Misc Rumor - Football Wiretap
Bengals Looking At Lottery Revenue As Well
The Bengals are discussing a team-themed lottery ticket with the state of Ohio. A number of teams have discussed such deals, and the Redskins have already agreed on a scratch-off game with Virginia. "We already have sponsorships with both teams and have started a dialogue," Ohio Lottery deputy director of marketing services Terri Tancredi said. "They're excited and we're working with product development right now to see if the numbers work." Tancredi confirmed that the state has talked with both the Bengals and the Browns about such a game.
Winfield Skips Minnesota's Mandatory Camp
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield wasn't on the field when the team kicked off their three-day mandatory minicamp on Friday. Minnesota coach Brad Childress didn't expect to see the Pro Bowler at all over the weekend. Winfield is entering the final year of his contract, but Childress said his absence is not related to his deal. He was reportedly attending a funeral.
Evans: I Don't Celebrate Like T.O.
Bills wide receiver Lee Evans admitted that his style is different than Terrell Owens, his new teammate. "It's not that I don't celebrate. Sometimes I get excited. But I'm not about to do a dance or anything like that," Evans said. "I think it'll be great because he definitely brings a lot of attention. But I don't know if it's something that's going to revolutionize me and what I do." Evans doesn't believe that there is anything wrong with T.O.'s infamous celebratory antics. "Sometimes, they say, opposites attract," Evans said.
Broncos' Marshall Denies Allegation
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall denied allegations of domestic violence in an interview with ESPN's Outside The Lines on Sunday. Marshall has been arrested twice for domestic violence incidents involving his girlfriend. Click the link below to view the video of the television appearance.
Vikings Add Pages To Playbook For Harvin
The Vikings have added pages to their playbook for rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin, their first-round selection. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said there are 20 or 30 plays in their scheme designed specifically for the fleet-footed Harvin. "We're up there trying to diagram everything we can," Bevell said. "We're looking at things we can do. We're looking at things other teams have done and trying to get the ball to our playmakers."
Report: Rams Could Be Up For Sale Soon
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that the Rams could soon be up for sale. Majority owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez inherited control of the team last year from their late mother. Rosenbloom and Rodriguez have hired Goldman Sachs to put the team up for sale.
Coach Expects More From Peterson In 2009
Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy expects more from Adrian Peterson this coming season. Peterson led the NFL in rushing in 2008, just his second season. "I thought he made a tremendous jump from [his rookie season], but also I think he will improve again this year," Bieniemy said. "My main concern with him is just basically getting back to understanding run-game reads. Because, obviously, he had a great year last year, but it could have been so much better. I know for a second-year player to go out and rush for 1,760 yards is a tremendous, tremendous success. "The sky can be the limit."
Palmer: Bengals Still Need Chad
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has changed his tune on the importance of wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. "He's a damn good receiver - that's obvious, everybody knows that - but the guys that are working here and busting their butt here deserve a shot," Palmer said. "When he shows up he'll show up and hopefully he's in great shape and he's ready to play. "But I never once said anything about not wanting him here and not needing him. He's a Pro Bowl receiver. He's put up a ton of yards. He's extremely dangerous to cover. We would love him when he comes here, but he's not here right now." Earlier this offseason, Palmer said that Cincinnati would be fine without Ochocinco.
Udeze Continues Comeback From Cancer
Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze never doubted that he'd play football again, but admitted that he has faced a long road back from cancer. "I'd be lying if I said it was easy," Udeze said. "There was never an easy point. The first time I went back to USC and started working out with the fellas, I fell. I took two steps and I fell. I took small steps at first and, to where I am now, I can't complain." Udeze took part in Minnesota's mandatory minicamp on Friday, after missing all of last season with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His recovery included a bone marrow transplant last July. "My weight is a little bit heavier than it was before [listed previously at 281 pounds]," he said. "It's a lot because the neuropathy will pretty much slow you down from doing just about anything. When it sets in, your feet start getting really numb and really sensitive, and it's really hard to ... especially at the level that we're at out here. For the most part, I can't complain. I saw where I came from Day 1, and where I am now. I know I'll get better with time."
Williams Ready To Step Up In Dallas
Roy Williams is ready to step up for the Cowboys, while proving his critics wrong. A number of Dallas legends -- including Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Deion Sanders -- have criticized Williams ever since the team traded for him last season. "I don't know why those guys started thinking I can't play," said Williams. "When I've been back here to play against the Cowboys, I've usually played well [Williams has 11 receptions, 176 yards and two touchdowns in two career games against Dallas]. But I guess I'll just have to show them what I can do." Williams had just 19 catches for 198 yards and a touchdown in 10 games with Dallas. "I just feel more comfortable," Williams said. "And I'm not the only one who's feeling that way. Tony is more comfortable with me. [Offensive coordinator] Jason Garrett is more comfortable calling plays for me. We're all developing that trust, and that's something we didn't have last season. Unfortunately, I was the one who wound up looking bad because of it."
Sources: Former Cowboys DC Signs With Eagles
Former Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has reportedly landed a job with the rival Eagles.
Union Wants To Unite Retired NFL Players
The NFL Players Association wants the support of retired players in its upcoming talks with the league.
Rookie CB Could Start For Atlanta
Falcons rookie cornerback Chris Owens has a chance to win a starting job with the team.
Packers, Driver Discuss New Contract
The Packers are discussing a new contract with wide receiver Donald Driver, according to the player's agent.
49ers, Santa Clara Reach Tentative Deal On $937M Stadium
The 49ers and officials in Santa Clara have reportedly reached a tentative deal for a new stadium project worth $937 million.
Jets, New Jersey In Talks About Lottery Game
The Jets and New Jersey are in serious talks about a state scratch-off lottery game featuring the team's logo.
Nothing New On Favre In Minnesota
Vikings coach Brad Childress said on Friday that there have been no new developments regarding Brett Favre.
Childress Defends Jackson's Work Ethic
Vikings coach Brad Childress has defended the work ethic of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.
Simms Challenging Orton In Denver
Chris Simms is giving Kyle Orton a run for his money in the race to become the starting quarterback of the Broncos.
Report: Driver Does Want New Deal
Packers wide receiver Donald Driver wants a new contract, according to the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison.
Marshall Wants New Deal From Broncos
Brandon Marshall is hoping to force the Broncos to restructure his contract by skipping the team's voluntary passing camp.
Brady: No Need To Worry About Knee
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the Boston Herald that there is no need to worry about his surgically-repaired knee.
Redskins Cut Jon Jansen
The Redskins released longtime veteran offensive tackle Jon Jansen on Friday.
Agent: Driver Is Happy With Contract
Donald Driver's agent has refuted rumors that the Green Bay receiver is unhappy with his contract.
Vanderjagt Released By CFL's Argonauts
The Toronto Argonauts of the CFL have granted kicker Mike Vanderjagt's request for a release.
Chargers Reject $1B Stadium Proposal
The Chargers have rejected a proposal to build a $1 billion stadium as part of a redevelopment of the land surrounding Qualcomm Stadium.
Despite Firing, Boldin Still A No-Show
Anquan Boldin is still a no-show for Arizona's voluntary organized team activities despite having fired agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Freeney: Expect Changes In Colts' Defense
Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is expecting the team to look different defensively under new coordinator Larry Coyer.
Agent: Shockey Will Attend Camp
Jeremy Shockey, who was hospitalized with dehydration this weekend, will attend the Saints' upcoming minicamp.