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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

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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Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals

The long-anticipated trade of quarterback Kevin Kolb came to fruition Thursday afternoon when the Philadelphia Eagles shipped the fifth-year signal caller to the Arizona Cardinals. In exchange, the Eagles received cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick.

Although Kolb is relatively inexperienced — he started only seven games in four seasons in Philadelphia–he instantly raises the Cardinals’ ability to compete again in the NFC West. The Cardinals played a game of musical chairs with their quarterbacks last year–Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton all started games–in the wake of Kurt Warner’s retirement.

The most anticipated trade of the offseason is finally done. FoxSports.com reports the Philadelphia Eagles are sending backup quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick.

Those three QBs combined for 10 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions for Arizona, which went 5-11 and finished last in the division just two years after going to the Super Bowl.

A second-round draft pick in 2007 out of Houston, Kolb entered the 2010 season as the Eagles’ starter following the offseason trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins. But Kolb got hurt in the first half of the season opener. He was replaced by Michael Vick, who started most of the rest of the season.

In his career, Kolb has completed 194 of 319 passes (60.8 percent) for 2,082 yards and 11 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions.

As part of the deal, the Cardinals signed Kolb to a five-year, $63 million contract extension, including a guarantee of $20 million.

This deal may help the Eagles as much as it does the Cardinals. Rodgers-Cromartie gives Philadelphia another strong cornerback to team with Asante Samuel, who has gone to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons with the team. Rodgers-Cromartie, a first-round pick by Arizona in ’08, had three interceptions last seasons.

With their secondary ostensibly strengthened, the Eagles become even more of a threat to repeat as NFC East champions.

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Reggie Bush to the Dolphins

MIAMI — Nine years later, the Miami Dolphins have again traded for a New Orleans Saintsrunning back who won the Heisman Trophy.

This time it’s Reggie Bush.

The Dolphins completed a trade for Bush on Thursday by negotiating a new contract with him. Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed the deal, which sends reserve safety Jonathon Amaya to New Orleans and also involves an exchange of undisclosed draft picks.

Miami acquired former Heisman winner Ricky Williams from the Saints in 2002, with mixed results. He won an NFL rushing title with the Dolphins, but they haven’t won a playoff game since that trade.

Bush agreed to a two-year contract for nearly $10 million with the Dolphins, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter Thursday. The trade was announced Friday by Miami.

Bush was due about $11.8 million this season, the final year of his Saints contract. It would have been difficult for them to justify paying that given their salary-cap constraints.

“Change is never easy but I look forward to building something special in Miami and can’t wait to embark on this new journey!” Bush said while sending a series of tweets. “To the city of New Orleans you will always have a place in my heart. … I love you guys you are my family & I will never forget our good times. … I wish the New Orleans Saints the best of luck I will always be a fan! The team, coaches, and fans will be deeply missed!”

Trade talks with Miami began late Wednesday. Bush’s agent, Joel Segal, worked with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland until after 2 a.m. Thursday on the terms of a new contract.

Later in the morning Bush agreed to the deal and was en route to Miami. The Dolphins begin practicing Friday, but because Bush signed a new contract, the NFL’s post-lockout calendar requires he wait until Aug. 4 to join practice.

Miami sought a running back to pair with second-round draft choice Daniel Thomas. Last year’s leading rushers, Williams and Ronnie Brown, are free agents.

The Saints reached a four-year, $14 million deal with Chargers running back Darren Sproles, a source told ESPN’s John Clayton. Sproles will receive $6 million in guarantees while helping to replace Bush.

The Dolphins remain in the market to acquire a quarterback to compete with Chad Henne for the starting job, and they’ve reportedly talked with the Denver Broncos about acquiring Kyle Orton.

The Saints hope Amaya can contribute as a punt returner. He signed with Miami as an undrafted rookie free agent last year and played in 10 games, all off the bench.

While the injury-plagued Bush has been paid handsomely since signing his six-year rookie contract worth up to $62 million, his pro career has never reached the heights he and many fans expected when he was selected second overall in the 2006 draft.

Bush has had his share of highlight-reel touchdowns on punt returns, receptions and runs, but has never been to a Pro Bowl or even rushed for as much as 600 yards in a season.

Last season he missed eight games, and during the other eight games was used as a role player, with only 36 carries for 150 yards and just 34 receptions for 208 yards. Knee and leg injuries forced Bush to miss playing time each of the past four seasons — a total of 20 games.

But the speedy Bush gives the Dolphins big-play potential they’ve lacked. Last season Miami ranked third-worst in the NFL last year in scoring, rushing touchdowns, yards per carry and rushes of 10 yards or more.

The Heisman Trust no longer recognizes Bush as the winner of its award. Bush relinquished his title to it in 2010 after an NCAA investigation concluded the former Southern California star and his family accepted improper benefits from would-be sports agents while Bush was still playing for USC.

The same probe led the Bowl Championship Series to vacate the Trojans’ 2004 BCS national title.

Soon after the Saints made a trade for a second first-round pick in April’s NFL draft to take Alabama Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Bush wrote: “It’s been fun New Orleans,” on his Twitter site. Bush later said he regretted that comment and hoped to find a way to stay with New Orleans.

Payton had consistently said there remained a place in his wide-open offense for Bush. But after a salary cap of around $120 million was included in Monday’s labor agreement that ended the lockout, it became apparent New Orleans would have trouble paying Bush what he wanted while addressing other needs.

Before the lockout, the Saints re-signed running back Pierre Thomas to a four-year, $12 million extension. New Orleans also is high on Chris Ivory, who made the squad as an undrafted rookie last season. He filled in while both Bush and Thomas were hurt, and wound up leading the club in yards rushing with 716 yards and TDs rushing with five. It all made for a crowded backfield.

In his five-year pro career, Bush has rushed 524 times for 2,090 yards — an average of 4.0 yards per carry — and 17 touchdowns. He also has 294 receptions for 2,142 yards and 12 TDs. He also has four career TDs on punt returns.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.