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Former RB Eric Shelton sues NFL pension plan

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:11:41 EST

Updated: 7:34 p.m. Former Washington Redskins running back Eric Shelton sued the NFL's pension plan Monday in federal court in Baltimore, seeking increased disability payments for a spinal injury he suffered from a hit to his helmet in an intrasquad scrimmage with the Redskins during training camp...

Now-Brittle Brunell Holds Key for the Redskins

Fri, 16 Jun 2006 10:36:07 EDT

The Washington Redskins were, as usual, busy performing an expensive retooling this offseason. The difference was, this time they were adding to an already successful team, not trying desperately to craft a sudden, star-studded turnaround. Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman John Welbourn...

Bucs, Titans Gamble on Untested QBs

Thu, 15 Jun 2006 11:36:07 EDT

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Chris Simms's team now. Steve McNair deserved better. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reportedly could be released today from Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, three days after being injured in a motorcycle accident and undergoing seven hours of surgery...

Seahawks Hope to Buck Super Bowl Curse

Wed, 14 Jun 2006 11:38:08 EDT

The curse of the Super Bowl loser is alive and well. The last five teams to lose the Super Bowl have followed up with losing seasons, including the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Wide receiver Deion Branch is skipping the Patriots' mandatory three-day minicamp that began Tuesday because he wants...

49ers Looking to Make Strides

Tue, 13 Jun 2006 12:38:07 EDT

Mike Nolan, in his first season as an NFL head coach, managed to turn the San Francisco 49ers into a run-of-the-mill bad team last season. That was a significant step up after they'd been sub-NFL caliber in 2004. But Nolan and his club still have a long, long way to go to reach respectability after...

For Chargers, It's Time for Rivers to Produce

Mon, 12 Jun 2006 12:51:07 EDT

Offseason Roundup: San Diego Chargers The San Diego Chargers thought their transition from Drew Brees to Philip Rivers at quarterback would begin two years ago. That's when they engineered their draft-day trade for Rivers to replace Brees. But Rivers reported to training camp late that summer...

Rookie Coach Moves to Retool Rams' Defense

Fri, 09 Jun 2006 10:51:07 EDT

The St. Louis Rams were one of two teams in the league this offseason to fire a coach who had gone to the playoffs four times in six seasons. And like the Green Bay Packers, who dismissed Mike Sherman and hired San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy, the Rams didn't seem to have...

Steelers Have Slipped Some -- But Not Far

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 11:45:08 EDT

The Super Bowl champions suffered some key offseason losses. Most notably, tailback Jerome Bettis retired and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El exited via free agency. But the Pittsburgh Steelers are a deep, versatile and resilient team, and they probably will remain a contender as long as they...

Loss of Owens Likely to Make Eagles Stronger

Wed, 07 Jun 2006 12:33:07 EDT

The Philadelphia Eagles, minus wide receiver Terrell Owens, probably won't be the dominant team they were two years ago, when they steamrolled their way through the NFC on their way to a Super Bowl appearance. But the Eagles, with quarterback Donovan McNabb presumably healthy again, likely will...

Raiders Look to a Shell of a Past

Tue, 06 Jun 2006 11:27:07 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Oakland Raiders. Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis reached into his franchise's glorious past to attempt to recapture the winning ways that have eluded the team lately, most recently under former coach Norv Turner. After firing Turner in January on the heels of two seasons in...

Jets Won't Turn Things Around Quickly

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 12:30:07 EDT

The New York Jets were a bad team in the final season of the reign former coach Herman Edwards and general manager Terry Bradway, and there's little reason to suspect they will be anything different in their first season with new coach Eric Mangini and GM Mike Tannenbaum. The Houston Texans hired...

Blending Talented Newcomers a Giant Task?

Fri, 02 Jun 2006 12:57:08 EDT

The New York Giants didn't exactly match the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins move for move this offseason. But then again, they didn't exactly have to. They, not the Cowboys or Redskins, are the defending NFC East champions. And they, not the Cowboys or Redskins, have the promise of...

Can Brees, Bush Save Football in New Orleans?

Thu, 01 Jun 2006 12:21:08 EDT

The Saints are back in New Orleans. And they have a team that's actually worth getting excited about, thanks to a pair of major offseason acquisitions. The club signed quarterback Drew Brees as a free agent, and selected tailback Reggie Bush when he fell to the Saints for the second overall...

Patriots Once Again Looking Up in the AFC

Wed, 31 May 2006 11:36:07 EDT

When the New England Patriots' coach, Bill Belichick, and front-office chief, Scott Pioli, walked alongside the field in Mobile, Ala., together and talked before one of the Senior Bowl practices in late January, it shouldn't have been an unusual sight. That, after all, is what most NFL coaches,......

Minnesota's Sense of Purpose Quickly Sacked

Tue, 30 May 2006 16:54:07 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Minnesota Vikings The Minnesota Vikings seemed like a resolute organization with a clear understanding of what it wanted to accomplish when owner Zygi Wilf fired Mike Tice as his coach just after the 2005 season ended, then moved quickly to land Philadelphia Eagles offensive...

