From rookie signings to veteran releases, a lot has happened in the NFL the last day or two. Get updated on the comings and goings around the league.
WR Amani Toomer, coming off ACL surgery last year, will be treated carefully to start training camp. "He has made good progress," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I saw him the other day. He is scheduled to go once a day and I hope it is a full-fledged one, but I think we are going to have to work our way into that. We would not just throw him out there and let him go."
QB Eli Manning has been rumored to have made adjustments to his mechanics during the offseason. Naturally, coach Tom Coughlin refused to get into specifics, but did acknowledge that Manning has put in a lot of work since the end of last season. "We have worked very hard on a lot of different drills to work on timing, release point, weight shift, body positioning, and so on and so forth," Coughlin said. "There has been good progress and we look forward to seeing that again as we start up during the summer. "
QB Joey Harrington opened the Falcons' training camp as the starter with Michael Vick barred by the league from attending. How does that change new coach Bobby Petrino's system?
"That's a good question," Petrino said. "The answer is we really don't know just yet because we're going back through the same installations that we've done the previous two times and, once we do that, it's up to me and the rest of our coaches to really understand what parts of it Joey executes the best. Then you form the offense around him. Really nothing has changed yet. Certainly each quarterback does something different and (you) try to highlight what they do well."
TE Alge Crumpler, had offseason knee surgery and did not participate in any offseason team camps or workouts in order to rehabilitate and properly heal, was on the field when training camp opened Thursday. "It's really exciting for me to have Alge out there," coach Bobby Petrino said. "You watch everything he's done in the past and the way he can catch the ball and move around. But yet I've not been able to see him practice in person. He went through more than half of practice, ran around and caught the ball. He understands what we're doing. I think he did a tremendous job of being out there and mentally and taking the reps during OTAs because he knows what we're doing right now."
DE Simeon Rice, who is second among active players with 121 career sacks, was released by the Buccaneers. Rice had just two sacks last season as he battled a shoulder injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve. He failed to pass a physical and the Bucs decided it was time to jettison Rice and go with No. 4 overall pick Gaines Adams. Rice was due to earn $7.25 million in the final year of his five-year, $41 million contract.
DE Gaines Adams, the No. 4 overall pick, has signed a six-year, $46 million contract that includes $18.56 million in guaranteed money. It came on the same day the team released DE Simeon Rice, very likely clearing the way for Adams to step in immediately as the starter on the right side.
QB Marc Bulger, who had hinted as possibly sitting out the opening of training camp if he didn't get a contract extension, was at team headquarters Friday. Bulger is entering the final year of a four-year, $19.1 million contract, but Bulger decided to report to camp as the team and his agent continue to discuss a new deal.
RB Marshawn Lynch, the 12th overall pick, agreed to a five-year, $19 million contract on Thursday, the same day the Bills opened their training camp. Lynch is the frontrunner to open the season as the starting running back following the offseason trade of Willis McGahee.
LT Joe Thomas, the third overall pick, agreed to a six-year deal with the Browns. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Thomas will reportedly receive around $23 million in guaranteed money, which would be the most ever for a tackle. The deal also reportedly can be shortened to five years.
QB Brady Quinn is the only Browns draft pick not yet under contract. Quinn slipped from a potential Top 10 pick to No. 22, which could be a sticking point if agent Tom Condon is seeking money equivalent to a higher draft pick. But the longer Quinn sits out, the more he will fall behind Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson in the race for the starting job.
DT Amobi Okoye, the 10th overall pick in the draft, has signed with the Texans. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
WR Keenan McCardell was signed by the Texans, joining a receiving corps desperately needing someone to provide production opposite Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson. McCardell, entering his 16th season, showed visible signs of slowing while playing for San Diego last season, but will be given a chance to push Kevin Walter for a starting job. McCardell caught 36 passes for 427 yards last season.
DT Michael Strahan is expected to be at the start of training camp. "I think he can perform at a very high level," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Michael has such great pride. He was not pleased at all with being unable to perform last year and I think that because of that he is really looking forward to this year."
Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka's switch from defensive end will begin its real test with the opening of training camp. "I have been really pleased with his attitude about it and the way he has gone about it and his work ethic," coach Tom Coughlin said. "With what little time has been spent on the field I have been impressed with the way he has been able to pick some of this stuff up."
QB Jake Plummer will be placed on the reserve/did not report list as the Bucs have been unable to change his decision to retire rather than report to Tampa Bay after an offseason trade from Denver.
DT Adam Carriker, the Rams' first-round pick, has agreed to a five-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
CB Eric Wright, a second-round pick, agreed to a four-year deal with the Browns. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Panthers OT Jeremy Bridges was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from an incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at a female employee at a strip club. Bridges was released on $3,000 bond. Bridges has been in the mix for a starting job on the right side this season after doing an admirable job filling in as a starter last season.
Bengals LB Odell Thurman will miss his second full season after Commissioner Roger Goodell denied his application to be reinstated. Thurman was suspended for the entire 2006 season after skipping a drug test and being arrested for drunken driving. In the past year, Thurman appeared in court on allegations that he kicked and hit two men at a party in Georgia. The charges were never filed, and the Bengals expected Thurman to be reinstated. "Odell has been through a difficult time," team president Mike Brown said. "He's worked hard to bring himself back. It's the call of the league (about reinstatement). I know one thing: If he can get back, he's a good player."
Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer, the No. 22 overall draft pick, signed a five-year, $9 million contract.
Cowboys OT James Marten, a third-round pick, signed a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Seahawks CB Josh Wilson, the team's top draft pick with the 55th overall selection, signed a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons re-injured his groin during practice Thursday. The team wouldn't put a timetable on his return, but Timmons said he could play right now if necessary. He originally injured the groin during an offseason workout on May 11. Timmons, who intercepted a Charlie Batch pass in practice on Thursday, has been practicing in Joey Porter's old spot on the outside.
TE Courtney Anderson, a 2004 seventh-round pick who started 24 games the past two seasons, was cut by Oakland. His time with the team appeared numbered after the Raiders used a second-round pick on Zach Miller.
Raiders TE Zach Miller, a second-round pick, is the strong favorite to open the season as the starter following the release of incumbent Courtney Anderson.
WR Jason Hill, the 49ers' third-round pick, has signed with the team. Terms were not disclosed.
S Darnell Bing was claimed by San Francisco off waivers from Oakland. Bing (6-2, 220) spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after being selected in the fourth round (101st overall pick) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. The former University of Southern California safety saw action in all five preseason games last year before suffering a neck injury during the final contest. At USC, Bing played in 37 games with 35 starts for the Trojans in his three-year career, totaling 182 tackles, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Jets RB Curtis Martin officially announced his retirement on July 26.
DE Bill Swancutt, who was waived by Detroit earlier in the week, signed with Oakland.