Posted on: May 27, 2010 11:19 am
The Dallas Morning News reports that WR Patrick Crayton is unsure if the team still wants him, after drafting Dez Bryant in April.
On draft night, Crayton's agent learned that the Cowboys were shopping him around, and then received permission from the club to look for a trade. In the time since, Crayton has been absent from organized team activities, though he does plan to attend the mandatory minicamp that begins June 11.
"If it's a true open competition, I'll be with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010," Crayton told the Dallas Morning News of the suddenly crowded WR situation in Dallas.
"If not, and things have already been assigned, then I'll probably be elsewhere."
Crayton added that he doesn't know if the Cowboys want him on their roster anymore.
"All I've known is a star on my helmet," Crayton said. "It's definitely tough not knowing if the team wants you or not. But it's the nature of the business."
Posted on: May 24, 2010 2:07 pm
While Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings have refrained from making any statement about whether the veteran QB will return for another season, it looks more and more likely by the day.
Favre recently announced that if he intended to play football this season, his ankle required offseason surgery. Favre has since undergone that surgery.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that several Vikings teammates are keeping in touch with Favre , and he hasn't made any statement to them that hinted that he was contemplating retirement. Favre will likely sit out training camps, OTAs and other team activities, but that was to be expected.
Favre could earn a non-guaranteed $13 million this season, so while money is not Favre's only concern, it is yet another motivating factor in persuading him to give it one more go.
Posted on: May 24, 2010 1:57 pm
The New York Daily News reports that the Giants-Jets bid to host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 is looking more likely to happen.
The NFL owners are set to vote on the Super Bowl host on May 25. The Daily News reports that Giants CEO and co-owner John Mara said they need just 15 more votes for New York to win the vote, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft is apparently on board to vote for the Big Apple.
Tampa and South Florida are both in the running against New York, but are trailing in support.
Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:36 pm
The Tennessean reports that former Pro Bowl running back Marshall Faulk not only agrees with Titans RB Chris Johnson 's decision to sit out of OTAs and seek a larger contract, but he encourages him to keep up the fight.
"Without a doubt, if more money is what he wants, he has to hold out," Faulk said, as quoted by the Tennessean . "You have to know who you are dealing with. The Titans aren't known for caving in or paying, it doesn't matter who you are. In my opinion, there is no way he can come in and play under the current contract."
Johnson set a single-season NFL record for yards from scrimmage (2,006) last season and stated afterward that he wanted to become the highest paid offensive player in the league. As it currently stands, Johnson is scheduled to earn just $550,000 for the 2010 season -- a bargain for a player of his caliber.
Faulk supports Johnson's quest for a paycheck more in line with his value to the Titans.
"He has exceeded the money he is making, the Titans know it and everyone in the league knows it," Faulk said.
Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:29 pm
In what was viewed by Browns GM Tom Heckert as a negotiation tactic, linebacker Matt Roth requested to be traded by the team on Monday.
Heckert's response? "It's not going to happen."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Roth was among five restricted free agents that skipped the first day of Brown's voluntary OTAs this week. The Browns picked up Roth off waivers from the Dolphins last November and he finished the season strong with four sacks.
"It's really not a big deal right now," Heckert said, as quoted by the Plain Dealer . "First of all, it's not going to happen. It's like that with everybody. Normally when guys aren't happy with their contracts, the first thing that comes out of their mouths is, 'give me a new deal or trade me.'"
Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:16 pm
As the Houston Texans began their voluntary organized team activities on Monday, Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson was not there.
According to a story in the Houston Chronicle , Johnson is unhappy with his existing deal and is holding out for a better one.
Under his current contract -- which has five years remaining on it -- Johnson would earn a base salary of $5.8 million for the 2010 season.
Texans GM Rick Smith isn't concerned about Johnson's holdout.
"I'm not real worried because we re-did him with two years left on his original deal, and that was three years ago," Smith said, as quoted by the Chronicle . "Over the first three years of that deal, I think if you even ask him, he's been well-compensated."
"He's got five years left on his deal now (and) we're willing to sit down and talk with him, and he knows that."
Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:05 pm
The Jacksonville Times-Union reports that Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis is skipping the team's voluntary organized team activities as he holds out for a new contract.
Mathis has two years remaining on his existing contract, which was originally for $25.5 million over five years.
Jags coach Jack Del Rio reportedly was asked if the team was talking about an extension for Mathis or if they would offer him a new contract. He responded "no" to both inquiries.
Posted on: May 18, 2010 12:59 pm
New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft remains optimistic about star wide receiver Wes Welker recovering from reconstructive left knee surgery and picking up where he left off this season.
"He's going to be back there. I have confidence in that," Kraft said, as quoted in a story in the Boston Herald .
"I happened to see him a week-and-a-half ago. He looks great. We think everything should be fine there."