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Wideouts on the market: Warrick cut by Bengals, Price by Falcons

Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Cincinnati Bengals gave up on Peter Warrick, cutting the former first round pick on Tuesday, the day NFL teams were required to get down to 65 players.

The move came a day after the injury-plagued Warrick asked to be released if the Bengals had written him out of their plans. He has played in only one preseason game because of injuries, failing to catch a pass.

Atlanta, meanwhile, dumped Peerless Price, another one-time top receiver. His problem was inefficiency and salary. And Chicago cut quarterback Chad Hutchinson, who had been the starter for two games, but was demoted to fourth string after two dismal showings in exhibition games.

The fourth overall pick in the 2000 draft, Warrick arrived in Cincinnati looking to transfer his magic from national champion Florida State to the bumbling Bengals. They failed to make the playoffs or have a winning season during his five years, and Warrick had only one notable season.

He caught 79 passes for 819 yards in 2003, carried 18 times for 157 yards, scored eight touchdowns and started looking like the shifty playmaker the Bengals thought they were drafting.

Warrick tore knee cartilage in mid-December 2003, had arthroscopic surgery and missed only one game. It was the start of leg problems that cost him his job and, eventually, his roster spot.

A small crack in a bone by the knee limited him to four games and 11 catches last season, his most exasperating in Cincinnati. He missed the minicamps and the start of training camp while the leg healed.

Warrick played in only one preseason game this year, carrying once on a reverse — he gained 2 yards before slipping — and failing to catch a pass. Then, he sat out practices last week because of a tender hamstring.

''There is some disappointment involved in making this move,'' coach Marvin Lewis said. ''But I believe it's in the best interests of the Bengals and Peter to go forward.''

The Bengals also placed starting safety Kim Herring on injured reserve with a shoulder injury and signed safety Ifeanyi Ohalete, cut by Arizona, and former Green Bay linebacker Hannibal Navies.

The Falcons signed Price signed to a $37 million contract with a $10 million signing bonus after getting him from Buffalo in a 2003 trade that cost them a first-round draft pick.

Price was coming off a career season with the Bills, catching 94 passes for 1,252 passes and nine touchdowns in 2002, and was expected to give Michael Vick a go-to receiver.

But the move never worked out. Price had only 45 catches and three touchdowns last season, and he was demoted to second team behind Michael Jenkins coming into training camp.

When Price suffered a concussion in a preseason game, his fate was sealed.

''It's just not a good fit here,'' coach Jim Mora said. ''That's the bottom line. It's my hope that he'll go on and be productive with another team.''

Eagles

Defensive end Jerome McDougle, shot during a robbery attempt in July, will miss at least six weeks of the regular season.

The Eagles placed Mc-Dougle and three other players on the non-football injury or physically unable to perform lists on Tuesday. All four players will be eligible to return between the sixth and ninth weeks of the regular season. The Eagles would then have to decide whether to activate them or put them on injured reserve and lose them for the rest of the year.

Jets

John Abraham worked out for the first time since signing his $6.7 million tender as the franchise player on Monday.

About the only thing that was different was his number: Abraham switched from No. 94 to No. 56, taking the jersey from rookie Dennis Haley.

He had always wanted to wear 56 — for his birthday, May 6 — but it was always taken in his first five years with the team. With his new number on his back, Abraham had some of his same tricks when it got time to do some drills.

Giants

Eli Manning threw on the sidelines for the third straight day Tuesday and said his sprained elbow continues to improve. He also confirmed that he sent his MRI results to noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., to get a second opinion after being examined by Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants' doctor.

Manning said he canceled a trip to visit Andrews due to concerns over Hurricane Katrina, and that he probably wouldn't reschedule it because his condition was improving. He said Andrews agreed with Warren's analysis of the injury.

Manning was hurt in the second quarter of the Giants' 27-21 win over Carolina on Aug. 20.



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