NFL: Packers waiting before retiring Favre's jersey

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeMay 18, 2012


The Green Bay Packers will wait at least another season to hold a ceremony to retire Brett Favre's No. 4.
Packers president Mark Murphy said the team will wait "probably in a year or two," according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Favre led the Packers to two Super Bowl appearances and one title in 16 seasons before ending his career with stops with the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings.
"Yes, he deserves that for what he did as a Packer," said Murphy. "Probably in a year or two. We want to do it at a time that's meaningful to him."

--League owners convene a one-day meeting in Atlanta next Tuesday.
While the agenda isn't exactly loaded with sexy stuff, and much of the unofficial discussion in the corridors of the Buckhead hotel where the league will meet will revolve around safety topics and the Jonathan Vilma defamation lawsuit against Commissioner Roger Goodell, there are some roster-related issues that were tabled in March, and figure to be addressed.
They include: allowing teams to designate one injured reserve player, who was on the roster through Week 1, to return to action after eight weeks, instead of sitting out the entire season; a roster exemption for a player suffering from a concussion; and moving the trade deadline back by two weeks, from the Tuesday following the sixth week of play until after Week 8.
One owner told The Sports Xchange that he feels all three changes have a "decent shot" at being approved, particularly the first two.

--If the Seattle Seahawks intend to install a passing game package that addresses the height issues of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who measured only 5-feet-10 5/8 at the combine in February, it wasn't evident at the team's rookie camp last weekend.
Then again, it probably wouldn't be, since the rookie camp is basically designed as an orientation-type session, in which first-year players can get their feet on the ground.
"The basics first," quarterback coach Carl Smith acknowledged.
During the two-hour sessions with helmets only (by comparison, Seattle veterans have only been on the field for roughly 45 minutes-1 hour so far), perhaps the lone concession to Wilson's size was that he might have worked out of the shotgun a little more than normal.
But there is a suspicion among some Seahawks' veterans that for Wilson to be successful -- and there is considerable skepticism that the third-round draft choice can legitimately challenge Tarvaris Jackson or Matt Flynn for the No. 1 job, as coach Pete Carroll insisted -- offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will have to implement a package that gets the former North Carolina State/Wisconsin star out of the traditional pocket.
Seattle officials constantly point to Wilson's over-the-top delivery and high release point, and his strong arm, but those things may not be sufficient for him to mount a march to the starting job.
Or, to actually contend for it.
Wilson overcame a lot of odds in his college career, but his height had him off the draft boards of a few teams last month, and some of Carroll's colleagues in the NFL privately question using a third-round pick on a prospect who, competitiveness aside, was graded by some as just a career No. 3 guy.

--Think the rookie wage scale, which formally "slots" players into salary cap values and leaves little or no wiggle room for negotiations, isn't working?
According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, there were 147 draft choices who had reached contract accords by Thursday night.
That's more than twice as many as the total number of drafted players who had signed by the end of May in the previous seven years.
Of course, because of the lockout last year, no rookie deals had been completed by the end of May.
Eight franchises had already signed their entire draft classes.

--The five-year, $45 million extension signed by Philadelphia tailback LeSean McCoy on Thursday -- with the raw numbers provided by "a league source" otherwise known as agent Drew Rosenhaus, seeming to check out as accurate -- merited considerable attention.
And deservedly so.
But the megadeal, hinted at earlier in the week by Eagles' coach Andy Reid, also cast some light on the predicament of teams and running backs. McCoy won't be 24 until July, and, while he's been a workhorse for the Eagles the past two seasons, averaging 303.0 "touches" in that stretch, there's still some tread on the tires.
Philadelphia, where team president Joe Banner relies on an almost actuarial-type model for assessing what a player might have left in the tank, clearly feels confident McCoy has several productive years remaining.
Still, the bet here is that McCoy's deal will be restructured as least once between now and its end-year, 2017.
Teams are reluctant to invest heavily in the running back position, based much on age -- although Carolina signed DeAngelo Williams to a fat deal last year at age 28 -- and it will be interesting to see how the contract affects negotiations between the Chicago Bears and "Matt Forte and the Baltimore Ravens and Ray Rice, both "franchised" backs.
Forte will be 27 in December and Rice turned 25 in January. Sources in both the Rice and Forte camps acknowledged on Thursday night that they are closely scrutinizing the McCoy contract.
Forte has averaged 20.6 "touches" per game over the course of his four-year career, with all 60 games as a starter. Rice has averaged 22.3 "touches" in his 49 career starts, with an average of 341.3 the past three seasons.
McCoy has averaged 20.7 "touches" in his 32 career starts. Forte was on pace for 340 "touches" in 2012, but an injury limited him to 12 appearances.

