Thursday, July 17, 2003

Texans' Boselli on verge of retirement

Announcement to come this week, source says

The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Tony Boselli is expected to retire this week because of injuries, ending the career of a player who was once the league's best offensive lineman, a source within the NFL said.

Boselli, a former Jacksonville Jaguars star and the first player the Houston Texans selected in the 2002 expansion draft, sat out almost all of the last two seasons because of three operations on his left shoulder.

He missed most of the 2001 season with the Jaguars and spent last season on the Texans' injury list.

Boselli, 31, is expected to end his eight-year career with an announcement this week, the source said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. Boselli declined comment when reached at his home.

When healthy, Boselli was considered the NFL's premier left offensive tackle. He allowed just 15 1/2 sacks in seven seasons with the Jags, who made him their first-ever draft pick with the second selection overall in 1995.

CHARGERS: Second-round draft pick Terrence Kiel, shot during an attempted carjacking July 4, had surgery to remove a bullet from his abdomen and fragments from his left knee. Kiel, a safety, will miss at least two exhibition games.

BILLS: Punter Brian Moorman signed a six-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $900,000 a season, not including bonuses. He finished third in the league with an average of 43.1 yards per punt and set a Bills record with an 84-yard punt at Green Bay.

TITANS: Outland Trophy winner Rien Long and safety Donnie Nickey were signed to contracts.

The Titans drafted Long out of Washington State in the fourth round. They chose Nickey, a four-year starter for Ohio State, in the fifth.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle signed sixth-round draft choice Rashard Moore, a defensive tackle from Tennessee, to a multiyear deal. Terms were not disclosed.

RAMS: Sixth-round draft pick Scott Tercero, an offensive guard from California, signed a three-year deal.

PACKERS: Wide receiver Carl Ford, the third of Green Bay's four selections in the seventh round of this year's draft, signed. Terms were not disclosed.

PATRIOTS: New England signed defensive lineman Brad Harris and offensive lineman Corey Mitchell of NFL Europe and released wide receiver Rob Milanese, who signed as a rookie free agent out of Pennsylvania May 2.

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