News and Notes around the NFL

Timmons sits out morning session: Linebacker Lawrence Timmons did not participate in todays’ morning session according to sources. Timmons felt a twinge in the his groin yesterday and it is unknown when he will return to the practice field.

Smith to supplant Clark: Anthony Smith has been lights out during the first five days of camp. Ryan Clark came into camp as the starting free safety but all indications are Anthony Smith will be the starter when the Steelers open up against Cleveland.

Steelers interested in Simeon Rice: According to a source, if the price is right Mike Tomlin is interested in bringing in DE Simeon Rice for a visit. The source said its very unlikely the Steelers will sign Rice but he could be used as a pass-rusher in the nickel base defense. Tomlin coached Rice while he was in Tampa Bay. The Lions, Skins, Bears are the front runners to sign Rice.

Browns sign Joe Thomas: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Browns have signed OL Joe Thomas to a six-year, $42.5 million deal with about $23 million in guarantees. He is the highest draft pick to have reached a deal so far. The team also reportedly reached a deal with second-round pick Eric Wright, who shares an agent with Thomas and is expected to sign today.

LJ to hold out: According to the Kansas City Star, the KC Chiefs have not upped their offer to star running back Larry Johnson in over two months. Johnson is seeking 30 million in guarantees

The best option for Daunte Culpepper: According to John Clayton, it’s starting to look like Tampa Bay is the best option for Culpepper. The Buccaneers have a additional $7.2 million in salary-cap space. Per John Clayton, “Jacksonville dropped out because of Culpepper’s insistence on a one-year deal. The Jaguars were at one point willing to give him a three-year deal when they were talking trade with the Dolphins. Now, the Jaguars are out. The Falcons are out. With Jake Plummer not showing up, Tampa Bay becomes an interesting possibility.
The Ravens and Rams could also be options.”

Mark Bulger agrees to 6 year extension: Mark Bulger has signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract. The deal includes 26.5 million in guarantees.

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