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NFL Truth & Rumors: June 1, 2005


The NFL's free agency flea market begins tomorrow, but the Steelers have no plans to sell or buy. What once was called the NFL's second wave of free agency has flattened out to become almost an afterthought for most teams.

-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Several key veterans, including linebacker Mike Barrow and wide receiver Rod Gardner, are considered prime candidates to be released, but the Redskins do not have to make any moves immediately tomorrow and are not expected to do much. There has been much speculation that return specialist Chad Morton could be let go as well.

-- Washington Post

Tackle Todd Steussie, running back Charlie Garner and guard Matt Stinchcomb are among the players who might be cut by the Bucs if they can't find another way to create the cap space they'll need to sign their draft picks.

-- Tampa Tribune

While conventional wisdom suggests Dolphins defensive end David Bowens could be cut today for salary-cap reasons, his agent doesn't think that will happen. Among the players expected to be cut around the NFL, the Dolphins could be interested in Seahawks cornerback/safety Bobby Taylor, a former Pro Bowl player with the Eagles.

-- Palm Beach Post

Players likely to be released include Titans safety Lance Schulters, Steelers safety Mike Logan, 49ers tackle Scott Gragg and Chiefs wide receiver Johnnie Morton.

-- Washington Post

There could be one hiccup in Ricky Williams' return to the Dolphins, and it has nothing to do with drug use. There could be a debate over whether Williams is due to make a $3.7 million base salary next season or the league minimum of $540,000 based on the language in the contract. The $3.7 million figure would be far too much for the Dolphins to handle under the salary cap this season and could force the team to cut Williams. The $540,000 figure would be easy Miami to deal with. Agent Leigh Steinberg declined to discuss the matter other than to say, ``I don't see Ricky playing for that [$540,000] figure.''

-- Miami Herald

At least five attorneys with a background in contract law have read Williams' contract, which was renegotiated with the Dolphins in September 2002. Two attorneys believe Williams has a right to a $3.7 million salary. Two believe he should be making $540,000. The remaining attorney said the matter was worthy of a good debate in front of an arbitrator, if it comes to that.

-- Miami Herald

The Saints brought in free-agent receiver Az-Zahir Hakim for a visit as they continue to search for veteran help at wide receiver.

-- New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Browns' chance to sign free-agent linebacker Peter Boulware comes Thursday. Boulware is scheduled to visit the Seahawks late on Thursday, but he is prepared to cancel the visit if he likes what he hears in Cleveland.

-- Akron Beacon Journal

Free agent cornerback R.W. McQuarters, who visited the Redskins last week and drew significant interest, was scheduled to meet with the Dolphins yesterday. McQuarters has also visited the Giants, and could visit Tampa Bay.

-- Washington Post

Running back Brian Westbrook's situation remains mysterious. Two weeks ago, it appeared as if he was going to change agents, sign the Eagles' restricted free-agent offer of $1.43 million, and report today to the team's passing camp. However, there has been no official change of agents and no word whether Westbrook will be on hand.

-- Philadelphia Inquirer

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