Around the NFL: Alan Faneca Retires

Cardinals guard Alan Faneca decided to hang it up after 13 NFL seasons and other news from around the league.

Faneca,Alan (Arizona Cardinals) (5/10/2011)

OG Alan Faneca, who made the Pro Bowl nine times in his career, has retired, according to ESPN.

In a statement sent from Faneca's agent to reporter Adam Schefter, Faneca said, "After a lot of thought I am announcing my retirement from professional football. Playing in the NFL has been a childhood dream come true. Thirteen years later I have decided that it is time to move on."

A first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998, Faneca played 10 seasons with the Steelers, two with the New York Jets and the 2010 season with the Arizona Cardinals.

In those 13 seasons, Faneca missed just two games.

Kindle,Sergio (Baltimore Ravens) (5/10/2011)

LB Sergio Kindle pleaded guilty Tuesday to drunk driving, but received no jail time or fines because he spent five days last week at local facility, the Right Turn of Maryland.

He was given two years of unsupervised probation and ordered to attend one or two self-help meetings each week.

A second-round pick in 2010, kindle never got on the field for the Ravens because of a fractured skull suffered in a fall at friend's home just before the start of training camp.

The drunk driving incident occurred on Dec. 26 when he was arrested after 4 a.m. and his blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit.

In college at the University of Texas, Kindle was suspended for the first three games of the 2007 season after a July drunk driving arrest. Less than two years later, he left the scene of an accident when he drove his car into a campus apartment.

Akers,David (Philadelphia Eagles) (5/10/2011)

PK David Akers' dream came true during the recent draft, but this wasn't a good dream.

The Philadelphia Eagles' kicker, who missed two key field goals in the team's playoff loss to Green Bay, had a dream about a month before the draft that the Eagles would pick a kicker.

In the fourth round, that's exactly what happened as the Eagles selected Nebraska's Alex Henery.

On that day, Akers was coaching his son's youth football team when his cell phone rang. He got the news from his agent.

Akers told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "My wife wasn't at the game, so I called her and said, 'Eagles drafted a kicker.' And she said, 'That's an answer to a prayer.' But I don't have an answer as to what it means."

Of course, he thinks he does, even though the team put a transition tag on him in February.

"Right now, I don't think I'm going to be back," he said. "It's pretty much that when you see a kicker drafted high. The writing's on the wall."

Akers knows he has plenty left in his leg. Prior to that playoff game, he made 32 of 38 field-goal attempts during the 2010 season and also had 23 touchbacks on kickoffs. He was also facing the prospect of his daughter undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous ovary shortly after the playoff game.

Still, he doesn't dismiss the possibility of returning to the Eagles.

"Whether it's time to get out of here and get into a new setting, I'm open to anything. My ego is not like, 'OK, I can't be here with somebody.' If they want me and we can work everything out, then absolutely."

Haynesworth,Albert (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

DT Albert Haynesworth entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse. A trial was scheduled for July 11.

Haynesworth was not present in court, and his plea was entered by attorney A. Scott Bolden. A deal was rejected in which Haynesworth would have pleaded guilty to simple assault with the sexual abuse charge being dropped. Bolden said the offer from the prosecutors wasn't accepted because Haynesworth is innocent.

The alleged incident occurred on Feb. 12 when a cocktail waitress accused Haynesworth. Bolden claims the woman fabricated the story and said, "It's about money."

Robinson,Aldrick (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

WR Aldrick Robinson (6/178) was second all-time in receiving yards and fourth in catches at SMU. He is third in line behind fellow rookies Leonard Hankerson and Niles Paul for playing time.

Thompson,Brandyn (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

CB Brandyn Thompson (7/213) was a second-team All-WAC selection in 2010 and was the 2009 Fiesta Bowl's top defensive player. Might parlay special teams experience to win roster job.

Neild,Chris (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

-NT Chris Neild (7/253) is a run-stopper who will get shot at nose tackle where he started last three years. Mountaineers were second in nation in rush defense and sacks in 2010.

Gomes,DeJon (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

S Dejon Gomes (5/146), a strong safety and outside linebacker in college, has been told that he'll play inside in Washington's nickel and dime package. If he can prove himself on special teams, he could take a backup spot from holdovers Reed Doughty, Chris Horton or Kareem Moore.

Royster,Evan (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

RB Evan Royster (6/177), is a three-time All-Big 10 pick Royster and is Penn State's all-time leading rusher.

Jenkins,Jarvis (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

DE Jarvis Jenkins (2/41), a powerful run-stopper, will play defensive end in the Redskins' 3-4 scheme. He'll at least compete to start at the right end spot filled last year by Kedric Golston, who's a free agent.

