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    Around the League 5-11-05

    Newsbreakers Recap

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    May 10, 2005 4:35 PM ET
    Cardinals: Boldin makes first appearance
    The News
    Cardinals' wide receiver Anquan Boldin arrived at team headquarters on Tuesday and took part in the offseason workout program for the first time this year. The third-year veteran skipped the team's first minicamp while in protest of his current contract. Boldin is entering the third year of a four-year deal he signed as a rookie in 2003.
    Our View
    Team officials have already indicated that they are willing to renegotiate Boldin's deal, and the fact that he ended his boycott is a good indication that the two sides aren't too far apart. At this point, fantasy owners should be optimistic that Anquan will agree to a new contract in the near future and report to training camp on time.

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    May 10, 2005 4:22 PM ET
    Browns: Winslow released from hospital
    The News
    Browns tight end Kellen Winslow left the Cleveland Clinic on crutches Tuesday, more than a week after a motorcycle accident left him with unspecified injuries. "I am determined more than ever to get back on the field with my coaches and teammates as soon as possible," Winslow said in a statement released to the media though the Browns. "I'm okay and excited to be going home." Winslow put no weight on his right leg as he left and gave onlookers a thumbs-up gesture. His specific injures have not yet been made public, though a Cleveland television statement cited sources close to the story as indicating he has a broken tibia and femur as well as a damaged ACL and lacerations on his liver and kidney.
    Our View
    The fact that no one is saying officially what Winslow's injuries are, more than a week after the accident, certainly doesn't bode well. The litany of possible injuries has ranged from broken ribs and bruised or punctured lung to a torn ACL to spleen and kidney damage and now to broken bones in his leg. In any case, you have to believe the Browns are making plans to play the upcoming season without their top pick from 2004—and fantasy folks should do the same.

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    May 10, 2005 1:26 PM ET
    Bears: Edinger warned that he might be traded
    The News
    Bears' officials warned kicker Paul Edinger two weeks ago that they were shopping him around the league in trade talks. However, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears probably made that claim in hopes of lighting a fire under the five-year veteran. "The best guy is who we'll go with," head coach Lovie Smith told Sun-Times of his kicking situation. The Bears signed undrafted free agents Tyler Jones and Nick Novack to challenge Edinger during training camp.
    Our View
    The Vikings are one of the teams watching intently to see if the Bears release Edinger. The Purple could make a trade offer, but it's hard to believe the Bears would be willing to swing a trade with a division rival. We'll continue to keep you updated on the kicking situation in Chicago throughout the summer.

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    May 10, 2005 12:37 PM ET
    Packers: Green to face criminal charges
    The News
    Packers' running back Ahman Green will face criminal charges relating to his recent arrest and disorderly conduct citation last month, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Green was arrested in March when his wife's 911 call ended in an abrupt hang up. The charges will be revealed when Green appears in court on Wednesday. He filed for divorce from his second wife just three days after he was arrested.
    Our View
    This is the third time that Ahman has faced such charges, so there is a chance the judge could crack down on him. But until the charges are revealed on Wednesday, there is no way of determining whether he'll miss any playing or practice time. Let's just hope the judge doesn't give him the option of avoiding jail time by giving up Packers season tickets. Believe it or not, a Wisconsin judge actually gave a female defendant that option last month. In case you're wondering, the woman gave up two season tickets to avoid a 90-day sentence.

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    May 10, 2005 12:37 PM ET
    Broncos: Sauerbrun visits
    The News
    Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun visited with the Broncos in Denver Monday. The Broncos already have an offer in place—a seventh-round pick in the 2006 draft—and will decide after meeting with Sauerbrun if they want to pull the trigger on the deal.
    Our View
    Sauerbrun, who will likely be cut by the Panthers after June 1 if they are unable to swing a trade, has also drawn interest from the Buccaneers and Vikings, according to the punter's agent. Sauerbrun still has a couple off-field issues hanging over his head, including his connection to a steroids investigation and a DUI last December.

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    May 10, 2005 12:20 PM ET
    Bears: McQuarters on the trade block
    The News
    Bears' cornerback R.W. McQuarters will likely have a new team before the regular season begins. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears are willing to trade the seven-year veteran at a bargain price because they don't want to pay his $3.05 million salary this season. If Bears' general manager Jerry Angelo can't find a trade partner, he would likely release McQuarters, who has started 20 games over the last two seasons.
    Our View
    McQuarters lost a spot in the starting lineup to Charles Tillman and Jerry Azumah, and Bears' officials feel that $3 million is too much to pay a nickel back. Although R.W. started plenty of games over the last two years, he did so usually when injuries prevented the actual starters from playing.

