Update: The Pewter Report recently interviewed Bucs Ronde Barber who said that his brother Tiki's comeback attempt has a lot to do with image repair after his life fell apart in retirement. "He’s really got no other direction," said Ronde. "He left NBC. ... It makes sense for him in his head to come back and try to rebuild something. He’s taken a lot of hits – a lot of negative hits the past three years. The one way you can re-endear yourself to people is to do what you do best. ...
Update: As Saints free agent Darren Sharper considers his NFL career, the lockout is having a massive effect. If the season is lost all together, there is a good chance we have seen the last of Sharper in the NFL. If however it is only delayed, the AP is reporting Sharper believes this could actually be advantageous to him and other veterans, as teams may favor signing and playing them over inexperienced younger players.
Update: Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz reiterated that WR Earl Bennett will have a "much larger role" in this year's offense. "We didn't throw it to him enough," Martz said. "That will be remedied ... He established himself as a guy who needs to get a lot more balls than he did." This kid could be in for a very nice season.
Update: The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals "will pursue a trade" with the Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb once the lockout is lifted. There isn't a more trusted Cardinals voice than the Republic's Kent Somers, and he sounds confident that a Kolb deal will be Arizona's top priority once transactions are allowed.
Update: Appearing on ESPN 980 Washington on Wednesday, free agent wideout Santana Moss reiterated that he would prefer to re-sign with the Redskins. Moss set career highs in catches (93) and receiving yards (1,115) last season, but the Redskins may want to move on from the 32 year old wideout, especially after grabbing three receivers in the NFL Draft.
Update: Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times Union confirms that the Jaguars will give No. 10 overall pick Blaine Gabbert a legitimate chance to start as a rookie. According to Ganguli, Gabbert "won't sit for the sake of development," and "he will start ... if he beats out (David) Garrard."
Garrard is due a salary of almost $8 million in 2011 so it would be difficult to believe the Jags would spend that kind of money on a backup. He would almost certainly become trade bait should Gabbert outplay him.
Update: The Nashville Tennessean is reporting that felony charges against Titans wideout Kenny Britt were reduced by a New Jersey prosecutor's office Wednesday. Britt, arrested on April 12 after a car chase, has had the felony charge of eluding a police officer dropped. He now faces three disorderly person charges, all of which are lesser in severity.
Update: Two people with knowledge of the situation tell the Washington Post that the Vikings are "indeed" one of the teams interested in Donovan McNabb. Reports are that McNabb wants to play in Minny, but there had not been any reports that the Vikes were actually interested. No team is going to trade for McNabb.
Update: Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown is still hopeful quarterback Carson Palmer will change his mind and play for the team in 2011. Brown does not believe that Palmer is actually going to retire, so there are reports that the Bengals have refused to even consider dealing the disgruntled veteran. Look for the Bengals to draft a QB early because there is no way they are going to be stuck with Jordan Palmer as their starting quarterback.
Update: Free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is reportedly hopeful that he will be back in Seattle for the 2011 season. "I'm definitely hopeful that I’ll be able to stay in Seattle, but at the same time I understand the first thing’s got to happen first and that’s definitely reaching some kind of labor agreement," he said. The NFL draft should shed some light on the quarterback situation in Seattle. Stay tuned for more as there will clearly be some suitors for the veteran QB should Seattle look to move in a different direction.