Newsbreakers Recap

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June 2, 2005 7:43 PM ET
Chiefs: Morton sent packing
The News
The Chiefs cut wide receiver Johnny Morton on Thursday morning, making him the league's first post-June 1 cap casualty. In his three years with the club, Morton recorded 139 catches for 1,932 yards and eight touchdowns. "We appreciate Johnnie Morton's effort during his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs," club president Peterson stated. "We wish him the best in the future."
Our View
There were high hopes for Morton when he first joined the Chiefs in 2002, but he was never able to match the numbers he put up as a Lion. He'll probably find a job somewhere as a No. 3 receiver, but the odds of him being of any help of fantasy teams this season are slim.

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June 2, 2005 5:28 PM ET
Seahawks: Taylor released
The News
The Seahawks released cornerback Bobby Taylor on Thursday, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The 10-year veteran was considered one of the team's top free agent prizes last year, but he missed six games due to a chronic knee injury. Taylor, who spent the previous nine seasons with the Eagles, finished last year with 10 tackles and no interceptions.
Our View
Taylor was one of the biggest bust free agent signings of last year. The Hawks planned to start him opposite Marcus Trufant, but Taylor's knee problem forced him to play a limited role at nickel back. Bobby's injury issues opened the door for Ken Lucas to move into the starting lineup. Lucas took advantage of the situation by having a career year and then signing a lucrative free agent contract with the Panthers during the offseason.

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June 2, 2005 5:27 PM ET
Jets: DC Henderson gets three-year extension
The News
Jets' defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson was rewarded with a three-year contract extension on Thursday, according to an ESPN website report. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. In his first year as a coordinator, Henderson coached his squad to a No. 7 statistical ranking last season.
Our View
Henderson was far from head coach Herm Edwards' first choice for the vacant defensive coordinator position last year. In fact, Edwards only offered the job to Henderson after several high-profile candidates rejected his offers. Although he has inked a three-year extension, it remains to been seen whether Henderson will stick around long enough to honor his current contract, as his name has already been mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate.

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June 2, 2005 5:07 PM ET
Seahawks: Robinson finally shown the door
The News
The Seahawks released Koren Robinson on Thursday just two days after he was arraigned on municipal court on charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving. The 25 year-old receiver has been involved in various legal incidents ever since the team selected him with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2001 draft. He was suspended for two games by the organization last year for violating team rules and four games by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy. Robinson logged 213 receptions for 3,167 yards and 12 touchdowns during his four-year run in Seattle.
Our View
It's about time. The Seahawks had been far too lenient with Robinson over the years, and this move probably should been made last year, if not sooner. Koren's best season came in 2002 when he finished with 78 receptions for 1,240 yards. However, that season proved to be an anomaly, as KoRo failed to reach the 900-yard receiving mark in any other season. Free agent additions Jerome Pathon and Joe Jurevicius will be the leading contenders in training camp to take Robinson's former starting role opposite Darrell Jackson.

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June 2, 2005 3:01 PM ET
Packers: Hunt no-shows voluntary camp
The News
For the second consecutive season, Packers' defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt skipped the opening day of the team's seven-day minicamp. Packers' head coach Mike Sherman, who publicly chastised Hunt for missing three days of minicamp last season, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he did not grant Hunt permission to skip the session. "It's not a mandatory camp," Sherman said Wednesday. "We expected him to be here. He should have been here. And he wasn't here and that's disappointing." Hunt logged 32 tackles and two sacks last season.
Our View
Apparently, Cletidus didn't mind the time he spent in his head coach's doghouse last year, as the six-year veteran is up to his old tricks again this season. Hunt is currently listed as a starting defensive tackle, but that could change if his work habits don't improve.

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June 2, 2005 2:50 PM ET
Bears: Jones breaks his silence
The News
Bears' running back Thomas Jones spoke publicly for the first time since the team selected fellow rusher Cedric Benson with the No. 5 overall pick in April's draft. "That was the administrative department's decision and the coaches," Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times of the Benson pick. "He's a guy who's here just like everyone else to help us be a better team. That's how I see it." Jones added that he is doing his part to help Benson learn the offense.
Our View
The official word out of Chicago is that Jones and Benson will compete for the starting job during training camp. However, Jones was a favorite of previous offensive coordinator Terry Shea. Meanwhile, Benson appears to be a better fit in the offense that Ron Turner is installing. Jones will get a share of the carries this season, but we expect Benson to carry most of the load.

