NFL Player Wire: 4/02

Wondering what the latest news is from around the league? Get caught up with the player wire, including an update on Junior Seau.

  • LB Junior Seau continues to recover from offseason surgery on his left rotator cuff, and coach Bill Belichick said Seau won't be rushed into deciding if he wants to return for another season.

    "I think we'll evaluate the situation with Junior a little bit further into the spring. We'll see where he's at," Belichick said. "I don't think really after the season with a player like that, is the time to make that decision. I think it's good to give it a little time and we'll plan on talking to him about that at some later point. There is no specific time or cutoff date, or anything like that. We'll just take it as it comes."

  • Bengals -- WR Chad Johnson continues to make clear his desire to be traded, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said again on Tuesday that the team has no intention of dealing its disgruntled star receiver. Lewis also said the Bengals are "prepared to move on" if Johnson chooses to sit out next season rather than play for the team.

    "It's unfortunate that Chad has put himself in that situation, because a lot of people who really had affection for him now see him in a different light," Lewis said. "Hopefully some of the things he said, he's going to have to face one way or another. If he shows and does things, and does (them) the right way, I'm willing to take the bullets for him again and allow him to come back the right way."

  • Ravens -- MLB Ray Lewis has one year at $6.5 million left on his contract, but Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the team is talking to his agent about an extension. "If he becomes a free agent next year, I think the Ravens would probably outbid other teams," Bisciotti told the Baltimore Sun at the NFL annual meetings.

    "We know Ray's value more than the other teams. We know the leadership he brings to the team. We know the commitment and the effort he gives to winning."

  • Jets -- DT Dewayne Robertson could still wind up in Denver, but it's only likely to happen if he's released by the Jets. Coach Mike Shanahan said the Broncos probably won't trade for him because of concerns about his knee. "And whenever a guy fails your physical, it's never good," Shanahan said. "He's a guy that, if you do take, there's going to be some question marks. Because you take a look at his knees - he still played 80 percent of his games - but you are taking a risk." Robertson is due $18.9 million in salary the next two seasons and a $3 million roster bonus in June.

  • Dolphins -- RB Ronnie Brown is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp after his torn ACL last year, coach Tony Sparano said at the league meetings Tuesday. "He's doing really well right now, he really is. In fact, all of our knee guys are doing well and that's a great compliment to Kevin O'Neill and his staff down there in the medical room, but they're doing very well. They're on schedule right now, maybe even a little bit better, but we're going to take it slow with them and see exactly where we are. We don't have to play a game today. We'll see how the thing goes right now, but I think in our minds Ronnie should be ready for training camp."

  • Jets -- QBs Kellen Clemens and Chad Pennington will have an open competition for the starting job, coach Eric Mangini confirmed at the annual meetings.

    "I've talked to both of those guys," Mangini said. "They're two good guys who are competitive and want to start. Nothing has changed with either one of them. They're two Type A personalities.

    "It's important for both guys to have an opportunity. Chad has done a lot of really good things for us and Kellen has shown a lot of promise. They both deserve a chance to have that opportunity."

  • Cardinals-- QB Matt Leinart is receiving negative headlines after pictures surfaced of a party at his house. In one of the pictures, Leinart was shown holding a beer bong for a woman to drink from. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said in a statement: "Matt called me Monday morning and we spoke for a while. I reiterated to him the type of behavior that we expect at all times from our players. He understands that as well as the level of scrutiny that he's under because of who he is. It's being handled internally. I was disappointed but at the same time have no doubts about his commitment to this football team or his ability to lead it."

  • Bears -- S Brandon McGowan signed his $1.417 million tender as a restricted free agent. He started nine games at strong safety last season, but is considered mostly a backup and special teams player.

  • Browns -- DT Shaun Rogers will play nose tackle and right end in the Browns' 3-4 scheme, and coach Romeo Crennel said he is pleased that Rogers currently weighs around 350 pounds. He was around 370-380 last season and has pushed the 400-pound barrier in the past.

