2011 NFL Signings and Trade Rumors: Brett Favre Comeback, Braylon Edwards, McFadden and more!



Is Brett Favre making a comeback again? Why might Braylon Edwards draw criticism from Terrell Owens? Should Oakland Raiders fans be worried about Darren McFadden’s latest injury? What are the latest 2011 NFL Signings? NFL trade rumors? NFL News?

The Sportsbank is all over the latest NFL News like Osi Umenyiora on a quarterback Tom Brady.

Here’s the latest news for August 5, 2011:

The Brett Favre comeback rumors are again heating up! His possible destination? The Miami Dolphins. All jokes about retiring in Florida aside, the Dolphins are also linked to former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who is trying to comeback after years of retirement. After a miserable season with the Minnesota Vikings last season, would Favre really want to go at it again? Tony Sparano told the Miami Sun-Sentinel: “I can’t rule anything out…I’m giving you the only answer I can give you,” when asked of their interest in Favre. With Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush on the roster, it could be an alluring offer for Favre to consider.  NFL off-seasons would not be the same without Brett Favre rumors.

Pittsburg Steelers franchised linebacker LaMarr Woodely signed a six-year, $61.5 million deal to remain with the team, likely for the rest of his career. Woodley has 39 career sacks in his NFL.

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora can’t stay out of the news. First he was being traded, then he wasn’t being traded. He drew criticism from team captain Justin Tuck for not practicing, and now he might require knee surgery. Reportedly the injury is torn meniscus cartilage in the same knee that kept Umenyiora on the sidelines for all of the 2008 season.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Braylon Edwards to a one-year, $3.5 million contract Thursday. In a move sure to cause come controversy among 49ers fans and T.O. himself, Edwards chose to wear No. 81, the number worn for years by Terrell Owens, when he was with the team. Edwards had 904 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season with the New York Jets. With Michael Crabtree sidelined with a foot injury, Edwards can easily claim number one receiver status with Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers.

TE Marcedes Lewis has signed a five-year $35 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 700 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden suffered a fracture of an orbital bone during practice and will be sidelined for two weeks. McFadden is a major piece of the Raiders offense as he rushed for 1,157 yards last season and had another 507 yards receiving.

Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain will miss a week or more after fracturing his left hand while being tackled Wednesday. His main competition, Tim Hightower, who was acquired by the Redskins in a trade from the Arizona Cardinals practiced with the team Thursday for the first time. Hightower wants to make an impact with his new team and he’s got the tools to do it. He’s rushed for 1,733 yards, scored 23 touchdowns and has 801 receiving yards in three seasons with the Cardinals.

New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, reportedly at his own request was released by the team on Thursday. He had a career of 4,474 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns with the team. He is expected to be replaced by long-time Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason, who is expected to sign with the team. Mason, who has 66 touchdowns in 14 seasons in the NFL.


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