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NFL: ESPN may drop 'ticking time bomb' Irvin

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Is ESPN on the verge of cutting ties with NFL analyst Michael Irvin? One industry source believes the decision has already been made, and that some at the network view the outspoken Irvin as a ticking time bomb, ready to explode into a public-relations nightmare. -- New York Post

Some fans are clamoring for the Packers to trade for Oakland wide receiver Randy Moss. But there has been almost no internal discussion of Moss by the Packers -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Technically Donte Stallworth isn't eligible to seek offers until free agency begins. Nonetheless in various media interviews he indicated there was interest from the 49ers, Dolphins, Patriots and Buccaneers in addition to the Eagles. The Niners are said to have the most interest in Stallworth, with the Vikings and the Packers lesser suitors. -- Delaware County Times

The NY Post spotted Gisele Bundchen, who's dating Tom Brady, taking an "S Factor" pole-dancing class on West 23rd Street. -- New York Post

The Falcons plan to continue using quarterback Michael Vick as the face of the franchise despite the team missing the playoffs the past two seasons. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It will be a surprise to many in the league if the Broncos don't make a concerted run at Atlanta defensive end Patrick Kerney. -- Rocky Mountain News

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