Hankerson,Leonard (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

WR Leonard Hankerson (3/79) could help make up Washington whiffing on big receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly in the second round in 2008.

White,Markus (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

LB Markus White (7/224) was the JUCO Player of Year in 2008, a college end will move to outside linebacker in Washington's 3-4 system. Takes medication to deal with seizures.

Hurt,Maurice (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

OG Maurice Hurt (7/217) started at right tackle, right guard and left guard as a senior, the year he played his most for the Gators. As first offensive lineman drafted by Washington, Hurt has chance to compete for backup job.

Paul,Niles (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

WR Niles Paul (5/155) was the team's third straight pick from Nebraska and is fifth in receiving yards and sixth in catches in school history. He also did plenty of blocking for Helu, returned punts and kicks and covered kicks. The Redskins need receivers.

Helu,Roy (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

RB Roy Helu (4/105) is one of just six backs in Nebraska history to run for 3,000 yards, Helu has experience in a running scheme akin to Washington's. Helu, who runs 40 yards in 4.42 seconds, said he's best at cutting once and going. He'll push inexperienced holdovers Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams for playing time.

Kerrigan,Ryan (Washington Redskins) (5/10/2011)

LB Ryan Kerrigan (1/16) led the nation in forced fumbles as a junior and topped the Big Ten in sacks in 2008 and 2010. He could be the force Redskins lacked opposite Orakpo last season.

Smith,Steve (Carolina Panthers) (5/11/2011)

WR Steve Smith said he has not demanded a trade and that his goal is simply to be on a competitive team.

"I sat down with (GM) Marty (Hurney) a lot of times prior to the lockout. I am respected as a veteran amongst the players as well as the front office," Smith told Pro Football Weekly. So there has been dialogue (about his future in Carolina) prior to the lockout.

"Do I expect to be traded? Really ... to be honest, I am not sure what to expect. That's the truth. Could I see a situation where I stay (in Carolina)? In my mind, I have played out every scenario: I could be moved, I could be cut, I could stay or I could be locked out. Honestly, my family and I are prepared for whatever steps are presented in front of us.

"Carolina might say, 'You know what? We're going in a different direction and we don't want you to be a part of that process,'" Smith said. "I am a big boy, and I am ready for that possibility."

Conte,Chris (Chicago Bears) (5/11/2011)

S Chris Conte (3/93) played cornerback for three seasons, mostly as a backup, but switched to safety as a senior and became a full-time starter for the first time and was first-team All-Pac 10. Excellent height to match up with the biggest receivers but had only two career interceptions. Good speed (4.59 in the 40) but not great. Gets high marks for aggressiveness, tackling and run support but lacks some instincts and range as a free safety, where the Bears envision playing him.

Carimi,Gabe (Chicago Bears) (5/11/2011)

OT Gabe Carimi (1/29), a four-year starter at left tackle for the Badgers, had a total of 49 starts, and the Bears did not think he would be there at No. 29, which is why they made a bungled attempt to move up three spots. Tough, smart and hard-working. Might be better suited at right tackle rather than left tackle, but the consensus is that he could be in the starting lineup on opening day and has enough agility to contend for the left-tackle spot.

Thomas,J.T. (Chicago Bears) (5/11/2011)

LB J.T. Thomas (6/195) could contribute on special teams immediately and will need to if he makes the final roster. But Bears believe he can play all three linebacker positions, and they have only two linebackers under contract.

"I played on every special teams (unit) at West Virginia University," he said. "When I was younger, I played a lot of different special teams. As I got older, I was a little more valuable to the team, so I didn't play as many, but I was always on the punt coverage team and punt block team."

The 6-1, 241-pounder could be coming into a favorable situation since the Bears have only two linebackers under contract, although that will change whenever free agency begins.

"He fits us perfectly," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "He can play all three (linebacker) positions. He played multiple roles at West Virginia. We spent a lot of time (evaluating) him. We saw him at an all-star game, and he got hurt during that practice week, but we feel very, very good about his fit. Picking up a linebacker was a goal (Saturday), and he was the right one."

Enderle,Nathan (Chicago Bears) (5/11/2011)

QB Nathan Enderle (5/160) is a four-year starter with a 17-29 won-loss record. Best season was as a junior, when he completed 61.5 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He had 22 touchdown passes last season but 16 interceptions with a weaker supporting cast. Played in a pro-style offense and is a student of the game and a hard worker.

Paea,Stephen (Chicago Bears) (5/11/2011)

DT Stephen Paea (2/53) was selected when the Bears traded up nine spots, giving up their pick at No. 62 plus a fourth-rounder (127th overall) to move up. Paea did not play football until his final year of high school in Utah after emigrating from Tonga as a 16 year old. Was the Pac-10's defensive MVP last season. Fits more as a 3-technique tackle and is undersized for nose tackle, but the Bears believe he can handle the nose because of his superior strength.

