NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on March 21, 2008 @ 08:08:49 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Brian Brohm | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings will meet with University of Louisville QB Brian Brohm.

QB | Shaun Hill | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
NFL.com reports San Francisco 49ers QB Alex D. Smith is not guaranteed the starting quarterback position in the upcoming 2008 season, according to head coach Mike Nolan. "It will be an open competition," Nolan said. "It's no one's job to lose. It's both guys' job to take." 49ers QB Shaun Hill is expected to compete with Smith for the starting job.

QB | Alex D. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
NFL.com reports San Francisco 49ers QB Alex D. Smith is not guaranteed the starting quarterback position in the upcoming 2008 season, according to head coach Mike Nolan. "It will be an open competition," Nolan said. "It's no one's job to lose. It's both guys' job to take." 49ers QB Shaun Hill is expected to compete with Smith for the starting job.

QB | David Garrard | Jacksonville Jaguars | Free Agency News
The Florida Times-Union reports the agent for Jacksonville Jaguars QB David Garrard said he hopes the team and Garrard can reach a new deal in the next few days but said there is the possibility the two sides may not agree on a new contract this year. If the two sides can't agree then Garrard would play out the final year of his current contract, which is worth $2 million, and would hit the free-agent market at the end of the season. The Jaguars could place the franchise tag on Garrard at the end of the 2008 season, which would cost the Jaguars upwards of $10 million to re-sign him.

QB | Gus Frerotte | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the Green Bay Packers met with free-agent QB Gus Frerotte (Rams) Tuesday, March 18.

QB | Matt Ryan | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
The Associated Press reports Boston College QB Matt Ryan worked out at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 18. Ryan threw 52 passes, completing 48 of them, with three drops and one that was overthrown. He did not run, instead keeping his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.

QB | JaMarcus Russell | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell will receive a $19.9 million option bonus in 2008.

QB | Dennis Dixon | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Oregon QB Dennis Dixon (knee) did not work out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 13. Dixon is still recovering from knee surgery. He plans to work out Thursday, April 3. Dixon measured in at 6-foot-3 1/4 and 195 pounds.

QB | Chad Henne | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Michigan QB Chad Henne worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Henne only ran position drills and kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-2 7/8 and 228 pounds.


Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Dave Hutchinson, of the Newark Star-Ledger, reports the New York Jets met with University of Arkansas RB Darren McFadden Tuesday, March 18, according to someone with knowledge of the visit.

RB | Owen Schmitt | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
The Cleveland Browns will meet with University of West Virginia RB Owen Schmitt Thursday, March 20.

RB | Justin Forsett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Dave Brooks, of The Star-Ledger, reports the Philadelphia Eagles will interview University of California-Berkeley RB Justin Forsett.

RB | Jamaal Charles | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Texas RB Jamaal Charles worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Charles ran position drills but kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 5-foot-11 1/4 and 199 pounds.

RB | Michael Pittman | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams are interested in free-agent RB Michael Pittman (Buccaneers).

RB | Tatum Bell | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions RB Tatum Bell thinks he can gain 1,300 yards in 2008. "I think I can get 1,300 yards," Bell said. "That's my goal, at least 1,300 (and) 15 touchdowns. I know it's reachable. I think our O-line started gelling toward the end of the season."

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Jimmy Smith, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush is expected to attend the team's offseason conditioning program. Head coach Sean Payton said, "He's planning on being involved in all of our offseason, which is encouraging and good. It's important for him, especially with running backs and the pounding they take, to be real diligent in the weight room."

RB | Matt Forte | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports University of Tulane RB Matt Forte will work out for the Chicago Bears next week.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart (toe) did not work out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 13.

RB | Tashard Choice | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice worked out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 13. Choice had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, three-inch long jump, a 4.26-second short shuttle and a 6.87-second cone drill. He measured in at 5-foot-10 1/2 and 208 pounds.

