- The Washington Times - Friday, May 27, 2005

June 1 is a date NFL veterans with big salaries dread. That’s because it’s when players can be cut and not have the remainder of their signing bonus accelerate onto this year’s cap.

Clubs have become smarter over the years about managing the cap, but there will be a few casualties next week. The likeliest include Washington linebacker Mike Barrow and kick returner Chad Morton, Tampa Bay running back Charlie Garner and offensive tackle Todd Steussie, Kansas City receiver Johnnie Morton (Chad’s brother), Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon (who’s retiring), St. Louis offensive lineman Kyle Turley, San Francisco offensive lineman Scott Gragg, New Orleans offensive lineman Kendyl Jacox, Seattle cornerback Bobby Taylor and safeties Mike Logan of Pittsburgh and Lance Schulters of Tennessee.

?They can’t have me and Pacman [Jones] on the same team,? Schulters said with a smile. ?That’s too much attitude.?

Cajun cousins ? Carolina’s Jake Delhomme and fellow quarterback Stefan LeFors, the Panthers’ fourth-round pick, are near-relatives. LeFors’ wife has an aunt who is married to Delhomme’s first cousin. Delhomme and Lefors met for the first time on Easter in Delhomme’s home in Beaux Bridge, La. Four weeks later, LeFors was chosen to compete with Rod Rutherford to back up Delhomme.

?I’m not as bad as he is,? Baton Rouge native LeFors said jokingly about the quarterbacks’ mutual Cajun roots. ?I’m from the city. He’s out there by the bayou and all that. He’s a good ol’ boy.?

LeFors’ parents, brother, grandparents and several aunts and uncles are deaf, so he’s fluent in sign language.

?I’m pretty much the only hearing child in our family,? LeFors said. ?To me, it was normal. I didn’t know any different. We just communicated with our hands instead of our mouths.?

Glenn prefers Tuna ? After 11 NFL seasons, Aaron Glenn isn’t just about the money. After being released by Houston following the draft, the three-time Pro Bowl cornerback probably could have started for many teams, including Super Bowl champion New England. But Glenn chose to reunite with Dallas coach Bill Parcells, for whom he earned two Pro Bowl trips in their three years with the New York Jets.

?If you want to win, if you want to compete, it really draws you to him,? Glenn said of Parcells, who has had 10 of his former Jets or Patriots join him in Dallas. ?If you’re not willing to compete, if you’re just going through the motions … you’re not going to like him too well. Being the type of person I am, it works good for me.?

Glenn and fellow cornerback signee Anthony Henry have to improve a pass defense that was burned for 31 touchdowns last year, second most in Cowboys history.

Gruden goes Hollywood ? Not only do several football writers play ? what else? ? football writers in the remake of ?The Longest Yard,? Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden designed three of the plays used in the movie’s climatic game.

?I’m really excited about being a part of it,? Gruden said. ?I can’t wait to see the execution of those plays. They bounced some ideas off of me, and they wanted me to bounce some off of them. They gave me plenty of time to try and come up with some creativity that might help them. I’m hoping it did.?

Just for kicks ? Chicago cut kicker Paul Edinger after his dreadful 15-for-24 accuracy last season and signed veteran Doug Brien, let go by the New York Jets after his missed field goal cost them a berth in the AFC Championship game. Brien will compete with rookies Nick Novak (Maryland) and Tyler Jones (Boise State) and ex-Notre Dame kicker Nick Setta, who is playing in NFL Europe.

Tennessee is considering signing Arena League standouts Remy Hamilton and Rob Bironas to provide competition for kicker Ola Kimrin, who had a stint with Washington last year. The Titans cut Joe Nedney, and fellow veteran Gary Anderson is apparently finally done at 46.

?We are wide open to anything, and I think we have to be,? said general manager Floyd Reese.

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