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Vick case could move to grand jury in July

May 30th, 2007 Comments off

Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that Surry County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter has indicated that enough evidence has come forward to progress the case to the extent that a specially called grand jury could take place at some point this summer, possibly as early as July.

Poindexter is in charge of the investigation of allegations of Vick’s involvement in dogfighting at a former property of his in Virginia. According to the AJC, two people have come forward potentially offering their testimony. Currently, Poindexter and investigators are looking into the backgrounds of both persons.

A search warrant was issued last week around the notion of searching Vick’s former property for the remains of several dead dogs and also instruments including weapons, ropes, and shovels that could have brought about the demise of those dogs. However, due to language in the search warrant, it has not yet been executed.

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VA Attorney General could take over Vick case

May 25th, 2007 Comments off

WAVY TV reports that Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell may take over the decision making process from Surry County prosecutor Gerald Poindexter on whether to charge Michael Vick on his involvement to suspected dogfighting and animal abuse that occurred on his property.

Earlier this week, investigators met to review evidence, but no charges were filed upon conclusion of the meeting. According to reports, Poindexter seems confident charges will be brought eventually, although no firm timetable has been expressed. Although it is yet unknown if Vick himself will be charged. Up until now, McDonnell has had no involvement in the case or investigation, and has admitted that he is only informed as much as the public has been.

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Free Agent Tracker

May 25th, 2007 Comments off

This is where we will monitor the comings and goings of free agents.

Comings
Mar. 2 – FB Ovie Mughelli, Ravens
Mar. 2 – LB Marcus Wilkins, Bengals
Mar. 7 – CB Lewis Sanders, Texans
Mar. 7 – WR Joe Horn, Saints
Mar. 14 – G Toniu Fonoti, Dolphins
Mar. 14 – WR Derrick Hamilton
Mar. 22 – QB Chris Redman
Mar. 23 – K Aaron Elling
Mar. 27 – DT Anthony Bryant, Lions
Apr. 9 – QB Joey Harrington, Dolphins
May 4 – K Billy Cundiff, Saints
May 8 – OT Leander Jordan, Chargers
May 9 – S Nick Turnbull, Bears

Goings
Mar. 2 – LB Ed Hartwell (released/Bengals)
Mar. 2 – LB Ike Reese (released)
Mar. 3 – WR Ashley Lelie (FA/49ers)
Mar. 5 – G Matt Lehr (released/Buccaneers)
Mar. 5 – LS Gavin Tarquinio (released)
Mar. 6 – DE Patrick Kerney (FA/Seahawks)
Mar. 9 – FB Justin Griffith (FA/Raiders)
Mar. 21 – QB Matt Schaub (trade/Texans)
Apr. 9 – CB Kevin Mathis (released/retired)
Apr. 20 – C Austin King (FA/Seahawks)
Apr. 24 – S J.R. Reed (released)
Apr. 24 – LB Ryan Riddle (released)
May 2 – G Ben Claxton (released/Raiders)
May 2 – CB Kevin Hobbs (released/Seahawks)
May 2 – RB Butchie Wallace (released)
May 7 – TE Eric Beverly (released/Lions)
May 10 – CB Jason Webster (released/Bills)
May 14 – DT Anthony Bryant (released)
May 14 – CB Derrick Johnson (released/Dolphins)
May 14 – C Brian Ferentz (released)
May 14 – C Jason Palermo (released)

Staying
Mar. 19 – G Ben Claxton (EFA)
Mar. 19 – K Michael Koenen (EFA)
Mar. 19 – FB Corey McIntyre (EFA)
Apr. 4 – TE Dwayne Blakley (RFA)
Apr. 23 – LB Demorrio Williams (RFA)

Scheduled Visits
Mar. 2 – TE Reggie Kelly, Bengals*
Mar. 2 – LB Marcus Wilkins, Bengals
Mar. 3 – G Floyd Womack, Seahawks*
Mar. 5 – S Deon Grant, Jaguars*
Mar. 5 – WR Joe Horn, Saints
Mar. 5 – CB Roderick Hood, Eagles*
Mar. 7 – CB William James, Eagles*
Mar. ? – WR Alex Bannister, Seahawks (according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, had already visited Falcons as of March 8)
Mar. 14 – OT Leander Jordan, Chargers
Mar. 22 – DT Ian Scott, Bears*
Apr. 4 – QB Jay Fiedler, FA
Apr. 6 – QB Joey Harrington, Dolphins
Apr. 18 – DT Kenderick Allen, Packers*

Rumored Interest
QB Tim Rattay, Buccaneers*
QB Anthony Wright, Bengals*
WR Kelley Washington, Bengals*
G Edwin Mulitalo, Ravens*
G Eric Steinbach, Bengals*
G Ross Tucker, FA*
DE Jimmy Wilkerson, Chiefs*
DT Seth Payne, Texans
LB Chris Draft, Panthers*
LB Napoleon Harris, Vikings*
CB Dre’ Bly, Lions*
CB Jamar Fletcher, Lions*
CB Deltha O’Neal, Bengals
S Cameron Worrell, Bears*
K Jay Feely, Giants*
K Olindo Mare, Dolphins*

* indicates player that has already signed a contract with another team

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Finneran goes down again

May 14th, 2007 Comments off

Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that wide receiver Brian Finneran re-injured his knee during the Falcons three-day minicamp over the weekend. Finneran was coming off a torn ACL suffered last summer.

