By Rams Nation's Brandon “Blankman” Cavanaugh
- Welcome, Ramlings!
So, the NFL draft has come and gone and what a wild weekend it was. Saint Louis picked up Penn State DT Jimmy Kennedy, Hawaii LB Piso Tinoisamoa, Utah State’s Kevin Curtis, Arizona State WR Shaun McDonald, Nebraska’s DeJuan Groce and Scott Shanle, Eastern Washington’s own Dan Curley, Notre Dame’s Shane Walton, SMU’s Kevin Garrett, California’s Scott Tercero and Western New Mexico’s Richard Angulo. Welcome to the fold, gentlemen!
- Dilfer’s Son passes on.
On a sad note, today, we report that Trent Dilfer’s five year old son has passed away after a battle with heart disease. "Trevin was a very brave young boy and we are comforted in knowing that as a child of God he has returned to his maker," the Dilfer family said in a statement they issued. "We grieve, but not as those without hope." We here at Gridiron Gateway send out our best to the Dilfers and wish them peace through these difficult times.
- Eagles’ Dawkins Gets Seven More Years
Philadelphia’s three-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins knows what he likes and that’s the City of Brotherly Love. Dawkins signed on a seven year extension with the team on Monday. Brian had 131 tackles with the Eagles last season along with seven forced fumbles, three of those recovered and two picks. "I just know that both sides wanted to get this done," Dawkins said. "I know I really wanted to get it done and from conversations, especially now, you can really tell that we wanted to get it done because we were able to iron this thing out."
- Bucs Like Simms, Trim Matthews and Zolman
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw something in Chris Simms that apparently they don’t see in Shane Matthews or Greg Zolman. Must’ve been the ability to throw interceptions to the Oklahoma Sooner defense [rim shot]. The team released Matthews and Zolman just a couple of days after drafting the loins of Phil Simms. Matthews, a 10 year veteran of the NFL, signed on with Tampa Bay in March after being a part-time starter for the Washington Redskins. Zolman spent a week with the Green Bay Packers on the practice squad before signing with the Bucs in late January.
- Lucas Released by Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins released quarterback Ray Lucas on Monday, a move that was expected after Lucas struggled with his fill-in role for Jay Fiedler last season. Fiedler was 5-1 as a starter, Lucas was 2-4. "We still feel that Ray can be productive in this league, but we believe this move is in everyone's best interest," Head Coach Dave Wannstedt said. "This gives him time to try to start working as soon as possible with whatever team he winds up with."
- Redskins Sign Brad Banks; Titans Ink WSU’s Gesser
Let the free agent parade commence! Former Iowa Hawkeye Brad Banks, the Heisman Trophy Runner-up, was one of 12 free agents inked by the Washington Redskins on Monday. Banks had 25 TDs in the air, five on the ground and threw only 4 picks while accumulating a 166.0 QB rating. "He's obviously a player you move around a bit," Steve Spurrier said. "We thought Brad would give us a change of pace." Also, Former Washington State Cougar signal caller Jason Gesser signed on with the Tennessee Titans. QBs Steve McNair and Billy Volek had been the only other two quarterbacks on the roster prior to the signing after Neil O’Donnell was released for salary cap reasons.
That’s the finest from the fish wraps for today, ladies and gentlemen of the Rams Nation! Check back tomorrow for the hottest topics here at Gridiron Gateway!
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