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  1. Thursday, September 4, 2008 Culpepper, unable to catch on as free agent, retires at age 31 By John Clayton ESPN.com Daunte Culpepper, unable to land a starting or backup job this offseason, announced his retirement at the age of 31. Culpepper had one-year offers from the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason for backup jobs, but didn't find those offers suitable. Though his surgically reconstructed knee was healthy and his arm still strong during visits to those teams, Culpepper decided to end his career. "After taking a long look at my career and my personal convictions, I have decided to begin early retirement from the NFL effective immediately,'' Culpepper said in an e-mail. "Since the beginning of training camp, I was told my opportunity would come when a quarterback gets hurt. I cannot remember the last time so many quarterbacks have been injured during the preseason," Culpepper said. " I have been strongly encouraged from family, friends and league personnel to continue to be patient and wait for an inevitable injury to one of the starting quarterbacks in the league. "I would rather shut the door to such 'opportunity' than continue to wait for one of my fellow quarterbacks to suffer a serious injury. Since I was not given a fair chance to come in and compete for a job, I would rather move on and win in other arenas of life." The 11th pick in the 1999 draft, Culpepper played nine seasons for three teams -- the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. His best days were in Minnesota where he established himself as one of the league's top quarterbacks. During his career, Culpepper completed 1,867 of 2,927 passes for 22,422 yards and 142 touchdowns. His career quarterback rating was a lofty 89.9. His best season was in 2004 when he threw for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns for the Vikings. But he blew out his knee the next season, and his career wasn't the same afterwards. Culpepper signed a one-year deal with the Raiders last season but didn't land another job. "When free agency began this year, I had a new sense of excitement about continuing to rebuild my career in the same way that I had rebuilt my knee after my catastrophic injury in 2005,'' Culpepper said Thursday. "Unfortunately, what I found out was that the league did not share any of the optimism about me as an unrestricted free agent that I expected. In fact, there was an overwhelming sense that there was no room for me among this year's group of quarterbacks, whether in a starting, competing or a backup role. "No matter what I did or said, there seemed to be a unified message from teams that I was not welcome to compete for one of the many jobs that were available at the quarterback position. It seems that the stance I took in both Minnesota and Miami regarding my rights as a person and player has followed me into free agency.'' Culpepper is one of the few players who hasn't had an agent. He represents himself. "The decision I made in 2006 to represent myself rather than hire an agent has been an invaluable experience,'' Culpepper said. "I now understand why so many people with the NFL community are uncomfortable with a player really learning the business. The NFL has become more about power, money and control than passion, competition and the love of the game. Regardless of this shift, players' rights are still supposed to be part of this league. Since I will not be given the opportunity to honor the memory of Gene Upshaw by wearing a patch on my uniform this year, I will instead spend some of my energy applying what he taught me about standing up for what is right and not sitting down for what is clearly wrong.'' ................................................................................ .............................................................................. I thought Dante got invites from the Packers and Steelers to try out for their backup positions but he was holding out for a starting QB tryout. I remember Pittsburgh reporting that they extended an invitation to Dante the same time they did Leftwich but Dante didn't want to play for the veterns minimum of $1 million. I think it was a mistake for Dante not to have an agent.
