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Posted on: May 19, 2008 9:53 am
Edited on: May 19, 2008 9:56 am
 

UA hoops recruit asks for release

Arizona incoming freshman Emmanuel Negedu will not be a Wildcat next season.

In a meeting with coach Lute Olson on Sunday morning in the Boston area, Negedu, an athletic 6-foot-7 forward, asked for his release from his letter of intent.

Negedu said Olson tried to convince Negedu to come to Tucson for another visit to be reassured he'd be fine at UA, but Negedu, who played at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., said he had been deciding on the move for at least three months. <script type="text/javascript">OAS_AD('ArticleFlex_1')</script>

"Everyone makes a decision in life; this is my decision," Negedu said in a telephone interview on Sunday. "I'm going to stick with it."

Olson is on the road and could not be reached for comment.

Negedu, a native of Nigeria, said the number of coaching changes and this past season's circumstances of Olson being out for the entire season played a part.

"There have been so many changes that I feel they've lied to me all along about the situation," Negedu said. "Everything has changed a lot since I've signed down there. I can't take it no more."

Negedu signed in November as part of UA's top seven recruiting class. He's rated at No. 40 overall of the incoming freshmen.

It's not clear if Olson will grant him his release. Negedu said that if Olson does not grant him his release he'll return to the Academy for another year, hopeful that he'll get re-recruited to go to another school. It's an option he doesn't really want to do "because what do I have to prove in high school anymore?"

If he's granted a release, he'll look to sign with another school immediately.

Negedu said his feelings changed for Arizona when he made a visit in February for UA's game with Arizona State.

"Before I signed with Arizona they said it was fun, the players loved it and everything," he said. "But when I took my official visit no one seemed happy. Everything changed. Lute Olson left, taking a break. No one (knew) where he went."

Negedu said his feelings changed on that trip, although he was optimistic things would get better.

"It was terrible," he said of his visit. "I never (see) a person go on a visit and not have a host. I was in my room most of the time. I didn't go to class to see how it goes."

He said if he did decide to go to Arizona now it would be a case where there was a chance he'd want to transfer by the end of his first season.

"I don't want to happen to me," he said.

Typically, players can get out of their letters of intent after a coaching change, but Olson has steadfastly said he'll coach next season, which would be his 25th at Arizona. But as Negedu said, Olson assured him that he'd be there this past season and wasn't.

As for next season, Negedu said, "He's not God. He doesn't know what's going to happen tomorrow.

"Since I committed (April 2007) and signed (November) at Arizona he hasn't coached. I feel like if I go there I'm not sure what will happen. What if they tell me that Lute Olson is going to take a break (again). What will I do? And I don't want to transfer to another school."

Posted on: May 19, 2008 9:37 am
 

Arizona recruit Negedu asks Olson for release

TUCSON, Ariz.(AP) -- Arizona incoming freshman Emmanuel Negedu has asked coach Lute Olson to release him from his letter of intent to play for the Wildcats.

Negedu, a 6-foot-7 forward, told the Tucson Citizen he wants out because he's not sure who will coach the team next season.

Olson, who took a surprise leave of absence last season, announced he will be back to coach the Wildcats. Still, Negedu said he's not convinced. He told Olson on Sunday that he no longer wants to go to Arizona.

"There have been so many changes that I feel they've lied to me all along about the situation," Negedu said. "Everything has changed a lot since I've signed down there. I can't take it no more."

Olson could not be reached for comment.

Negedu previously played at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. If Olson does not grant him his release, Negedu said he'll return to the academy for another year, hopeful that he'll get re-recruited to go to another school.

"Before I signed with Arizona they said it was fun, the players loved it and everything," he said. "But when I took my official visit no one seemed happy. Everything changed. Lute Olson left, taking a break. No one (knew) where he went."

Arizona went 19-15 last season and drew its 24th straight NCAA tournament appearance, extending the nation's longest active streak. The Wildcats were eliminated by West Virginia in the first round.

Posted on: May 18, 2008 6:30 pm
 

Negadu gone from Arizona?

