Truth & Rumors: Oct. 18, 2004
Posted: Monday October 18, 2004 12:13PM; Updated: Monday October 18, 2004 3:06PM
Jerry Rice and his agent have been granted permission to speak to Seattle about a possible trade before Tuesday's 1 p.m. NFL trade deadline.
According to CBS' Greg Gumbel, Seattle WR Koren Robinson is appealing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gumbel added that has led to Seattle talking to Oakland about acquiring Rice.
With Troy Brown and Deion Branch physically banged up and Bethel Johnson psychologically damaged by the coaching decision to keep him on the sidelines last week, the Patriots need some help at the receiver position. Rice would make sense.
Ricky Williams and attorney David Cornwell are expected to meet with the NFL on Thursday. Williams is expected to ask for reinstatement, and Cornwell will argue his reinstatement should be immediate.
The Packers have had discussions about acquiring QB Drew Brees from San Diego, but personnel analyst John Schneider said there was no chance that Green Bay would do it.
Backups Chad Hutchinson and rookie Craig Krenzel will get a closer look in practice this week as Bears coach Lovie Smith considers benching Jonathan Quinn.
Along the sideline during the waning seconds of the Bears' loss to Washington on Sunday, WR David Terrell angrily removed his helmet and began screaming, apparently at Quinn, who had just thrown an interception. Terrell had to be restrained by defensive backfield coach Vance Bedford at one point before the final gun sounded.
Despite another uneven performance in the Redskins' win, QB Mark Brunell will keep his starting job when Washington hosts Green Bay on Halloween after the bye week.
If voters in Arlington approve the Cowboys' proposed multi-purpose stadium Nov. 2, the soonest the Metroplex could host a Super Bowl would be 2011, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said at a news conference Sunday.
With Charlie Garner on IR, Bucs coach Jon Gruden is looking for a versatile back to pair with Michael Pittman. Quentin Griffin might be a possibility if the Broncos are interested in holdout WR Keenan McCardell.
The trade deadline is Tuesday and the league is rife with rumors, led by a proposed swap of McCardell for Chiefs RB Larry Johnson. KC is reportedly so eager to make a deal that it's willing to take a $3.5 million salary-cap hit.
Miami coach Dave Wannstedt is a virtual certainty to be fired after the season. Next on the list could be New Orleans' Jim Haslett, the coach of the league's No. 1 underachievers.
If Saints owner Tom Benson's got half a brain -- a sweeping assumption, to be sure -- he opens his vault and goes after the obvious candidate: LSU's Nick Saban.
If any NFL team gets the right to move to Los Angeles -- outside of the San Diego team -- it would be the Saints, if Benson so desired. The Saints' lease at the Superdome runs through 2010, but there is an $80 million buyout.
It's an open secret that Steve Spurrier might end up replacing Wannstedt next year, and Dan Marino remains waiting in the wings if he wants a big-time role in the Dolphins organization.
Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, his broken neck immobilized by a hard cervical collar, promised he will make an announcement about his football future sometime today.
Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton and cornerback Chad Scott suffered right knee injuries that Steelers coach Bill Cowher said could force both players to miss the rest of the season.
Brad Johnson signed with the Bucs in 2001 rather than with Baltimore's Brian Billick, who was his offensive coordinator in Minnesota. Now with Johnson out as the Bucs starter and the Ravens' Kyle Boller continuing to struggle, Johnson to Baltimore could solve a lot of problems for both teams.
Despite various reports, the Vikings aren't actively trying to trade defensive tackle Chris Hovan.
After preliminary talks, the Dolphins informed CB Patrick Surtain they won't resume contract talks until the offseason. Because of his $8.4 million cap number for 2005, the Dolphins will need to restructure and extend his deal or consider trading him next spring, which would be a mistake.
The Bears aren't shopping RB Anthony Thomas but would listen to offers.
The Chargers looked into wearing their powder-blue uniforms on a permanent basis in 2005, but that would have required written notification by March 1. That didn't happen, so the soonest the team could change uniforms would be for the 2006 season.
If the Yankees don't sign free-agent-to-be Carlos Beltran, they might have a strong interest in trading for Twins outfielder Jacque Jones, who is a cinch to be on the market.
According to club sources, the Red Sox plan an all-out effort to re-sign Jason Varitek, but will let Orlando Cabrera go and sign a veteran such as Barry Larkin or Omar Vizquel out of the crowded shortstop market to hold the position for a year until their top prospect, Hanley Ramirez, is ready. It is doubtful they will make much more than a token offer to Pedro Martinez.
With the money saved on Cabrera and Martinez, the Red Sox can be counted on to make a big pitch for Carl Pavano.
A possible CF solution for the Yankees would be bringing back Alfonso Soriano, who likely would be willing to move off second base for them only. The Rangers are interested in pursuing Vizquel, whose option was not picked up by the Indians, and moving Michael Young back to second, making Soriano expendable.
