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Inkana7
02-06-2009, 02:47 PM
They fired Pendergast? Why? He's awesome.

SouthStndJunkie
02-06-2009, 02:53 PM
That kind of surprised me as well.

baja
02-06-2009, 03:31 PM
That kind of surprised me as well.

They heard Slowick was available.

MechanicalBull
02-06-2009, 06:25 PM
While we are on the AZ front this is from yahoo

James is already history in Arizona (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/rumors/post/James-is-already-history-in-Arizona?urn=nfl,139486)


In an interview on Dan Patrick's radio show, Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic and XTRA Sports 910 said in no uncertain terms that Arizona Cardinals (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/ari/) running back Edgerrin James (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4652/) is already gone. Bickley said that James didn't return to Arizona with the team, and that he fully expects James not to be back in 2009. James is entering the final year of his contract, at a base salary of $5 million.
By cutting him, the Cardinals would create $5 million in 2009 cap space - which would push their bulge under the spending limit to at least $47 million.
James currently is 11th on the all-time rushing list, with 12,121 yards. He trails Marcus Allen by 122 yards, and Jim Brown by only 191 yards.
Tim Hightower (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8926/) presumably will be the starting running back in 2009; backup J.J. Arrington (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7220/) is due to become an unrestricted free agent.
Source: Profootballtalk.com (http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/)http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/nt/ic/ut/bsc/newwin12_1.gif (http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/)

azbroncfan
02-06-2009, 06:36 PM
They fired Pendergast? Why? He's awesome.

The Cards D wasn't that great they gave up 420ish pts last year and had games of 56, 48, 47, 37, and 35 pts allowed. Now they did play much better in the playoffs but at times they weren't awhole lot better than Denver's D.

broncosteven
02-06-2009, 06:45 PM
While we are on the AZ front this is from yahoo

James is already history in Arizona (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/rumors/post/James-is-already-history-in-Arizona?urn=nfl,139486)


In an interview on Dan Patrick's radio show, Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic and XTRA Sports 910 said in no uncertain terms that Arizona Cardinals (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/ari/) running back Edgerrin James (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4652/) is already gone. Bickley said that James didn't return to Arizona with the team, and that he fully expects James not to be back in 2009. James is entering the final year of his contract, at a base salary of $5 million.
By cutting him, the Cardinals would create $5 million in 2009 cap space - which would push their bulge under the spending limit to at least $47 million.
James currently is 11th on the all-time rushing list, with 12,121 yards. He trails Marcus Allen by 122 yards, and Jim Brown by only 191 yards.
Tim Hightower (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8926/) presumably will be the starting running back in 2009; backup J.J. Arrington (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7220/) is due to become an unrestricted free agent.
Source: Profootballtalk.com (http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/)http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/nt/ic/ut/bsc/newwin12_1.gif (http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/)

I can't believe "Grill boy" is going to pass Jim Brown.

SouthStndJunkie
02-07-2009, 10:27 PM
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/rams/story/4CDB1382E11B6BD6862575560014D2BD?OpenDocument

Torry Holt and Orlando Pace on the Trading Block

At the Senior Bowl last month, one veteran scout said the word was that the Rams were floating the names of Pace and Holt as available via trade for a third-round pick.

oubronco
02-09-2009, 09:28 AM
Cowboys | Owens to be released?
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 08:41:20 -0800
Peter King, of SI.com, reports he believes in six weeks the Dallas Cowboys (http://www.kffl.com/team/14/nfl) will release WR Terrell Owens (http://www.kffl.com/player/1608/nfl). "I think everyone doing free-agent lists should add one name in pencil: Terrell Owens (http://www.kffl.com/player/1608/nfl). I'll bet you a month's worth of lattes he'll be free in six weeks," King said.

oubronco
02-09-2009, 09:29 AM
Chiefs | Change of heart for Gonzalez?
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 07:13:59 -0800
Randy Covitz, of The Kansas City Star (http://www.kffl.com/link/142), reports Kansas City Chiefs (http://www.kffl.com/team/21/nfl) TE Tony Gonzalez (http://www.kffl.com/player/1001/nfl) said he would "have no problems staying with the Chiefs," depending on what moves the team makes in the offseason. Gonzalez said during an interview with NBC at the Pro Bowl that he spoke with new general manager Scott Pioli (http://www.kffl.com/player/20980/nfl) to dispel some reports concerning his future. "I spoke to Pioli last week because there were some trade rumors out there saying I wanted to have a trade, and that wasn't the case," Gonzalez said. "There is no doubt in my mind that Scott Pioli (http://www.kffl.com/player/20980/nfl) is going to come in there and do an amazing job and so is Todd Haley (http://www.kffl.com/player/14112/nfl), the new head coach. ... Just looking at the Super Bowl this year, it would be so great to get that opportunity to play for that. I'm not saying the Chiefs (http://www.kffl.com/team/21/nfl) can't do that. They will eventually turn that corner; it's how soon can they do that. Once free agency comes, and they're wheeling and dealing, and they're making trades, and it looks good, then I have no problem staying with the Chiefs."

oubronco
02-09-2009, 09:30 AM
Patriots | Cassel hopes to be traded?
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 06:46:52 -0800
Jason Cole, of Yahoo! Sports, reports people in New England Patriots (http://www.kffl.com/team/24/nfl) QB Matt Cassel (http://www.kffl.com/player/12088/nfl)'s camp are hopeful to get him traded before the NFL Draft (http://www.kffl.com/link/159) so that he can get a long-term contract rather than simply play on a one-year deal for $14.5 million with the Patriots. Cassel should have plenty of interest around the NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl), with the Chicago Bears (http://www.kffl.com/team/11/nfl), Kansas City Chiefs (http://www.kffl.com/team/21/nfl), Minnesota Vikings (http://www.kffl.com/team/23/nfl), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://www.kffl.com/team/35/nfl), San Francisco 49ers (http://www.kffl.com/team/32/nfl) and Detroit Lions (http://www.kffl.com/team/16/nfl) all having unsettled quarterback situations.

having to play for $14.5 million just isn't worth it I guess...............sheesh

oubronco
02-09-2009, 09:32 AM
Ravens | Prepared to pay big for Lewis
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 05:43:00 -0800
Jim Corbett, of USA Today, reports Baltimore Ravens (http://www.kffl.com/team/8/nfl) head coach John Harbaugh (http://www.kffl.com/player/16267/nfl) said he is convinced a deal can be struck to allow impending free-agent LB Ray Lewis (http://www.kffl.com/player/139/nfl) to end his career with the team. "Ray Lewis (http://www.kffl.com/player/139/nfl) is going to be a guy we're going to pay a lot of money to in order to keep," Harbaugh said. "I know Ray has to take a look around. But I'm definitely convinced that Ray wants to finish his career a Baltimore Raven. And there's no question the Baltimore Ravens (http://www.kffl.com/team/8/nfl) definitely want Ray."

oubronco
02-09-2009, 09:44 AM
<TABLE class=s_playerNewsTable cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=11>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD><TD style="BACKGROUND: #009fd7" width=10>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/left_corner_player_news.gif</TD><TD class=s_playerNewsTitle style="BACKGROUND: #009fd7"><TABLE class=s_playerNewsTitle cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD align=left width=33>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/teamlogos/NFL_sm/CAR.gif</TD><TD align=left> Ken Lucas (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=547)-DB-Panthers (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/clubhouse_news.aspx?sport=NFL&majteam=CAR)</TD><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 10px" align=right>Feb. 9 - 10:21 am et</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TD style="BACKGROUND: #009fd7" width=14>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/right_corner_player_news.gif</TD><TD width=6>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD></TR><TR><TD>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD><TD class=s_playerNewsLeftBorder>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD><TD class=s_playerNewsText>Panthers CB Ken Lucas has a salary cap figure of $9 million for 2009.
He's a near lock to get cut. Lucas' play fell off this season, and the Panthers can use that money toward a long-term contract for All-Pro left tackle Jordan Gross
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SouthStndJunkie
02-09-2009, 09:44 AM
CHESS MATCH BETWEEN FAVRE, JETS CONTINUES

Posted by Mike Florio on February 9, 2009, 12:01 p.m. EST

Prior reports have suggested that the Jets will give quarterback Brett Favre as much time as he needs to make a decision as to whether he’ll play in 2009.

And those reports are accurate, if “as much time as he needs” means “before the end of next week.”

Though the Jets are treading lightly on this one, the reality is that they need to clear Favre’s $13 million base salary off the books by 4:00 p.m. EST on February 27, the first day of the 2009 league year.

At that moment, the Jets must be in compliance with the $124 million cap.

It is widely believed that the Jets are at least $10 million over the cap. We’ve heard rumblings that, once so-called “not likely to be earned” incentives from 2008 are carried over, the number could be much higher.

We continue to think that, regardless of the words used to characterize the move, Favre hopes to finagle a free and clear release from the team. This would allow him to retire from the Jets, and then to keep his options open, in the event that he again develops in June or July the itch to play.

We also are convinced that Favre remains committed to attempting to “stick it” to the Packers, by playing for the Vikings.

So we predict that, if the Jets won’t release him voluntarily before February 27, Favre will drag his feet in the hopes that the Jets realize that cutting Favre is the easiest way to get on the right side of the spending limit, especially if they believe that Favre won’t be playing for them in 2009.

The Jets likely prefer that Favre merely retire — and remain retired. The last thing that G.M. Mike Tannenbaum wants or needs is for Favre to go to a new team and do there what he was supposed to do in New York last season.

So it’s not surprising that Tannenbaum wants to hear from Favre before the Scouting Combine, which opens next week.

“We’re putting together our offseason plan,” Tannenbaum said, per Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “We hope to have initial feedback from Brett by the combine.”

We suggest that Tannenbaum not hold his breath, or any other bodily function. Unless the Jets are willing to cut Favre, all they’ll get next week is an ambiguous non-answer answer with a practical result of forcing them to shoehorn his salary under the 2009 cap.

oubronco
02-09-2009, 09:48 AM
<TABLE id=dgPlayerNews cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=left bgColor=#e6e6e6 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><TABLE class=s_playerNewsTable id=Table1 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=487 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="BACKGROUND: url(../images/bottom_border_player.gif) #ffffff repeat-x"></TD><TD style="BACKGROUND: #ffffff" width=14>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/right_corner_bt_player_news.gif</TD><TD>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR><TD><TABLE class=s_playerNewsTable id=Table1 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=487 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=11>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD><TD style="BACKGROUND: #03497f" width=10>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/left_corner_player_news.gif</TD><TD class=s_playerNewsTitle style="BACKGROUND: #03497f" width=430><TABLE class=s_playerNewsTitle cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD align=left width=33>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/teamlogos/NFL_sm/NYG.gif </TD><TD align=left> Eli Manning (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=1657)-QB- Giants (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/clubhouse_news.aspx?sport=NFL&majteam=NYG)</TD><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 10px" align=right>Feb. 8 - 11:12 pm et</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TD style="BACKGROUND: #03497f" width=14>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/right_corner_player_news.gif</TD><TD width=6>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD></TR><TR><TD>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD><TD class=s_playerNewsLeftBorder>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif</TD><TD class=s_playerNewsText>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/pixel.gif
Eli Manning could reportedly become the first QB in league history to get $40M guaranteed when he signs an extension later this offseason.
We have to question if the Giants would even extend Eli had he not won a Super Bowl. Manning did not carry the team down the stretch last season and his career numbers aren't gaudy. He's not worthy of being the richest QB ever.
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WOW

SouthStndJunkie
02-09-2009, 02:43 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3895217

Burress has string of debtor lawsuits

baja
02-09-2009, 04:35 PM
I can[t decide which is the best thread on the main page this or the MI needs a winkie thread. Geeze

This is the best thread.

SouthStndJunkie
02-09-2009, 09:54 PM
I can[t decide which is the best thread on the main page this or the MI needs a winkie thread. Geeze

This is the best thread.

Thanks....I try and keep it up to date.

SouthStndJunkie
02-09-2009, 11:07 PM
The National Football Post is going to get more and more popular....they have been putting out some decent articles.

Michael Lombardi has been putting out some good stuff on upcoming free agents and how he grades out the positions.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/

SouthStndJunkie
02-09-2009, 11:08 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-rbs/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent RBs

SouthStndJunkie
02-09-2009, 11:10 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-tes/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent TEs

oubronco
02-10-2009, 08:11 AM
Buccaneers | E. James on his way?
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 06:30:47 -0800
Roy Cummings (http://www.kffl.com/link/135), of The Tampa Tribune (http://www.kffl.com/link/134), reports there is speculation that Arizona Cardinals (http://www.kffl.com/team/6/nfl) RB Edgerrin James (http://www.kffl.com/player/859/nfl), who is expected to be released prior to the start of free agency, could join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://www.kffl.com/team/35/nfl). James has apparently told folks close to him that he'd like to return to Florida. Although the team has RB Earnest Graham (http://www.kffl.com/player/6189/nfl) as a workhorse starter, they're a little thin after that. James would give the team added depth as well as someone to push Graham a bit.

SouthStndJunkie
02-10-2009, 03:03 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-wrs/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent WRs

Beantown Bronco
02-11-2009, 06:16 AM
The unexpected rise of Matt Cassel and the Patriots' need to place the franchise tag on him may be having unintended consequences for the team's plans for the future and for prospective 2010 free agents seeking new deals such as Vince Wilfork.

Wilfork, one of the top nose tackles in the game and a pivotal piece of the Patriots' 3-4 defense, is entering the final year of the six-year deal he signed as a rookie in 2004, when the Patriots took him with the 21st overall pick. That deal averages $1.5 million per season.

He is due for a hefty raise, considering that 3-4 nose tackles Casey Hampton of the Steelers and Kris Jenkins of the Jets both made more than $5 million last season.

But whether it's because of the Patriots being consumed by the Cassel situation, or coach Bill Belichick dealing with turnover in the front office and coaching staff, or just a simple lack of interest in doing a deal, the team has not contacted Wilfork about an extension.

"Last year at this same time - that was the last time I heard from them," said Wilfork yesterday from Florida.

The 27-year-old Wilfork, who made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and this past season, wasn't making like Ty Law and accusing his coach of dishonesty or bemoaning an inability to feed his family.

He merely was being blunt about the lack of progress on a new contract that in an offseason without the Cassel saga probably would rank as one of the team's top priorities.

"The ball is not in my court right now," said Wilfork, who will carry an $800,000 base salary and a $1.44 million cap charge in 2009. "Nothing has happened. No progress has been made.

"I thought maybe there would be some sort of move forward, but everything is at a standstill. I'm sure they'll do whatever they have to do. I have that last year, and I'm preparing to play and play well. It's not going to change me. But they know the longer it takes the more it costs."

With $14.65 million dedicated to Cassel via his franchise tender and nearly a quarter of the $123 million salary cap ($29.27 million) currently devoted to two quarterbacks (Cassel and Tom Brady), the Patriots are not in an ideal position to negotiate with any of the 22 players who will be free agents after the 2009 season.

That is a group that includes Wilfork, guards Logan Mankins and Stephen Neal, defensive ends Richard Seymour and Jarvis Green, tight ends Benjamin Watson and David Thomas, linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel, running back Kevin Faulk, placekicker Stephen Gostkowski, and cornerback Ellis Hobbs.
Take the quarterbacks' combined cap hit and throw in wide receiver Randy Moss's $10.5 million charge, Seymour's $9.79 million, and the $6.4 million that linebacker Adalius Thomas is slated to count and you potentially have nearly $56 million - or 45 percent of the cap - tied up in just five players.

Although none of the team's current free agents - a group headlined by safety James Sanders and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney - figures to break the bank, it might take a trade of Cassel or Brady to free up the money to do new deals with the would-be free agents.

"I hope whatever they have going on gets cleared up sooner rather than later," Wilfork said. "I'm looking forward to a new deal, and I'm looking forward to the 2009 season. We have unfinished business as a team, and myself, I have unfinished business as an individual.

