NFL player ticker: Lelie skips minicamp

Wide receiver Ashley Lelie skips minicamp with the Broncos, and while the 49ers may not be seriously interested in the veteran performer at the moment, that could change later this summer depending on what the team sees from its young and unproven receiving corp in training camp and the preseason. Lelie's situation is discussed here along with other recent NFL news and player happenings.

Wide receiver Ashley Lelie skipped the first day of the Broncos' manadatory minicamp as expected Thursday.

"Anybody that's not here would get fined," coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's a mandatory camp. It's not a major fine. It would cost him a few dollars."

Lelie is not happy with his place on the team, which is currently third on the depth chart behind Rod Smith and Javon Walker.

There has been considerable speculation that the 49ers might be interested in working a deal for Lelie to compete for a starting berth in San Francisco's training camp this summer, but that seems less likely now as camp approaches and Lelie's stock apparently declines.

"If you want to compete to be the No. 1 guy, why not be here? Why not be here in camp?" Shanahan said. "If you're afraid of competing against a No. 1 guy who's 35 years old, I don't think you're going to find a better scenario than what he has here."

Will the Broncos trade Lelie before the start of the season? The 49ers could have renewed interest depending on how their young and unproven receiving corps performers in training camp and the preseason.

"It would be different if people were beating down the walls to get him, but they're not," Shanahan said. "Why not come in here and try to do what you can do and make a name for yourself at a place that drafted you No. 1?"

In other NFL news and player happenings:

--- T Terrance Pennington signed with Buffalo. Terms of the deal for the 216th overall pick were not disclosed.

--- CB/KR Devin Hester, the 57th overall pick in the draft, signed with the Bears. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

--- LB Jamar Williams, the 120th overall pick in the draft, signed with Chicago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

--- DT Sir Henry Anderson was waived by the Giants. Anderson was signed by the Giants on May 13 as a rookie free agent after starting 22 of 32 games at Oregon State where he recorded 65 tackles and 6 sacks during his college career.

--- QB Josh Harris was waived by the Giants. Harris spent the entire off-season with the Giants after being signed on January 6. He was a sixth-round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens in 2004 from Bowling Green. Harris played in the preseason for the Ravens in 2004 and the Cleveland Browns in 2005 and completed 22 of 46 passes for 223 yards.

--- S Adrian Mayes was waived by the Giants. Mayes was signed by the Giants on January 6. He played in three games for the Arizona Cardinals during the 2005 season and recorded two special teams tackles.

--- G Kevin McAlmont was waived by the Giants. McAlmont, 6-1 and 320, was signed as a rookie free agent on June 6. He played in 37 games with 29 starts at Western Carolina.

--- WR Todd Watkins signed with the Cardinals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

--- S Danieal Manning agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday. He was the 42nd overall pick in the draft.

--- DT Dusty Dvoracek agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday. He was the 73rd overall pick in the draft.

--- Former 49ers RB Decori Birmingham was waived by the Giants. Birmingham was signed by the Giants on June 6. He 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, 2006 and waived on March 24.


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