Busy weekend ahead in the NFL, as the Buffalo Bills will hold a voluntary mini-camp, and the two Super Bowl XLIV participants–New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts–will hold mandatory mini-camps.
There will likely be some draft picks signings, as well. Nate Haber of PlayersRep posted the random fact on Twitter last night that 20 of the 255 picks had signed contracts. That number is actually 21 (Buffalo Bills LB Danny Batten had signed), but that’s well ahead of the 15 picks that had signed by June 3, 2009. The number of signed picks figures to double, or even triple in the next two weeks.
As always, I’ll be top of it.
NFL News and Notes
A free agent wide receiver named Owens worked out for the New England Patriots on Thursday morning, Christopher Price of WEEI.com reports. (No, not T.O.)
Buffalo Bills sixth-round linebacker Danny Batten signed a four-year contract on Thursday.
New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum says he is working on a contract extension for All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Former Miami Dolphins safety Jake Scott and defensive end Bill Stanfill will be added to the team’s Honor Roll at halftime of Miami’s November 18 primetime game against the Chicago Bears.
Free agent kicker Shayne Graham signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wanted to bring Graham back, but it would’ve been hard for Graham to do so, writes Chick Ludwig of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s actions, not words, will win back the fans he’s lost over the last few months, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Cleveland Browns restricted free agent running back Jerome Harrison returned to the practice field on Thursday.
Unhappy with his contract, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is skipping the team’s mandatory mini-camp this weekend.
Gary Wichard, the agent for former Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck, says his client will work out for NFL teams when he’s healthy, reports John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com has the details of Jacksonville Jaguars guard Justin Smiley’s contract restructure.
Injury prone defensive back Eugene Wilson is the only free safety on the Houston Texans roster, writes Jordan Godwin of the Houston Chronicle.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley is expecting big things from left tackle Branden Albert.
Hall of Fame Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is throwing a VIP bash this month to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Free agent tight end Randy McMichael signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.
Oakland Raiders first-round linebacker Rolando McClain will sign autographs this Saturday at the Decatur (AL) Mall for $30 a pop.
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck thinks the team was spoiled was last season.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker will likely be used as a pass rusher in nickel situations this season, writes Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Washington Redskins defensive end Andre Carter is ahead of schedule is his recovery from surgery to repair a torn biceps, Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports.
Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber has dropped ten pounds during the off-season.
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Gerald Hayes isn’t worried about a back injury that has kept him out of the off-season workouts.
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area sat down for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed by the Seattle Seahawks, fifth-round safety Kam Chancellor has signed a four-year contract, reports Greg Johns of seattlepi.com.
St. Louis Rams cornerback Ron Bartell is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2009 season.
Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark is playing to win a championship and feed his family.
The Green Bay Packers are putting their faith in young cornerbacks Patrick Lee and Brandon Underwood, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson should be stronger in 2010 after undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season.
Detroit Lions second-year safety Louis Delmas is taking on a leadership role in 2010, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Jamar Williams adds depth and versatility to the linebacker corps, writes Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer.
Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnaka was suspended for one game by the National Football League for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris is trying to help cornerback Aqib Talib overcome hamstring issues that have plagued the young corner during his first two years in the league.
After being hospitalized last Thursday, New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey has been cleared to participate in the team’s mini-camp this weekend.
Today’s NFL birthdays: Falcons undrafted rookie tight end Colin Peek (24), Ravens undrafted rookie linebacker Albert McClellan (24), Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas (23), Saints defensive end Alex Brown (31), Chargers undrafted rookie offensive tackle Brady Bond (24), Buccaneers linebacker Jon Alston (27), free agents tight end Nate Jackson (31), cornerback Ronnie Prude (28), offensive tackle Chad Slaughter (32), and safety John Wendling (27).