NFL news of the week
--- CB Joselio Hanson signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia. The 24-year-old Hanson played with the World Bowl champion Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe in 2006, registering 15 tackles and seven passes defensed. After signing as a rookie free agent with San Francisco in 2003, Hanson (5-9, 170) spent his rookie season as a member of the 49ers practice squad. In 2004, he played in 13 games (3 starts) for the 49ers and recorded 20 tackles and one sack. After the Mike Nolan regime took over control of the team, Hanson battled to keep his roster berth until the end of the summer but he was released prior to the start of the 2005 season. A native of Inglewood, CA, Hanson played two seasons at Texas Tech after transferring from El Camino Junior College. --- QB Steve McNair has finally landed in Baltimore, pending a physical. The on-again, off-again rumor finally came to fruition when the Titans agreed to trade McNair to Baltimore in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick next year. As recently as Tuesday, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he hoped the team and McNair would still be able to resolve their financial disagreement so the 11-year veteran could stay with the franchise. But McNair was unwilling to renegotiate his salary to reduce his $9 million cap charge next year, forcing the Titans' hand. McNair's contract with Baltimore is reported for five years and includes an $11 million signing bonus to go with a $1 million salary next season. --- WR Todd Pinkston, recovering from an Achilles' injury, participated in roughly half of Monday's practice. "You're at the point now where you go off of his feel on things and see where he's at, and if there's any inflammation back there," coach Andy Reid said. "Right now he felt good today with the limited work that he did. We'll just have to see how he feels tomorrow after pushing it here a little bit. He's been up here the whole time working and going full speed through the workouts, but it is a little different when you get the juices going and you're out there catching the football with the rest of the guys." --- QB Donovan McNabb's rehab from sports hernia surgery continues on schedule with minicamp this week. "I would like to say at 100 percent, but you never know until you put the pads on and get back into a scrimmage situation or a possible game situation.," McNabb said. "With the whole training regiment that I've had all off season, I feel like I've been getting stronger and with the flexibility trainer I've been working with, as well I'm getting looser. It's kind of hard to tell right now but throughout these mini camps and these days of practicing. I've felt great and will continue to take strides until I feel 100 percent." --- DE Mario Williams is sitting out practices this week following surgery to remove the nails on both of his big toes. He had problems with infections in the nails, leading to Monday's procedure. "They were bothering him throughout the camp," said coach Gary Kubiak. "So instead of trying to fight it, they removed them. We're giving him a few days off to make sure it heals properly." Kubiak said Williams might return to practice by Friday. --- WR Jamaar Taylor, who battled various injuries during his two-year career, filed his retirement papers with the Giants. "We respect Jamaar's decision, but we are really sorry to see this," general manager Ernie Accorsi said. "I thought he was an outstanding prospect and played very well for us when he was healthy. "We are placing him on reserve/retired and retaining our rights in case, at some point in the future, he changes his mind." Taylor, a sixth-round draft choice in 2004, played in 13 games in his two seasons with the Giants. But several knee injuries, including one that limited him to five games in the 2005 season, led to his decision to retire. --- RB Correll Buckhalter is not practicing with the team yet as he rehabs from a second major knee surgery. "He's probably a little bit ahead of schedule from where he was from the time before," coach Andy Reid said. "He's moving around pretty good. He does the conditioning part of the workouts here at the offseason program and he looks like he's getting better and better every time I see him out there doing that. So, we'll see. We'll see how he does. It's a big hurdle to overcome, but he's a little bit ahead of schedule." --- DE Jerome McDougle's recovery from a gunshot wound last year appears to be going smoothly. "We can't do any one-on-ones yet, or live action yet, so time will tell down the road on that," coach Andy Reid said. "But, he's doing