Saban, Dolphins Set Sights on Overtaking Pats

Fri, 26 May 2006 12:51:08 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Miami Dolphins Those people in the league who knew Nick Saban said when he became the Miami Dolphins' coach on Christmas Day 2004 that it wouldn't be anything like Steve Spurrier attempting to make the jump from college football to the NFL. Saban, they said, had been a pro...

Improving Defense Holds Key for Chiefs

Thu, 25 May 2006 11:30:08 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Kansas City Chiefs The Kansas City Chiefs didn't get Dick Vermeil back to the playoffs before he walked away from coaching for the third time. But they did get him a 10-win season, and he left the cupboard relatively full for his successor, Herman Edwards. The Tampa Bay...

Jaguars Making Improvements Without Fanfare

Wed, 24 May 2006 12:09:35 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Jacksonville Jaguars The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the quietest 12-victory teams in recent NFL memory last season. They weren't a threat to win their division, not with the Indianapolis Colts chasing an unbeaten season, and they exited from the playoffs with a lopsided......

Colts Look at Steelers for Improvement

Tue, 23 May 2006 12:06:11 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy has told his players to look no further than the team that beat them during last season's playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the model for the approach the Colts should take to next season. It appears the league's team...

After Four Seasons, Texans Starting Over

Mon, 22 May 2006 12:39:10 EDT

Four seasons into their misguided existence, the Houston Texans are starting over. The NFL's team owners are scheduled to gather in Denver today for a one-day meeting Tuesday. The leading topics of conversation are likely to be Los Angeles and the commissioner search. Committee meetings are to take...

Favre, Packers Need Some Magic

Fri, 19 May 2006 12:51:09 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Green Bay Packers He threw 29 interceptions last season for a team that went 4-12. But Brett Favre still is a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback and a larger-than-life figure in Green Bay, so the question of whether he would retire produced another offseason of consternation for......

Is This the Lions' Year?

Thu, 18 May 2006 12:45:08 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Detroit Lions One of these years, the hopes for a reversal of football fortunes in Detroit won't be false and the Lions actually will amount to more than a collection of failed first-round draft picks and overmatched coaches assembled by embattled team president Matt Millen. The...

Broncos Build Off Draft Day

Wed, 17 May 2006 12:12:09 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Denver Broncos For quite a while, it looked like the Denver Broncos' offseason would be more noteworthy for the moves they didn't make than the ones they did. They contemplated signing wide receiver Terrell Owens but didn't. They were thought to be interested in trading for......

If Owens Behaves, Cowboys Could Go Far

Tue, 16 May 2006 12:39:09 EDT

The Dallas Cowboys have made themselves the NFL's next great lab experiment involving Terrell Owens: Can a team function with the temperamental wide receiver in its locker room? And if so, for how long? Arbitrator John Feerick is scheduled to hear arguments today at the Tennessee Titans'...

Heading in the Right Direction

Mon, 15 May 2006 14:54:08 EDT

An offseason that began with the Cleveland Browns not even knowing who would be making decisions for them -- much less knowing what those decisions would be -- somehow will conclude with the franchise at last headed in the right direction, albeit with a long way still to go before reaching... The...

Palmer the Big Question Mark for Bengals

Fri, 12 May 2006 18:54:08 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis has taken the Cincinnati Bengals from laughingstock to respectable team to playoff participant in his three seasons as their coach, getting it done in a place where many people in the league thought it simply couldn't be done. But their Walt...

Will Offense Hold Bears Back Again in '06?

Thu, 11 May 2006 11:45:08 EDT

There are two ways to look at what the Chicago Bears did last season: Either their lack of preparedness at quarterback didn't hurt them because the play of their defense and the coaching of Lovie Smith carried them to a division title and a first-round playoff bye, or they wasted a Super... The...

Panthers Have New Parts, but on Right Track

Wed, 10 May 2006 12:24:00 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Coach John Fox was stepping out of an elevator at the Orlando, Fla., resort where the annual league meetings were being held in March when a well-wisher congratulated him on a 2005 season in which Fox's team reached the NFC title game...

Numerous Questions in Bills' Future

Tue, 09 May 2006 12:09:09 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Buffalo Bills Since the NFL's franchise owners avoided a confrontation with the players' union by voting, 30-2, in March to ratify the sport's proposed labor and revenue-sharing deals, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has been telling practically everyone willing to listen...

McNair Could Mask Many of Ravens' Problems

Mon, 08 May 2006 12:54:07 EDT

The success of the Baltimore Ravens' offseason maneuvering is still to be determined. It depends on whether the team obtains Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, and when. The Buffalo Bills signed cornerback Nate Clements on Friday to a one-year, $7.2 million contract. That was the one-year...

Falcons Slip Out of NFC's Upper Echelon

Fri, 05 May 2006 12:30:08 EDT

Offseason Roundup: Atlanta Falcons The Atlanta Falcons looked like a team on the rise when they reached the NFC title game at the end of the 2004 season in Jim Mora's rookie season as an NFL head coach. They had the sport's most unique talent in quarterback Michael Vick, and it seemed that they......

