Newsbreakers Recap

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May 13, 2005 2:16 PM ET
Giants: Miller reaches injury settlement
The News
Jim Miller's stay with the Giants was so short that he never even practiced with the team. The 11-year veteran, who suffered a hip injury while working out last month, agreed to an injury settlement with the team on Friday, according to an ESPN website report. The 34 year-old signal caller is now a free agent. The Giants will likely enter training camp with quarterbacks Eli Manning, Jesse Palmer, Tim Hasselbeck, and Jared Lorenzen on the roster.
Our View
Miller was originally slated to be the Giants' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Manning. However, doctors estimated that he would require four months recovery time after he tore his hip labrum. Miller is already off crutches and is ahead of schedule in rehab, so there is still a chance that he could sign with another team before training camp opens.

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May 13, 2005 12:29 PM ET
Vikings: Chavous and Williams might be no-shows
The News
The Vikings are scheduled to start a minicamp on Monday, but they might have to do so without defensive backs Corey Chavous and Brian Williams. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Chavous is unhappy with the $1.9 million he is scheduled to make this season, while Williams is upset that the team signed cornerback Fred Smoot to replace him in the starting lineup.
Our View
Williams isn't happy with his projected role as a nickel back and is less likely to show up than Chavous, who would be making a big mistake by not taking part in the minicamp. Corey is coming off a disappointing season and could be on the bubble this year due to the improved play of backup strong safety Willie Offord.

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May 13, 2005 12:22 PM ET
Packers: Walker not upset with Favre
The News
Packers' wide receiver Javon Walker said Thursday that he is not upset with quarterback Brett Favre, who recently criticized him for holding out. "As a matter of fact, I didn't hear the comments" Walker told WTMJ-TV. "I heard them from friends. But I'll never hold a grudge, you know. He's a great quarterback and I don't see myself playing with any other quarterback." Walker added that he is not sure whether he'll take part in the team's next minicamp, which begins June 1.
Our View
Walker is taking the right approach by not returning fire on Favre, who ruffled some feathers by criticizing Javon for skipping a minicamp that he didn't even attend. Walker is holding out for a restructured contract, while Favre was given permission to miss the team's first minicamp.

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May 13, 2005 12:09 PM ET
Panthers: Three restricted free agents sign
The News
The Panthers locked in three restricted free agents this week. The team signed defensive tackle Cleveland Pinkney, cornerback Eddie Jackson, and linebacker Sean Tufts to one-year contract tenders. The Rock Hill Herald reports that Pinkney signed a $380,000 contract, while Jackson and Tufts signed for $305,000.
Our View
Pinkney, Jackson, and Tufts are reserve players and therefore do not have fantasy value in leagues that award points for individual defensive players.

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May 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET
Redskins: Holdman adds depth
The News
Recent free agent signee Warrick Holdman was added to the Redskins' roster to provide depth at linebacker. The six-year veteran can play all three linebacker positions and provides insurance for a unit that has two starters returning from serious injuries. "The Browns released him this year due to the new coaching staff," Redskins' head coach Joe Gibbs told the team's official website. "He's somebody we liked last year and we thought he fit in good with us, so we jumped on it." Holdman will be given a chance to win a starting job during training camp.
Our View
Holdman's versatility should come in handy, as fellow linebackers Mike Barrow and LaVar Arrington are both coming off injuries. If either player suffers a setback, Holdman could fill the gap at either position, assuming he doesn't win a starting job in camp.

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May 13, 2005 11:53 AM ET
Dolphins: Law in for a visit
The News
The Dolphins entertained free agent Ty Law on Thursday, according to the Miami Herald. The team is interested in Law after trading starting cornerback Patrick Surtain and seeing his replacement, Will Poole, go down with a torn ACL. Agent Kevin Poston told the Herald Law visited the Dolphins, but his brother, Carl, is handling the negotiations so it was unclear if he had been offered a contract.
Our View
The team is scrambling in the wake of Poole's injury, and Law would be a good fit, depending on his health and contract demands. It is unlikely too much negotiating will be done until Law proves he's healthy after offseason foot surgery. Currently, the free agent can run straight ahead but has not been given clearance to move laterally.

