Former Pats' video employee will turn over tapes
The lawyer for Matt Walsh, a former New England Patriots employee who has hinted he has tapes that could prove damaging to the team, including one of the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough prior to Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, said his client will turn over those tapes to the NFL if the league will agree to indemnify Walsh as long as he tells the truth.
"He's willing to provide the materials to the NFL, but I need the ability to keep a copy so that I can defend him against allegations that he didn't tell the truth,"�Washington-based attorney Michael Levy told the Boston Globe.
Levy said the NFL's offer to Walsh leaves his client unprotected legally against unfounded or unproven allegations and would force him to turn over to the league the very materials he would need to fight such charges.
Denver has decisions to make on Walker, Henry, Gold
Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and his staff will spend these next two weeks finalizing their offseason plan. Step one is determining which of the current players must go the Denver Post reproted.
Harsh decisions are possible for the likes of receiver Javon Walker, running back Travis Henry and outside linebacker Ian Gold. All are expected to be offered for trade, but any deal must be consummated quickly.
Henry's $6 million option bonus is due Feb. 29. Walker has a $5.4 million bonus due March 4. Gold has a $500,000 bonus due March 3.
Former St. Louis Ram sues Pats over Super Bowl taping
A lawsuit filed Friday by a former St. Louis Rams player and others seeks millions of dollars in damages from the alleged taping of Rams practices by the New England Patriots before the 2002 Super Bowl.
The Patriots won the game 20-17 in the Superdome.
The $100 million suit, filed on behalf of former Rams player Willie Gary in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, names the Patriots, team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick.
Smith reconsiders, accepts job as Skins' offensive coordinator
On second thought, Sherman Smith will join the Washington Redskins. After initially rejecting an offer yesterday to become the Redskins' offensive coordinator, Smith reconsidered and became the final member of new head coach Jim Zorn's coaching staff the Washington Post reported.
"Well, when I tried to tell Z-man [Zorn] about my decision, he had some things to say to me," Smith said. "He said, 'Just think about it for a few more hours and we'll talk later.' When I did, I realized Washington is where I need to be now."
Smith left the Tennessee Titans, agreeing to a three-year contract to help Zorn, his former teammate and close friend, implement the West Coast offense. Earlier this week, the Redskins hired former Seattle running backs coach Stump Mitchell as their assistant head coach-running backs and Chris Meidt, formerly the head coach of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, to be an offensive assistant.
Cowboys have interest in former Dolphin Zach Thomas
Zach Thomas grew up in Pampa, Texas, went to Texas Tech and despite calling Miami home for the last 12 years still considers himself a Texan.
According to two sources, the Dallas Cowboys have had discussions with Thomas' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about bringing the veteran linebacker in for a visit after the NFL scouting combine concludes Feb. 26 the Dallas Morning News reported.
The Dolphins released Thomas on Thursday in a salary-cap move as new executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells looks to rebuild a team that went 1-15 in 2007.�Thomas played in only five games last season because of the effects of a concussion and failed to reach 100 tackles for the first time in his 12-year career. He has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times, the most by any Dolphins defender in history.
Crumpler, Leftwich among six cut by Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons released four-time Pro Bowl tight end Alge Crumpler and six other players Friday in the first step of a major rebuilding job in the post-Michael Vick era.
"This is a difficult day for the entire organization," said Thomas Dimitroff, the Falcons' new general manager. "A number of these players have contributed to this organization on and off the field at a high level, and we greatly appreciate their efforts."
Cincy's Thurman could be reinstated by NFL
Odell Thurman must be reinstated by the NFL before he can return to the field as a Bengals linebacker, but recent signs point to the likelihood that fans will see Thurman in uniform come September the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Three weeks after receiving permission from the league to return to Paul Brown Stadium to train with teammates and meet with defensive coaches, Thurman received an endorsement Wednesday from head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis spoke positively of Thurman's approach to both his alcoholism and his job as a football player, which perhaps Thurman once took for granted.
"It's a case of somebody who is a good man. He has meant nobody (any) harm. He has been his own worst (enemy)," Lewis said. "At some point he obviously didn't do something right. Unfortunately, early on, when he had the opportunity to turn this around, it didn't register. Now it has."