NFL.com is reporting that Marvin Harrison still wants to play.  It’s just a matter of whether he can A) avoid jail time for last year’s gun incident and B) find a suitor.

Though he’s not the receiver he once was, he still managed to catch 60 passes for 636 yards and 5 TDs.  Not bad when you consider he has to share the ball with Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Dallas Clark, and Joseph Addai.

There was some speculation that he would reunite with Donovan McNabb in Philly, but they already have three WRs of his mold in DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, and Rookie Jeremy Maclin.  If he proves he’s healthy, I still think he can find a home, especially if there is an injury in training camp or the preseason.  His agent, Tom Condon, just wants to make sure everyone knows he’s still out there.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Rick Schwartz Brett Favre will not end his retirement to join the Minnesota Vikings.  Rick goes on to say that Favre will address the media at a later time to explain his decision.

Personally, I don’t believe this is the last we’ve heard from Brett Favre.  With his bicep injury, he didn’t have much leverage in working out not only the monetary value of his contract, but the stipulations.  If Brett Favre is going to come out of retirement, I’m sure he’ll want to do it on his terms.

Brad Childress flew to Mississippi to meet with Brett Favre to discuss the possibility of him joining his once bitter rival.  The Star Tribune is reporting that Brett would be willing to take care of the major roadblock to his return.  Namely, his torn bicep tendon.  They are saying he would be open to “undergoing a minor procedure in which surgeons complete the cutting of the tendon. The recovery period would be quick, and Favre would be ready to go long before training camp”.

Stay tuned as this story develops.

NFL League Notes

6 May 2009

Detroit’s Local Ties Helps Get Them Get a Foote in the Door
The Lions didn’t waste much time snatching up Larry Foote’s services.  It’s a homecoming for Foote as he grew up in Detroit and went to the University of Michigan.  Foote had just 63 tackles last year after averaging 91 over the previous three years.  Foote also has 14.5 Sacks and 3 INTs since 2004.  He lost time to Lawrence Timmons, who recorded 65 tackles, and will replace Foote in the starting lineup. 

Bengals’ Levi Not the Right Fit
The addition of Rookie LT Andre Smith made Levi Jones expendable.  That and Jones’ injury history.  He missed six games last year seventeen over the previous three seasons.  He’s a big guy at 6’5″ and 307 Lbs and if he can get his health squared away, he’ll have no problem finding work.

Scoped Knee for McGahee
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Willis McGahee had his knee scoped.  With Le’Ron McClain and a healthy Ray Rice, McGahee’s fantasy value is very limited.  The Sun is also reporting that Jerry Porter and D.J. Hackett will try to catch on with the team.

***UPDATE***
The Other Roy Williams signs with the Bengals
NFL.com is reporting that Safety Roy Williams has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.  Williams is one of the game’s best hitters, but he has lost a step in recent years.  He should fit in well with the Bengals as he is familiar with Roger Goodell because of his horse collar tackles.

Greg A. Bedard of the Journal Sentinel is reporting that Brett Favre had a “significant tear in the tendon, if not a complete tear” last year for the Jets, which hasn’t improved significantly since the end of the regular season.  Favre was encouraged by the Jets to have surgery to repair the bicep, but he opted to retire instead.  Now that he may or may not be considering a return with the Minnesota Vikings, the elbow is as big an issue as any if the future Hall of Famer will play in 2009.  Bedard notes that Favre could still undergo surgery and be ready for training camp.  He’d miss OTAs along the way, but I’m guessing Brett would be fine with that.  Favre is slated to meet with the Vikings brass later this week.

I hate to even talk about this until something happens, but living in the area made me feel obligated to do so.  ESPN is reporting that Brett Favre will talk to Minnesota Vikings’ Coach Brad Childress about the possibility to Brett would retire once again and take over the starting job for the Vikings. 

He would be an immediate upgrade over Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson, but I’m not sure he would fit into Brad’s dink and dunk system.  Especially when you consider they are run first with their pair of outstanding backs in Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.  If he’s healthy both mentally and physically the Vikings would be the team to beat in the NFC North.  Speaking of the NFC North.  If this deal did go down, Sugar Ray Leonard, I mean Brett Favre would face his former mates twice a year, giving him ample opportunity to exact some revenge on the Packers.

