Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

NFL Training Camps: Chicago ships McNown to Dolphins

August 23, 2001


— The Chicago Bears officially gave up on Cade McNown, their first-round draft pick of two years ago, by sending him to Miami on Wednesday for two low draft picks.

McNown, who had a 3-12 record as a starter including 1-8 last season, had been third string in Chicago behind journeymen Shane Matthews and Jim Miller.

Chicago received a sixth-round draft pick in 2002 and a conditional seventh-round pick the next year. Miami also received a 2002 seventh-round selection.

McNown had to smooth over relations with his receivers after he suggested last season he overthrew them because they were too tired to run under the football.

When he was booed after throwing three interceptions in a game, he lashed out at the Soldier Field fans, suggesting they "save their boos for TV." The next day he apologized.

McNown was the No 12 overall pick in the 1999 draft and was supposed to be the Bears' quarterback of the future. But he held out of his first training camp and never seemed to recover after the 11-day impasse. The left-hander had a 67.7 career pass rating with 281 completions in 515 attempts for 3,111 yards.


San Diego LaDainian Tomlinson ended his long holdout and ran smack into expectations.

The running back arrived in the Chargers' training camp nearly a month late, signed a six-year contract that could be worth $38 million if he meets the incentives and salary escalator clauses and then practiced for the first time.

Tomlinson, the fifth pick overall in April's draft, has 212 weeks to prepare for the season opener against Washington. Coach Mike Riley said Tomlinson won't play in Saturday night's home exhibition game against St. Louis but might play in the exhibition finale at Arizona on Aug. 31.

"I think this deal gives me enough time to get ready for opening day," said Tomlinson, a two-time NCAA rushing champion from TCU who will get a $10.5 million signing bonus.

"I think I'm in good shape. Today, I will kind of find out where I am as far as football shape."


Kirkland, Wash. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, obtained in a trade with Green Bay last March, signed a five-year, $24 million contract. Coach Mike Holmgren traded for Hasselbeck to replace Jon Kitna. Hasselbeck was Brett Favre's backup for the Green Bay Packers


Thibodaux, La. Pro Bowl offensive tackle William Roaf signed a three-year, $16.56 million contract extension that should let him end his career with his only NFL team. Added to the three years left on Roaf's deal, the extension keeps him with New Orleans through 2007.


Albany, N.Y. Jaret Holmes may have taken another step toward winning the Giants' place-kicking job by making three field goals from 41, 46, and 50 yards in the afternoon practice.

Coach Jim Fassel provided the pressure by telling Holmes and fellow kicker John Markham that the team would be running 10 40-yard dashes after practice. For every field goal attempt they made, the number of sprints would be reduced by two.


Green Bay, Wis. Defensive tackles Gilbert Brown and Russell Maryland, linebacker Na'il Diggs and cornerback Bhawoh Jue returned to the practice field after missing extended periods of time with injuries.

"It was a new feeling," coach Mike Sherman said. "It was like the first day of training camp all over again."

With linebacker Nate Wayne and defensive tackle Santana Dotson still out, Green Bay has yet to work with all 11 starters.

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