Some NFL Tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy:
It wouldn't be surprising, with Brett Favre gone, if highly respected Tony Dungy, who has reached out to disgraced QB Michael Vick, recommends that the Vikings consider Vick. Vick wouldn't sell tickets like Favre would have, but he would cost a lot less money.
The Raiders' position Monday on Michael Vick: "We haven't talked about it, and we've been removed from it," senior executive John Herrera said. What, you wanted a "yea" or "nay" from him? Sorry, that has to be the company line when Al Davis runs the Surprise Moves 'R Us store. Still, it's hard to imagine Vick on a team whose chief executive, Amy Trask, sits on the board of directors for Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation.
During a closed-door meeting in owner Daniel Snyder's office in April, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell listened attentively as Snyder voiced concerns about Campbell's performance last season. Snyder told Campbell he wants him to become a franchise quarterback, Campbell recalled Monday, but he has not reached that level yet in Snyder's opinion. Spurred by Snyder's assessment of him, Campbell took more initiative in setting the agenda for offseason workouts. He personally contacted receivers to participate in throwing sessions at Redskins Park and, in some cases, admonished players for lacking focus, many in the organization said.
Free Antonio! Giants brass had nothing to say about their former star, Plaxico Burress, as the knuckleheaded gunslinger prepared to throw himself on the mercy of a Manhattan grand jury today in hopes of averting a gun possession indictment. But the team's president slammed prosecutors for seeking an additional indictment against linebacker Antonio Pierce for allegedly failing to turn Burress' blood-splattered, unregistered Glock over to cops after driving him to the hospital.
We're beginning to pick up some subtle indications from a couple of sources with connections to the team that the Redskins should not be ruled out as potential suitors for Michael Vick. The thinking is that, if he were to land in D.C., Vick would not supplant current starter Jason Campbell, but that he instead would work in a Wildcat-type role for 2009, with an opportunity next year to succeed Campbell, whose contract expires after the season. If the Redskins truly are interested, it could create an awkward situation for agent Joel Segal, who represents both players.
One league source said the hold up with first-round negotiations -- only four of 32 had signed by Monday morning -- was San Francisco's Michael Crabtree. The receiver from Texas Tech was a No. 10 overall draft pick but he is seeking top 3 money. If Crabtree gets top 3 money at No. 10, then the picks around him -- Knowhson Moreno was selected at No. 12 overall -- would negotiate their contracts accordingly.
It's crunch time in the Leon Washington negotiations. With veterans due to report Thursday to training camp at SUNY Cortland, the Jets have stepped up discussions with the big-play running back, who is threatening a holdout. Washington, seeking a long-term extension, still hasn't decided if he will report to camp under his existing contract, his agent, Alvin Keels, said Monday.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall won't say he's happy to still be with the Denver Broncos, but he did report for training camp Monday, the mandated day for the team's rookies and players who had offseason surgeries. Marshall also repeated his previous stance that, "I'm under contract, it's my obligation to be here and I'm here."
The Broncos and Knowshon Moreno were so far away from an agreement Sunday afternoon, one NFL source said there was "no way" the rookie running back from Georgia would show up today for the unofficial start of training camp.
If your team needs a quarterback, there's a former No. 1 overall draft pick available. And he's eager to find a job. Trouble is, he was the first overall pick in 1990, Jeff George. The quarterback, 41, has renewed his effort to get back into the NFL. "I feel like I can still play, and if there's someone out there to give me a shot, that would be wonderful," George said to IlliniHQ.com.
Unless the Cowboys go deep into the playoffs, Wade Phillips is gone. Jones will have the most attractive job opening next offseason and look at these candidates: Mike Shanahan, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren and Jon Gruden. They've all won at least one Super Bowl. Shanahan once replaced Phillips in Denver. He's the favorite to replace him in Dallas.
Disgruntled Pro Bowl special teamer Joshua Cribbs intends to report on time to Browns' training camp Friday, but still hopes to renegotiate his six-year, $6.7 million contract that has four years remaining, a source said Saturday. The source said Cribbs' agent J.R. Rickert has had discussions with the Browns and plans to continue those talks in Cleveland this week.