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NFL Free Agency 3/10/08

Posted on: March 10, 2008 1:12 pm
 

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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