In The Huddle – NFL Update

~ The Ravens waived their all-time leading rusher and 2003 NFL Offensive Player Of The Year Jamal Lewis today as he was due a $5 million roster bonus on March 3 if he was still with the team. The Ravens have been negotiating with his agent to try and restructure his deal without much success, but hope to re-sign him after free agency starts.

If the team doesn’t get Lewis back, then that will leave them with RB’s Mike Anderson and 2nd year player P.J. Daniels who didn’t play in a single game last year as a rookie.

~ 15-year veteran QB Brad Johnson was released by the Vikings today leaving 2nd year player Tavaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger as the only quarterbacks on the roster.

The Vikings have been rumored to take Brady Quinn out of Notre Dame in April’s draft, and are said not to be after a veteran name. But with a possible slew of quarterbacks rumored to be available in free agency, they may change their minds. Drew Bledsoe (Cowboys), Joey Harrington (Dolphins), and Patrick Ramsey (Jets) could all be on new teams when the 2007 season starts.

Oh, and Aaron Brooks is still out there too.

~ The Bengals released 9-year veteran LB Brian Simmons making him a free agent and able to sign with another team. Simmons missed a number of games last season with a neck injury among other things. This move leaves the Bengals with the youngest group of linebackers in the entire NFL.

~ 10-year veteran OL Ross Verba was cut by the Detroit Lions. Verba played in only 7 games last season after being inactive for 2005.

~ The Houston Texans cut three veterans Wednesday parting ways with WR Eric Moulds, OL Zach Wiegert, and DT Seth Payne. All three players have at least ten years in the league with various teams.

~ The Redskins cut TE Christian Fauria who played in nine games last year before spraining his ankle in November and ending up on injure reserve. Fauria recorded only 2 catches for 17 yards last season after spending 12 seasons with the Seahawks and Patriots.

~ Panthers’ TE Kris Mangum has retired after 12 seasons in the league, all of them with Carolina.

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