Wednesday, June 05, 2002

This time of year is known as the "graveyard shift" on the NFL. With the recent events of June 1, football fans finally have something to talk about. Cardinals Insider will be here to keep you up to date on the latest transactions from around the NFL.

--the Arizona Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract with WR Jason McAddley, their fifth-round selection in this year's draft, on a three-year, $1.0205 million deal that includes a $115,000 signing bonus. He'll have base salaries of $225,000 (for 2002), $300,000 (2003) and $380,000 (2004).

--AZCardinals.com reports that Arizona Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis was impressed with 2nd round pick LB Levar Fisher at Monday morning's rookie camp workouts. McGinnis said he likes Fisher's intensity and dedication to the game.

--Arizona Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis said after Monday's rookie camp workouts that rookie QB Josh McCown is everything that he thought he would be, according to AZCardinals.com. McCown has the tough task of learning an entire offense, but is progressing well.

--AZCardinals.com reports that Arizona Cardinals rookie DT Wendell Bryant will not report to the team's rookie camp this week. Bryant has refused to sign his waiver release form.

--the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released punters Tim Morgan and Mike Abrams and long-snapper Andy Hogan on Tuesday.

--The Baltimore Sun reports former NFL players Michael Irvin and Tony Siragusa will join a revamped Fox football show that will air Saturday nights and Sunday mornings in the fall. Instead of NFL This Morning, the show will now be called The NFL Show.

--the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed C Kevin Long to a one-year contract worth $525,000. Long will only count $450,000 against the salary cap because of a new rule giving a cap break to teams signing veterans to minimum-salary deals. The deal does not include a signing bonus.

--Jacksonville Jaguars G Aaron Koch has suffered a torn ACL and will probably be placed on injured reserve for the season.

--the Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with DT Santana Dotson on a one-year deal worth $775,000. Dotson will only count $475,000 against the salary cap because of a new rule giving a cap break to teams signing veterans to minimum-salary deals. The deal includes a $25,000 signing bonus.

--the San Diego Chargers have signed LB Donny Green to a one-year contract.

--the Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with G Kipp Vickers on a one-year deal worth $650,000. Vickers will only count $450,000 against the salary cap because of a new rule giving a cap break to teams signing veterans to minimum-salary deals.  

--the St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with G Heath Irwin on a one-year contract.

--the Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with RB Richard Huntley.

--Detroit Lions RB James Stewart has restructured his contract. Stewart's original base salaries for the next two years were $4.15 million (2002) and $4.9 million (2003). Now, Stewart will receive $6 million total for 2002 and 2003 and will receive a $2 million signing bonus. The Lions saved about $2 million by restructuring the contract.

--the Kansas City Chiefs have signed second round draft pick DT Eddie Freeman. Freeman has signed a four-year contract worth $3 million. The deal includes a $1.45 million signing bonus.

--the New York Giants have released OLG Glenn Parker.

--the Chicago Bears have signed free agent S Damon Moore (Eagles) to a two-year deal that could be worth about $1.8 million. Moore is recovering from a torn ACL.

--The New Orleans Saints have re-signed restricted free agent TE Lamont Hall.

--the Detroit Lions officially re-signed LB Brian Williams to a one-year, $650,000 contract. He'll count $450,000 against the team's 2002 salary cap.

--the San Francisco 49ers have officially released G Ray Brown.

--the Kansas City Chiefs have officially released WR Derrick Alexander.

--the Detroit Lions have officially released QB Charlie Batch

--the Detroit Lions have officially released WR Herman Moore.

--the Buffalo Bills have released OT John Fina.

--the Jacksonville Jaguars have officially released LB Hardy Nickerson. The move saves the team $3.61 million on this year's salary cap.

--the Jacksonville Jaguars have officially released WR Keenan McCardell. His release saves the team $2.95 million against this year's salary cap.

--the Pittsburgh Steelers have released LB Mike Jones

--the Atlanta Falcons have waived RB Jamal Anderson.

--the Green Bay Packers have placed WR Antonio Freeman on waivers


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