At least two NFL owners contacted Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis in the past week to see if they could entice him to leave South Bend, Ind., for the richer confines of the NFL, Weis confirmed over the weekend. Weis told each owner thanks, but no thanks.
The Bucs are targeting a few "specific players" to acquire before today's trading deadline, coach Jon Gruden said. He wouldn't reveal his wish list, but the team seems willing to part with a player, draft picks or a combination of both to help dig out of a 1-4 start. Tampa Bay's biggest needs seem to be in the secondary or on the defensive line.
-- St. Petersburg Times
Coach Art Shell expects Jerry Porter and Randy Moss to remain Raiders. Shell said he hasn't ruled out the possibility of Porter playing for the Raiders this season.
-- Oakland Tribune
It is a safe bet that Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards is not going anywhere. It is known that only the Saints have shown interest in Edwards since he was put on the trading block in April. It is likely now that a second-round pick is what it would take to pry Edwards from the Chargers.
-- San Diego Union-Tribune
Shaun Alexander, the Seahawks running back expected to be back from a cracked bone in his left foot as soon as this Sunday, will likely miss another two weeks as the injury continues to heal. Maurice Morris will continue on as the starter.
-- Seattle Times
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, very active at the end of the preseason, is exploring all options. The most likely player to be dealt is RB Derrick Blaylock, who hasn't carried the ball in four games.
-- New York Daily News
Colts WR Brandon Stokley ruled out any chance of playing against the Redskins, which might lead to the team signing free-agent wide receiver Ricky Proehl.
-- Indianapolis Star
The Texans aren't interested in Tennessee running back Chris Brown, who wants to be traded.
-- Houston Chronicle
Despite his inconsistent play and fans' pleas for Jason Campbell, Coach Joe Gibbs says Mark Brunell will remain his starting quarterback.
-- Washington Post
Ravens coach Brian Billick dismissed any notion of a quarterback controversy at yesterday's news conference, making it clear that the team's prized acquisition this offseason, Steve McNair, is not in danger of losing his job to the team's long-criticized former first-round pick, Kyle Boller.
-- Baltimore Sun
He is eligible to return to practice Wednesday, but Curtis Martin is apparently not healthy enough. Jets coach Eric Mangini said Monday that Martin would not be activated for at least another two weeks, which means the earliest he can resume practicing with the team is during its bye week, which falls at the midpoint of the season.
-- New York Times
The Texans released cornerback Phillip Buchanon, a former first-round draft pick who had struggled ever since former GM Charley Casserly sent two high draft picks to Oakland for him. His inability to stay on the practice field cost him his jersey.
-- Houston Chronicle
Green Bay receiver Robert Ferguson has been diagnosed with a dreaded Lisfranc injury to his right foot and conceivably could miss the rest of the season. With Koren Robinson facing possible NFL suspension for off-the-field conduct, the team might place Ferguson on injured reserve and add another player at the position.
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Safety Marcus Coleman has not yet been re-signed to the Cowboys' active roster after being released over the weekend. But his return is expected.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Eagles coach Andy Reid did not rule out making some defensive changes, including replacing starting safety Michael Lewis, for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.
-- Philadelphia Inquirer
The Dolphins coaching staff today will discuss making a change in the deep secondary for Sunday's game against Green Bay, but that does not mean first-round pick Jason Allen is in line for a promotion.
-- Miami Herald
Lions coach Rod Marinelli said Monday that Shawn Bryson probably will require knee surgery and the team might have to sign another running back.
-- Detroit Free Press