Legal troubles are catching up with several NFL players at this point in the offseason while others are busy making different sorts of impressions on their coaches at minicamps. Catch up on the latest NFL news.
CB Kenny Wright was released by the Browns. Team management conducted its own investigation into Wright's April 3 arrest in Pearland, Texas. Wright, who played for the Vikings from 1999-2001, fled approaching officers on foot and was tracked down in a subdivision neighboring the parking lot in which a disturbance was reported and the pursuit initiated. Wright was found to have 1.875 ounces of marijuana in his vehicle. The Browns were reportedly concerned the NFL would take action and possibly suspend Wright for a portion of the 2008 season.
RB Shaun Alexander visited with Saints' front office representatives and coach Sean Payton. Alexander, released by the Seahawks last month, has also met with the Bengals. Payton indicated the key variable in whether Alexander lands in New Orleans or not is the rehab of Deuce McAllister.
Jaguars WR Jerry Porter is lining up as the team's No. 1 receiver as he begins organized team activities -- the first of 14 is held Wednesday. Porter, who signed a $30 million contract in the offseason, could be joined by former first-round picks Reggie Williams or Troy Williamson.
Bills WR James Hardy is alleged to have beat his father and drawn a gun when a woman urged him to stop. Hardy's father, according to Fort Wayne, Ind., police, did not press charges.
DE Jevon Kearse is motivated to prove he's not damaged goods. Kearse, in his second tour of duty with the Titans, hs battled injuries for the past two seasons. He tore multiple ligaments in his left knee in 2006 during a Week 2 loss to the New York Giants. Kearse returned in 2007, but struggled with swelling in the knee. He had only four sacks in 14 games.
LB Brian Urlacher is threatening to sit out mandatory practice sessions if the Bears don't address his contract. Urlacher could boycott the team's minicamp scheduled to begin May 30 if the Bears don't adjust his current deal, which has four years to run and, when initiated, was a nine-year, $56.5 million pact. Urlacher already boycotted voluntary workouts this offseason.
DE-OLB Terrell Suggs and the Ravens are close to settling a player-initiated grievance disputing the franchise free-agent tender Suggs will receive as Baltimore's designated franchise player. Suggs, who plays defensive end and linebacker, and his special case encouraged the NFLPA and the league's management council to create a new position -- and new franchise figure -- for players used in the same "hybrid" defensive position. The one-year salary figure, an average of the top five highest-paid players at the position, is expected to be around $8.5 million rather than the $8.065 million Suggs would've received as a "franchise" linebacker.
TE Kevin Everett was released by the Bills. Everett was paralyzed from the neck down in September 2007 on a kickoff return, when he collided with Domenik Hixon. Everett unexpectedly regained the ability to walk and other motor skills. Everett would not have been eligible for the programs if he stayed on the Bills active roster.
Colts WR Marvin Harrison, according to the Indianapolis Star, met with head coach Tony Dungy and Bill Polian, the Colts' team president, to deny any involvement in a recent shooting in Harrison's hometown. TV and other media reports have said authorities linked six of bullet casings from the scene, where a man was shot in the hand and young boy suffered lacerations on his face when bullets pierced a windshield and sent glass flying, to Harrison, but those allegations haven't been confirmed by Philadelphia authorities. Harrison has not been named as a suspect and the police department called the investigation "ongoing."
Bengals RB Chris Perry looks to be fully recovered from a serious ankle injury suffered 18 months ago against the Cleveland Browns. Perry, entering his fifth season, was a first-round pick in 2004 but never became the explosive complement to Rudi Johnson the Bengals had expected. He fractured and dislocated his right ankle in November 2006. Perry believes he'll prove capable of handling the wear and tear of daily practice sessions before training camp hits.
Bucs CB Aqib Talib has made a favorable impression on head coach Jon Gruden, who admits he was considering using the team's first-round pick on a wide receiver -- none were selected in the first round. Instead, Tampa Bay used its top pick to nab Talib. Gruden said of Talib "you just can't walk away without feeling his presence on the football field."
Ravens OLB Antwan Barnes anticipates playing an expanded role in the defense this season. Barnes is being used as a DE-OLB hybrid and has been told by coordinator Rex Ryan that this season should bring a breakout for Barnes. His versatility is his greatest asset. Barnes lined up at defensive end, linebacker and safety during recent workouts.
LS David Binn might not make the 20-year club with the Chargers, but he's getting closer. Binn signed a four-year contract extension to serve as the team's long snapper through the 2011 season. He's entering his 15th season with the team and has played more games with San Diego than any player in franchise history (223). No player, including Dan Fouts, has been with the Chargers for more than 15 seasons.
Ravens RB Willis McGahee suffered a hamstring strain in minicamp on Saturday but was able to return a day later. Former head coach Brian Billick questioned McGahee's conditioning last season, when McGahee often was rotated out of the game in the fourth quarter. The Ravens drafted Ray Rice to be McGahee's top backup.
TE Chris Baker was absent from the team's first organized team activity at Hofstra. Baker has said he'll miss the offseason workouts in a contract rift. Baker was also unhappy the Jets drafted TE Dustin Keller in the first round. Keller and free-agent addition Bubba Franks will make the same amount or more than Baker this season. Baker is in the third year of a four-year, $6.6 million deal.
DE Greg Spires signed a one-year deal with the Raiders. Spires, released by the Buccaneers in February, had two sacks in 10 games in 2007.In 10 NFL seasons, Spires has 39.5 career sacks. He's expected to compete at right defensive end.
Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu was arrested for investigation of drunken driving early Saturday. Tatupu was given a breath test according to a police report. The report stated Tatupu's test's revealed blood-alcohol levels of .155, almost double the legal limit. Tatupu denied he'd been drinking.