Until he takes a snap during the regular season, I will have my doubts that Favre will return.  One thing is for certain.  This situation will annoy me until it’s resolved.  Either say yes or give a definitive no and be done.

John Beck Released

28 April 2009

Bill Parcels is working his magic once again.  With the selection of Pat White in last weekend’s NFL Draft, Parcels accomplished two tasks.  He added possibly the best Wildcat Quarterback that isn’t serving time on animal cruelty charges and he gained a roster spot.

Pat White is a gifted passer completing 64.8% of his passes for 6051 yards and 56 TDs with just 23 INTs.  He also ran the ball for 4480 yards and 47 TDs.  When he lines up under Center, Defenses will have to respect both his ability to throw and run the football.  Ronnie Brown was great in that role last year, but he did not offer much of a passing threat.   Baltimore made a blueprint of how to stop the Wildcat.  Miami just raised the ante.

Aside from bolstering their Wildcat formation, the Dolphins added roster flexibility.  They no longer have to carry three true QBs.  Chad Pennington will be the starter and Chad Henne will be the backup.  In addition to Wildcat QB, White will likely serve as a slot receiver as well as the third-string QB.

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Tennessee Tight End Bo Scaife signed his one-year contract, which will bring him a cool $4.46 million.  Scaife set career highs last year with 58 receptions and 561 yards.  He did most of his damage early as he averaged just 19.9 yards a game over the last seven weeks compared to the 46.9 ypg he averaged over the first nine games.  The overall numbers could lead him to be drafted a little higher than he should.  You have to consider they have Alge Crumpler, who caught 24 passes last year, and Rookie Jared Cook.  Cook caught 37 passes for 573 yards for the South Carolina Gamecocks last year.  Scaife is a fantasy Tight End I would avoid next year.

ESPN is reporting that Torry Holt has agreed to a three-year contract with the Jacksonville Jagaurs.  The contract has accelerators that will pay him more if he performs well. 

The move is great for Jacksonville and QB David Garrard.  His top target, Matt “Crackman” Jones was cut because he couldn’t stay clean and sober.  Reggie Williams also had run-ins with the law and won’t return.  Jacksonville will still have to address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft because the cupboard is pretty bare and Holt, at 32, is not a long-term answer.

Holt’s fantasy value takes a hit as he joins a team with a Run First mentality.  If his knee holds up though, they still can produce decent fantasy wideouts.  When he played last year, Crackman was solid.  Same with Reggie Williams a couple years ago.  Holt’s other primary choice was Tennessee, which is pretty much the same smell.  Heavy on the run, heavy on the D.

J.D., a young Bleacher Report writer and creator of The Sports Report with J.D., contacted me to see if I wanted to post some of his articles on the site.  Always looking to encourage an aspiring writer, I agreed.   J.D. discusses the Bills signing of Dominic Rhodes

According to an NFL.com report, the Bills have agreed to a two-year deal with Dominic Rhodes.  With Marshawn Lynch facing a three-game suspension, they Bills needed to add depth at running back, especially with Fred Jackson skipping workouts because he’d like his contract reworked.  Xavier Omon was slated to be the primary backup during Lynch’s suspension.  Rhodes can take over that role.

Rhodes told Sirius Radio that he would like to start against the New England Patriots in the season-opener.  He has handled the load in Indianapolis, so you never know, Rhodes could be a starter.  Rhodes is very confident he can contribute.  “They’re looking for big production out of me,” Rhodes said. “I am ready.”  I’m sure he is.

When Lynch returns the Bills will have a three-back rotation of Lynch, Jackson, and Rhodes.  In a very competitive AFC East, the trio of capable backs is a good thing.  Rhodes is very confident.

Rhodes was a backup to Joseph Addai last year, but did start four games.  He had 538 rushing yards on 152 attempts (3.5 ypc) with six TDs.  He added 45 receptions for 302 yards and three more scores. 

He isn’t the long-term answer as turned thirty earlier this year.  However, if Lynch messes up again, the Bills won’t miss much of a beat.  Fred Jackson will either agree to a long-term deal or he will get into camp.  That much I’m convinced of.  He won’t miss his three-game opportunity to audition for a starter job next year. 

As for the Colts they will likely draft a Running Back to add to the mix of Lance Ball and Mike Hart backing up Joseph Addai.


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