As a fellow Brewster Academy senior Emmanuel Negedu is dedicated and always stands behind what he says. Taking 5 years in high school at Brewster Academy there is no need for him to return and play another year. The obvious choices for him are Indiana and Tennessee. Even before asking for his release he was thinking about transferring and red shirting a year at Tennessee. The other choice for him would be Indiana which is where he played summer ball. With the leave of the Indiana coach this year Emmanuel will most likely be attending Tennessee if Olson releases him.
Posted on: March 27, 2008 1:16 pm
 

GIANTS TO OPEN VS. SKINS

March 27, 2008 -- For their first game as defending Super Bowl champions, the Giants, as expected, will kick off the NFL season in the honorary Thursday night slot.

Their opponent next Sept. 4 at Giants Stadium will be the Redskins, with Jim Zorn making his NFL head-coaching debut.

That prime-time opener is always slated for 8:30 p.m. but will likely be moved up to 7 p.m. to avoid the telecast running head-on with the concluding night of the Republican National Convention, featuring Sen. John McCain's acceptance speech.

The NFL, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello, is talking with NBC about moving the game's starting time up 90 minutes. A 7 p.m. starting time likely would increase what already figures to be traffic and parking congestion around the Meadowlands area.

The entire Kickoff Weekend slate of national TV games will be announced Monday during league meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 19, 2008 11:39 pm
 

NFL Free Agency 3/19/08

NFL work stoppage in 2011?

The NFL-NFLPA labor settlement extended the collective bargaining agreement with players through the 2012 season; it kept the salary cap system in place through the 2011 season. But it also contained a reopener clause that enables either side to terminate the deal early. The first of the two early termination deadlines is Nov. 8, and Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFLPA, said he expects the owners to notify the union by then that they're ending the labor deal early. Such notification would make the 2009 season the final one in the deal with a salary cap and would leave the agreement expiring after the 2010 season. It could set the stage for a labor showdown and even a possible work stoppage in 2011.

Ocho-Cinco to no-show Bengals

Chad Johnson's offseason of discontent could be headed for its first showdown with the Bengals. The Bengals wide receiver, in a series of Los Angeles-based television appearances, said he would not participate in the team's offseason strength and conditioning program beginning Monday. "I will not be there," he said during a late afternoon stop at Current TV and Current.com. "There are a lot of issues that need to be dealt with. Nothing has changed."


Jets pay visit to McFadden

The Jets, who have the sixth pick overall in next month's NFL draft, flew a contingent of team representatives to Fayetteville, Ark., yesterday to meet with former Razorbacks running back Darren McFadden, according to someone with knowledge of the visit. McFadden, who rushed for 1,830 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, is considered the top player in the draft by many draft experts and there's a chance he won't be there when the Jets pick. He was clocked at a blazing 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Nonetheless, the Jets are doing their homework just in case.

Inside Ryan's Pro Day workout

Matt Ryan's scripted workout included 52 throws in which his targets were former teammates Andre Callender, Kevin Challenger, Tony Gonzalez, Jon Loyte, and L.V. Whitworth. As media members scribbled down details of every throw, NFL officials watched from the sideline as Ryan - in black shorts and a maroon T-shirt with the number "12" and "Ryan" on the back - worked at a pace that was probably a bit too deliberate for scouts. A layman would note that Ryan completed 48 of his deliveries, with three drops and one overthrow, but that probably isn't the most accurate barometer to judge the performance, since there was no pass rush or defenders. "I thought he pressed a couple times, trying to throw the ball a little too hard," Kansas City coach Herm Edwards said. "That's generally what happens with quarterbacks when you get the media there. "I didn't think I pressed," Ryan said. "I thought I showed that I could make every throw you need to make in the NFL."

Dolphins check out Ryan, Long

Dolphins officials got a look Tuesday at two candidates for the No. 1 draft pick -- Virginia's Chris Long and Boston College's Matt Ryan, at their schools' Pro Days. But more contact with Miami awaits. The Dolphins have scheduled private meetings with Long, Ryan and Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long in their college cities, according to officials who work with each player. (They have not requested similar sessions with Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston and LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, agents said.)

