Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Around the NFL

Yesterday the San Diego Chargers announced they had released LaDainian Tomlinson. This morning the Eagles--who are in the same RB situation as San Diego--announced they will be releasing Brian Westbrook. Many big stories are just around the corner, here are a few things to keep your eye on:
  • The trial of Willie D. Clark for the murder of Darrent Williams started this morning. Prosecution witness John Sheppard, a longtime friend of Darrent Williams, said Brandon Marshall's cousin started the confrontation at the nightclub. Follow @DenverCourts on twitter for updates through out the trial.
  • The NFL Combine starts Thursday, catch all the action over at NFL.com
  • Many players will be going to the Combine, Tim Tebow included. Although he'll be there, he won't be throwing any footballs - that's a big let down for fans and scouts. He is working on tweaking his delivery though.
  • The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork on Monday, providing more time for negotiations toward a long-term contract.
  • Currently the Broncos haven't placed a tag on any of there players, but rumors are that the club would like to re-sign Elvis Dumervil before March 5th (when Free Agency starts).
  • Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Jets could release running back Thomas Jones. He went on to say, if the team thinks Leon Washington is healthy it would be a good move. Speculations then lead on to believe the Jets might be going after LT.
  • The Lions are actively shopping the second overall pick in April’s draft, according to a league source, and would be very comfortable trading down, looking to stockpile three or four assets. According to NFL.com
  • The Lions could also be going after a QB, Tom Kowalski of Michigan Live is reporting that the Detroit Lions could sign quarterback Marc Bulger this offseason. Kowaslski thinks that Scott Linehan, who coached Bulger in St. Louis, would want Bulger in Detroit.
  • The Carolina Panthers have decided the price is too steep to keep their all-time sacks leader. Therefore, five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers is about to become one of the top prizes in free agency. Peppers is of the biggest defensive free agents to hit the open market in years.
  • The Ealges have Donavon McNabb, Michael Vick, and Kevin Kolb all still on the roster. Don't expect them all to still be in Philly come kickoff weekend in 2010. Many teams are interested in all three of the quarterbacks. The Eagles would like to trade Mike Vick for a fair price, but no team is willing to do that. So Vick may be stuck in Philly for at least one more season, or at the very least may not be released till the start of or mid-preseason. Whatever the Eagles do with the three QB's will have a ripple effect on the whole NFL.
  • Chris Steuber of Scout.com is reporting that the St. Louis Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be working on a blockbuster trade.
  • Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News says the Cowboys should consider Brandon Marshall, "The Cowboys want to upgrade the scoring ability of the offense, which ranked 14th in points last season. The quickest way to do that is to keep Austin and give him the help of a second threatening wide receiver. Brandon Marshall has the touch of a diva about him but has shown that he has rare talent. He's worth at least investigating. "
    That's all for now, check back often for more news and rumors on the Denver Broncos, and the NFL.

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