Former Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke's agent met with a Panthers official Tuesday, attempting to complete deals before the start of training camp.
Tom Condon, who also represents linebacker Dan Morgan, visited with Marty Hurney, director of football operations, but no agreements were reached. Morgan, Weinke and safety Jarrod Cooper are the only unsigned Panthers. Morgan and Weinke have a chance to compete for starting jobs when rookies report to training camp Sunday afternoon.
Lewis' appeal rejected
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue denied Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' appeal of a six-figure fine imposed on him by the league.
Tagliabue's ruling ends one of the most troubling moments in NFL history, with Ravens officials privately saying that they are happy the ordeal is over and that Lewis has moved on. Lewis could not be reached for comment.
Lewis was arrested and charged by the Atlanta police in the stabbing deaths of two men outside a nightclub after the Super Bowl in January 2000. Lewis was charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
But the prosecution's case crumbled and murder charges against Lewis were dropped in June 2000 in exchange for a guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of obstruction of law enforcement officers and interference with a law enforcement investigation.
After the guilty plea, Tagliabue fined Lewis $250,000 for lying to the police, the largest non-suspension fine levied against a player by the league office.
RAIDERS: The odds of free-agent wide receiver Andre Rison re-signing are long now that he faces the prospect of missing the first quarter of the regular season. Rison faces a possible suspension for failure to abide by the mandated aftercare conditions for a repeat offender in the NFL's substance, alcohol and steroid abuse programs, according to ESPN.com.