NFL Notebook: Rumors of CBA rules-breaking

The Vikings got their playbook to Christian Ponder after they drafted him, but there have been rumors of other teams going around the lockout rules and since sending out playbooks.

The FOXsports.com report on Thursday that an AFC team is "very aggressively" sending playbooks to its players is the latest suggestion that clubs are adopting some unconventional methods to communicate with the rank-and-file in violation of the lockout guidelines.

Here's another possibility: An AFC assistant told The Sports Xchange this week that he was party to a conversation just after the draft in which it was suggested that the team distribute playbooks, but with the postdate on the office mail machine manipulated to reflect a date during which the lockout was lifted in late April, when it was legal, albeit temporarily, to talk to players.

Did his team actually carry through with the gambit?

"I don't know and I don't want to know," the coach said. "But I wasn't born yesterday, either. I know there's some stuff going on around the league, because (coaching) friends tell me about it."

NFL officials have steadfastly contended that they have investigated such claims and unearthed no shenanigans that would breach lockout rules.

Birthday boy: The league might consider Al Davis unpatriotic at times, given his numerous legal assaults on the NFL, and his long tenure aptly has been marked a lot of the time by fireworks. Still, it bears mention on this Fourth of July weekend that the Oakland owner will celebrate his 82nd birthday on Monday. Yeah, born on the Fourth of July is one of Davis' many curiosities.

The Raiders haven't been to the playoffs since 2002, when they won the AFC West, and have finished in last place in the division four times in the eight years since, and posted losing records in seven of those seasons. But for all his critics, Davis has been an innovator in the league and, for the media at least, has made the journey a lot more interesting.

Given the lack of success by the Raiders in recent seasons (although the franchise seemed to get things righted a bit in 2010), it might be hard to believe for some that Davis has been a visionary. But for much of his career, he was. And those who know him well insist he still has an excellent knowledge of the game.

NOTES

  • Good to see that former Bengals' star quarterback Ken Anderson confirmed this week that he is mentoring Terrelle Pryor and his preparation for the supposed supplemental draft this summer.

  • Speaking of the Pryor and his practices, a person who has seen at least two of them says the most impressive wide receiver of the bunch assembled by agent/mouthpiece Drew Rosenhaus has actually been free agent Donte Stallworth. The itinerant Stallworth has played for five teams his last five seasons in the league – he missed the 2009 campaign because of legal problems – and caught only two passes in Baltimore last year. But word is that, at age 30, the eight-year veteran hasn't lost any speed, is in good shape, and can force secondaries to respect his deep burst.

  • On the subject of guys who haven't lost any speed, Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told The Sports Xchange that Bills' seven-year veteran Lee Evans "still runs as good as ever." Evans, 30, posted career lows in receptions (37) and receiving yards (578) in 2010, and scored only four touchdowns. The occasionally offensively challenged Bills have a blossoming, young wideout corps led by Steve Johnson (82 catches and only 25 years old), but Fitzpatrick seems confident Evans will have a rebound season in the second year under coach Chan Gailey.

  • The Cincinnati home of Carson Palmer sold this week, the latest suggestion that the eight-year veteran has no intention of returning to the Bengals in 2011 and will retire instead, but team officials still contend they will not cave and trade the veteran quarterback.


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  • Good to see that former Bengals' star quarterback Ken Anderson confirmed this week that he is mentoring Terrelle Pryor and his preparation for the supposed supplemental draft this summer.
  • Speaking of the Pryor and his practices, a person who has seen at least two of them says the most impressive wide receiver of the bunch assembled by agent/mouthpiece Drew Rosenhaus has actually been free agent Donte Stallworth. The itinerant Stallworth has played for five teams his last five seasons in the league – he missed the 2009 campaign because of legal problems – and caught only two passes in Baltimore last year. But word is that, at age 30, the eight-year veteran hasn't lost any speed, is in good shape, and can force secondaries to respect his deep burst.
  • On the subject of guys who haven't lost any speed, Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told The Sports Xchange that Bills' seven-year veteran Lee Evans \"still runs as good as ever.\" Evans, 30, posted career lows in receptions (37) and receiving yards (578) in 2010, and scored only four touchdowns. The occasionally offensively challenged Bills have a blossoming, young wideout corps led by Steve Johnson (82 catches and only 25 years old), but Fitzpatrick seems confident Evans will have a rebound season in the second year under coach Chan Gailey.
  • The Cincinnati home of Carson Palmer sold this week, the latest suggestion that the eight-year veteran has no intention of returning to the Bengals in 2011 and will retire instead, but team officials still contend they will not cave and trade the veteran quarterback.
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