NFL News Wire Rundown, July 14th

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NFL News Wire Rundown, July 14th

Here I am again, on the other side of a five-day hiatus in which I slacked off and didn't post a thing. I'll just say I spent that time doing charity work.

I'm once again scanning the news wire for NFL whisperings and reports because that's just the type of wire whore I am. All I'm seeing is Brett Favre this, Brett Favre that.

I am happy, though, to see that old Bretty is in the news for an actual public statement rather than for a reported phone call or his sister's aunt's cousin talking to a reporter. He must have run out of texts on his T-Mobile plan...

But everything seems to be normal here in the sporting blogosphere from which my charity work recently pulled me away. Everything is about No. 4, Chris Mortenson is still introduced on ESPN as "the man who originally broke the Brett Favre story," and Peter King and John Madden are both still partying knowing that their loverboy is coming back.

Only one thing was missing over this period of time: me making you laugh. I mean, hopefully that happens when I'm around. So let's get on with this thing!

 

Childress Says Watching Favre Is Like Watching a Soap Opera

Coach Brad Childress refused to comment when asked Sunday if the Vikings would be interested in acquiring Brett Favre.

Favre is under contract, so Childress commenting on him would've been against league policy. "It really is an interesting soap opera to watch from the hinterland up here and watch transpire down south," the coach allowed.

Wait, Childress thinks soap operas are "interesting?" Okay, dude, turn in your mancard. As a football coach no less...how can his players respect him knowing that?

 

King Thinks Favre Will End Up in Tampa

SI.com's Peter King says his money is on Brett Favre being in the Tampa Bay Bucs' training camp at some point this summer.

King doesn't expect Favre to be at Packers camp in two weeks, even if Favre still hasn't been traded. King believes Favre's ideal destination is Minnesota, but getting there would require Green Bay releasing Favre, which is highly unlikely. King calls the Redskins and Ravens other possibilities.

Oh yes, Peter, we already know that you throw money on your boy Brett. I'm just surprised Favre's wife is fine with the whole situation.

 

Seahawks Will Wait Till Next Year to Negotiate a Contract with Engram

The Seahawks have told Bobby Engram that they will not negotiate a new contract with him until after the season, but he doesn't plan to hold out of training camp.

Engram, who set a franchise record with 94 catches in 2007 and is far and away the most proven wideout on Seattle's 2008 roster, is currently somewhere between 75th and 80th on the league's receiver pay scale. It's hard not to side with the trusty vet on this one, but Engram isn't the type to follow through and hold out.

What kind of extension do you give to a guy who will be 36 at the end of next season? Bobby, I'm sorry, but it looks like they're just putting it off, waiting for you to die. Kind of like giving an I.O.U. to a great grandpa when he's in the car on the way to the emergency room.

 

Hamlin and Cowboys Hoping to Get a Contract Signed Soon

The Cowboys remain in contract negotiations with franchise player Ken Hamlin and hope to have him signed by Tuesday's deadline.

Hamlin would have to play on his one-year tender if no deal is struck. The deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals is exactly 3:00 PM ET Tuesday.
 
Hamlin's agent was reportedly in contact with owner Jerry Jones' son Stephen all last week, so there's a decent chance this will get done.

Did anyone see Ken on Jim Rome's show today? White shirt with a white v-neck sweater vest? Dallas, give this guy his money so he can get himself a stylist.

 

Brennan Gets Paid

Redskins agreed to terms with sixth-round QB Colt Brennan on a four-year, $1.8 million contract. The signing bonus is just under $100,000.

Brennan threw 58 TD passes as a junior and completed 72.6 percent of his attempts. As a senior, he tossed 38 TDs with a 70.4 percent completion rate.
 
Brennan is often compared to Timmy Chang as an undersized Hawaii QB with a modest arm. But Chang completed only 57 percent of his throws at UH. If Brennan had enjoyed a better offseason, he may have been a third round pick.
 
ESPN's John Clayton reports that Brennan has been medically cleared after undergoing hip surgery and is up to 220 pounds.

Thank goodness Washington gave Colt a check. Have you seen his hair? He needs the cash to get a decent haircut. Take notes Dallas.

 

Old Bretty Boy Explains Himself

Brett Favre was interviewed by FOXNews' Greta Van Susteren in Mississippi on Monday. The interview will air on Monday night.

"I am guilty of retiring early and there is a reason for that," Favre states. "If I'm going to play it's going to be 100 percent commitment. The (term) 'itch' has been used. That is the word that has been used if you want to say itch, or the fire is coming back, or whatever." Greta's On the Record program starts at 10:00 PM ET.

Hey, Mr. Four, I live in San Diego. Whenever I turned on the news last October, I didn't keep saying, "I have an itch! I have an itch!"

 

Kevin Jones Is Waiting

Free agent Kevin Jones said on Sirius NFL Radio Monday that he'll wait for the "right situation" before signing with a team.

It sounds like Jones might wait a few weeks into camp and sign with a team that incurs an injury at tailback. Since he's coming off reconstructive knee surgery, it wouldn't be a bad idea for Jones to wait and heal a while longer.

Kevin defined "right situation" as a scenario in which a team offered him a contract.

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