Vikings may let McKinnie go

Vikings coach Brad Childress said left tackle Bryant McKinnie is "entitled to his due process" as he faces charges stemming from his involvement in a brawl outside of a Miami nightclub in February. But Childress also made an ominous comment when asked if McKinnie is still considered a "core guy" on the team. "I know you don't want to hear, 'Until I get all the facts,' " Childress said Tuesday afternoon. "But we could face some difficult decisions down the road."

NFL: Bad behavior down 20%

Player behavior was the NFL's hot topic a year ago as Commissioner Roger Goodell pieced together a strengthened personal conduct policy and big suspensions for Pacman Jones, Chris Henry and Tank Johnson were on the horizon. A year later, the league says the crackdown has had the desired effect of serving as a deterrent, plus there's been a trickledown to college football. The NFL said the 20 percent figure is based on the league's comparison of two comparable time periods -- April 10 to Dec. 31, 2006, and April 10 to Dec. 31, 2007.

Are Falcons in Elam's future?

If proximity counts, Jason Elam is closer to becoming a Falcon than he is a Bronco. Way closer. Elam, the Broncos' kicker the past 15 seasons, is in Atlanta visiting with the Falcons. "We'll see what transpires," said Jack Reale, Elam's agent. The Broncos are standing firm on the three-year offer they believe is comparable to, if not better than, the current deals of other aging kickers. Elam may be 38, but there is evidence he is not a typical aging kicker. His four walk-off, game-winning kicks last year were the most by an NFL kicker since 1990, and he finished the season by making his last 15 field-goal attempts. Should Elam sign with his hometown Falcons, Matt Prater would get the first chance to become the Broncos' new kicker.


Packers, Vikings talk to Frerotte

As Vikings officials spent Tuesday watching Matt Ryan work out at Boston College's Pro Day, the team was making plans to talk to a veteran quarterback today. Gus Frerotte, who spent the past two seasons with St. Louis, is scheduled to be at Winter Park after visiting the Packers on Tuesday.

Ex-Patriot joining hated Jets?

Troy Brown, the Patriots' all-time leading receiver, is considering catching on with the team's most despised rival, the Jets. Brown visited with the Jets yesterday and worked out for them, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. It was initially thought the 36-year-old Brown, who has not stated whether he plans to return or retire, would not entertain teams that would play the Patriots this season. However, visiting the Jets signaled that he plans to explore all his options before making a decision. Brown also might not have a choice, as the Browns and Lions, teams initially thought to be interested in Brown, have cooled their pursuit, according to the source.

Broncos owner trumps Shanahan

The move to fire their general manager less than a month into free agency and six weeks before the NFL draft has cast the Broncos in some circles as a club in disarray. But things are just the opposite, owner Pat Bowlen said Monday. It's now Bowlen's fervent hope a sense of calm can prevail and move the Broncos forward into a productive future. "I didn't think it was a healthy situation," Bowlen said, explaining a communication breakdown between Mike Shanahan, the coach and head of football operations, and Sundquist was addressed as far back as the end of the 2006 season but didn't improve. "It's a misconception," Bowlen said of the perception Shanahan has an autocratic role with the Broncos. "I'm 10 steps from Mike's office, so Mike doesn't have the ultimate power. I'm not off somewhere else. I'm here every day. I have a job. Mike and I discuss a lot of things, just like Joe Ellis and I discuss a lot of things on the business side." So, he insisted, Shanahan does not have unchecked power.

Falcons-Raiders trade almost done

The trade of Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall to Oakland is nearly final as Hall and the Raiders moved closer to a new contract Monday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The trade for the Pro Bowler could be consummated in a day or two after gaps in contract talks moved very close to being bridged. As far as the teams are concerned, a deal is already in place. The Raiders will send a second-round selection (34th overall) and sixth-round pick to Atlanta in exchange for Hall.

Redskins waiting on Caldwell

Free agent wide receiver D.J. Hackett, who held a contract offer from Washington, reportedly accepted a two-year, $3.5 million contract from the Panthers. Now the Redskins are waiting for wide receiver Reche Caldwell to decide on their offer.