"But you know me, I'm going to play hard regardless of the situation. One thing they don't have to worry about is me preparing hard, working hard and playing my tail off, with or without a contract."

Wilfork also made it clear that he didn't begrudge Cassel for cashing in while he could.

"I'm happy for Cass," said Wilfork. "He proved a lot of critics wrong. He raised expectations throughout the year, and he deserved everything he got. I don't look at him no different. He's one of my teammates, and I'm happy for him.

"I'm very happy for a guy like that, a guy that a lot of people wrote off in the preseason. He put up numbers that a lot of the so-called 'good quarterbacks' didn't. It was a steppingstone season for him. He deserved everything he got."

Now the question is, when will Wilfork get what he deserves, and will it be from the Patriots? Or will he be the next Asante Samuel and end up in a contentious stalemate with the team and eventually play somewhere else?
For now, Wilfork will sit tight and prepare to play out the final year of his contract.

"I'm going to have to be cool with playing out the year," he said. "It seems [a new contract] hasn't happened yet. I see a lot of guys getting deals in my position. There are guys in my draft class in the last year or two who got a deal. If I don't, I'll play out the contract and see what happens."

oubronco
02-11-2009, 06:31 AM
They are screwed

SouthStndJunkie
02-11-2009, 08:07 AM
FREDDIE MITCHELL IN A MARIJUANA MESS

Posted by Mike Florio on February 11, 2009, 10:42 a.m. EST

Former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell, a 2001 first-round pick whose career flamed out a few years back, could be spending a few years in prison.

He’s reportedly under investigation for accepting a package allegedly containing more than seven pounds of marijuana.

Mitchell reportedly was cuffed briefly but not arrested after signing for the package last week at his Lakeland, Florida restaurant.

dbfan21
02-11-2009, 08:38 AM
The unexpected rise of Matt Cassel and the Patriots' need to place the franchise tag on him may be having unintended consequences for the team's plans for the future and for prospective 2010 free agents seeking new deals such as Vince Wilfork.

Wilfork, one of the top nose tackles in the game and a pivotal piece of the Patriots' 3-4 defense, is entering the final year of the six-year deal he signed as a rookie in 2004, when the Patriots took him with the 21st overall pick. That deal averages $1.5 million per season.

He is due for a hefty raise, considering that 3-4 nose tackles Casey Hampton of the Steelers and Kris Jenkins of the Jets both made more than $5 million last season.

But whether it's because of the Patriots being consumed by the Cassel situation, or coach Bill Belichick dealing with turnover in the front office and coaching staff, or just a simple lack of interest in doing a deal, the team has not contacted Wilfork about an extension.

"Last year at this same time - that was the last time I heard from them," said Wilfork yesterday from Florida.

The 27-year-old Wilfork, who made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and this past season, wasn't making like Ty Law and accusing his coach of dishonesty or bemoaning an inability to feed his family.

He merely was being blunt about the lack of progress on a new contract that in an offseason without the Cassel saga probably would rank as one of the team's top priorities.

"The ball is not in my court right now," said Wilfork, who will carry an $800,000 base salary and a $1.44 million cap charge in 2009. "Nothing has happened. No progress has been made.

"I thought maybe there would be some sort of move forward, but everything is at a standstill. I'm sure they'll do whatever they have to do. I have that last year, and I'm preparing to play and play well. It's not going to change me. But they know the longer it takes the more it costs."

With $14.65 million dedicated to Cassel via his franchise tender and nearly a quarter of the $123 million salary cap ($29.27 million) currently devoted to two quarterbacks (Cassel and Tom Brady), the Patriots are not in an ideal position to negotiate with any of the 22 players who will be free agents after the 2009 season.

That is a group that includes Wilfork, guards Logan Mankins and Stephen Neal, defensive ends Richard Seymour and Jarvis Green, tight ends Benjamin Watson and David Thomas, linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel, running back Kevin Faulk, placekicker Stephen Gostkowski, and cornerback Ellis Hobbs.
Take the quarterbacks' combined cap hit and throw in wide receiver Randy Moss's $10.5 million charge, Seymour's $9.79 million, and the $6.4 million that linebacker Adalius Thomas is slated to count and you potentially have nearly $56 million - or 45 percent of the cap - tied up in just five players.

Although none of the team's current free agents - a group headlined by safety James Sanders and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney - figures to break the bank, it might take a trade of Cassel or Brady to free up the money to do new deals with the would-be free agents.

"I hope whatever they have going on gets cleared up sooner rather than later," Wilfork said. "I'm looking forward to a new deal, and I'm looking forward to the 2009 season. We have unfinished business as a team, and myself, I have unfinished business as an individual.

"But you know me, I'm going to play hard regardless of the situation. One thing they don't have to worry about is me preparing hard, working hard and playing my tail off, with or without a contract."

Wilfork also made it clear that he didn't begrudge Cassel for cashing in while he could.

"I'm happy for Cass," said Wilfork. "He proved a lot of critics wrong. He raised expectations throughout the year, and he deserved everything he got. I don't look at him no different. He's one of my teammates, and I'm happy for him.

"I'm very happy for a guy like that, a guy that a lot of people wrote off in the preseason. He put up numbers that a lot of the so-called 'good quarterbacks' didn't. It was a steppingstone season for him. He deserved everything he got."

Now the question is, when will Wilfork get what he deserves, and will it be from the Patriots? Or will he be the next Asante Samuel and end up in a contentious stalemate with the team and eventually play somewhere else?
For now, Wilfork will sit tight and prepare to play out the final year of his contract.

"I'm going to have to be cool with playing out the year," he said. "It seems [a new contract] hasn't happened yet. I see a lot of guys getting deals in my position. There are guys in my draft class in the last year or two who got a deal. If I don't, I'll play out the contract and see what happens."

There are some players I would not mind seeing in a Broncos uniform, particularly Gostkowski, Wilfork and possibly Faulk (depending on what our RB corps looks like this offseason).

oubronco
02-11-2009, 12:57 PM
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/oakland-raiders) claimed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/401455) off waivers from the Cleveland Browns (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/cleveland-browns). Gradkowski spent his first two NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, starting 10 games as a rookie in 2006. He briefly played for St. Louis last year before joining the Browns (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/cleveland-browns), appearing in two games and starting the season finale against Pittsburgh.
Andrew Walter (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/299987) and Marques Tuiasosopo (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/69913) were the Raiders (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/oakland-raiders)' backups for former No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/469507) last season.

oubronco
02-11-2009, 12:58 PM
<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> //document.getElementById('number_of_comments').inne rHTML = commentCount+" Comments"; </SCRIPT><!-- // Story Content // --><SCRIPT> if(fanid.length > 0 && typeof(nflDefaultLeague)!= "undefined") { leagueId = nflDefaultLeague; //find teamId of default league (if exists) for(var i=0; i < teamsInfo.length; i++){ if(teamsInfo[i][4] == leagueId){ defaultTeamId = teamsInfo[i][0]; } } var fantasyLeaguePlayerJsPath = 'http://msn.foxsports.com' + '/nugget/200002_' + leagueId + '|||' + fanid; } </SCRIPT>PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steelers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/pittsburgh-steelers) wide receiver Hines Ward (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70572) underwent minor shoulder surgery this week but apparently will not need an operation to repair the right knee he injured during the AFC championship game. Ward sprained his knee against Baltimore on Jan. 18, but recovered to make two catches for 43 yards as the Steelers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/pittsburgh-steelers) beat Arizona 27-23 in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

After the Steelers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/pittsburgh-steelers) won their second NFL title in four seasons, Ward said he might need knee surgery.
The shoulder operation was a routine procedure that should not disrupt Ward's preparation for next season. He made 81 catches for 1,043 yards, his best season statistically in five years.
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oubronco
02-11-2009, 12:59 PM
The Houston Texans made some cost cutting moves on Tuesday by jettisoning RB Ahman Green and WLB Morlon Greenwood.
A league source said Green was due a $500,000 roster bonus coming up soon and had a cap value of around $6.5 million. Green was signed through 2010.
Greenwood, who lost his starting job to rookie Xavier Adibi, was due $4.768 million in base salary along with a $100,000 workout bonus. The former Miami Dolphins third-round pick out of the 2001 draft had a cap number of just over $6.2 million which included $1.4 million left from signing bonus proration.

With both moves completed, the team should save around $6.5 million on this year's salary cap.

Another veteran back, Chris Brown, also could be in danger of being released since the source noted he's due a $400,000 roster bonus soon.

The team is believed to be interested in signing a veteran back with size and could

oubronco
02-11-2009, 01:00 PM
<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> //document.getElementById('number_of_comments').inne rHTML = commentCount+" Comments"; </SCRIPT><!-- // Story Content // --><SCRIPT> if(fanid.length > 0 && typeof(nflDefaultLeague)!= "undefined") { leagueId = nflDefaultLeague; //find teamId of default league (if exists) for(var i=0; i < teamsInfo.length; i++){ if(teamsInfo[i][4] == leagueId){ defaultTeamId = teamsInfo[i][0]; } } var fantasyLeaguePlayerJsPath = 'http://msn.foxsports.com' + '/nugget/200002_' + leagueId + '|||' + fanid; } </SCRIPT>FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-jets) released defensive back David Barrett (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70517) on Tuesday after five seasons with the team.


He was the first player cut by new coach Rex Ryan, hired last month to replace the fired Eric Mangini. Barrett was entering the final year of his contract and saves the Jets (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-jets) just over $5 million on the salary cap.
Barrett started 37 games, mostly at cornerback, in 69 appearances with the Jets (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-jets). He played in only 11 games last season as a backup and his biggest highlight came when he returned an interception for a touchdown in a loss at San Diego in Week 3. Barrett signed with the Jets (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-jets) as an unrestricted free agent in 2004 after four seasons with Arizona, which drafted him in the fourth round in 2000.

oubronco
02-11-2009, 01:01 PM
<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> //document.getElementById('number_of_comments').inne rHTML = commentCount+" Comments"; </SCRIPT><!-- // Story Content // --><SCRIPT> if(fanid.length > 0 && typeof(nflDefaultLeague)!= "undefined") { leagueId = nflDefaultLeague; //find teamId of default league (if exists) for(var i=0; i < teamsInfo.length; i++){ if(teamsInfo[4] == leagueId){ defaultTeamId = teamsInfo[i][0]; } } var fantasyLeaguePlayerJsPath = 'http://msn.foxsports.com' + '/nugget/200002_' + leagueId + '|||' + fanid; } </SCRIPT>Ex-Eagles WR Freddie Mitchell in trouble for marijuana package?

(http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/20090211_Burned_at_his_Bar-B-Q_.html)

Ex-Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell is under investigation after accepting a package allegedly containing about 7 pounds of marijuana. According to a story in Florida's Lakeland Ledger, Mitchell was handcuffed, but not arrested, last Thursday after signing for the package at his restaurant, Brothers Bar-B-Q in Lakeland. Police said the package was first delivered to the home of Mitchell's 90-year-old grandmother, who Mitchell said "takes memory pills." She allegedly told the FedEx driver the package wasn't hers and that it was probably for Mitchell. The driver left a phone number for her to give to her grandson. Mitchell, who said he thought it might be supplies, called and had the package forwarded to his restaurant. Lakeland police haven't said what was in the package. But other law enforcement officials told the Ledger that it contained pot, which had been sniffed out by a trained narcotics dog. Police also have not revealed whose name was on the package. But Mitchell's lawyer, John Liguori, said logic dictates that it wasn't addressed to his client. "If Freddie's name were on it," Liguori said, "he'd be sitting in jail." [I]-- Philadelphia Daily News

oubronco
02-11-2009, 01:01 PM
Signing Dunta Robinson priority for Texans

(http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6257321.html)If the Texans are unable to re-sign cornerback Dunta Robinson, it will change their philosophy entering the draft. Rather than pursuing a defensive end who can provide a pass rush opposite Mario Williams with their first-round pick, general manager Rick Smith would have to look for a cornerback to replace Robinson. Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins, the best cornerback in the draft, will be gone before the Texans make a pick. To acquire him would require moving up and sacrificing a valuable draft choice, possibly even a second-round selection. Although the Indianapolis scouting combine pro days and private workouts remain in the evaluation process, as it stands now, no other cornerback is worth the 15th pick. That's why re-signing Robinson is imperative. Robinson, who turns 27 in April, wants to re-sign with the Texans. The Texans want him back. Robinson and his agent, Jason Chayut, have a figure they believe he's worth. The Texans have a figure they believe Robinson is worth. Smith and Chayut are negotiating on a new deal. Both sides have been tight-lipped about the negotiations. -- Houston Chronicle

oubronco
02-11-2009, 01:02 PM
Michael Clayton open to Bucs return?

(http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/feb/10/bucs-clayton-also-seems-have-had-change-heart/sports-bucs/)Bucs WR Michael Clayton, once adamant about leaving the Bucs, seems a lot more interested in returning now that new head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik are in charge. Clayton says he still plans to test the free agent market but it sounds as if the Bucs will get the best chance to re-sign him. "I feel great about the direction of the Bucs and would love to be a part of things there,'' Clayton said. "I hope it all works out.'' -- Tampa Tribune

montrose
02-11-2009, 01:26 PM
ESPN reported the Jags cut Jerry Porter.

SouthStndJunkie
02-12-2009, 10:32 AM
MORE TROUBLE FOR HAYNESWORTH

Posted by Mike Florio on February 12, 2009, 1:05 p.m. EST

When it comes to the presumed status of Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth as the king of the 2009 free-agent class, one phrase continues to echo in our brain.

“Caveat emptor.”

Though some might think it’s a magic spell intended to make someone’s fillings fall out, it’s actually for Latin.

“Buyer beware.”

Haynesworth has a history of antisocial behavior. Though he hasn’t stepped on anyone’s forehead lately while wearing cleats, it’s now coming to light that Haynesworth got in trouble a couple of months ago.

Per the Tennesseean, authorities cited Haynesworth for careless driving after a December 13 incident involving the star defensive tackle and his 2008 Ferrari.

A witness, Kelly Dean, said that she was driving her car at a clip of 79 miles per hour, and that Haynesworth passed her at a ”high rate of speed.” Haynesworth then attempted to pass another car, and the driver of the other car eventually lost control and crashed.

Though the careless driving charge was dismissed on Thursday, Maria Giordano of the Tennessean explains that prosecutors could claim that Haynesworth’s actions constituted a violation of a probation order imposed against him only four days earlier.

Let’s think about that for a second. On December 9, Haynesworth was fined $1,000 and placed on 30 days’ probation for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour in March 2008. Only four days later, Haynesworth was playing real-life Need For Speed all over again.

This time around, he caused an accident while doing so.

Regardless of whether Haynesworth avoids any significant consquences for his most recent actions, we’re going to be prepared to point our fingers and laugh our asses off when Haynesworth does something illegal or stupid or both after some team gives him that $100 million-plus contract he thinks he’s going to get.

Our money is on the Lions being the ones to blow their money — unless they convince him to take a bunch of shares of Ford stock instead.

SouthStndJunkie
02-12-2009, 01:56 PM
ESPN reported the Jags cut Jerry Porter.

Yep....and he walks away with $10 million in guarantees for a year's worth of 'work'....all of 11 catches.

SouthStndJunkie
02-12-2009, 01:58 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-centers/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent Centers

Killericon
02-12-2009, 03:05 PM
Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent Guards (http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-guards/)

TonyR
02-13-2009, 09:07 AM
CANTY, PARCELLS REUNION COMING?
Posted by Mike Florio on February 13, 2009, 9:24 a.m.
With rumors circulating in late 2007 of a potential return to the NFL by former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, Jerry Jones moved quickly to lock up one of Parcells’ guys, receiver Patrick Crayton.

Crayton had been scheduled to become a free agent last March.

This time around, the Cowboys have yet to re-sign one of Parcells’ draft picks from his time in Dallas — defensive end Chris Canty.

And, as our own Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News recently pointed out in a blurb we eyeballed in Friday’s Sporting News Today, Canty could be reuniting with Parcells in Miami.