Cardinals Poised to Finally Break Through?

Thu, 04 May 2006 15:45:07 EDT

Starting today with the Arizona Cardinals, Mark Maske will dissect the offseason moves of each NFL team. Fran Foley plans to contest his dismissal Wednesday as vice president of player personnel for the Vikings.

Schwarzenegger's Wish for Two Teams Not in NFL's Plan

Wed, 03 May 2006 14:48:07 EDT

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) probably won't get his wish, at least not initially. Schwarzenegger told NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and a group of 11 team owners Tuesday in Dallas that he'd like to see the league put not one, but two franchises in the Los Angeles market within the...

Law Still on the Market

Tue, 02 May 2006 17:03:09 EDT

The lone marquee player still available on the NFL's free agent market is cornerback Ty Law, who was released by the New York Jets after one season.

McNair Likely to Move

Mon, 01 May 2006 12:09:07 EDT

It appears increasingly unlikely that the relationship between the Tennessee Titans and quarterback Steve McNair can be repaired.

Stalled Talks With Bush May Force Texans' Hand

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 11:03:07 EDT

The one scenario in which the Houston Texans have a bit of a difficult decision to make about what to do with the top selection in the NFL draft just after noon Saturday is if they can agree to a contract today or Saturday morning with North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, and can't...

Bush, Texans Closing in on Deal

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 12:24:07 EDT

NEW YORK -- The Houston Texans have made progress in contract negotiations with USC tailback Reggie Bush and are increasingly optimistic that they'll be able to sign him in the coming days as a precursor to selecting him with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft Saturday, a source familiar with the...

Favre Coming Back for One More Year

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 16:45:10 EDT

Quarterback Brett Favre has decided to return for one more season with the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay GM Defends Moves

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:00:10 EDT

The Green Bay Packers' conservative approach to free agency over the past month has put the team's second-year general manager, Ted Thompson, at odds somewhat with the club's Hall of Fame-bound quarterback, Brett Favre. Favre, as he contemplates retirement, wanted to see the club make a big move or...

Only Two Big Names Still Looking for Work

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 16:39:07 EDT

It's one big free agent down, two to go as NFL draft week begins.

Lions Close to Dealing Harrington to Miami

Fri, 21 Apr 2006 11:00:10 EDT

Quarterback Joey Harrington probably will get his wish and play for the Miami Dolphins.

Texans Changing Course or Playing Games?

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 19:24:07 EDT

The Houston Texans are sending signals that it's not automatic they will choose USC tailback Reggie Bush with the top overall selection in the NFL draft in nine days. The Texans now are portraying their deliberations as a two-player race -- not between Bush and Texas quarterback Vince Young, but...

Harrington Waits for His Next Opportunity

Wed, 19 Apr 2006 16:09:08 EDT

It is a strange time indeed for Joey Harrington. He is officially still a member of the Detroit Lions, but really he isn't. He is spending his time in his hometown of Portland, working out daily and waiting for the team that once thought he would be its savior of a quarterback to sever its ties with...

Stock Continues to Rise for TE Davis

Tue, 18 Apr 2006 11:15:08 EDT

No player eligible for the NFL draft in 11 days has done more to boost his stock this spring than University of Maryland tight end Vernon Davis. He decided to skip his senior season at Maryland when the league's draft advisory board told him that he was projected to be a first-round pick, and a...

Packers Hoping Favre Decides by Draft Day

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 11:48:10 EDT

The Green Bay Packers have given quarterback Brett Favre as much time as he possibly could want to decide whether to play another season.

Expansion of 'Rooney Rule' Meets Resistance

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 11:42:07 EDT

The NFL remains unwilling to extend its minority-interviewing rule for head-coaching vacancies to also apply to key front-office jobs like team president and general manager.

A Waiting Game for Big-Name Free Agents

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 11:33:07 EDT

The free agent market mostly is picked over as the NFL draft approaches, and most of the veteran players who sign with teams from this point on will have to settle for minimum-salary contracts. But three high-profile players remain available and continue to seek big-money deals.

Texans Try to Bolster Leverage With Bush

Tue, 11 Apr 2006 12:12:09 EDT

All indications are that the Houston Texans will select USC tailback Reggie Bush with the top overall choice in the NFL draft in 18 days. The Texans, like all teams with the top pick, would like to have the player they intend to select signed to a contract before the draft, as league rules permit,...

League to Hear Williams's Drug Appeal

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:45:07 EDT

Ricky Williams's appeal of his latest positive drug test under the NFL's substance-abuse policy is scheduled to be heard during a hearing today in New York.

Trade May Signal What Saints Will Do in Draft

Fri, 07 Apr 2006 15:39:07 EDT

The New Orleans Saints' trade of veteran left tackle Wayne Gandy to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday could signal what they intend to do with the second overall selection in the NFL draft in 22 days.