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Goodell: New Draft Format Likely Here To Stay
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell believes that the draft's new format will remain in place. "I'd be hard-pressed to think we won't go with the two-night primetime start, and the three-day draft," Goodell told NFL Network host Rich Eisen on Wednesday. Goodell also spoke about the possibility of holding the draft in other cities aside from New York.
Belichick Sends Hoodie To Rays' Maddon
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick sent a personalized hoodie to Rays manager Joe Maddon recently. Major League Baseball told Maddon last week that he could keep wearing his favorite article of clothing in the dugout after initially banning it. The jacket he sent Maddon has "J.M." on the front. "It's quite an accomplishment, quite an achievement to get something from a coach who's won the Super Bowl," Maddon said. He plans to send Belichick a personalized Rays hoodie.
Feagles To Retire After 22 Seasons
Giants punter Jeff Feagles has officially decided to end his career after 22 seasons in the NFL. Feagles is expected to announce his retirement on Friday. He played in an NFL-record 352 consecutive regular-season games. The two-time Pro Bowl selection owns records with 1,713 punts, 71,211 yards and 554 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Bills Rookie Makes Chinese History
Bills rookie offensive tackle Ed Wang is the first full-blooded Chinese descendant in NFL history. Wang was born and grew up in Northern Virginia, but his parents, George and Nancy, are both native to China. "It's really important to me," he told the Buffalo News. "It means a lot to me that I was able to be the first one to do it, so I took a lot of pride in that." Kailee Wong, former Vikings linebacker, and Pat Chung, a safety drafted last year by the Patriots, are also of some Chinese descent. Buffalo took Wang in the fifth round.
NFLPA: Interviews Can't Cross Line
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday the treatment of Dez Bryant and other prospective draft picks needs to be conducted in a professional manner. Smith was reacting to Bryant being asked if his mother was a prostitute by Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland during an interview in March. "We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen," Smith said in a statement. "During interviews, our players and prospective players should never be subjected to discrimination or degradation stemming from the biases or misconceptions held by team personnel. NFL teams cannot have the free reign to ask questions during the interview process which can be categorized as stereotyping or which may bring a personal insult to any player as a man."
Miami's Ireland Apologizes To Bryant
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant for asking whether his mother was a prostitute during a pre-draft visit. David Wells, Bryant's advisor, said Tuesday that the former Oklahoma State wide receiver was asked about his mother during a visit to the Dolphins in March. "My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I'm considering drafting. Sometimes that leads to asking in-depth questions," Ireland said Tuesday in a statement released by the Dolphins. "Having said that, I talked to Dez Bryant and told him I used poor judgment in one of the questions I asked him. I certainly meant no disrespect and apologized to him."
Johnson Misses Titans Offseason Practice
Titans running back Chris Johnson was reportedly absent from the team's first offseason practice on Tuesday. The Tennessean was the first to report the Pro Bowler's absence. Johnson, who signed a five-year, $12 million contract in 2008, has expressed his desire for a new deal.
Russell Could Land In NFC East
Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that if the Raiders do ultimately cut quarterback JaMarcus Russell loose, it's quite possible that he could land in the NFC East. Washington lacks depth at the position after dealing Jason Campbell to Oakland and Philadelphia's stable of quarterbacks is still in flux following the Donovan McNabb trade.
Hall: Redskins Will Dominate NFC East
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is very optimistic about the team's chances heading into the 2010 season. Hall believes that Washington could win 11 or 12 games after adding players through the draft and trading for quarterback Donovan McNabb. "It's based on the talent we feel like we've got," he said. "It's based on the improvements I feel like we've made. It's based on the scheme. The scheme alone is gonna give us four or five more wins. The games we lost by two, three points, we'll win those games, easy. "We'll dominate our division, off of bringing Donovan McNabb in here, a guy who's dominated the division in the past. So that's just an educated guess. That's an educated guess, and I stand behind. I'll stand behind that. I'll fight and claw to try to make that happen."
Oklahoma Coach Questions Work Ethic Of Trent Williams
Jerry Schmidt, Oklahoma's director of sports enhancement, questions the work ethic of Redskins rookie left tackle Trent Williams. "He's one of those guys, he's definitely not a gym rat. If he was, there wouldn't be anybody even close to him," Schmidt said. "If he really committed himself, it wouldn't even be close. He'd be the best ever. That's how much talent he's got. There's a lot of talent there that he just hasn't tapped." Schmidt gushed about the talent Williams possesses. "He's got a lot of natural, God-given ability. He's got great feet, balance, which allows him to play both guard and tackle," Schmidt said. "Even as a young player, you could tell right away how talented he was. He has a great upper-body, just real natural strength. You look at him, the way he runs, there's not many athlete that big who can run like that. He's a very talented guy." Washington took Williams with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Giants Give 33-Year-Old Rookie A Tryout
Brandon Crawford went to college late after joining the Marines.
Failed Drug Test Hurt Hernandez's Stock
Aaron Hernandez tested positive for marijuana while at Florida.
Roethlisberger Won't Appeal Suspension
Ben Roethlisberger released a statement on Monday.
Buccaneers Release Chris Hovan
The Buccaneers added youth to their defensive line via the draft.
Jaguars Release DT Henderson
John Henderson had two years and $11 million left on his contract.
Goodell: Rookie Salary Structure Is 'Wasting Money'
Roger Goodell appears focused on altering the league's rookie salary structure.
Ricky Williams Mulling Retirement
Ricky Williams is worried about his health after football.
Draft Viewership Up 27 Percent Overall
ESPN's telecast of the first two days in the NFL Draft in prime time drew 3.7 million viewers.
Mater Dei QB Max Wittek Decides On USC
Mater Dei QB Max Wittek, one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks in the nation, told ESPN.Los Angeles.com he has decided to go to USC.
Harbaugh Expects Reed To Return
Ed Reed will play in 2010, according to John Harbaugh.
Panthers Clearly Aren't Sold On Moore
Matt Moore has Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike breathing down his neck now.
Will Raiders Cut Ties With Russell?
Jason Campbell's presence could spell the end of JaMarcus Russell.
Holmgren: Browns Made Offer For 1st Pick
Mike Holmgren made the best offer he could for the No. 1 pick, but St. Louis wasn't interested.
Jets Will Move Gholston To Defensive End
The Jets will try former first-round pick Vernon Gholston at defensive end in 2010.
Campbell Agrees To Extension With Raiders
Jason Campbell agreed to a one-year extension with Oakland.