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NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Posted on: June 17, 2009 1:51 pm
 

Here are some NFL Tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy:

The rumor mill continues to churn regarding potential destinations for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. Last night, word was that the Ravens might be interested. Word today includes rumblings of Brandon possibly being traded to the Browns. The package would include, per the rumor, Browns kick returner/receiver Josh Cribbs and one or more draft picks. Such a move also would likely put Braylon Edwards in play for a trade elsewhere.

Tim Hasselbeck, a former backup quarterback for the Giants, said on ESPN's NFL Live yesterday that teams -- including the Jets -- would be wise to refrain from signing his former teammate Plaxico Burress. "When you're looking at Plaxico Burress, there's no doubt that he can be a dominant receiver at times on Sundays," Hasselbeck said. "We've seen it. But with that being said, I played with the guy. I was in the locker room with him for two years. He's a disaster as a teammate. He's a disaster as a guy that you have to coach."

Plaxico Burress is intent on playing in 2009, and it appears he wouldn't mind doing so in Tampa Bay. The former Giants receiver, who is embroiled in a legal snafu and faces weapons charges in New York after an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound last year, reached out to Bucs RB Derrick Ward and others on the team to express an interest in joining them.

Word from Valley Ranch is Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett had a come-to-Jesus meeting with QB Tony Romo this off-season where he basically told him to get his butt in better shape. Now nobody is accusing Romo of being Val Kilmer, or even Byron Leftwich. The description used was "bottom heavy" and the message was more "We love you but... " than butt kicking. What The Redheaded Genius told him was, basically, become a better finisher. Cowboys coaches believe Romo has a penchant for showing up for training camp in just good enough shape to allow him to get out to a good start in the first half. And it falls apart in the second half because he does. He is not able to outrun the same players. His mistakes go up. He is not the same QB.

Although the agent for wide receiver Plaxico Burress said he hopes to land his client a job before the start of NFL training camps this summer, the Jets' interest in Burress has cooled, according to two people kept abreast of the discussions between the Jets and Burress' representatives. he week before the NFL Draft, the Jets contacted Drew Rosenhaus to inquire about Burress' legal status, but that's the only conversation the two sides have had. The Bears and Bucs have also reportedly expressed interest in Burress.

Tampa Bay could be without a few players for its mandatory mini-camp, which begins Tuesday. That includes quarterback Brian Griese. Griese has not participated in any OTAs and could be released or traded before training camp. He has been in Denver with his pregnant wife and is not believed to be part of Tampa Bay's future plans at quarterback, where the Bucs have four other signal callers - Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich, Josh Johnson and Josh Freeman.

Count Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin among those who think Brett Favre should bag the idea of playing for Minnesota and instead call it a career. "Listen, Favre's 100 years old; stop this already," said Irvin, in Los Angeles to promote his Spike TV reality show "4th and Long." "I love Favre and I think he's been a phenomenal talent for a long time. But when I think about it now, I say, 'Stop it already.' I don't mind that you still want to play football, but do you want to play so much, and you want to get back at [Green Bay General Manager] Ted Thompson so much, that you're willing to go back into Lambeau and hurt those fans that supported you for so long?"

Although he has said otherwise, linebacker Mike Vrabel has created the impression among reporters that he doesn't want to be in Kansas City.

Dolphins rookie Pat White continues to overthrow some passes -- this weekend, one went over a fence; another hit Bill Parcells' golf cart -- and coach Tony Sparano attributes it to adrenaline and technique. But Sparano said one of White's best skills is throwing deep.

File this one in the category of how to make a bad first impression on your new coach: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, a former first-round draft choice entering his third NFL season, showed up to offseason workouts overweight and was told to lose 20-25 pounds. He reportedly has worked hard to do so.

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Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 7:59 am
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Are the Ravens going nuts? Those are two great players. And their going to trade one because it sounds good? I would say no.



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:02 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Count Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin among those who think Brett Favre should bag the idea of playing for Minnesota and instead call it a career. "Listen, Favre's 100 years old; stop this already," said Irvin, in Los Angeles to promote his Spike TV reality show "4th and Long." "I love Favre and I think he's been a phenomenal talent for a long time. But when I think about it now, I say, 'Stop it already.' I don't mind that you still want to play football, but do you want to play so much, and you want to get back at [Green Bay General Manager] Ted Thompson so much, that you're willing to go back into Lambeau and hurt those fans that supported you for so long?"
 
