Truth + Rumors
Posted: Wednesday August 25, 2004 11:28AM; Updated: Wednesday August 25, 2004 1:24PM
Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister and Deion Sanders are expected to report to the team for the Ravens final week of preseason. Having recently spoken with Sanders about a comeback, coach Brian Billick said, "He has put a lot of thought into this. That very much impressed me and sold me on the fact that this has some real validity to it."
The Steelers aren't willing to trade Jerome Bettis to Miami.
The Cowboys have been fielding calls about kickers Billy Cundiff and Matt Bryant, as well as their running backs.
Both sides denied Mike McKenzie's agent was in Green Bay Tuesday for a meeting with Packers officials about the cornerback's holdout.
Charles Woodson will end his holdout and join the Raiders next week.
Talks between the Steelers and Kendrell Bell's agent have ended and he'll play out the final year of his contract.
Jets QB Quincy Carter said other teams expressed interest in him but declined to name them.
White Sox GM Ken Williams hinted he might not risk re-signing Magglio Ordonez.
Jeromy Burnitz wants to remain a Rockie, but is bracing for his exit with negotiations stalled. Charles Johnson cleared waivers and has the interest of the Twins, who also have scouted Shawn Estes.
It's unlikely the Yankees will trade for Randy Johnson or lefty Estes. But David Wells may return to the Yankees, who need a lefty starter, in 2005.
The Tigers' primary offseason objective is obtaining a No. 1 starter. Failing that, some free agent No. 2 starters -- Minnesota's Brad Radke, Philadelphia's Eric Milton or Kevin Millwood and the Cubs' Matt Clement -- might be attractive.
Roger Clemens' wife will try to persuade him to return to the Astros for one more season.
Carlos Beltran said his two months in the NL will help him decide where to sign.
Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta won't acquire a catcher before the postseason roster freeze.
Manager Jack McKeon expressed a desire to return to the Marlins next season. The club has yet to commit.
Cuban defector Kendry Morales has the interest of the Indians -- and probably many other teams -- after being granted residence status in the Dominican Republic.
The NBA approved the Mavericks-Warriors deal that sent Eduardo Najera, Christian Laettner, the draft rights to Luis Flores and Mladen Sekularac, two future first-round draft choices and cash to Golden State for Erick Dampier, Evan Eschmeyer, Dan Dickau and Steve Logan.
The Nuggets want to bring back Jon Barry and Rodney White and perhaps Ryan Bowen.
Teen phenom Sidney Crosby has been offered a three-year, $7.5 million contract by the Hamilton franchise in the World Hockey Association. It would pay the 17 year old $2.5 million for each of the three seasons and a guaranteed $2 million even if the fledgling league can't get off the ground.
Speculation persists that goaltender Kevin Weekes will sign with the Rangers.
Only insurance technicalities are holding up a Red Wings-Chris Chelios one-year contract. Mathieu Schneider's return to Detroit looks possible and Steve Yzerman will work out a deal before training camp.
Devils coach Pat Burns, still recovering from cancer treatments and surgery, won't be ready if training camp opens in three weeks.
England's star 18-year-old striker Wayne Rooney wishes to leave his Everton club.