TANK JOHNSON SUSPENDED EIGHT GAMES by Michael David Smith
Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson has been suspended for eight games for violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy, ESPN has reported.
The report said Johnson's suspension could be reduced to six games, and that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was impressed that Johnson seemed contrite when the two met shortly after Johnson finished his 60-day stay in Cook County Jail. Still, the lengthy suspension contradicts several reports that Johnson would get off relatively easy, including some bizarre suggestions that the fact that Johnson had done time behind bars should entitle him to gentler treatment from Goodell.
The suspension makes Johnson the third player this off-season to lose at least half a season to Goodell's new get-tough policy. Previously, Bengals receiver Chris Henry got an eight-game suspension, and Titans cornerback Pacman Jones was suspended for all of 2007.
Johnson's time in the slammer was the result of a parole violation on a 2005 weapons charge. Johnson has had multiple run-ins with the law, and during the season, Johnson's friend Willie B. Posey was arrested on drug charges after police searched Johnson's house. Two days later, Posey was shot and killed while out at a nightclub with Johnson.
For the Bears, the loss of Johnson for half a season means they desperately need their top defensive tackle, Tommie Harris, to stay healthy. The Bears' defense declined at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs when Harris got hurt, and starting the season with both Johnson and Harris out could cause serious problems for the defending NFC champions.
PFT also had a little blurb that Brady Quinn might hold out. I found that amusing for some reason
BRADY QUINN HOLDOUT COMING? by Michael David Smith
Five months ago today, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn was waking up the morning after an ugly loss in the Sugar Bowl ended his college career. The game hadn't gone well for him or his team, but at that point, Quinn still had realistic hopes of becoming the first pick in the 2007 NFL draft.
But draft day turned out to be even uglier for Quinn than the Sugar Bowl. By the time the Browns selected him 22nd overall, he had watched the value of his rookie contract decline by many millions of dollars.
According to Mark Curnutte of the Cincinnati Enquirer, a dispute over just how many millions of dollars Quinn will get from the Browns could result in Quinn staying home at the beginning of training camp.
Curnutte cites Browns insiders who say there's a good chance Quinn's agent, Tom Condon, will hold out Quinn once training camp starts. Quinn was noncommittal when reporters asked him about contract negotiations.