  • Vikings -- QB Gus Frerotte is expected to sign with the Vikings, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The 36-year-old Frerotte would back up Tarvaris Jackson.

  • Broncos -- QB Jay Cutler said WR Brandon Marshall is "not my favorite person right now," in an impromtu interview with a small group of media Tuesday. "I mean, I support him, but it's always something with him right now," said Cutler, who added that he's not happy Marshall will miss the offseason program because of an arm injury suffered last month while wrestling with family members on vacation.
    "We're going to be fine. I'm not that overly concerned about it, but it just would be nice coming into our third year, coming off a big year he had last year, for him to get more work done and get more time in and just a little more trust out there," Cutler said. "But it's going to take some time now, maybe training camp, maybe even longer."

  • Bengals -- RB Chris Perry could be ready to participate in on-field drills later this spring, coach Marvin Lewis said. The oft-injured Perry missed all of last season with a serious ankle injury.

  • Bengals -- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's name has surfaced at the annual meetings as a potential backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. A restricted free agent, Fitzpatrick was offered a one-year, $927,000 tender by the Bengals. He was the Rams' seventh-round pick in 2005 from Harvard and is Carson Palmer's top backup.

  • Broncos -- WR Keary Colbert, who signed a three-year, $7.3 million deal with the Broncos, was compared to former Denver WR Ed McCaffrey by coach Mike Shanahan. "I can't speak for what he did (in Carolina)," Shanahan said. "All I can speak to about him is how we evaluated him: We saw a competitor play hard. Rod Smith was a free agent, Ed McCaffrey was cut, there are a lot of guys like that who make it when they get the opportunity to play. That's what we saw in him."

  • Broncos -- LB D.J. Williams is moving back to the outside after playing in the middle last season, coach Mike Shanahan confirmed. "It's tough to be thrown into a position and be great at it," Shanahan said of Williams' temporary shift to the middle. "I thought he did a good job. You look at all the tackles he had, but I just don't think it was really natural for him."

  • Texans -- QB Sage Rosenfels' chances of being traded to the Vikings became slim with it apparent that Minnesota is going to sign Gus Frerotte to back up Tarvaris Jackson. "Sage is important to our team. We think the world of Matt (Schaub) and Sage," coach Gary Kubiak said. "Matt's coming off shoulder surgery, and if anybody (proposes a trade), it would have to help us a ton. We'd have to feel damn good about it to get us to even think about it, and we haven't gotten to that point."

  • Dolphins -- RB Ricky Williams still figures into the Dolphins' plans, coach Tony Sparano said at the league meetings. "I enjoyed my conversation with Ricky," Sparano said. "He's excited about what's happening right now for him, having an offseason to get into and to dig his teeth into for the first time in a long time, and I'm excited about having Ricky in that offseason. That's where it is."

  • Jets -- QBs Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens will have an open competition for the starting job, coach Eric Mangini confirmed at the annual meetings.

    "I've talked to both of those guys," Mangini said. "They're two good guys who are competitive and want to start. Nothing has changed with either one of them. They're two Type A personalities.

    "It's important for both guys to have an opportunity. Chad has done a lot of really good things for us and Kellen has shown a lot of promise. They both deserve a chance to have that opportunity."

  • Bears -- WR Rashied Davis is the Bears only unsigned player who played a significant role last season, and it appears he may not return to the team. He was tendered at $927,000 as a restricted free agent, but the Bears would not receive compensation if he signs elsewhere because he entered the league as a free agent from the Arena Football League. He has received interested, but not visited, Kansas City, Seattle and Buffalo, according to the Chicago Tribune.

  • Dolphins -- OT Vernon Carey played the left side last season, but coach Tony Sparano said he's not sure where Carey will play in 2008. "Vernon did a good job playing left tackle," Sparano said. "I'm not sure whether he's more natural at left or right. We're going to bounce him around a little bit."
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