Plaxico Burress Agrees To Deal With Jets

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The one-year deal is worth $3 million and is totally guaranteed, sources said.

Burress, who will turn 34 in August, was released from prison in June after spending nearly two years in jail on a weapon possession charge.

The 33-year-old former New York Giants andPittsburgh Steelers receiver met with both teams and reportedly with the San Francisco 49ers before deciding to join the Jets.

Burress caught the winning touchdown in the 2008 Super Bowl as the Giants stunned the Patriots, dealing New England its only loss that season. Nine months later, his unlicensed handgun accidentally went off in a Manhattan nightclub, striking his thigh. The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived. His license to carry a concealed weapon in Florida had expired in May 2008.

Burress is on parole for two years. He has to get and keep a job, undergo substance abuse testing, obey any curfew established by his Florida parole officer, support his family and undergo any anger counseling or other conditions required by his parole officer.

Selected eighth overall in the 2000 draft, he has 505 receptions for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns in nine seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Eagles Finalize Deal With Vince Young

The Eagles finalized a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young late Friday evening.

Young, the third pick in the 2006 draft, was officially released by the Titans on Thursday and became an unrestricted free agent earlier Friday. The Titans announced in January that they planned to cut ties with Young.

The Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Cards earlier Thursday, opening up a spot for an experienced backup quarterback.

Young will back up Michael Vick, with second-year pro Mike Kafka remaining the third-stringer.

Young, 28, had a 30-17 record in 47 starts with the Titans. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2006, when he went 8-5, and again in 2009, when he was 8-2.

Despite his lofty won-loss record, Young’s career numbers are mediocre – 42 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and a 75.5 passer rating, which is fourth-worst of the 30 NFL quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 1,000 passes since 2006 (ahead of only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kerry Collins and Derek Anderson). His 57.9 completion percentage during the same period is also fourth-worst (ahead of Alex Smith, Collins and Anderson).

Statistically, Young’s best passing year was last year, when he threw 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions and had a 98.6 passer rating – fifth-best in the NFL among quarterbacks who threw at least 150 passes.

Young enjoyed some great success during his years in Nashville, but also had some very tough times.

He said he considered retiring after his rookie year. He got hurt his second year. He was benched for Kerry Collins his third year. And then after a game against the Redskins last year, he threw his shoulder pads into the crowd after getting booed and got into a shouting match with head coach Jeff Fisher, an incident that led the Titans to announce that they would cut ties with him after the season.

Earlier Friday, when word filtered through the team that a Young acquisition was likely, Vick spoke out strongly in favor of the move.

“You’ve got to go out and get the best player, no matter what anybody is saying about them,” Vick said. “You’ve got to give yourself the best chance of winning. So go out and get the best players and give them a chance to compete each and every Sunday.”

Vick said head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who helped him become a much more effective quarterback than he was in Atlanta, could have the same influence on Young.

“It’s going to be a positive effect,” Vick said. “I think Vince will mature as a player, and I think he’ll get better. (Being in Philadelphia) will help him long-term. So get him in here and make him a better player, and if we ever need him, he’s there for us. If you have a roster full of good quarterbacks, then you have a great chance of winning.”

Information provided by csnphilly.com

Eagles Sign Nnamdi Asomugha

I am reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have officially signed superstar cornerback and high-profile free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.

The story was first reported by Adam Schefter on Twitter.

Free agents were able to officially sign contracts Friday evening at 6:00 P.M. and now, Asomugha has signed with Philadelphia.

The Eagles finished a surprising 11-5 last year and are looking to improve upon their record.

It is expected that Philadelphia will now have three star cornerbacks in Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel

During the last few minutes of the “Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes”, heavy favorites, the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, took themselves out of the running.

Terms of the deal are that it is for 5 years and $60 million with $25 million guaranteed.

The Eagles recently traded for Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade.

Nnamdi Asomugha is considered the best cornerback in the NFL by some and will now take his talents to the NFC East.

The addition of Asomugha will certainly upgrade the Eagles defensive back corps.