MacMahon points out that Canty recently addressed the possibility of joining Parcells with the Dolphins in an appearance on Sirius NFL Radio.

“He did draft me,” Canty said. “You know, I like Bill, and I’ve always said there’s a part of me that’s always going to be a Parcells’ guy. I’ve played under Al Groh in college and then coming in as a rookie under Bill. What they instill in the brand of football that they play, it’s been with me so that would be a good fit. But you know we have to wait and see.”

Canty reportedly wants a contract that pays Tommy Kelly money (i.e., $18 million guaranteed, $50.5 million total).

“It’d have to start somewhere around there, if not higher,” Canty’s agent, Brad Blank, said last month. “We talked very briefly last summer at that level, and [the Cowboys] didn’t seem very interested.”

Canty was a second-round pick in 2005. He played in 2008 under the first-round restricted free agent tender of $2.01 million.

UPDATE: Thanks to all the commenters who pointed out that Canty was a fourth-round pick. We misread the roster in the 2008 NFL Record & Fact Book. Canty appears below Kevin Burnett in the alphabetical roster, who was the second-round pick in 2005.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/02/13/canty-parcells-reunion-coming/

TonyR
02-13-2009, 09:11 AM
Some interesting insight into the new economic realities of the NFL.

Economy playing big role in Colts' offseason moves
By Michael Marot / Associated Press
Posted: February 13,
INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts president Bill Polian is working on his usual offseason to-do list.
He's negotiating with agents to keep players, preparing for the draft and dealing with NFL salary cap rules. But things are much tougher this year.

Polian said Thursday the economy and the NFL's revised cap rules have put the Colts in a financial pinch that is forcing the team to look at options, including a possible change of site for training camp.

"Like everyone else in the country, expenses are an issue for us," Polian said. "So we're looking at everything we do, be it travel costs or training camp or whatever. One glaring area is training camp, so we have to make a decision about where to go, and we have not made it."

The Colts have held camp in Terre Haute since 1999, but their contract with host Rose-Hulman has expired and they're now considering a return to Anderson, which was their preseason home from 1984-98 and is closer to Indianapolis.

Former coach Tony Dungy often said he enjoyed the time in Terre Haute, but new coach Jim Caldwell has not stated a preference. Polian said no decision has been made.

Training camp isn't the only money issue for Indianapolis.

The Colts recently announced they were cutting 25 jobs in the front office, and now they're trying to re-sign three prominent free agents -- Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, cornerback Kelvin Hayden and running back Dominic Rhodes.

Polian would like to re-sign all three, but he considers Hayden, who won the starting job two years ago, the top priority.

Polian would not say how much Hayden wants, but he said negotiations with agent Fletcher Smith are not going well. That could force Polian to use the franchise tag, something he will consider.

Smith did not answer his cell phone and it was not accepting messages on Thursday.

To clear some room under the cap, Polian has already agreed to convert Dallas Clark's roster bonus into a signing bonus, spreading the money out over more years. And he may do the same with Bob Sanders. Still, Hayden's deal may determine how much money is left to keep other players and could force the team to cut other veterans.

The cuts come with a hefty price, too.

Because this is the last year of the salary cap, there are new rules.

If players with expensive bonus clauses are cut this year, teams will have to take the full value of the remaining bonus money. In the past, that money has been prorated over the life of a contract. So if a player received a $10 million bonus on a five-year deal, teams were charged $2 million per year. Now, if that player is cut with two years left on the contract, that team would take a $4 million cap hit in 2009.

Plus, Polian isn't even sure if the projected $123 million cap will stand. It could go up.

"We've never had a cap problem in 11 years, and this year, we will," Polian said. "It depends a lot on what happens, and we just don't know that yet."

http://www.indystar.com/article/20090213/SPORTS03/902130324/1058/SPORTS03

TonyR
02-13-2009, 09:14 AM
FWIW...

TEAM-BY-TEAM FRANCHISE TAG POSSIBILITIES
Posted by Mike Florio on February 13, 2009, 10:40 a.m. EST
Here’s a look at the most likely free agent to be slapped with the franchise tag between now and 4:00 p.m. EST on February 26.

Arizona Cardinals: Linebacker Karlos Dansby. (Another possibility is quarterback Kurt Warner.)

Atlanta Falcons: Punter Michael Koenen. (Already done.)

Buffalo Bills: None.

Baltimore Ravens: Linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs.

Chicago Bears: None.

Cleveland Browns: Safety Sean Jones.

Cincinnati Bengals: Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. (Another possibility is running back Cedric Benson.)

Carolina Panthers: Defensive end Julius Peppers. (Another possibility is tackle Jordan Gross.)

Denver Broncos: None.

Dallas Cowboys: Defensive end Chris Canty.

Detroit Lions: Kicker Jason Hanson.

Green Bay Packers: None.

Houston Texans: Cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Indianapolis Colts: Cornerback Kelvin Hayden. (Another possibility is center Jeff Saturday.)

Jacksonville Jaguars: None.

Kansas City Chiefs: None.

Miami Dolphins: Safety Yeremiah Bell.

Minnesota Vikings: None.

New England Patriots: Matt Cassel. (Done deal.)

New Orleans Saints: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

New York Giants: Running back Brandon Jacobs.

New York Jets: Kicker Mike Nugent.

Oakland Raiders: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Philadelphia Eagles: None.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Guard Chris Kemoeatu.

San Diego Chargers: Running back Darren Sproles.

San Francisco 49ers: None.

St. Louis Rams: Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

Seattle Seahawks: Linebacker Leroy Hill.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Receiver Antonio Bryant.

Tennessee Titans: Kicker Rob Bironas.

Washington Redskins: None.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/02/13/team-by-team-franchise-tag-possibilities/

oubronco
02-13-2009, 09:16 AM
FWIW...

TEAM-BY-TEAM FRANCHISE TAG POSSIBILITIES
Posted by Mike Florio on February 13, 2009, 10:40 a.m. EST
Here’s a look at the most likely free agent to be slapped with the franchise tag between now and 4:00 p.m. EST on February 26.

Arizona Cardinals: Linebacker Karlos Dansby. (Another possibility is quarterback Kurt Warner.)

Atlanta Falcons: Punter Michael Koenen. (Already done.)

Buffalo Bills: None.

Baltimore Ravens: Linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs.

Chicago Bears: None.

Cleveland Browns: Safety Sean Jones.

Cincinnati Bengals: Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. (Another possibility is running back Cedric Benson.)

Carolina Panthers: Defensive end Julius Peppers. (Another possibility is tackle Jordan Gross.)

Denver Broncos: None.

Dallas Cowboys: Defensive end Chris Canty.

Detroit Lions: Kicker Jason Hanson.

Green Bay Packers: None.

Houston Texans: Cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Indianapolis Colts: Cornerback Kelvin Hayden. (Another possibility is center Jeff Saturday.)

Jacksonville Jaguars: None.

Kansas City Chiefs: None.

Miami Dolphins: Safety Yeremiah Bell.

Minnesota Vikings: None.

New England Patriots: Matt Cassel. (Done deal.)

New Orleans Saints: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

New York Giants: Running back Brandon Jacobs.

New York Jets: Kicker Mike Nugent.

Oakland Raiders: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Philadelphia Eagles: None.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Guard Chris Kemoeatu.

San Diego Chargers: Running back Darren Sproles.

San Francisco 49ers: None.

St. Louis Rams: Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

Seattle Seahawks: Linebacker Leroy Hill.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Receiver Antonio Bryant.

Tennessee Titans: Kicker Rob Bironas.

Washington Redskins: None.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/02/13/team-by-team-franchise-tag-possibilities/

Go Figure

Garcia Bronco
02-13-2009, 09:29 AM
Go Figure

I've always like that we didn't use it. I think we used it once on Elam, but that's it. And it was the other one. Not the franchise tag.

oubronco
02-13-2009, 09:30 AM
It would be nice to have players that would warrant using it on though

SouthStndJunkie
02-13-2009, 11:17 AM
It would be nice to have players that would warrant using it on though

Denver may end up using it in the next few years as some of our younger player's contracts expire.

socalorado
02-13-2009, 11:31 AM
St. Louis Rams: Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

6 more days....6 more days.......

my pipe dream

Paladin
02-13-2009, 11:38 AM
Wilfork and Seymour would be nice.......

oubronco
02-13-2009, 11:45 AM
Wilfork and Seymour would be nice.......

AMEN

montrose
02-13-2009, 01:24 PM
ESPN reports the Giants slapped the franchise tag on Brandon Jacobs. Also, Chicago cut Marty Booker.

SouthStndJunkie
02-13-2009, 03:46 PM
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/13/falcons-seeking-to-trade-rights-to-michael-vick/

Falcons seeking to trade rights to Michael Vick

MechanicalBull
02-13-2009, 05:25 PM
I love it how it says that Cedrirc Benson is another possible Franchise Tag possibility for the Bengals. There is no way this guy gets tagged and paid top 5 money.

elsid13
02-13-2009, 06:18 PM
If Wiegman deal can not get done these are the two C that we should look at:
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-centers/

Matt Birk Minnesota, 32; 6-4, 308; 5.38; 1998; 6<SUP>th</SUP> round (173<SUP>rd</SUP> overall); Joseph Linta — Veteran player who can still play solid football. He could help anchor a young line in transition.

Geoff Hangartner, Carolina, 26; 6-5, 301; 5.32; 2005; 5<SUP>th</SUP> round (169<SUP>th</SUP> overall); Leonard Roth – Is still young and has played, but needs the right team. (ties to the new OC)

broncosteven
02-13-2009, 06:59 PM
I love it how it says that Cedrirc Benson is another possible Franchise Tag possibility for the Bengals. There is no way this guy gets tagged and paid top 5 money.

Funny but he was the 4th pick in the draft by Duh Bears a couple of years ago.

They had Thomas Jones at the time and the pick made no sense at all.

I ragged on the guy to my Bears Buddies, I called him Curtis Buston but I thought he was starting to play well before he went down during the Bear Bronco game.

I am kinda glad for the guy that he caught on somewhere.

I could see the bungles making the move if they cannot negotiate or do not want to negotiate a long term deal just yet.

Killericon
02-14-2009, 07:35 AM
Funny but he was the 4th pick in the draft by Duh Bears a couple of years ago.

They had Thomas Jones at the time and the pick made no sense at all.

I ragged on the guy to my Bears Buddies, I called him Curtis Buston but I thought he was starting to play well before he went down during the Bear Bronco game.

I am kinda glad for the guy that he caught on somewhere.

I could see the bungles making the move if they cannot negotiate or do not want to negotiate a long term deal just yet.

Dude, he ran for 747 yards with a 3.5 average. If the Bengals tag him, they deserve all the **** that's gone wrong for them since that Pittsburgh playoffs game.

oubronco
02-14-2009, 01:03 PM
Broncos | C. Bailey injury update
Sat, 14 Feb 2009 07:13:27 -0800
Bill Williamson (http://www.kffl.com/link/3), of ESPN.com (http://www.kffl.com/link/9), reports Denver Broncos (http://www.kffl.com/team/15/nfl) CB Champ Bailey (http://www.kffl.com/player/1900/nfl) (elbow) is recovering well from elbow surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp.

oubronco
02-14-2009, 03:10 PM
Broncos' free agents not drawing much interest
By Dan Parr
Feb. 14, 2009

The Broncos have 11 players who will become free agents Feb. 27, but the team is in no hurry to re-sign any of them, we hear. Team insiders say there are no high-priority players in the bunch, and it’s conceivable that none of them will be back with the team for the 2009 season. The soon-to-be free agents include mostly past-their-prime veterans and a few younger players who have had mostly nondescript careers. A few of them, including RB Michael Pittman and MLB Nate Webster, could end up back with the Broncos on short-term, low-risk deals late in the spring if no other team shows any interest and Denver still has some spending money left over. Head coach Josh McDaniels’ club will be well below the cap this offseason, and sources say they expect the team to go after at least one high-priced free agent.

SouthStndJunkie
02-14-2009, 10:47 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/tait-set-to-retire/

The Bears made plans Friday to move forward without two veteran offensive players; one departure was expected but the other will surprise many.Starting right tackle John Tait has informed the team he is strongly contemplating retirement, and an NFL source said the team expects Tait will walk away from the final year of his contract in 2009.

montrose
02-16-2009, 08:59 AM
Sirius NFL Radio reports the Jags are expected to release Fred Taylor.

SouthStndJunkie
02-16-2009, 09:40 AM
Sirius NFL Radio reports the Jags are expected to release Fred Taylor.

A little more info....

JAGS CUTTING FRED TAYLOR

Posted by Mike Florio on February 16, 2009, 11:43 a.m. EST

A league source confirms for us that the Jacksonville Jaguars will be releasing on Monday veteran running back Fred Taylor.

We chased this one after receiving a tip via e-mail from a reader who said our friends at 1010XL in Jacksonville are reporting that the team will announce the move later today at a press conference.

Taylor, a first-round pick of the Jags in 1998, was due to receive a base salary of $5 million in 2009, and $6 million in 2010.

Taylor has rushed for 11,271 yards on 264 2,428 carries, good for an average of 4.6 yards.

He instantly becomes an unrestricted free agent, and he can sign with any team.

UPDATE: Per Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union, the Jags made the move in order to get younger at the tailback position. The announcement will come at a 1:30 p.m. EST press event.

SouthStndJunkie
02-16-2009, 11:42 AM
RAVENS DUMP MCALISTER

Posted by Mike Florio on February 16, 2009, 2:20 p.m. EST

On the same day that the Jaguars released a first-round pick from the 1998 draft, the Ravens have done the same thing, albeit with less fanfare, to a first-rounder from the following year.

Per a league source, the Ravens have parted ways with cornerback Chris McAlister.

The move comes as little surprise, given that McAlister was due to earn base salaries of $8 million in each of the next three seasons.

McAlister played in only six games last season before hearing to the injured reserve list. He was benched at one point by coach John Harbaugh after violating the team’s dress code.

The ten-year veteran was the first draft choice of the Brian Billick era.

SouthStndJunkie
02-16-2009, 12:45 PM
Jets get late future pick to close book on Favre… Assuming veteran QB Brett Favre stays retired, Green Bay will owe the New York Jets a 7th round pick at the 2010 to complete the trade in which the Jets acquired the future Hall-of-Famer last summer. The Packers will still receive a 3rd rounder from the Jets at this year’s draft as the main compensation for Favre who announced he will be retiring earlier this month. The provision attached to the deal which would require the Jets to give the Packers three first-round picks if they were ever to trade Favre to an NFC North team still stands.

oubronco
02-16-2009, 12:54 PM
RAVENS DUMP MCALISTER

Posted by Mike Florio on February 16, 2009, 2:20 p.m. EST

On the same day that the Jaguars released a first-round pick from the 1998 draft, the Ravens have done the same thing, albeit with less fanfare, to a first-rounder from the following year.

Per a league source, the Ravens have parted ways with cornerback Chris McAlister.

The move comes as little surprise, given that McAlister was due to earn base salaries of $8 million in each of the next three seasons.

McAlister played in only six games last season before hearing to the injured reserve list. He was benched at one point by coach John Harbaugh after violating the team’s dress code.

The ten-year veteran was the first draft choice of the Brian Billick era.

Mcallister would be a nice pickup

Beantown Bronco
02-16-2009, 01:06 PM
Mcallister would be a nice pickup

to be immediately followed by 100 posts complaining about how the Broncos only pick up injury-riddled players.

SouthStndJunkie
02-16-2009, 01:08 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals have used their designated franchise tag, and it's not on the player some expected.

On Monday, the team tagged kicker Shayne Graham for the 2009 season. Graham will be paid $2.483 million, the average salary of the top five kickers in the NFL from the previous season to remain in a Bengal uniform.

SouthStndJunkie
02-16-2009, 03:56 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-tackles/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent Tackles

broncosteven
02-16-2009, 07:05 PM
Dude, he ran for 747 yards with a 3.5 average. If the Bengals tag him, they deserve all the **** that's gone wrong for them since that Pittsburgh playoffs game.

