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Following the follies
If you're a fan of the ''Football Follies" produced over the years by NFL Films, mark May 17 on your calendar. That's the day a new DVD, "NFL Greatest Follies," will be released. The two-disc collection features six of the programs, including the inaugural show. It will sell for $26.95. For information, go to www.whvdirect.com or www.NFLFilms.com.
More valuable player
The Titans' decision to draft Adam "Pac-Man" Jones over Antrel Rolle had nothing to do with Rolle's cover skills. In fact, Rolle was at the top of their list of cornerbacks on their draft board. So why take a player rated below him? Because the Titans also felt they needed an explosive return man after losing Derrick Mason in free agency. A debate ensued among general manager Floyd Reese, coach Jeff Fisher, and the scouting staff. Some felt the team should take the higher-rated player. Others argued that versatility mattered more because both were highly rated corners in their own right. In the end, versatility -- now often called "value" -- prevailed.
Crash landing in Cleveland
The Browns would be well within their rights to withhold as much as $2 million of Kellen Winslow's signing bonus if the tight end is unable to play next season as a result of the motorcycle accident that hospitalized him last week with serious injuries, including a worrisome knee problem. A clause in his contract prohibits him from riding on a motorcycle, but he either wasn't aware of it or wasn't concerned about it until he crashed a new bike into a wall while speeding around a suburban parking lot. The problem for the Browns is that if they punish Winslow, he might become an unhappy camper in the new Romeo Crennel regime, and since he's being counted on to carry much of the offensive load, it's a precarious position for Crennel and new GM Phil Savage. If they do go in that direction, one could surmise they have determined that Winslow suffered significant enough injuries to threaten his playing future. Eagles owner Jeff Lurie potentially faces a similarly difficult decision if wide receiver Terrell Owens makes good on his threats to hold out. Owens skipped the team's mandatory minicamp, which violates his contract. Under his present deal, Owens could lose $1.8 million in bonus money if he breaches the deal more significantly and holds out. He is under contract to earn $3.25 million next season.
Let's twist again
Bill Parcells is up to his old tricks in Dallas. At the team's rookie minicamp, he labeled No. 1 draft choice Marcus Spears, a defensive lineman out of LSU, "Chubby Checker."
Miami may be the place for Law
Ty Law can all but count out Kansas City as a possible landing place. The Chiefs were interested in the free agent cornerback before acquiring Patrick Surtain, but with what the Postons are asking for Law, they've lost interest. Many believe he'll end up in Pittsburgh or with the Jets, but don't count out Miami, where he'd only have to drive a few minutes to practice. One AFC personnel man with knowledge of Law's health and demands predicted that the four-time Pro Bowl selection will fare well after June 1 but not as well as he hopes. "There will be a lot of demand for a player like Ty," he said. "He's still one of the best corners in football when he's healthy and there's no reason to believe he won't be healthy. If he thinks he'll get a contract like Surtain's, he's wrong, but what's wrong with Ken Lucas money [about $6.5 million]? What else is he going to do in life to get paid like that?"
Material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.