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    Around the League 5-28-05

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    May 27, 2005 1:15 PM ET
    Browns: Winslow releases statement of apology
    The News
    Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., who will miss the 2005 season due to injuries suffered in a May 1 motorcycle accident, released a public apology through the web site of the 1964 Browns. "To those members of the Cleveland Browns family who I have disappointed by my decision to ride a motorcycle, I humbly apologize," the statement read in part. "While many of you are disappointed that I will not be on the field with my teammates for the upcoming season, no one is more disappointed in this fact than me."
    Our View
    The carefully worded statement is unlikely to play well with the growing contingent of Browns fans who have been calling for Winslow's release or, at minimum, the repayment of a large portion of the money already paid to the team's top pick in 2004 because of his breach of contract. The team has yet to say publicly if they intend to recoup money from Winslow, but published reports indicate they have targeted at least $2-$3 million of bonus money already paid. About the only information that can be gleaned from Winslow's statement is his admission that he won't play in 2005.

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    May 27, 2005 1:14 PM ET
    Texans: Shelton has enjoyable visit
    The News
    Offensive tackle L.J. Shelton completed his two-day visit with the Texans by complementing the organization but not committing to a contract. "This is a great organization," Shelton told the Associated Press. "I like what I see so far. This is a first-class organization."
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    The Texans ran Shelton through workouts and examined the left knee which was injured last season. The former first-round pick could contend for a starting job in Houston, or at a minimum provide valuable depth to an offensive line that has struggled over the past three seasons. Shelton has already visited Chicago and is expected to head to Kansas City and possibly Jacksonville before making his decision.

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    May 27, 2005 1:09 PM ET
    Chargers: Williams gets paid
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    Defensive tackle Jamal Williams signed a five-year contract extension with the Chargers that could earn him almost $31 million, with $13 million of that money virtually guaranteed, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Jamal is the foundation of our defense," Chargers GM A.J. Smith told the Union-Tribune.
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    Williams recorded 32 tackles and four sacks last season, but his primary value is clogging the middle against the run and keeping offensive linemen off of San Diego's linebackers. Williams' contract is believed to compare favorably to those of the Lions' Shaun Rogers and the Bucs' Anthony McFarland, who are among the NFL's best-compensated defensive tackles.

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    May 27, 2005 12:42 PM ET
    Browns: Verba boycotts passing camp
    The News
    Left tackle Ross Verba is skipping the Browns' passing camp this week and said he won't return to the team until he gets a new contract. "I played last year for nothing and I just want to be treated fairly," Verba told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. ""If not, I'm not coming into camp and I won't play the season." Verba reportedly wants a five- or six-year deal worth at least $30 million, which would bump him into the same neighborhood as Orlando Pace and Walter Jones.
    Our View
    Try this: walk into your boss's office and ask for a raise equal to "nothing"—only in this case, we'll be using Verba's definition of "nothing," which is apparently $3.285 million, the amount Verba was paid last season. And that doesn't include the $465,000 roster bonus he's already received or a $200,000 workout bonus he could also qualify for, or the $7.2 million he's slated to receive as part of the remaining two years of his contract. Fanball has been unable to confirm reports that Verba was a passenger on teammate Kellen Winslow's motorcycle at the time of K2's accident, was not wearing a helmet, and suffered significant brain damage as a result—the only logical explanation for such preposterous contract demands.

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    May 27, 2005 12:41 PM ET
    Ravens: Lewis will miss minicamps
    The News
    While running back Jamal Lewis will be released from a federal prison June 2, he won't be immediately available for the Ravens' offseason workouts. Lewis will be required to report to a halfway house in Atlanta, where he will serve the final two months of his sentence for using a cell phone to arrange a drug deal almost five years ago. Lewis will still be allowed to train and rehab his surgically repaired ankle, but he will miss the teams' offseason minicamps and be three days late for the start of training camp.
    Our View
    The Ravens would obviously prefer to have Lewis working out at their facility, but the possibility that he would be able to finish his sentence in Baltimore was a long shot anyway. Several members of the Ravens organization have visited Lewis in prison and said he is generally positive, has resumed jogging, and is near his playing weight of 240 pounds. If nothing else, he'll be ready for some football by the time he rejoins his teammates at training camp.

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    May 27, 2005 12:05 PM ET
    Titans: Troupe needs surgery
    The News
    Ben Troupe will require surgery to repair the broken fifth metatarsal on his right foot, but Titans coach Jeff Fisher still believes his second-year tight end will be ready for the start of the regular season. Dr. Robert Anderson, the Carolina Panthers' team orthopedist, was scheduled to perform the surgery Thursday afternoon, and Fisher told The Tennesseean he would wait for word from Dr. Anderson before committing to a timetable for Troupe's return.
    Our View
    The Titans have had a rash of bad luck involving the fifth metatarsal, as both Jevon Kearse and Bo Schobel have missed time due to the injury. However, Troupe's injury is not believed to be as bad as those previous breaks. Using the top end of the anticipated eight-to-14 week recovery from the surgery would put Troupe back on the field about 10 days prior to the start of the season. Erron Kinney and a pair of undrafted rookies, Ben Hall and Jimmy St. Louis, will man the tight end position for the Titans through minicamps.