He was not on the team at the start of the season, he did not start until week 6, he did not have a game with over 20 carries until week 9 when he went over 100 yards vs Jags.
Philly was his worst game but Philly had a very good D, Bungles Oline not as good.

He popped off 171 vs Clevland and another 111 vs KFC to close out the year.

I really think the guy was clicking on a team where the expectations were not as high and he could play.

Killericon
02-16-2009, 09:17 PM
He was not on the team at the start of the season, he did not start until week 6, he did not have a game with over 20 carries until week 9 when he went over 100 yards vs Jags.
Philly was his worst game but Philly had a very good D, Bungles Oline not as good.

He popped off 171 vs Clevland and another 111 vs KFC to close out the year.

I really think the guy was clicking on a team where the expectations were not as high and he could play.

I agree. I thought Benson was good for them, and if they're smart, they'll try to resign him.

Giving him RB franchise money, though, is insane.

SouthStndJunkie
02-16-2009, 09:32 PM
REPORT: CARDS TO TAG DANSBY

Posted by Sheil Kapadia on February 16, 2009, 11:16 p.m.

The Cardinals are expected to hit linebacker Karlos Dansby with the franchise tag, according to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter.

The move would pay Dansby $9.6 million and prevent him from becoming a free agent next week.

Earlier this month, Dansby said he “wouldn’t mind playing in a huge market” but it doesn’t look he’ll get that chance.

Dansby, 27, has spent all five of his NFL seasons in Arizona, since the Cardinals drafted him in the second round of the 2004 draft. He had four sacks, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles in 2008.

As Schefter points out, franchising Dansby would mean the Cardinals can’t use the tag on Kurt Warner, which was also considered a possibility.

cabronco
02-17-2009, 09:35 AM
Saints | McAllister to be released
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:03:04 -0800

Mike Triplett, of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints and RB Deuce McAllister officially will part ways in a joint press conference Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Saints will save more than $4 million in salary cap space with McAllister off the roster.

crush17
02-17-2009, 10:08 AM
Saints | McAllister to be released
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:03:04 -0800

Mike Triplett, of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints and RB Deuce McAllister officially will part ways in a joint press conference Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Saints will save more than $4 million in salary cap space with McAllister off the roster.

Always loved Duece. Pity to see him get injured so much the past 2 years.
Probably done for at this point but if he came at a reasonable price I'd love to see him compete for a spot in our rotation here.

DBroncos4life
02-17-2009, 10:50 AM
Would anyone want Jeff Garcia as a back up QB?

TonyR
02-17-2009, 11:15 AM
Would anyone want Jeff Garcia as a back up QB?

For the right price, yes.

gyldenlove
02-17-2009, 11:36 AM
Would anyone want Jeff Garcia as a back up QB?

He won't sign here so that is very hypothetical.

He thinks he is a starter so he will probably go to a team that doesn't have a young pro bowl QB. Even so he is going to want a lot of money, he was not happy with his 4 million a year contract, so he is going to tough to accomodate.

montrose
02-17-2009, 11:39 AM
Would anyone want Jeff Garcia as a back up QB?

He doesn't fit this system.

DBroncos4life
02-17-2009, 11:41 AM
He doesn't fit this system.

lol what system.

Beantown Bronco
02-17-2009, 11:52 AM
Would anyone want Jeff Garcia as a back up QB?

Depends on how many shots of the wife in the stands we would get.....

DBroncos4life
02-17-2009, 11:53 AM
Depends on how many shots of the wife in the stands we would get.....

lol no doubt. Maybe she could go Anna Benson on the fans.

TonyR
02-17-2009, 11:58 AM
Depends on how many shots of the wife in the stands we would get.....

Seriously, he's pretty tough to compete with in the hot wife department. File that one in the "what the eff is she doing with him?!?" folder...

Kaylore
02-17-2009, 01:30 PM
Depends on how many shots of the wife in the stands we would get.....

This is a good thread. (http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=69076)

SouthStndJunkie
02-17-2009, 02:12 PM
SENSABAUGH ARRESTED WITH THREE GUNS IN HIS CAR

Posted by Mike Florio on February 17, 2009, 4:37 p.m. EST

Jaguars safety Gerald Sensabaugh will become an unrestricted free agent on February, February 27.

On Friday, February 13, his luck turned bad — for the third straight year.

Sensabaugh was arrested in his hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee for driving his Bentley on a suspended license.

His initial arrest in the NFL came nearly two years ago in Kingsport. At that time, Sensabaugh was busted for speeding and carrying a firearm without a permit.

But maybe his luck was actually pretty good on Friday the 13th. This time around, Sensabaugh also had a gun in the car. Actually, he had three of them — a Bersa .380-cal. pistol, an AK-47, and a Glock .22-cal. handgun.

And. for reasons neither known nor apparent, he faces no weapons charges.

Last year, Sensabaugh was arrested in Kingsport for reckless driving after being found doing wheelies on a motorcycle.

So while Sensabaugh has been arrested so often in Kingsport that they’re about to name the back seat of a cruiser after him, the fact that he’s done no time suggests that someone there likes him.

Killericon
02-17-2009, 03:39 PM
Saints release Deuce McAllister. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jTJMJrKAtRxEM7BX3PixuOjp6L1wD96DF3VG0)

TonyR
02-17-2009, 07:36 PM
So much for the Suggs dream...

RAVENS WILL TAG TERRELL
Posted by Mike Florio on February 17, 2009, 9:53 p.m. EST
With three linebackers poised to hit free agency, the Baltimore Ravens faced a trilemma regarding the use of the franchise tag.

They could use it on Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, or Bart Scott.

The choice, barring a long-term deal by Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EST, is Suggs.

“If we don’t have a deal, we will franchise him,” Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. [Editor’s note: Hey, I know him.]

Using the tag on Suggs will cost $10.2 million under the 20069 salary cap — and necessarily will mean that, absent a long-term deal, Lewis and Scott and other free agents (such as safety Jim Leonhard) will hit the open market.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/02/17/ravens-will-tag-terrell/

I'll take Leonhard and Scott as consolation prizes...

SouthStndJunkie
02-18-2009, 09:14 AM
BRAD VAN PELT PASSES AWAY

Posted by Aaron Wilson on February 18, 2009, 10:22 a.m. EST

Retired New York Giants linebacker Brad Van Pelt has died of a heart attack at age 58, according to the New York Daily News.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection died Tuesday in California.

A former second-round draft pick out of Michigan State in 1973, Van Pelt played for the Giants for 11 seasons. He also had stints with the Los Angeles Raiders and the Cleveland Browns.

He was named the Giants’ player of the decade for the 1970s.

Van Pelt also played basketball and baseball at Michigan State.

Funeral arrangements haven’t been announced yet.

SouthStndJunkie
02-18-2009, 09:14 AM
REPORT: BUCS WILL TAG BRYANT

Posted by Mike Florio on February 18, 2009, 10:35 a.m. EST

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to apply the franchise tag to receiver Antonio Bryant by Thursday’s 4:00 p.m. EST deadline.

Our guess is that he’ll promptly sign the one-year offer of $9.488 million, which will make the money fully guaranteed.

SouthStndJunkie
02-18-2009, 09:56 AM
HAYNESWORTH TO HIT THE MARKET

Posted by Mike Florio on February 18, 2009, 11:57 a.m. EST

If the Tennessee Titans manage to re-sign defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, it won’t happen until after Haynesworth has seen what other teams are willing to pay.

According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Haynesworth won’t do a deal with the Titans until after he tests the market.

Schefter says that a “host” of teams are expected to make a play for Haynesworth, one of the top free agents of the 2009 class, and that Haynesworth’s deal could average roughly $12 million per year with guaranteed money in excess of $30 million.

We still believe that the principle of caveat emptor applies here, especially in the wake of last week’s revelation that, four days after being placed on probation, Haynesworth allegedly caused an automobile accident by driving his Ferrari at a high rate of speed.

For more on the concerns teams should have about making a guy who didn’t become a force until he was playing to get paid the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, here’s a recent thing we did for SportingNews.com.

montrose
02-18-2009, 10:02 AM
Sirius reports the Raiders are expected to cut Ronald Curry today.

baja
02-18-2009, 11:01 AM
HAYNESWORTH TO HIT THE MARKET

Posted by Mike Florio on February 18, 2009, 11:57 a.m. EST

If the Tennessee Titans manage to re-sign defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, it won’t happen until after Haynesworth has seen what other teams are willing to pay.

According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Haynesworth won’t do a deal with the Titans until after he tests the market.

Schefter says that a “host” of teams are expected to make a play for Haynesworth, one of the top free agents of the 2009 class, and that Haynesworth’s deal could average roughly $12 million per year with guaranteed money in excess of $30 million.

We still believe that the principle of caveat emptor applies here, especially in the wake of last week’s revelation that, four days after being placed on probation, Haynesworth allegedly caused an automobile accident by driving his Ferrari at a high rate of speed.

For more on the concerns teams should have about making a guy who didn’t become a force until he was playing to get paid the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, here’s a recent thing we did for SportingNews.com.

I would hate to sign this guy, that kind of bust could set a franchise back years.

montrose
02-18-2009, 11:55 AM
Baltimore resigned Dwan Edwards. Damn, he would've been a great fit.

I would hate to sign this guy, that kind of bust could set a franchise back years.

There's no point in looking at Haynesworth as we're going 3-4 eventually, if not this year.

SouthStndJunkie
02-18-2009, 12:49 PM
I would hate to sign this guy, that kind of bust could set a franchise back years.

I agree....with the money he will command, it is just too much of a risk....I have always been worried how Haynesworth will play once he is not chasing the carrot (the mega deal).

He is absolutely dominating when motivated....but once he gets paid, he may start to coast.

SouthStndJunkie
02-18-2009, 02:31 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-d-line/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent D-Line

BMarsh615
02-18-2009, 02:47 PM
http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/02/18/chargers-tag-sproles-as-franchise-player/


Chargers tag RB Sproles as franchise player

Posted: Adam Schefter | Adam Schefter | Tags: Antonio Bryant, Darren Sproles, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Chargers took a major step to resolve their running back issues. They designated Darren Sproles as their franchise player, which will limit his free-agent options but guarantee him $6.621 million for the 2009 season.

Most believed the Chargers couldn’t afford to pay both Sproles and starting RB LaDainian Tomlinson. But the Chargers made sure they could.

Also, the Buccaneers officially tagged WR Antonio Bryant as their franchise player.

s0phr0syne
02-18-2009, 08:01 PM
Sorry if this has already been brought up, but


Cooper Carlisle is available in FA. What do you guys think about bringing him on board for depth and/or competition? He would add some bulk to our line and I thought he was great here before leaving in FA.

randomtask
02-18-2009, 08:21 PM
Sorry if this has already been brought up, but


Cooper Carlisle is available in FA. What do you guys think about bringing him on board for depth and/or competition? He would add some bulk to our line and I thought he was great here before leaving in FA.

He's only 295, and O-line is the least of our problems. Still, depth is never a bad thing, so if he didn't cost much, then we could bring him in to be a backup guard.

SouthStndJunkie
02-18-2009, 09:04 PM
COLTS TO CUT MARVIN SOON

Posted by Mike Florio on February 18, 2009, 10:15 p.m. EST

In a move that has developed a feel of inevitability, the Indianapolis Colts soon will be parting ways with receiver Marvin Harrison.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the move will be made at some point before the start of the 2009 league year.

The problem is that Harrison has a $13.4 million cap figure for 2009. A full $7 million results from his base salary; thus, cutting him will create $7 million in cap space.

It’s possible that Harrison could dramatically reduce his salary and stick around. But there has been no talk along these lines.

If released, Harrison would become an unrestricted free agent. It remains to be seen whether another team would be interested, given his knee problems from the 2007 season and the lingering allegation that he fired a gun at another person on a Philadelphia street last year.

Before the 2007 season, Harrison was on pace to break all of Jerry Rice’s career receiving records, if he had continued to perform at a high level for several more years.

Regardless, Harrison has done more than enough to land in the Hall of Fame — even if at some point he lands in jail.

SouthStndJunkie
02-18-2009, 10:03 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler has agreed to a four-year contract to stay with the Oakland Raiders, the Associated Press has learned.

Lechler could have become an unrestricted free agent next week after being chosen to the AFC's Pro Bowl team for the fourth time in his nine-year career. The Raiders didn't disclose financial terms of the deal, but it's believed to make Lechler the highest-paid punter in NFL history.

SouthStndJunkie
02-19-2009, 09:09 AM
REPORT: BUCS TO CHASE HAYNESWORTH

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 11:34 a.m.

According to our friends at Pewter Report, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to be one of the teams to pursue free-agent defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

Word surfaced on Wednesday that Haynesworth, perhaps the biggest name on the market this year, won’t re-sign with the Tennessee Titans before testing the market.

All that said, we continue to have serious reservations about investing so much money into a player who was AWOL for most of the first five years of his career, with the glaring exception of the day that he tried to remove Andre Gurode’s face from his skull with a cleated shoe.

Factoring in recent allegations of a second high-speed driving incident – only four days after being placed on probation for the first one – and we think that the risk of a downturn in performance or an off-field problem, or both, is too high.

And as we told the fine folks (actually, we don’t know them all that well, so we shouldn’t assume that they’re fine) at ESPN Radio in Austin on Thursday morning, the team to watch in all of this is the Detroit Lions.

With plenty of cap space and a desperate need to do something/anything to create some offseason excitement, the Lions should be one of the major players for Haynesworth. The fact that former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is the new head coach in Detroit makes such a move even more no-brainer for a franchise that has grown all too accustomed to operating without a brain.

Here’s the key – if despite the connection to Schwartz and the obvious need to create positive buzz and improve the team the Lions don’t make a play for Haynesworth, any other team out there should be even more concerned about plunking down so much money at a time when there’s no guarantee that the guy that the Titans saw for the first five years of his career won’t resurface once the bonus check clears.

If Haynesworth is worth the money he wants, the Titans or Schwartz will give it to him. If they don’t, it’s all the more reason for others to be tread lightly.

SouthStndJunkie
02-19-2009, 09:09 AM
TITANS TO TAG TIGHT END

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 7:57 a.m.

With kicker Rob Bironas signed to a long-term deal, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth ineligible for the tag, and a $14.65 million franchise tender applicable quarterbacks, the Titans will be turning to a tight end as the recipient of their 2009 franchise tag.

According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, the Titans will use the restriction on Bo Scaife.

Scaife, a four-year veteran, had his best NFL season in 2008, catching 58 passes for 561 yards in an offense lacking many/any high-end wideout options.

For tight ends, the franchise tag requires a one-year tender offer in the amount of $4.462 million, which is the average of the five highest-paid tight ends from 2008: Tony Gonzalez ($5.031 million); L.J. Smith ($4.522 million); Kellen Winslow ($4.449 million); Antonio Gates ($4.2 million); and Jason Witten ($4.105 million).

SouthStndJunkie
02-19-2009, 09:40 AM
TEXANS TAG DUNTA

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 11:54 a.m. EST

The Houston Texans have joined the game of tag, becoming the eleventh team to use the franchise designation on one of their impending free agents.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Adam Schefter of NFL Network, the Texans have applied the tag to cornerback Dunta Robinson.

The move makes Robinson eligible for a one-year contract, with a salary of $9.957 million. If he accepts the tender, the salary is fully guaranteed.

Not bad for a guy who’s knee exploded 15 months ago.

The number represents the average of the five highest 2008 cap numbers at the position. It comes from the following quintet of corners: Champ Bailey, $12.19 million; Chris McAlister, $10.9 million; Nnamdi Asomugha, $9.765 million; Asante Samuel, $8.645 million; Patrick Surtain, $8.28 million.

SouthStndJunkie
02-19-2009, 10:21 AM
REPORT: HAWKS TO TAG HILL

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 12:51 p.m. EST

And now there are twelve.

According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks have applied the franchise tag to linebacker Leroy Hill.