The severity of the injury has yet to be determined, but will be so after further medical tests to see if he will be able to play this season. Initial prognosis from last year’s knee injury was that Finneran would be able to return to full speed at the start of this summer’s training camp. That return likely will be postponed, with the possibility that Finneran may be out for the remainder of this season. If that is the case, it may spell the end of his Falcon career.

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Falcons dump six

May 14th, 2007 Comments off

The Falcons released six players following their three-day minicamp on Monday. Among the six were two undrafted rookies in P Gordon Ely-Kelso and S Allyn Bacchus. Also released were DT Anthony Bryant, C Brian Ferentz, CB Derrick Johnson, and C Jason Palermo.

Bryant was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions at the end of March, in hopes that he would shore up depth at nose tackle. But with the draft selection of Trey Lewis in the sixth round, and the increasing hopes that Grady Jackson will be with the team this season, Bryant’s value to the team lessened.

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Buchanan denies Vick comments

May 14th, 2007 2 comments

Former Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan denied reports that he had indicated Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was heavily involved in dog fighting per an AJC report. Last Friday, FOX Sports Radio host Chris Landry indicated that Buchanan had intimated to him in an off-air, off the record conversation over draft weekend about Vick’s reported involvement in dog fighting.

Buchanan said that he had told Landry that Vick is passionate about his dogs, but never that it was anyway related to dog fighting. Upon hearing of Buchanan’s denial, Landry indicated that he stands by his previous report.

Buchanan played with the Falcons between 1997 and 2003, including the last three years as a teammate of Vick.

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Jackson not practicing

May 11th, 2007 Comments off

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC writes that Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson is present at the team’s three-day minicamp as expected, but is not expected to actually get action on the field due to recovery from off-season knee surgery.

The severity of Jackson’s knee injury is not exactly known, although his agent, Angelo Wright, indicated that it was not an issue in Ledbetter’s article.

Fellow starting defensive tackle Rod Coleman is also missing mini-camp, but his injury is much more severe. Coleman injured his quadriceps during draft weekend and is expected to miss 3-5 months.

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Vick not causing a distraction

May 11th, 2007 Comments off

In an AJC article by Steve Wyche, Falcons wide receiver Joe Horn and cornerback DeAngelo Hall indicated that the off-field issues of Michael Vick are not causing distractions to the team. Horn said that Vick is focused and trying to retain his role as team leader. The Falcons began a three-day minicamp today.

Vick’s most recent run-in with the law involves accusations of animal abuse and illegal dog-fighter on property he owns in Virginia. Vick has denied any direct connection to the illegal activities that go on at the property outside ownership and having family members reside there. But some reports indicate that Vick was much more involved at the illegal canine activity at the property. As of yet, no charges have been filed against him. Reportedly, the property was sold this past Wednesday.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank indicated in other reports that he is somewhat concerned about the potential for Vick to serve a suspension due to this off-field incidents. Vick met with league commissioner Roger Goodell on draft day, in which Goodell clearly indicated his expectations on Vick’s behavior. Goodell has recently instituted a much tougher player conduct policy, under which Vick may face league punishment regardless of the legal outcome of the investigation.

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Jackson to attend minicamp

May 8th, 2007 Comments off

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson is expected to attend the team’s mandatory minicamp which starts on Friday.

Jackson is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the team over leaked reports of him failing a physical last March before signing with the Falcons in August. According to Ledbetter, the Falcons have filed a petition to get the suit thrown out of court.

Past reports indicated that Jackson planned to continue his career with the Falcons despite the legal battle, and his expected participation this weekend would seem to back that up.

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Falcons add Jordan

May 8th, 2007 Comments off

The Falcons added more help to their offensive line today by signing free agent Leander Jordan. Jordan missed the entire 2006 season with a neck stinger suffered during the preseason last year with the San Diego Chargers. He will add depth for the Falcons up front and potentially compete for a starting job.

In 2005, Jordan started 9 games for the Chargers, including 8 at left tackle as a replacement for injured Roman Oben. His other start came as a replacement for right tackle Shane Olivea in Week 6. Jordan has played several positions, and has experience at both guard and tackle positions, making him an ideal utility player up front. He has appeared in 37 games over his 7-year career and has started a total of 14 of them. He was originally a 3rd round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2000 out of Indiana (PA).

Jordan adds depth to the Falcons offensive line, and could potentially compete for the vacant left guard position. Currently rookie Justin Blalock and fellow free agent signing Toniu Fonoti are slated to compete for that position.

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