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    Around the League 7-13-05

    Newsbreakers Recap

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    July 12, 2005 8:51 PM ET
    Chiefs: Warfield suspended
    The News
    Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield has been suspended for the first four weeks of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He pleaded no contest in January to a felony charge of driving under the influence. It was his third DUI in three years and got him 10 days in jail and 80 days of house arrest. "This has always been a possibility," team spokesman Bob Moore told the Associated Press. "It's not something the team hasn't been prepared for." Warfield had four interceptions last season.
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    The Chiefs will probably line up Ashley Ambrose across from Patrick Surtain for the first four weeks of the season unless someone else steps up in training camp. Although the team says they've been preparing for this, the suspension may convince them to take another look at Ty Law, who is clearly the best cornerback left on the market but has received little serious attention from the Chiefs because of his foot injury and high salary demands.

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    July 12, 2005 5:25 PM ET
    Redskins: Taylor rejects plea bargain
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    Redskins safety Sean Taylor rejected a plea deal on Tuesday from the Miami-Dade state attorney's office. The bargain included a three-year prison term. Taylor faces felony assault and misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a June 1 altercation. Judge Mary Barzee confirmed that the safety's trial would start on September 12, one day after the Redskins' season opener. Attorney Edward Carhart believes that date will be pushed back. When asked by the Washington Post if he would report to training camp on July 31, Taylor responded, "We'll see." Taylor's co-defendant, Charles Elwood Caughman, also denied a plea bargain.
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    We fully expected Taylor to reject the plea bargain, but it's a little disturbing to see him hedge his bets on reporting to camp.

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    July 12, 2005 11:52 AM ET
    Panthers: Morgan still not close to extension
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    Training camp is approaching and Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan is no closer to a contract extension. "I'm not all that thrilled with where we are now," Morgan's agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Charlotte Observer. "We're pretty far apart; there's a big difference of opinion in respect to what the two sides think this contract should be." Morgan is entering the last year of his contract, and both sides would like to work out a long term deal before camp opens. "Once camp begins, if we don't have a deal in place, the odds start to diminish on getting one done," Rosenhaus said.
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    Morgan will not hold out, and it's a good bet that something gets done here. He is very injury prone, but as evidenced by his appearance in the Pro Bowl last year, he is also one of the best linebackers in the league when he's healthy.

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    July 12, 2005 11:45 AM ET
    Seahawks: Henry back in the 'Hawks sights
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    The Seahawks and Bills have renewed talks regarding backup running back Travis Henry. ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported that the two sides talked prior to the April draft, but discussions were dormant until this past week. The Seahawks picked up the phone after running back Shaun Alexander stated that he wouldn't play unless he received a long-term contact. The two teams are expected to talk again this week.
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    For fantasy purposes, we all want to see Henry out of Buffalo, and more suitors increase the chances of that happening. The Seahawks obviously have a messy situation with Alexander, and they could be keeping their options open or simply trying to scare Shaun into signing his franchise tender. There are major fantasy implications here, but we'll discuss those if and when a deal actually happens.

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    July 12, 2005 11:03 AM ET
    Chiefs: Ex-Royals prospect works out for Chiefs
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    Roscoe Crosby, at one time the top wide receiver prospect in the nation and a second-round pick in the 2001 baseball draft, recently held a private workout for scouts from 18 NFL teams, including the Chiefs. Crosby hopes to picked in Thursday's supplemental draft.
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    Crosby played one season of college football, setting freshman records for receptions and receiving yards at Clemson in 2001. An elbow injury prevented him from playing baseball, and the Kansas City Royals recently won an appeal to void $750,000 of Crosby's $1.75 million signing bonus. The 6-2, 218-pound Crosby ran a high 4.4-40 during his workout and is expected to wind up in an NFL training camp either through the supplemental draft or as a rookie free agent.

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    July 12, 2005 10:24 AM ET
    Steelers: Bettis wins Good Guy Award
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    Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was honored by the Pro Football Writers with their inaugural Good Guy Award, given to a player or team official to recognize his cooperation with pro football writers.
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    Bettis has always been a class act, a seemingly rare occurrence in professional sports these days. And being kind to the media won't hurt his chances of becoming a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer once he retires—an honor his on-field performance warrants regardless of his off-field demeanor.

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    July 12, 2005 10:21 AM ET
    Jets: Maddox signs
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    The Jets signed fifth-round pick Andre Maddox on Tuesday, the team's official web site posted. Terms were not disclosed. Maddox, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety, played four seasons at North Carolina State and earned first-team All-ACC honors as a junior.
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    The Jets also selected a safety with their fifth-round pick in 2004, and Erik Coleman finished third on the team in tackles (100) and first in interceptions (four). We doubt that Maddox will make that kind of impact, but the point is that one never knows when a later-round selection will emerge and be an IDP fantasy factor.

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    July 12, 2005 10:13 AM ET
    Ravens: Seventh-round pick signs
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    The Ravens landed the first signing of their 2005 draft class, inking seventh-round pick Mike Smith to a three-year deal.
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    Smith, a linebacker from Texas Tech, provides depth at one of the club's deepest positions.


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    Re: Around the League 7-13-05

    Sean Taylor ... not good :tut

    Bettis deserves the Good Guy award. :up:

    Seahawks looking at Travis Henry. What do you Seahawk fans think about him? Do you like him?
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    Re: Around the League 7-13-05

    I know we're already too deep at WR, but 6-2 220 is a BIG receiver. Where's the smiley "licking his lips"?

    I wish he were, but Alexander isn't going anywhere IMO: much rather face Henry twice a year,

    ...and yeah, Bettis deserves whatever he gets - he's one of the good ones, like the article says.
    "the Heart Lies and the Head Plays Tricks with us, but the Eyes See True".

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    Re: Around the League 7-13-05

    I really want the Hawks to re-sign Alexander and I think they will. I think this Henry crap is just a response to what SA said not too long ago about not signing the tender. I hope the Hawks don't trade for Henry.

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    Re: Around the League 7-13-05

    I, ummm, echo your thoughts Blades...but then again you already knew that.

    To be fair, not all evil robots are killers.

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    Re: Around the League 7-13-05

    I was just trying to beat you to the punch

    Nice Jacket

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