Horse Tracks - 9/6/10 - Happy Labor Day!

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Broncos cut LB Atkins, RB Hall, add two players - The Denver Post
Linebacker Baraka Atkins and running back Bruce Hall received the cruelest of cuts Sunday. They were part of the Broncos' 53-man roster set Saturday but were waived Sunday after the team claimed New York Giants running back Andre Brown and Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Chris Clark off waivers.

Analysis: Broncos gambled and lost on cornerback Smith - The Denver Post
Of all the adjustments the Broncos made to their roster in recent days, none was discussed more by folks in the NFL than the decision to send cornerback Alphonso Smith on his way.

Q&A: Broncos' Decker shows signs of being productive immediately - The Denver Post
Q: I'm frustrated. It seems to me that Eric Decker gets no respect compared to Matt Willis. And the Denver Post keeps talking up Demaryius Thomas, who has yet to make a catch. What's the deal?

Broncos claim Giants RB Andre Brown - The Denver Post
Given the injuries to Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter and LenDale White at their running back position, it's no surprise the Broncos went to the waiver wire loaded with talent Saturday night in search of a tailback.

Broncos start practice squad | All Things Broncos
There will be more added, but for now the Broncos have placed five players to their practice squad after they cleared waivers Sunday.

Ex-Broncos coach Shanahan has passion for Redskins now - The Denver Post
It is Mike Shanahan's picture, the official one his employer, the Washington Redskins, is using these days. In it, Shanahan is nattily attired in a well-cut suit and a tailored shirt, with a Redskins tie to accent the ensemble.

In his own words: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan - The Denver Post
Mike Shanahan sat down with the Post's Jeff Legwold in the hours before his team's preseason finale in Arizona. Here's is some of what he had to say:

Dusty Saunders: NFL Network's "Top 100" should stir arguments - The Denver Post
Joe Namath ranks 100th on a new list of the NFL's greatest players.

Favre on a Saints beatdown: 'It's football' - NFC North Blog - ESPN
We won't have the X-Files scandal to keep our attention over the next week, so we're moving on to Plan B: The aggressiveness with which the New Orleans Saints will come after Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in Thursday night's regular season opener.

Darrelle Revis reaches agreement with New York Jets - ESPN New York
After a seven-month stalemate often marked by acrimony, the New York Jets and holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis agreed in principle Sunday night on a new contract, the team announced early Monday morning.

Sources: Houston Texans among leaders to sign Matt Leinart - ESPN
The Houston Texans have emerged as a leading candidate to sign former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Source: San Diego Chargers at impasse on Vincent Jackson trade - ESPN
Trade talks over Vincent Jackson are dead between the San Diego Chargers and an unnamed team after agents for the holdout wide receiver agreed on terms for a new contract with the unnamed team, a league source told ESPN.com.

Report: Albert Haynesworth unlikely to start opener - ESPN
The Albert Haynesworth drama with the Washington Redskins reportedly isn't over yet.

New York Jets release 15-year veteran FB Tony Richardson - ESPN New York
Continuing the purge of veteran leaders that began six months ago, the New York Jets released well-respected fullback Tony Richardson Sunday -- an immediately unpopular move in the locker room.

Miami Dolphins CB Will Allen placed on injured reserve - ESPN
- Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen was placed on injured reserve Sunday, ending any hope the 10th-year player had of returning from mid-August knee surgery.

Report: NFL players' union still probing curious rookie cuts - ESPN
Under collective bargaining agreement rules for an uncapped year, if a drafted rookie is cut by the team that drafted him, that team is required to pay 85 percent of that player's salary into a rookie pool. The money from that pool will be distributed to rookies early next year based on the number of downs played in the 2010 season.

Cleveland Browns GM confident injured Montario Hardesty best pick - ESPN
Browns general manager Tom Heckert said he understood the risks in drafting rookie running back Montario Hardesty, who is out for the season with a knee injury after joining the NFL with a history of knee problems.

