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  • Winborn traded to the Jags

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/column...len&id=2183191

    The San Francisco ***** on Thursday agreed to a trade that will send former starting linebacker Jamie Winborn, estranged from the team for the past week, to the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN.com confirmed.

    The deal is contingent upon Winborn, 26, passing a physical examination. The fifth-year veteran arrived in Jacksonville late Thursday night and the physical will be administered on Friday morning. Terms of the trade were not yet available, but it is believed the ***** will receive a 2006 draft choice.

    "It's exciting," Winborn said when reached on his cell phone. "It's a new start for me."

    If the trade is completed -- and, while Winborn has suffered injury problems in the past, he is expected to pass the examination -- it will end a strange chapter in the career of the former Vanderbilt star.

    Winborn has suffered a series of injuries that slowed his advancement at times. The most serious was a neck injury in 2003. There have also been knee and shoulder injuries. It is likely that the neck injury will receive the most scrutiny from Jacksonville team doctors.

    San Francisco first-year head coach Mike Nolan last week told Winborn to clean out his locker and leave the team, and then announced that the ***** would attempt to trade him. The decision came after Winborn, who started the first two games of the season, was demoted in favor of Andre Carter, a one-time first-round defensive end who was moved to linebacker in Nolan's new 3-4 alignment.

    Nolan acknowledged that, while Winborn told him he did not feel he was a backup, there was no verbal confrontation. Neither did Winborn, both Nolan and the player said, ask to be traded. Apparently the decision to deal Winborn was made by Nolan because he felt it would be in the best interest of both parties.

    Late last week, Nolan said there were four teams that had indicated interest in a trade but Jacksonville, at least at the time, was not believed to be one of those franchises. One of the teams that pursued a deal is Seattle, and it is believed that New Orleans also showed some interest.

    A second-round choice in the 2001 draft, Winborn has appeared in 43 games, mostly as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He has 258 tackles, 8 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, three recoveries and 16 passes defensed. A versatile defender, he had his best season in 2004, registering 104 tackles and 4 sacks. In his three games in 2005, Winborn had 13 tackles.

    While it is believed that some adjustments were made to his contract to accommodate the trade, Winborn, who was paid by the ***** even during his absence from the team, will earn the full $1.75 million he is due for this season. Under terms of the contract, Winborn is signed through 2009, at base salaries of $3 million for each of the next four years.

    That is only a formality, though, since Winborn has already reached performance levels that allow him to void the final four years of the contract and to become an unrestricted free agent next spring.

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  • r8rh8rmike
    No Peter Boulware For Seahawks
    by r8rh8rmike
    Boulware signs one-year deal with Ravens

    Free agent linebacker Peter Boulware, released by the Baltimore Ravens three months ago, signed a one-year contract to rejoin the team.

    Agent Roosevelt Barnes said that Boulware, who worked out for team coaches and officials on Wednesday, had passed a team-administered physical exam on Thursday morning. The two sides had reached an agreement in principle on Wedneday, contingent on Boulware passing the physical.

    "The physical went well and he is really anxious to get going," said Barnes, who did not reveal financial details of the contract.

    The reunion with Boulware comes as the Ravens are in the midst of a stretch of injuries at the strongside linebacker spot. Starter Adalius Thomas suffered a hyperextended knee last week and is listed as day-to-day. Rookie Dan Cody, a second-round choice from Oklahoma, sustained a serious knee injury the first week of camp. While the injury will be evaluated again later this month, Cody probably will miss the entire season.

    Versatile third-year veteran Jarret Johnson, a defensive end by trade, started last week in a preseason game at Atlanta and played well. But Boulware offers an attractive insurance policy and a player who can still contribute as a pass rusher. Even before camp began, Ravens officials, including coach Brian Billick, said the team would entertain the notion of re-signing Boulware, a four-time Pro Bowl performer in eight seasons with the club.

    Hoping to dispel any lingering doubts about the state of his health, Boulware worked out in Tallahassee, Fla., last month for four teams interested in him. But the consensus was that he needed more time to rehabilitate from knee and toe injuries that sidelined him for the entire 2004 season.

    Released by the Ravens in early May after the two sides could not come to an agreement on a restructured contract, Boulware visited with the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks during the spring. None of those teams, though, made a solid offer to him.

    Boulware, 30, spent the entire 2004 season on the physically unable to perform list as he attempted to recover from a knee injury sustained in the penultimate game of the 2003 campaign. He underwent toe surgery last December, the result of a November injury sustained in his first practice of the year, as he attempted to work his way back. He has also had microfracture knee surgery.

    He was scheduled to earn a $6 million base salary with the Ravens and reportedly rejected a restructuring that would have paid him $2 million with the chance to make an additional $2 million in incentives.

