Thursday, February 14, 2008

10 burning questions for NFL off-season

10 burning questions for NFL off-season
Is it time for Brett Favre to hang up the cleats and wait for his Hall call? That's just one of our NFL Czar's 10 off-season questions.

Pressure on Shanahan to make playoffs
The Broncos missed the playoffs for a second straight year. Alex Marvez says Mike Shanahan needs a postseason run to quiet critics.

Scouting Combine Preview: Running backs
Darren McFadden seems like a lock to be the first RB taken in April. But the second-best option is unclear. puts it in focus.

Harrison, Sanders, Freeney likely to miss camp
The Indianapolis Colts' injury problems could still be lingering wherever they hold training camp this summer. President Bill Polian said Thursday he does not expect perennial Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison, Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders or former sacks champion Dwight Freeney to be ready to start training camp in July. All three have had surgery, and Polian insists the team shouldn't bring them back before they're healthy. "There's no reason to push them," Polian said.

Panthers ink Harris to 4-year extension
Convinced they have found their anchor at strong safety, the Carolina Panthers signed Chris Harris to a four-year contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the team through the 2012 season. Harris, who led the NFL and set a team record with eight forced fumbles last season, had one year left on his original deal. "We decided to forego free agency and stay there because he was real happy," said Albert Elias, Harris' agent. "They made a fair offer." Elias said Harris' deal is for $13.

Pacman gets probation on last charge
Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones settled his last pending criminal charge Thursday, pleading no contest to obstructing a police officer two years ago in Georgia. Jones' attorney and agent, Manny Arora, said the player was sentenced to three years of probation for the run-in with police on Feb. 6, 2006, outside the family home of his pregnant girlfriend in Fayetteville, Ga. A no contest plea in Georgia does not admit guilt, but doesn't dispute the charge.

Booty Tasered, booked on DUI suspicion
Former NFL quarterback Josh Booty was subdued by sheriff's deputies with a Taser gun and ended up with a black eye Wednesday after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Booty, the older brother of Southern California quarterback John David Booty, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after being pulled over on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Hal Brotheim said.

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