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Volume 6, Issue 9 (Wednesday, April 27th)

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Hi Folks,

Thanks to our Will Grant for rounding up these stories today. Good
stuff in this one as Jeremy Shockey joins his teammates, Reuben
Droughns leaves his and Travis Henry is still looking for new ones.
Have a great Thursday and knock yourselves out with the news.



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1. RB Henry (BUF)  Bills Still Looking to Make a Deal.
2. TE Shockey (NYG)  Shockey Joins Giants
3. WR Osgood (SD)  Chargers resign Osgood. Gates still unsigned.
4. RB Droughns (CLE)  Holdout on the Horizon?
5. Denver  Broncos sign RT Clement. Eye Brown and Hakim
6. Minnesota  Injuries piling up already. Brien or Edinger could be
new kicker?
7.  Grading Each Team's Draft (Commentary)
8.  PK Taylor (TB)  Tampa Releases Kicker Jay Taylor
9.  Denver  Camp Battles Brewing at RB, DB, DL.
10. WR Walker (GB) Misses Mini-Camp. Possible Hold Out?
11. IDP CB Glenn  Finally Signs with Cowboys
12. 12. DEFENSE  Buffalo Looks to Improve Defense with College Free Agents


1. RB Henry (BUF)  Bills Still Looking to Make a Deal.

Clipped from: Democrat & Chronicle  article by Leo Roth, 4/26/05

The Buffalo Bills found it impossible to work a trade for disgruntled
Travis Henry even before last weekend's NFL Draft turned into running
backs on parade.

Some 26 ball carriers were selected and only eight teams failed to
draft a back. Even the Bills got into the action, taking Louisville's
Lionel Gates in the seventh round.

Does it mean the market for Henry has dried up?

"I don't think it is a dead issue," coach Mike Mularkey said. "But
obviously, it is slimmer."

The Bills remain optimistic they can move their one-time starter, get
decent value, and avoid the potential for a hurtful sideshow should
Henry become a training camp holdout, or worse, a team cancer were he
to show up to collect on his $1.25 million contract but project the
wrong attitude.

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Hold on to your hats folks, this one is going to get ugly. The article
hints that Philly has expressed interest in Henry, but quickly
dismisses it at a possible ploy to get Brian Westbrook to sign a
long-term contact. One thing is certain though: The Bills have one
idea of what Henry is worth, and the rest of the NFL has a different
one. At this point, there are too many other alternatives than to
overpay for Henry, who has been injured and also had a problem holding
onto the ball (23 fumbles in 48 starts).  We'll keep you posted on the
situation as it develops, but don't hold your breath waiting for this
one to be resolved.


2. TE Shockey (NYG)  Shockey Joins Giants

Clipped from: article by Len Pasquarelli 4/26/05

Tight end Jeremy Shockey, far from off season workouts and the subject
of recent entreaties from coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli
Manning was en route to New York on Tuesday evening to join Giants
teammates for the conditioning program.

Shockey has spent much of the off season to this point in Miami,
working out with former college teammates and other league players,
and suggesting his regimen there is perhaps even more challenging than
the team's program. As he traveled to the airport Tuesday, Shockey
reiterated that his boycott of the voluntary workouts were meant
neither as an affront to Coughlin or his teammates.
Instead, he said, the workouts remain, he believes, the best way to
challenge himself and prepare for the rigors of the season. There is,
both Shockey and agent Drew Rosenhaus maintained, no hidden agenda.

"There is no mystery," said Shockey, the team's first-round pick in
the 2002 draft. "It's just the way that I believe is best for me to
get ready. This is about me helping me which, in turn, helps the team.
It's just a personal preference. If anybody saw me, they'd know what
I've been putting myself through."

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Smart move here. Shockey's standoff with Coughlin was starting to be a
distraction. Maybe the phone calls from Eli Manning helped. Maybe
someone pointed out that if he wants a new contract, he needs to show
that he's a team player. Whatever the case, Shockey is back with the
Giants now, and the team unity that Coughlin and Manning have been
begging for has been restored.


3. WR Osgood (SD)  Chargers resign Osgood. Gates still unsigned.

Clipped from: associated press article 4/26/05

Wide receiver Kassim Osgood signed a one-year contract Tuesday to
remain with the San Diego Chargers.

