While there hasn't been the usual buzz surrounding June 1 salary-cap related cuts, NFL players around the league are making news in minicamps. There have also been pleny of low- and mid-level transactions, including some former Vikings.
FB Joey Goodspeed (knee) was placed on the reserve/injured list by Minnesota.
RB Butchie Wallace (released by Vikings 9/4, ended season on Vikings practice squad; Frankfurt-NFLE '06) was added to Atlanta's roster.
DE Earl Cochran (released by Vikings 9/4, from Vikings practice squad 10/25; Amsterdam-NFLE '06) was added to Houston's roster.
DT Samuel Taulealea was signed to a one-year contract. Taulealea is a 6-1, 340-pound nose tackle from Concordia College who spent the spring in NFL Europe with the Berlin Thunder, where he recorded eight tackles.Taulealea finished his playing career at Concordia College after a stint at the University of Colorado where he was a two-time speed, strength and conditioning champion and holds the school weightlifting record with a 710-pound squat. Taulealea attended St. Louis High School in Waialae, Hawaii.
FS Sean Taylor won't serve jail time after accepting a plea bargain in his felony assault trial on June 1, but the Redskins' free safety still faces possible discipline from the NFL. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that Taylor -- who pleaded guilty in Miami to a simple assault misdemeanor charge and a battery misdemeanor charge -- is subject to a fine, suspension or both under the league's personal conduct policy. Aiello said that a decision would be made before the start of the season.
OL Kevin Barry is expected to miss the entire season after recently undergoing surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon in his left leg. Barry, a candidate to start at right guard, sustained the injury May 21 in a pass-blocking drill toward the end of the team's final minicamp practice. "He's in rehab, and it's going to be a while," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "I don't see him making it back for this season."
OLB James Allen, who played in only three games a year ago because of a knee injury, will miss the entire 2006 season after injuring himself during off-season workouts on May 23. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Allen was participating in non-contact drills when he ruptured his right patella tendon. Loomis said Allen underwent surgery one day later.
QB Trent Dilfer, acquired in a trade from the Browns for Ken Dorsey and a seventh-round draft pick in 2007, has not been cleared to take part in team work. Dilfer does throw in individual drills, though. He underwent surgery in February to repair a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee. Dilfer passed a physical with the 49ers shortly after he was obtained. He appears on pace for a full recovery, but the 49ers have until June 15 to back out of the trade. It is highly unlikely the 49ers will void the trade.
LB Julian Peterson is experiencing a smooth transition. He's more comfortable in the Seahawks' scheme than the 3-4 front the 49ers are running under coach Mike Nolan. Some of the Seahawks' coaches were in San Francisco when Peterson began his career there. "It reminds me of the scheme of San Fran back when we played the 4-3," Peterson said.
OLB Jeff Posey, who broke into the NFL as a defensive end for San Francisco in 1998, is likely to be used more as a rush end in passing situations this year. Posey racked up eight sacks for Houston in 2002 playing such a role before signing with the Bills. He's never had more than 5.5 sacks for Buffalo because the old coaching staff often asked him to drop into coverage.
FS Troy Vincent, who had a scope procedure on his left shoulder in late January to repair a torn labrum, is fully recovered and taking part in off-season drills.
QB Chad Pennington's shoulder rehab is proceeding as planned according to the Jets. Pennington took snaps and threw in both seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 portions of a voluntary practice, also known as an organized team activity, the Jets announced. The non-contact practice session was closed to the media. The Jets did not say how much Pennington, who had shoulder surgery last October, threw during the sessions.
LB Ray Lewis is expected to be limited during the Ravens' full-team minicamps this month. He is recovering from surgery on his hamstring in December. He is scheduled to be ready for the team's training camp in late July.
TE Todd Heap has looked impressive in the Ravens' spring workouts. He could not participate in last season's offseason workouts because of shoulder and ankle injuries.
WR Brandon Rideau was a major participant in the offseason program. The coaches are eager to see how he progresses in the outdoor practices currently underway leading up to the mandatory minicamp June 16, 17 and 18.