  2. They are calling themselves the Thunder. I wish them all the worst. Break a leg.
  3. NFL suspends Pacman Jones, Bengals' Henry (April 10, 2007) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has informed Adam Jones of the Tennessee Titans and Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals that they have been suspended without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy and engaging in conduct detrimental to the league on numerous occasions, the NFL announced. Jones was suspended for the 2007 season, while Henry was suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 regular season. Each player must earn the right to be reinstated. "We must protect the integrity of the NFL," Commissioner Goodell said. "The highest standards of conduct must be met by everyone in the NFL because it is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right. These players, and all members of our league, have to make the right choices and decisions in their conduct on a consistent basis." In a letter to each player, Commissioner Goodell wrote: "Your conduct has brought embarrassment and ridicule upon yourself, your club, and the NFL, and has damaged the reputation of players throughout the league. You have put in jeopardy an otherwise promising NFL career, and have risked both your own safety and the safety of others through your off-field actions. In each of these respects, you have engaged in conduct detrimental to the NFL and failed to live up to the standards expected of NFL players. Taken as a whole, this conduct warrants significant sanction." Jones will be strictly monitored by the Titans and the NFL during the suspension as part of his opportunity to earn reinstatement through adherence to a set of conditions. His status will be reviewed after the Titans' 10th regular-season game to determine the extent to which he has complied with the conditions and whether the suspension should be affected by the disposition of any pending or prospective charges. The specific conditions that apply to Jones' suspension include the following: He must have no further adverse involvement with law enforcement. He must fully cooperate with all required counseling, education, and treatment assigned under league or court-ordered programs. He must adhere to the restrictions on his activities that have been agreed to by he and the Titans. He may not be at the Titans' facility through May 31 and may not participate in any practices or organized workouts during the term of the suspension. Beginning June 1, he must visit the team facility once each week to meet with the team's player development director. Also, beginning June 1, he is permitted to spend one day a week at the team facility for conditioning, film study, and other similar activities. In conjunction with the team's player development director and other professionals working with him, Jones must develop with the Titans a structured program of community service or other activity. This program must be submitted to the league office for review and approval. Henry will be reinstated after the Bengals' eighth regular-season game if he meets certain conditions during his suspension that will be monitored closely by the Bengals and the NFL. Those conditions include the following: He must have no further adverse involvement with law enforcement. He must fully cooperate with all required counseling, education, and treatment assigned to him under league programs. He is eligible to be at the Bengals' facilities during the rest of the offseason for customary activities and he must meet weekly with the team's player development director. If he fully complies with all other conditions, he may participate in the Bengals' training camp and preseason games. During the regular season, he is permitted to be at the Bengals' facility for team meetings and must meet weekly with the team's player development director, but he may not attend or participate in practice. He must fully comply with all conditions imposed on him by any court, including requirements of community service. Jones and Henry were told that any failure to comply with these conditions will result in additional discipline, including possible banishment from the league. "I must emphasize to you that this is your last opportunity to salvage your NFL career," Commissioner Goodell wrote to Jones and Henry. "I urge you to take full advantage of the resources available to support you in that effort."
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    Duke vs NC

    Neither. Just knew it was gonna be a good game. Duke almost had dat ass.
  5. How is Seattle a C+ and the Packers and Titans a B-? Seattle is over 500; they are not. Was he giving teams extra points for the number of highlights on ESPN or NFL network too? This ish is bogus.
  6. Cowboys release Vanderjagt Jay Glazer / FOXSports.com Posted: 30 minutes ago A man who was recently dubbed the most accurate kicker in NFL history is now unemployed. Sources have told FOXSports.com that the Dallas Cowboys have cut kicker Mike Vanderjagt and will sign Martin Gramatica. Vanderjagt has been very inconsistent this year, and an inconsistent kicker and Bill Parcells are like oil and water. With the Colts, Vanderjagt was nearly automatic but suffered interpersonal problems after he ripped Peyton Manning on TV only to have Manning fire back and call him "liquored-up idiot kicker."
  7. 49ers receiver Bryant arrested for DUI / Associated Press Posted: 9 hours ago SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway. Bryant, 25, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and resisting arrest, police Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said. An officer entering U.S. Highway 101 saw Bryant speed past and tried unsuccessfully to catch him, Raffaelli said. He radioed another officer who pulled over Bryant. Bryant showed "signs and symptoms" of being drunk, Raffaelli said, and he was uncooperative, combative and verbally abusive. He refused to step out of the car, he said. The officers were forced to use leather restraints to put Bryant in a seated position with his legs straight and his hands cuffed behind his back, Raffaelli said. Bryant was booked into the San Mateo County jail early Monday morning and released a few hours later on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 28, according to San Mateo County sheriff's Lt. Lisa Williams. Aaron Salkin, a spokesman for the 49ers, said the team was aware of the arrest, but declined to comment further.
