- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

From combined dispatches

Arizona star wide receiver Anquan Boldin says the Cardinals lied to him about a new contract and that he has no desire to re-sign with the organization.

Boldin, a two-time Pro Bowl player and a team captain last season, said Thursday that he was promised a new contract before this season, and he has directed his agent to stop negotiations with the team.

“Right now I don’t want a deal,” he said after the players went through a running drill. “You may think I’m funny or saying that just to say it, but for me, I’m tired of it. I washed my hands of the whole situation.”

Boldin, a two-time Pro Bowl player and a team captain last season, has three years left on the four-year, $22.75 million contract extension he signed after the 2005 season that keeps him under contract through 2010. He’s making an average of $4 million a year.

PACKERS: There were plenty of No. 4 jerseys in the stands and a smattering of jeers for general manager Ted Thompson at the annual meeting of Green Bay shareholders at Lambeau Field.

But given the chance to air their grievances directly to the team’s leadership, shareholders didn’t turn the meeting into one big bring-back-Brett rally.

Instead, most of the 9,375 people who attended the meeting pleasantly applauded Thompson and team president and CEO Mark Murphy, then gave a sustained standing ovation to coach Mike McCarthy.

The reaction seemed to indicate that many of the fans who own a tiny stake in the team they love are backing the front office in its standoff with Brett Favre. The three-time MVP asked to be released from his contract when his 11th-hour desire to unretire was met with lukewarm enthusiasm from the Packers, who committed to moving forward after Favre retired in March.

GIANTS: Super Bowl hero David Tyree was placed on the physically unable to perform list because of lingering problems recovering from surgery on his right knee.

Tyree, whose one-handed catch of a pass against his helmet led to the game-winning touchdown against New England in the Super Bowl, is uncertain how long it will take to recover from his surgery in April.

“If they tell you four months, you want to get back in three weeks,” Tyree said after reporting to training camp at the University at Albany. “But it’s not guaranteed with everything working perfectly, and most times things don’t work perfectly.”

RAIDERS: Star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha officially signed his $9.765 million franchise player tender offer and joined Oakland in time for the first training camp practice, but running back LaMont Jordan has been told to stay away from the team.

Jordan is scheduled to make $4.7 million this year and $5 million next season but has no role with the Raiders after the team drafted Darren McFadden.

Coach Lane Kiffin said owner Al Davis is dealing with Jordan’s agent, Alvin Keels, to resolve the situation. Jordan visited Detroit earlier this month but has not found a new team willing to trade for him.



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