Ed Werder (via CBS Sports) mentioned on his “Doomsday Podcast” with Matt Mosley that former Cowboys QB Tony Romo previously told him that he was the reason a Brett Favre-to-the-Cowboys trade never happened.
“He talked about during the round about how the Cowboys had had an interest in trading for Favre late in his career when he was available, [Bill] Parcells was the coach.
“I said, “Oh yea, I kind of heard that.”
“And he said, “Well you know, the deal went dead when the Packers asked for me to be in the trade.”
“And now I’m like, “Oh really the Cowboys didn’t trade for Favre because they didn’t want to give you up?” And maybe it was true as it turns out, right? He was good enough as it turns out! He had a hell of a good career!”
Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said they’re excited about WR Noah Brown, who they think can be a bit of an “all-around guy” for them.
“(Brown) is a little bit of an all-around guy,” said Linehan, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s an outside receiver with a big frame (6-2, 222). He’s kind of got a ‘tweener’ size when it comes to receiver. He’s got a little bit of a TE element to his game as far as his size and the matchup and the people he’s blocking. So he should match up well in that area.
“He’s a good receiver, too. He has a real consistence game, and he’s a smart kid, so we’re excited about him.”
“Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if playing by himself,” Mitchell said, via Connor Hughes of NJ.com. “Make no doubt about it.”
Mitchell fully expects Powell and Matt Forte to average 100 yards per game and doesn’t think this is asking too much of them.
“I expect those guys each to average 100 total yards a game,” Mitchell said. “That’s not asking too much. That’s production. That’s whenever you get the ball, make something happen. That’s managing your runs. That’s making correct decisions. Those guys are going to be a big part of the offense.
“I have high expectations for them,” Mitchell added. “But my expectations can’t be higher than the expectations they have for themselves.”
Bears first-round QB Mitch Trubisky is one of just 10 draft picks who have yet to sign their rookie contracts. However, he made it clear that he won’t hold out of training camp for the best possible terms.
“I’m not going to miss any practices or anything like that,” Trubisky said, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m excited to sign my contract as soon as possible, however that goes down. But I don’t see that being held out through training camp; even if it did, I’m going to be practicing and all that. I’m looking forward to getting it done as soon as possible. I’m a Chicago Bear, no matter if they let me sign or what. I guess not, but I am.”
Trubisky added: “It’s going to get done.”
“Mike’s a great dude. He’s an absolute pro. We’ve got a great quarterback room with him, Mark Sanchez and Connor Shaw. So we’ve all been helping each other compete and getting better every day,” Trubisky said, via NFL.com. “But Mike’s the starter and I’m behind him all the way.”
“It’s my job to come in, learn the offense as fast as possible and then just go out there and compete,” Trubisky added. “[Glennon’s] helping me with anything I need help with and I’m there for him, just being another set of eyes on the field.”
New Packers DL Ricky Jean Francois said he was surprised to receive a call from Green Bay during free agency, considering that they rarely sign free agents.
“To get that phone call that the Green Bay Packers want you is rare,” Jean Francois said, via Stu Courtney of USA Today Wisconsin. “It’s rare that you see them go outside and pick guys up and if they do, it’s for a reason.
“On the first day of meetings when all the new guys stand up, I’m used to seeing like five or six guys stand up and there were only three guys to stand up. I’m blessed to get picked up.’”
Hicks suffered the hand injury while he was getting out of a pool. As of now, Kempski says that the severity of Hicks’ injury is not known and he’s yet to undergo X-rays, considering that he’s still in Greece.
Hicks sent video of his hand and even performed an array of motions for Eagles doctors. According to Kempski, the belief right now is that Hicks’ injury isn’t overly serious, and even if it’s broken, he could be looking at just a four-week injury.
Packers DL Letroy Guion was recently arrested in Hawaii. During his arrest, Guion reportedly smelled of alcohol and marijuana, stumbled when he walked and spoke with slurred speech when police pulled him.
“Please sir, it’s my birthday,” Guion told an officer, via the Associated Press. “I can have someone else drive.”
Guion was drifting between lanes when he was pulled over.
“I know I’m drunk,” Guion told the officer. “I’ve been drinking Hennessy all night. I don’t drink any of that weak stuff, only the hard stuff.”
Guion gave his wallet to his girlfriend upon being arrested and told her to bail him out of jail.
Browns WRs coach Al Saunders mentioned that he’s eager to see former first-round WR Corey Coleman get healthy and show what he can do in their offense.
“I’m disappointed for him that he can’t continue to grow in the fundamentals and skills at his position,” Saunders said, via Cleveland.com. “He missed a significant amount of time last training camp (with a hamstring). He missed significant amount of time during the season and his growth and development, he was having a terrific OTA session and then he got hurt. I’m sure that he’ll be back for training camp ready to go and he’s just got to get his hamstring stronger and get himself in shape.”
Coleman has dealt with shoulder and hamstring issues this offseason, but Saunders is still hopeful he’ll be healthy.
“I’m hoping that he’ll be healthy,” Saunders said. “That’s why we have the best trainers and the best doctors and the best medical staff in the National Football League. That’s their job to get him healthy and he wants to be healthy.”