  8. Webber not happy about reduced role Associated Press Posted: 2 hours ago PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chris Webber has talked with Philadelphia 76ers president Billy King about the star forward's unhappiness over a reduced role that's included two fourth-quarter benchings. Around the NBA Game of the night: The Rockets almost blew a 21-point lead before defeating the Bulls on Thursday night. Full story ... | Dime Smack Thursday's action: Webber's minutes and production have dramatically declined this season, and coach Maurice Cheeks has rested him for two entire fourth quarters in seven games, turning him into a $20 million role player. King said Thursday night he's talked recently with Webber, but did not say if a trade was requested. Webber is due another $22 million next year in the final season of his contract. "The focus has been on the team all year and Chris is an important member of the team," King said. "Maurice has been making decisions each game that he and the staff feel will give us the best opportunity to succeed and I support him in the decision-making process." Webber is averaging 10.3 points on 37 percent shooting in 30.6 minutes, well off his 14-year career averages of 21.5 points on 48 percent shooting in 37.9 minutes. Cheeks has said he's been very clear with Webber about what he expects from the five-time All-Star. Since Webber was traded from Sacramento to Philadelphia before the 2005 trade deadline, he's never really seemed to be happy playing with a franchise that has hovered around .500 since his arrival. He butted heads with former coach Jim O'Brien at the end of 2005, calling his half-season the worst situation of his basketball career. "Timeout times 50, basically," he said, referring to his infamous gaffe at Michigan. But he rebounded with a strong season under Cheeks last year, averaging 20.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in 75 games, the most games he'd played in the last six seasons. He said in training camp he was feeling as strong physically as he had since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in June 2003. A snapshot of his frustrations came last week when Webber had six of his 11 rebounds in the third quarter in a win against Miami, then sat in the fourth. Webber deftly deflected numerous postgame questions about his benching, smiling through brief answers and saying only that he was happy the Sixers were winning. "It's whatever," he said.
  9. I posted it in the NFL Groupie thread first. But I'm sure some the men won't comment in that thread
  10. Detroit coach arrested for multiple offenses FOXSports.com Posted: 21 hours ago Detroit Lions assistant coach Joe Cullen has encountered legal trouble for, among other things, allegedly driving without clothes. According to a report in Wednesday's Detroit Free Press, Cullen, who was hired by first-year head coach Rod Marinelli to coach the team's defensive line, has been arrested twice in the past two weeks. The first arrest, on Aug. 24, was for alleged indecent and obscene conduct. The second, on Sept. 1, was for alleged drunk driving. Both occurred in Dearborn, MI. Cullen did not respond to a Free Press reporter's request for a comment, but later issued a statement through the team. "I would like to apologize to the Detroit Lions organization, our fans, my family and friends for any embarrassment these incidents have caused. These incidents represent a mistake in judgment on my part. I deeply regret them and have learned a valuable lesson. It won't happen again." In the nude-driving incident, the description on the police ticket read "driving on a public street without any clothes on. (NUDE)." In the drunk-driving incident, Cullen's blood-alcohol level was reportedly 0.12, above the Michigan legal limit of .08. Cullen has coached at the collegiate level at Illinois, Indiana, Memphis, Mississippi, Richmond, Louisiana State, and Massachusetts. He was fired from the Mississippi gig after an alcohol-related incident at a restaurant. "We are obviously very disappointed," said Lions president Matt Millen. "These are very serious matters that will be handled sternly and appropriately by our organization. Coach Cullen requested immediate help in seeking treatment. That assistance has been provided and a comprehensive, private program has been established for him."
