NFL Notes: Woodson leaves Denver without deal

NFL Notes: Woodson leaves Denver without deal
May 16, 2013, 9:00 am
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Charles Woodson missed seven games last season because of a broken right collarbone. (USA Today Images)

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Chip Kelly and the Eagles' quarterbacks are impressed by Matt Barkley's quick adjustment to the offense and view him as a worthy competitor (see story).

Also, Danny Watkins hopes to move on from last year -- and the year before -- and the disappointment he and his coaches had in his performance (see story).

Now, here's some news and notes from around the National Football League:

Woodson leave Denver without deal
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Charles Woodson met with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, then left town without a contract.

The Broncos have roughly $7 million in cap space and could use the veteran ball hawk in their secondary, which was burned for three long touchdown passes in their 38-35 loss to Baltimore in the playoffs.

Woodson, who will be 37 this fall, was waived by the Green Bay Packers in February after missing seven games last season because of a broken right collarbone.

Although the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers are also reportedly interested in the versatile defensive back, Denver would appear to offer Woodson his best chance at another Super Bowl run.

The eight-time Pro Bowl player has 55 career interceptions and 17 sacks, both of which rank second among active defensive backs (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Jets QB Garrard plans to retire
NEW YORK -- David Garrard is out of the New York Jets' quarterback competition.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Garrard plans to retire because of lingering knee issues.

The 35-year-old Garrard was signed in March to provide veteran competition for Mark Sanchez. But Garrard, who hadn't played in a regular-season game in the NFL since 2010 because of injuries, is planning to step away because of knee troubles.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Garrard had officially announced the decision.

NFL Network first reported that Garrard planned to retire. SiriusXM Radio host Adam Schein said that Garrard told him in a text that he had to "call it quits" because "my knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do."

The former Jacksonville Jaguars star was cut by the Miami Dolphins last summer after he needed arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left knee. Garrard was expected to be in the mix to compete for the Jets' starting job along with Sanchez and second-round pick Geno Smith. New York, which cut Tim Tebow two weeks ago, also has Greg McElroy and Matt Simms on the roster.

In a conference call with season ticket holders earlier in the day, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg insisted that the Jets starting QB job is up for grabs -- and that included Garrard at the time (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Raiders sign Cribbs to one-year deal
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent kick returner Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract.

Cribbs' agent, John Rickert, confirmed the deal when reached by phone Wednesday. He declined to disclose financial terms.

Rickert said Cribbs drew interests from several teams but felt the Raiders were the right fit after a visit to the team's headquarters last Monday.

Cribbs, who turns 30 next month, had been with the Cleveland Browns since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005. He averaged 27.4 yards on kick returns and 12 yards per punt return last season but did not have a touchdown. He also had seven receptions for 63 yards.

Cribbs' eight kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied with Leon Washington for the most in NFL history (see full story).

-The Associated Press 

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