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    May 10, 2005 12:01 PM ET
    Rams: New turf to be installed at the Ed
    The News
    Rams' head coach Mike Martz will get his wish on Tuesday when it will be announced that FieldTurf will be installed at the Edward Jones Dome before the season begins. "If I'm a player, I want to have a new surface," Martz told the St. Louis Post Dispatch of the previous surface in February. "I would refuse to play on that surface." Martz has also blamed the old surface for contributing to injuries suffered by quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Steven Jackson last season.
    Our View
    NFL players voted the old surface as the second worst in the league behind only the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The Colts replaced their old surface last month, which left the Rams as the only team in the league to play on the old style turf. This is good news for Jackson owners, as he also blamed the old turf for the knee problems he incurred last season.

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    May 10, 2005 11:53 AM ET
    Cardinals: Boldin misses another workout
    The News
    Cardinals' wide receiver Anquan Boldin was scheduled to report to team headquarters to take part in the offseason workout program on Monday. However, he no-showed the workout session just as he missed the team's minicamp last weekend. However, team officials told the Arizona Republic that Boldin spent part of the day traveling from Florida and added that he is expected to report on Tuesday.
    Our View
    No worries, Boldin owners. All indications are that Anquan will report to team headquarters on Tuesday. We'll keep you posted on his whereabouts as more information is released.

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    May 10, 2005 11:44 AM ET
    Titans: Payton part of record day
    The News
    Titans running back Jarrett Payton contributed 97 yards to the Amsterdam Admirals' record-setting 331 rushing yards in their recent win over the Frankfurt Galaxy. Payton also scored twice and caught two passes for an additional 24 yards. Jonathan Smith, allocated to NFL Europe by the Chiefs, contributed 131 yards and French back Sandino Octobre added 94.
    Our View
    Payton will be battling for a backup spot behind Chris Brown; both he and Joe Smith, who is also contending for the job, have performed well in NFL Europe. However, before visions of Sweetness, Part 2 start dancing in your head, consider that Jarrett had three more yards than some dude from France; that should temper your expectations in a hurry.

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    May 10, 2005 11:37 AM ET
    Colts: Utecht healthy, hopes to contribute
    The News
    Once considered among the top tight ends in the 2004 NFL draft, and projected as a second-round selection Ben Utecht has been mostly inactive since suffering a sports hernia late in his senior season at the University of Minnesota. Utecht signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent and spent last season rehabbing his injury, and now he's ready to contribute. "I know he's excited about it," Colts coach Tony Dungy told the team's official web site. "For the first time in about two years, he's been really healthy."
    Our View
    With Marcus Pollard now in Detroit, the Colts will need another tight end to step up alongside Dallas Clark and contribute. Utecht will battle Ben Hartsock and Bryan Fletcher for that opportunity—one that has the potential to provide sneaky fantasy value.

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    May 10, 2005 11:31 AM ET
    Giants: Hasselbeck claimed off waivers
    The News
    The Giants claimed quarterback Tim Hasselbeck off waivers on Monday, just days after he was released by the division rival Redskins. "We're very fortunate that this younger quarterback became available just when we needed one," Giants' general manager Ernie Accorsi said in a statement issued to the New York Times. Hasselbeck has appeared in nine games including five starts during his three-year career.
    Our View
    The G-Men became interested in Hasselbeck when No. 2 signal caller Jim Miller, who underwent hip surgery two weeks ago. Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin will choose between Miller, Jesse Palmer, and Jared Lorenzen for the two backup positions behind starter Eli Manning. There was some talk that the Seahawks were planning to reunite Tim with his brother Matt Hasselbeck, but the Giants snatched up the younger Hasselbeck before Seattle had a chance to claim him.