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    May 27, 2005 11:48 AM ET
    Jaguars: Jones returns to the field
    The News
    Top pick Matt Jones participated in some of the Jaguars' organized team activities Thursday, working his way back into the mix for the first time since suffering a hamstring April 29, the first day of minicamp. "We didn't give him a full rotation," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio told the Florida Times Union. "But he's progressing very well."
    Our View
    The Jags hope Jones will be back on the field full-time when they resume organized workouts June 7. Jones is making the transition from college quarterback to NFL wide receiver, so it's imperative that he get as many reps as possible.

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    May 27, 2005 11:45 AM ET
    Redskins: Taylor still not talking
    The News
    Redskins' head coach Joe Gibbs said Thursday that he still hasn't heard from safety Sean Taylor. Gibbs has been trying to reach the second-year player for over a month with the intention of asking him to join the team's offseason workout program. However, Taylor has yet to return his calls. The Washington Post reports that Gibbs expects Taylor to attend the team's mandatory minicamp next month.
    Our View
    Taylor is upset about the rookie contract he signed last year. How that prevents him from having the decency to return the phone calls of his Hall of Fame coach is beyond us. Sean is a talented player, but he's acting like a self-absorbed punk. He is a threat to hold out in protest of his contract, so we'll keep a close eye on this situation throughout the summer.

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    May 27, 2005 11:27 AM ET
    Vikings: Cortez cut, Edinger and Elling to battle
    The News
    The Vikings released kickoff specialist Jose Cortez on Thursday, one day after the team signed free agent kicker Paul Edinger. However, Vikings' head coach Mike Tice said Edinger will have to beat out Aaron Elling for the job. "Aaron is our kicker unless somebody beats him out," Tice told the Pioneer Press. "If Edinger has a weakness, besides the fact he had an off year last year, it's that he's not a great kickoff guy. Edinger needs to work on his kickoffs, and Aaron needs to work on his field goal accuracy. It will be quite a competition."
    Our View
    We're not sure what kicker Tice has been watching the last two years, but in addition to struggling with field goal accuracy, Elling is famous for short kickoffs that land around the seven-yard line. Edinger is the favorite to win this competition regardless of what Tice is saying.

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    May 27, 2005 10:39 AM ET
    Redskins: Hall released at his own request
    The News
    The Redskins released safety Corey Hall on Thursday. The Washington Post reports that Hall asked the team to release him just two days after he signed as a free agent. The six-year veteran is expected to retire and pursue a career in coaching.
    Our View
    We'd be very surprised if Hall returned to coach in Atlanta, where he played the last two seasons. He agreed to re-sign with the team last month, but then skipped a minicamp workout while claiming that the team had negotiated with his former agent. Instead, look for Hall to end up coaching in Washington, but not with the Redskins. He is expected to join the coaching staff at Washington State. Here's hoping he remains on campus for more than 48 hours.

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    May 27, 2005 10:23 AM ET
    Buccaneers: McQuarters might visit
    The News
    The Buccaneers have expressed interest in meeting with free agent cornerback R.W. McQuarters. The Tampa Tribune reports that McQuarters finished meeting with the Redskins on Thursday and is expected to meet with the Giants on Friday. If he does not sign with one of those NFC East teams, he will meet with Florida teams, including the Buccaneers. McQuarters has logged 10 interceptions in 99 career games.
    Our View
    The Bucs seem to express interest in most free agents even though they don't have enough salary cap space to be serious bidders. That could change next week if they make cuts after June 1, which would help create cap space.


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    Re: Around the League 5-28-05

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith
    Browns: Winslow releases statement of apology
    The News
    Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., who will miss the 2005 season due to injuries suffered in a May 1 motorcycle accident, released a public apology through the web site of the 1964 Browns. "To those members of the Cleveland Browns family who I have disappointed by my decision to ride a motorcycle, I humbly apologize," the statement read in part. "While many of you are disappointed that I will not be on the field with my teammates for the upcoming season, no one is more disappointed in this fact than me."
    Our View
    The carefully worded statement is unlikely to play well with the growing contingent of Browns fans who have been calling for Winslow's release or, at minimum, the repayment of a large portion of the money already paid to the team's top pick in 2004 because of his breach of contract. The team has yet to say publicly if they intend to recoup money from Winslow, but published reports indicate they have targeted at least $2-$3 million of bonus money already paid. About the only information that can be gleaned from Winslow's statement is his admission that he won't play in 2005.
    Talk about becoming a joke in the NFL. Between the crap with the Postons when he was signing, to losing money in his first season, and now this. Still, any Browns fan asking for him to be cut needs to stop talking immediately.
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