Marinelli: Williams staying in Detroit

Lions coach Rod Marinelli reiterated that the Lions were not trading wide receiver Roy Williams, waving his hands, asking a reporter to look into his eyes. "Roy is here," he said. Told teams might call anyway, he said: "I guess probably when you're a beautiful girl, everybody keeps knocking on your door for a date. Then the old dad keeps coming out and says, 'Nope.' "

Cardinals WR won't hold out

Anquan Boldin prefers to look at the positive side of Larry Fitzgerald's new contract. It created additional cap space that gives the club some breathing room. And it's another example, Boldin said, of the team's commitment to keeping "guys we really value, guys who have been productive the past couple years." Sometimes, players in his situation stay away in the off-season, calling upon the only leverage they have in pursuing a new contract. Boldin tried that in spring 2005, skipping a mandatory minicamp and nearly driving himself crazy in the process. He returned to voluntary drills the next week and received a new contract as training camp started that summer. "It's not me," Boldin said of staying away. "I'm here to play football and play football only. It's not my job to sit here and worry about negotiations, and if they are going to get me done, or when, or things like that. That's just not me. I love to play football. I love to be around the guys."

Will receiver no-show Jets?

Jets WR Laveranues Coles, embroiled in a contract dispute, may not show at the team's offseason program. Last month, he said he wasn't going to participate unless the team tears up the final two years of his deal and gives him a long-term extension.

WR picks Dolphins over Packers

Wide receiver Tab Perry has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, according to a story at enquirer.com. The Packers were reported to be in the running for Perry, who spent the last three seasons with the Bengals. Perry also returned kicks and averaged 23.7-yards on 75 returns over three years in Cincinnati. He was a sixth-round pick out of UCLA in 2005.

Chiefs to meet with Hartwig

The Chiefs may look locally to fill a void on the offensive line. They were expecting to meet with free-agent center Justin Hartwig, who played at the University of Kansas. Hartwig has played six seasons in the NFL. Four years were with Tennessee and two with Carolina. Drafted by the Titans in the sixth round in 2002, Hartwig was a starter in four seasons. He was a reserve as a rookie in 2002 and missed most of the 2006 season because of a groin injury.

Steelers guess right with free agent

So why is Max Starks still without a new contract? And why does it seem like the Steelers know something that the rest of us don't? Starks appeared to be in line for a significant pay increase when the Steelers made him a transition free agent at a cost of $6.9 million in 2008. If Starks finds a buyer, it forces the Steelers to ante up nearly $7 million if they want to keep him, or lose him without compensation. The Steelers, who have legitimate offensive line concerns, gambled teams wouldn't be beating down Starks' door. Turns out, the Steelers were right.

Paolantonio defends Favre remarks

ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio has received a record number of e-mails in response to his controversial column about retired quarterback Brett Favre, with the majority coming from angry Packers fans. In response to a column by Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause that appeared online and in print today, Paolantonio sent this letter to the editor via e-mail: "Thank you for Mike Vandermause's smackdown of my espn.com column on Brett Favre. But I take issue with one major point: I was not trying to criticize Brett Favre, only offer some healthy perspective, provide an alternative take. Favre, as I pointed out, is a bonafide first ballot Hall of Famer. But I just wanted to hit the pause button on the over-the-top deification of No. 4. In my view, he is not even the greatest Packers quarterback of all time. That would be Bart Starr. Bart Starr has always been treated like Ringo Starr -- underappreciated and, these days, overlooked. I was trying to provide some historical context that my brethren in the media often ignores. By the way, I do use a hairblower, but I never bring it to the press box with me."

Taylor wants to stay with Dolphins

Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, the subject of offseason trade rumors, said he wants to remain with the Dolphins and expects that to happen. Taylor told Sirius Satellite Radio and NFL Network in recent days that he has no intention of retiring and denied a previous yahoo.com report that he and the Dolphins have agreed to part ways by April's draft. Taylor told NFL Network he never has spoken with Dolphins executive vice president Bill Parcells. He also said the team might not like his plan to appear on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. ''I've never talked to him,'' Taylor said of Parcells. ``. . . I'm sure he's not thrilled about the show.'' Parcells said this month that Taylor will play for the Dolphins next season unless he retires.

