Brett Favre said during the ESPY awards show on Wednesday night in Los Angeles that he would "love to play" for the Vikings this season but still hasn't decided if he will return because his surgically repaired left ankle continues to give him problems. "I still have a little bit of time, and believe it or not, [I'm] not completely healthy," Favre said during a backstage interview at the Nokia Theatre that was aired on the ESPN3 website after the show ended. "I guess at 40 I may never be. I'm not getting any younger, but I am working hard trying to feel as best I can……"
Chris Johnson said contract talks with the Titans are at a standstill after receiving the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete on Wednesday. He says he wasn't sure about reports the Titans were talking with his agent about converting incentives into a $2.5 million bonus to get him more money this year. "I'm letting my agent and the team handle that. Right now we're at a standstill, and hopefully when camp starts we'll have an outcome," Johnson said.
The St. Louis Rams and quarterback Sam Bradford's representatives are scheduled to meet Friday in St. Louis, according to a league source. It is thought to be their first face-to-face meeting since the Rams selected Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick. The two sides spoke before the draft, but could not complete a deal and tabled talks.
The Titans have agreed to terms with their sixth of nine 2010 draft picks and have added a veteran tight end as well. The team agreed to contract terms with rookie linebacker Rennie Curran and free-agent tight end Sean Ryan. Curran's deal is believed to be for four years with minimum base salaries of $320,000 in 2010; $405,000 in 2011; $490,000 in 2012; and $575,000 in 2013.
The Arizona Cardinals signed quarterback John Skelton, a fifth-round draft pick, to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Skelton (6-foot-6, 244 pounds) set Fordham records with 9,923 passing yards, 69 touchdown passes, 802 completions and 1,363 attempts after starting in 41 of 43 games played. The native of El Paso was an All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first-team choice in 2009 and had 12 games with more than 300 yards passing and four with more than 400 yards passing in his collegiate career.
With 15 days remaining until training camp begins July 30, the Texans have six of their nine draft choices under contract. Cornerback Kareem Jackson (first round), running back Ben Tate (second) and tight end Garrett Graham (fourth) are the only unsigned picks. Receiver Dorin Dickerson, the seventh-round pick, agreed to a four-year deal worth $1.85 million on Wednesday.
Amid speculation that the Philadelphia Eagles may make a move with backup QB Michael Vick, sources familiar with Philadelphia's decision-making process said the only way the team would release Vick is if he forced them to do so — meaning he lied about what happened in the early morning hours of June 25, after his 30th birthday party. Sources said the Eagles have invested a lot of time in Vick, and they're inclined to see him finish out this season, the final year of his two-year contract. As for the monetary investment, it's pretty big considering he's a backup, not a starter. Vick's base salary for 2010 is $3.75 million, with $1 million of it fully guaranteed.
The Miami Dolphins have signed safety Reshad Jones, a fifth-round draft pick, to a four-year contract worth approximately $1.8 million. Jones is expected to contend for the free safety spot that has been occupied in minicamps and organized team activities mostly by Chris Clemons.
Another Browns draft pick reportedly has agreed to contract terms. Safety Larry Asante, the team's fifth-round pick, has signed for $1.96 million over four years, reports Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com. Asante joins defensive lineman Clifton Geathers and receiver Carlton Mitchell as rookie draft choices under contract. Geathers and Mitchell both were taken in the sixth round.
The Chargers confirmed Monday night that the NFL has suspended wide receiver Vincent Jackson for the first three games of the 2010 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The Chargers issued a news release saying the NFL has told the team Jackson will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 27. He is eligible to participate in training camp and exhibition games. It had been reported two weeks ago that Jackson would miss three games without pay. He has been convicted twice for driving under the influence, stemming from incidents in 2006 and 2009. He pleaded guilty to the most recent charge in February.
Barring an unforeseen change of circumstances, a Pro Bowl linebacker could hit the free-agent market next season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided not to give outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley a contract extension before the start of the 2010 season, a source told ESPN.com on Monday. Woodley is in the final year of his rookie deal and will make $550,000 this season, making him one of the NFL's best bargains. It's extremely rare that the Steelers negotiate with players during the season, which means Woodley would be set to become a free agent next March.
There was speculation when Adrian Peterson missed the Vikings' mandatory minicamp in June that the running back might be unhappy with his contract. Former NFL executive Michel Lombardi, who now works for league's website and NFL.com, has heard that Peterson definitely isn't pleased with his deal. Under the "Things I Hear" section of his new column, Lombardi writes that Peterson will be the next player to complain about his contract. Peterson has three years left on the six-year, $40.5 million deal he signed after being the seventh-overall choice in the 2007 draft, but the reality is the final year (2012) of the deal is going to void. Thus, Peterson really has two years left.
The Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Andrew Quarless, a fifth-round pick. Quarless started 29 games at Penn State. He finished his career as the Nittany Lions' all-time leader in receptions by a tight end (87) and second in receiving yards by a tight end (1,146).
The Lions have signed veteran quarterback Shaun Hill to a one-year contract extension through the 2011 season. The Lions acquired Hill, an eight-year veteran, from the 49ers for a seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft this offseason. The upcoming season was to have been the last year on his contract.
The Raiders announced the signing of cornerback Walter McFadden on their Twitter account Monday, as well as on Raiders.com A fifth-round draft pick out of Auburn (No. 138 overall), McFadden will be given a chance to win a job as a nickel back, according to coach Tom Cable. McFadden is the third draft pick to sign, following third-round pick Jared Veldheer and fourth-rounder Bruce Campbell, both offensive linemen. According to a source familiar with defensive lineman Lamarr Houston, contract talks are expected to begin this week.
Falcons wide receiver Kerry Meier, a fifth round draft pick, is set to come into the fold soon, according to his agent Vann McElroy. "We're close," said McElroy, Meier's Houston-based agent via phone Tuesday morning. "We're real close." The Falcons do not comment about ongoing negotiations. Meier was the 165th player taken in the 2010 NFL draft. Of the 38 fifth round picks, 28 have signed. The Falcons have signed four of their six draft picks. Meier and Falcons first round draft pick Sean Weatherspoon are the remaining unsigned rookies.