Newsbreakers Recap

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May 11, 2005 10:59 PM ET
Ravens: Boulware let go
The News
Peter Boulware and the Ravens weren't able to renegotiate the linebacker's contract, so he was released on Wednesday. "In the NFL, nothing really surprises you," Boulware told the Baltimore Sun. "I had injuries, didn't play last year and had a high cap number." His contract called for him to be paid $6 million a season for the next four years. The news didn't come as a surprise to anyone involved. "The conversations had gone enough to where we pretty much knew where we were at," head coach Brian Billick said. "Ozzie [Newsome, Ravens general manager] had extensive conversations with Peter's representation. That negotiation was completed. They felt like there was more for them out in the open market, and we wanted to give them that opportunity. There was no reason to wait until June 1 once we had reached that point. We owed Peter that much."
Our View
It became apparent that Boulware's days in Baltimore were numbered when the Ravens selected Dan Cody in the second round of April's draft. Despite not playing last season because of a knee injury, Boulware is sure to find some suitors on the free agent market because of his pass rushing talents. One team that we expect to express interest is the Bengals, who are coached by Peter's old defensive coordinator in Baltimore, Marvin Lewis.

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May 11, 2005 4:46 PM ET
Giants: Palmer welcomes competition
The News
Giants' quarterback Jesse Palmer said Tuesday that he has no problem with the team's decision to claim signal caller Tim Hasselbeck off waivers. "What I've done since being here is just focus on myself," Palmer told the New York Post. "It's easy to look up and look around the locker room, you see new faces all the time. As soon as you start worrying about other people, that's when you get yourself in trouble." Palmer and Hasselbeck will compete in training camp for the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Eli Manning.
Our View
We're not questioning Jesse's sincerity, but what else was he going to say? Complaining about competition probably would have earned him a one-way ticket out of Gotham, so he did the right thing by telling the media that he welcomes the competition from Hasselbeck.

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May 11, 2005 12:53 PM ET
Eagles: Lurie refuses to renegotiate Owens' contract
The News
Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie said Tuesday that the team will not grant Terrell Owen's request for a new contract. "It's not even an issue," Lurie told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's a non-issue. There are a lot of things I spend time thinking about, but that's not one of them." Lurie also ripped Owens' new agent Drew Rosenhaus for giving "self-destructive advice." Owens and Rosenhaus declined to comment.
Our View
The contract dispute between Owens and the Eagles just got ugly. It's hard to blame Lurie for insisting that Owens honor at least another season of the seven-year, $46 million contract he signed just last season. The two sides are locked in a high stakes game of chicken, and now it's just a matter of waiting for one side to blink first. Now that Lurie has broken his silence, it looks like the ball is back in Owens' court.

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May 11, 2005 12:35 PM ET
Packers: Green pleads not guilty
The News
Packers' running back Ahman Green was charged with disorderly conduct-domestic abuse in a Wisconsin court on Wednesday. The charges stem from an incident last month in which he was arrested following an argument with his wife. Green did not appear in court on Wednesday, but his lawyers filed a not guilty plea on his behalf, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The case is scheduled for trial on August 31, just one day before the Packers are scheduled to play their final preseason game.
Our View
Green did not have to appear in court on Wednesday, but he will be required to attend the trial. We won't be surprised if his lawyers request to have the trial date moved so that it doesn't conflict with Green's football schedule. Whether the judge will grant such a request remains to be seen.

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May 11, 2005 12:22 PM ET
Cardinals: Boldin won't hold out
The News
Cardinals' wide receiver Anquan Boldin said Tuesday that he has no intention of holding out when the team reports to training camp in July. "No, I'm here," Boldin told the Arizona Republic after ending his holdout from the offseason workout program. "If I was going to do that, I wouldn't be here right now. That's the plan. If they get something done (in terms of renegotiating his contract), good, if not, good. I'm going to be here playing football."
Our View
The news just keeps getting better for Boldin's fantasy owners. The two-year veteran gave us a scare when he boycotted a minicamp in protest of his current contractual situation, but things are looking up now that he's reported to team headquarters and ruled out the possibility of a holdout.

