NFL Jabber 3/6/07

Some Falcons are leaving the nest. Patrick Kerney is getting his payday with the Seahawks. Ashley Lelie is heading west as well to the Niners.

All the talk with Chicago fans is the departure of Thomas Jones to New York. What about that Benson kid? He tells the Chicago Tribune, “I think [the trade] is a good thing, good just because I can focus just on playing and not have the doubt and not knowing at times how everything was,” said Benson, who said his left knee is fine after the sprain suffered in the Super Bowl. It was hard because for the most part, the way he felt about our situation was competition, so it was hard to find a relaxed place.” Hey Benson…the Bears REALLY like Adrian Peterson.

The Texans feel that 30 years-old is nothing for a RB. “We needed a go-to guy that can be a home run hitter,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “We think he still has the ability to make big plays. We had some opportunities for long runs last season, but we missed them. One of the things that’s so impressive about him is how well he takes care of himself. He’s in great shape because he takes tremendous care of his body.”

LB Brian Simmons, Bengals, has signed a three year deal with the Saints. The Saints also met with LB Chris Draft, TE Eric Johnson, and CB Will James (Peterson-another one of those clever name changes).

Is Jake Plummer retired yet or hoping the Bucs will just forget about him? “The NFL has not received a retirement letter from Jake Plummer,” league spokesman Randall Liu said. “If a player plans to retire he must first send a letter notifying the league of his intentions. We don’t have a letter.”

More than 1000 people showed up for the funeral for Broncos RB Damien Nash. “I don’t understand why he’s gone,” Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said during a eulogy. “We never had a guy play for one year, as Damien did, and influence so many people.”

The Cards add Center Al Johnson.

In the mix for the job in the Ravens backfield? Jamal Lewis, Chris Brown and Corey Dillon.

The Dolphins have finally met with Joey Porter, Donte Stallworth is also making a rip south this week.

The Steelers are looking to replace Joey Porter. First up-Tully Banta-Cain of the Pats.

Titans are dropping like flies in Free Agency. They Lost Travis Henry at RB and Chris Brown is on his way out, opening the door for LenDale White. “I think LenDale can be special, and if he does the things he says he’s going to do, yeah, I think he can be good,” Henry said. “But it is easier said than done. Are they going to go out and get another running back? I don’t know. I don’t know what they are going to do.”

The Bucs have signed DE Kevin Carter.

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