The Eagles have traded cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to the Browns for fourth and fifth round picks and linebacker Alex Hall, the team announced. The Eagles will have the 104th overall pick in the fourth round and the 137th overall pick in the fifth round. They now have eight draft picks.
Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith changed agents, switching from Ralph Cindrich to Neil Cornrich, according to the NFL Players Association. The change officially occurred on March 23, the NFLPA said. Cindrich has publicly expressed Smith's desire to be traded from the Ravens over the past four months. In early March, Cindrich indicated that Smith specifically wants to go to the Cleveland Browns, saying, "He would crawl from Baltimore right now to be able to play in Cleveland."
The Lions might be closer to trading for Seattle guard Rob Sims. Citing league sources, NFL.com reported Thursday that Sims, a restricted free agent, signed his one-year, $1.101-million tender early this week. That means, according to the league's Web site, that "Sims very likely will be dealt before this month's draft." Sims' signing of the tender means Seattle is entitled to a fourth-round draft pick as compensation but also can accept less in a trade. The Seattle Times reported that the fact that Sims has paved the way for a trade by signing the tender means the Seahawks likely would accept less in return.
The Eagles will bring Michael Vick back next season, team sources said today. Vick is currently third on the quarterback depth chart and is slated to earn $5.25 million in total salary. That salary would be an exorbitant amount for the Eagles to pay a third-stringer. But if he were to be the backup, Vick's salary would not be significantly more than what other NFL backup quarterbacks earn. And with his additional role in the Eagles' wildcat/spread formation offense, Vick would warrant the higher scale, according to one team source.
The Washington Redskins hold the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft -- and it appears that former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is on their radar. The Redskins have scheduled Clausen to fly to Washington Friday night and spend Saturday visiting with team officials, including coach Mike Shanahan, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Redskins also will hold a private workout with Clausen in South Bend, Ind., on April 15, a workout that Shanahan is expected to attend, the source said. Last week, Shanahan said he would not name a starting quarterback ahead of training camp.
The National Football Post reported Tuesday that Oklahoma State cornerback and kickoff returner Perrish Cox is scheduled to visit the Lions and the Tennessee Titans. Cox, 5-feet-11 and 195 pounds, is listed as the sixth-rated cornerback draft prospect by Scouts Inc. Cox had four interceptions as a senior and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe award as the nation's top defensive back.
There is a buzz around the league that Bears general manager Jerry Angelo might consider doing something he only has done once previously in his regime: trade up in the draft. The Bears are in need of a safety and when coach Lovie Smith appeared at the South Florida pro day Tuesday, speculation immediately was fueled that he was there to get a close look at the Bulls' Nate Allen. Smith doesn't hit the road often in the spring looking at draft prospects and when he does, the Bears aren't sending up smoke signals. It was Smith who proclaimed at the scouting combine that the Bears needed to "invest" more in the safety position.
As NFL executives flock to Austin, Texas, to watch quarterback Colt McCoy's pro day Wednesday, it turns out the St. Louis Rams want to take an extended and more personal look at the former Texas star. A league source tells ESPN.com that the Rams will hold a private workout for McCoy in Austin before the NFL draft begins April 22. The exact date of the workout is unknown. This is an interesting development because the Rams are the favorites to draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick.
The speculation surrounding whether the Dallas Cowboys are shopping starting running back Marion Barber is just that. Multiple team sources said Tuesday that the Cowboys haven't discussed trading Barber, who is coming off two injury-filled seasons where he failed to rush for more than 1,000 yards. The NFL Network reported Monday that NFL executives have said Barber is available via trade.
The Eagles signed linebacker Omar Gaither to a one-year contract. Gaither, who had been a restricted free agent, signed his tender offer. Gaither, 26, has 329 career tackles, five sacks and two interceptions during his four-year career with the Eagles. In 2009, Gaither registered 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks in five games before being sidelined with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot.
Tim Tebow on Monday visited with the Buffalo Bills, one of the five teams that have been publicly identified as interested in meeting the former Florida quarterback before the NFL Draft. The other four are the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Tebow had dinner Sunday night with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who told USA Today last November that it was time for the Bills to bring in a new quarterback. "It's time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I'm the owner, that's what I'm thinking," Kelly said.
And, the MORON of the week award goes to: Cleveland Browns DT Shaun Rogers
Seriously, how in God's name does ANYONE think they're going to get away with trying to sneak a gun past airport security these days? Is this guy really THAT stupid?? Airport security is tighter than its ever been' especially since 9/11/01. What made him think he'd get away with this is beyond me.
MORON of the week Honorable mention: Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants
They re-signed a 45 year-old punter to the team that was horrible last year, and gave him a raise. Yep - you read that correctly. Jeff Feagles was not only re-signed, but received an increase in pay; at 45 years old; coming off the worst season of his career. Nice going guys. If this is the kind of intelligent decision making Giants fans can expect for the rest of this offseason, somebody - please shoot me now.