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|03-14-2008, 09:44 PM||#1|
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Dan Klecko to play fullback.. :o
Eagles bring in Klecko to play fullback
NFL.com Wire Reports
The Philadelphia Eagles reached agreement with former Colt and Patriot Dan Klecko on a one-year deal, NFL Network's Adam Schefter is reporting.
In New England and Indianapolis, Klecko played defensive tackle, but the Eagles intend to move him to fullback.
In five seasons in the NFL, Klecko has made three starts -- all with the Patriots from 2003-04.
in other news
Tight end Utecht signs Bengals offer sheet
CINCINNATI -- Tight end Ben Utecht signed an offer sheet with the Cincinnati Bengals for a three-year contract.
The fourth-year pro is a restricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts can keep him by matching the Bengals' offer within a week.
The 6-foot-6, 251-pounder from Minnesota has played 41 games with 30 starts for the Colts. He has five postseason starts, including the Colts' Super Bowl victory last year. Utecht played in 14 games last season, with 31 catches for 364 yards and one touchdown.
The Bengals said Friday they wouldn't be required to compensate Indianapolis with a draft choice for Utecht, who entered the NFL as a college free agent.
Giants re-sign veteran RB Ward
New York Giants
Running back Derrick Ward, an important contributor to the Giants' 2007 championship season, re-signed with the team on Friday.
Ward was the Giants' second-leading rusher last season, when he ran for 602 yards on 125 carries (a 4.8-yard average) and three touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes ?- the fourth-highest total on the team ?- for 179 yards and another score. Ward helped keep the running game going when Brandon Jacobs suffered injuries to his knee in September and hamstring in November.
Ward's season ended early, ironically in the same game in which he rushed for a career-high 154 yards, on Dec. 2 in Chicago. Midway through the fourth quarter, Ward suffered a fractured left fibula on a four-yard run on which he picked up an important first down. Two days later, Ward was placed on injured reserve. He missed the remainder of the regular season and the Giants' four-game postseason title run.
"We are glad to have Derrick back in our stable of running backs, which will create some real competition at that position," general manager Jerry Reese said. "He brings a lot to the table as a runner, receiver, kick returner and cover specialist."
Ward was a free agent who investigated elsewhere, but his heart wasn't it in.
"I had to keep my options open, but my main goal was to stay here with the Giants," Ward said. "The Giants gave me my start. It feels good to come back to hopefully have a good year this year and be a part of the Super Bowl champion Giants. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish my career here."
The 2008 season will be Ward's fifth in the NFL and fourth with the Giants. Prior to last season, he had just 35 rushing attempts for 123 yards -- all in 2005. He had played in 27 games but never started one. But in 2007, Ward started five of the eight games in which he played. He missed four games in the middle of the season with ankle and groin injuries, then the final four plus the playoffs because of his broken leg.
"It was hard sitting out," Ward said. "It's been my dream since I was a little kid to play in the Super Bowl. I wasn't able to play in it because of my injury, but I felt I helped the team enough to get us there. It was a win-win situation for me."
Ward said his leg is "100 percent." He will be ready for the start of the offseason conditioning program on March 31.
The 5-11, 228-pound Ward joined the Giants on Oct. 13, 2004, when he was signed off the Jets' practice squad. His biggest contribution that season was a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Washington on Dec. 5. Ward played in five games and averaged 27.3 yards on 16 kickoff returns.
In 2005, Ward played in 14 games, primarily on special teams and as a reserve running back. His 123 rushing yards were the Giants' second-highest total and his 16 special teams tackles placed him fifth on the team.
Ward's 2006 season got off to a bad start when he fractured his foot in training camp. The injury forced him to miss the first six games of the season. He played in eight games, averaging 20.3 yards on 23 kickoff returns before re-injuring the foot at Philadelphia on Dec. 17. Ward was then placed on injured reserve.
Ward entered the NFL as the Jets' seventh-round draft choice (the 235th overall selection) in 2004. At Ottawa University in Kansas, Ward set NAIA single-season records with 2,061 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns and 7.8 yards per carry.
and finally (i guess harrsion should order some more hgh since the secondary is going bye-bye)
Buccaneers sign Wilson to one-year deal
NFL.com Wire Report
After losing Asante Samuel and Randall Gay to free agency, the New England Patriots have lost another defensive back.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached agreement with defensive back Eugene Wilson on a one-year, $1.8 million contract that includes $500,000 guaranteed, NFL Network's Adam Schefter is reporting.
The deal also includes $400,000 in incentives that could bring the value to the deal to $2.2 million.
The Buccaneers plan to play Wilson at cornerback.
Shortly before he finalized the deal, the Bengals and Vikings jumped in to see if they could sign him, but Wilson had made his decision.
Wilson started six games for the Patriots in 2007, registering one interception, which was returned for a touchdown. Wilson recorded 10 interceptions over five seasons in New England.
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|03-14-2008, 11:10 PM||#2|
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Re: Dan Klecko to play fullback.. :o
Jeez both two underated players going to bad teams may give them sparks?..
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