Haden, 25, is regarded as a Pro Bowl-caliber cover corner. He was
one of three top cornerbacks expected to receiver a lucrative
extension entering the offseason, including Sherman and Arizona
Cardinals star Patrick Peterson.
Michael Sam is eager to be just another player, but he stood out
Tuesday when he appeared at an introductory press conference along
with other St. Louis Rams rookie draft picks.
Sam, a defensive end out of the University of Missouri, became the
first openly gay NFL draft choice when the Rams selected him in the
seventh round last week. A massive media presence attended the press
conference in Earth City, Mo., and Sam stole the spotlight.
Appearing at the dais along with the Rams' other late-round draft
picks, Sam acknowledged that his goal of focusing on football will
be difficult due to the hoopla surrounding him but said, "I'm
determined to be great."
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on suspicion
of domestic violence and communicating threats charges.
According to police, the alleged incident involving Hardy's
girlfriend occurred early Tuesday morning. Police responded to a
call at 4:18 a.m. ET and the alleged victim said she was physically
assaulted and threatened by Hardy.
Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston is recovering from toe
surgery, his father told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday.
Larry Houston confirmed that his son had the surgery after Houston
apparently posted a picture of himself on Instagram late Monday
night lying in a hospital bed following the procedure. It is not
certain how long Houston's recovery will take or whether he will be
ready for training camp in July.
An arbitrator will hear the franchise-tag grievance case of New
Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham on June 17-18, ESPN.com
Graham's representatives contend that he should be categorized as a
receiver rather than his listed position of tight end for purposes
of the franchise tag and thus compensated accordingly.
The Chicago Bears reached an agreement Tuesday with rookie running
back Ka'Deem Carey, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson and punter Patrick
O'Donnell on four-year contracts.
In anticipation of a potential media feeding frenzy at the Cleveland
Browns' rookie minicamp, the team will limit access to reporters
this weekend and at other offseason activities.
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Longtime Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson questions
whether he wants to stay with the team after its struggles last
"When you've been somewhere for a long time, nobody's been here as
long as I have," Johnson said Tuesday. "I've been thinking about
things this offseason. Kind of wonder if this is still the place for
- -Undrafted wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., the son of Hall of Fame
wide receiver Jerry Rice, received an invitation to rookie minicamp
this weekend with the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice Jr. played at UNLV last season and caught 11 passes for 86
yards, including a touchdown in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. He was a
walk-on at UCLA before transferring to Las Vegas.
First-year Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is passing on
familiarity to take a closer look at the four quarterbacks on his
For now, Houston will not pursue a deal for Ryan Mallett, the New
England Patriots quarterback entering the final year of his contract
who spent his rookie season as O'Brien's pupil in Foxborough.
Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 32nd overall
pick last Thursday by the Minnesota Vikings, said Tuesday on the
"Dan Patrick Show" that he informed agent Kennard McGuire that he
did not want to play in Cleveland.
"I actually told my agent that's not the place where I wanted to
be," Bridgewater told Patrick on Tuesday in the midst of several
rounds of media interviews.
Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema went undrafted, but
he is plotting a professional career outside of football. He is
hopeful of a chance in mixed martial arts or boxing in the near
future. (Editing by Frank Pingue)
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