AFC East: Brett Tessler
Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend can't get here fast enough for the Buffalo Bills.
They could use a jolt of pride.
Embarrassing news keeps piling up for the club. Two more arrests were made Friday.
An Associated Press report stated Virginia Beach police stopped Smith for excessive speed. He was charged with speeding, driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath test.
Fullback Corey McIntyre was arrested for indecent exposure after a weeks-long investigation. Rather than try to describe what he was doing, you can see how the Palm Beach Post and the Treasure Coast Newspapers covered it.
McIntyre's agent, Brett Tessler, refuted the allegations.
"Corey McIntyre is one of the highest character people around and the last guy who would do what he is being accused of," Tessler said in a statement. "We look forward to proving that these embarrassing accusations are false and that Corey is guilty of absolutely nothing."
Whether McIntrye or Smith are guilty of these charges isn't the point of this post. It's that the Bills' image has taken a colossal pummeling.
It's only May, but 2009 already has been a trying year with the deaths of AFL legends Lou Saban and Jack Kemp and Wilson's daughter, Linda Bogdan, a team vice president and the assistant director of college and pro scouting.
The Bills drew the ire of fans by retaining head coach Dick Jauron after three straight 7-9 seasons and no playoffs for nine years running. They also made controversial transactions in acquiring star receiver Terrell Owens and trading Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters.
But the police-blotter activity has been absurd.
McIntrye is the fourth member of the roster to have been arrested already this year.
Cleveland police used a Taser to subdue Bills safety Donte Whitner, who was arrested for aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest last month for his role in what was described as "a near riot."
The NFL suspended Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch three games for two transgressions in a nine-month span. He was the driver in a hit-and-run incident last summer in Buffalo but escaped with a traffic ticket.
Lynch's latest incident was a Feb. 11 arrest in Culver City, Calif. He was charged with carrying a concealed, loaded and unregistered 9-mm handgun. He pleaded guilty to one of the misdemeanor charges in exchange for having the other two dropped. He was sentenced to three years' probation and 80 hours of community service.
Safety Ko Simpson was arrested for disorderly conduct at 2 a.m. ET on New Year's Day outside a bar in his hometown of Rock Hill, S.C.
Police were in the process of arresting two of Simpson's friends for disorderly conduct, while he kept yelling, "I'm Ko Simpson with the Buffalo Bills. I am worth millions!" Police claim they asked Simpson to leave the scene several times, but he kept screaming.
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|Offseason acquisition Jesse Chatman could see his first game action this weekend since racking up 180 yards in the last contest of the preseason.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
In a mostly overlooked move, the Jets signed Chatman over the offseason to back up running back Thomas Jones. Chatman, however, was suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals will be Chatman's first with the Jets since he gained 180 yards in their preseason finale.
"I plan on paying the Jets back for sticking with me," Chatman told me Thursday morning from the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J. "They didn't have to do what they did for me. That's why it's going to be a good time."
Chatman has been forgotten about because of his absence and splashier Jets acquisitions, but he will contribute.
He might be the NFL's most underrated running back. He's fun to watch. He's only 5-foot-8, but he'll lower his shoulder into a would-be tackler as easily as he'll spin out of traffic. He's a sure-handed receiver who could line up at fullback on some plays. He made his mark on special teams early in his career.
Chatman's a warrior. He forged on last year with the Miami Dolphins despite a badly sprained ankle. In a four-game stretch with Miami before he got hurt, he ran for 348 yards and a touchdown and caught 10 passes for 59 yards.
"All you can say is, preseason spoke for itself," Chatman said. He rushed for 93 yards and had six catches for 87 yards in the last exhibition. "What I can bring to this team will be shown. In due time it's eventually going to come out. It just hasn't been my time yet."
So why don't you know much about Chatman? The dude is 29, after all.
He went undrafted from Division I-AA Eastern Washington over concerns about his size and competition level.
"You're forced to walk into this league with a chip on your shoulder," Chatman said.
He spent three years with the San Diego Chargers mostly as a special teams standout and occasional LaDainian Tomlinson relief man. Then Chatman ate himself out of the league. He didn't play for two years, but a new training regimen helped him cut enough weight to convince the Dolphins to sign him.
The NFL suspended Chatman because a diuretic that could be used as a masking substance turned up in a drug test. Chatman never has tested positive for steroids, agent Brett Tessler claimed. Tessler unsuccessfully appealed the NFL's finding.
"I was worried the Jets would cut me," Chatman said. "I'm still worried. This is the NFL. Anything is possible. Nothing is guaranteed. I view every practice as a game day for me. I'm interviewing every day."
Chatman likely wouldn't have had an impact in the Jets' free-wheeling loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 3, but he might have helped the cause in a plodding effort against the New England Patriots in Week 2.
"I just want to make sure I can help my team as much as possible," Chatman said. "I'm excited that they still see me as having a role on the team despite my situation I just went through. I'm just ready.
"I started biting my fingernails off because I couldn't sit still. The games we had trouble with I felt I could've helped, and that made it worse."
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim GrahamBrett Tessler, the agent for New York Jets running back Jesse Chatman, issued the following statement to ESPN.com regarding the NFL's decision to hand down a four-game suspension for Chatman's violation of the league's substance abuse policy:
Jesse never tested positive for a steroid or any other performance-enhancing drug. Near the end of last season the league claimed he had a diuretic in his system that they said could be used as a masking agent. After spending great time and money defending his innocence, the league made its final ruling, and now Jesse has no choice but to look ahead to Week 5.