Kitna expects 10 wins for Lions

Jon Kitna is at it again. The Lions' quarterback once again set the standard for their 2008 season as 10 wins or bust. Kitna didn't make a prediction, referring to it rather as a statement of fact. He would be disappointed if the Lions don't win 10 games with the -- ahem -- improvements they've made in coaching and player personnel.

Cowboys cooling on Pacman?

There have been no "hell, no's" leaking from Valley Ranch, rather quiet admissions that Pacman Jones has been discussed. Is still being discussed. As one Cowboys type noted, Pacman's name will go away for a while, then spring back up later in a different conversation, by a different person. The word is intrigued, not necessarily interested.

Alexander OK with Seahawks

The Seahawks reportedly are mulling the release of running back Shaun Alexander, who is barely two seasons removed from rushing for more than 1,880 yards, 27 touchdowns and leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl berth. Alexander, 30, stopped by team headquarters last week and met with General Manager Tim Ruskell and Coach Mike Holmgren. "It's all good," Alexander told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. If Alexander does move on, he'll get another chance. Probably another few million, too.

Dolphins or South Beach Cowboys?

The Dolphins are looking more like the South Beach Cowboys. The Cowboys lost another free agent Friday when cornerback Nate Jones signed a two-year contract with Miami. There are five former Cowboys assistant coaches in Miami, including head coach Tony Sparano and assistant head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles, who was Dallas' secondary coach, helped in signing Jones. Former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells is the Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations. Jeff Ireland, who was the Cowboys' vice president of college and pro scouting, is the Dolphins' general manager. On Feb. 29, the Cowboys traded nose tackle Jason Ferguson to the Dolphins. Also, former Cowboys strong safety and special teams captain Keith Davis agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the Dolphins on Tuesday.

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 15, 2008 4:15 pm
 

NFL Free Agency 3/15/08

49ers To Sign Cardinals WR

The 49ers said goodbye Friday to defensive end Marques Douglas, but they are reportedly saying hello to former Cardinals receiver Bryant Johnson. Douglas, an unrestricted free agent who became expendable when the 49ers signed Justin Smith, agreed to a four-year deal with the Buccaneers.

    San Fransisco Chronicle

Saints Deuce Put Off Decision

The Saints and tailback Deuce McAllister agreed to push back his $1 million roster bonus from March 15 to April 15, giving the team a better chance to gauge his health before making any financial decisions. McAllister, 29, is recovering from surgery on both of his knees in late September. He expects to be ready for the team's summer minicamp, usually around June 1, but he said he was agreeable to the postponement because it gives him more time to prove he'll "make good on the investment."

   New Orleans Times-Picayune 

Cadillac Still Uncertain For 08'

Bucs running back Cadillac Williams is optimistic about playing in 2008, but he is realistic and knows it might not happen. Williams suffered a career-threatening knee injury on Sept. 30 against Carolina. He tore his patellar tendon after sprinting up the right sideline on an 18-yard gain. Williams had surgery in October and has been rehabilitating since. Although he wants to play this season, it will be a challenge for him to be ready by training camp.

    Tampa Tribune

Steelers CB Hires Rosenhaus

Cornerback Bryant McFadden was the Steelers' second-round draft pick in 2005. McFadden is entering the final year of his contract and has retained the one and only Drew Rosenhaus to broker a new deal. Be afraid Steelers fans, be very afraid. McFadden's agent change is one of the most important developments facing the Steelers this offseason. Rosenhaus is a squeaky wheel among NFL agents. He has a track record for bringing attention to himself and securing big money for his clients.


    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Will Elam Leave Broncos?

After a series of contract proposals were exchanged this week, the Broncos and kicker Jason Elam have decided to at least temporarily part ways Elam will visit the Falcons next week. There's a good chance Elam will know Thursday night where he will be employed in 2008.

    Denver Post

Eagles Among Teams Eyeing Jones

Kevin Jones says he wouldn't mind playing next season for the Eagles, the team he was a fan of during his youth in Chester. The 6-1, 230-pound, 4-year NFL running back and former Cardinal O'Hara High star was released by the Lions on Thursday, opening up plenty of options for next season. Two hours after the Lions' release was made public, 12 teams showed interest, according to Jones, including the Eagles.

    Philadelphia Daily News

Dolphins Or South Beach Cowboys?

