Buccaneers quarterback Josh Johnson probably didn't make his coaching staff happy when he said he wouldn't mind playing for Jim Harbuagh in San Francisco again. (J. Meric/Getty)
Receiver Donald Jones, who caught 18 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Youngstown State in 2010, is working with a speed coach and feels he can compete for playing time alongside veterans Steve Johnson, Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish.
Finally served a subpoena that forced him to talk about the incident in which his wife stabbed him two and a half months ago, receiver Brandon Marshall appeared at the Broward County state attorney's office and delivered his statement.
New England Patriots
Cornerback Kyle Arrington, who started 14 games this past season and also scored a pair of touchdowns, one on defense and one on special teams, has added yoga to his fitness regimen for increased flexibility and balance.
Marshal Yanda, a versatile offensive lineman that figures to be highly coveted on the free-agent market, could return to Baltimore after all because, according to his agent, Neil Cornrich, "It's not a place you rush to leave."
Say what you will about diva receiver Terrell Owens, but he's one of the most gifted physical specimens the game has ever known and always a quick healer, so don't be surprised to see him back on the field in 2011 despite his recent ACL surgery.
It will be interesting to see how big of a role rookie receiver Greg Little can carve out for himself, as not only do incumbents Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie leave a lot to be desired, but Little has a running back's mentality and reminds some of Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin.
Not re-signing Ike Taylor in free agency means the Steelers would most likely feature Bryant McFadden and William Gay as their starting cornerbacks -- and you thought that secondary looked porous in Super Bowl XLV.
Although his name is far from a hot one in free agency, if All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach leaves Houston, you may want to move tailback Arian Foster down a few pegs in your upcoming fantasy draft.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, who died Wednesday at the age of 69.
For anyone wondering whether or not running back Maurice Jones-Drew can continue to take the type of punishment he's been subjected to so far in his career, especially after offseason knee surgery, MJD had this to say: "I can still carry the load."
Coach John Fox professed this week that the Broncos "will have the most sophisticated running team in the league," and while he'll bring back the zone-blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan ran with so much success in Denver, there will also be some power elements since Fox's offensive linemen are a lot bigger and stronger than the ones Shanahan employed.
Kansas City Chiefs
According to the team's official Web site, one of the first orders of business after the lockout is resolved will be to hit the undrafted free agent market, as three UDFAs made Kansas City's 53-man roster coming out of training camp last season.
Naturally, one of the franchises supposedly taking a close look at former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the upcoming supplemental draft is Oakland, especially after his appearance on Jon Gruden's "QB Camp" was fairly well received.
San Diego Chargers
With only about $70 million committed to players under contract for this coming season, the Chargers should have plenty of money to spend on prospective free agents -- their own and otherwise -- if the salary cap for 2011 ends up somewhere in the vicinity of $120-130 million, as expected.
That $76,000 engagement ring receiver Roy Williams gave to former Miss Texas USA Brooke Daniels? It wasn't the most romantic of proposals. He sent it to her, along with $5,000 to pay for her school and dental bills, via overnight delivery.
New York Giants
Former Giants coach Jim Fassel, currently coach and general manager of the UFL's Las Vegas Locos, reportedly contacted running back Tiki Barber -- he wants to return to football after a four-year retirement -- about coming to play for him again.
The Eagles could use a more reliable No. 2 running back behind LeSean McCoy, as Jerome Harrison is likely headed for free agency and rookie Dion Lewis fell to the fifth round in part because he's only 5-7 and generously listed at 193 pounds.
While the lockout currently has players and owners at odds with each other, receiver Santana Moss says his opinion of Dan Snyder hasn't changed and he'd give him the usual "Hey, what's up?" if they happened to bump into each other on the street.
J'Marcus Webb, a seventh-round pick out of West Texas A&M that started the majority of the 2010 campaign at right tackle as a rookie, is probably going to be given the first shot at winning the job at left tackle, not 2011 first rounder Gabe Carimi.
If the Lions can somehow convince free agent Nnamdi Asomugha to leave Oakland for Detroit and solve their problems at the cornerback position, it may be time to consider them a legitimate playoff contender in the NFC.
Green Bay Packers
According to Sports Illustrated's Kerry J. Byrne, passer rating differential is "the most important stat in football," and the Super Bowl-champion Packers finished first in that category last year.
Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder offered to pick up the tab for eventual teammates to join him in Bradenton, Florida, at IMG Academies for three days of workouts in part because, frankly, "guys are hurting for money right now."
Agent Bus Cook claims running back Jerious Norwood's surgically-repaired knee is just fine, but a lot of Falcons fans probably wouldn't mind letting him depart in free agency if that means getting a quicker glance at rookie Jacquizz Rodgers, who could be a dynamite complement to Pro Bowler Michael Turner.
After seeing first-hand at this past week's rookie symposium just how often quarterback Cam Newton is being pulled in different directions, defensive tackle Terrell McClain had this to say about the No. 1-overall pick: "He's got a lot of pressure on him."
New Orleans Saints
Three former Saints players, kicker Morton Andersen, linebacker Vaughan Johnson and running back Buford Jordan, were recently inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as members of the 2011 class.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Just like they were at the University of Virginia, cornerback Ronde Barber could be teammates with his twin brother Tiki again, as Tiki told USA Today that the Buccaneers are on the "short list" of organizations he'd like to join.
It's been suggested that free-agent passer Marc Bulger wants nothing to do with the Cardinals, which really says something about an Arizona team coming off a Super Bowl appearance just two seasons ago and featuring All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald as the primary receiver.
San Francisco 49ers
Buccaneers backup quarterback Josh Johnson, who played for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego, is now openly talking about reconnecting with his old mentor in San Francisco, even though he has one year left on his contract in Tampa Bay.
When the 2011 season finally gets under way, the Seahawks will be playing their home games in the Emerald City at newly-named CenturyLink Field, as Century Link bought Qwest earlier this year.
St. Louis Rams
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford ($27.25 million) is the top earner on the St. Louis sports scene this year and ranks 12th on SI.com's list of highest-paid American athletes, 14 spots ahead of Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols ($21 million).
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|