NFL Rumors: Albert Haynesworth Headed Back to Tennessee Titans and More
Tis the season for football and rumors, folks.
As NFL rosters are being finalized, rumors are spreading everywhere as to who is moving, who is wanted, and who is unwanted.
Right now teams are intentionally spreading disinformation in order to try and sneak certain players pass waivers, while other teams are feigning lack of interest and snatching other players that have been "temporarily" cut and tossed away.
Here's a list of rumors that you probably shouldn't believe.
Because I wouldn't lie to you. Nice shirt, by the way. It brings out the color in your eyes.
Look at all these rumors!
Matt Leinart Is Going to Houston To Challenge Matt Schaub
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Matt Leinart took a one-year deal to be Matt Schaub's backup. There will be no controversy. Leinart is said to be a fan of Houston head coach Gary Kubiak, and he basically wanted to start over without sitting around out of the league for a year wondering if his career was over.
Matt Schaub is the unquestioned starter, but back-up Dan Orlovsky hasn't been as solid as they hoped. So even though Coach Kubiak has said that Orlovsky is the No. 2, the word is that if Leinart practices well, he will most likely move up on the depth chart.
The other reason for the signing?
Kubiak seems like he likes Leinart. Ken Whisenhunt? Notta so mucha.
Randy Moss Wants out of New England
It turns out that Randy Moss doesn't want out of New England.
He just wants to be loved. According to several recent reports Moss was quoted as saying: "I am a little older and understand the nature of the business— the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills,"
Moss continued to CBSSports.com: "That's the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted".
I don't know if I like the kinder, gentler Moss. Where is the "straight cash, homie!" version of Randy.
That's the one I drafted in my fantasy league.
Unfortunately for Kenny G, er, Randy, he has to wait in line for Tom Brady to get his contract.
The Jets' John Conner Aka The Terminator Beat Out Tony Richardson
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Yes, and no.
If you watched Hard Knocks, you got the feeling that even though the Jets love super fullback prospect John "The Terminator" Conner, they respected and revered Tony Richardson for everything he did for the team.
But his $855,000 salary meant they couldn't keep him, so Richardson was cut...
But like any good Hollywood production, there was a happy ending.
After signing Darrelle Revis over the weekend, the team got a roster exemption from the league.
First thing they did was use it on Tony Richardson.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh Is Over the Hill
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After being cut before he could even start the second year of a five-year contract, you had to think that there was something really wrong with T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
The Seahawks actually paid him $7 million to go away.
But as soon as he was released there were people trying sign him. The Raiders were interested as were several others.
He ended up signing with the Baltimore Ravens, and will battle Derrick Mason to start across from Anquan Boldin.
Vincent Jackson Will Be Traded by Opening Day
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The situation over in San Diego seems to be getting worse instead of better.
Apparently Vincent Jackson and his agent were out doing what the team should be doing: looking for a trade partner so that the two sides can part ways.
But over the weekend reports came out that Jackson's agent actually found a team willing to make a deal for the Pro Bowl receiver, but things fell apart soon after.
Jackson's agent told the San Diego Union-Tribune that: "The reason the deal didn't happen was because the Chargers were asking for too much."
This could get ugly.
Undrafted Rookie LeGarrette Blount Is an Unwanted Player
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Former Oregon Duck LeGarrette Blount, who has become known more for his right cross than for crossing the goal line, was cut by the Tennessee Titans even though most thought he would make the team.
It turns out that the Titans were just trying to sneak him through waivers. But once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to cut their goal line big back Derrick Ward, they figured what the heck and snatched Blount off of waivers.
The lesson for the Titans? Don't try and be sneaky with LeGarrette or you might get sucker punched.
Pittsburgh QB Dennis Dixon Is The Key to Steelers Winning
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Dennis Dixon played well at times during the preseason, and will start for Pittsburgh at quarterback because of an injury to Byron Leftwich, and the four-game suspension of Ben Roethlisberger.
But according to the Steelers, Dixon doesn't have to carry the team for them to win games. They are more encouraged by the return of key defensive players, mostly from injury.
Pittsburgh believes that healthy starts from defensive end Aaron Smith and strong safety Troy Polamalu will have as much if not more to do with how the Steelers' season starts than what Dixon does with the ball.
Assuming he isn't a turnover machine, of course.
Baltimore Ravens Safety Ed Reed Will Be Ready to Play Game One
Ed Reed is one of the best safeties in the league, and reports were that he was hoping to get back to the Ravens in time for game one so that he could face off against his old defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets.
Unfortunately, this rumor is way off.
Whether it is his rehab of his hip or pain in his neck, the word out of ESPN and the National Football Post is that Reed might not be ready until game six or seven of the season.
Although Rex Ryan said he doesn't believe it. He thinks his old safety will find a way to be on the field.
Montario Hardesty Isn't a Big Loss For The Browns
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Though rookie Montario Hardesty had a warning sign around his neck because of past knee problems, the Browns seemed to have enough interest in him to grab him in the second round of the draft.
Now that he is out for the entire season with a torn ACL, word was coming out that he actually was in the running for the starting running back spot, over incumbent Jerome Harrison.
Harrison ended last season productively and will probably get more than his share of the carries now as the team seems underwhelmed by the rest of their running backs.
Jones-Drew Fantasy Owners and Jags Fans Should Be Worried
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Maurice Jones-Drew is a fantasy football buff, and he wouldn't hesitate to draft himself. So that should be a good sign to all the owners that picked him.
ESPN is reporting that he is back at practice, and that MJD is one of those guys who doesn't really need the preseason, as evidenced by his 10 carries last year.
Jones says his knee is "a non-issue."
I drafted him, so I want to believe him.
Man, I hope I can believe him.
Haynesworth Soon to Be a Titan Again!
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Again, don't believe the hype.
Rumors that could be true, include that he might not play much or at all in the first game of the season, on national TV.
Redskins coaches said that he didn't show the effort that they wanted to see in the final preseason game so he might be deactivated for the Dallas game.
Wow. Mike Shanahan is not to be messed with.
Maybe because of this constant battle, word came out that the Redskins were gauging interest in Haynesworth's old team. The Titans are said to be mildly interested, but not for the price that Washington is asking for.
So unless the Redskins are willing to cut his price like a used car lot going out of business, Haynesworth will continue to be their problem.