WR Jerome Mathis has a stress fracture in his foot. He underwent surgery June 2 and now faces at least four months of rehab. Coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes Mathis will return around Week 5 or Week 6.
"That's a big blow, but it's part of the game," Kubiak said. "You can't feel sorry for yourself, you just have to have somebody else step up and go to work."
Mathis has battled injuries ever since he was selected by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. He missed four games last season because of a sore hamstring.
DE Travis Johnson suffered a calf strain during practice Wednesday, and will be sidelined for at least two weeks. The Texans are optimistic that he will return for training camp at the end of July
"It's a pretty dang good pull in his calf," coach Gary Kubiak said. "It could have been worse. The good thing is we have time now. So we just have to get him well, and stay up with us mentally. He'll be fine when he gets back."
OLB Charlie Anderson sprained his knee during a drill and will not be able to return to the field until training camp. Anderson has been playing backup to Shantee Orr at outside linebacker. Anderson impressed coaches during the first two weeks of voluntary practices, but he is now being forced to sit by the sidelines and watch the rest of the workouts.
LB Keyon Whiteside appears to be making good progress towards earning a spot on the Colts' defensive unit. Whiteside has not played since October 31, 2004 when he suffered a massive knee injury in a game with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Whiteside, who suffered damage to both the medial and posterior ligaments in his knee, returned to a one-practice a day regimen during Indianapolis' recent mandatory mini-camp.
He reported no soreness in the knee after the workouts, but Colts coach Tony Dungy is sticking to his wait-and-see attitude on whether Whiteside will be able to make it all the way back in time for the 2006 season.
RB Derrick Wimbush suffered a broken bone in his left arm this week at the team's veterans camp. Wimbush showed up the final day of the camp on Friday wearing a cast from his fingertips to his left elbow.
Wimbush indicated he would need surgery to repair the broken bone in his left arm. He wouldn't specify the exact injury, but said the surgery could cause him to miss training camp and part of the preseason.
"I'm going to give it 100 percent to be back in time [for training camp], but we'll see," he said.
Wimbush is a former undrafted free agent from Fort Valley State who served as a backup fullback and doubled as the Jaguars primary kickoff returner. He set the team's single-season record for kickoff returns last year in his rookie season with 955 yards.
LB Donnie Edwards remains on the trading block. There have been some rumblings the Patriots might be interested in the Chargers' leading tackler in each of the past four seasons. Edwards is in the last year of his contract.
QB Shaun King was cut by Detroit. He had been expected to compete for the Lions' No. 3 quarterback job.
DB Dennard Wilson signed with Washington. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
OL Daniel Martz signed with Washington. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
WR LaShaun Ward (released by Redskins 5/11) was added to Buffalo's roster.
LB Wyatt Gayer was cut by Cincinnati.
CB Ray Mickens was signed by the Jets. Terms were not disclosed.
WR Derrick Lewis (released by Buccaneers 8/31) was added to Houston's roster.
DT Junior Ioane (released by Giants 5/25) was re-signed by the Giants.
QB Rob Johnson (not tendered as UFA by Raiders 6/1/04) signed with the Giants. Johnson has played nine years in the NFL, beginning with Tom Coughlin's Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995-97. He has also played for Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Washington and Oakland. Johnson did not play in 2004 or 2005 while recovering from arm surgery. In his career, he has played in 48 games with 29 starts. His record as a regular season starter is 12-17. He also started one playoff game. Johnson has completed 494 of 806 career passes (61.3 percent) for 5,795 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. His career quarterback rating is 83.6. Johnson earned a Super Bowl ring as a backup on the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
TE Alex Holmes (released by Dolphins 5/8) signed with St. Louis. Terms were not disclosed.
S Arnold Parker was cut by San Francisco.
DE Alain Kashama was cut by Seattle.
LB Kevin Harrison (released by Browns 8/30; Berlin-NFLE '06) ws added to Denver's roster.