Osgood, an exclusive-rights free agent, had 15 receptions for 308
yards and three touchdowns last season. One of his biggest plays came
on special teams, though, when he ran down Chiefs kick returner Dante
Hall from behind, causing a fumble and preventing a touchdown in a
34-31 San Diego victory Nov. 28 at Kansas City.

Osgood tied for the team lead in special teams tackles with 13.

San Diego's only unsigned free agent is All-Pro tight end Antonio
Gates, also an exclusive rights free agent. General manager A.J. Smith
said the two sides continue to discuss a long-term deal, but wouldn't
say how close they are.

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Osgood is entering his third season with the Chargers and he is a pure
burner. He has only had 28 career receptions, but he also has a
whopping 20.9 YPC and has 4 receiving TDs. As the article also
mentions, he has been a standout player on special teams as well. With
the entire San Diego group of wide receivers looking like a fantasy
crap shoot, the 6'5" Osgood might be a nice sleeper pick.

The fact that Gates is unsigned is a non-story. San Diego knows that
they will need him, and we're sure that he'll be under contract by the
time the pre-season rolls around.


4. RB Droughns (CLE)  Holdout on the Horizon?

Clipped from: The Plain Dealer article by Mary Kay Cabot 4/27/05

New Browns running back Reuben Droughns has left the team's off-season
conditioning program and said Tuesday he won't be back until he has a
new contract.

"We're prepared to hold out," Droughns said by phone from Denver.

Droughns, who was acquired by the Browns in a trade March 30 for
Ebenezer Ekuban and Mike Myers, said the Browns were aware during
trade talks that Droughns wanted a new deal. He's under contract for
about $950,000 in 2005 and $1 million in 2006. He did not say how much
he wants.

"I started working out in Cleveland, and we had that [orientation
camp]," Droughns said. "At that point, they told me that they did want
to get a deal done. My agent [Drew Rosenhaus] gave them a proposal,
but we heard nothing from them for at least 1 weeks."

Droughns said the next thing he heard from the Browns was that they
wanted him to come in and prove himself this season and see what comes
of it. With that, he left Cleveland about 2 weeks ago on the advice
of Rosenhaus.

Browns General Manager Phil Savage could not be reached for comment.

"I keep hearing from everyone my whole career that I'm going to get
taken care of down the road," Droughns said. "But I keep getting the
short end of the stick."

Droughns wants a bigger deal after leading the Broncos with 1,240
yards and six touchdowns last season. After two seasons as a fullback
in Denver, he was pressed into service at tailback because of injuries
to the top two runners.

"I'm not being greedy, and I'm not looking for beau coups bucks," he said.

"But what the Browns are telling me is that what I did last year
doesn't mean diddly squat to them."

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Greed is not the issue here... It's pride. Droughns feels that 1240
yards in the Denver Running Back Factory has earned him the clear cut
starting job in Cleveland. He's sadly mistaken. Cleveland has already
stated that the job will be a RBBC. Why press the issue this early? If
Droughns wants a new contract so badly, he should show up to camp and
run circles around Lee Suggs. THEN he'd be in a position to make
demands. This one looks like it's going to be ugly. We'll keep you
posted on how this situation progresses. Suggs owners should be
pleased that the 'competition' may be over by forfeit. If nothing
else, this story is worthy just for the guy using "beau coups bucks"
and "diddly squat" in the same sitting...


5. Denver  Broncos sign RT Clement; Eye Brown and Hakim

Clipped from: article by Bill Williamson.

The Broncos began their post-draft roster-shoring Tuesday by signing
right tackle Anthony Clement.

The 6-foot-8, 333-pound Clement was released by Arizona on Monday for
financial reasons. The Broncos immediately set up a physical for
Clement, who has started 71 of 80 NFL games. He will back up George
Foster at right tackle.

Denver is also talking to linebacker Chad Brown of Seattle, who is
visiting a number of teams. Still in need of a veteran backup
receiver, the Broncos may have interest in Az-Zahir Hakim, who was cut
by Detroit. Hakim is drawing interest from Carolina, Kansas City and
St. Louis. The Broncos signed three undrafted free agents: safety
Brandon Browner of Oregon State, tackle Erik Pears of Colorado State
and Wesley Duke of Mercer. Quarterback Chad Friehauf of Colorado
School of Mines has agreed to terms but will likely sign later as the
team clears roster space. To accommodate Tuesday's moves, Denver cut
tight end Keith Willis and running back Santonio Beard.

