Schon: Rumors, Rants & Raves 6/6/05

Prime Time for the Ravens, possible jail time for a Redskin and Clinton Portis prepares to battle it out over a jersey number. All this and more in today's edition of Schon: Rumors, Rants & Raves.

Is it really Prime Time or a simple case of Past Time?

According to league source, the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the soon to be thirty-eight year old Deion Sanders, provided the thirteen-year veteran passes a physical exam, which should be completed no later than Tuesday or Wednesday.

Sanders, who could make as much as $4 million with incentives, was undecided about returning for his fourteenth NFL season over the weekend, but announced on Monday that he would in fact join the Ravens for one more season, topping off a career that has included seven Pro Bowl appearances as well as fifty-one interceptions and twenty-two touchdowns.

Sanders, who underwent minor surgery during the off season, played only nine games for the Ravens last season due to toe and hamstring injuries, after coming back from a three year retirement during which he was an analyst on NFL Today for CBS.

Prime Time, unusually out of character, left the Ravens practice facility without speaking to reporters.

A number is a number –
Former Denver Broncos and current Redskin running back Clinton Portis is preparing to do battle with ex-teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete over, of all things, a jersey number.

It appears that when Portis was traded to Washington two – years ago, he negotiated with Ohalete to acquire jersey No. 26, which he'd previously worn with the Broncos.

An agreement was drawn up and witnessed by Redskins equipment manager Brad Berlin, in which Ohalete would relinquish his jersey number to Portis for a total sum of $40,000, $20,000 to be paid immediately, $10,000 by Week 8 of the NFL season, and $10,000 by Christmas Day.

Portis made the initial payment and was given the number; however Ohalete was cut by the Redskins during training camp and never received the final two payments from Portis.

Ohalete has said the contract speaks for itself. The agreement contains no stipulation that either player has to remain on the Redskins roster; therefore he's entitled to receive the final $20,000 due.

Portis disagrees, telling Sirius NFL Radio "I think he's crazy, so I guess we'll be in court together.''

Either way, I'm sure it will be a very cheerful reunion for the former teammates, much like my last divorce.

The Dangers of Celebrity Softball –
Following the recent motorcycle mishap by Kellen Winslow Jr., NFL players have been warned about extracurricular activities that may have an impact on their professional career.

The risks involved in Celebrity Softball however, did not cross the mind of Green Bay Packers safety Mark Roman, who injured his right knee during Brett Favre's Celebrity softball game on Sunday.

Roman, who was playing in the outfield, collided with defensive tackle Kenny Peterson while chasing a fly ball during the fifth inning.

The injury did not appear serious at first, but following the game Roman, with a heavily taped and iced down knee, had to be helped by friends down the stairs and into the parking lot of Fox Cities Stadium.

Packers officials said Roman would likely have the knee evaluated on Sunday night or Monday morning, but have yet to release information as to the severity of the injury.

No, not another athlete in trouble with the law?
Just when you thought you'd heard enough about professional athletes' legal woes, Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor adds his name to the bill with a felony charge of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Taylor was booked late Saturday night after he turned himself in to the Miami-Dade County Police Department, where he was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, a third-degree felony, and simple assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Taylor could face a minimum three – years if found guilty, due in part to Florida's 1999 gun laws, called "10-20-Life", which was developed by Governor Jeb Bush to get tough on crimes involving guns. The loophole is whether or not Taylor actually fired the gun.

In a press release issued by the Dade County Police Department, there was no mention as to whether or not shots had actually been fired. If Taylor had fired the gun during the incident, he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years, 17 more than if he did not fire the gun.

The incident, which is unfortunately just another in a long line involving the controversial safety, stems from Taylor's accusations against two individuals regarding the theft of a pair of all-terrain vehicles.

Like that's enough to ruin 3-20 years of your life as well as an NFL career.

It wasn't enough when Taylor was fined $25,000 for walking out of a league mandatory rookie symposium, fired two agents within a two week span, or was arrested and later acquitted of drunk driving.

Now the son of the Chief of Police in Florida City, Fla. faces a third-degree felony, simple assault charges and a first-degree misdemeanor.

All due to a simple lack of respect, responsibility and common sense.

That's brilliant.

Good luck Washington.


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