Here are some updated NFL tidbits & Rumors:
A source familiar with Michael Vick's deliberations with NFL teams said Monday morning that at least five clubs are interested in Vick. That comes after former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, an adviser to Vick, said Sunday night on NBC that Vick could sign with a team soon. Sources also said Monday that the NFL Players Association has no suspicions that the league's franchise owners are colluding to keep Vick from returning to the league.
As the i-dotting and t-crossing between the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning continues, there's a rumor making the rounds that the delay in finalizing the six-year, $97.5 million deal arises from tensions between CAA and IMG. CAA handles Eli's football contract; IMG retained his marketing rights when Tom Condon left IMG for CAA a couple of years ago. As the rumor goes, IMG has thrown a wrench into the finalization of the deal. A source with knowledge of the situation says that the CAA-IMG dynamic has no impact on the ongoing negotiations between the player and the team, but that it's a "language issue" between the Giants and Manning.
David Tyree, the most improbable hero of Super Bowl XLII instead of securing the ball on his helmet will have to pull a rabbit out of it if he is to find a place for himself on a Giants roster that seemingly has no place for him. This summer, even with the departures of Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, there is no roster spot for Tyree. Four returning receivers are ahead of him -- Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham and Sinorice Moss -- and the two rookie draft picks, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, are locks to stick. Another problem for Tyree is he hasn't been making enough plays.
After missing all but the first two days of full-squad workouts, Brandon Marshall has fallen out of the starting lineup. The team's top three receivers are listed as Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley and Jabar Gaffney, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched training camp. Marshall, the team's top receiver the last two years, is on the second-team, listed behind Gaffney.
Frank Gore wants to see more maturity out of Vernon Davis, and he told him so. "It's his fourth year now. Now it's time," Gore said. The 49ers running back spoke to reporters a day after Davis said some teammates were upset by his latest training-camp fight. Coach Mike Singletary punished the entire team after Davis' scuffle by making players run sideline-to-sideline sprints. Gore was among those unamused. "I wasn't mad about having to run gassers," he said. "I just feel it's his fourth year now, and I told him it shouldn't be him now. Everybody makes mistakes but it shouldn't be him. OK, a rookie? I accept that."
It has now been a full week since last time we saw Brandon Marshall on the practice field. The Broncos No. 1 wide receiver last practiced Aug. 2, and left that session early. He's only been spotted walking to and from the weight room since. At this point, no one (in the media at least) is expecting to see him back anytime soon. Certainly not on the field for practice this week, and not for the preseason opener Friday at San Francisco.
Having been to the Pro Bowl twice, saddled with the nickname "MeAngelo" along the way, DeAngelo Hall is taking a more mature approach as he plans his next trip to Hawaii. Hall, who in 2005 hoisted a sign that read, "Aloha, see you in Hawaii," after making an interception on "Monday Night Football" feels at home with the Washington Redskins after troubled times with the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders.
If Eli Manning is worth an average of $15.2 million per season - making him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL - what might Tom Brady command? It's a question the Patriots and Brady don't necessarily have to answer until the end of the 2010 season, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. Yet, based on the history between the sides, it's a question that very well could be answered this year, because the Patriots have traditionally extended Brady with two years remaining.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Saturday that comments about the Denver Broncos that he made during a recent radio interview were aimed at Denver's training camp, not its fans. Cutler, traded by the Broncos to the Bears in the spring, sought Saturday to clarify comments he made in an interview earlier in the week, when he had given Chicago a nine and Denver a six on a scale of one to 10. "Denver's got great fans," Cutler said following the Bears' workout at Soldier Field before a crowd of 27,793 fans. "I wasn't saying anything about their fans."
You probably can't win a starting quarterback job during the first week of practice, but you can lose one. So as we examine the race between Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich -- sorry, Josh Freeman, your time will come soon -- understand that both avoided catastrophe. But Leftwich was better. He made more plays, got the ball in the end zone more consistently and basically converted more believers in the locker room. Still, it's too soon to order a No. 7 jersey.
You can't blame the media when Cowboys coach Wade Phillips takes a veiled shot at Terrell Owens, without even being prompted. Phillips, who spins an enjoyable yarn at pressers, was pressed as to whether the Cowboys appeared humbled by their difficult 2008 season. Phillips couldn't resist tweaking his former player. "Well, we had one guy who was here who wasn't real humble and he's not here any more,'' Phillips said. "So maybe it makes everyone else look humble.''
Derrick Burgess became unwanted in Oakland, where he had become persona non grata after begging out of minicamp with "sickness" and boycotting training camp. But he is a welcome addition in New England, which might have plugged the team???s one glaring weakness - outside linebacker. Burgess's new teammates and coach, Bill Belichick, expressed excitement about the addition of the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, who projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Patriots.
Vikings coach Brad Childress is remaining patient as Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson compete for the starting quarterback job. "It's a good competition," Childress said, "and it's all headed toward the cumulative work here during practice and then I want to watch them compete with the lights on." At least on Saturday night, Rosenfels appeared to have the stronger performance. He had a long completion to Percy Harvin early on, down the right sideline, with rookie Asher Allen in coverage. Then, he threaded a pass to Darius Reynaud with safety Tyrell Johnson all over the young receiver. Jackson had some nice throws, including a 19-yarder to Jaymar Johnson after avoiding a sack. But he had a lowlight of the evening, with an overthrew pass intended Reynaud that safety Eric Frampton picked off.