Category Archives: football

Giants re-sign Punter Feagles

Jeff Feagles, played his first pro season in 1988, the same year his teammate, Hakeem Nicks, was born. However, age proves no issue as he has recently signed a contract to return in 2010.

Jeremy Shockey Dating Contest: Saint Seeking Ladies

Jeremy Shockey sure sounds like he’s making the most of his offseason. As HuffPost blogger Shaneika Dabney has pointed out, the Saints tight end is seeking a little online companionship.

Sources: Holmes to Jets despite ban

Receiver Santonio Holmes, who was traded to the New York Jets on Sunday from the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Jets acquired the talented but troubled receiver from the Steelers for a fifth-round pick in this month’s draft, sources confirmed to ESPN.com. ESPN 1050 in New York first reported the trade, which has yet to be formally announced. It is being reported by multiple outlets.

Holmes is heading to New York Monday morning to take a physical, sources told ESPN. He will then will meet with Jets officials before the trade is officially announced.

No news conference is expected Monday.

Holmes will have to wait to get on the field. Saturday, Pro Football Talk.com first reported Holmes was facing a suspension. The Web site reported it was unknown whether Holmes tested positive for a prohibited substance or committed some other violation of the policy, such as missing a required test, and that the Holmes’ appeal process had not been finalized.

Schefter’s source told him Monday that although the four-game suspension has not officially been announced by the NFL, it has been finalized.

Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, gives second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez another big-time target to throw to in an offense that already included receivers Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, promising tight end Dustin Keller and recently signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Holmes has 235 career catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns, but also brings his share of off-field issues, which could explain the relatively low price the Jets paid to get him.

In 2008, Holmes was arrested for possession of marijuana, and he was involved in a domestic violence incident in 2006; the misdemeanor charges were dismissed.

The 5-foot-11 Holmes, a first-round pick out of Ohio State in 2006, adds a speedy complement to the Jets’ passing game. He’s coming off the best season of his career statistically, after having 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns. His presence should allow Cotchery to assume more of a slot role, where he is extremely effective, and take double coverage off Edwards.

“Wow we got Holmes this is crazy,” All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis posted on his Twitter account. “We makin big moves this off-season. Putting the pieces together to get closer to that superbowl ring.”

After making it to the AFC Championship Game last season, the Jets and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have been aggressive despite the league’s “Final Eight” restrictions that have limited who they could sign. New York has traded for Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, and signed Tomlinson, safety Brodney Pool and kicker Nick Folk.

Add in the draft-day trade with Cleveland to select Sanchez last April and the acquisition of wide receiver Edwards from the Browns in October, and the Jets have made quite a splash during the last 12 months.

The Jets are still also waiting to hear from free agent linebacker-defensive end Jason Taylor, who met with the team for two days last week. The NFL’s active sacks leader went back home to Weston, Fla., on Friday without a deal in place, but is expected to make a decision sometime this week whether to join the team he has considered an enemy for most of his 13-year career.

The Jets have shown themselves to be unafraid of adding players with questionable backgrounds. They traded for Edwards two days after he was accused of punching a friend of NBA star LeBron James in October outside a downtown Cleveland nightclub.

New York also acquired Cromartie last month from San Diego even though he was dealing with paternity issues. Cromartie has fathered seven children by six women in five states, and the Jets advanced him $500,000 to clear up his legal troubles.

The Jets acknowledged having interest before last year’s draft in former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who’s currently serving a prison sentence. Burress pleaded guilty last August to attempted criminal possession of a weapon for having a loaded handgun in a nightclub that went off and shot him in the leg in November 2008.

Despite being benched earlier in the 2008 season for the marijuana arrest, Holmes made a number of big plays for Pittsburgh — none bigger than in the Super Bowl against Arizona. His tiptoe catch in the corner of the end zone of a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left sent the Steelers to a 27-23 victory. He caught nine passes for 131 yards in the game.

The move for Holmes could also end speculation that the Jets might have interest in acquiring Denver’s Brandon Marshall. Despite saying those rumors were unfounded, New York has been grouped among numerous teams who could make a move before the draft for the Broncos receiver.

[ESPN]

Free agent taylor talks to Jets!

Six-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Jason Taylor is visiting the Jets today, according to his agent Gary Wichard, who revealed during a spot on the Joe Rose Show on a Miami radio station this morning that the 13-year pro will be stopping by Florham Park.

