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NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

Posted on: March 20, 2009 1:30 pm


Here is my latest edition of NFL Tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy the read:

- If the Broncos decide to formally put Jay Cutler up for trade, they won't have trouble finding partners. An NFL source said "more than 10" teams have called the Broncos this week inquiring about Cutler. In most instances, those teams communicated nothing more than interest should Cutler become available. The Broncos have listened but have told all comers their plan is not to trade Cutler. He requested to be traded Sunday. Teams who figure to have untouchable passers are New England (Tom Brady), Indianapolis (Peyton Manning), New Orleans (Drew Brees), the New York Giants (Eli Manning), San Diego (Philip Rivers), Pittsburgh (Ben Roethlisberger), Cincinnati (Carson Palmer), Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers), Atlanta (Matt Ryan) and Baltimore (Joe Flacco).

- A Bill Belichick interview can be a little like the verbal version of a Rorschach test - subject to interpretation and variation depending on one's point of view. What was indisputable yesterday is that in a lengthy phone interview with WEEI, the Patriots coach never once said his team was not interested in obtaining Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. That will only further fuel the idea the Patriots are working to acquire Peppers. A source close to Peppers has made it clear the Patriots are on a short list of teams to which he would accept a trade. Echoing the statement released by the Panthers Monday, Belichick pointed out that Carolina can't engage in trade discussions because Peppers hasn't signed his $16.68 million franchise tender. Belichick said there are no trade talks going on with Carolina. Responding via text message, Carl Carey, Peppers's agent, said he has had no contact with the Patriots.

- Apparently, the feud between Browns Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers and coach Eric Mangini has not yet been resolved. Rogers skipped the first week of the Browns voluntary off-season program, which began Monday, according to Rogers' agent, Kennard McGuire, reached by phone, declined to comment. Last month, Rogers asked the Browns to release him from his six-year, $42 million contract after what he felt were two snubs by his new head coach. Rogers was also miffed that his first contact from the new regime was a mandate to show up for the off-season program at a prescribed weight, a source said. Rogers felt that because he played hurt the second half of last season and was in compliance with his weight requirement all year, such a command was unnecessary. Rogers had asked the Browns not to pay him the $6 million option bonus he was due this month and to release him instead, a source said. But the Browns had no intention of releasing their top defensive player, a source close to the team said. Mangini reportedly has tried to reach out to Rogers, but it is unknown if the two have spoken.

- Broncos owner Pat Bowlen challenged a claim made by agent Bus Cook to on Wednesday morning that he had lied to quarterback Jay Cutler, a Cook client. "Jay was disappointed in the firing of Mike Shanahan and met with the owner," Cook told "The owner assured him everything would be fine. The owner said he had the second-best offense in football and would leave the offensive staff intact. Jay was good with that. Then he hires an offensive coach who gets rid of the staff." Bowlen said Wednesday afternoon that he did not recall meeting with Cutler during the coaching search. Cutler left Denver the day before Mike Shanahan was fired and did not return until February. Bowlen said he would like the Pro Bowl quarterback to stay with the Broncos but was unable to predict if that would happen.

- If the Jets decide to make a strong play for Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, who could wind up on the trading block in the coming days, they may need help from a certain Cleveland resident whom they unceremoniously dumped - Eric Mangini. Wouldn't that be a trip? The Jets have the need, the cap room and the draft-pick ammunition to make a serious offer for Cutler, but the one thing they probably don't have is a quarterback the Broncos would take in return. That's where Mangini and the Browns would come in. The former Jets coach has two viable quarterbacks, Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, neither of whom has received an endorsement from Mangini. Quinn might be appealing to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels because he played at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis, who used to work with McDaniels in New England. Quinn is well-versed in the Weis/Patriots offensive system, which McDaniels will use in Denver. That means the Browns could emerge as the third team in a potential three-way trade. The main components of a three-way deal would be the Jets getting Cutler, the Broncos getting Quinn and the Browns getting a premium draft pick (or picks) to help their rebuilding process. Without Mangini, the Jets would be hard-pressed to swing the deal.

- Percy Harvin, the dynamic Florida receiver who doubled as a running back, will be in New Jersey Thursday for a private workout with the Giants. The 5-11, 195-pound Harvin, who did everything but run the 40 at his Pro Day Wednesday, said the Giants wanted him for a "special teams" workout. The likely mid-to-late first-round pick is expected to be both a punt and kickoff returner in the NFL, too. The Giants, who pick 29th in the April 25-26 draft, are likely looking for a receiver in the early rounds due to the uncertain future of Plaxico Burress. They did not sign a receiver during free agency. Harvin said he also has private workouts scheduled with the Jets, Dolphins, Vikings, Bucs and Ravens.

