The Oakland Raiders have assigned a second-round restricted free agent tender to veteran long snapper Jon Condo, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Condo is a former Pro Bowl specialist regarded as one of the top long snappers in the NFL.
Before joining the Raiders, Condo had stints with the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys.
Condo, 29, played collegiately at the University of Maryland.
Condo was an all-state linebacker, baseball player and wrestler growing up in Pennsylvania.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Eric Wright had a rough season by all accounts. He struggled in coverage. He gave up three touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin in an early-season loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
He didn’t play up to expectations for a player of his abilities.
How did fans respond?
According to Wright, his life was threatened.
"I went from people expecting me to be a top cornerback in the league to receiving death threats," Wright told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"It was a lot to deal with It’s hard to dig yourself out of that type of hole when you have the worst game of your career.
"Then, the team’s losing and we had a young corner in Joe Haden who looked great playing. There was a lot of negative attention around my struggles and it was hard to overcome."
Wright said he wasn’t worried about the death threats and didn’t report them to the organization or police.
"I wasn’t fearing for my life," Wright said. "As serious as a death threat may be, I wasn’t going to let a few bad apples ruin the whole tree."
Wright got beat by several other receivers, including Santonio Holmes and Terrell Owens.
"Whether others were there or not, it didn’t matter," Wright said. "By that time, it’s going to be Eric Wright’s fault. It was two or three games and a few other plays and it destroys everything you’ve worked hard for as far as making a name for yourself. By the time people are saying, ‘He [stinks], get him out of there,’ it’s hard to shake."
Wright was recently given a second-round restricted tender. He could also be an unrestricted free agent if the collective bargaining agreement gets worked out.
He prefers to stay in Cleveland and has gotten good feedback from team president Mike Holmgren.
"I want to be in Cleveland," Wright said. "I feel like we’re going in the right direction and I’m hopeful. He said he knows that player wasn’t me. He said he knows the player I am and that he wishes I would’ve come to his office last year so he could’ve helped me."
Rey Maualuga had an "extremely average" season in the estimation of Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
Now, Maualuga is vowing to respond with a better season.
“I think it’s a good thing he said that and then again why did he single me out. I don’t know?” Maualuga told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think this organization expected a lot out of me when I first stepped foot in this place. Then again I expected a lot out of myself as well. It’s like you ask the fan sitting out in the stands what stood out from Rey this year and I’m sure people won’t say as much. They will say I made a play here or there. I’m not satisfied with how I performed.”
Maualuga finished last season with 81 tackles, one sack and two interceptions.
The Bengals plan to move Maualuga to middle linebacker.
It’s time for him to show why he was drafted in the second round out of USC and regain his old form.
“I need to start becoming a leader and the person I want to be and then everything will fall into place. I can’t sit here and wait,” Maualuga said.
“It’s my third year in and it’s time to step it up, wake up and play. Things don’t get handed to you, you have to grab it. Now is my time to step it up and prove people wrong. I can’t be some random dude walking around the locker rooms anymore.”