Titans running back Chris Johnson worked out at Baptist Sports Park this week, according to sources, despite his repeated denials that he was at the facility. But the All-Pro didn't indicate the two sides had come any closer to reaching a new deal. Johnson, who wants a new contract, didn't take part in any of the team's 14 organized workouts this offseason. Instead, he decided to work out the majority of the time with a personal trainer in Orlando, Fla. With coaches and many of the players on vacation after wrapping up June's minicamp last week, however, Johnson worked out at the facility on two occasions, most recently Wednesday.
As details continue to emerge about the timeline of Michael Vick's departure from the scene of a shooting last week, the Eagles face a deadline for a decision on their backup quarterback. A discrepancy has emerged between what Vick's lawyer told reporters about when the Eagles' quarterback left a party last Friday, and when a codefendant in Vick's dog fighting case was shot. The question for the Eagles is: What happens if Vick does not return to the team because of this incident? The Eagles did speak with 40-year-old Jeff Garcia's agent in April, but nothing came of those conversations. Rookie Mike Kakfa is currently the third quarterback, behind Vick and starter Kevin Kolb.
There is no question Vincent Jackson would fit in the Bears' offense. But for now, the Chargers receiver is not an option. A source familiar with the Bears' thinking told the Tribune on Wednesday the team has no plans to pursue a trade for Jackson at this time. Strings attached to Jackson -- compensation and a new contract -- are factors the Bears do not want to burden themselves with a month before training camp. The Bears, like many teams, would love to have a 6-foot-5, 230-pound target such as Jackson to throw to, particularly in the red zone. Jackson is unhappy with the one-year, $3.268 million tender extended to him by the Chargers.
The Jets have made a cursory phone call about former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, ESPN.com reports. The former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft was released by Oakland in May, and the Jets seemingly have a need for a backup quarterback, with Kellen Clemens and Erik Ainge behind Mark Sanchez. The report says the call is part of GM Mike Tannenbaum's strategy to investigate every available player. It lists the Cardinals and Vikings as Russell's most likely destinations. Russell is considered one of the all-time draft busts after being selected out of LSU in 2007, getting $39 million for seven wins in 25 starts, according to ESPN.
Willie Colon, the Steelers' longest-tenured starter on the offensive line, will miss the 2010 season because of a torn Achilles tendon. Colon, who was scheduled to have surgery 6/30/10, started 54 consecutive games at right tackle, including the playoffs. His recovery period is expected to last nine to 12 months, agent Joe Linta said. Linta spoke extensively with Steelers team physician Dr. James Bradley. Linta predicted that Colon, who suffered the injury while working out Monday at the team's facility, will make a full recovery for 2011. "It's a classic deal where the Steelers are very positive Willie will be back 100 percent," Linta said Tuesday.
Vincent Jackson might not be a Charger for long. No one is predicting he will be shipped off soon, and it does not appear other teams have been officially notified the Pro Bowl receiver is on the trading block. But several sources confirmed the Chargers talked with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month and have made it known Jackson will remain available. The Seahawks maintain interest, as do "several other teams," according to one source. Among those teams, sources said, are the Washington Redskins. It is not known whether the Redskins have spoken to the Chargers regarding Jackson. Two league sources said it was the Chargers who declined the Seahawks' overtures.
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, said he fully expects to be under contract in time to open training camp in late July. "At this point right now (agent Tom Condon) hasn't given me any indication that there's going to be any problems getting a contract done," Bradford said Tuesday while at the NFL Rookie Symposium. "I expect to be in camp, on time." Rams officials are on vacation this week, so a deal might not come together until early to mid-July.
Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is coming off the best season of his career, but he's working out this summer as though he still has a lot to prove. Shiancoe led the Vikings last season with 11 receiving touchdowns, third among NFL tight ends, and caught a career-high 56 passes. Given those lofty numbers, it wasn't surprising when a report surfaced earlier this week that stated Shiancoe's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has talked with the Vikings about a contract extension. Pro Football Weekly reported Shiancoe would like to be paid about $5 million to $7 million per season, which would make him one of the five highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.
The Steelers may go outside the organization to find a replacement for injured right tackle Willie Colon. Mammoth free agent tackle Flozell Adams (6-7, 338) was at the Steelers' practice facility earlier this week visiting with the organization. Adams went through a workout and physical with the team. Adams, 35, was a five-time Pro Bowl selection with the Dallas Cowboys after being drafted in the second round in 1998 out of Michigan State. Adams started 173 of his career 177 games with the Cowboys, most of which came at left tackle. Adams played his first season in the league at right guard.
The Lions are looking for a big season. And by big season, that could mean anything more than two wins. But as said in this space recently, the Lions have a lot of things going for them. All of that, however, could be derailed with a lengthy holdout by first-round pick Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, for Lions fans, Suh is saying all of the right things, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Like I've always said, I hope and plan to be in training camp," Suh said Friday after the Lions ended a three-day minicamp in Allen Park. "Where the contract stands? I have no clue. My agents are handling that right now.