--Unlike the Philadelphia Eagles, who reportedly have decided to dock offensive tackle Jason Peters for his offseason Achilles ruptures -- technically regarded as non-football injuries -- Baltimore officials have made no decision about adjusting the salary of linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is due a salary of $4.9 million and roster bonus of $4.6 million for 2012.
There have been some discussions about the injury and salary, sources from both sides allow, but the Ravens may wait a while to gauge the rehabilitation progress of the league's reigning defensive player of the year before determining how to handle his case.
Suggs has insisted he will return at some point in the season, and the Baltimore medical staff is still assessing the situation.
Also complicating the matter is that Suggs and his new agent, Joel Segal, are hoping to parlay the defensive player of the year award into a contract extension beyond the current deal, which runs through 2014. A resolution isn't expected soon.

--The presence alone of attorney Peter Ginsberg, who represented Michael Vick and tied the NFL in knots when he represented suspended Minnesota defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, makes Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell more than just a nuisance case.
The veteran Ginsberg knows his way around a courtroom and has in the past parsed the nuances of the league's collective bargaining agreement.
But most legal experts concur that the New Orleans linebacker faces a difficult task in establishing that Goodell acted with intention and malice, and that the ponderous burden makes it almost impossible for him to prevail.
What Vilma may do is force the league to reveal some or all of its evidence, including testimony from past or current teammates and coaches, and that could make for an uncomfortable situation. How difficult a chore do Ginsberg and Vilma face?
The Sports Xchange has learned that at least one player and one of the suspended New Orleans executives considered similar actions but backed off when advised of the burden confronting them.
They may change their minds, The Sports Xchange was told, but understand that the ramifications will be dicey.

--The Jets agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with veteran safety Yeremiah Bell.
He weighed a similar offer from the Eagles and visited the Chiefs last week.
Bell provides veteran insurance behind LaRon Landry, who also signed a one-year deal with the Jets on March 19 but hasn't been a limited participant in offseason workouts because of a lingering Achilles injury that cost him 15 total games over the past two seasons.
Bell was released by the Dolphins on the same day Landry signed with the Jets in a cap-saving move that wiped $4.3 million off the books for Miami. Bell led the team with 107 tackles last season and is recognized as a vocal leader. The former sixth-round pick was a consistent, reliable performer for the Dolphins, posting four consecutive 100-tackle seasons from 2008-11.

--Cordy Glenn signed with the Bills, giving the team eight of its nine 2012 draft picks under contract.
Glenn played guard and tackle at Georgia, starting 50 games of the 53 in which he played. The Bills are planning to try him at tackle, where they haven't been able to replace Jason Peters since trading him to Philadelphia in 2009.
At 6-6, 345 pounds, scouts are stunned by Glenn's light feet and athletic ability. He doesn't always play to his elite skill level, but the Bills view him as a potentially elite blocker in the NFL based on his combination of height, bulk, long arms and footwork.
Chris Hairston, a fourth-round pick from Clemson in 2011 with similar size -- 6-6, 341 -- is currently listed first on the depth chart at left tackle. General manager Buddy Nix endorsed Hairston as more than capable before the draft, and Hairston started seven games last season.
"I'm going to make this clear, we think Chris Hairston can play left tackle for us and win," Nix said. "... we run a lot of empty sets with five blockers, if they bring six (quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick) better get it out quick or he's going to get hit in the mouth.
"In this offense he's got to get it out quick. But Chris Hairston, he may not be the prettiest foot athlete but he's got so much length that he can protect the back side. We feel like he can do that.
Buffalo's quick-read passing attack should also be a good fit for Glenn. He's out of his stance on time and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's speedy delivery helped him avoid sacks -- just 22 in 569 attempts last season and 24 (in 441 attempts) in 2010.
Third-round pick T.J. Graham is the Bills' lone unsigned draft pick.

--Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Bengals, signed a four-year deal Friday.
At 6-2, 186, Kirkpatrick has the size, arm length and experience to become a rookie start in defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's press-cover scheme.
"He has quick feet. He moves his feet laterally pretty well," Zimmer said. He does a great job in bump-and-run. The taller corners have an advantage when they're going down the field, because the ball has to go over the top of their outstretched arms." Kirkpatrick was an All-American as a junior at Alabama. He'll compete with Nate Clements and Terence Newman for a starting role. Leon Hall, coming back from a ruptured Achilles, is likely to start if he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery.

--The Indianapolis Colts claimed offensive guard Zane Taylor off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles and waived offensive guard Matt Murphy on Friday.
Taylor was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets in 2011. He also spent time in camp with the New York Jets, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Eagles practice squads that year.
Taylor was a three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection as an offensive lineman at Utah and earned first-team honors as a senior. He started 38 games at center over his last three seasons. Taylor also earned academic all-conference honors on four occasions.
Murphy was signed to the Colts practice squad early in the 2011 season, where he remained for the rest of the year.

--The New York Jets signed guard Terrence Campbell. The 6-foot-3, 296-pounder joins the team as an undrafted free agent after starting 25-of-38 games at South Carolina.
Campbell, who was originally recruited as a defensive lineman, switched to the offensive line prior to his first game in college. Prior to college, he earned first-team all-county recognition as a defensive end in high school.