The Seahawks made the move despite the fact that Hill was arrested last month for marijuana possession. If/when he’s convicted of the offense (or if he pleads guilty), he’ll likely be suspended for one game under the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

As the franchise player at linebacker, Hill will be eligible for a one-year contract with a salary in the amount of $8.304 million. It comes from the average of the five highest-paid linebackers in 2008 based on cap numbers: Ray Lewis ($9.428 million); Terrell Suggs ($8.475 million); Karlos Dansby ($8.065 million); Keith Bulluck ($7.858 million); and Keith Brooking ($7.692 million).

montrose
02-19-2009, 11:37 AM
Adam Schefter reported Anquan Boldin is open to signing an extension with the Cardinals.

SouthStndJunkie
02-19-2009, 02:40 PM
CHIEFS ADD CARTHON

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 4:40 p.m. EST

The Kansas City Chiefs have added another assistant coach to Todd Haley’s staff.

Joining the team will be Maurice Carthon, who served most recently as the running backs coach in Arizona. Before that, Carthon was the Browns’ offensive coordinator.

In Kansas City, Carthon’s title will be assistant head coach. But while most assistant head coaches typically have other responsibilities, it appears that Carthon’s role will solely be to serve as assistant head coach.

The Chiefs also identified the job duties of several assistant coaches. Chan Gailey will continue to serve as offensive coordinator, Bob Bicknell will coach tight ends, Joe D’Alessandris will work as the assistant offensive line coach, Steve Hoffman will coach special teams, Bill Muir will be the offensive line coach, and Dedric Ward will serve as receivers coach.

SouthStndJunkie
02-19-2009, 02:41 PM
I have never been impressed with Maurice Carthon....he is overrated.

SouthStndJunkie
02-19-2009, 08:38 PM
JUDGE REFUSES TO REDUCE TRAVIS HENRY’S CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 10:39 p.m. EST

Former NFL running back Travis Henry has nine kids. As to one of the children, Henry is required to pay $3,000 per month in child support.

Even though he no longer plays pro football and despite the fact that he’s facing federal cocaine charges, a judge in Georgia has refused to temporarily reduce Henry’s obligation.

While being questioned in court regarding his spending habits, Henry refused to get into specifics regarding multiple cash withdrawals of up to $70,000 since he was cut by the Broncos after the 2007 season. “All those big withdrawals have to do with my [criminal] case,” Henry said.

Henry also is seeking a permanent reduction of the support requirement, and he ultimately might prevail on that issue in front of a jury.

Meanwhile, Henry is under house arrest in Colorado while he awaits arraignment in his criminal case.

Hopefully, this means that he won’t be adding child number ten to the mix.

SouthStndJunkie
02-20-2009, 11:45 AM
REDSKINS DUMP WASHINGTON

Posted by Mike Florio on February 20, 2009, 1:59 p.m. EST

Redskins coach Jim Zorn says that the team will be active in free agency.

They’ve created some cap room for the coming spending spree by cutting linebacker Marcus Washington, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network.

The move frees up $4.5 million in cap space — which will allow the team to make a big splash with another big name who’ll eventually be cut a few years from now to make room for the next big name with which they hope to make a big splash.

Washington, 31, instantly becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Meanwhile, the Redskins’ approach to free agency has yielded zero Super Bowl appearances and counting during the salary cap era.

SouthStndJunkie
02-20-2009, 02:00 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/warner-will-play-in-2009/

Warner Will Play In 2009

broncosteven
02-20-2009, 02:07 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/warner-will-play-in-2009/

Warner Will Play In 2009

What about that old guy who was traded from the Falcons a couple decades ago?

BMarsh615
02-20-2009, 03:29 PM
http://www.raiders.com/Team/Default.aspx?id=152

I guess Oakland released Gibril Wilson. Nobody but their official site has said anything about it though.

SouthStndJunkie
02-22-2009, 06:04 PM
REPORT: HARRISON NOT INTERESTED IN TAKING A PAY CUT

Posted by Mike Florio on February 22, 2009, 8:41 p.m. EST

Well, it looks like the term “Colt” will be relevant to Indy receiver Marvin Harrison’s future only if he fires a gun of that make.

Allegedly.

Per the AP, Harrison “probably would not be interested” cutting his salary from $9 million.

The Colts “probably would not be interested” in paying Harrison $9 million.

And so Harrison probably will be cut, and he probably will be signing with another team for a lot less than $9 million in 2009.

SouthStndJunkie
02-22-2009, 06:18 PM
http://www.ajc.com/services/content/sports/falcons/stories/2009/02/22/lawyer_milloy_falcons.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=21

Lawyer Milloy, Falcons to part ways

DBroncos4life
02-22-2009, 06:25 PM
http://www.ajc.com/services/content/sports/falcons/stories/2009/02/22/lawyer_milloy_falcons.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=21

Lawyer Milloy, Falcons to part ways

He was a very good saftey for a long time.

Beantown Bronco
02-23-2009, 09:56 AM
warner is high..

So, you said Warner was high for wanting $9 mil per year for 2 years. The team is now offering him more than $10 mil per year for 2 years.

Still think he's high?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3927171

SouthStndJunkie
02-23-2009, 12:03 PM
The Texans and Vikings are close to a trade that would send quarterback Sage Rosenfels to Minnesota, possibly for a fourth-round draft pick, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

bronco militia
02-23-2009, 12:06 PM
The Texans and Vikings are close to a trade that would send quarterback Sage Rosenfels to Minnesota, possibly for a fourth-round draft pick, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

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SouthStndJunkie
02-23-2009, 12:24 PM
RUMORS FLY THAT L.T. WON’T TAKE A REDUCED DEAL

Posted by Mike Florio on February 23, 2009, 2:37 p.m.

Though no specific reports have surfaced regarding the outcome of Sunday’s efforts to strike a new deal for Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, a league source tells us that there’s talk of Tomlinson refusing to reduce his current compensation level.

If true, this sets the stage for the Chargers and Tomlinson to part ways, either by a trade or by Tomlinson being released.

The problem, as the source explained it to us, is ego. With running back Darren Sproles certain to be paid $6.6 million for 2009, and likely to get a multi-year contract that averages close to that amount, Tomlinson won’t want to be making less than Sproles.

So even if another team wouldn’t pay Tomlinson as much as the Chargers would pay to keep him around, the thinking is that Tomlinson would be more willing to take less total dollars from another team than to suffer the perceived indignity of having to take a pay cut to stay put.

broncosteven
02-23-2009, 01:51 PM
RUMORS FLY THAT L.T. WON’T TAKE A REDUCED DEAL

Posted by Mike Florio on February 23, 2009, 2:37 p.m.

Though no specific reports have surfaced regarding the outcome of Sunday’s efforts to strike a new deal for Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, a league source tells us that there’s talk of Tomlinson refusing to reduce his current compensation level.

If true, this sets the stage for the Chargers and Tomlinson to part ways, either by a trade or by Tomlinson being released.

The problem, as the source explained it to us, is ego. With running back Darren Sproles certain to be paid $6.6 million for 2009, and likely to get a multi-year contract that averages close to that amount, Tomlinson won’t want to be making less than Sproles.

So even if another team wouldn’t pay Tomlinson as much as the Chargers would pay to keep him around, the thinking is that Tomlinson would be more willing to take less total dollars from another team than to suffer the perceived indignity of having to take a pay cut to stay put.


The greatest RB to never play in Pre or Post season.

bpc
02-23-2009, 02:06 PM
Hey LT, we got a great OL in Denver. ;)

SouthStndJunkie
02-23-2009, 03:03 PM
SOFT MARKET FOR HAYNESWORTH?

Posted by Mike Florio on February 23, 2009, 5:41 p.m. EST

Lately, we’ve been chirping the phrase “caveat emptor” whenever discussing Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. And it could be that some of the potential emptors are indeed, um, caveating.

According to Peter King of SI.com, there won’t be a long line of teams chasing Haynesworth come midnight on February 27.

As one unnamed coach told King, “Everybody I’ve asked this weekend says, ‘We’re out of that,’ or ‘I don’t think you’ll see us involved in Haynesworth.’”

The coach to whom King spoke also said that his team has some interest in getting Haynesworth “at the right price” — “which is about half of what Haynesworth is hoping to get.”

It’s believed that Haynesworth wants a $100 million contract, with more than $30 million of it guaranteed.

King says that the Redskins might in the end be the team that gets him, as evidenced by the fact that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was spotted having dinner with Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, in Indy.

As we’ve said a few times lately, if neither the Titans (for whom Haynesworth has played all seven NFL seasons) nor the Lions (who are now coached by Haynesworth’s former defensive coordinator) make a serious play for the guy, it’s the strongest possible message that could be delivered to any team that toys with giving him huge money.

SouthStndJunkie
02-23-2009, 03:26 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-d-ends/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent D-Ends

SouthStndJunkie
02-23-2009, 05:24 PM
RAIDERS CUT KWAME

Posted by Mike Florio on February 23, 2009, 6:30 p.m. EST

As expected, the Oakland Raiders have jettisoned yet another free-agent acquisition from last year’s misguided spending spree.

Gone, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, is tackle Kwame Harris.

The move saves the team $7.2 million against the cap.

Also gone, per Schefter, is fullback Justin Griffith. The move creates another $1.1 million in cap space.

As Schefter reported over the weekend, the Raiders also are expected to cut receiver Javon Walker.

bpc
02-23-2009, 05:38 PM
I'm doubting that Andre Smith is gonna get farther than #7 in this draft.

SouthStndJunkie
02-24-2009, 03:14 PM
CHIEFS CHOP SURTAIN

Posted by Mike Florio on February 24, 2009, 5:27 p.m. EST

The Kansas City Chiefs, as expected, have parted ways with veteran cornerback Patrick Surtain.

The move, as reported by Adam Schefter of NFL Network, frees up $6.18 million in cap space.

Next up could be linebacker Donnie Edwards; cutting him would create $4.5 million in 2009 cap room.

Given the team’s existing cap surplus, new G.M. Scott Pioli will have plenty of money to spend, if he so chooses, when free agency launches.

SouthStndJunkie
02-24-2009, 03:23 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/notes-from-lombardi-free-agent-linebackers/

Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent Linebackers

TonyR
02-24-2009, 03:41 PM
Given the team’s existing cap surplus, new G.M. Scott Pioli will have plenty of money to spend, if he so chooses, when free agency launches.

I have a feeling Pioli will be a thorn in our side during FA. They need lots of help on D just like we do, and Pioli probably likes a lot of the same types of players McD likes. The "winner" will be backed by the owner more willing to spend/overpay...

baja
02-24-2009, 03:55 PM
is KC switching to 3 -4 too

oubronco
02-24-2009, 04:30 PM
is KC switching to 3 -4 too

Yes they are

oubronco
02-24-2009, 04:37 PM
Ravens | Closing in on deal with Scott
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:13:47 -0800
Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun (http://www.kffl.com/link/169), reports it appears the Baltimore Ravens (http://www.kffl.com/team/8/nfl) are moving closer to a new contract with impending free-agent LB Bart Scott (http://www.kffl.com/player/7854/nfl) before the start of free agency.

SouthStndJunkie
02-24-2009, 05:04 PM
CHIEFS CUT TIES WITH VETERANS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on February 24, 2009, 7:35 p.m. EST

The Kansas City Chiefs’ regime change to new General Manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley has triggered the departure of three veteran players as the team announced today that it has terminated the contracts of linebacker Donnie Edwards, quarterback Damon Huard and cornerback Patrick Surtain.

The combination of Surtain’s release, which was first reported earlier today by Adam Schefter of NFL Network, as well as cutting Edwards saves the Chiefs a total of $10.68 million against the 2009 salary cap.

Per Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, parting ways with the trio of veterans wasn’t a surprise as they didn’t “fit with the new philosophy.”

Meanwhile, the Chiefs also cut tight end Michael Merritt. Merritt was recently arrested for possession of marijuana.

SouthStndJunkie
02-24-2009, 05:04 PM
Ravens | Closing in on deal with Scott
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:13:47 -0800
Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun (http://www.kffl.com/link/169), reports it appears the Baltimore Ravens (http://www.kffl.com/team/8/nfl) are moving closer to a new contract with impending free-agent LB Bart Scott (http://www.kffl.com/player/7854/nfl) before the start of free agency.

That blows.

montrose
02-25-2009, 03:29 PM
ESPN reports the Jets have released L.Coles and the Giants have agreed to a 4 year deal with Brandon Jacobs.

Also, they report the Rams have released Drew Bennett and Trent Green, and may be releasing Torry Holt.

SoDak Bronco
02-25-2009, 03:54 PM
Breaking: Crowder, Dolphins Reach Agreement

The National Football Post has just been informed that the Miami Dolphins and linebacker Channing Crowder have agreed on a new multi-year contract.
A four-year veteran out of the University of Florida, Crowder had 113 tackles for the 11-5 Dolphins last season.
More details to follow.

SouthStndJunkie
02-25-2009, 06:37 PM
TEXANS GIVE TRIO “THE TAP”

Posted by Mike Florio on February 25, 2009, 4:10 p.m.

The Houston Texans have dumped three players from their roster in advance of the start of the new league year.

Gone are safety Will Demps, tackle Ephraim Salaam, and defensive end Anthony Weaver.

Weaver’s impending release was previously reported.

Demps was entering the final year of his contract, at a base salary of $2.35 million. His departure clears that same amount of cap space, along with the amount of any roster bonus, workout bonus, and/or incentives for the 2009 season.

Salaam also was entering the last year of his contract, at a base salary of $845,000.

Weaver’s release, as previously reported, creates $800,000 in cap space.

So the total savings are at least $3.995 million against the 2009 salary cap.

SouthStndJunkie
02-25-2009, 06:38 PM
PANTHERS CUT HACKETT, BRIDGES, AND GOINGS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on February 25, 2009, 2:10 p.m.

The Carolina Panthers have cut veteran offensive guard Jeremy Bridges, wide receiver D.J. Hackett and running back Nick Goings, according to Adam Caplan of Scout.com.

By releasing Bridges, the Panthers avoided having to pay the starting lineman an upcoming $1 milion roster bonus. It also saves the team at least $1.25 million in base salary and salary cap obligations for 2009, according to NFL Players Association records.

By cutting Hackett, who caught just 13 passes in nine games and two starts last season, the Panthers save at least $1.04 million against the cap as well as his base salary for next season.

The Panthers saved an additional $745,000 in terms of cap and cash space by parting ways with Goings, a former undrafted free agent.

broncosteven
02-25-2009, 06:57 PM
TEXANS GIVE TRIO “THE TAP”

Posted by Mike Florio on February 25, 2009, 4:10 p.m.

The Houston Texans have dumped three players from their roster in advance of the start of the new league year.

Gone are safety Will Demps, tackle Ephraim Salaam, and defensive end Anthony Weaver.

Weaver’s impending release was previously reported.

Demps was entering the final year of his contract, at a base salary of $2.35 million. His departure clears that same amount of cap space, along with the amount of any roster bonus, workout bonus, and/or incentives for the 2009 season.

Salaam also was entering the last year of his contract, at a base salary of $845,000.

Weaver’s release, as previously reported, creates $800,000 in cap space.

So the total savings are at least $3.995 million against the 2009 salary cap.


Salaam made a nice career out of being a marginal LT. That is hard to do.

oubronco
02-25-2009, 07:14 PM
TEXANS GIVE TRIO “THE TAP”

Posted by Mike Florio on February 25, 2009, 4:10 p.m.

The Houston Texans have dumped three players from their roster in advance of the start of the new league year.

Gone are safety Will Demps, tackle Ephraim Salaam, and defensive end Anthony Weaver.

Weaver’s impending release was previously reported.

Demps was entering the final year of his contract, at a base salary of $2.35 million. His departure clears that same amount of cap space, along with the amount of any roster bonus, workout bonus, and/or incentives for the 2009 season.

Salaam also was entering the last year of his contract, at a base salary of $845,000.