RB | Steve Slaton | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of West Virginia RB Steve Slaton worked out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 13. Slaton ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 4.27-second short shuttle and a 6.74-second cone drill. He measured in at 5-foot-9 3/8 and 199 pounds.

RB | Mike Hart | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Michigan RB Mike Hart worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Hart had a 32-inch vertical jump, ran a 4.33-second short shuttle and a 6.91-second cone drill. He measured in at 5-foot-9 and 209 pounds.

RB | Kevin Jones | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports more than 20 teams have inquired about unrestricted free-agent RB Kevin Jones (Lions), according to a source.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Harvey Fialkov, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams (pectoral) is on schedule with his rehabilitation from a torn chest muscle and the team is confident he will be ready for the start of the 2008 NFL season. Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, said, "Ricky has just been cleared for all activities, other than heavy lifting. His exchanges with [Dolphins vice president of football operations] Bill Parcells have all been positive. Knowing Bill's track record, Ricky is encouraged and excited about the coming season."

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown (knee) is on schedule with his rehabilitation from a torn right ACL and the team is confident he will be ready for the start of the 2008 NFL season. Brown's agent, Todd E. France, said, "He's started running a while ago, is lifting weights, is in great spirits and on track. We don't see any obstacles in our way. … He's got the drive to be ready."

RB | Cadillac Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams (knee) is planning to play in 2008. Williams needed surgery to repair a patellar tendon tear suffered Sept. 30. Williams said he is working on building up his right quadriceps. He is able to do light squats, run stairs, jog and do full-speed running in the pool. Williams will most likely join the team at midseason, but that could be a long-shot without participating in training camp or the preseason. He added, "I'd love to be ready for training camp. Ready for opening day. Of course, that's my goal. But at the same time, we've got to be smart with it."

RB | Deuce McAllister | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RB Deuce McAllister (knee) has agreed to push back his $1 million roster from March 15 to April 15. McAllister is recovering from surgery on both of his knees in late September. McAllister agreed to the postponement because it will give him more time to prove he'll "make good on the investment." The team may ask McAllister to take a pay cut next month.


Fullback

FB | Cecil Sapp | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Fantasy
Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports the Denver Broncos re-signed free-agent FB Cecil Sapp to a one-year deal worth $605,000, with a $40,000 signing bonus Thursday, March 20.

FB | Dan Klecko | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday, March 17, that the team signed free-agent FB Dan Klecko (Colts) to a two-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Wide Receiver

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
The NFL Network reports New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery but should be ready for the team's April training sessions.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings will meet with University of Oklahoma WR Malcolm Kelly.

WR | Eddie Royal | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Virginia Tech WR Eddie Royal did not work out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 20.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is expected to skip the team's voluntary offseason strength and conditioning program that starts Monday, March 24.

WR | Earl Bennett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports the Denver Broncos are interested in Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett. Bennett is projected to be taken in the second round.

WR | Limas Sweed | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Texas WR Limas Sweed worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Sweed ran a 4.50 40-yard dash, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, eight-inch long jump, a 4.33-second short shuttle and a 7.14-second cone drill. He measured in at 6-foot-4 1/4 and 210 pounds.

WR | Randy Moss | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Matthew J. Darnell, of Yahoo! Sports, reports the state of West Virginia has honored New England Patriots WR Randy Moss by creating a commemorative Randy Moss envelope. The state of West Virginia has also bestowed this honor on Mary Lou Retton and Jerry West in the past.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Sporting News reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson says he will not participate in the Bengals offseason strength and conditioning program, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The team workouts are not mandatory, however Johnson can earn a $250,000 bonus by attending.

WR | Andre Caldwell | NCAA | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Florida WR Andre Caldwell worked out at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 18. Caldwell had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and completed 18 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 6-foot 1/4 and 205 pounds.

WR | Donnie Avery | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Houston WR Donnie Avery worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Avery was present at the workout, but kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine and did not run position drills. He measured in at 5-foot-11 1/8 and 190 pounds.

