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No. 94 Ware Wants New Deal To Match Uniform Number
DeMarcus Ware remains patient because he fully expects a contract extension with the Cowboys to be completed before the start of the season. "I'm not frustrated because at the end of the day, I know I can play," said Ware, who led the league with 20 sacks in 2008. "Like I say, I'm a Ferrari. The only thing I do is appreciate. It's on them to get it done." The Cowboys have had discussions with Ware's agent, Pat Dye, over the last few months. With the draft done, those talks could increase over the next few months. Ware, a three-time Pro Bowler in his first four years, jokingly offered a solution in reference to his uniform number. "It's not $51 [million]," Ware said. "It might not be $100 [million]. It's somewhere between the two. Maybe it's $94 [million]."
Michael Mitchell Looking To Prove Raiders Right
Raiders safety Michael Mitchell, who was drafted with the 47th overall pick in last weekend's NFL Draft, is looking to prove his critics wrong. The stance seems to be a growing theme for Oakland's draftees, as wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is looking to accomplish the same. "I definitely have a lot of motivation," Mitchell said. "Some people basically said I wasn't a good football player from the minute I got drafted." Mitchell, an alum of Ohio University, went from being a potential late-round pick to a second-round selection.
Smith Is Confident NFLPA, NFL Will Agree On New CBA
New NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is confident that the Players Association and the league will come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. "I am confident we will have a deal," Smith told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday. Smith said that he speaks with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a few times a week, but expects the talks to increase soon. "My vision is to be honest with them about the challenges that face them, to be creative in seeking ways to maximize their interest and to protect both them and their families," said Smith. "My vision is that we have one locker room, not just for the players that play but for the players who used to play this game."
Saints Release DT Hollis Thomas
The Saints have released veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, according to the Associated Press. Thomas, 35, missed the first half of last season after hurting his triceps in training camp. He is a 13-year veteran, having spent his first 10 seasons with the Eagles.
Detroit Receives Most Rookie Pool Money
The Lions, who had the first overall pick after finishing 2008 with an 0-16 record, received the most rookie pool allocation dollars. The NFL gave Detroit a little more than $8 million, as a total of $150 million was distributed among the league's 32 teams. Nine teams received rookie pools of less than $4 million, while four received more than $6 million. The allocation money represents the maximum amount that each franchise can spend, in terms of total cap dollars, on its first-year players.
Raiders' Heyward-Bey Isn't Worried About Critics
Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey isn't worried about the critics that lambasted Oakland for taking him with the seventh overall pick. "I just think Al Davis and the rest of the staff wanted me," Heyward-Bey said in an appearance on CSNBA's 'Chronicle Live' Tuesday. "They didn't care about if it was the seventh pick or the 15th pick. I think they just wanted me to be their guy, and I'm happy that they chose me. I really can't worry about what everybody else is saying. "All I can do is worry about me and the efforts I put in to be the best player I can be." Heyward-Bey will wear No. 12 for the Raiders in his rookie season.
Rod Smith Persuaded Titans To Take Britt
The Titans selected Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt in the first round of this past weekend's NFL Draft after he received a glowing recommendation from Rod Smith. Smith, a three-time Pro Bowler with 14 seasons of NFL experience, worked out with Britt prior to the draft and helped Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger with the decision. Heimerdinger spent time with Smith in Denver. "I'd do anything for Mike," said Smith. "Trust me, I know for a fact if Mike Heimerdinger didn't come into my career when he did there would be no two Super Bowl rings for me and everything else I had in my career. I tell him that all the time. "So Kenny couldn't be going to a better spot. I learned everything from Mike, and now Kenny's going to get it first-hand himself. They're going to be great for one another."
Jets Release Favre
Brett Favre was released by the Jets on Tuesday night, making the quarterback a free agent if he decides to again come out of retirement, according to an Associated Press report. The 39-year-old Favre, who spent one season with New York, had requested the move several weeks ago through agent Bus Cook, but insisted he has no plans to come out of retirement. ?Nothing has changed,? Favre said in a statement. ?At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football.?
