Pro Speak 6/24: NFC East and AFL

This week we check in with the former Buckeyes who suit up for teams in the NFC East, including Terry Glenn, Bobby Carpenter and Bam Childress. Also in this edition: your yearly Arena Football League recap!

Certainly the biggest name of the bunch belongs to Terry Glenn, who in 13 NFL seasons has caught 593 passes for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns.

He's also made the most headlines this offseason as he has been held out of the Dallas Cowboys' offseason training activities because he refuses to sign injury waiver that would reportedly reduce his base salary for this season from $1.74 million to $500,000.

The 33-year-old told ESPN's Ed Werder early last week that he would not sign the waiver and would instead prefer to be released so he could pursue a chance to continue his career with another team.

Later Glenn told Werder As an added twist, over the weekend on ESPN pro football analyst and former Cowboy Marcellus Wiley said Glenn was caught up in a "civil war" between Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and former coach Bill Parcells.

"They are asking (Glenn) to do something that is almost unprecedented which is sign a $500,000 waiver and then go out and play. But what we still haven't heard from Jerry Jones is, what is the ‘Or else?' What happens if I don't sign this deal if I'm Terry Glenn.

"Unfortunately, this is like an ego clash. This is something that is a little bigger than just Terry Glenn going on the field and performing and getting healthy. It's also, ‘Do I want to get rid of all the Bill Parcells guys?' "

Terrell Owens is the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver. Behind Glenn at wide receiver are Patrick Crayton, Isiah Stanback and Sam Hurd, among others...

The news out of the Lone Star State is slightly better for Bobby Carpenter, whose work during OTAs garnered praise from reporters covering the team, although all indications are he remains No. 2 on the depth chart behind newly acquired Zach Thomas.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported June 13 that Carpenter believes the Cowboys received at least two trade offers for him, including one from the Miami Dolphins, a franchise now run by Parcells, the man who drafted Carpenter with the 18th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

The team, however, told Carpenter's agent it had no interest in giving him up.

"I'd like to think that means they have a plan for me," Carpenter told the newspaper. "We will see. I just want an opportunity to play."

In two seasons, Carpenter has played in 29 games with one start. He has 37 total tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

According to DallasCowboys.com, the starters in head coach Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense figure to be Greg Ellis, Bradie James, Thomas and DeMarcus Ware with the second group consisting of Justin Rogers, Kevin Burnett, Carpenter and Anthony Spencer.

The team's website also reports that former Buckeye Tyler Everett was working as a second-team safety during OTAs...

Glenn is not the only former Buckeye in the division who did not do much (if anything) with his team during the offseason. Veteran Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs was absent as well, but no one who spoke on the record seemed too terribly concerned.

"He is in Arizona working hard," fellow corner Fred Smoot told reporters. "He always comes back as one of the best conditioned guys on the team, so it's nothing to worry about.

"I don't look at it like he is skipping out. He is doing what he feels comfortable doing to get ready for the season. If he comes and doesn't play at the same level, then I am sure the people in the front office will find something wrong with that. As long as he is playing like he is playing, don't take him out of his comfort zone."…

Finally, we come to Bam Childress. The diminutive one-time Ohio Mr. Football is trying to latch on with the Philadelphia Eagles, who signed him to a two-year contract earlier this year.

He joins a relatively ordinary group of receivers that was led last season by Kevin Curtis, who caught 77 passes for 1110 yards.

Also joining the mix in the offseason was second-round draft pick DeSean Jackson of California.

Since signing with New England as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Childress has played in three games and made five catches for 39 yards. He spent all of last season on the Patriots' practice squad.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GUYS PLAYING FOR REAL?

Three former Ohio State quarterbacks took snaps for Arena Football League teams this season.

AFL veteran Joe Germaine finished tied for second in the league with 97 touchdown passes and his quarterback rating of 123.1 was third best. Overall, he completed 411 of 603 (68.2 percent) for 4849 yards and 13 interceptions for the Utah Blaze.

Despite finishing just 6-10 and in third place in the Western Division of the American Conference, Utah qualified for the playoffs and will host Colorado at 4 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be broadcast by ESPN.

Backing up Danny Wimprine all season, Steve Bellisari was 25 for 46 for 285 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions on the season with New Orleans.

The VooDoo (8-8) entered the final week of the season with a chance to make the playoffs but saw those hopes snuffed out by an 86-70 home loss to the Grand Rapids Rampage June 21. In that game, Bellisari had three tackles and ran in a two-point conversion.

Then there was Justin Zwick, an AFL rookie who did not see his first game time until the next-to-last week of the season. His debut for the Columbus Destroyers June 14 against visiting Grand Rapids was very nearly the perfect example of a one-hit wonder. With 10:12 remaining in the second quarter, Zwick entered the game with his team lineup at its own 3-yard line on the 50-yard AFL field. Zwick promptly dropped back and found C.J. Johnson for a 47-yard touchdown pass on first down, the only throw he would make on the night. The quick strike gave the Destroyers a 24-21 lead, but they would go on to lose 63-60.

Zwick did not throw a pass in the Destroyers' season-ending 47-35 loss to the Cleveland Gladiators. Zwick did recover a fumble, however.

The season on the whole was a disappointment for Columbus, which followed a Cinderella run to the National Conference championship and an appearance in the Arena Bowl in 2007 by going just 3-13.


Professionally Speaking is a weekly feature of BuckeyeSports.com compiled by staff writer Marcus Hartman. It appears weekly this summer. To give feedback or suggest Buckeyes in the pros you would like to hear about, email Marcus at mhartman@buckeyesports.com.

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