WR | D.J. Hackett | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Hackett's (ankle) agent, Kevin Robinson, said Hackett's ankle is completely healed and not an issue. Hackett missed 10 games in 2007 because of a high ankle sprain.

WR | Roy Williams | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Mike O'Hara, of the Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said there is zero chance the team will trade WR Roy Williams. Marinelli said, "None, zero -- he is here."

WR | Troy Brown | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Christopher L. Gasper, of The Boston Globe, reports the New York Jets will meet with free-agent WR Troy Brown (Patriots) Monday, March 17.

WR | Bryant Johnson | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Fantasy
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent WR Bryant Johnson (Cardinals) to a one-year deal worth $2 million Monday, March 17.

WR | Adrian Arrington | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Michigan WR Adrian Arrington worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Arrington ran a 4.55 40-yard dash and had a 36-inch vertical jump. He measured in at 6-foot-3 and 202 pounds.

WR | Mario Manningham | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Michigan WR Mario Manningham worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Manningham ran a 4.44 40-yard dash, had a 35-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.38-second short shuttle. He measured in at 5-foot-11 3/8 and 183 pounds.

WR | Devin Thomas | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Sean Jensen, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports the Buffalo Bills have a visit lined up with Michigan State University WR Devin Thomas.

WR | Lee Evans | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans will be impacted by the new contract Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald signed. Fitzgerald's deal will make it harder for the Bills to work out an extension with Evans, who can void the 2009 season of his contract and become a free agent after 2008.

WR | Robert Ferguson | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Free Agency News
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports free-agent WR Robert Ferguson (Vikings) has agreed to a one-year deal worth about $1 million with the Minnesota Vikings. There are chances for him to make an additional $500,000 to $600,000 with incentives.

WR | Darrell Jackson | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Fantasy
The Sports Network reports the San Francisco 49ers waived WR Darrell Jackson Saturday, March 15.


Tight End

TE | Martin Rucker | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Missouri TE Martin Rucker worked out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 20. Rucker ran a 4.71 40-yard dash, had a 37-inch vertical jump and a nine-foot, eight-inch broad jump. He said that he ran slower than he expected but his vertical was impressive. Rucker did not perform at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine and his vertical jump of 37-inches would have placed him second. Scouts view the vertical jump as the most important drill for tight ends because it measures explosiveness.

TE | John Carlson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Notre Dame TE John Carlson worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Carlson ran a 4.72 40-yard dash and had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump. He measured in at 6-foot-5 2/8 and 252 pounds.

TE | Jermichael Finley | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Texas TE Jermichael Finley worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Finley ran a 4.66 40-yard dash and measured in at 6-foot-4 3/4 and 240 pounds.

TE | Kellen Winslow | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of The Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow (knee) has been rehabbing at the Browns facility after undergoing a scope on his right knee last month.

TE | Bubba Franks | New York Jets | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, ESPNews reports the New York Jets signed free-agent TE Bubba Franks (Packers) to a one-year deal worth $1.65 million.


Place Kicker

PK | Jason Elam | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News
ESPNews reports the Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent PK Jason Elam (Broncos) Friday, March 21. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Kentwan Balmer | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports the New York Jets will meet with University of North Carolina DL Kentwan Balmer.

DL | Terry Bilbro | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Northwest Missouri State DL Terry Bilbro worked out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 6. Bilbro ran a 5.00 40-yard dash, a 2.93 20-yard dash, a 1.74 10-yard dash, a 5.06-second short shuttle and an 8.36-second three-cone drill. He also worked out at University of Missouri's Pro Day Thursday, March 20. Bilbro had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, an eight-foot, 11-inch broad jump and completed 33 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 6-foot-1 and 305 pounds.

DL | Glenn Dorsey | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Harvey Fialkov, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Louisiana State DL Glenn Dorsey (knee) said Wednesday, March 19, that his knee is fine and there is nothing wrong. There was a report on Jaguars.com speculating that Dorsey had an unreported knee surgery. Dorsey did not work out at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine due to the death of his grandmother. He is expected to work out for NFL personnel to help improve his draft status.

