Kevin Mawae believes his role as president of the NFL Players Association might be the reason he isn't finding an interested team in the free-agent market. Mawae is 39, but he did make the Pro Bowl last season with the Titans. "I look on the rosters and I know there are teams that are hurt and struggling on the offensive line and yet I still haven't got a call," Mawae told a radio station in Nashville.
Wanting a trade, wide receiver Patrick Crayton has decided not to attend anymore voluntary offseason workouts with the Dallas Cowboys until something can be worked out, according to his agent, Fred Lyles. Crayton has requested a meeting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, but that might not happen until next week. Crayton and backup wide receiver Sam Hurd had asked to be traded after the Cowboys used their first-round pick in last week's draft on wide receiver Dez Bryant. There has been some interest in the receivers from other teams, but not enough for the Cowboys to warrant making a deal.
Brett Favre has been informed he requires surgery on his left ankle to play the upcoming season for the Minnesota Vikings, and the quarterback is deliberating whether to have the procedure or simply to end his 19-year NFL career by retiring. Favre, who would turn 41 during the 2010 season, told ESPN the ankle injury that he suffered three months ago in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints continues to be swollen and painful. That prompted tests to determine why healing had not occurred and Favre sent the results of those scans to orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who told the quarterback his opinion that surgery is unavoidable.
After a courtship period that lasted about 24 hours, the Jaguars failed to come to an agreement Thursday with free agent safety Darren Sharper, who left Jacksonville without a contract and will presumably continue exploring his options, a team source said. Sharper, 34, was a key figure last season as the New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl. He had nine interceptions and three touchdown returns and is believed to be seeking a significant raise from the one-year, $1.7 million contract he received last season. It's still possible the Jaguars might sign Sharper, but a lot hinges on whether both sides can reach a compromise on guaranteed money.
The Dolphins have interest in recently released Adalius Thomas but are waiting for his price to come down, according to the Miami Herald. The report says, "If Thomas indeed wants to play the New England Patriots twice this season as is rumored, and if he is willing to play for a reasonable salary, he might make sense for the Dolphins.
Contrary to the perception that they're not addressing the position, the Chicago Bears could actually be working behind the scenes to bring in a veteran receiver. According to a league source, Chicago has recently been in contact with representatives for unrestricted free-agent receiver Mike Furrey. Given his familiarity with offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system, in addition to his history with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and assistant head coach Rod Marinelli, the acquisition of Furrey would seem to be a logical move.
Running back Chris Johnson, tight end Bo Scaife and linebacker Stephen Tulloch were absent again as the Titans held their second practice of the offseason today at Baptist Sports Park. The trio also missed Tuesday's session, which kicked off a batch of on-field work to be sprinkled over the next two months. Today's practice was open to the media.
The Rams moved to add more depth to their secondary Wednesday, most specifically at safety, when they acquired Kevin Payne from the Chicago Bears for a conditional seventh-round pick in next year's draft. The Rams lose the pick only if Payne makes the roster. The move might not be related to the contract status of restricted free-agent free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe because Payne has been better at strong safety than free safety during his three seasons with the Bears. He is described as a tough player with in-the-box hitting skills. A fifth-round pick in 2007, Payne played just three games and started one in his rookie season because of a broken arm that landed him on injured reserve……
The Oakland Raiders are preparing to release quarterback JaMarcus Russell but have to await the final word from owner Al Davis before they can do so, according to sources. Russell is on the books for $9.45 million this season, including $3 million in guaranteed money. Since trading for former Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell on Saturday, the Raiders have studied Russell's contract and tried to figure out ways to release him to save the organization some money. If he gets the $3 million (and sources expect that he will), Russell will have been paid $39 million since going to the team as a first-round pick in 2007.