Weaver’s release, as previously reported, creates $800,000 in cap space.

So the total savings are at least $3.995 million against the 2009 salary cap.

Demps is intriging he would definitely upgrade what we have

oubronco
02-25-2009, 07:15 PM
Steelers | Far apart monetarily in talks with J. Harrison
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 17:18:27 -0800
James Walker, of ESPN.com (http://www.kffl.com/link/9), reports the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.kffl.com/team/30/nfl) contract talks with LB James Harrison (http://www.kffl.com/player/7123/nfl) have hit a snag. Both sides have discussed a deal in the range of five to six years, but they remain far apart monetarily and how it should be distributed.


Hmmmmmm Interesting

oubronco
02-25-2009, 07:16 PM
Panthers | Hurney noncommittal about Lucas
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:09:57 -0800
Updating a previous report, Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer (http://www.kffl.com/link/129), reports Carolina Panthers (http://www.kffl.com/team/10/nfl) general manager Marty Hurney was noncommittal when asked about CB Ken Lucas (http://www.kffl.com/player/1674/nfl)' future with the team. "Ken is here at this point. I'm not going to get into what we're going to do. I'm going to talk about what we've done. What we're going to do isn't something I want to talk about. We're obviously always working on things and talking about things, but I really would rather comment on what we've done at this point, because anything else is speculation," Hurney said.

oubronco
02-25-2009, 07:17 PM
Broncos | Will be active in safety market
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:16:20 -0800
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News (http://www.kffl.com/link/168), reports the Denver Broncos (http://www.kffl.com/team/15/nfl) are making it known they will be active in the free agent safety market.
<HR>Broncos | Have money to spend in free agency
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:13:39 -0800
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News (http://www.kffl.com/link/168), reports the Denver Broncos (http://www.kffl.com/team/15/nfl) currently have about $35 million in salary cap space heading into free agency. However, the amount does not factor in player incentives previously earned or that were not reached.

oubronco
02-25-2009, 07:18 PM
NFL | Jones believes he will play in the league again
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:02:22 -0800

Mac Engel, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports free-agent CB Adam Jones (Cowboys) has been working out and believes he will play in the NFL again.

ROFL!

montrose
02-26-2009, 09:13 AM
Sirius reports the Raiders are rumored to have interest in Marvin Harrison.

elsid13
02-26-2009, 09:21 AM
Espin is reporting Crowder resigned with MIA

oubronco
02-26-2009, 09:48 AM
Vikings | Grigsby and Mitchell not tendered
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 05:17:00 -0800
Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad (http://www.kffl.com/link/197), of The Star Tribune (http://www.kffl.com/link/196), reports the Minnesota Vikings (http://www.kffl.com/team/23/nfl) have not tendered restricted free-agents DEs Otis Grigsby (http://www.kffl.com/player/7728/nfl) and Jayme Mitchell (http://www.kffl.com/player/14789/nfl). Both are now unrestricted free agents.

any Interest?

SouthStndJunkie
02-26-2009, 10:39 AM
LUCAS SAYS NO THANKS TO LIONS TRADE

Posted by Mike Florio on February 26, 2009, 1:28 p.m. EST

The Carolina Panthers have tried to trade cornerback Ken Lucas to the Detroit Lions.

But, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, once Lucas made it known that he wants no part of playing in Detroit, the deal fell apart.

Lucas has a base salary of $5.6 million; cutting him would free up $2.375 million in cap space for the Panthers.

It’s unknown whether the Panthers tried to enlist receiver Steve Smith to “talk some sense” into Lucas.

SouthStndJunkie
02-26-2009, 11:37 AM
REPORT: COWBOYS COULD CUT SAFETY ROY WILLIAMS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on February 26, 2009, 2:33 p.m. EST

The Dallas Cowboys may cut ties with former Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, a potential transaction that would create an additional $2.18 million against the 2009 salary cap.

Williams finished last season on injured reserve with a broken forearm, starting just two games and recording six tackles.

For his career in Dallas since being drafted in the first round in 2002 out of Oklahoma with the eighth overall pick, Williams has 506 tackles and 19 interceptions.

Meanwhile, Schefter reports that the Cowboys are expected to cut backup quarterback Brad Johnson for an additional $2 million in salary-cap space.

oubronco
02-26-2009, 11:52 AM
Cowboys | Canty not closing door on re-signing
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:42:24 -0800
Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News (http://www.kffl.com/link/248), reports Dallas Cowboys (http://www.kffl.com/team/14/nfl) impending free-agent DE Chris Canty (http://www.kffl.com/player/11547/nfl) said he will not close the door on re-signing with the Cowboys (http://www.kffl.com/team/14/nfl) but knows that likely will not happen.

oubronco
02-26-2009, 11:52 AM
Vikings | Harris unlikely to return
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:20:26 -0800
Judd Zulgad (http://www.kffl.com/link/197), of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (http://www.kffl.com/link/196), reports the Minnesota Vikings (http://www.kffl.com/team/23/nfl) likely will not re-sign impending free-agent LB Napoleon Harris (http://www.kffl.com/player/5803/nfl).

SouthStndJunkie
02-26-2009, 01:58 PM
The National Football Post has learned that free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the Cincinnati Bengals are close to reaching an agreement on a new contract. It’s believed there’s 70-percent chance Houshmandzadeh returns to Cincinnati next season, sources said.

An eight-year veteran, Houshmandzadeh caught 92 passes for 904 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games last season.

SouthStndJunkie
02-26-2009, 02:00 PM
That surprises me....I figured he would haul ass to get out of Cincinnati.

oubronco
02-26-2009, 02:00 PM
The National Football Post has learned that free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the Cincinnati Bengals are close to reaching an agreement on a new contract. It’s believed there’s 70-percent chance Houshmandzadeh returns to Cincinnati next season, sources said.

An eight-year veteran, Houshmandzadeh caught 92 passes for 904 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games last season.

Damn he was the one wr I really wanted in Denver

MechanicalBull
02-26-2009, 02:21 PM
That surprises me....I figured he would haul ass to get out of Cincinnati.

Schefter actually said today that he would be staying in Cincy most likely.

He was on wfan here in NY and when they asked him about Derrick Ward he said he believes he will end up with the Giants, Bucs, or Broncos.

He didn't say he heard anything from anyone just where he thinks Ward will sign.

Broncoman13
02-26-2009, 02:26 PM
I wouldn't mind Roy Williams. Not great but better than what we have currently. Fills the SS void.

montrose
02-26-2009, 02:32 PM
I wouldn't mind Roy Williams. Not great but better than what we have currently. Fills the SS void.

He can't cover for sh*t, I wouldn't mind him as a LB in a 4-3 but no way do I want him in our secondary. He makes Marquand Manual look like Ed Reed.

bronco militia
02-26-2009, 02:38 PM
It seems like Roy Williams has gotten worse each year.....

Texas and Ohio State.....bust University 1 and 2

;D

SouthStndJunkie
02-26-2009, 09:19 PM
After visiting both the Patriots and Bills over the past few days, it is believed that free agent running back Fred Taylor will sign with New England.

Both teams made contract offers to the 11-year veteran, but the Patriots’ recent run of success may have tipped the balance for Taylor, who has seen two players close to him — cousin Santonio Holmes with the Steelers and friend Plaxico Burress with the Giants — win Super Bowl rings, something Taylor hasn’t had a chance to come close to achieving yet.

bap454
02-26-2009, 09:25 PM
Deangalo Hall just signed big with the Skins as expected.

gunns
02-26-2009, 09:25 PM
It seems like Roy Williams has gotten worse each year.....

Texas and Ohio State.....bust University 1 and 2

;D

I'll agree with you on Roy Williams and Texas and Ohio State being bust Universities but #1 bust University goes to Penn St.

bronco militia
02-26-2009, 09:26 PM
pft.com back up site

http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/real_scouts/tag/160033/profootballtalk

bronco militia
02-26-2009, 09:27 PM
I'll agree with you on Roy Williams and Texas and Ohio State being bust Universities but #1 bust University goes to Penn St.

sure...I'm mostly trolling for Horns fans ;D

bronco militia
02-26-2009, 09:32 PM
Kurt Warner to hit the market
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Posted By Mike Florio 7:03 PM
The Cardinals are letting quarterback Kurt Warner hit the open market after he helped guide the team to its first Super Bowl appearance.
According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Warner's agent spent the day in Arizona in the hopes of working out a new contract.

And to no avail.

Thus, Warner will become a free agent at midnight. Per Schefter, Warner is "not opposed" to making free-agent visits.

Schefter points out that there's a "perception" that Warner plans to stay in Arizona, and that this "perception" is apparently affecting the negotiations.

But that "perception" comes from Warner's own mouth. Indeed, Warner told Sporting News Radio earlier this week that he's focused on re-signing with the Cardinals or retiring.

So now the question becomes whether someone else is willing to pay Warner more than the Cardinals have offered, and whether Warner is willing to walk. Reportedly, the Cardinals' most recent offer was in the range of $10 million to $12 million per season on a two-year deal.

The Vikings seemed to be an ideal potential destination, before they agreed to acquire Sage Rosenfels from the Texans. Other teams for whom Warner would provide a significant upgrade include, in our view, the Bills, the Browns, the Titans, the Jaguars, the Texans, the Chiefs, the Raiders, the Redskins, the Bears, the Lions, the Buccaneers, and the 49ers.

Mike Florio writes and edits ProFootballTalk.com and is a regular contributor to Sporting News. Check out PFT for up-to-the minute NFL news.

tsiguy96
02-26-2009, 09:40 PM
warner + titans would be disgusting. if they got him and TJ, they are immediate super bowl favorites, even without hayneworth.

montrose
02-26-2009, 09:40 PM
John Clayton reports Bart Scott will hit the open market and Ronald Bartell is visiting the Saints.

Kaylore
02-26-2009, 09:52 PM
John Clayton reports Bart Scott will hit the open market and Ronald Bartell is visiting the Saints.

It is also being reported Bartell is going to meet with us once he's done.

bap454
02-26-2009, 09:56 PM
It is also being reported Bartell is going to meet with us once he's done.

Thats the first good news Ive heard tonight.

montrose
02-26-2009, 10:15 PM
Clayton reports the CB market is pretty hot, Foxy is looking at $6 million a year. Foxy!

orange crusher
02-26-2009, 10:42 PM
Deangalo Hall just signed big with the Skins as expected.

I'd say. Per Kffl...

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports CB DeAngelo Hall has reached an agreement on a six-year contract worth $54 million with the Washington Redskins. The deal includes $22.5 million guaranteed and $30 million in the first three years of the deal.

That's f*#*ing nuts!

atomicbloke
02-27-2009, 02:05 AM
Tom Brady gets married to Brazilian model.


http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/02/26/bundchen.brady.married/index.html

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen married National Football League star Tom Brady Thursday in an "intimate" sunset ceremony, US Weekly magazine reported on its Web site.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend a Metropolitan Museum of Art gala May 5, 2008, in New York City.

The couple wed at a Catholic church in Santa Monica, California, in front of mostly immediate family members, the entertainment magazine reported.

The two had dated since 2006.

dbfan21
02-27-2009, 06:18 AM
I'd say. Per Kffl...

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports CB DeAngelo Hall has reached an agreement on a six-year contract worth $54 million with the Washington Redskins. The deal includes $22.5 million guaranteed and $30 million in the first three years of the deal.

That's f*#*ing nuts!

Seriously! They just got AH for $100M, then D.Hall...and now they're having Canty in for a visit....Snyder is crazy!!! :yayaya:

Popcorn Sutton
02-27-2009, 09:26 AM
Titans looking to replace Haynesworth... Hilarious!

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=925

SouthStndJunkie
02-27-2009, 11:52 PM
Sounds like the Browns got a 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft as well as a 5th round pick in the 2010 draft from Tampa Bay for Kellen Winslow.

SouthStndJunkie
02-28-2009, 12:02 AM
That is actually a pretty good deal for the Browns.

Winslow wants a new deal and the Browns were hesitant to give him one, due to his injury history and the condition of his knees.

SouthStndJunkie
02-28-2009, 12:14 AM
None of the free-agent players who played last season for the Broncos had signed with another team by Friday night. . . .

DBroncos4life
02-28-2009, 12:17 AM
None of the free-agent players who played last season for the Broncos had signed with another team by Friday night. . . .

I wouldn't mind us getting Grady Jackson and bringing back DRob if he would want to come back to a 3-4. That would be some beef on the line.

MechanicalBull
02-28-2009, 04:52 AM
per yahoo

Defensive end Chris Canty (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7308/) has lined up a visit with the New York Giants (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nyg/) on Saturday, and then with the Seattle Seahawks (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sea/) on Monday.
The two teams are intriguing, considering they both run 4-3 schemes, and Canty has been a 3-4 defensive end during his time with Dallas. Should he end up in New York, he'd become part of a remarkable defensive line, which would include tackle Fred Robbins (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5084/) and defensive ends Osi Umenyiora (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6392/), Justin Tuck (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7250/) and Mathias Kiwanuka (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7781/). Adding Canty to that unit would make it one of the most athletic and aggressive defensive lines in the NFL.

SouthStndJunkie
02-28-2009, 09:02 AM
The Philadelphia Eagles officially have announced that free-agent tackle Stacy Andrews has joined the team.

Andrews, who spent five years in Cincinnati and played in 2008 under the franchise tag, signed a six-year deal.

Terms have not been disclosed. Though we heard on Friday that the deal averages $7 million per year, it remains to be seen whether the Eagles have protected themselves against the possibility that Andrews' late-season ACL tear will impact his ability to play at a high level.

SouthStndJunkie
02-28-2009, 09:05 AM
DENVER POLICE REFUSE TO RELEASE TAPE OF LENDALE INCIDENT

Posted by Mike Florio: Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:03 AM
We take a short break from the ongoing free-agency coverage to explore one of the other issues currently residing well below radar.

Two weeks ago in Denver, Titans running back LenDale White allegedly was involved in an incident that allegedly resulted in White allegedly beating a man with an alleged belt and buckle during an argument between White and his friends and a second group of men.

White wasn't and won't be charged. As we pointed out over at PFT in the salad days before the site went to garbage (and we're not just talking about the name of a cat), the fact that the alleged victim (a boy named Leslie) landed in the hospital with lacerations raises questions about what precisely occurred.

As it turns out, there's apparently video evidence reflecting part of all of the incident, courtesy of a camera mounted atop a traffic light. As it also turns out, video from the so-called "HALO" camera supposedly contradicted part or all of the alleged victim's story, contributing to the decision not to charge White.

And here's the kicker. The media in Denver is trying to get its mitts on the video, and the authorities are refusing to disclose it.

"Pursuant to that policy, 'information obtained from HALO use will be used exclusively for public safety and law enforcement purposes,'" Mary Dulacki of the Denver Department of Safety wrote to CBS4 in Denver. (Is it OK to say CBS here? Or should I just say "a Denver television station" like ESPN would do? Is there a handbook or something on this?) "Because you are not affiliated with a public safety or law enforcement agency, your request for access to any videotapes obtained from a HALO camera is accordingly denied."

We've got a feeling that this isn't the end of it. Is that Stone guy still on the payroll?

TonyR
02-28-2009, 09:06 AM
Andrews' pass protection stats are certainly underwhelming.