DL | James Hall | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports free-agent DL James Hall (Rams) visited with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, March 13. The Bills said they are looking to bolster their pass rush.

DL | Simeon Rice | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports free-agent DL Simeon Rice (Colts) earned an additional $3,833 through the NFL's Performance-Based Pay program. Rice played part of the 2007 season with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.

DL | DeMario Pressley | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports North Carolina State DL DeMario Pressley measured a height of 6-foot-3 and a weight of 299 pounds at his Pro Day March 19. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.30 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.05 seconds. He measured a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump.

DL | Trevor Laws | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Notre Dame DL Trevor Laws worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Laws ran position drills and kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot 3/4 and 304 pounds.

DL | Frank Okam | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Updating a previous item, Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Texas DT Frank Okam was impressive at his Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. He checked in at 335 pounds, down from the 347 pounds he weighed at the NFL Scouting Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.1-second range and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.5-second range, both improvements over his previous numbers. He also measured a 27 1/2-inch vertical jump, up from 23 inches at the combine.

DL | Vernon Gholston | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports Ohio State DL Vernon Gholston worked out for the New England Patriots Wednesday, March 19.

DL | Jamal Williams | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
The San Diego Chargers announced DT Jamal Williams (knee) has not had a procedure scheduled for both of his knees yet. General manager A.J. Smith announced in February that Williams would have a procedure performed. He is expected to have the procedure done in the very near future.

DL | Marques Douglas | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday, March 18, that the team signed free-agent DL Marques Douglas (49ers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Kalimba Edwards | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports the Tennessee Titans met with free-agent DL Kalimba Edwards (Lions) Monday, March 17.

DL | Kevin Carter | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agency News
Stephen F. Holder, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports free-agent DE Kevin Carter (Buccaneers) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Exact financial terms were not disclosed, but he will earn significantly less than the more than $5 million he earned in 2007.

DL | Chris Long | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Peter King, of SportsIllustrated.com, reports University of Virginia DL Chris Long will work out at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 18.

DL | Lawrence Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots had two team officials present at the private workout of University of Southern California DE Lawrence Jackson.

DL | Dorian Smith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Oregon State DL Dorian Smith measured a height of 6-foot-1 1/2 and a weight of 264 pounds at his Pro Day. He measured a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-2 broad jump and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds.

DL | Jarvis Moss | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos DE Jarvis Moss (leg) began running sprints about a week ago and is on pace to join the team's strength and conditioning program March 24 in a limited fashion. He should be working out without restrictions by early April.


Defensive End

DE | Derrick Harvey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Rob Rang, of CBSSports.com, reports the New England Patriots are interested in University of Florida DL Derrick Harvey.


Linebacker

LB | Lofa Tatupu | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Doug Pacey, of The News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks announced that LB Lofa Tatupu signed a six-year extension with the team Friday, March 21. The deal includes the two remaining years on his original contract and will run through 2015.

LB | Reggie Torbor | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Canadian Press reports the Miami Dolphins signed free-agent LB Reggie Torbor (Giants) to a four-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Marcus Richardson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Tory LB Marcus Richardson measured a height of 6-foot 1/8 and a weight of 235 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.71 seconds. He measured a 36-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-10 broad jump and completed 22 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

LB | Jordon Dizon | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Colorado LB Jordon Dizon worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Dizon ran a 4.63 40-yard dash, had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.51-second short shuttle, a 6.78-second cone drill and completed 12 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 6-foot and 225 pounds.

LB | Brandon Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday, March 20, that the team signed free-agent LB Brandon Johnson (Cardinals) to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Clark Haggans | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports free-agent LB Clark Haggans (Steelers) visited the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, March 18. He will meet with team officials and coaches Wednesday, March 19.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
The San Diego Chargers announced LB Shawne Merriman (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on knee March 13. The recovery time for the procedure is estimated at four to six weeks.

