NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on April 24, 2009 @ 15:50:12 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Matthew Stafford | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
NFL.com reports neither the Detroit Lions nor University of Georgia QB Matthew Stafford believe any differences in contract talks will stop the team from selecting Stafford with the first overall pick, a source told NFL.com's Thomas George.

QB | Jason Campbell | Washington Redskins | Draft Information
David Elfin, of The Washington Times, reports the New York Jets would be interested in obtaining QB Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins if they are unable to draft USC QB Mark Sanchez, who they are also pursuing.

QB | Mark Sanchez | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
David Elfin, of The Washington Times, reports the New York Jets would be interested in obtaining QB Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins if they are unable to draft USC QB Mark Sanchez, who they are also pursuing.

QB | Brady Quinn | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports the Denver Broncos have inquired about the availability of Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn. However, they were told Quinn is not available for trade.

QB | Kyle Orton | Denver Broncos | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton is entering the final year of his contract and at a very affordable rate of $1.095 million. It is possible Denver could keep him for a second season as a restricted free agent.

QB | J.P. Losman | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports the Carolina Panthers likely will not pursue unrestricted free-agent QB J.P. Losman (Bills).

QB | Jake Delhomme | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports the Carolina Panthers have signed QB Jake Delhomme to a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth $42.5 million with $20 million in guaranteed money, according to a source.

QB | Julian Edelman | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Cleveland Browns are scheduled to work out Akron QB Julian Edelman Thursday, April 23.

QB | Josh Freeman | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still could select Kansas State QB Josh Freeman with their first-round pick despite the signing of QB Byron Leftwich.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Shalise Manza Young, of The Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said QB Tom Brady (knee) is doing well and is doing his offseason work without limitation.

QB | Chris Simms | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Lindsay H. Jones, of The Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos QB Chris Simms worked with the first-team offense during the first part of practice Sunday, April 19, while QB Kyle Orton worked with the first-team offense for the second part of practice.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Draft Information, Fantasy
Gregg Bell, of The Associated Press, reports Seattle Seahawks president and general manager Tim Ruskell said Friday, April 17, he thinks QB Matt Hasselbeck is as good as ever. "I still think he's in his prime," Ruskell said. However, Ruskell added that he would not rule out selecting a quarterback in the NFL Draft. "There's no position we are ruling out - and that's kind of unique," Ruskell said.

QB | Marc Bulger | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger will likely remain the team's starting quarterback in 2009. Bulger impressed coaches during the team's first minicamp two weeks ago. There are also financial reasons to keep Bulger around in 2009. The potential cap hit makes it almost impossible to trade or release him this offseason. If Bulger were to be traded, it would result in $8 million of "dead" money - money that counts against the cap for a player no longer on the roster. That figure grows to $11 million if Bulger is released, because $3 million of his base salary in 2009 is guaranteed.


Running Back

RB | Knowshon Moreno | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Pedro Gomez, of ESPNews, reports the Arizona Cardinals are interested in trading up in the first round to acquire University of Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno.

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said RB Reggie Bush (knee) is recovering well from knee surgery. The Saints hope Bush will be able to participate at some point during their organized team activities and minicamps.

RB | Chris Wells | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Adam Heller, agent for Ohio State RB Chris Wells, said there is nothing wrong with Wells' foot despite a report to the contrary. "Beanie was examined by Dr. James Andrews in January and was given a clean bill of health. There are no issues with the toe and he's 100 percent. He rushed for 1,200 yards and has since posted the best broad jump at the combine and [ran] a 4.38 in the 40 at his Pro Day," Heller said.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson reported to the team Tuesday, April 21, for the team's offseason program. He worked out on his own for a while with a personal trainer in Florida. The program is voluntary, but attendance is strongly encouraged. Head coach Jeff Fisher said he assumes Johnson is there now to work within the program, which began March 16. Fisher noted Johnson is in good shape but also added he feels Johnson will realize he is behind everybody else that has already been part of the offseason program.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (shoulder) participated in practice Monday, April 20.

RB | Correll Buckhalter | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Lindsay H. Jones, of The Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter is the early favorite to be the team's starting running back in 2009.

RB | Selvin Young | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Lindsay H. Jones, of The Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos RB J.J. Arrington (knee), RB Selvin Young (neck) and RB Ryan Torain (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, April 17.


