NFL Free Agency 3/11/08
Posted on: March 11, 2008 10:50 am
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.
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.
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.
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