Johnson,Bryant (Detroit Lions) (5/11/2011)

WR Bryant Johnson, who had 18 catches all of last season, might be wondering about his job security after the Lions drafted Titus Young.

Said general manager Mayhew: "Young will have an opportunity to step in and be our third (receiver). We haven't had great production from that spot the last couple of years and we think Titus is the kind of player who can solve that problem." Johnson still has one year ($3 million) left on his contract. "Any time we draft a player at somebody's position, it doesn't mean anything for that player," Mayhew said. "They should be doing what they do all the time - which is giving 100 percent effort and trying to win a position."

Hogue,Doug (Detroit Lions) (5/11/2011)

LB Doug Hogue (5/157) played linebacker only two years at Syracuse, but the Lions love his speed (4.6) and athleticism. He will contribute on special teams next season.

Culbreath,Johnny (Detroit Lions) (5/11/2011)

OT Johnny Culbreath (7/209) could end up as a guard, but the Lions know that with his size and speed, they have something to work with.

Leshoure,Mikel (Detroit Lions) (5/11/2011)

RB Mikel Leshoure (2/57) is expected to be a power runner to complement the quick Jahvid Best. He amassed an Illinois record 1,697 yards last season. He is a very versatile and complete back.

Fairley,Nick (Detroit Lions) (5/11/2011)

DT Nick Fairley (1/13) is adding a mean, physical presence to an already mean, physical defensive line. The Lombardi Trophy winner had 60 tackles and 11.5 sacks last season at Auburn. He was the best player on the field in the national championship game.

Young,Titus (Detroit Lions) (5/11/2011)

WR Titus Young (2/44) was called "a stick of dynamite" by general manager Martin Mayhew. Young averaged over 15 yards a catch over three years at Boise State and amassed more than 4,938 all-purpose yards.

Green,Alex (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

RB Alex Green (3/96) rushed for nearly 1,200 yards in the country's No. 1-ranked pass offense last season. His pass-catching talents could make Brandon Jackson expendable as the third-down back.

Schlauderaff,Caleb (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

OG Caleb Schlauderaff (6/179) is a feisty player that started all four years at the position.

Jenkins,Cullen (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

DE Cullen Jenkins is expected to receive interest from the Redskins once the lockout ends, according to The Washington Post. A seven-year veteran with experience playing end in a 3-4 defense, Jenkins has said he doesn't expect to return to the Green Bay Packers after the team didn't offer him an extension last year.

Smith,D.J. (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

LB D.J. Smith (6/186) is a smallish outside linebacker that performed big for FCS powerhouse with 525 career tackles. Projected to move inside in 3-4 scheme.

Williams,D.J. (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

TE D.J. Williams (5/141) was Ryan Mallett's top target with the Razorbacks last season (54 catches, 627 yards) and gives Aaron Rodgers another receiving threat.

House,Davon (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

CB Davon House (4/131) is a good match for Dom Capers' opportunistic secondary. The four-year starter flourished in press coverage with 11 interceptions, including three for touchdowns.

Sherrod,Derek (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

OT Derek Sherrod (1/32) is another heir apparent for left tackle Chad Clifton after the Packers used last year's first-round choice on Bryan Bulaga, now at right tackle. Sherrod is athletically sound but will need to shore up pass sets after playing in a run-oriented system.

Guy,Lawrence (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

DT Lawrence Guy (7/233) is a five-technique lineman that started all three years before turning pro early.

Cobb,Randall (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

WR Randall Cobb (2/64) can catch, run, return kicks, and even throw. The possibilities are endless for Mike McCarthy in how to utilize the speedy and durable Cobb.

Elmore,Ricky (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

LB Ricky Elmore (6/197) was a pass-rushing standout ? he led the Pac-10 with 11 sacks in 2010 ? and makes the move from defensive end.

Taylor,Ryan (Green Bay Packers) (5/11/2011)

TE Ryan Taylor (7/218) was a productive receiver (school-record 36 catches for a tight end in 2010) and is ticketed for H-back role.

Bush,Reggie (New Orleans Saints) (5/11/2011)

RB Reggie Bush has found himself in yet another uproar over a tweet.

"Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I'm making the most of it! Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!" he wrote. "Right about now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing."

Bush, who has 1.6 million followers, later tweeted, "FYI last tweet was a joke! Relax people damn it's called sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you..."

It follows a tweet last month that said, "It's been fun New Orleans," after the Saints drafted Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the first round.

Bush is due around $11.8 million in 2011, and he's expected to be asked to take a pay cut or be released once the lockout ends.

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