Rams Passed On Maualuga Because Of Off-Field Woes
The Rams decided to take Ohio State's James Laurinaitis over USC's Rey Maualuga because of the latter's history of off-field woes, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Maualuga is bigger and regarded as better against the run than Laurinaitis.
Peyton: I Hope Stafford Breaks My Rookie INT Record
Peyton Manning, who was thrown into the fire as the quarterback of the Colts back in 1998, discussed Matthew Stafford in an interview with 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis recently. "I think you throw him in there right away. I think he's lucky, the fact that he's coming in with a new staff ... That's a big advantage because basically he's just like all the other veterans as far as learning this new system, learning the way their new head coach is going to approach things, learning his philosophy ... I'm waiting for somebody break that NFL rookie record for interceptions I set back in '98," Manning said. "Hopefully Stafford will give it a good run. But I'll say this, there's no way that [I] could have played as well as I did in my second year if I hadn't played in my first year and gone through those bumps and bruises."
Dolphins Will Release QB John Beck
On Monday, the Dolphins decided to cut John Beck, who was hyped as their quarterback of the future back in 2007.
Pittsburgh Will Release Foote, Who Wants To Join Lions
Larry Foote wants to continue his career as a starting linebacker, so the Steelers will reportedly release him in order to help him achieve that goal.
Will NFL Draft Move To Prime Time?
The NFL is reportedly considering making its draft a prime-time event over three days, according to the Dallas Morning-News.
Report: Briggs Says He Cut Himself Shaving
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs claims that he cut his right hand while attempting to shave with a straight-edged razor.
Campbell Was 'Shocked' By Sanchez Talk
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell admitted on Monday that he was shocked to hear USC quarterback Mark Sanchez's name linked to Washington leading into the draft.
Sheldon Brown Says He'll Report To Camp
Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown says that he'll report to camp on Friday morning despite his public request for a trade.
Graham Harrell Will Work Out For Browns
Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell is expected to work out for the Browns this weekend, but hasn't yet signed a rookie contract.
Sanchez Could Make $10M In Endorsements
Mark Sanchez could make as much as $10 million in endorsements in 2010 if he thrives at the Jets' quarterback.
'Refrigerator' Perry Upgraded To Fair Condition
William "The Refrigerator" Perry has been upgraded to fair condition in a South Carolina hospital.
Leach Disappointed For Harrell, Crabtree
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach felt as though former players Michael Crabtree and Graham Harrell deserved better in this past weekend's NFL Draft.
Stafford, Pettigrew Want Win Over Skeptical Fans
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, first round picks of the Lions, want to win over fans that are skeptical of their credentials.
Chargers Draft Recovering LSU WR Byrd
The Chargers took a flyer on injured former LSU receiver Demetrius Byrd with the 224th pick in the NFL Draft this past weekend.
Cardinals Expected To Release RB James
The Cardinals are expected to release disgruntled running back Edgerrin James after drafting a pair of running backs this past weekend.
Jones: Cowboys 'Maximized' Draft Without No .1
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones feels as though the team had a good draft despite not having a first round pick, and dealing away their second round selection.
Stafford Will Compete For Lions' Starting Job
Matthew Stafford, the first overall pick in this weekend's NFL Draft, will complete for the Lions starting quarterback job.
2009 NFL Draft Recap
It took nearly 28 hours, but the 2009 NFL Draft is over. The Lions took Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick, while the Chiefs made kicker Ryan Succop 'Mr. Irrelevant' with the 256th pick.
Reese Comments On Giants' WR Situation
The Giants drafted two wide receivers in this weekend's first three rounds, opting not to make a strong play for Cleveland's Braylon Edwards.
University Of Miami's Draft Streaks End
The University of Miami saw their impressive draft streak end this weekend when a Hurricane wasn't taken until the sixth round.
Dungy Plans Visit To Imprisoned Vick
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy says that he plans to visit imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick on May 5.