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May 11, 2005 12:08 PM ET
Panthers: Wesley signs one-year deal
The News
Restricted free agent cornerback Dante Wesley signed a one-year contract tender with the Panthers on Tuesday. The Rock Hill Herald reports that the deal is worth $656,000. Wesley will compete with William Hampton and Eddie Johnson for the two reserve spots behind top-three corners Ken Lucas, Chris Gamble, and Ricky Manning Jr.
Our View
Wesley contributes mostly on special teams and therefore has no value in fantasy leagues that award points for individual defensive players.

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May 11, 2005 12:03 PM ET
Broncos: Lynch's appeal rejected
The News
The league will uphold the $75,000 fine levied against Broncos safety John Lynch for his late-season hit on Colts tight end Dallas Clark. Lynch stated his case in an appeal April 13, but the league announced Tuesday that the fine will stand.
Our View
Lynch was mostly upset about a letter from NFL director of football operations Gene Washington which accompanied the fine and warned Lynch the league would be watching him when the Colts and Broncos met in the playoffs the following week. The fact that the incident was the fourth time Lynch had been fined for an illegal hit since the 2001 season certainly didn't help his case.

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May 11, 2005 11:57 AM ET
Jaguars: Darius plans to show up
The News
Safety Donovin Darius, fined for skipping the Jaguars mandatory minicamp last week, plans to join the club for voluntary organized activies that begin next week. "He felt it was time [to join his teammates]," a Jaguars spokesman told the Florida Times-Union. "His approach is he's going to work with his teammates doing all the things his teammates are doing."
Our View
Donovin stayed away from minicamp to protest getting the franchise tag for the third consecutive year, but the $4.97 mil he'll collect this season should more than make up for the fine.

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May 11, 2005 11:52 AM ET
Falcons: Vick denies wrongdoing
The News
Michael Vick responded to a civil lawsuit on Friday when his lawyers filed court documents denying that the Falcons' quarterback gave a woman a sexually transmitted disease, according to Wednesday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Vick acknowledges that that he met the accuser at a nightclub, but he denies other allegations made by the woman.
Our View
Ron Mexico strikes back. We'll continue to keep you posted on this story as more information is released in the months ahead.

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May 11, 2005 11:35 AM ET
Vikings: Smith caught with tampering device
The News
Vikings' running back Onterrio Smith was detained at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport last month when a kit used to circumvent drug tests was discovered in his luggage, according to Wednesday's Star Tribune. Smith confessed to airport officials that the item is used "for making a clean urine test," according to the police report. However, the two-time violator of the league's substance abuse policy also claimed that he was taking the item to his cousin. If Smith is found guilty of a third violation, he would be suspended for the entire 2005 season.
Our View
The rules state that an attempt to substitute a urine sample qualifies as a positive test, but league officials have yet to determine whether simply possessing such an item technically qualifies as a violation of the substance abuse policy. Even if Smith gets by on a technicality, it's hard to imagine the Vikings' coaching staff will have any confidence in him, and nor should fantasy owners. At this point, it appears that the training camp battle for the starting tailback job in Minnesota is a three-man race between incumbent Michael Bennett, second-year player Mewelde Moore, and rookie Ciatrick Fason.

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May 11, 2005 10:29 AM ET
Dolphins: Traylor given a look
The News
The Dolphins are interested in signing defensive tackle Keith Traylor, according to the Miami Herald. Traylor was released by the Patriots, for whom he started 10 games a year ago, this week, and has had talks with the Dolphins. His agent told the Herald the Dolphins are among a group of "two or three teams" Traylor has talked to.
Our View
The Fish currently have Larry Chester and Tim Bowens at defensive tackle, but Chester is recovering from a knee injury and Bowens from a bad back that caused him to miss all but one game last season. Traylor would provide them with a solid run-stopper and an experienced player in either the 3-4 or 4-3 defense, both of which may be employed at different times by new coach Nick Saban.