View Full Version : Fitzgerald staying in Arizona - Dunn returns to Bucs - Panthers release Hartwi
03-11-2008, 01:36 PM
ESPNews reports the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with WR Larry Fitzgerald on a four-year, $40 million contract.
03-11-2008, 01:37 PM
Good deal for him, they need to spend some cash on an O-Line though.
03-11-2008, 01:42 PM
well it restructures his current deal too. he had a cap number of something like 15-17 million this year.
03-11-2008, 04:18 PM
theres no way they will be able to pay boldin that kind of money when the time comes around....plus johnson wants a nice piece of change...and they are basically broke as it is....lol
03-11-2008, 05:39 PM
Good deal for him, they need to spend some cash on an O-Line though.
That's been their problem for years..they have big weapons on offense but nobody to block for the QB.
03-11-2008, 06:37 PM
Good deal Larryu!
03-12-2008, 07:02 AM
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Six years after leaving the franchise he helped turn into a Super Bowl contender, running back Warrick Dunn (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3893/;_ylt=Ao4d8N7BF4UVwTe_HOVLYLMdsLYF) is coming back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/tam/).
The three-time Pro Bowl selection signed Monday with the Bucs, who needed to bolster their running game because Carnell “Cadillac” Williams missed most of last season with a knee injury. There are also lingering questions about when Williams will be able to play again.
The 33-year-old played the first five seasons of his career with Tampa Bay, establishing himself as one of the league’s top all-around backs. He was integral, along with Derrick Brooks (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3141/;_ylt=Auw8Hj1Gb5Np21tg4_93ZTIdsLYF), Warren Sapp (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3140/;_ylt=AjSoHNK7soJDMG5U8lkcZ2odsLYF), John Lynch (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/2441/;_ylt=AnpklXIi2l2p2xST5gXt9wsdsLYF) and Mike Alstott (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3500/;_ylt=AlUgd24bGJiT8iBinkyuLicdsLYF), in transforming the Bucs from perennial losers to a championship team.
He spent the past six seasons with Atlanta, leaving the Bucs two months after former coach Tony Dungy was fired—in part—for not being able to get Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl.
Dungy’s replacement, Jon Gruden, made a pitch to retain Dunn—thought to be an ideal fit for the coach’s version of the West Coast offense—but a tight salary-cap situation prevented the Bucs from paying what the Falcons could offer in free agency.
Tampa Bay, which reached the NFC championship game with Dunn in 1999, won its only NFL title the year he left. The Bucs have since missed the playoffs three of five seasons.
Dunn flourished in Atlanta, becoming the franchise’s third-leading rusher with 5,979 rushing yards. Last season, he became the 22nd player in NFL history to surpass 10,000 yards rushing.
He still ranks third on the Buccaneers’ career rushing list with 4,200 rushing yards, and overall has 463 career receptions for 4,009 yards with 15 receiving touchdowns.
The Falcons released Dunn last week, two days after signing free agent running back Michael Turner (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6913/;_ylt=An7xGCqIjspujDHuxItGkZwdsLYF), reportedly for $34.5 million with about $15 million guaranteed. He had three straight 1,000-yard seasons 2004-6, but only rushed for 720 yards in 2007 with the Falcons reeling from Michael Vick (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5448/;_ylt=Aufs_YQPh0Qda9zTcedBe6kdsLYF)’s dogfighting case.
Dunn, nearly as wellknown for his charitable work as his accomplishments on the field, has maintained a home in Tampa throughout his career. With the Bucs’ running back situation, speculation about a possible return began as soon as Atlanta cut him.
Williams, the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2005, tore the patellar tendon in his right knee last September and missed the final 12 games of the season. The Bucs have had little to say about his status, except that he faces a tough rehabilitation.
Earlier Monday, the Bucs signed free-agent tight end Ben Troupe (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6799/;_ylt=Au_FpuR1S_LbGt7iNHYK7yEdsLYF) and wide receiver Antonio Bryant (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5949/;_ylt=Ah3ROLjncrEQu6w5hex47HIdsLYF). Troupe played for the Tennessee Titans (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/ten/;_ylt=AldOCo2GriVh5GiNRXx9LOAdsLYF) the past four seasons, starting 29 games. Bryant was a second-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/dal/) in 2002 then moved to the Cleveland Browns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/cle/;_ylt=AjupLrD1ECZg02KDrMaddYodsLYF) in 2004 and San Francisco 49ers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sfo/) in 2006.
03-12-2008, 07:07 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—The Carolina Panthers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/car/;_ylt=AvfX6trdDAfmDbuaKjuSJIIdsLYF) released center Justin Hartwig (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6107/;_ylt=AmtTEvEEmpyVyRKP5Uv6LJQdsLYF), the latest in a series of offseason moves to makeover their offensive line.
The move came after the coaching staff decided Ryan Kalil (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8313/;_ylt=AgzxQyBATlb9YvgVZR.aQhwdsLYF) would replace Hartwig as the starter in 2008.
“We had decided to go in another direction at center and Justin would have been able to come in and compete for the starting spot at right guard,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “But we decided probably the right thing to do for Justin was make this move now and see if he can get with a team that would consider him as a starter at center.”
Hartwig joins left guard Mike Wahle (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4498/;_ylt=AgNjf4vfo_Q5Nn.P.e3x7f4dsLYF) as the second starter on the line to be let go since Carolina finished a disappointing 7-9 season.
Two years ago, Carolina lured Hartwig away from Tennessee with a five-year, $17 million deal. But Hartwig wasn’t the dominant player the Panthers had hoped. He missed most of the 2006 season with a groin injury, and the Panthers drafted Kalil in the second round last year.
While Hartwig started 15 games last season before missing the finale with a knee injury, the Panthers planned on Kalil being the long-term answer at center.
“There are things like this that happen all the time in free agency. But this certainly says nothing negative about Justin,” Hurney said. “He did everything we asked since he came in here.”
The Panthers have identified the offensive line as one of their top offseason priorities.
Carolina placed the franchise tag on right tackle Jordan Gross (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6344/;_ylt=AmOGdPPHTxEhLdW4k8896FsdsLYF) and re-signed left tackle Travelle Wharton (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6853/;_ylt=AgKHK3RkfbX4MoV6rySWGPEdsLYF), who could move to left guard next season. The Panthers also signed free-agent guard Keydrick Vincent (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5801/;_ylt=AlIHfgIhaPkVi0yMRdg7JJ8dsLYF), who could end up as the starting right guard.
Carolina also could pick up a tackle with the 13th pick in the draft.
Hartwig is the latest veteran to be jettisoned in an active offseason for the Panthers, who have missed the playoffs for two straight years. The Panthers have also released starting running back DeShaun Foster (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5920/;_ylt=AqYHCL0xQbUHZ7XZVPL6u44dsLYF), linebacker Dan Morgan (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5458/;_ylt=An7mV0SjNe_gCk35SDokIZ0dsLYF) and quarterback David Carr (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5887/;_ylt=Ak9DmHBKa5ZV_YK.bDbjkfgdsLYF).
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