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    NFL Cuts

    Lions cut draft bust Rogers, No. 2 pick in 2003 Rogers released ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Charles Rogers was cut by the Detroit Lions on Saturday, a mere three years after they drafted the receiver second overall. His career in Detroit ended with just 36 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns along with two broken collarbones and a four-game suspension. First-year coach Rod Marinelli was unimpressed by Rogers' work ethic and production during training camp, when he was slowed by a sore knee. The new staff also did not have a history with Rogers like team president Matt Millen, who drafted the former Michigan State star and gave him a $14.2 million signing bonus. Rogers simply wasn't deemed good enough to make Marinelli's team, which is valuing hard work over talent. "We picked the men that are right for this football team," Marinelli said. "It's behind us. I wish him the very best. We just move on." Marinelli said Rogers didn't show up Saturday morning at the team's practice facility in Allen Park. Marinelli said director of pro personnel Sheldon White left two messages for Rogers and informed his agent, Kevin Poston, of the team's decision. Poston said he can start finding a new home for the receiver Sunday if he is not picked up on waivers with his current contract. "After 24 hours, we will start contacting teams and I'm sure teams will be contacting us," Poston told The Associated Press on Saturday morning. "He's a 25-year-old receiver with a lot of talent." A message seeking comment was left on Rogers' cell phone. Staley makes Steelers; four draft picks cut PITTSBURGH -- Duce Staley made the Pittsburgh Steelers' 53-man roster Saturday despite an uneven preseason. Staley dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart at running back and may not dress for some early-season games. Staley's roster status was in doubt -- even coach Bill Cowher said so -- after the three-time 1,000-yard rusher with the Eagles averaged 2.2 yards per carry during exhibition play. The Steelers showed their concern at the position by trading Friday with New England for rookie Patrick Cobbs. But Cowher recalled Saturday how injuries briefly left the Steelers with only one healthy running back last season, even when they were carrying longtime star Jerome Bettis in addition to starter Willie Parker, Staley and Verron Haynes. "We've got to be able to use these guys to where they're not going to be hit out by November and December," Cowher said. "It's very important that we're able to keep these guys fresh. It's a big key for us, a team that runs the football." Dayne, Watts cut by Broncos DENVER -- Running back Ron Dayne and wide receiver Darius Watts left team headquarters Saturday saying they'd been told they wouldn't make the Broncos' 53-man roster. "I kind of understand. Once I got hurt, the other guys stepped up," said Dayne, who began training camp as the starting tailback but quickly was surpassed by undrafted rookie Mike Bell and then suffered turf toe in the preseason opener and didn't play again. Dayne, who won the Heisman Trophy at Wisconsin in 1999 and finished his career as the NCAA's all-time leading rusher, missed 12 days of practices and the final three exhibition games, sealing his fate. In his absence, Bell, Cedric Cobbs and Tatum Bell all performed well. Dayne, who won the Heisman Trophy at Wisconsin in 1999, when he finished his career as the NCAA's all-time leading rusher, finished with just 12 yards on five carries in the preseason. Watts' departure was more of a surprise. The Broncos praised him all offseason for his improved play and he was in position to serve as the third or fourth wide receiver following Ashley Lelie's trade to Atlanta. Watts, a second-round pick out of Marshall in 2004 whose career was marked more by his big drops than his sensational skills, said his stock might have fallen because he didn't do anything on special teams this summer. Bengals put RB Chris Perry on injury list CINCINNATI -- Running back Chris Perry, a first-round draft pick who has been limited by injuries, will start his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals sidelined again. The Bengals put Perry on the physically unable to perform list Saturday, one of their moves to reach the 53-man roster limit. Perry had knee and ankle surgery in the offseason, preventing him from playing in the preseason. Perry will miss at least the first five games of the season. He's not eligible to return to practice until Oct. 17 under a roster exemption. The only draft pick waived on Saturday was Reggie McNeal, a Texas A&M quarterback taken in the sixth round. The Bengals had tried to turn him into a receiver, their deepest position. The Bengals waived TE Darnell Sanders, WR P.K. Sam, TE Ronnie Ghent, OT Pete Lougheed, G Kyle Takavitz, C Ben Wilkerson, S John Busing, RB DeDe Dorsey, DE Eric Henderson, WR Glenn Holt, TE David Jones, G Nate Livings, FB Chris Manderino and FB Naufahu Tahi. Browns release running back Suggs It was a busy day for the Browns, who made 22 roster moves to get down to the 53-player limit. Running back Lee Suggs, Cleveland's leading rusher in 2004 but slowed by injuries throughout his career, was waived. The club tried to trade Suggs last month, but the deal was voided and he returned when the New York Jets said the 26-year-old failed their physical. Coach Romeo Crennel said Suggs' medical history had no bearing on the decision. "If that had been a major factor, he would have been cut last year," Crennel said. The Browns also placed on injured reserve running back William Green, who led them to the playoffs as a rookie and has overcome personal problems. Green may stay on IR and be paid for the season, but, if the club works out a settlement, he'll be cut and could re-sign with Cleveland or elsewhere. With Suggs and Green gone, second-year back Jason Wright will back up starter Reuben Droughns. Wide receiver Frisman Jackson and cornerback Pete Hunter also had their contracts terminated. Rookie nose tackle Babtunde Oshinowo, a sixth-round draft pick, was also waived, but the Browns might try to keep him on their practice squad.
