Tennessee last season, despite missing two games. He hasn?t played a full season since 2002, his rookie campaign, having missed a total of 22 games over the last six years. There is no question that his presence alone with make the Redskins stronger defensively, and that the Titans will have a hard time filling his spot on the line, but we won?t know how much of impact he?ll have until we see if he?s able to answer doubts about his durability. For a player of his caliber, missing a game or two might not seem like a huge issue, but Washington won?t be able to lose a step in a division that, even with Haynesworth, they?ll likely be projected to finish third or fourth in next season. With that said, the Redskins only got seven sacks from their stable of five defensive tackles last season (Cornelius Griffin, Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan Boschetti, Kedric Golston, and Anthony Montgomery). Opposing offenses will have to pay more attention to Haynesworth than they did to any one of Washington?s tackles in 2008, which should allow guys like Griffin, Alexander and Golston to be more productive. The increased focus on the middle of the line should also allow ends like Jason Taylor (assuming he?s definitely back) and Andre Carter to break through more often than they did last year. While he did suffer a pretty serious injury, Taylor?s 3 ? sacks were the second-lowest total of his career -- he had just 2 ? back in 1999. As a team, Washington ranked in the league?s top-eight in terms of total yards, rushing yards, and passing yards per game. They also ranked sixth in points per game allowed (18.5), just a step behind rivals New York and Philadelphia. As solid as they were defensively, they tallied just 24 sacks, the third-lowest number in the entire league. Haynesworth, both individually and through his presence, won?t allow that to happen in 2009. While we don?t know what kind of offer Tampa Bay made, it appears as though Washington?s offer far outweighed those of the other half dozen or so clubs that contract Speck about Haynesworth. The Buccaneers did enter Friday with the most cap space of any other team, so it?s likely that their offer was in the $100 million range. In case you haven?t figured it out yet, I?d like to say that the Redskins overpaid a little bit to sign Haynesworth, but, he was the most coveted player on the market, even though he wasn?t officially a free agent for more than a few hours. Grade for Redskins: A- Haynesworth wasn?t able to get the money he wanted from the Titans, but didn?t have any difficulty getting it from the Redskins. If the reported terms of this deal are true, he could struggle through the next seven years (whether it be because of injury or ineffectiveness, with the latter unlikely) and still haul in over $40 million. Not too bad. Grade for Haynesworth: A+

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Hawaii Rejects Pro Bowl Proposal For 2011, 2012

Feb 27, 2009 10:04 AM

On Thursday, the Hawaii Tourism Authority board rejected the NFL's second proposal to return the Pro Bowl to the islands in 2011 and 2012. However, the board did agree to renegotiate if the league is willing. The board voted 6-4 against the proposal, worrying that the $4 million needed to host the game could be better used. "We are faced with different economic conditions than we were in the past and a dire need to bring as many (tourists) to this destination as we can from every potential market," board member Sharon Weiner told the panel. "This $4 million, I believe from a marketing perspective, could be better leveraged with other programs."

NFL.com

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Jacobs Wants Burress Back

Feb 27, 2009 10:00 AM

Brandon Jacobs, who recently agreed to a long-term deal with the Giants, wants to see the team bring wide receiver Plaxico Burress back. "The guy knows how close he came to losing everything he's got," Jacobs said of Burress. "I think his mind is right now." Burress has a court date in late March that could lead to jail time stemming from firearms charges. "Everybody's praying and hoping he won't go to jail," Jacobs said. "We need to get No. 17 back."

New York Times

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Cowboys Cut Brad Johnson

Feb 27, 2009 9:57 AM

As expected, the Cowboys released backup quarterback Brad Johnson on Thursday. Dallas gained about $1.5 million in cap room by letting go of the veteran quarterback.

Star-Telegram

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Report: Brady Marries Supermodel Gisele Bundchen

Feb 27, 2009 1:22 AM

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen, his girlfriend of three years, married Thursday in Los Angeles, Us Weekly reported on its Web site. The ceremony was "very small and intimate," Us Weekly reported, with the guest list mostly consisting of immediate family.

Us Weekly

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Peyton: I'm 'Indebted' To Harrison

Feb 25, 2009 5:36 PM

Peyton Manning will greatly miss Marvin Harrison as his teammate with the Colts, and publicly thanked him for helping raise his level of play. "I'm indebted to him," Manning said in a telephone interview with The Indianapolis Star. "I'm sad he won't be here. There's no way I would be at the place I am right now if I hadn't played with Marvin for 11 years. "In my opinion, he's always going to be a Colt." The pair hold league records by a quarterback-receiver duo for touchdowns (112), completions (953) and yards (12,766). "I'm more proud that the time he and I were setting those tandem records, he and I were winning a lot of ballgames," Manning said. "That always was the objective."