If you're the Vikings this is a great fit for an aging QB that can still get it done with the right people around him.  If you're Brett Favre this may be the only place you would want to go if not retirning.  Personally, I think he's got enough to do something with a team like the Vikings for 1-2 years.  This team needs an experienced quarterback, and even an agined one like Favre would fit the bill.  Not particularly a Vikings fan, but this may be the one missing piece.  Not sure what they'd pay him, but the price might be right and gives Favre one more shot at a Super Bowl or at least a legit playoff run.  As for Michael Irvin, sometimes he has some excellant insight, but sometimes I think he sometimes says things that might be self promoting and maybe not all that insightful.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 4:50 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Tim Hasselbeck, a former backup quarterback for the , said on ESPN's NFL Live yesterday that teams -- including the -- would be wise to refrain from signing his former teammate Plaxico Burress. "When you're looking at Plaxico Burress, there's no doubt that he can be a dominant receiver at times on Sundays," Hasselbeck said. "We've seen it. But with that being said, I played with the guy. I was in the locker room with him for two years. He's a disaster as a teammate. He's a disaster as a guy that you have to coach."
LOL.  Love this guy's frankness. 



Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 2:54 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Well, they got rid of TO, so Romo is out of excuses.  A little less posing for the paparazzi with Jessica; and a little more practicing and getting in shape, and Romo will be fine.  The late season slumps MUST stop, however. 
He better be fine with the money they're paying him.  I agree; less being a celebrity; more concentrating on football. 



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 11:26 am
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Word from Valley Ranch is offensive coordinator Jason Garrett had a come-to-Jesus meeting with QB this off-season where he basically told him to get his butt in better shape. Now nobody is accusing Romo of being Val Kilmer, or even . The description used was "bottom heavy" and the message was more "We love you but... " than butt kicking. What The Redheaded Genius told him was, basically, become a better finisher. Cowboys coaches believe Romo has a penchant for showing up for training camp in just good enough shape to allow him to get out to a good start in the first half. And it falls apart in the second half because he does. He is not able to outrun the same players. His mistakes go up. He is not the same QB.
Well, they got rid of TO, so Romo is out of excuses.  A little less posing for the paparazzi with Jessica; and a little more practicing and getting in shape, and Romo will be fine.  The late season slumps MUST stop, however. 



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 3:56 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Almost seems like McDaniels & Company WANT this team to finish last, doesn't it?  What the heck are they doing out there in Denver? 
I don't know, but it seems they are trying to make the AFC West easier for the rest of us.  I'm all for it.  Tongue out



Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 1:15 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Count Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin among those who think Brett Favre should bag the idea of playing for Minnesota and instead call it a career. "Listen, Favre's 100 years old; stop this already," said Irvin, in Los Angeles to promote his Spike TV reality show "4th and Long." "I love Favre and I think he's been a phenomenal talent for a long time. But when I think about it now, I say, 'Stop it already.' I don't mind that you still want to play football, but do you want to play so much, and you want to get back at [Green Bay General Manager] Ted Thompson so much, that you're willing to go back into Lambeau and hurt those fans that supported you for so long?"
I never liked Michael Irvin, but he DOES have a point.



Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 1:12 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Count Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin among those who think Brett Favre should bag the idea of playing for Minnesota and instead call it a career. "Listen, Favre's 100 years old; stop this already," said Irvin, in Los Angeles to promote his Spike TV reality show "4th and Long." "I love Favre and I think he's been a phenomenal talent for a long time. But when I think about it now, I say, 'Stop it already.' I don't mind that you still want to play football, but do you want to play so much, and you want to get back at [Green Bay General Manager] Ted Thompson so much, that you're willing to go back into Lambeau and hurt those fans that supported you for so long?"
I never liked Michael Irvin, but he DOES have a point. 



Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:43 am
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Word from Valley Ranch is offensive coordinator Jason Garrett had a come-to-Jesus meeting with QB this off-season where he basically told him to get his butt in better shape. Now nobody is accusing Romo of being Val Kilmer, or even . The description used was "bottom heavy" and the message was more "We love you but... " than butt kicking. What The Redheaded Genius told him was, basically, become a better finisher. Cowboys coaches believe Romo has a penchant for showing up for training camp in just good enough shape to allow him to get out to a good start in the first half. And it falls apart in the second half because he does. He is not able to outrun the same players. His mistakes go up. He is not the same QB.It is my understanding that this is rumor, and one that Romo denies.  It does however, make perfect sense and the Cowboys need to do something so this guy doesn't falter down the stretch.  I was reading some stats on the guy and his last four games of the season (in just the last two years) are terrible.  We all know what his playoff record is too.



Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2009 11:39 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 6/17/09

Although he has said otherwise, linebacker has created the impression among reporters that he doesn't want to be in Kansas City.That makes perfect sense. The only one that wants to be in KC is......um.....uh.....nevermind.


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