After releasing running back LenDale White, the Seattle Seahawks could be looking to bolster their running back group. Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News reports the Seahawks explored a trade for Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch before the NFL Draft in April, but the price was too steep for Seattle. Now it appears that Lynch is not at Bills workouts, meaning there is friction between him and the team. Reports say Lynch remains in good shape despite missing voluntary workouts with the team this offseason. Lynch is a power running back and would replace White's expected production well if the Seahawks chose to pursue that option.
The Bills finished their sixth spring practice Thursday outside the team's fieldhouse, and running back Marshawn Lynch was absent for the sixth straight session. The Bills begin a three-day voluntary minicamp on Friday. It's a practice just like they have been doing. But it's an extra three-day session that is allowed for teams that have a new head coach. There are two practices scheduled for Friday and Saturday
As the O.J. Atogwe sweepstakes drags on through its second day, the Miami Dolphins may have found their palatable alternative. Former Dallas Cowboys free safety Ken Hamlin has posted on his Twitter account that he is headed to Miami this afternoon. Hamlin, a free agent, doesn't specifically say he's coming to visit the Dolphins, but that sure seems like it could be the plan. "Taken this cab to the airport headed to Miami," Hamlin writes. "Let's see what I get picked up in?" Hamlin, 29, never played for Bill Parcells in Dallas. He was brought there in 2007 after Parcells left the Cowboys; Hamlin played four seasons for the Seahawks.
The Lions' decision-makers declined to talk Thursday about any possible interest acquiring free-agent safety O.J. Atogwe. "I'm never gonna say who we are or we're not interested in, because it doesn't help us in any way," general manager Martin Mayhew said. Coach Jim Schwartz also stuck with his pat answer to speculation about personnel decisions. Sure, the Lions are searching for a starting safety opposite Louis Delmas. And clearly Atogwe, a Windsor native who'll turn 29 this month, makes plenty of sense.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has assured on several occasions this year that Tom Brady will be a member of the team for years to come. But according to a report yesterday on Yahoo! Sports, there has not been much in the way of substantive talks between the Patriots and Brady's representatives on a contract extension. NFL columnist Michael Silver wrote that "there's a growing sense of disconnect between the two camps.'' Brady declined to comment on the situation with Silver, saying he is uncomfortable discussing the subject. The coming season marks the final year of the six-year, $60 million contract Brady signed before the 2005 season. He has never begun a "contract year'' without a new contract.
For the past two weeks, cornerback Darrelle Revis has been at OTAs with his Jets teammates and said his voluntary presence was a sign he and the team want his contract negotiations to get done smoothly. But the All-Pro player was not at yesterday's session -- and the reason is related to his contract, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions between Revis and the Jets. The people requested anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak openly about the negotiations on behalf of Revis or the team. Both of Revis' agents, Neil Schwarz and Jonathan Feinsod, declined to comment when reached by phone yesterday.
The St. Louis Rams remain the favorites to sign safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, even after their failure to reach a contract agreement with him Tuesday night allowed him to become a free agent, according to two sources familiar with the situation. One of the sources, who has spoken with Rams management in recent days, said negotiations between the sides have remained amicable even in the absence of an agreement. And even though the Miami Dolphins are making a strong push, the environment remains favorable for a deal that would return Atogwe to St. Louis. The Rams want Atogwe back. They just didn't want to pay him the $6.976 million tender it would have taken to keep him off the open market.
Outside of Steve Slaton and Arian Foster, nothing is certain for running backs trying to secure a roster spot, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. The roster carries Ryan Moats, Jeremiah Johnson, Chris Henry and rookie Ben Tate, but Kubiak said someone likely will be cut before training camp. "For those guys, it's a battle," Kubiak said. "We probably won't be able to take them all to camp, so the battle is right now. (They are) good young players, but obviously Foster and Steve are leading the group right now.
Free-agent kicker Shayne Graham arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday, moving one step closer to signing with the Ravens. Graham appears set to take a physical with the team once the sides reach an agreement on the expected one-year contract. Although the deal hasn't been finalized after two days of talks, a Ravens official said he would be "shocked" if the team didn't strike a deal with the NFL's fourth-most accurate kicker. Graham, who has kicked for the Cincinnati Bengals for the past seven seasons, would compete against Billy Cundiff to become the Ravens' kicker this season.
Center Kevin Mawae doesn't appear to be any closer to a new contract than he was five weeks ago. Mawae's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Wednesday the market is quiet regarding the 16-year veteran, who is coming off his eighth Pro Bowl appearance. Mawae has expressed a desire to return to the Titans and the two sides had some preliminary talks on that topic a couple of months ago. But there hasn't been much communication between the Titans and Mawae of late. ``We thought he'd hear back from the Titans a few weeks ago and we haven't heard anything from them,'' Bartelstein said. ``We're kind of at a standstill with everyone else.''
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan made his most emphatic public overtures to free agent running back Brian Westbrook Wednesday, saying Washington has made Westbrook an official offer to join a full stable of running backs that already includes veterans Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. Asked after Wednesday's offseason workout session if he had heard from Westbrook or his agent, Shanahan told the assembled media, "No, but if you guys hear anything, just tell him that we're ready. "We want him to sign with us," Shanahan said. "Like I said, it could be some great competition. I really like Brian, what he's done and how he's handled himself. I'm sure he's weighing some options. ..."
After Tuesday's practice, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said the roster would likely be trimmed to just three quarterbacks. The team currently carries starter Matt Schaub, backup Dan Orlovsky,John David Booty and college free agent Tyler Sheehan, but Kubiak said with loaded slots at the tight end and kicker positions, a move would have to be made. "I'm trying to get a feel for Booty and take a look at Tyler also," Kubiak said. "I think we go to camp with three, maybe four, but I think it's going to be three. We'll have to make a decision between the two."