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    May 10, 2005 11:21 AM ET
    Bills: Gandy hopes to fill hole in offensive line
    The News
    The departure of free agent Jonas Jennings has left a gaping hole in the left side of the Bills offensive line. Gandy, who was let go by the Bears after starting five games a year ago, played left tackle with the first team offense during training camp and the coaching staff hopes he can rise to the challenge.
    Our View
    The Bills like Gandy's size, but he obviously has work to do after being released by the Bears. If Gandy can't cut it, the team would move center Trey Teague to left tackle and start Ross Tucker (last years' starter at left guard, but also an experienced center) at center and new acquisition Bennie Anderson at left guard. Whatever the case, this will be an interesting battle to watch since it will directly impact the fantasy value of running back Willis McGahee. McGahee gained much of his yardage running left behind Jennings a year ago.

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    May 10, 2005 11:04 AM ET
    Saints: Lyman already injured
    The News
    There were a few snickers on the faces of opposing scouts when the Saints used a fourth-round pick in last month's draft to select Chase Lyman. After all, the former California wide receiver was limited to just eight starts during his five-year collegiate career because of injuries. Those snickers turned into belly laughs last Friday when Lyman tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut during his first practice with the team, according to Tuesday's New Orleans Times-Picayune. Lyman is expected to be sidelined for roughly six months.
    Our View
    Why in the world did the Saints select a player who underwent six surgeries during his college career? It's not like Lyman had a chance to prove himself in college while nursing those injuries. It would be one thing if the Saints had gambled on Lyman with a seventh-round pick, but a fourth-round pick is a lot to give up for a player with his injury history.

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    May 10, 2005 10:52 AM ET
    Buccaneers: Lee unlikely to return
    The News
    Free agent wide receiver Charles Lee no longer expects to re-sign with the Buccaneers. "We haven't spoken with the Bucs in a while," Lee's agent Richard De Luca told the St. Petersburg Times. "And after they got (Ike) Hilliard, I'd assume they're pretty much set at the position." The Bucs signed Hilliard last week with the intention of using him as a No. 3 wide receiver behind Joey Galloway and Michael Clayton. Lee spent the last three seasons in Tampa after playing in Green Bay for two seasons.
    Our View
    Lee looked good at times during his time in Tampa, but he struggled with consistency. His agent is correct in assuming that Bucs won't re-sign Charles now that they've signed Hilliard. Plus, the Bucs selected three wide receivers during last month's draft.

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    May 10, 2005 10:38 AM ET
    Panthers: Carter fully recovered from knee surgery
    The News
    One reason the Panthers didn't select a wide receiver in last month's draft is that head coach John Fox has high hopes for second-year wideout Drew Carter. Although the Panthers' fifth-round pick in the 2004 draft has yet to play a down in the NFL, he is looking to contribute this season after missing last year with a torn ACL. "I feel like they've put some trust in me," Carter told the Gaston Gazette. "I'm very confident in my rehab, and the doctors are also. I think they see my speed and see I can still play out here, so I feel like they're still going to give me a shot."
    Our View
    Carter missed his rookie season because he tried to rush back from a torn ACL and re-injured his knee in the process. He was also injured throughout his career at Ohio State, which is why he was held to just 41 receptions and a touchdown during his career with the Buckeyes. The Panthers are hopeful that Drew can stay healthy and push Ricky Proehl for the No. 3 wideout job during training camp.

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    May 10, 2005 10:24 AM ET
    Falcons: Birds have interest in Mitchell
    The News
    Free agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell is being courted by four teams. As previously reported, the Broncos, Redskins, and Titans are among the teams that are believed to be interested in the four-year veteran. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Falcons are the latest team to express interest in Mitchell, who was released by the Eagles last week.
    Our View
    It's hard to say whether the Falcons are making a strong bid for Mitchell, who has already hinted that he would like to play in Denver. Falcons' head coach Jim Mora passed on the chance to enter the sweepstakes for diva wide receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens because he feared the negative effect those players might have in the locker room. Mitchell runs his mouth like Moss and Owens, but he's never come close to matching their production. So even though the Falcons could use the wideout help, we'll be surprised if Mora signs a potential locker room cancer.


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    Re: Around the League 5-11-05

    NFL players voted the old surface as the second worst in the league behind only the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The Colts replaced their old surface last month, which left the Rams as the only team in the league to play on the old style turf. This is good news for Jackson owners, as he also blamed the old turf for the knee problems he incurred last season.
    Seriously, there has to be some connection to high scoring offenses and this old turf. It's just faster. Harder, but faster. Gives the edge to the "O".

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