Fullback

FB | Jeremi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Cincinnati Bengals have announced they have re-signed unrestricted free-agent FB Jeremi Johnson. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

FB | Peyton Hillis | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Gray Caldwell, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) said he is about 95 percent healthy now and should be completely healthy by the team's next minicamp.


Wide Receiver

WR | Lance Moore | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports restricted free-agent WR Lance Moore (Saints) signed his one-year, $1.545 million tender offer from the New Orleans Saints.

WR | Percy Harvin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Dave Hyde, of the South Florida SunSentinel, reports the Miami Dolphins have met with University of Florida WR Percy Harvin four times since February.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Peter King, of SI.com, speculates the Oakland Raiders are seriously considering selecting University of Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey or University of Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin with the seventh overall pick.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Peter King, of SI.com, speculates the Oakland Raiders are seriously considering selecting University of Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey or University of Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin with the seventh overall pick.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mac Engel, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said the team hopes WR Miles Austin will compete with WR Patrick Crayton for the starting job opposite WR Roy Williams.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans, according to a source, have been in touch with the Arizona Cardinals about acquiring WR Anquan Boldin. Sources familiar with the situation noted nothing appears. The Cardinals are reportedly seeking first- and third-round draft picks as compensation.

WR | Kelley Washington | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Jason Reid, of The Washington Post, reports unrestricted free-agent WR Kelley Washington (Patriots) will participate in the Washington Redskins' upcoming minicamp on a tryout basis.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said WR Marques Colston (knee) is recovering well from knee surgery. The Saints hope Colston will be able to participate at some point during their organized team activities and minicamps.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Draft Information
Ralph Vacchiano, of The New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants have shown interest in moving up in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. They have two second-round picks and two third-round picks, giving them some ammunition to deal. Now that the team is unlikely to add Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards, it looks more and more likely they'll take a wide receiver in the first round. However, there remains a chance they will draft a linebacker.

WR | Juaquin Iglesias | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Minnesota Vikings are showing considerable interest in University of Oklahoma WR Juaquin Iglesias. The team attended his Pro Day and he had a pre-draft visit scheduled for April 8.

WR | Torry Holt | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vic Ketchman, of Jaguars.com, reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Torry Holt said reports of his decline have been exaggerated. Holt said, "A lot of that stuff about my knee and not being effective was all false. You never saw me missing games. I think it came down to us not being that good offensively. Everyone struggled." He added, "To be able to catch 64 passes in a disgruntled organization was actually pretty good. All this talk about my decline is false."

WR | Michael Crabtree | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree said he would love to play for the Cleveland Browns and enjoyed the time he spent with Browns head coach Eric Mangini.

WR | Brandon Tate | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
ESPN.com reports North Carolina WR Brandon Tate tested positive for marijuana during the NFL Scouting Combine, two sources told FOXSports.com. Agent Joel Segal, who represents Tate, did not return messages seeking comment. According to sources, Tate and Florida WR Percy Harvin, who also had a positive test, were the only two high-profile players to flunk their combine drug tests, and one of the sources said that fewer than a dozen players tested positive for recreational drugs.

WR | Mohamed Massaquoi | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Cleveland Browns were scheduled to work out University of Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi on campus Tuesday, April 21, according to a source.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the team is not trading WR Chad Johnson. "I don't know why people continue with the speculation of moving Chad," Lewis said. "Many times we've reiterated, I don't know if we're keeping count on this, Chad's not getting moved."

WR | Matt Jones | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Bob Glauber, of Newsday, reports the New York Jets' interest in unrestricted free-agent WR Matt Jones (Jaguars) has cooled, and they likely will not try to sign him.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was scheduled to work out University of North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks in North Carolina Monday, April 20, according to a league source.

WR | Sam Hurd | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction, Free Agency News
Rob Phillips, of DallasCowboys.com, reports restricted free-agent WR Sam Hurd (Cowboys) signed is one-year, $1.545 million tender offer from the Dallas Cowboys.

WR | Demetrius Byrd | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury News, Draft Information
Updating previous reports, The Associated Press reports David Dunn, agent for Louisiana State WR Demetrius Byrd (shoulder, ear), said Byrd is expected to make a full recovery from his car accident.

WR | Hines Ward | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward (rotator cuff) did not participate in practice Monday, April 20, because he is recovering from offseason rotator cuff surgery.

WR | Bryant Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions WR Bryant Johnson (finger) suffered a broken finger during the team's minicamp practice Sunday, April 19, according to head coach Jim Schwartz.

