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NFL: January 12, 2006

Posted: Thursday January 12, 2006 10:31AM; Updated: Thursday January 12, 2006 10:31AM
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The Chargers have officially taken Philip Rivers off the market, though it appears they're still not willing to cut the chord with Drew Brees.
The Chargers have officially taken Philip Rivers off the market, though it appears they're still not willing to cut the chord with Drew Brees.
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Philip Rivers is officially off the market, and it was revealed too that the Chargers will at least make an effort to sign Drew Brees to a long-term contract. "There won't be any more talk about both of them being dangled," Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said.
-- San Diego Union-Tribune

Although Eli Manning fizzled in Sunday's playoff loss to the Panthers, the Giants are preparing to exercise an important clause in the second-year quarterback's contract that would keep him with the team through at least the 2009 season.
-- Newsday

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson faces the possibility the public might not be behind his decision to hire as his next head coach 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy, a virtual unknown to those outside the NFL's tight coaching circle.
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dealing with a case of turf toe, DeShaun Foster has spent hours in the training room the past few weeks. Different treatments have helped, but there's been a sure-fire cure for the Carolina Panthers running back the past two game days. He said he's taken injections of pain-killers.
-- Charlotte Observer

Jets center Kevin Mawae said yesterday he loved playing for Herman Edwards, but Mawae wants the next coach of the Jets to give more tough love. Mawae said Edwards was too shy about digging into players' wallets with fines.
-- New York Post

One getting-to-know-you session with an old colleague helped new coach Herm Edwards come to a major decision -- he'll keep Gunther Cunningham as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator.
-- Kansas City Star

Joey Porter shattered the peace of sweet comments expressing deference for Steelers opponents yesterday when the Pro Bowl linebacker sneered at what he called the Indianapolis Colts' finesse style of play, and said they did not dare line up against the Steelers and play "football."
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The man many think will be the Lions' next head coach is the man president Matt Millen reportedly will interview tonight in Pittsburgh: Steelers assistant Russ Grimm.
-- Detroit Free Press

In a symbolic show of unified support, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Saints owner Tom Benson made a long-term commitment to New Orleans on Wednesday and unveiled details of the club's 2006 plan that includes playing a full schedule of games at the Superdome and bringing a series of national events to the city.
-- New Orleans Times-Picayune

There is some hope among NFL team owners and others involved in the sport's stalled labor and revenue-sharing deliberations that a revised revenue-sharing proposal soon could produce an agreement that would aid the league's less-prosperous franchises without drawing too many objections from the wealthier teams.
-- Washington Post