June 1st. NFL Moves
- According to reports from ESPN the New York Jets have released QB Vinny Testaverde. In another move the Jets have
declined to resubmit a qualifying offer to restricted free agent DB Jamie Henderson (head), who suffered a life-threatening head injury in a
motorcycle accident on April 3. Under league rules, teams must resubmit the
offer on June 1 for any restricted free agents still unsigned. Since the
team has declined, Henderson becomes an unrestricted free agent.
- The St. Louis Rams have released former NFL
MVP QB Kurt Warner. Sources also confirm that the New York Giants are
seriously interested in signing Warner, who could work with number one draft
pick Eli Manning throughout the upcoming season.
- The Washington Redskins have released OG
Dave Fiore, RB Trung Canidate and LB Jeremiah Trotter.
- The Philadelphia Eagles have released QB Scott McMullen and QB Phil Stambaugh, the team now has four
quarterbacks remaining on their roster with QB Donovan McNabb, QB Koy Detmer, QB Jeff Blake and QB Andrew Hall.
- The San Francisco 49ers have signed undrafted
rookie free agent OL Khiawatha Downey (Indiana-Univ, Pennsylvania).
Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
- The Arizona Cardinals have released S Justin Lucas, QB Preston Parsons, TE Steve Bush, DT
Barron Tanner and DT Marcus Bell.
- The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the team
has waived RB Nick Ayers.
New England Patriots LB Rosevelt Colvin has restructured his deal to help the team create some cap room. Colvin, who was due to have a 2004 base salary of $2.1 million, had his salary dropped to $535,000 and had the remainder of what was owed - $1.565 million – given to him in a signing bonus.
The Green Bay Packers remain interested in QB Tim Couch, of the Cleveland Browns. The obstacle has been that the Packers and Browns have not been able to come to agreeable terms regarding Couch's release.
The Dallas Cowboys' appear ready to release OG Larry Allen, despite the fact that recent conditioning work seemed to have helped the lineman work his way back into good graces with head coach Bill Parcells. Also QB Chad Hutchinson's disappointing performance in NFL Europe has fueled rumors that the Cowboys will release him within the next few weeks.
Although not officially released, the Denver Broncos are set to drop DT Daryl Gardener. Gardner has been on the team's reserve/non-football injury list since last fall after publicly criticizing head coach Mike Shanahan. The move will save Denver $1.8 million against the salary cap if his release comes on or after June 1.
San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees maintains that, although he's in the final year of a four-year contact, he remains confident that his position with the team is secure. Management, however, may have other ideas. A.J. Smith, Chargers General Manager, has stated that he expects Brees to be with the team throughout the upcoming season, but he was also quick to point out that could change quickly given the right circumstances.
Washington Redskins LB Jeremiah Trotter, San Francisco 49ers S Zack Bronson, Green Bay Packers CB Mike McKenzie and Denver Broncos LB John Mobley are all expected to be released within the next few days.