  12. Saturday, September 2, 2006 Season over for Texans running back Davis -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Len Pasquarelli ESPN.com Convinced that his left knee would preclude him from being ready for the start of the season, and that he probably would not be a factor this year because of his continuing physical problems, the Houston Texans on Saturday placed tailback Domanick Davis on injured reserve. Domanick Davis Running Back Houston Texans Profile 2005 SEASON STATISTICS Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD 230 976 2 39 337 4 By definition, the move ends Davis' 2006 season before it even began and means that coach Gary Kubiak will go into his debut campaign without the leading rusher in franchise history. The decision to place Davis on injured reserve, and allow him to rehabilitate for 2007, came after considerable deliberation and after much input from the team's medical staff. Houston is now perilously inexperienced at tailback and the loss of Davis will lend further scrutiny to the Texans' decision to bypass Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and instead choose defensive end Mario Williams with the top overall selection in the 2006 draft. In defense of the Texans, team officials could not have envisioned at draft time that the seemingly innocuous injury that Davis suffered in the final month of last season would have sidelined him for such a prolonged period. The starter for the Sept. 10 season opener will be rookie Wali Lundy, a sixth-round draft choice from the University of Virginia. The backup is second-year veteran Vernand Morency, a third-round pick in 2005 who logged only 46 carries in his rookie season. Houston released veteran running back Antowain Smith on Friday and the Texans might be forced to scour the waiver wire this weekend in an attempt to add depth at the position. There were rumors earlier this week, which Kubiak was forced to debunk, that the Texans were prepared to release Davis if his knee did not quickly respond to treatment. But because of the injury, Houston essentially could not have cut Davis and, had the team attempted to, it would almost certainly have faced a grievance. After the reports, Kubiak acknowledged that Davis was likely destined for injured reserve. At the same time, Houston owner Bob McNair conceded that medical reports on Davis' knee were "not very positive." Davis, 25, missed five games in 2005 and underwent December arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus cartilage in his left knee. Since early in camp, Davis had been sidelined by a bruised left knee, but that condition was not related to the surgery of eight months ago. Houston could not have placed Davis on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which would have sidelined him for at least the first six weeks of the season but also but some time for him to recover, because he passed the team physical at the outset of camp and actually participated in the first two days of practices. That left the Texans with two options: Keep Davis on the active roster and hope that he showed marked improvement, or place him on injured reserve, ending his 2006 season. A fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft, Davis was projected mostly as a kickoff return specialist when the Texans selected him, but the former LSU standout claimed the starting tailback job near the middle of his rookie season and rushed for 1,031 yards in his debut campaign. In three seasons, he has 3,195 yards and 23 touchdowns on 770 carries, and only the knee injury in 2005 kept him from a third straight 1,000-yard season. Davis, who has made himself into a dependable receiver, also has 154 catches for 1,276 yards and five touchdowns. Bet they wish they had drafted Reggie Bush now
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