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May 13, 2005 11:46 AM ET
Bills: Lee inks two-year deal
The News
The Bills have signed running back ReShard Lee to a two-year contract, his agent told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Lee rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and also returned kicks for the Cowboys a year ago. Terms of his deal were not released.
Our View
This is another sign that the Bills are still trying to move disgruntled backup Travis Henry. With Henry on board, the team has plenty of depth with he and second-year man Shaud Williams behind starter Willis McGahee, but without Henry they would be thin at the position. They were known to be uncomfortable with Williams as the primary backup, so Lee would provide competition for that position should the Bills find a taker for Henry before the season starts. Unless Henry is moved and the Bills are hit with a rash of injuries, Lee will be little more than a special teams contributor.

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May 13, 2005 11:45 AM ET
Eagles: Owens undecided regarding training camp
The News
The agent of Eagles' wide receiver Terrell Owens said Thursday that his client has yet to decide whether he will boycott training camp in protest of his current contract. "That's something Terrell and I talk about," Rosenhaus told ESPN. "I try telling people who are up in arms right now that Terrell hasn't missed a game yet. It's only May. Everyone should just chill out. This is when you talk about contracts and things." Owens skipped a recent minicamp to protest his existing deal.
Our View
Who would have guessed that Drew Rosenhaus would turn out to be the voice of reason? Like him or not, the super agent is right. It is only May, and there is no reason to panic over T.O. or anyone else holding out of minicamp. We'll keep you posted on the Owens' saga, but fantasy owners should start panicking (or celebrating) unless his holdout extends into training camp.

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May 13, 2005 11:43 AM ET
Raiders: Foreman added
The News
The Raiders bolstered their linebacking corps by adding veteran free agent Jay Foreman, who has started for the Texans the last three seasons.
Our View
Foreman posted 276 tackles in his first two seasons as a starter but was limited to 79 stops last season by an ankle injury that sidelined him for five games. Both he and fellow starter Jamie Sharper were released by the Texans earlier this offseason.

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May 13, 2005 11:40 AM ET
Chiefs: Cunningham coming down from box
The News
After spending the bulk of his Chiefs' assistant coaching career in the press box, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham is moving down to the sidelines. Cunningham will still make the defensive play calls, but he'll also be able to bring his emotion and in-your-face motivation to the club—something he couldn't do from upstairs. Head coach Dick Vermeil, who prefers his coordinators work from the press box, told the Kansas City star he's willing to experiment with Cunningham on the sidelines during the preseason, and if both parties are comfortable with the arrangement then he'll remain there during the regular season as well.
Our View
The Chiefs have added several veteran defensive but still don't have a bona fide leader on that side of the ball. Some players encouraged Cunningham to come down from the press box and inject some emotion into the defense, and since what KC has been doing hasn't been working it's probably worth a shot.

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May 13, 2005 11:33 AM ET
Broncos: Friehauf signs
The News
The Broncos signed rookie free agent quarterback Chad Friehauf Thursday, and the 2004 Harlon Hill Trophy winner—the Division II equivalent of the Heisman—will join the team for their spring quarterback camp starting next week.
Our View
Friehauf rewrote the record books at the Colorado School of Mines and led the Orediggers to their first playoff win, and at 6-foot-6 and 211 pounds, he has the size scouts look for in an NFL quarterback. But what's really intriguing is the potential for conversation between the civil engineering major and Jake Plummer between snaps.

