NFL Contract Movement Heating Up

Former starters are on the trading block, others have been released and some stars continue to negotiate with their teams as franchises prepare for free agency in two weeks.

  • Carolina RB DeShaun Foster is on the trading block. The Gaston Gazette cited league sources who said the Panthers have been entertaining offers, and that Foster could be released if no trade is found. Foster is due to count $5.8 million against the team's salary cap next season. The Panthers have backup De'Angelo Williams, and free agency and the draft are chock full of enticing running backs. Carolina would seek at least one big back to team with the speedy Williams.

  • WR Chad Johnson will not be traded, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Feb. 13. "At no point has anyone in the Bengals organization uttered anything about trading Chad Johnson," Lewis said.

  • Colts WR Marvin Harrison could miss a good portion of training camp while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month. He missed 11 games last season.

  • Colts SS Bob Sanders could miss at least part of training camp following surgery last month on his shoulder.

  • Seahawks OG Rob Sims, the starter on the left side last season, will move to the right side following the signing of Mike Wahle. Sims will compete with Chris Gray, if the 37-year-old Gray returns for another season.

  • Panthers DE Mike Rucker has announced his intention to play another season, but will the 32-year-old be with Carolina? He recently met with GM Marty Hurney, and the Panthers have two weeks to negotiate exclusively with Rucker.

  • Cowboys RT Marc Colombo is signed through next year, but said he would be interested in signing a new deal with the Cowboys. "I would like to be here for a few more years," Colombo told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. "I am going into the last year and they told me if I had a good year we would talk about restructuring. I am hoping I played up to the standard that they wanted and hopefully we get a chance to restructure here and move on."

  • MLB Odell Thurman could be nearing a return to the Bengals. He has been working out at the team's stadium, although he still needs to be reinstated by the NFL before he can join the team in offseason workouts that begin March 24. He has missed the past two seasons for repeated off-field incidents. But all signs point to Thurman having matured and working hard to resume his career. "If he can continue on this road, it will be a great story," coach Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It will be one where he can be a huge positive."

  • Cincinnati S Herana-Daze Jones, scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with Cincinnati.

  • TE Charles Davis (ended '07 season on Jaguars practice squad) was added to Jacksonville's roster.

  • OG John Welbourn had his contract terminated by Kansas City.

  • WR Todd Watkins was assigned to Oakland on waivers from the Falcons.

  • WR Richie Ross was waived by Tennessee.

  • FB Jim Finn (failed physical) had his contract terminated by the Giants.

  • PK Shane Andrus was waived by the Giants.

  • FB Brad Hoover, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, has been negotiating on a new contract with the Panthers, although no deal has been reached.

  • Giants MLB Antonio Pierce was charged with animal neglect after two of his pit bulls reportedly escaped his property. When found, one of the dogs was deemed to be underweight and sick. The dogs were reportedly returned to Pierce, who placed them in a kennel.

  • Colts DE Dwight Freeney could miss a good portion of training camp as he continues to rehab from the foot injury that landed him on injured reserve last season.

  • LB Channing Crowder, who led the Dolphins with 78 tackles last season, is the leading candidate to take over the starting job in the middle following the release of Zach Thomas.


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