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Denver ranked 5th in total offensive yards with 6422 last year, and
signing Clement gives the Broncos even more depth on their OL. Right
tackle always seems to be a point of concern for most NFL teams and
you can never have too much depth at that position.  Chad Brown would
be a nice addition to an already stingy Denver defense that ranked 4th
in total yards allowed with only 4459 last year.


6. Minnesota  Injuries piling up already. Brien or Edinger could be new kicker?

Clipped from: article by Kevin Seifert 4/27/05

As they prepare for this weekend's mandatory three-day minicamp, the
Vikings have encountered a midseason-size injury list.

Starting receivers Nate Burleson and Marcus Robinson recently
underwent minor surgeries and will not participate in any of the six
scheduled practices, athletic trainer Chuck Barta confirmed Tuesday.
The same goes for All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who still
is recovering from knee surgery, and Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, who
underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia last month.

Burleson sought surgical treatment two weeks ago for a fractured right
middle finger, an injury he suffered last November. Robinson had
surgery three weeks ago to remove a cyst from his left knee, a
condition that began during the playoffs and worsened during the off

Robinson, Burleson, Birk and Williams all are expected to be ready for
training camp.

Meanwhile, tight end Jim Kleinsasser (knee) and right tackle Mike
Rosenthal (foot) will participate in some individual work but are not
likely to be a part of most team drills.

N.Y. Jets officials have informed kicker Doug Brien that he will be
released. There are also indications that kicker Paul Edinger's time
in Chicago is about to end.

Both Brien and Edinger would be candidates for the Vikings' job if and
when they become available.

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Lots of minor injuries for the Vikings already. Not a good sign, but
also not a huge cause for alarm as it's only April. Viking fans should
be happy to see Kleinsasser and Rosenthal up and around, even if they
can't go full speed yet. Interesting notes about Brien and Edinger for
the Viking Kicking position as well.  The Vikings had the #3 offense
last year, and they tend to put up a lot of points. Add in the fact
that they kick inside a dome for more than half the year, and whoever
takes over the starting job should be an excellent fantasy prospect.


7.  Grading Each Team's Draft (Commentary)

Clipped from:  by Dan Pompei 4/26/05

Arizona Cardinals: A+
Antrel Rolle might play in more Pro Bowls than anyone in this draft.
Each one of their selections was a good value pick, especially guard
Elton Brown in the fourth.

Minnesota Vikings: A+
No team walked away with more talent. Troy Williamson will ease the
loss of Randy Moss. The best value pick they had was fourth-round
running back Ciatrick Fason.

Baltimore Ravens: A
They chose the most polished, complete wide receiver in Mark Clayton,
and the pass rusher with the best quickness in defensive end Dan Cody.

Cleveland Browns: A
They drafted the top-rated wideout (Braylon Edwards) and the top-rated
safety (Brodney Pool) on most boards. And Charlie Frye is a
quarterback for the future.

Kansas City Chiefs: A
Linebacker Derrick Johnson was a tremendous value. The Chiefs did a
nice job filling needs, and they got a Pro Bowl corner, Patrick
Surtain, for their second-round pick.

Miami Dolphins:  A
Running back Ronnie Brown, defensive end Matt Roth and linebacker
Channing Crowder represented a heck of a first day. This draft should
have quick impact on the team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A
It was a solid draft from top to bottom. Jon Gruden has a few new
toys. The Bucs couldn't get quarterback Alex Smith, but they did draft
the tight end by the same name.

San Diego Chargers: A-
Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, defensive tackle Luis Castillo and
running back Darren Sproles should be able to make quick impacts. The
Chargers picked up some nice offensive line depth on Day 2

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One man's opinion on the draft. 'A' grades are listed above. Check the
article for the full list. Watch the site for our
full blown rookie write-ups due to hit the site any day now.


8.  PK Taylor (TB)  Tampa Releases Kicker Jay Taylor

Clipped from: St. Petersburg Times article by Rick Stroud 4/27/05

Jay Taylor steadied the Bucs' erratic placekicking at the end
of 2004, but he won't get a chance to compete for the job in training

Taylor, the former Orlando Predators kicker who took over after Martin
Gramatica was sent packing late in the 2004 season, was among four
players released by the Bucs Tuesday.

Also waived were cornerback Roderick Babers, tackle Jeff Hatch and
fullback Tom Lopienski.

