Eye-catching news items from NFL.com:
Patriots re-sign Moss after record-setting season
NFL.com Wire Reports
BOSTON — Randy Moss is staying with the New England Patriots.
The defending AFC champions re-signed the record-breaking receiver on Monday to a three-year deal worth $27 million, his agent said. The signing was confirmed by the team shortly after Moss posted a message to fans on his Web site.
“I want to take time out to thank all of the fans for their support and for wishing me well in my return to New England,” therealrandymoss.com quotes him as saying. “I’m ready to get back. We have some unfinished business to take care of.”
Moss’ agent, Tim DiPiero, said the deal included guarantees of $15 million, including a $12 million signing bonus to the receiver who set an NFL record with 23 touchdown catches and helped the Patriots reach the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.
“Randy was serious about wanting to stay,” DiPiero wrote in an e-mail. “Because of Randy’s record-breaking year, the interest in him was very high. Randy took less than he could have to rejoin his teammates.”
This story saddens me. Tears were practically welling up (partially due to listening to “Am I Dreaming?” by Atlantic Starr while reading this article).
Falcons release three-time Pro Bowler Dunn
NFL.com Wire Reports
ATLANTA — Warrick Dunn was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, one day after the club signed free agent running back Michael Turner.
Last season, Dunn became the 22nd back in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards. But his days in Atlanta were numbered after the Falcons doled out a six-year contract to Turner, reportedly for $34.5 million with about $15 million guaranteed.
The 33-year-old Dunn had three straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Falcons, helping the team lead the NFL in rushing from 2004-06. He ran for a career-high 1,416 yards in 2005, earning his third Pro Bowl appearance.
But the 11-year veteran found little room to run after the Falcons fired coach Jim Mora and brought in Bobby Petrino. Dunn rushed for just 720 yards and averaged 3.2 yards per carry during a dismal 4-12 season, which was marred by Michael Vick‘s dogfighting case and Petrino’s sudden resignation 13 games into his debut season.
With a new coach and general manager, the Falcons decided to go for a younger running back, signing Turner to a team with 24-year-old Jerious Norwood.
“The legacy he leaves in Atlanta will be long-remembered and appreciated by his fellow players, fans and the community,” Atlanta owner Arthur Blank said. “In my mind, Warrick will always be part of the Falcons family.”
Titans reach terms on two-year deal with Crumpler
NFL.com Wire Reports
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans agreed to a two-year contract with former Atlanta tight end Alge Crumpler, one of many veterans released last month by the Falcons.
Crumpler, voted to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2003-06, is expected to help an offense that had only nine touchdown passes in 2007. He will get to play with a quarterback in Vince Young whose mobility is similar to Michael Vick.
“I really am excited about the opportunity to work with Vince Young. I’ve admired him as a peer from across the league, and I was itching to get a chance to play with him,” Crumpler said.
The 30-year-old Crumpler had eight touchdown receptions in 2006, and he and the Titans believe he will be a good fit for an offense that needs to improve red zone production.
“He has 35 career touchdown catches, so he knows how to get open in the end zone,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Monday while introducing Crumpler. “He knows how to get in the end zone.”
“And I like getting in the end zone,” Crumpler said.
“The thing that stands out when you look at Alge as a player is his production and reliability,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement Monday. “He is a complete tight end: a dynamic receiver for the Falcons offense, who also contributed as a blocker to a run offense that ranked first in the league in three of the last four years.”
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