everything full speed and he looks great out there, very quick and explosive. We feel very good about him." --- WR Bethel Johnson was traded to New Orleans by New England in exchange for DL Johnathan Sullivan. Both players were 2003 draft picks, Sullivan a bust so far as the sixth overall pick, while Johnson has just 30 catches since being the 45th overall pick. --- TE Tim Euhus was acquired by New Orleans from Buffalo in exchange for Courtney Watson, who the Saints previously tried to trade to Miami. --- QB Matt Nordgren was released by Philadelphia. --- RB Thomas Tapeh's versatility allows him to play fullback or halfback. "You have the luxury with him that he has played both and he's played both for us," coach Andy Reid said. "So, we're having him concentrate at that fullback spot right now and then once he has a full grasp of that, then we move him from there. But, right now we'd like him to master that fullback position" --- Cs Hank Fraley and Jamaal Jackson are in a battle for the starting center job, which heats up during this week's minicamp. "Those two are going to compete and they're both taking reps with the ones and the twos and we'll see how that all works out. It'll be great competition at that position and we'll see how it works. Both guys are quality players that can start in this league and be very good players at that position, so that's a win-win situation for us." --- TE Matt Schobel, a free agent addition, is working on learning the offense during training camp. "Matt's doing a good job of picking things up," coach Andy Reid said. "It's new, but a lot of things are new when you get stuck into a new team like this. But, he's doing very well with it in digesting the offense. He's a smart kid and he just needs to keep pushing and keep pushing hard like he's doing right now, sustain that." --- RB Decori Birmingham was added to the Giants' roster. Birmingham, 5-10 and 210 pounds, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by New England on April 29, 2005 and waived by the Patriots on July 22. He was signed by the Jets on Aug. 9 and waived on Aug. 27. Birmingham was signed by the 49ers on Jan. 5 of this year and then later waived on March 24. --- OG Kevin McAlmont was added to the Giants' roster. McAlmont, 6-1 and 320, played in 37 games with 29 starts at Western Carolina. He started his career as a defensive tackle before moving to the offensive line two games into his sophomore year. McAlmont started 29 of his last 30 games at left guard. As a senior in 2005, he started all eight games in which he played and was named second team All-Southern Conference by the league's coaches. McAlmont started all 11 games as a junior and nine of 12 as a sophomore. --- FS Brian Dawkins will play this season in the final year of his contract unless a new deal with the team is worked out. "I am going to go out and play ball," he said. "Whether it's a contract year, whether it's the first year after a contract, whether it's the third year on a four year deal, I am going to try my best to give everything that I have regardless of the situation." --- DT Jason Fisk signed a one-year deal with St. Louis. The 11-year veteran had 50 tackles for Cleveland last year. --- CB Kevin Timonthee signed with St. Louis. Timothee spent the 2005 preseason with the Titans as an undrafted rookie out of Florida International. He played this spring for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe. --- K Remy Hamilton signed a one-year contract with St. Louis. Hamilton played in one game for the Lions last year after spending the 2005 preseason with the Rams. --- TE Landon Trusty was placed on the reserve/injured list and will miss the 2006 season with a torn ligament in his right knee. --- RB Diamond Ferri was placed on waivers by Atlanta. --- WR C.J. Fayton (Tennessee) signed with Chicago. --- DT Ja'Waren Blair (Rhein, NFL Europe 2006) signed with Cleveland. --- LS Danny Young was placed on waivers by Dallas. --- LB Lee Foliaki was placed on waivers by Minnesota. --- WR Kevin Kasper's contract was terminated by Seattle. --- DE Moe Thompson was placed on waivers by Tampa Bay. --- WR Travis LaTendresse (released by Chiefs on May 22) signed with Baltimore. --- CB Jabari Greer, an exclusive rights free agent, signed his one-year tender with Buffalo. --- DE Josh Cooper (released by 49ers on Aug. 30; Frankfurt, NFL Europe 2006) signed with Buffalo. --- G Kyle Ralph (released by Seahawks on May 18) signed with Carolina. --- CB Garnell Wilds was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list by Carolina. ---WR Phil Silva (Rowan) signed with the Jets.
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