WR | Ronald Curry | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he sees WR Ronald Curry as an ideal slot receiver for the team.


Tight End

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Fantasy
Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the Kansas City Chiefs have traded TE Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2010 second-round draft choice, according to sources.

TE | James Casey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matt Mosley, of ESPN.com, reports the Dallas Cowboys were scheduled to hold a private workout with Rice TE James Casey Wednesday, April 22. The Cowboys project Casey as a fullback who could also play quarterback in the Wildcat formation.

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports if the New York Jets keep the No. 17 overall pick in the NFL Draft, they will choose between Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew, Kansas State QB Josh Freeman and Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.

TE | Alex Smith | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Draft Information
The National Football Post reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to trade TE Alex Smith prior to the NFL Draft.

TE | Bo Scaife | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans TE Bo Scaife, the team's franchise player, has been working out on his own in Denver and not taking part in the team's offseason program, which began March 16. He is expected to return to Nashville and begin working out next week.

TE | Cornelius Ingram | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick put University of Florida TE Cornelius Ingram through a private workout Friday, April 17, according to sources.


Defensive Line

DL | Ray McDonald | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said DE Ray McDonald (knee) is ahead of schedule in his rehab and is expected to ready of the start of the regular season or even the start of training camp.

DL | B.J. Raji | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports there are no indications that the St. Louis Rams are interested in Boston College DT B.J. Raji. Raji was not invited to the team's facility last week for a pre-NFL Draft visit.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Peria Jerry | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Mississippi DT Peria Jerry is a potential selection for the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL Draft.

DT | Evander Hood | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Missouri DT Evander Hood is a viable option for the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL Draft.

DT | Ricky Jean-Francois | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ed Thompson, of Scout.com, reports the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles are among the teams showing interest in Louisiana State DT Ricky Jean-Francois.

DT | Fili Moala | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports the Detroit Lions could select University of Southern California DT Fili Moala with their second first-round draft choice.


Defensive End

DE | Tyson Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Peter King, of SI.com, speculates the Kansas City Chiefs likely will select Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry or Louisiana State DE Tyson Jackson with the third overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

DE | Brian Orakpo | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports the Cincinnati Bengals may consider drafting University of Texas DE Brian Orakpo with their first-round pick, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

DE | Larry English | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in Northern Illinois DE Larry English. English did not have a pre-NFL Draft visit with the team, but he does appear to be a player the Buccaneers are considering drafting in the first round.


Linebacker

LB | Larry Foote | Pittsburgh Steelers | Draft Information
Michael Lombardi, of The National Football Post, speculates the Pittsburgh Steelers will be willing to trade LB Larry Foote at some point during the 2009 NFL Draft.

LB | Aaron Curry | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Peter King, of SI.com, speculates the Kansas City Chiefs likely will select Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry or Louisiana State DE Tyson Jackson with the third overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

LB | Rocky McIntosh | Washington Redskins | Free Agency News
David Elfin, of The Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is trying to work out a contract extension with the team. He is entering the final year of his contract.

LB | Darry Beckwith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ed Thompson, of Scout.com, reports Louisiana State LB Darry Beckwith had a formal interview with the Houston Texans at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Brian Cushing | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills scout Rashaan Curry said he believes University of Southern California LB Brian Cushing can do several things on the field including rushing the passer. "The guy has shown that he can do a lot of things on the field. Play coverage, play the run, help rush the passer, be a blitzer. You're talking about a versatile player and an impact guy," Curry said.

LB | James Laurinaitis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Ed Thompson, of Scout.com, reports the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings were among the teams who requested a formal interview with Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Cornerback

CB | Keiwan Ratliff | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agency News
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a one-year deal with free-agent CB Keiwan Ratliff (Colts). Financial terms were not available.

CB | Ike Taylor | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
John Harris, of The Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor, for the second consecutive year, has restructured his contract. He reduced his base salary to $3.5 million and his agent, Joel Segal, referred to the restructuring as minor. He has two years remaining on his deal.

CB | Malcolm Jenkins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said the team views Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins as a cornerback who can play safety.


Safety

S | Louis Delmas | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft Information
Michael Lombardi, of The National Football Post, speculates Western Michigan S Louis Delmas could be selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.


Free Safety

FS | Ko Simpson | Buffalo Bills | Draft Information
The National Football Post reports the Buffalo Bills are looking to trade FS Ko Simpson prior to the NFL Draft.

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