- Cut by the Cowboys on March 5, Roy Williams is in Cincinnati, visiting with the Bengals and possibly rejoining defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. According to Williams' agent, Jordan Woy, Williams has already turned down one offer and he has two more potential visits. Scheduled to count $6.6 million against the salary cap this season, the Cowboys released Williams, who was named to the Pro Bowl five times in his first seven seasons, and signed free agent Gerald Sensabaugh to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.

- Jets running back Thomas Jones was once again a no-show for the third consecutive day of the team's offseason workouts today. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the veteran is making a statement about his displeasure with his contract. These workouts are voluntary (if you believe that, I have Bernie Madoff's phone number if you want it), so Jones can get by on a technicality for now. But he can really draw a line in the sand next month. The Jets have a voluntary minicamp scheduled a week before the NFL draft and if Jones doesn't attend, the battle lines will be etched in stone and it may influence the team's decision on whether or not to draft a running back in the early rounds. Having filled almost all of their major needs in free agency except wide receiver, the Jets have the flexibility to go a number of different ways with their first-round pick (17th overall). With Jones in the fold, the Jets are believed to be looking at wide receiver, cornerback, quarterback and linebacker in the first round. Without Jones, they may decide to target a running back.

- A Delaware County prosecutor this morning named former Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter among the reported clients of an alleged drug dealer during opening arguments of a trial. Deputy District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland, addressing the jury, said that Styles N. Beckles, 36, of Clifton Heights, had told police that he sold drugs to pro athletes, including Buckhalter and Keita Crespina, a former Temple University football player. No charges have been filed against Buckhalter or Crespina. Buckhalter, 30, spent eight years with the Eagles before the Denver Broncos signed him to a four-year deal this month.

- The Cincinnati Bengals have the sixth overall selection in this year's NFL draft and will be in search of an impact player on either offense or defense. The prospect evaluation process has long begun and the franchise is beginning to narrow down its choices. One impact player ranked high on the team's list is Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells. The Bengals have a need for a playmaker at the running back position behind starter Cedric Benson and Wells is scheduled to visit the organization in Cincinnati the first week of April. Wells may have put himself back in the running as a potential Top 5 pick after an explosive performance at the school's pro day on March 13, rebounding from a so-so showing at the Scouting Combine last month.


Category: NFL

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2009 11:43 am

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

Has Vince Young shown up in any of trade rumors floating around out there?  


Maybe the Broncos can trade for him if McDaniels is dumb enough to let Cutler go and can't work things out.   

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 2:39 pm

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

Has Vince Young shown up in any of trade rumors floating around out there?   

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 12:05 pm

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

Hey, Charlie.  I heard a rumor about the Giants being interested in Browns WR Braylon Edwards.  I heard a trade offer was made which the Giants turned down.  Any truth to it?   

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 9:47 am

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

i think that the vikings should go after culter with full force. 



They probably should, but they won't.  The Vikings have gone on record stating they are done with free agency & trades and will do the rest of their offseason improvements via the draft. 

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2009 4:19 pm

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09


 i think that the vikings should go after culter with full force. some writers say that they brought in sage for some competition for tjack. why dont they bring in cutler for some more competition for tjack instead of this guy nobody even wants. i think that they owe it to adrain to get a good qb. i think he is tired of having to bust through 8 or 9 guys because they dont think the qb can beat them. i think that if you brign in cutler it will make teams play the pass a lot more andgive peterson maybe in 800 more yards next season.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2009 12:03 pm
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Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2009 11:14 am

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

3. He's a jerk. Kinda like T.O. 


I am in complete agreement.  I hope Plaxico Burress does NOT come back to the Giants. 

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2009 8:41 am

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

Plexeco probelly isn't comming back, for 3 reasons. 1. He carried a gun into a bar(illeagle). 2. He shot him self in the leg. He's lucky to be alive. 3. He's a jerk. Kinda like T.O.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2009 2:39 pm

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 3/20/09

No mention of Matt Schaub on your list of untouchable QB's.  I wonder if the Texans are interested in Jay Cutler.   

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