Right Tackle

1. Ryan Diem (Colts) 1.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
1. Jon Stinchcomb (Saints) 1.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
1. Ray Willis (Seahawks) 1.5 sacks allowed (10 starts)
4. David Stewart (Titans) 2.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
4. Mark Tauscher (Packers) 2.0 sacks allowed (13 starts)
6. Ryan Harris (Broncos) 2.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
6. Tyson Clabo (Falcons) 2.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
8. Langston Walker (Bills) 3.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
8. Nick Kaczur (Pats) 3.0 sacks allowed (14 starts)
10. Willie Anderson (Ravens) 3.5 sacks allowed (11 starts)
11. Kareem McKenzie (Giants) 4.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
11. Vernon Carey (Dolphins) 4.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
11. Kevin Shaffer (Browns) 4.5 sacks allowed (15 starts)
14. Jeff Otah (Panthers) 5.0 sacks allowed (12 starts)
15. Tony Pashos (Jags) 5.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
15. Marc Colombo (Cowboys) 5.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
17. Willie Colon (Steelers) 5.75 sacks allowed (16 starts) …RFA
18. John Tait (Bears) 6.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
18. Jeremy Trueblood (Bucs) 6.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
18. Ryan Cook (Vikings) 6.0 sacks allowed (14 starts)
18. Gosder Cherilus (Lions) 6.0 sacks allowed (13 starts)
22. Damien Woody (Jets) 6.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
22. Jeromey Clary (Chargers) 6.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
22. Jon Jansen (Redskins) 6.5 sacks allowed (11 starts)
25. Jon Runyan (Eagles) 7.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
25. Damion McIntosh (Chiefs) 7.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
27. Cornell Green (Raiders) 7.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
27. Alex Barron (Rams) 7.5 sacks allowed (15 starts)
29. Eric Winston (Texans) 8.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
30. Stacy Andrews (Bengals) 9.5 sacks allowed (15 starts)
31. Adam Snyder (49ers) 9.5 sacks allowed (13 starts)
32. Levi Brown (Cardinals) 11.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)

SouthStndJunkie
02-28-2009, 11:03 AM
With Bryant Johnson a free agent and Isaac Bruce possibly retiring, the San Francisco 49ers took steps to shore up the receiver position on Saturday by signing free-agent Brandon Jones, according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.

Jones, a former Titan, has agreed to a five-year, $16.5 million deal, with $5.4 million in guaranteed money.

TheReverend
02-28-2009, 11:05 AM
With Bryant Johnson a free agent and Isaac Bruce possibly retiring, the San Francisco 49ers took steps to shore up the receiver position on Saturday by signing free-agent Brandon Jones, according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.

Jones, a former Titan, has agreed to a five-year, $16.5 million deal, with $5.4 million in guaranteed money.

LOL That'll really shore up the receiver position...

MechanicalBull
02-28-2009, 12:16 PM
Adam Schefter (http://blogs.nfl.com/category/adam-schefter/)
Lions deal Kitna to Cowboys (http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/02/28/lions-deal-kitna-to-cowboys/)

Posted: February 28th, 2009 | Adam Schefter | Tags: Dallas Cowboys (http://blogs.nfl.com/tag/dallas-cowboys/), Detroit Lions (http://blogs.nfl.com/tag/detroit-lions/), Jon Kitna (http://blogs.nfl.com/tag/jon-kitna/)
The Detroit Lions have traded quarterback Jon Kitna to the Dallas Cowboys. The compensation is not available at this point.

SouthStndJunkie
02-28-2009, 09:34 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/02/sources-saints-interested-in-lt/

Sources: Saints Interested In Tomlinson

Sources close to the situation have informed me that the New Orleans Saints are “looking closely” at San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The Saints would have a “high level of interest” if the Chargers were unable to come to terms on a new deal with Tomlinson.

Tomlinson has spent all eight years of his NFL career in San Diego. He rushed for 1,110 yards and racked up 12 total touchdowns in 2008. Last season was the lowest yardage output of his career.

SouthStndJunkie
03-01-2009, 11:30 AM
TEXANS TAP ORLOVSKY

Posted by Mike Florio on March 1, 2009, 2:04 p.m. EST

The next time Dan Orlovsky runs out the back of an end zone, he’ll be doing it in Deep Steel Blue instead of the Honolulu variety.

According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Orlovsky has agreed to terms with the Texans, where he’ll serve as the backup to Matt Schaub.

SouthStndJunkie
03-01-2009, 07:00 PM
RAMS SHOPPING HOLT, PACE

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 1, 2009, 9:37 p.m. EST

The St. Louis Rams have placed wide receiver Torry Holt and offensive tackle Orlando Pace on the trading block, league sources told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Although Rams General Manager Billy Devaney has acknowledged that the team has enough room under the salary cap to sign cornerback Ronald Bartell and safety James Butler after signing center Jason Brown to a five-year, $37.5 million deal, the Rams could certainly use some more breathing room.

Per Thomas, cutting or trading Pace and Holt would create $14 million in salary-cap space.

The Rams have been quiet on the outlook for Holt and Pace with Devaney indicating Friday that he didn’t know what would happen with the two veteran standouts. However, league sources said the team might even be willing to unload them for lower-round draft picks.

broncosteven
03-01-2009, 07:16 PM
RAMS SHOPPING HOLT, PACE

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 1, 2009, 9:37 p.m. EST

The St. Louis Rams have placed wide receiver Torry Holt and offensive tackle Orlando Pace on the trading block, league sources told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Although Rams General Manager Billy Devaney has acknowledged that the team has enough room under the salary cap to sign cornerback Ronald Bartell and safety James Butler after signing center Jason Brown to a five-year, $37.5 million deal, the Rams could certainly use some more breathing room.

Per Thomas, cutting or trading Pace and Holt would create $14 million in salary-cap space.

The Rams have been quiet on the outlook for Holt and Pace with Devaney indicating Friday that he didn’t know what would happen with the two veteran standouts. However, league sources said the team might even be willing to unload them for lower-round draft picks.

Is Pace no longer a top 5 or 10 LT? Why do you trade or dump your LT?

TonyR
03-01-2009, 07:44 PM
Is Pace no longer a top 5 or 10 LT? Why do you trade or dump your LT?

He can't stay healthy. Washed up.

SouthStndJunkie
03-02-2009, 03:08 PM
CRENNEL TO COORDINATE CHIEFS’ DEFENSE?

Posted by Mike Florio on March 2, 2009, 5:51 p.m. EST

League insiders had been speculating on whether the former defensive coordinator of the Cardinals (Clancy Pendergast) or the former defensive coordinator of the Saints (Gary Gibbs) will ultimately be named the next defensive coordinator of the Chiefs.

The answer very well could be, “Neither.”

Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported over the weekend that the job could go to former Browns coach Romeo Crennel.

Crennel, who recently has hip-replacement surgery, previously turned down a chance to join Charlie Weis’ staff at Notre Dame.

One potential source of reluctance is that Weis would essentially be working for free at South Bend or Kansas City, since his buyout from the Browns would be reduced by any money he earns in either city.

SouthStndJunkie
03-02-2009, 03:09 PM
REPORT: HOUSHMANDZADEH BACK IN SEATTLE

Posted by Mike Florio on March 2, 2009, 5:56 p.m. EST

Well, it looks like the Seattle Seahawks are poised to win the T.J. Houshmandzadeh sweepstakes.

Houshmandzadeh has been spotted at the airport in Seattle.

Since he already has visited the Seahawks, the logical assumption is that he has decided to sign a contract that would make him a member of the team.

The Bengals and the Vikings also were in the hunt for the 27-year-old receiver trapped in a 31-year-old body.

broncos-rock
03-02-2009, 05:08 PM
Has anybody heard anything on Ray Lewis?

ohiobronco2
03-02-2009, 05:39 PM
Has anybody heard anything on Ray Lewis?

The offseason is when he feeds. He's busy quenching his thirst for blood.















In all seriousness. Not a peep.

OBF1
03-02-2009, 05:42 PM
TJ signs in Seattle 5 years 40mil per espn.com

MechanicalBull
03-02-2009, 06:04 PM
Has anybody heard anything on Ray Lewis?

I only heard that he was taking the weekend to think about things and would start sometime this week looking at teams.

SouthStndJunkie
03-03-2009, 01:15 PM
BENGALS BRING BACK BENSON

Posted by Mike Florio on March 3, 2009, 4:03 p.m. EST

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced that running back Cedric Benson has re-signed with the team.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it’s a two-year, $7 million deal.

“Cedric was a great addition for us last year,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “And we’re looking to see him pick up right where he left off.”

The Bears picked Benson with the fourth overall selection in the 2005 draft. But they cut him after two arrests in less than a month last year.

He found no takers, and the Bengals eventually gave him a shot.

Though his per-carry average was in the realm of Reggie Bush, Benson came on as the year unfolded, moving the chains even without much of a passing game.

“Cedric was recognized as an elite talent coming out of college,” Lewis said. “His years in Chicago weren’t what he hoped for, but he was able to give us a lift on the field and be a great presence in the locker room. He earned everyone’s respect, and we’re excited to let him continue to grow in our system.”

Derrick Ward visited the Bengals in the early days of free agency, but we’d heard that Benson was their top priority. Apparently, a free-agent trip to Houston by Benson prompted the Bengals to get it done.

SouthStndJunkie
03-03-2009, 01:31 PM
Veteran free-agent DT Grady Jackson is headed to Detroit on Tuesday afternoon, and if he passes a physical Wednesday, he’s expected to sign a two- or three-year contract with the Lions, a source close to the situation said.

SouthStndJunkie
03-03-2009, 02:06 PM
CARDINALS STIFF FORMER COACHES OUT OF SUPER BOWL BONUSES

Posted by Mike Florio on March 3, 2009, 4:52 p.m. EST

Lest anyone think that our position regarding free-agent quarterback Kurt Warner arises from some sort of homerish tendencies toward the team with a red parakeet on its helmet, think again.

We’ve been saying for weeks that the Cardinals’ blind-squirrel-on-acorn trip to the Super Bowl doesn’t make a bad organization into a good one.

And, yeah, the Cardinals are still a bad organization.

Multiple league sources tell us that assistant coaches who left the team after the season ended have been stiffed out of Super Bowl bonuses.

Though we’re not sure whether the individual employment contracts call for the payments or whether these are amounts that teams pay as a matter of policy or practice, the point is that these men didn’t get paid money arising from the Super Bowl appearance that was paid to guys who are still employed.

Frugality is not a new dynamic in the desert. As former Cardinals safety Robert Griffith told Michael Silver, then of SI.com, in 2007, “They’re all show. They’re a facade. They say, ‘We’ve got the nicest stadium in North America’ — and they do. But everything else is to the penny.”

Griffith provided two examples to Silver. “When we’re not there on Tuesdays,” Griffith said, “they put a lock on the Gatorade fridge in the locker room.”

The other example came from what was in Griffith’s signing bonus check. Or, more accurately, what wasn’t in it.

“The Fed Ex [to send him the contract] cost $14.11 or something, and when I got my check, they’d deducted it — the check was for like $499,985.89, or whatever. That’s how they do sh-t in Arizona. That’s how they run their business!”

Our advice to Cardinals fans? Enjoy the climate-controlled temperature of the stadium and the video screens and the sound system and whatever food they sell there, because if you show up on Sundays suddenly expecting to see a winning team, you’re going to be disappointed.

Unless you’re rooting for the visitors.

SouthStndJunkie
03-03-2009, 09:26 PM
BIRK TO DECIDE WEDNESDAY BETWEEN RAVENS AND VIKINGS

Posted by Mike Florio on March 3, 2009, 11:19 p.m.

As free-agent center Matt Birk wrapped up the first day of his visit with the Baltimore Ravens, he seems to be getting very close to resolving the situation.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Birk currently plans to make a decision between the Ravens and the Vikings on Wednesday.

If Birk leaves, it’ll be stunning. And, in a roundabout way, the situation could help grease the skids toward a departure of the team to Los Angeles.

Birk, a St. Paul native, is one of the most popular players on the team. There’s a perception that head coach Brad Childress doesn’t really care for Birk, and that the franchise is low-balling him.

So if Birk bolts for Baltimore, the Vikings will take a hit among the locals. And, politically, it’ll make it even harder to solve the problem of getting a new stadium built in Minnesota.

Hopefully for the Vikings, the guy who writes the checks will override Coach Chilly, and finally warm up to a guy who needs to be wearing a purple helmet with horns.

SouthStndJunkie
03-03-2009, 11:51 PM
http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_11830461

Reworked deal relief to Stokley

Even before they acquired Jabar Gaffney and signed David Anderson to an offer sheet, and before they knew Brandon Marshall would get into trouble, the Broncos decided to bring back veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley.

Stokley's return was ensured Feb. 27, in the hours before the opening of NFL free agency, when the Broncos and Stokley agreed to roll his $500,000 unguaranteed roster bonus into his 2009 salary. Then they agreed to guarantee $560,000 of his $1.41 million salary for this season. So Stokley is back, despite the crowd at receiver.

"When you bring a new coach in, you just never know," Stokley said. "I wasn't sure until I signed that new contract that I was going to be here for another year."

Most teams carry four or five receivers on their game-day, 45-man roster. The Broncos have four in Marshall, Eddie Royal, Gaffney and Stokley. Anderson would make it five if Houston doesn't match the three-year, $4.5 million offer he signed with the Broncos as a restricted free agent.

BroncoBuff
03-04-2009, 12:07 AM
http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_11830461

Reworked deal relief to Stokley

Even before they acquired Jabar Gaffney and signed David Anderson to an offer sheet, and before they knew Brandon Marshall would get into trouble, the Broncos decided to bring back veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley.

Stokley's return was ensured Feb. 27, in the hours before the opening of NFL free agency, when the Broncos and Stokley agreed to roll his $500,000 unguaranteed roster bonus into his 2009 salary. Then they agreed to guarantee $560,000 of his $1.41 million salary for this season. So Stokley is back, despite the crowd at receiver.

"When you bring a new coach in, you just never know," Stokley said. "I wasn't sure until I signed that new contract that I was going to be here for another year."

Most teams carry four or five receivers on their game-day, 45-man roster. The Broncos have four in Marshall, Eddie Royal, Gaffney and Stokley. Anderson would make it five if Houston doesn't match the three-year, $4.5 million offer he signed with the Broncos as a restricted free agent.

Lord knows we don't need any more new threads, but this prolly deserves one, SSJ.

SouthStndJunkie
03-04-2009, 01:07 PM
A day after losing wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Cincinnati Bengals replaced him by reaching an agreement in principle with former New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles.

Coles agreed in principle to a four-year, $28 million deal, according to a source. Both sides still have to work on the language of the contract and the guarantees, but the money figures were acceptable to Coles.

SouthStndJunkie
03-04-2009, 01:18 PM
Decent signing for the Bengals....at quite a bit less than what T.J. Houshmandzadeh got from Seattle.

Laveranues Coles is actually a few months younger than Houshmandzadeh.

SouthStndJunkie
03-04-2009, 01:32 PM
BIRK TO BALTIMORE

Posted by Mike Florio on March 4, 2009, 4:08 p.m. EST

A league source tells us that the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with center Matt Birk.

Birk, a St. Paul native, had spent eleven years with the Vikings, arriving more than a decade ago as a sixth-round draft pick from Harvard, the same year that receiver Randy Moss joined the team as a rookie.

Birk was the last remaining link to the 1998 Vikings team, which won 15 regular-season games before losing the NFC title game to the Falcons.

By all appearances, he gave the Vikings every opportunity to sign him, but as the days passed and no deal was reached he decided to visit Baltimore.

Some thought it was a Kurt Warner-style leverage play, with Birk looking for an offer from Baltimore that he could shop back to the Vikings. (Birk apparently operates on a higher moral plane than that.)

That said, the decision had to be a tough one for Birk, who recently told David Fleming of ESPN The Magazine that he was anxious about uprooting his four small children and moving them halfway across the country.

And, as he told us three years ago, he wanted to stay in Minnesota: “I was born here, I’ll die here. I don’t want to leave.”

But leave he did.

SouthStndJunkie
03-04-2009, 11:35 PM
Realizing he no longer fits in the team’s plans, seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Torry Holt has asked for his release from the Rams, league sources told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday.

The Rams have been shopping Holt, 32, on the trade market, but so far there have been no takers. Holt is due a $1.25 million roster bonus on March 17, so it’s unlikely he will be a Ram beyond then.

But with free-agent wide receivers being signed daily around the NFL, and hundreds of millions of dollars already spent six days into free agency, Holt is seeking some closure to his time in St. Louis.

SouthStndJunkie
03-05-2009, 12:23 PM
WALKER STAYS WITH THE RAIDERS

Posted by Mike Florio on March 5, 2009, 3:03 p.m.