Indianapolis Star

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Lynch's Mom: He Hasn't Adjusted Well To NFL

Feb 25, 2009 5:33 PM

Bills running back Marshawn Lynch hasn't found the NFL to be an easy adjustment, according to his mother. "It's been a big culture change for him," his mother, Delisa Lynch, said. "It's a shock. It hasn't really sunk in to Marshawn - the stardom and everything that goes with it. He doesn't like the media attention. I told him at Cal, 'You're a role model now.' " Earlier this month, Lynch was arrested in a L.A. suburb and charged with three weapons misdemeanors after a loaded 9mm semiautomatic weapon was found in the trunk of his Mercedes-Benz.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Houston Releases Weaver, Demps, Salaam

Feb 25, 2009 5:30 PM

The Texans released defensive end Anthony Weaver, safety Will Demps and defensive tackle Ephraim Salaam in a cost-cutting move on Wednesday.

ESPN

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Texans Keeping Eye On Orlovsky, Fitzpatrick And Grossman
Having traded backup Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings, the Texans are keeping their eyes on a number of quarterbacks in the event that starter Matt Schaub goes down with an injury.

Houston Chronicle

Pacman Confident He'll Play In NFL Again
Former Cowboys and Titans cornerback Adam Jones is confident that he'll play in the NFL again.

Star-Telegram

Panthers Cut Hackett, Two Others
The Panthers have cut wide receiver D.J. Hackett and two others players in a cost-cutting move.

ESPN

Goodell Cuts His Pay By 20 Percent
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is taking a pay cut and the league's staff has been trimmed by 15 percent in wake of the struggling economy.

ESPN

Bucs Release Brooks, Dunn, 3 Others
The Buccaneers released five players on Monday, including linebacker Derrick Brooks, running back Warrick Dunn, and wide receiver Joey Galloway.

ESPN

Chiefs Cut LB Edwards, QB Huard, CB Surtain
The Chiefs cut three veterans that suffered from injury-plagued seasons on Tuesday -- linebacker Donnie Edwards, quarterback Damon Huard and cornerback Patrick Surtain.

ESPN

Chargers Leave Combine With L.T. Situation Unresolved
San Diego general manager A.J. Smith wanted to return from the NFL Combine with the LaDainian Tomlinson situation solved, but his wish was not granted.

North County Times

Harrison Not Done In Indy Just Yet?
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay believes that there is still a chance that wide receiver Marvin Harrison will remain with the team.

ESPN

Raiders Save $8.3M With Releases
The Raiders saved themselves $8.3 million in salary cap room on Monday by releasing left tackle Kwame Harris and fullback Justin Griffith.

ESPN

Falcons, Milloy Part Ways After Thee Seasons
The Falcons have decided not to re-sign veteran safety Lawyer Milloy, who has spent the last three seasons in Atlanta.

ESPN

Giants, Jets Both Eyeing LB Scott?
The Giants and Jets could end up battling for the services of linebacker Bart Scott in the coming weeks.

New York Post

Source: McNabb Wants Roster Upgrades
Donovan McNabb reportedly had a meeting with the team last week, and the subject of a contract extension and his Week 12 benching were topics.

ESPN

Agent: Colts To Release Harrison
The Colts have agreed to release wide receiver Marvin Harrison, according to agent Tom Condon.

ESPN

Hawk May Excel In Packers' New 3-4 Defense
Green Bay has switched to the 3-4 defense, and young linebacker A.J. Hawk is expected to excel in the new formation.

Northwestern

Jason Taylor Is Planning To Stay With Redskins
Defensive end Jason Taylor plans to return to the Redskins next season and says that he's "ready to roll," his agent said Sunday night.

Washington Post

Report: Harrison Asks Colts For Release
Colts WR Marvin Harrison on Sunday asked for his release from the team, according to a report by NFL.com.

NFL.com

Heyward-Bey Fastest Among Crop Of WRs
Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey posted the fastest official 40-yard dash time on Sunday, running the distance in 4.30 seconds.

NFL.com

Oakland Committed To Getting TE Miller The Ball
Oakland head coach Tom Cable says that he's committed getting tight end Zach Miller the ball inside the red zone next season.

Pro Football Talk

Browns Name Eberflus Linebackers Coach
Browns coach Eric Mangini has named Matt Eberflus his linebackers coach, which fills the biggest void on his staff.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Schwarzenegger: Drugs Have No Place In Sports
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says that there's no place for drugs in sports these days.

ESPN