INDIANAPOLIS — Former Bucs first-round draft pick Anthony "Booger" McFarland was waived Wednesday by the Colts in what the defensive tackle's agent called a "disappointing" move by the team.
"I'd say I'm surprised, but, really, I'm not,'' Karl Bernard, McFarland's agent, told the Indianapolis Star. "This is the NFL, and nothing surprises me anymore.''
The newspaper said the Colts freed up approximately $8-million in salary-cap space. McFarland, 30, was due a base salary of $6.85-million. The team also released veteran linebacker Rob Morris, 33.
"It's a little disappointing because there was no attempt to redo the contract, and that's something Anthony would have been interested in,'' Bernard told the Star. "It's also disappointing because of how the team brass acknowledged his contributions when he played and the fact he's well ahead of schedule with his rehabilitation."
There was no comment by the team.
McFarland was the 15th overall pick by the Bucs and then-coach Tony Dungy in 1999 out of LSU. He was traded by the Bucs in 2006 to Dungy and the Colts. But McFarland tore a knee tendon in training camp during the summer and missed the entire season.
Myron Cope, voice of Steelers, dies at 79
PITTSBURGH — Myron Cope spoke in a language and with a voice never before heard in a broadcast booth, yet a loving Pittsburgh understood him perfectly during an unprecedented 35 years as a Steelers announcer.
The screechy-voiced Mr. Cope, a writer by trade and an announcer by accident whose colorful catch phrases and twirling Terrible Towel became nationally known symbols of the Steelers, died Wednesday at age 79.
Mr. Cope died at a nursing home in Mount Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb. He had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure in recent months.
Mr. Cope's tenure from 1970-2004 as color analyst on the Steelers' radio network is the longest in NFL history for a broadcaster with a single team and led to his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2005.
"It is a very sad day, but Myron lived every day to make people happy, to use his great sense of humor to dissect the various issues of the sporting world. … He's a legend," former Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Andy Russell said.
PANTHERS DUMP CARR: Carolina cut ties with quarterback David Carr and brought back an old favorite, receiver Muhsin Muhammad. Carr was released a year after he signed a $6-million, two-year deal after a five-year stint as a starter in Houston. Muhammad prepares for his second stint with the club, a week after he was released by the Bears.
Browns: The team terminated the contract of defensive lineman Orpheus Roye.
Chiefs: The team informed four players, including starting cornerback Ty Law, that they would be released, the Kansas City Star reported.
Lions: Free-agent safety Dwight Smith signed a two-year contract. Smith played for the Bucs from 2001-04, setting a Super Bowl record in 2002 by returning two interceptions for TDs.
Titans: Receiver Justin Gage agreed to multiyear contract.
Vikings: Quarterback Kelly Holcomb, who went 0-3 as a starter last season while Tarvaris Jackson was hurt, was released.