The release of Taylor leaves veteran Matt Bryant and Matt France to
battle it out for the placekicking duties. France is off to a terrific
start with the Sea Devils of NFL Europe, having been named Special
Teams Player of the Week by making 5 of 6 attempts in Week 1.

Coincidentally, Bryant and France battled last preseason for the
Giants job that eventually went to Steve Christie.

Taylor handled the pressure after taking over the final five games,
hitting 4 of 5 attempts, including a 50-yarder against Atlanta in his
first NFL try.

The cuts Tuesday were to make room for signing nine college free
agents, a list that includes Mississippi State running back Fred Reid,
a King High School standout.

Three players from national champion Southern Cal were signed:
cornerback Kevin Arbet, linebacker Matt Grootegoed and cornerback
Dominque Morris.

Among other signings was Wisconsin guard/center Jonathan Clinkscale,
Mississippi guard Doug Buckles, Minnesota cornerback Ukee Dozier,
Oklahoma defensive tackle Lynn McGruder and Georgia Tech guard/tackle
Leon Robinson. Clinkscale tested positive for marijuana at the NFL
scouting combine in Indianapolis. , He will be placed in the league's
substance abuse program and could be subjected to up to 10 random
urine tests per month for up to two years.

Meanwhile, the Bucs continue to search for a veteran receiver. Among
the leading candidates are Ike Hilliard and Az-Zahir Hakim, who was
released Monday by the Lions.
The Bucs might be looking for another running back. According to, Eddie George is considering an offer to return to the Titans
or serve as a backup to Carnell "Cadillac" Williams in Tampa Bay.

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Taylor and Gramatica combined for just 77 points last season. Whoever
takes over the kicking duties in Tampa will probably be a 'backup'
quality kicker for most fantasy squads. France has the early lead,
having just won the special teams player of the week for the Hamburg
Sea Devils in NFL Europe this week. He is on pace to break the NFL
Europe Kicking record this year.

Eddie George would only be an insurance policy if he were signed by
the Bucs, and would only have fantasy value if there were injuries to
Williams and Michael Pittman.

Hakim could end up in Tampa as the Bucs have a host of young,
inexperienced players behind starters Michael Clayton and Joey
Galloway. We'll keep you posted on all Tampa developments as they


9.  Denver  Camp Battles Brewing at RB, DB, DL.

Clipped from: article by Bill Williamson 4/27/05

Running back
This will be the most watched position in camp after the events of
Saturday night. Drafting former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett in the
third round was surprising only because of the spectacle that
acquiring Clarett brings.

But the Broncos had a need. If Clarett can regain the stardom enjoyed
as a Buckeyes freshman in 2002, he will step in the mix behind
second-year pro Tatum Bell, who will enter training camp as the
starting tailback. However, Bell had several injuries last year, so
the team needs options. Last year, three players - Quentin Griffin,
Bell and Reuben Droughns (since traded) - were the main tailback at

Griffin (knee) and Mike Anderson (groin) are coming off injuries, and
recently signed Ron Dayne will try to recapture his Heisman
Trophy-winning form he rarely showed with the Giants. Kyle Johnson and
Cecil Sapp, and perhaps Anderson, will play some fullback.

If this group stays healthy, it could be strong, and Clarett will get
an opportunity as a rookie to play some. But a veteran or two is sure
to be on the chopping block

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The Denver Running Back Factory continues to roll. 2004 second round
pick Tatum Bell has to be the early favorite to win the starting role
in Denver, but Clarett could also be a factor. Griffin only averaged
3.7 YPC before he was injured last year and would be a likely cut
victim if Clarett lives up to the hype. As with the RB situation last
year, keep a sharp eye on the Denver backfield, as whoever wins the
job should post a very solid year.


10. WR Walker (GB) Misses Mini-Camp. Possible Hold Out?

Clipped from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Staff article 4/27/05

While veterans aren't required to report to the five-day camp until
Friday, Walker's absence could signal plans to hold out in pursuit of
a new contract.

Walker, who had a breakout season last year with 89 receptions for
1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns, hired a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, this
off-season. Rosenhaus also was former Packer Mike McKenzie's agent
during his holdout last off-season.

The Pro Bowl receiver said in a cable television interview last week
that he was hoping Rosenhaus would lead him in the right direction
toward getting a new contract. He said he was interested in signing a
long-term deal with the Packers.