The Dolphins are looking more like the South Beach Cowboys. The Cowboys lost another free agent Friday when cornerback Nate Jones signed a two-year contract with Miami. There are five former Cowboys assistant coaches in Miami, including head coach Tony Sparano and assistant head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles, who was Dallas' secondary coach, helped in signing Jones. Former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells is the Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations. Jeff Ireland, who was the Cowboys' vice president of college and pro scouting, is the Dolphins' general manager. On Feb. 29, the Cowboys traded nose tackle Jason Ferguson to the Dolphins. Also, former Cowboys strong safety and special teams captain Keith Davis agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the Dolphins on Tuesday.

    Dallas Morning News
Category: NFL
Posted on: March 11, 2008 10:50 am
 

NFL Free Agency 3/11/08


NFL Films Lays Off Employees


NFL Films, the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company that has been the creative arm of the National Football League for more than 40 years, laid off 21 of its 283 employees last week, including some who had been with the company for decades. The directive came from the league, which owns NFL Films. Films president Steve Sabol, who founded the company with his father, Ed, in the mid-1960s, delivered the bad news to the 21 employees. The rest of the company's employees were told of the layoffs in an internal memo sent out by chief operating officer Howard Katz and Sabol. Sabol acknowledged that HBO's recent decision not to renew the long-running series, "Inside the NFL," was a big reason for the layoffs. The program, which featured Films-produced highlights of each week's games, generated about $5 million in revenue for the league. According to one NFL general manager familiar with the situation, the continuing struggles of the 4-year-old NFL Network also played a role in the layoffs at NFL Films.

                                                                   Philadelphia Daily News

Source: Colts Don't Want Utecht

An NFL source has told The Post the Colts aren't believed to be serious about re-signing tight end Ben Utecht, who visited the Bengals last week. The Jets hosted Utecht for a free-agency visit. Utecht, who caught 31 passes for 364 yards last season while backing up Dallas Clark, is a player the Jets have been targeting to complement starting tight end Chris Baker, who had his best season as a pro last year.

                                                                     New York Post

Giants Considering QB Carr

Quarterback David Carr, released by the Panthers on Feb. 27, will visit the Giants tonight and tomorrow, according to someone with knowledge of Carr's visit. The organization plans to take Carr out to dinner tonight, the source added. The former No. 1 pick is already well-acquainted with Giants quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer, whose tenure as the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator overlapped with Carr's first four seasons as the team's starting quarterback.

                                                                   Newark Star-Ledger

Hackett Talking To Redskins

Free agent wide receiver D.J. Hackett is scheduled to meet with the Redskins on Thursday at Redskins Park. At 6 feet 2 and 208 pounds, Hackett, 26, could provide a big target for quarterback Jason Campbell. Hackett has played for the Seahawks since entering the league in 2004, and new Redskins Coach Jim Zorn previously worked as the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach.
         
                                                                     Washington Post

NFL Spygate Deal Not Close Yet

Despite recent reports that indicated the NFL is closing in on a deal to speak with Matt Walsh, the former Patriots video assistant who allegedly has proof of the Patriots illegally spying, a league spokesperson yesterday said that isn't the case. There have been reports stating that an indemnity agreement between the NFL and Walsh's attorney, Michael Levy, who's seeking protection for his client from any lawsuits, was imminent, thus bringing Walsh forward to speak about what he has in his possession in the way of proof of Patriots' spy games. The two sides, reported to be close to getting together, were not close to any formal agreement as of yesterday.        

                                                                    New York Post

Rams Fans Drop Patriots Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed for more than $100 million against the Patriots, owner Robert Kraft, and coach Bill Belichick on behalf of a member of the 2001 St. Louis Rams team that lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI and three fans was withdrawn yesterday. The lawsuit, which was filed Feb. 15 in US District Court, East District of Louisiana, alleged that the Patriots defrauded former Rams player Willie Gary, two fans who attended the Super Bowl, and a Rams season ticket-holder by taping the Rams' walkthrough prior to the Super Bowl.       