Minnesota Vikings' Brad Childress defends keeping Tarvaris Jackson as backup - ESPN
Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress is staunchly defending his decision to keep Tarvaris Jackson as Brett Favre's backup over Sage Rosenfels.

Ravens to add Hunter Cantwell to practice squad | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens plan to sign former Carolina Panthers quarterback Hunter Cantwell.

Source: Kraig Urbik was in demand | National Football Post
Cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, offensive guard Kraig Urbik was a popular man today.

Eagles bring back Jean-Gilles, start practice squad | National Football Post
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed guard Max Jean-Gilles today to a one-year contract a day after being forced to release him because of a technicality.

Jets claim Dixon, Brown, Turner, cut Clowney, Washington, Richardson | National Football Post
The New York Jets claimed three players off waivers: offensive tackle Patrick Brown from the Minnesota Vikings, defensive tackle Marcus Dixon from the Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Patrick Turner from the Miami Dolphins.

Cowboys finalize practice squad | National Football Post
With only two tight ends – Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett – on their 53-man roster the Dallas Cowboys went with two more on their practice squad.

Rams close to topping off practice squad | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams are nearly done assembling their practice squad after they plucked a pair of linebackers from other cities.

Bucs get started on practice squad | National Football Post
Perhaps the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to do some scavenging elsewhere when it comes to cobbling together their practice squad.

49ers form practice squad | National Football Post
he San Francisco 49ers went with the familiar route today in forming their eight-man practice squad, signing all players who had been with them during training camp.

NFL.com news: Shanahan confident McNabb will start in Redskins' opener
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is confident that quarterback Donovan McNabb, sidelined with a sprained left ankle, will start in the Sept. 12 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, according to The Washington Post.

NFL.com news: Childress denies Vikings targeting T.J., defends Rosenfels deal
Cross the Minnesota Vikings off the list of potential destinations for free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh -- for now

NFL.com news: Vikings QB Favre ready for Week 1 rematch with Saints
The outcry from Minnesota Vikings players, coaches and fans was significant in the wake of the overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game.

NFL.com news: Packers, Chargers fit profile of Super Bowl champions
Today, Sept. 3, marks the 40th anniversary of Vince Lombardi's death. Much has happened in the NFL since the legendary Packers coach passed, but his legacy lives on, growing stronger each day.

NFL.com news: Off the fringe: Titans release rookie RB Blount
The Titans made a flurry of moves Sunday, releasing rookie running back LeGarrette Blount and adding safety Myron Rolle, their sixth-round draft pick, to the practice squad.

NFL.com news: Veterans Richardson, Clowney surprisingly cut loose by Jets
The New York Jets are running out of locker-room leaders on offense.

In his own words: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan - The Denver Post
Mike Shanahan sat down with the Post's Jeff Legwold in the hours before his team's preseason finale in Arizona. Here's is some of what he had to say:

Ex-Broncos coach Shanahan has passion for Redskins now - The Denver Post
It is Mike Shanahan's picture, the official one his employer, the Washington Redskins, is using these days. In it, Shanahan is nattily attired in a well-cut suit and a tailored shirt, with a Redskins tie to accent the ensemble.

Trade compensation, exemption stall Jackson deal - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson(notes) reached an agreement on a one-year deal with an undisclosed NFL team Saturday night, according to one of his agents Sunday, but the San Diego Chargers were unable to agree to trade compensation with the franchise. That nixed a possible deal that now becomes more complicated because of a roster exemption placed on Jackson by the Chargers last month.

Chargers sign veteran tackle Terry - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The San Diego Chargers have signed veteran offensive tackle Adam Terry(notes) to a one-year contract and released tackle Ryan Otterson(notes).

Revis agrees to 7-year deal with Jets - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
fter months of acrimonious negotiations, multiple stalements and a threat to sit out the entire 2010 season, the All-Pro cornerback finally reached a contract agreement with the New York Jets late Sunday.

Scout.com: Rookie overload
The Steelers were able to keep all of their picks except seventh-rounder Doug Worthington, a defensive end who could be called back to the practice squad by the start of next week.


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