From the Bleacher Report

Ron Artest to Play with the Cheshire Jets in the UK

NBA superstar Ron Artest is heading to the UK for transfer talks after agreeing to play for Cheshire Jets.  The LA Lakers forward – one of the best players in world basketball – has been in negotiations for weeks with directors of the Chester-based club over appearing for them during the ongoing NBA ‘lockout’.

America’s top stars are banned from playing professionally in the States while the NBA and the players’ union try to settle a pay dispute.

In a moment of opportunism earlier this month, Jets made an enquiry about luring Artest to the UK – and, incredibly, he is willing to come over and play for them.

Now the two parties have agreed to meet face-to-face to thrash out the finer details of what would surely be the biggest transfer coup in British basketball history.

Jets director Pete Hawkins said: “I spoke to Ron’s representatives on Tuesday night. We have agreed the fundamentals of the deal and Ron is coming over (to England) in a few weeks.

“What we need to do is match up our timetables because we need him here for the start of the season, but there is a bit of a clash of timetables.

“If we can sort that out then the deal will be done, but talks are ongoing so hopefully we can get everything straight-ened out in time.”

Jets were alerted to the possible availability of Artest after he made comments on the social networking website Twitter about his willingness to play in the UK.

The club’s sensational interest in the player made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic after the story was broken exclusively by The Chronicle on July 7.

Artest is now scheduled to come over to Britain to meet Jets officials in September before returning home to fulfil other commitments, which are likely to rule him out of the start of the British Basketball League campaign.

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Dwight Howard Working with Hakeem Olajuwon Again

Dwight Howard is seeking the help of Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon once again.  Although he is one of the best centers in the league Dwight still feels he could use a few more pointers.  Last summer Dwight Howard followed all-star center Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming’s route seeking help from Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.  He worked on his footwork, his jump-hook, and mid-range bankshot, three areas he felt needed improvement.   Not a bad place to get pointers since the Dream is 9th in points,  11th in  rebounds, 8th in steals, and 1st in blocks on the all time list.  This summer Dwight is looking to improve the one area we’ve all noticed he needs help, his freethrows.  He’s shooting under 60% from the freethrow line whereas Olajuwon shot 71% from the line for his career and just under 80% at the highlight of his career.  Dwight hopes to raise his freethrow percentage to 75% and to continue to improve his mid-range shot.  Luckily he has Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing at his disposal.

NFL Players Facing Suspensions?!

Now that football is back some of the players could be facing possible suspensions for infractions that occured during the lockout.  Retroactive enforcement is one of the issues that will be worked out when the new collective bargaining agreement is finalized, but the union will have to recertify first.  The National Football Players President Kevin Mawae is of course against penalizing players for violations that occured while there was a lockout .

“Our view and our stance has been our players were unemployed, they didn’t work for the NFL for the last five, six months,” Mawae said. “So we would hope and argue that our guys start with a clean slate. We’ll see how that goes.

” … Obviously it would be unfortunate if our guys got suspended right off the bat because the commissioner decides unilaterally to make that decision. But at the end of the day, our guys weren’t working for the NFL at that time. Our view is that we’ll have to discuss it and see where we go from there.”

On one hand the players do represent the league and should always act accordingly.  On the other hand they were technically unemployed and representing themselves therefore they shouldn’t be penalized.

Information from this report can be found HERE

Chad Ochocinco to the Patriots

The New England Patriots have acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocinco after he accepted a restructured three-year contract from the Patriots, a source told ESPN.com’s John Clayton.  Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Bengals will receive two draft picks, one this year and one next season.

Ochocinco was scheduled to make $6.35 million for the Bengals this year. The Patriots wanted him to restructure his contract to fit their cap.

Ochocinco was seen catching a plane to Boston Thursday.

The 10-year veteran caught 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns last season. That was a dropoff from 2009, the last of his six Pro Bowl years, when Ochocinco had 72 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine TDs.

He has seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons, leading the league with 1,369 in 2006.

Despite Tom Brady throwing for 3,900 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2010, the Pats didn’t have a 1,000-yard receiver. Wes Welker led the team with 848 yards.

Randy Moss was traded after only four games despite 1,264 receiving yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns in 2009.

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