He has two years left on the six-year, $7.485 million contract he
signed (the final year will be voided) after being selected in the
first round of the draft three years ago. He is scheduled to make
$515,000 in 2005 and between $650,000 and $2 million in '06 depending
on an escalator clause tied to playing time and performance.

Packers general manager Thompson said Tuesday that he had a discussion
with Rosenhaus at the scouting combine in February and that vice
president of finance Andrew Brandt had had recent talks with
Rosenhaus, but he said he did not have any idea whether a holdout was

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Walker was a fantasy stud at WR last year, and has made solid
improvement each year since his rookie season. With Favre under center
for another season, Walker is looking at a solid fantasy year again in
2005. While it's a little early to be concerned about a Walker
holdout, the Rosenhaus vs. Packers battle from last year is worth
noting. Mike McKenzie's holdout was brutal, and in the end, it's hard
to tell if either side came out ahead. If Walker holds out in the same
manner, a very promising career could take a serious detour.


11. IDP CB Glenn  Finally Signs with Cowboys

Clipped from: article by Nick Eatman 4/27/05

For only the second time in the last six years, the Cowboys went
through an entire draft without taking a cornerback, having selected
10 in the previous five drafts.

However, the Cowboys have acquired a veteran cornerback in free
agency, one with ties to not only the state, but to the head coach as

Aaron Glenn, an 11-year veteran, was released by the Texans on Tuesday
after spending three seasons as the "hometown guy" in Houston, not far
from where he grew up in Humble, Texas, and has been in contact with
the Cowboys ever since.

But Glenn wasn't without a team for long. It appears the 32-year-old
and former Texas A&M standout is close to reuniting himself with
Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, who coached him three seasons with
the Jets. The Cowboys went into late Tuesday night talking with Glenn
and a deal could be reached as early as Wednesday. Reports out of
Houston claim the two sides already had reached a tentative agreement.

Glenn started his career with the Jets in 1994, playing eight seasons
in New York, including three when Parcells was head coach (1997-99). A
two-time Pro Bowler with the Jets, Glenn was drafted by the Texans in
the 2002 expansion draft and quickly became a local favorite. Glenn
earned another trip to the Pro Bowl in 2002, when he had five
interceptions, including a pair of interception returns (70 and 65
yards) for touchdowns in one game against the Steelers.

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It seems like the Cowboys are always looking for help in the defensive
secondary, and this year is no exception.  The 32 year old Glenn isn't
a long term answer for the Cowboys, but he should provide excellent
veteran leadership for the younger Cowboy players such as Terrance
Newman, Anthony Henry and Pete Hunter. Glenn will probably start the
pre-season as a backup CB or nickel back as the Cowboys look to make
big improvements in the defense. This should also bump the Cowboy
defense up a rung or two in Non IDP leagues as well.


12. DEFENSE  Buffalo Looks to Improve Defense with College Free Agents

Clipped from: Democrat and Chronicle article by Leo Roth 4/27/05

The Buffalo Bills selected only one defensive player in last
weekend's draft, but they are making up for it in the college
free-agent market.

At least five defensive players are expected to sign by the team's
three-day mini-camp this weekend.

Among them:

Safety Jim Leonhard of Wisconsin, who had a school-record 21 career

Defensive end George Gause of South Carolina, who had 156 tackles and
15 career sacks.

Cornerback Therrian Fontenot of Fresno State, one of the fastest
corners in the draft.

Buffalo hit it big last year as four college free agents made the
opening-day roster. Gause, 6-feet-5, 275 pounds, was a three-year
starter and All-SEC pick his senior year at South Carolina.
Some scouting services had him going as high as the second round due
to his great closing speed, but his inconsistent performances hurt

"I got my choice, which is better for me," Gause told the Myrtle Beach
(S.C.) Sun News. "My agent talked to a couple of other teams, but the
Bills made a better offer and they didn't draft anybody at my

The Bills are looking for safety help, too, which appealed to the
intriguing Leonhard, who told the Wisconsin Badger Herald he picked
Buffalo over Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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The Bills had an excellent defense last year, posting a league-leading
39 turnovers, finished second with only 264 yards allowed per game,
and first in yards per play with only 4.3. While some of the undrafted
free agents won't be on the roster come this fall, it's clear from
last year's results that Buffalo has an eye for this type of talent.
Look for the Bills to finish high in the defensive fantasy rankings
this year, and they could even make a challenge for the #1 slot.


That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great Thursday and we'll see
you tomorrow with the update.


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