    The Ravens' first-round choice in the 1997 draft, and the fourth overall player selected that year, Boulware appeared in 111 games and started 102 of them. He registered 487 tackles, 67 sacks, 18 passes defensed, one interception,...
    -08-18-2005, 08:07 PM
  • HUbison
    McKenzie gets his trade
    by HUbison
    Packers trade McKenzie to Saints

    By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer
    October 4, 2004

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Mike McKenzie got his wish Monday when he was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round pick in 2005 and a backup quarterback.

    ``It's time to move on,'' Packers coach-general manager Mike Sherman said.

    Since ending his holdout without retracting his trade request three weeks ago, McKenzie has been paid more than $485,000, but played just nine snaps, all against Chicago. That led fans and teammates to wonder whether he was still holding out, but getting paid anyway.

    The recalcitrant cornerback sat out the last two games with a mysterious hamstring injury. He was left home when the Packers traveled to Indianapolis two weeks ago and wasn't on the sideline Sunday when the Packers lost to the New York Giants at home.

    ``Mission accomplished,'' McKenzie's agent, Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. ``It's important to relay that there's no hard feelings on Mike's behalf. He's obviously grateful they were able to work out a deal and there's certainly not going to be any backbiting or any negativity on our behalf.''

    Rosenhaus said McKenzie will play under the terms of his current contract, but he hopes to have talks with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis soon about an upgrade.

    ``(Loomis) understands the dynamics that went into Mike's situation: his contract was obviously an issue,'' Rosenhaus said. ``We hope to get that resolved; whether that happens this season or in the winter, I'm not going to make that an issue. We are certainly not going to try to squeeze the Saints right now in regard to the contract.''

    The Packers acquired quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, 25, and the second-round selection in the 2005 draft in return for McKenzie, 28, and a future conditional draft choice. The Packers have been interested in O'Sullivan since the Saints took him in the sixth round of the 2002 draft out of Cal-Davis.

    Their interest was heightened when Brett Favre and backup Doug Pederson were injured Sunday. Favre has a mild concussion and is expected to practice this week and extend his record starting streak to 213 games, counting playoffs, against Tennessee next week. But Pederson was undergoing further tests Monday on his ribs and kidneys.

    The deal is the Packers' first midseason trade in 23 years involving active players from both teams.

    McKenzie, who is earning $2.75 million this year in the middle season of a five-year, $17.1 million deal he signed in January 2002, became upset when several cornerbacks of lesser talent surpassed him in compensation this offseason.

    McKenzie instructed agent Brian Parker to seek a contract renegotiation in February, converting a $200,000 workout bonus into two $100,000 roster bonuses due in April...
    -10-04-2004, 12:52 PM
  • Nick
    Pasquarelli discusses Delhomme's new contract, among other things
    by Nick
    Delhomme's Pact Could Affect Couch, Warner
    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com

    It is called lagniappe, an old Cajun word that roughly translates into "a little bit extra," and a term with which Carolina Panthers quarterback and dyed-in-the-gumbo Louisiana native Jake Delhomme was familiar, long before he agreed Thursday morning to his pricey new five-year contract extension.

    Rewarding their emerging star with a contract that reportedly could be worth as much as $38 million, a deal criticized in some NFL precincts because there remains a core group of skeptics anxious to see if Delhomme was just a one-year wonder, certainly represented a heaping helping of lagniappe ladled out by Panthers management. No matter where one sides in the debate, though, the contract inarguably was aimed at providing security for both parties to the extension.

    Good news, Carolina management hopes, for a franchise now suddenly resurrected and seeking to sustain newfound success and to create stability. And absolutely great news for an itinerant quarterback whose league resume included just two regular-season starts before 2003.

    But bad news -- very bad news, in fact, it says here -- for signal-callers such as Tim Couch, Kurt Warner and Kordell Stewart. How do we draw a correlation between Delhomme's contract and the fortunes of those veteran quarterbacks?

    Because players like Couch have recently been forced into a kind of wait-until-next-year mindset, one in which they sign short-term deals in the hopes of finding a far more appealing employment market next March, when they will be free agents and perhaps have a chance to pursue a starting job. And contracts like the one Delhomme signed, in the big picture, mean there aren't going to be as many vacant starting spots in the NFL as some observers suggest there might be.

    It is, to be sure, one of the NFL's most notable dichotomies. Everyone focuses closely on the movement of quarterbacks in the league every spring, and this year was no different, as 19 quarterbacks had switched franchises at last count. But in a league where the best-kept secret appears to be the number of teams that have cemented their starters in place over the last few years, many of them with deals of astonishing length, few quarterbacks who changed addresses actually upgraded their status.