LB | Philip Wheeler | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Georgia Tech LB Philip Wheeler worked out at his school's Pro Day Thursday, March 13. Wheeler ran a 4.73 40-yard dash, had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, two-inch long jump, a 4.36-second short shuttle and a 7.11-second cone drill. He measured in at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds.

LB | Shawn Crable | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Michigan LB Shawn Crable worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Crable ran position drills as a defensive end and at linebacker but kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-4 3/4 and 244 pounds.

LB | Al Wilson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Klis, of the Denver Post, reports the Cleveland Browns will resume talks with free-agent LB Al Wilson (Broncos) this week.

LB | Willie McGinest | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns LB Willie McGinest could have made as much as $2.9 million in 2008, but missing a Pro Bowl incentive reduced that to $1.9 million. The NFLPA website now lists McGinest with a salary of $900,000.


Defensive Back

DB | Tom Zbikowski | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Notre Dame DB Tom Zbikowski worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Zbikowski had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, a nine-foot, one-inch long jump, a 4.04-second short shuttle and a 6.78-second cone drill. He measured in at 5-foot-11 and 211 pounds.

DB | DeJuan Tribble | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Boston College CB DeJuan Tribble worked out at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 18. Tribble ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump, a nine-foot, eight-inch long jump, a 4.19-second short shuttle and a 6.86-second cone drill. He measured in at 5-foot-8 3/4 and 196 pounds, seven pounds more than he was at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.


Cornerback

CB | DeAngelo Hall | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Draft Information, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Atlanta Falcons announced they have officially traded CB DeAngelo Hall to the Oakland Raiders for a second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and a future fifth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

CB | Pacman Jones | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas Morning News, reports a source confirmed to Calvin Watkins that the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a possible trade with the Tennessee Titans that would involve suspended Titans CB Pacman Jones being traded to the Cowboys. While nothing is forthcoming, the two clubs have talked about a late-round draft pick as compensation.

CB | Fernando Bryant | New England Patriots | Transaction, Free Agency News
The New England Patriots announced the team officially signed free-agent CB Fernando Bryant (Lions) Thursday, March 20. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Head coach Bill Belichick said adding a defensive back with Bryant's experience and production is a good opportunity.

CB | Aqib Talib | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet with University of Kansas QB Aqib Talib Wednesday, March 19.

CB | Jamar Adams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Michigan CB Jamar Adams worked out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14. Adams ran position drills and kept his numbers from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-2 1/8 and 211 pounds.

CB | Chris McAlister | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Mike Preston, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens CB Chris McAlister (knee) looks in good shape after having offseson knee surgery. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan said, "I think he weighs about 212 pounds. He looks good. I mean, really good."


Safety

S | Marcus Griffin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports University of Texas S Marcus Griffin worked out at his school's Pro Day Wednesday, March 19. Griffin ran a 4.51 40-yard dash, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, five-inch long jump, a 4.19-second short shuttle and completed 12 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He measured in at 5-foot-10 1/4 and 196 pounds.

S | Jamie Silva | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Boston College S Jamie Silva worked out at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 18. Silva ran a 4.79 40-yard dash, had a 32-inch vertical jump, a nine-foot long jump, a 4.50-second short shuttle and a 6.86-second cone drill. He measured in at 5-foot-11 3/8 and 211 pounds.


Strong Safety

SS | Atari Bigby | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agency News
Roger Schneider, of The Associated Press, reports the Green Bay Packers re-signed exclusive rights free-agent SS Atari Bigby (Packers) to a one-year deal Friday, March 21. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SS | Michael Boulware | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Free Agency News
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent SS Michael Boulware (Texans) Thursday, March 20. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boulware is expected to serve as a backup safety and play on special teams.


Free Safety

FS | Terrence Holt | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports the Carolina Panthers signed free-agent FS Terrence Holt (Cardinals) to a one-year deal Thursday, March 20. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Holt was released by the Arizona Cardinals Feb. 21.

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