Posted on: May 18, 2010 12:54 pm

Agent: Mankins, Patriots 'pretty far apart'

The Boston Herald reports that 28-year-old guard Logan Mankins and his agent, Frank Bauer, are in talks with the Patriots about a contract extension.

However, Bauer claims the two sides aren't close on a new deal.

"We're pretty far apart. Let's leave it at that," Bauer was quoted as saying.

Mankins has been a holdout at Patriots team activities and workouts due to the lack of a contract extension.

Posted on: April 7, 2010 11:25 am

Redskins trade-a-thon: Haynesworth next?

The hysteria surrounding the Redskins' landing of former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb in a trade hasn't even settled yet, and the 'Skins are already eyeballing another big deal.

This time, they're reportedly looking for offers for DT Albert Haynesworth , says the Washington Post .

Haynesworth was paid a monsterous $21 million bonus by the Redskins on April 1, but already, coach Mike Shanahan has apparently asked GM Bruce Allen to start looking for teams that might want to deal for him.

The team officially declined comment to the Post , but flatly denied trade rumors to ESPN.

hich cited people familiar with the situation in noting that the Redskins would prefer to send Haynesworth elsewhere before the team's minicamp on April 16, to avoid any possible distractions in the event that Haynesworth attends the voluntary camp.

Posted on: April 7, 2010 11:22 am

Little's status still up in the air

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that longtime defensive end Leonard Little remains undecided about whether he will retire, or return for another season with the Rams or another team.

Little, 35, is currently an unrestricted free agent. He has played 12 seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Rams, who reportedly would like to re-sign him as a situational pass rusher and possibly at a lower salary.

Little told the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday that he is spending time with his family and has instructed his agent not to schedule team visits or "anything dealing with football."

Posted on: April 7, 2010 11:20 am
Edited on: April 7, 2010 11:20 am

LB Taylor pays visit to Jets

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that former Miami Dolphins LB Jason Taylor is visiting the Jets on Wednesday.

The story cited Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, with revealing news of the visit on the Joe Rose radio show in Miami.

The Dolphins and Patriots are also said to be interested in Taylor.

Posted on: March 26, 2010 12:05 pm

McNabb sweepstakes: Let the games begin

Ever since coach Andy Reid let slip at the annual owners' meeting that the Eagles are now "entertaining offers" for their QBs -- a virtual about-face from their stance after exiting the playoffs -- rumors and speculation have flown left and right.

While Reid's comment seemed to apply to all three of his QBs, starter Donovan McNabb is the hot property, and possibly the guy most likely to be dealt by the Eagles since he is due to be paid a $6 million roster bonus in six weeks.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that McNabb's personal top choice would be a trade to the Vikings, who are dealing with their own QB drama in the "will he or won't he" retirement saga of Brett Favre .

McNabb would reportedly dread going to either the Bills or Raiders, according to the Buffalo News .

The San Francisco Chronicle maintains that McNabb coming to Oakland in a trade that could involve the similarly high-paid CB Nnamdi Asomugha moving to Philly might make sense on the surface, but is probably unlikely to happen .

Meanwhile, in St. Louis, a rumor spread on Thursday that the Eagles had agreed to send McNabb to the Rams in exchange for FS Oshiomogho Atogwe and the 33rd overall pick in this year's draft. That rumor seemingly died a fast death when Eagles GM Billy Devaney called it "utterly ridiculous," according to the Camden Courier-Post .

Posted on: March 22, 2010 11:59 am

Roethlisberger woes won't affect Steelers' draft

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that despite coach Mike Tomlin 's comment on Sunday that he is "highly concerned for our franchise and for Ben personally," the Steelers will not react to QB Ben Roethlisberger 's legal troubles by targeting a quarterback in the draft.

Roethlisberger is currently accused of committing sexual assault in two different states within the past year. While he may or may not be charged in the most recent case in Georgia, the story cited a league source as saying Roethlisberger could be asked to undergo a "clinical evaluation" even if he's not charged.

Additionally, the league can choose to discipline Roethlisberger simlpy for being charged with a crime, regardless of the outcome of the case.

The Steelers' choice to avoid QBs in the draft could be indicative of their faith in backups Charlie Batch (whom they reportedly are looking to re-sign) and Dennis Dixon .

Posted on: March 22, 2010 11:48 am

Pacman, Hargrove en route to Detroit?

The Detroit News reports that troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and Saints DE Anthony Hargrove could both be headed to the Lions.

The story points out that both players met with the team last week and that coach Jim Schwartz mentioned Sunday that both remain possibilities.

Schwartz said they're still in the "information-gathering stage" about Jones, while Lions VP of pro personnel Sheldon White was one of a handful of representatives from different teams that attended his workout in New Orleans last week.
Posted on: March 22, 2010 11:41 am

Annual meeting: OT rule change coming?

At the NFL's annual meeting in Orlando, the eight-person committee of NFL heavy-hitters voted in favor of a proposed change to the way overtime is handled in playoff games.

The Boston Globe reports that the change would force the team that wins the coin toss to go for a touchdown in any OT period during the playoffs, rather than kick a field goal.

The committee voted 6-2 to send the proposal to a vote by all 32 NFL team owners, which will happen Tuesday or Wednesday.

Colts GM Bill Polian noted that the playoffs-only focus of the proposal was a compromise in response to concerns raised by various NFL players and the Players' Association, which was concerned that the increased number of snaps it would create during the regular season would elevate the risk of injury.
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