One former NFL quarterback is filing for bankruptcy while another one is giving indications he wants to come back and play. Learn more about those two and many more players making the news in the last few days.
QB Michael Vick has filed for bankruptcy protections, with Chapter 11 documents filed in Virginia citing debts between $10-50 million. Currently serving a 23-month prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., Vick's release date is July, 2009. In the documents filed, Vick also cites assets in the range of his current debt, which includes a $3.75 million pro rated signing bonus to the Falcons.
QB Brett Favre hasn't publicly said he wants to play in 2008, but reports continue to swirl that he could request the Packers to take him off the reserve/retired list. SI.com's Peter King reported Monday that Packers GM Ted Thompson has ignored calls from Favre's agent, Bus Cook, and that the team sent an intermediary to Mississippi to talk to Favre. Favre said the speculation was "rumor" in a text message to the Biloxi Sun Herald last week. If Favre does return, he'd put the Packers in the unenviable position of putting Aaron Rodgers back on the bench, opening the quarterback battle or trading or releasing Favre.
Seahawks MLB Lofa Tatupu pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was setenced to a day in jail and will have to pay fines and court costs of $1,255. The guilty plea stems from a May 10 arrest in Kirkland, Wash. Tatupu originally pleaded not guilty to the charge, but completed an alcohol information class and went to a victims' panel and decided to avoid a potential trial.
Denver S Josh Barrett's contract is for four years and $1.76 million and includes a $56,300 signing bonus for the seventh-round pick, according to the Rocky Mountain News. Barrett has good size and speed, but is coming off a rough senior season. If the Broncos can get him back on track, he could turn into a contributor.
Broncos WR Brandon Marshall is in danger of losing his driver's license after he was cited June 12 for straying from his lane and driving without a valid license or proof of insurance, according to multiple reports. Marshall allegedly was driving his black Hummer and using the shoulder on I-25 to pass cars.
In Colorado, a license can be suspended for 12 violation points in a 12-month span or 18 in 24 months. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Marshall could rack up to 10 points for the latest traffic violation, and could be hit with 18 more pending the outcome of an October, 2007 arrest for drunken driving.
On the positive side, Marshall is expected to be medically cleared to participate in training camp after recovering from a gash to his right forearm in March.
Broncos RB Ryan Torain, 6-0, 222, Arizona State (5/139) has agreed to a four-year deal that includes a signing bonus of just under $200,000, according to The Denver Post. If Torain is healed from Lisfranc surgery, he could factor into the Broncos' running game. Torain is a talented back who slipped because of the injury, and the Broncos are looking for a workhorse back with Travis Henry cut loose.
Broncos DT Carlton Powell, 6-3, 300, Virginia Tech (5/148) has agreed to a four-year deal that includes a signing bonus of just more than $180,000, according to The Denver Post. Powell was good against the run in college, and that's what the Broncos need in the middle. With little depth in the middle, Powell could play right away if he has a good camp.
Patriots RB Kevin Faulk has pleaded no contest to a charge of marijuana possession. It's a misdemeanor in his home state of Louisiana, and Faulk must complete 20 hours of a substance abuse program, according to the Boston Globe. He will have a five-month jail sentence suspended and will be on probation for a year, along with paying a total of $550 for fines and drug tests in addition to other court costs.
WR Plaxico Burress was in New York to promote his new book Monday, and said he's confident he will get a new contract done with the Giants. Burress has three years left on his six-year, $25 million contract, but stood on the sidelines during June's minicamp as a "business decision." Regarding negotiations on a new deal, Burress told reporters "I'm getting positive feedback from my agent (Drew Rosenhaus)."
QB Chris Simms wants out of Tampa Bay, and told friends he would be interested in playing for Dallas, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Simms, who has missed almost two years since suffering a ruptured spleen in September of 2006, is considered likely to be released by the Bucs if the team can't trade him. Dallas is happy with backup QB Brad Johnson, but could be looking for some younger insurance with Johnson turning 40 in September. If the Bucs do release Simms, Dallas could immediately become a frontrunner for his services.
DT Tony Hills, a fourth-round pick, signed with the Steelers. Terms were not disclosed. The Steelers were desperate for tackles but waited until late in the fourth round to find one. Hills started at left tackle for Longhorns, whose coaches told Steelers coaches that he's better than former Texas OT Jonathan Scott, now in Detroit. Pittsburgh has four experienced tackles but only one signed beyond 2008, starting right tackle Willie Colon. Hills has had various lower-body injuries since his high school days.
Steelers QB Dennis Dixon agreed to a three-year deal that includes a $304,500 signing bonus, according to the Tribune Review. He will receive NFL base minimum salaries of $295,000 in 2008, $385,000 in 2009 and $470,000 in 2010. For a team that has Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch, this was a surprise pick in the fifth round. He does have a great upside, however, once he fully recovers from his torn ACL that caused him to miss his final three games. He will get a chance to replace Batch as No. 2, probably in 2009, and serve as No. 3 until then.
Steelers OT Tony Hills signed a three-year deal with the Steelers. He will receive NFL base minimum salaries of $295,000 in 2008, $385,000 in 2009 and $470,000 in 2010. The Steelers were desperate for tackles but waited until late in the fourth round to find one. Hills started at left tackle for Longhorns, whose coaches told Steelers coaches that he's better than former Texas OT Jonathan Scott, now in Detroit. Pittsburgh has four experienced tackles but only one signed beyond 2008, starting right tackle Willie Colon. Hills has had various lower-body injuries since his high school days. Hills received a signing bonus of $304,500, according to the Tribune Review.
Steelers OLB Bruce Davis has agreed to a three-year deal that includes a $506,000 signing bonus, according to the Tribune Review. He will receive NFL base minimum salaries of $295,000 in 2008, $385,000 in 2009 and $470,000 in 2010. A typical Steelers' pick at OLB, Davis was an undersized college defensive end. Others who have made the transformation as picks in the third round and beyond were Joey Porter, Greg Lloyd, Clark Haggans and James Harrison. The Steelers lacked depth at the outside position and would like to spell Harrison and new starter LaMarr Woodley, especially in their dime defense. Davis, a good pass rusher, could perform that function immediately.
TE Tony Gonzalez performed the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of a man choking on a steak at an Italian restaurant in southern California on Monday. "I just did what my natural instincts told me to do: help someone in need," Gonzalez said in a release issued by his management group. "I couldn't just sit there and do nothing."