|07.29.11 at 1:37 pm ET|
Vince Young has a new home. The former Titans quarterback, who was released by the team on Thursday, has signed with the Eagles, according to multiple reports. NFL Network’s Albert Breer tweeted the deal was for one year and that the former Heisman runner-up would sign it on Friday.
Young played in nine games (eight starts) for Tennessee last season and threw for 1,255 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions over that time for a quarterback rating of 98.6. However, he feuded with longtime Titans coach Jeff Fisher to the point where Fisher told owner Bud Adams that Young had to leave town or he would. Adams obviously chose the coach in that arrangement, despite Young’s 30-18 record as a starter over his five years in Tennessee.
|07.29.11 at 1:30 pm ET|
Drafted in 2005, Orton posted the lowest quarterback rating (59.7) of any QB with at least 224 pass attempts his rookie year. His best season came in 2008, when he earned the starting job in Chicago over Rex Grossman. The Bears finished 9-7 that season, missing the playoffs by one game. Orton started Denver’s first 13 games last season, leading the team to a 3-10 record. The former Purdue Boilermaker threw for 3,653 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.
With Tim Tebow the clear leader of the Broncos, Orton remains on the trading block.
|07.29.11 at 1:09 pm ET|
The Broncos signed running back Willis McGahee to a three-year, $7.5 million contract, ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported on Friday, with $3 million guaranteed. The move comes after McGahee’s release from the Ravens.
McGahee brings a steady but unspectacular running ability to the Broncos. After rushing for over 1,100 yards in three of his first four seasons, McGahee has seen his numbers decline each of the last three seasons, bottoming out at 380 yards in 15 games last season. He has averaged just over 36 yards per game since 2008. He rushed for 12 touchdowns in 2009, the most since his rookie year (13), but in 2010 he rushed for just five.
He has kept himself healthy throughout his career, averaging 15 games per season.
|07.29.11 at 1:07 pm ET|
The Seahawks re-signed three of their own players Friday: linebacker Leroy Hill (according to a tweet by ESPN’s Mike Sando), fullback Michael Robinson and defensive lineman Junior Siavii (according to Seahawks blogger Clare Farnsworth).
Hill played in just one game for the Seahawks in 2010, and both his playing time and his productivity had been declining steadily from 2006 to 2009. Since 2005, he has amassed 14 1/2 sacks and 277 tackles.
Siavii also missed playing time due to injury in 2010. Robinson is the Seahawks’ only true fullback.
|07.29.11 at 12:58 pm ET|
FOXBORO — While acknowledging the team has traded for former Pro Bowl stars Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday morning that the two trades have yet to be finalized. Both were at Gillette on Friday morning and Ocho even joined Tom Brady on the practice field, talking about the team’s offense.
“We are in the process of working through the trades with Albert and Chad. They still haven’t officially been completed yet so there isn’t really anything I can comment with them,” Belichick said Friday morning. “We’re working through the process and when it’s complete – if it’s complete – we can talk about it then.”
Belichick was not originally scheduled to speak Friday morning at the podium in the Gillette Stadium press box but those plans changed with the news of the Ochocinco trade.
“As it relates to Albert and Chad, any comments on them would just be premature,” Belichick added when pressed. “We’re in the process of it, no doubt about it. It’s not official, they’re not officially on our team and until they are, I just don’t think it’s appropriate to really talk about it as if they are because they’re not.”
Both trades were reported on Thursday, the first day of Patriots training camp. The Patriots reportedly have a deal in place to send a fifth-round pick in 2013 to the Redskins for Haynesworth, a nose tackle who was given a seven-year, $100 million deal prior to the 2009 season, with $41 million in guarenteed money.
Ochocinco was reportedly dealt by the Bengals Thursday afternoon for a pair of late-round, future draft picks. Ochocinco attended his first Patriots practice Friday in Foxboro and spoke with Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. Ocho, who is reportedly having his deal restructured over the next three seasons, can’t practice until Aug. 4.
|07.29.11 at 12:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ The Patriots finished up their Friday morning practice session, their third of training camp. In tone and tenor, it was an awful lot like the Thursday morning session ‘ a light walkthrough in jerseys and shorts that lasted about an hour. There were some more new faces on the field, including rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett, who signed his four-year deal Friday morning.
‘¢ When it comes to attendance for these sessions, it’s important to remember that some players don’t necessarily have to be here, like Logan Mankins and Sammy Morris because of their contract situations. In additions, players who have been released, like Marcus Stroud, are still technically on the roster, at least until the weekend. So with that in mind, the following guys were not on the field for the morning session: Ras-I Dowling, Kyle Arrington, Morris, Shane Vereen, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Marcus Cannon, Mankins, Nate Solder, Nick Kaczur, Alge Crumpler and Myron Pryor.
‘¢ Quarterback Tom Brady gave his annual training camp address after the walkthrough, a session that lasted roughly 15 minutes and included his thoughts on the lockout, the offseason, new receiver Chad Ochocinco and Matt Light. For more on his Q&A with the media, check out DJ Bean‘s blog post here. In addition to Brady, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead and Leigh Bodden all talked briefly with reporters. Welker, who spent part of the offseason working out with Ochocinco in Florida, discussed the new acquisition.
“From what I saw, he works had and goes out there and gives his best effort. He’s an early riser and likes to get after it and that’s what I like. I’m hopeful to see the same type of deal here in camp and throughout the season,” Welker said. “I think the toughest part [for him will be] learning the offense. We’re so complicated, so different than any place from where he’s been. It’s just going to be a little different and we’re just going to try and help him along, bring him along slowly but surely, and get him out there and get him playing with us.”
|07.29.11 at 11:33 am ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on camp and the new receiver in town as he chatted with the media after the first of two practice sessions Friday at Gillette Stadium. Here are some highlights, with more to come:
On the acquisition of Chad Ochocinco:
“I’ve known Chad for a long time. I’ve watched him for a long time, and he brings a lot of energy to the team. We’re looking forward to everyone being out there and trying to get better.”
On his reaction to the trade:
“I’ve [seen] a lot of trades and a lot of transactions over the course of my career. Guys have come and gone, and I’m always excited to get great players.”
On what he likes about Ochocinco as a player:
“He’s been a very prolific receiver. I think he’s had a bunch of production over the years. Hopefully he can come in here and find a role on this team, as we’re all trying to do. We’re all trying to come out here and see what we can make of this year, and see what kind of role we can make for ourselves.”
On his relationship with Ochocinco:
“I think I met him at the Pro Bowl a long time ago. He’s just fun to be around. He loves football. That’s why guys do well here, because they love the game, they love to compete. They show up and they want to win. I think to be a good player on this team, you have to put the team first. The Troy Browns, the Tedy Bruschis and Rodney Harrisons, those guys always set a great example, and an example that I learned from over the years. That’s really what the veteran players have always tried to be here.”