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June 2, 2005 2:43 PM ET
Cardinals: Shipp returns to practice
The News
Cardinals' running back Marcell Shipp practiced with the team on Wednesday for the first time since dislocating his left ankle and fracturing his left fibula over 10 months ago. "I've been waiting to get out here, run around, and do the types of things I did today," Shipp told the Arizona Republic. "I feel like I had a pretty good day." The four-year veteran had 228 carries for 830 yards and no scores during the 2003 season.
Our View
Shipp will battle rookie J.J. Arrington for the starting job during training camp. Although Shipp had the edge in experience, we're counting on the rookie Arrington to win the job. J.J. is a speedster, which means he is cut from the same mold of backs such as Robert Smith and Michael Bennett, whom Cardinals' head coach Dennis Green selected with first-round picks during his tenure with the Vikings.

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June 2, 2005 2:08 PM ET
Seahawks: Robinson latest arrest could lead to release
The News
The Seahawks might release starting wide receiver Koren Robinson in the coming days. The troubled wide receiver has been suspended by the team and league for various infractions over the years, and his latest brush with the law might lead the team to cut their former first round pick. The Seattle Times reports that Robinson appeared in court on Tuesday after being charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving on May 6. The 25 year-old veteran pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Our View
Among the charges that have been levied against Robinson since 1998 are first-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree sex offense, discharge of a firearm in the city, carrying a concealed weapon, driving after license revocation, no operator's license, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and failure to disperse on command. Oh, and those are just the charges that were dropped before trial. KoRo hasn't lived up to the first-round hype on the field, and he's been a downright menace to society off the field, so don't be surprised if the team releases him sooner rather than later.

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June 2, 2005 1:48 PM ET
Cowboys: Rivera still sidelined
The News
Cowboys' offensive guard Marco Rivera did not practice with the team during their minicamp held over the weekend. However, the Dallas Morning News reports that the nine-year veteran spent time riding an exercise bike at the team's training facility. Rivera has been unable to practice since he underwent back surgery 10 weeks ago. Marco spent the first nine years of his career with the Packers.
Our View
Rivera probably could have practiced last weekend, but team officials decided to hold him out as a precautionary measure. Marco is expected to make a full recovery from surgery and should be back on the field for training camp next month.

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June 2, 2005 1:39 PM ET
Saints: Hakim visits
The News
The Saints played host to free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim on Tuesday. "He's a good player, so we're just kind of exploring it and he's exploring us, and we'll just see where it leads," Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Wednesday. The Saints have not offered Hakim a contract. The seven-year veteran finished last season with 31 receptions for 533 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions.
Our View
Loomis is in the market for a veteran wide receiver to play a role similar to the one played by former Saints' wideout Jerome Pathon, who signed with the Seahawks last month. Although nothing is official, the Saints appear to be willing to sign a veteran to take over the No. 3 receiver spot on the depth chart behind starters Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth. Apparently, the coaching staff isn't ready to hand the No. 3 job to second-year player Devery Henderson.

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June 2, 2005 1:20 PM ET
Falcons: Price feeling the pressure
The News
Several players around the league are feeling anxiety over the possibility of being released from their contracts now that June 1 has passed. Falcons' wide receiver Peerless Price is apparently among those players. "I want to be here," Price told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. "I like playing with Mike (Vick), all my receivers, everybody on this team, guys I've formed relationships with, I've bonded with. I'd be a fool to say I don't want to be here but whatever happens, happens." Price finished last season with 45 receptions for 575 yards and three touchdowns.
Our View
Falcons' officials have yet to say whether Price is on the bubble. The team could save roughly $2 million in salary cap space by releasing Peerless this season, but they would take a $5.7 million hit next year. Given the amount of money the Falcons would have to eat next season, we'll be surprised if they release Price.

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June 2, 2005 10:16 AM ET
Patriots: Redman given the boot
The News
Quarterback Chris Redman was released by the Patriots on Wednesday. The former Raven signed a one-year contract with the Patriots this offseason that would have paid him $540,000 this year had he made the team, according to the Boston Globe.
Our View
Redman was expendable after the Patriots signed veteran Doug Flutie and selected Matt Cassel in the seventh round of the draft. Flute will vie with Rohan Davey to be the top backup behind Tom Brady, while Cassel is a long-term project.

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June 2, 2005 10:05 AM ET
Bills: Draft pick Gates signs
The News
The Bills signed seventh round draft pick Lionel Gates on Wednesday. According to the team's official website, terms of the former Louisville running back's deal were not released.
Our View
Gates is little more than a project at this point. He's a versatile back who runs North and South with power, but also has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Even if Travis Henry is traded by the Bills, Gates will be behind the likes of Shaud Williams, ReShard Lee, and Joe Burns on the depth chart and could ultimately wind up a practice squad candidate.