The 6-6, 255-pound Taylor, who had seven sacks and 42 tackles with the Dolphins last year, is an unrestricted free agent. Per NFL rules, the Jets can sign an unrestricted free agent to fill the financial void left by unrestricted free agent kicker Jay Feely, who inked a deal with the Cardinals last week.

According to Wichard, Rex Ryan called him to let him know that the Jets wanted to sign the veteran outside linebacker. The Jets, of course, are in the market for an edge pass rusher to complement Calvin Pace, who had a team-high eight sacks last year. (The Jets only had 32 sacks.). Taylor has 127 1/2 career sacks, most among active players.

Conventional wisdom is that Ryan will address that need in the upcoming NFL draft. But it appears that the team is putting a full-court press on Taylor that includes a tour of the new Meadowlands Stadium. Taylor has also drawn interest from the Dolphins and Patriots.

The obvious concern surrounding Taylor is how much he has left in the tank. He’s 35 – and will turn 36 by the start of the 2010 season – and has already contemplated retirement in the past couple years. Taylor, the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year, signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins last season after the Redskins released him.

Taylor, of course, has never hidden his dislike for the Jets and their fans. Asked earlier this offseason about whether he could see himself with the Dolphins’ AFC East rivals, Taylor admitted “it’d be very, very, very difficult. Very difficult.”

“But at the end of the day,” Taylor told reporters, “if you can’t find a job anywhere else and the Jets call, I guess you’ve got to retire or go play.”

“The Jets are the Jets,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of history saying bad things about Jets fans. The fireman hat guy [Fireman Ed], and all of the people in New York that are Jets fans are not the ones that are working on Wall Street. I’ve said all of those things. So I’ve got to leave it at that.”

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The Jets have been doing their due diligence by bringing in serious draft prospects to Florham Park for a visit. (NFL teams can bring in as many as 30 non-local prospects). The Jets have taken a look at — or will take a look at this week — cornerbacks Kareem Jackson (Alabama) and Devin McCourty (Rutgers), running back Montario Hardesty (Tennessee), offensive lineman Anthony Davis (Rutgers) and outside linebacker Ricky Sapp (Clemson), according to three people familiar with the situation. The people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the players’ or team’s behalf.

Campbell found out about McNabb trade from reporter

Generally speaking, players would perfer to learn about trades that affect them from their actual team — that way, the team can do whatever damage control is necessary and assure the player in question that he’s still a crucial part of their plans. The truth may be altogether different, but damage control isn’t always about the truth.

What current (soon-to-be-former?) Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell now knows is that his team didn’t think enough of him to let him know when they dropped the hammer on the Donovan McNabb trade. Campbell, who’s been Washington’s primary quarterback since 2007, found out about the trade when he got a phone call from John Keim of the Washington Examiner just after the deal was consummated.

Me: Did you hear about what happened?

Jason: What?

Me: The Redskins traded for Donovan.

Jason: Really? Ummm… I didn’t know that, man.

Me: I’m sorry I had to be the one who told you. I can’t believe they didn’t tell you.

Jason: No, that’s the first I heard of it. … I’d better go call my agent.

When I called back later, it went to voice mail. His mailbox was full.

Campbell has a first-round tender on his head that he hasn’t signed, and that the Redskins will most likely rescind. According to ESPN 980, several teams are interested in Campbell’s services — the Bills, Raiders, Panthers, and Jaguars (plus an “unknown team”) are reportedly in line to make offers.

Though his performance in Washington was far from elite, it’s also fair to say that Campbell never got a fair shot. He dealt with different offensive coordinators and a declining offense as the Dan Snyder/Vinny Cerrato “brain trust” mowed the offense down with a series of questionable moves. A new start would be best for all involved, and Campbell will most likely get it.

At this point, he’s probably just hoping that when he is traded, he won’t have to hear about it first from a reporter.

Mcnabb takes a trip down 95 South

After weeks of rumors and conjecture, Donovan McNabb finally has a new home. And the Pro Bowl quarterback’s intradivisional relocation will likely mean far-reaching ramifications for his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and his new one, the Washington Redskins.

WOW Roethlisberger WHEN WILL YOU LEARN?

The woman accusing Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault was “hysterical” when she spoke with cops … this according to a source at the Milledgeville Police Department.

We’re told Ben’s accuser arrived at the P.D. with three other women. According to a source at the police department, Ben’s accuser was extremely emotional and looked like she had been crying for hours.

Ben’s agent, Ryan Tollner, said on Friday, “we are skeptical of motive.” Our source begged to differ, saying Ben’s accuser did not look like a girl who was making it up.

Roethlisberger has not been charged.