- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

From combined dispatches

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is in the process of firing his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Boldin, in a long contract dispute with the team, informed the NFL Players Association in a letter that he intended to replace the agent. The players association says it received the letter Friday, so with the required five-day waiting period, Boldin can sign with a new agent Thursday.

Rosenhaus issued a statement saying he has “great respect” for Boldin.

“I’m hopeful we can work things out and he will return to the Rosenhaus Sports family in the near future,” Rosenhaus said.

Boldin, who has two years left on his contract with the Cardinals, is upset with team management over what he says was a failed promise for a new deal last offseason. He has asked for a trade. The Cardinals said they would listen to offers but on draft day said no team had proposed a deal that could be seriously considered.

The three-time Pro Bowl receiver sat out minicamp with what he said was a sore hamstring.

PATRIOTS: Tom Brady practiced with New England for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury in last year’s opening game.

Brady and nearly the entire team participated in the first of four days of this week’s organized team activities, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.

The first three days of OTAs were held last week for young players and others signed as free agents in the offseason who needed more time to get used to the playbook. About 50 players, roughly half the team, took part in those. The sessions are voluntary.

VIKINGS: The NFL filed notice it plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling in the case of two Minnesota players facing suspensions over positive drug tests.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson last week threw out most of the claims by Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. He also dismissed a lawsuit brought by the NFL players union on behalf of the Williamses and three New Orleans players also facing suspension.

But Magnuson sent the Williamses’ two remaining claims to state court.

In Tuesday’s filing, the NFL said it ask the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Minneapolis to review whether Magnuson misapplied federal law when he didn’t dismiss those two claims outright.

BROWNS: Cleveland signed free agent cornerback Rod Hood, a starter for Arizona in last season’s Super Bowl.

Hood spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals. He started 14 games last season, recording 40 tackles and one interception.

COWBOYS: Veteran pass rusher Greg Ellis won’t be back with Dallas next season.

Owner Jerry Jones said Ellis would be traded or released. Jones said the decision came after a meeting with Ellis on Tuesday morning.

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