NFL player wire: Broncos dump Henry

A look at recent player happenings throughout the NFL as teams make June roster maneuvers and begin signing some of their draft picks.

RB Travis Henry: The veteran was released by Denver on Monday, with coach Mike Shanahan releasing a statement saying: "We did not feel his commitment to the Broncos was enough to warrant a spot on this football team. Although Travis has the ability to be one of the top running backs in the NFL, we have to make decisions that are in the best interests of our organization and its goal of winning a Super Bowl." Henry rushed for 691 yards last season after signing a five-year, $22.5 million contract. Henry won an argument to the NFL last season after testing positive for marijuana and being told last September that he would be suspended for a year. But the Broncos apparently had grown weary of Henry's issues, and no longer felt he was needed with Selvin Young emerging last year, veteran Michael Pittman signed in free agency and rookie Ryan Torrain also in the mix.

DE Jason Taylor: The veteran said he has not demanded a trade from Miami and that while he would be open to moving to a different team, he'd also be happy to stay a Dolphin. "Do I want to be here? Yeah, I'd love to be here," Taylor said Sunday morning. "I would love to be a Dolphin and win games and have it work out for everybody. But that may not be the case. I want to win in '08. That's what I want to do. And I've told the Dolphins from Day 1 that was my intention. My intentions right now are to play one more year. I've tried to give the Dolphins the opportunity, if they wanted to do something and move me, then I was OK with that. If they can get value for me, then do that. That was the conversation we had behind closed doors a long time ago." The saga is likely to play out over the next several weeks. Taylor's relationship will Bill Parcells has apparently deteriorated to the point Parcells reportedly barely acknowledged Taylor's presence when the defensive end visited the team's offices during a trip back during his time on "Dancing With the Stars."

S Stuart Schweigert: The veteran free agent signed with the Washington Redskins. Schweigert (6-2, 210) played his first four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2004-07). He was released by Oakland on May 21 after losing his starting job last season due to several missed tackles that led to big plays. In 63 career games (42 starts), he compiled 315 tackles, four interceptions and 18 passes defensed.

WR Craphonso Thorpe: The veteran signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thorpe, 24, played in five games for the Indianapolis Colts last season and recorded 12 receptions for 70 yards with one touchdown. The 6-0, 187-pounder returned 15 kickoffs for 318 yards (21.2 avg.) and six punts for 31 yards (5.2 avg.). The Tallahassee native was originally drafted by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He has spent time with Kansas City, Detroit and Indianapolis. He will wear jersey No. 13.

LB Brian Urlacher: Urlacher was a surprise attendee at the first day of the Bears' minicamp Friday. Locked in a contract dispute with the team, Urlacher had said as recently as last week not to bet on him showing up to the mandatory minicamp. Urlacher has boycotted all voluntary offseason activities until now to get more money than the $18 million the Bears have already offered in a renegotiation of his nine-year, $56.65 contract that still has four years remaining. "When it says mandatory, you're supposed to be at those things, so that's why I'm here," Urlacher said. "I'm supposed to be here. I'm not trying to send any message. It's a mandatory team function and we're supposed to be here."

DE Will Smith: Smith participate in New Orleans' s mandatory minicamp over the weekend after skipping the team's offseason program thus far. Smith, who can earn between $1.8 and $3.8 million next season as part of his rookie contract, is seeking a new deal. His 7.0 sacks last season led the team. "Obviously, Will wants a new contract and hopefully that will get taken care of in due time, but first and foremost, he told me he wants to be there today and not miss the mandatory camp," said Smith's agent, Joel Segal, told the Associated Press. "He wants to be with his teammates and pursue the goal of the Saints winning a Super Bowl."

QB Bruce Gradkowski: One of seven quarterbacks under contract with Tampa Bay, Gradkowski was released by the team. Gradkowski originally joined the Buccaneers as a sixth-round draft choice in 2006. In two seasons, he appeared in 17 games with 11 starts.

TE Jerramy Stevens: Stevens re-signed with the Bucs. Stevens played in 15 games with three starts for the Buccaneers in 2007. He totaled 18 receptions for 189 yards and four touchdowns last season after beginning his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

DE Paul Spicer: Spicer showed up to Jacksonville's minicamp this week after missing the team's first eight voluntary workouts this offseason. He's entering the final year of his contract scheduled to make $2.5 million. Spicer, 32, is seeking a long-term extension.

QB Vince Young: Young, who was quoted by NFL.com last week as saying he strongly considered retiring after his rookie season, looked to set the record straight. "I was never going to quit football,'' Young told The Tennessean. "Football, that is my pride and joy, it is my dream. I am playing my dream. And I don't plan on giving that up any time soon." He said the NFL.com story was "blown out of proportion." "Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I ain't never said I was going to quit football," Young told The Tennessean. "There was a lot of stuff going on in my life, but football is not hard to me. Football is easy. All you have to do is be coachable and use your God-given talent. If it was a thought at all it was just a passing thought for a second.''

S Quintin Demps: The veteran signed a four-year deal with Philadelphia. Demps, a fourth round draft choice of the Eagles in 2008, was one of the top playmaking defensive backs in college football during his career at UTEP. His 17 career interceptions were the most among all players in the 2008 draft class and rank 2nd in both Conference USA and school history. Demps became the first player in school and conference history to have two 100-yd. INT returns in both a season and a career (at Central Florida and at New Mexico State in 2007). He also holds the school record with 404 INT return yards, becoming only the 7th player in NCAA history to top the 400-yard mark in that category. In 2007, Demps earned third team All-America and All-Conference USA honors as he set school and league records by posting 220 return yards on 5 interceptions, including two touchdowns.

DB Kennard Cox: The 251st overall pick in the seventh round of the April draft, has signed with the Bills. Terms were not disclosed. He has three cousins currently playing in the NFL - fellow Bills teammate WR Roscoe Parrish, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Torrie Cox, and 49ers' DB Marcus Hudson.



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