It seems there is little chance Larkin will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot. He probably will receive between 40 percent and 50 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility (75 percent is required for election) and then either languish in that range or gradually gain support and narrowly be elected (or rejected) between years six and 15, after which time his name will be sent to the veterans' committee for consideration.
Sammy Sosa's grievance over the Cubs' $87,400 fine for leaving during the regular-season finale might be tabled until next season, a league official said Sunday. That means if the Cubs are unable to trade Sosa during the offseason, they could begin spring training with the biggest fine in team history hovering over the disgruntled right fielder, making for a potentially contentious start to the 2005 season.
The Phillies will continue their managerial search next week by interviewing Buddy Bell, Jim Fregosi and Terry Pendleton. Another candidate might be Pirates third base coach John Russell.
Bud Selig is believed to have talked to ex-Yankee GM Bob Watson, currently serving as MLB's dean of discipline, about the Expos GM position. However, Pat Gillick says he would take the job, despite the uncertain ownership.
According to multiple industry sources, several top members of the Marlins scouting and player development staff may resign in protest of what they consider the heavy-handed management style of club president David Samson and GM Larry Beinfest.
Joe Torre said that even if John Olerud weren't available for the World Series, the Yankees would be unlikely to put first baseman/DH Jason Giambi on the roster.
With ex-agent Jeff Moorad taking over the Diamondbacks on Friday, a managerial hiring is expected soon. Bob Melvin and Wally Backman appear to be the front-runners.
There is zero chance of Donald Sterling's Clippers returning to Staples Center after the current lease runs out. And that likely is good news for NBA fans in Orange County, since the Clips would move to the Pond.
Phil Jackson's new book likely will be a best-seller in Southern California, and it certainly wasn't a coincidence that excerpts were published the day before the Lakers opened their exhibition schedule last week.
Eddie Robinson is staging a $14.1 million sit-down protest against the Bulls -- specifically coach Scott Skiles -- for the way Skiles benched him for 28 games last season.
With negotiations at a standstill, Sixers player representative Marc Jackson said "it's possible" that NBA players could be locked out next season when the current collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of June.
Rod Thorn was quoted in The Boston Globe as saying that Jason Kidd could be ready to play "one month into the season," but Nets coach Lawrence Frank wouldn't put a timetable on it.
Former Orlando Magic GM John Gabriel was back at TD Waterhouse Centre on Sunday night just days spending two days in intensive care because of an allergic reaction to three wasp stings. Gabriel was found lying on the ground near his Winter Park home last weekend, gasping for air and sweating.
The Knicks' open practice at Madison Square Garden turned into open season on Allan Houston, who was booed during player introductions and later when he participated in a Q&A session with fans at the conclusion of the practice.
Bulls forward Eric Piatkowski was assigned Scottie Pippen's longtime locker. Rookies Jared Reiner and Chris Duhon are sharing Michael Jordan's old haunts.
Raptors guard Alvin Williams has been unable to play because of continuing problems with his right knee. He clearly will not be on the active roster at the start of the regular season, and when he will be able to contribute remains unclear.
The Timberwolves haven't given up on trying to sign free agent Karl Malone. Malone, who is skipping training camp because of a tender knee, has assured the Wolves they'll receive serious consideration if he decides to return to the court for the regular season.
Blazers management says the Cavs have expressed interest in dealing for Qyntel Woods, who has had issues with marijuana use (including a stint in drug rehab) and disputes with teammates.
Pistons center Ben Wallace, who had an appendectomy eight weeks ago, will get clearance to start running again on Wednesday when he has the stitches removed. Contact comes later.
Texas coach Mack Brown said after Saturday's 28-20 victory over Missouri in which starting QB Vince Young and backup Chance Mock combined for 58 yards passing that he would evaluate both players this week before naming a starter for Saturday's game at Texas Tech.
Agent Bob LaMonte wants Pitt to either extend football coach Walt Harris' contract or cut him loose.
A day after sophomore Wyatt Sexton turned in a nearly flawless performance to help lead Florida State over Virginia, Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said Sexton remains the team's starting quarterback -- for now.
USC's sensational freshman WR Dwayne Jarrett -- who just three weeks ago said he might be homesick and was considering transferring closer to his New Brunswick, N.J., home -- had a breakout game against Arizona State and seems much happier this week.
Joel Statham and Jordan Steffy each have an equal chance to start at QB on Saturday against Clemson, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said.
Detroit defenseman and 22-year NHL veteran Chris Chelios thinks Wayne Gretzky is the best man to run the NHL. "He's the one guy that everybody should listen to," he told Sporting News Radio.
The NHL theoretically has the right to declare an impasse in its dealings with the NHL Players' Association, then unilaterally implement its last best offer as the new terms and conditions of employment. The league would begin play with whatever NHL players wanted to compete under those terms, and fill out the remaining roster spots with replacement players. Steve Belkin, one of the new owners of the Atlanta Thrashers, was recently quoted as saying the league would likely take such a step if the lockout extended beyond this season.