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May 13, 2005 11:31 AM ET
Rams: Timmerman on the mend
The News
Rams' offensive guard Adam Timmerman is still recovering from three offseason surgeries on both shoulders and a foot. "I'm feeling pretty good," Timmerman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday. "I'm starting to do most of the stuff I was doing before." The 34 year-old will not take part in the team's upcoming minicamp, but he is hopeful that he'll be cleared to return before training camp opens in July.
Our View
The Rams are hoping to get at least one more season out of Timmerman, who is currently listed as the starting right guard on the depth chart. Team officials beefed up the offensive line by signing free agent left guard Rex Tucker and by selecting Alex Barron in the first-round of last month's draft. However, the Rams lack offensive line depth, so the unit could be in trouble if Timmerman suffers a setback.

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May 13, 2005 11:22 AM ET
Seahawks: Boulware family reunion?
The News
The Seahawks are among the teams that have expressed interest in free agent linebacker Peter Boulware, who was released by the Ravens on Wednesday. Seattle might have the inside track toward signing the four-time Pro Bowler, as his younger brother Michael plays safety for the Hawks. Meanwhile, the Tacoma News-Tribune reports that Peter recently identified the Seahawks as a team he has interest in playing for. The eight-year veteran missed the 2004 season with knee and toe injuries.
Our View
The Hawks have a need for a linebacker and a proven pass rusher after losing linebacker Orlando Huff and defensive end Chike Okeafor to the Cardinals during free agency. The fact that Michael plays for the Hawks should only help the team lure the elder Boulware to Seattle. We'll continue to keep you posted on Peter's status as more information becomes available.

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May 13, 2005 11:02 AM ET
Panthers: Wharton to play offensive tackle
The News
Panthers' general manager Marty Hurney indicated Thursday that Travelle Wharton will likely start at left tackle this season, according to the Charlotte Observer. There had been speculation that Mike Wahle, who signed with the team as a free agent, would move from his standard guard position to the left tackle position, but team officials now feel confident that Wharton can start at his old college position.
Our View
The Saints were so convinced the Panthers had offensive tackle issues that they traded up in the draft to select offensive tackle Jammal Brown with the No. 13 pick, one spot before the Panthers went on the clock. However, the Panthers' coaching staff believes Wharton can fill their need, which will allow Wahle to remain at his familiar guard position. Carolina's offensive line is taking shape nicely, so for fantasy owners it's now just a matter of waiting to see which running back will emerge from a crowded backfield that includes Stephen Davis, DeShaun Foster, Eric Shelton, and Nick Goings.

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May 13, 2005 11:02 AM ET
Ravens: Heap to be slowed in camp
The News
Ravens tight end Todd Heap is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, which will limit his participation in training camp this August. "I would not anticipate seeing him full-go until probably the second or third preseason game," Ravens coach Brian Billick told the Baltimore Sun. Heap was forced to delay the shoulder surgery until about a month ago, when his ankle was out of the protective boot and he no longer needed to use crutches to get around.
Our View
The Ravens express complete confidence that Heap will be ready for the regular season and hope he's available by their second preseason game, August 20 against the Eagles. However, this is the same guy who missed 10 games last year with a sprained ankle, so concern is certainly warranted. That said, even if he's not back for the exhibition slate he'll still be among the first five tight ends selected at fantasy drafts.

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May 13, 2005 10:53 AM ET
Jaguars: Wayne signs
The News
The Jaguars signed veteran linebacker Nate Wayne, who spent last season with the Eagles. Wayne was hampered by hamstring injuries and held out of the last four regular-season tilts before returning to the lineup for the postseason.
Our View
Wayne will battle Akin Ayodele, who will be an unrestricted free agent following the season, for a starting job.

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May 13, 2005 10:42 AM ET
Texans: Riley signed to bolster O-line
The News
The Texans took a step towards bolstering an offensive line that allowed 49 sacks last season by signing veteran free agent tackle Victor Riley to a one-year, $655,000 contract. Riley spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, the last two as the Saints starting right tackle. Riley also received a $50,000 signing bonus and will get another $100,000 if he makes the season-opening roster and plays in at least one game.
Our View
With the Texans heavily invested in right tackle Todd Wade, Riley's best shot at cracking the lineup will come at left tackle where converted tight end Seth Wand started last season