Some more NFL Tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy:
The surgery Brian Westbrook will undergo Friday morning in Baltimore is a serious procedure, according to a source close to the situation. "I'm just concerned that it is being underplayed," the source said. "It's a lot more than a little spur and it's much more than the knee arthroscopy he had (in February)." Both a team source and Westbrook's agent Todd France downplayed the significance of the surgery, which the team announced late Wednesday night. "It's just some bone spurs," France told ESPN.com Wednesday.
The Falcons indicated several weeks ago that Michael Vick was not in their plans for this or any other season. So why is Vick still on the roster? Call it the "never-say-never" factor. Sources familiar with the Falcons situation tell me that the team is pretty much resigned to the idea that they will release Vick -- probably late in training camp -- once his status is decided by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The never-say-never part comes in with other teams: The Falcons feel that it's worth it to hang onto Vick on the possibility that a team might be willing to fork over a draft pick in a trade. The Falcons got a tepid response from teams when they held discussions at the Scouting Combine in February, but felt it was worth a shot to see if any further interest would be generated over the summer. Bottom line: If no trade partner can be found before the start of the regular season, the Falcons will release Vick sometime before the opener.
Safety LaRon Landry is now the only Redskin who is unaccounted for during this round of offseason workouts. Linebacker London Fletcher and fullback Mike Sellers - who declined comment as they left the field today - both returned to work out earlier this week after missing Monday and Tuesday. Landry, though, is not here, and Jim Zorn said he has not been able to reach the third-year player by either telephone or text message.
The giddy reaction in Chicago over the Bears' acquisition of Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler is not shared by former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. "[The Bears] took a risk [trading for Cutler]. I think they took that risk specifically with beating the Green Bay Packers in mind," Dungy said Wednesday. "I really think Chicago gave up a lot to get a quarterback who they believe is going to be the final piece of the puzzle. But I am not sure he has won enough to merit that yet."
It appears that Donovan McNabb's decade-long run as Eagles' starting quarterback is about to extend at least two more years. Citing an anonymous league source, Comcast SportsNet reported that the team and its 32-year-old franchise quarterback are on the verge of agreeing to a restructured deal. Talks initially centered on an extension have shifted to re-working McNabb's current contract to guarantee the roughly $19 million he's slated to earn in the next two seasons, the report said.
Rex Ryan already has predicted the Jets will win a Super Bowl in the next three years and yesterday on the radio declared, "I didn't come here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings."
During an interview with a Baltimore television station, Vince Young made it clear it's time for him to play football or go elsewhere. "He was just voicing his opinion about competing for a starting job," his agent, Major Adams, said Wednesday, adding that Young was surprised by the magnitude of the controversy. But make no mistake, Young isn't satisfied with the role of backup to 16-year veteran Kerry Collins, who assumed the starting job midway through the 2008 season opener and led the Titans to a league-best 13-3 record. But after an offseason when Young appeared to be largely toeing the company line, working hard and saying the right things, the interview at a youth football camp offered the first signs of a lifelong football star becoming frustrated with an unfamiliar supporting role.