    Here's a fact-and-fiction proposition: It's a fact that the 32 quarterbacks projected to be starters in 2004 have an average of 4.4 more seasons remaining on their current contracts, meaning they are locked in through 2007. So it is fiction to assume that a slew of No. 1 spots will become available next spring, or even the offseason after that.

    The late-blooming Delhomme is the latest beneficiary of a trend in which teams have sought to reverse the quarterback carousel and put a stop to the calliope tune that annually accompanies...
    -06-18-2004, 01:40 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Marlins nab Valdez from Padres for prospect
    by DJRamFan
    July 31, 2004
    By Scott Miller
    SportsLine.com Senior Writer
    Tell Scott your opinion!


    Moving to fill the growing void in their rotation, the Florida Marlins acquired right-hander Ismael Valdez from the San Diego Padres on Saturday in exchange for a pitching prospect from the Marlins' Class A affiliate in Greensboro, N.C.

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    The Marlins were looking for a fifth starter even before they weakened their rotation by dealing Brad Penny to Los Angeles on Saturday. Valdez is 9-6 with a 5.53 ERA for the Padres this season.

    Meanwhile, the Marlins continued discussions with Colorado regarding outfielder Larry Walker as Saturday's 4 p.m. ET non-waivers trade deadline drew near. The Walker deal is a complicated one financially, with the Colorado outfielder owed roughly $17 million through the end of 2005.

    If they can work out the monetary aspects of the trade, the Marlins are confident that they can induce Walker to waive his no-trade clause. Among other reasons, he has a home in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    As for the Padres, with Valdez, their fifth starter now gone, sources said they are discussing other pitching options with Cincinnati, among other clubs. The Padres last winter were interested in Cory Lidle before they signed David Wells, which then led Lidle to sign with the Reds.

    It is believed that Cincinnati would want Padres outfielder Xavier Nady in a deal for Lidle.

    If the Padres don't get Lidle or another pitcher in trade, it is likely that either veteran left-hander Sterling Hitch****, who currently is on the disabled list, or prospect Justin Germano, now pitching at Triple-A Portland, would replace Valdez in the rotation.
    -07-31-2004, 12:24 PM
  • txramsfan
    Rangers in line for Delgado
    by txramsfan
    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/baseball/rangers/stories/012005dnsporangdate.613a7.html


    Rangers a step behind in pursuit of Delgado

    Friday meeting with slugger will be after other suitors

    By EVAN GRANT / The Dallas Morning News



    ARLINGTON By the time the Rangers step up to the plate to speak face-to-face with Carlos Delgado and agent David Sloane on Friday, they'll already be behind in the count.

    The Rangers signed reliever Carlos Almanzar for a one-year base salary of $1.1 million. Their chief competition for Delgado the Florida Marlins and New York Mets will each have had two cuts. Sloane, who had a long conversation with Marlins officials on Tuesday, said he would meet with the Mets today in Puerto Rico.

    Mets officials met with Delgado, sans Sloane, in Puerto Rico a little over a week ago. The Marlins met with the duo in South Florida over the weekend. This will be the Rangers first significant contact since Sloane met with a slew of teams at the winter meetings.

    "We are going to give it our best shot," Rangers owner Tom Hicks said from the Dominican Republic. "We know he's got other opportunities, but we like how we stack up. We're an [American League] team. He likes our park. He likes our young team. He likes our bullpen."

    One potential sticking point for Delgado, however, might be his role. While the Marlins and Mets are willing to make Delgado a full-time first baseman, he would likely DH the majority of the time in Texas and spell Mark Teixeira in the field for 30 or so games.

    Almanzar signs: The Rangers remained perfect in the John Hart era at avoiding a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to terms with right-handed reliever Carlos Almanzar. Almanzar will receive a base salary of $1.1 million.

    The Rangers had already agreed with their other three arbitration-eligible players: catcher Rod Barajas, second baseman Alfonso Soriano and outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.

    "We don't like to go to hearings and get into a contrary situation with the players," GM Hart said. "We believe in them all year, we don't want to say anything negative in a hearing. This way, we go forward as a band of brothers."

    Almanzar, who was 7-3 with a 3.72 ERA last year, led Rangers relievers in wins. Almanzar missed the last week of the season with shoulder fatigue but said Tuesday his arm was fine. He did pitch briefly in the Dominican winter league.

    No rush for extensions: While owner Tom Hicks said he expects manager Buck Showalter to be with the team for a long time, he said a contract extension was not on the team's immediate agenda.

    "Our focus this week is on Dominican academies, not contract extensions," Hicks said. "We may sit down and have a ****tail...
    -01-20-2005, 11:40 AM
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