                                                                      Boston Globe

Cowboys Can't Talk To Pacman

While sources have indicated the Cowboys have had "internal discussions," about suspended Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, tampering rules prevent the club -- or any team -- from speaking directly about Jones. "That's way too early for us," Jones said. "We can't comment on a thing. He's a Tennessee Titan."      

                                                                        Dallas Morning Star                                
Posted on: March 10, 2008 1:12 pm
 

NFL Free Agency 3/10/08


Sources: Taylor Wants Out Of Miami


A week before his national television debut on Dancing with the Stars, Jason Taylor is doing a delicate and artful dance with Bill Parcells and the Dolphins. Taylor, the Dolphins' best and highest-profile player, would like out of Miami, according to two sources. Taylor knows the decision is in Bill Parcells' hands. And he knows the Dolphins, losers in the Calvin Pace sweepstakes, might ultimately decide keeping him is in their best interests.

Steelers Mum On Assault Arrest

Steelers linebacker James Harrison didn't want to talk Sunday about his arrest a day earlier on simple assault and criminal mischief charges. "I have no comment on that," Harrison said at his Franklin Park home. Harrison, 29, is accused of slapping Beth Tibbott, 29, at her Ohio Township home on Saturday, according to a police affidavit. Tibbott told police that she and Harrison were arguing when she locked herself in her bedroom and tried to call 911. Harrison broke through the door, snapped her cell phone in half and then slapped her across the face hard enough to knock off her glasses, according to the affidavit.

Cowboys Captain Visits Dolphins

Cowboys unrestricted free agent strong safety Keith Davis will visit Miami today as he seeks more playing time. The special teams captain was tied for third on the Cowboys with 18 special-teams tackles in 2007 but rarely played on defense. According to Davis' agent, Curtis Stephens, several teams are interested in him, including the Cowboys.

Vince Meets New Titans Coordinator

Vince Young met his new offensive coordinator, Mike Heimerdinger, for the first time Friday. He'll spend this week studying changes in the offense. Young, who is enrolled at the University of Texas, hadn't been at the Titans facility since he left at the end of the 2007 season. Since then, the team fired Norm Chow and replaced him with Heimerdinger. While Heimerdinger and Young had talked by phone in recent weeks, they met face-to-face for the first time Friday. Young plans to work out at Baptist Sports Park this week, watch film and also discuss some of
the things Heimerdinger has in mind for 2008.

Fitzgerald Not Going To Phily

Over the weekend, some media reports surfaced that the Eagles had made trade offers in an attempt to pry Larry Fitzgerald away from the desert. It's not happening. A league source said Saturday night that the Eagles have talked to the Cardinals about Fitzgerald, but the discussions have never gone beyond an inquiry as to whether Arizona planned to trade its star wide receiver. The answer has always been the same - absolutely not. The story, however, has not gone away, and that's because the Cardinals have not been able to restructure Fitzgerald's contract, which is worth $14.6 million in 2008 and $17.4 million in 2009, thanks to some ill-advised escalator clauses that Arizona inserted in the receiver's rookie contract.

Walsh, NFL Close To Spygate Deal

Matt Walsh is close to breaking his silence on Spygate. Five weeks after Walsh, a former video assistant for the Patriots, suggested in published reports that he possessed damaging information about the team's videotaping practices, his lawyer and the NFL last night were on the verge of agreeing to the terms of his coming forward, according to a person close to the talks. The breakthrough follows a period last month when the sides were deadlocked and blaming each other for making unreasonable demands. Walsh is considered crucial to the NFL completing its investigation into the Patriots using their video crew to steal opponents' signals. The NFL's lawyer contended that companies do not grant blanket indemnity and agree to pay legal fees to employees who were fired and may have stolen property.

Report: Patriots Taped More Games

Amid news that former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh is close to reaching an agreement to tell what he knows, the Globe found that Walsh broke league rules under orders from the Patriots by videotaping opponents' signals between 2000 and 2002, and could have video recordings to prove it, which has not been previously reported. But if he illegally videotaped the St. Louis Rams in their final practice before the 2002 Super Bowl, as widely suspected, team and league officials say he must have done it on his own. One league source detailed the circumstantial evidence that persuaded NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to accept the team's explanation that it never sanctioned, or knew of, any spying of that sort.

 
 
 
 
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