Remember those reports that the Raiders were poised to cut receiver Javon Walker?

As it turns out, they were wr-wr-wr-wr-premature.

According to David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, Walker has agreed to a major restructuring of his contract, giving up a $5 million roster bonus that was due this week and reducing his base salaries dramatically.

In return, his new base salaries for 2009 and 2010 are fully guaranteed.

The move creates nearly $8 million in cap space for the Raiders.

His 2009 base salary have been cut from $4 million to $2 million, and his base salary for 2010 has been reduced from $6 million to 2.6 million next season.

Walked also agreed to reduce his base salary in 2011 from $8 million to $3.2 million. His 2012 base drops from $10 million to $3.8 million. And his 2013 base falls from $10 million to $4.4 million.

That is a lot of sprayed champagne.

But while it’s easy to focus on what Walker gave up, the reality is that, absent the restructuring, he would have gotten not another dime from the team. It’s also a sign that Walker didn’t feel all that strongly about a potential injury grievance aimed at collecting the $5 million injury-guaranteed roster bonus, to which he arguably would have been entitled since he finished the 2008 season on injured reserve.

Our guess is that Walker’s agent gauged the market, and determined that the offer that the Raiders put on the table was better than anything Walker would get from another team.

So, in some cases, tampering actually strengthens the relationship between the player and his current team.

SouthStndJunkie
03-05-2009, 12:24 PM
SPRINGS TO SIGN WITH PATS

Posted by Mike Florio on March 5, 2009, 2:50 p.m.

Last year, the New England Patriots lost a cornerback to Philadelphia, when Asante Samuel jumped to the Eagles on the first day of free agency.

This year, the Pats have managed a small measure of revenge, winning the two-team derby with the Eagles for the services of veteran corner Shawn Springs.

According to Shalise Manza Young of the Providence Journal, Springs is expected to sign with the Patriots.

Springs was released last Friday by the Redskins.

SouthStndJunkie
03-05-2009, 12:26 PM
PAYMAH VISITING RAVENS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 5, 2009, 2:13 p.m.

Denver Broncos free agent cornerback Karl Paymah is visiting the Baltimore Ravens today, according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.

A league source has confirmed to us that Paymah is currently meeting with team officials at the Ravens’ training complex after arriving in Baltimore today.

Per the article, Payman is regarded as a reserve cornerback who excels on special teams.

He washed out as a starting cornerback in place of an injured Champ Bailey last season and was benched after two starts with the Broncos installing rookie Josh Bell in his place.

The 26-year-old former third-round draft pick from Washington State has started five games in four NFL seasons.

He recorded 39 tackles last season and one interception. For his career, Paymah has registered 101 tackles and three interceptions.

SouthStndJunkie
03-05-2009, 01:31 PM
EAGLES SHIP GREG LEWIS TO NEW ENGLAND

Posted by Mike Florio on March 5, 2009, 4:17 p.m. EST

The Eagles made a move with a receiver on Thursday — but not the move that the PFT Planet-influenced poll hoped to see.

The Patriots have acquired Lewis in a trade with Philadelphia, along with an undisclosed pick in the 2010 draft.

In exchange, the Eagles picked up an undisclosed selection in the 2009 draft.

Lewis, who has 23 career starts and 90 total appearances, has a history with the Pats. In Super Bowl XXIX, Lewis caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, cutting the New England lead to 24-21. It was Lewis’ first career touchdown.

worm
03-05-2009, 01:43 PM
Saints finish deals with Greer, Henderson
Both players receive four-year contracts
Thursday, March 05, 2009

Saints officials hit two free-agency goals Wednesday, returning one offensive player to the fold and filling a glaring need in the secondary.

Around midday, the team re-signed veteran wide receiver Devery Henderson and a few hours later signed Bills cornerback Jabari Greer.

Each agreed to four-year deals.

SouthStndJunkie
03-06-2009, 03:00 PM
HONOLULU -- The Pro Bowl is returning to Hawaii.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority board voted 9-1 on Friday to accept the NFL's offer to return to the islands.

The board rejected two previous proposals, but under mounting pressure reconsidered its latest refusal to pay the NFL $4 million a year to host the all-star game at Aloha Stadium in 2011 and 2012.

Traveler
03-06-2009, 07:26 PM
PACKERS|UNLIKELY TO ACQUIRE PEPPERS
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 16:42:40 -0800

Pete Dougherty, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports the Green Bay Packers likely will not trade for Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers.

http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl

SouthStndJunkie
03-07-2009, 01:19 AM
PAYMAH KEEPS MAKING THE ROUNDS

Posted by Mike Florio on March 6, 2009, 9:10 p.m.

Broncos free-agent cornerback Karl Paymah has been drawing interest in several cities.

He recently traveled to Baltimore, and is expected to visit with the Vikings next week.

In between, he’ll squeeze in a trip to Tampa, according to our friends at Pewter Report.

Paymah has appeared in 60 games during his four-year career, and he has started five games.

The Bucs need a replacement for Philip Buchanon, who signed with the Lions earlier this week.

SouthStndJunkie
03-07-2009, 01:21 AM
PACMAN GETS INTO A PROS VS. JOES FIGHT

Posted by Mike Florio on March 6, 2009, 5:46 p.m.

Adam “Pacman” Jones continues to find new and innovative ways to harm his chances of ever playing in the NFL again.

A free agent after being cut by the Cowboys, Jones is participating in Spike TV’s latest incarnation of Pros vs. Joes, a contrived competition between has-been and never-were professional athletes.

According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, who attended one of the sessions, Pacman and one of the “Joes” got into a fight not long after said “Joe” made like Sheldon Brown on Reggie Bush during a game of three-on-three football in full pads.

The hit came from Dan Adams, a former linebacker at Holy Cross who once made 21 tackles in a single game. Pacman had been calling Adams “Waterboy,” and Adams apparently imagined that Pacman had called him “needled–k.”

A few minutes after the hit, the two started punching each other, and they had to be separated. (I have an image in my mind of co-host Jay Glazer clinging to someone’s leg, a la Jeff Van Gundy.)

“He hit me 10 yards out of bounds, kind of a cheap shot,” Adams said. “I couldn’t sit there and not retaliate. You’ve got to have some pride and dignity.”

Pride and dignity? That would be a first for Pacman.

SouthStndJunkie
03-07-2009, 11:19 PM
RAMS “TRYING LIKE HELL” TO TRADE PACE

Posted by Mike Florio on March 7, 2009, 10:03 p.m. EST

The end of the road could soon be coming for tackle Orlando Pace in St. Louis.

But before the Rams cut the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft, they’re doing everything they can to get something of value in exchange for his services.

Per a league source, the Rams are “trying like hell” to trade Pace.

After injuries limited Pace to eight games in 2006 and only one in 2007, he started 14 in 2008. But with the Rams moving forward, guys like Pace who won’t be part of the future are destined to be let go.

It’s unlikely that any team would take Pace via trade absent a new contract. Currently, he’s due to earn $5.975 million in 2009, $7.175 million in 2010, and $8.375 million in 2011.

Our guess? Pace soon will be released, and if he wants to continue his career he’ll have to take a lot less money than he is due to earn this season.

SouthStndJunkie
03-08-2009, 10:59 AM
NO TAKERS FOR GARCIA, LEFTWICH, LOSMAN, GROSSMAN

Posted by Mike Florio on March 8, 2009, 12:52 p.m.

In a week that saw quarterbacks like Dan Orlovsky, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chris Simms, and J.T. O’Sullivan secure gainful employment, former starters Jeff Garcia, Byron Leftwich, J.P Losman, and Rex Grossman can’t get a sniff.

So what gives? Though each of the latter quartet remains sufficiently skilled to secure a spot on a depth chart, no one is biting.

Garcia, while long in the tooth, has played well if not spectacularly the past two seasons. Leftwich looked good during his cameo appearances in 2008, despite that catapult-slow release. Losman looks like Adam Sandler. (That’s the only semi-good thing we could come up with about J.P.) And Grossman recently helped keep Jim Rome’s legendary “Rex Streak” alive. (DiMaggio is starting to get nervous.)

Each guy arguably is better than Wrong-Way Orlovsky, Fourth-Down Fitzpatrick, O’Crappy J.T., and the son of a Super Bowl winner who has thrown roughly as many passes as his dad in the past two years.

It makes no sense. Then again, not much about the free-agent market is making much sense to us now.

SouthStndJunkie
03-08-2009, 11:03 AM
BREES ADMITS TO RECRUITING L.T. TO N.O.

Posted by Mike Florio on March 8, 2009, 10:48 a.m.

In an interview with XX 1090 AM (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), one of the radio stations in his old stomping grounds of San Diego, Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently addressed the current contract impasse involving the Chargers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

And if Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith ever smiles (then again, he never does), he surely wasn’t smiling after hearing what Brees had to say.

Following what seemed like 20 minutes of Brees talking about nothing that was all that compelling or humorous (with the exception of something about his wife once asking him if he had a sausage in his pocket), Brees addressed L.T.’s status.

As to whether Tomlinson should accept a reduction from the $6.725 million salary that he’s due to earn in 2009, Brees was unequivocal.

“I don’t think he should accept less money from the Chargers at this point,” Brees said, “because look at his track record . . . . Many people could say he had a decline this year, but I disagree with that. He was banged up for the majority of the year, and I think that’s just part of the game at times.

“I mean the guy hasn’t missed one start his entire NFL career, so if you’re going to sit here and tell me he’s, you know, not a durable guy, then you’re crazy. Like I said I think he’s still got a lot of motivation. I think he’s got a lot of fight and fire left in him. And you know he can still be a very productive player. So I don’t see any reason why he should be taking a pay cut at this point.”

So if Tomlinson refuses to take a pay cut, Brees would love to be reunited with his former San Diego teammate.

“I mean, come on, it’s an easy question,” Brees said. “I’d love to have him in New Orleans. I’d love to be his teammate again. I think L.T.’s got a lot of great years left in him so we’ll see what happens.”

Brees also admitted to having conversations with Tomlinson, and that the conversations have touched on L.T.’s status.

And Brees at first became very coy when asked point-blank about whether he has made it known to Tomlinson that Brees would like to have him in New Orleans.

“For me, I’m just waiting for the opportunity if he is available to come and snatch him,” Brees said.

As to the specific issue of whether Brees has shared that sentiment with Tomlinson, Brees was surprisingly candid.

“I think that’s pretty obvious, don’t you think?” Brees said.

Then reminded of the tampering rules, Brees said it was “just two buddies talkin’ on the phone.”

Yeah, and soon it could be two buddies playin’ some football together, again.

SouthStndJunkie
03-08-2009, 03:48 PM
MCFADDEN JOINS CARDINALS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 8, 2009, 5:46 p.m. EDT

Pittsburgh Steelers free agent cornerback Bryant McFadden has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, according to a league source.

McFadden received $5 million in guaranteed money, compensation that will be paid out entirely during the first year of the deal.

SouthStndJunkie
03-09-2009, 03:24 PM
TITANS TO TAKE A LOOK AT TORRY?

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2009, 5:10 p.m.

Though they didn’t take a run at receiver Terrell Owens, the Tennessee Titans might decide to take a run at Torry Holt, who likely will be cut soon by the Rams, according to Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper.

The Titans know Holt all too well — he was a rookie in 1999 when the Rams beat Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Holt is likely to be cut before a roster bonus comes due on March 17. He has asked to be traded or released.

McCormick also writes that the Titans might be eyeballing a veteran quarterback, given the recent departure of Chris Simms for Denver.

SouthStndJunkie
03-09-2009, 03:25 PM
Torry Holt would be a solid pickup for the Titans if he is released.

SouthStndJunkie
03-09-2009, 05:32 PM
ANOTHER ARREST FOR MATT JONES

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2009, 7:43 p.m. EDT

Just as the “Days without an Arrest Meters” was hours away from getting back to double digits, Jaguars receiver Matt Jones has been arrested, again.

A reader has forwarded to us this link to the Washington County, Arkansas Sheriff’s office, which shows that a man named Matt Jones, a 25-year-old white male with brown hair and blue who stands six feet and five inches from the ground and weighs 205 pounds and having an address in Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested at 6:21 p.m. CDT for possession of a controlled substance.

Jones is listed on the Jags’ official web site as 6-6 and 216 pounds. He’s also 25.

We suppose there’s a chance that it’s not the same Matt Jones as the one from Arkansas who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, especially since a mug shot as of this posting has not yet been posted with the arrest information.

If it is Jones, he could be in big trouble with the NFL, and the law. Last year, he was arrested for felony cocaine possession, but agreed to enter a diversion program, which among other things requires him to stay out of trouble.

He also was suspended three games by the NFL.

So if the Matt Jones from Arkansas who plays for the Jags is the same Matt Jones of identical age and similar dimensions and Jacksonville address who was arrested within the past half hours in Arkansas, he’s got a big problem.

UPDATE: The mugshot is now posted. Yep, it’s him.

SECOND UPDATE: Jones also apparently is charged with violating the terms of his probation.

oubronco
03-09-2009, 06:44 PM
PACMAN GETS INTO A PROS VS. JOES FIGHT

Posted by Mike Florio on March 6, 2009, 5:46 p.m.

Adam “Pacman” Jones continues to find new and innovative ways to harm his chances of ever playing in the NFL again.

A free agent after being cut by the Cowboys, Jones is participating in Spike TV’s latest incarnation of Pros vs. Joes, a contrived competition between has-been and never-were professional athletes.

According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, who attended one of the sessions, Pacman and one of the “Joes” got into a fight not long after said “Joe” made like Sheldon Brown on Reggie Bush during a game of three-on-three football in full pads.

The hit came from Dan Adams, a former linebacker at Holy Cross who once made 21 tackles in a single game. Pacman had been calling Adams “Waterboy,” and Adams apparently imagined that Pacman had called him “needled–k.”

A few minutes after the hit, the two started punching each other, and they had to be separated. (I have an image in my mind of co-host Jay Glazer clinging to someone’s leg, a la Jeff Van Gundy.)

“He hit me 10 yards out of bounds, kind of a cheap shot,” Adams said. “I couldn’t sit there and not retaliate. You’ve got to have some pride and dignity.”

Pride and dignity? That would be a first for Pacman.

LOL what an idiot

broncosteven
03-09-2009, 07:02 PM
ANOTHER ARREST FOR MATT JONES

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2009, 7:43 p.m. EDT

Just as the “Days without an Arrest Meters” was hours away from getting back to double digits, Jaguars receiver Matt Jones has been arrested, again.

A reader has forwarded to us this link to the Washington County, Arkansas Sheriff’s office, which shows that a man named Matt Jones, a 25-year-old white male with brown hair and blue who stands six feet and five inches from the ground and weighs 205 pounds and having an address in Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested at 6:21 p.m. CDT for possession of a controlled substance.

Jones is listed on the Jags’ official web site as 6-6 and 216 pounds. He’s also 25.

We suppose there’s a chance that it’s not the same Matt Jones as the one from Arkansas who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, especially since a mug shot as of this posting has not yet been posted with the arrest information.

If it is Jones, he could be in big trouble with the NFL, and the law. Last year, he was arrested for felony cocaine possession, but agreed to enter a diversion program, which among other things requires him to stay out of trouble.

He also was suspended three games by the NFL.

So if the Matt Jones from Arkansas who plays for the Jags is the same Matt Jones of identical age and similar dimensions and Jacksonville address who was arrested within the past half hours in Arkansas, he’s got a big problem.

UPDATE: The mugshot is now posted. Yep, it’s him.

SECOND UPDATE: Jones also apparently is charged with violating the terms of his probation.

I hope this guy has someone in his life that can help him. Sounds like he needs help.

ohiobronco2
03-09-2009, 07:17 PM
ANOTHER ARREST FOR MATT JONES

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2009, 7:43 p.m. EDT

Just as the “Days without an Arrest Meters” was hours away from getting back to double digits, Jaguars receiver Matt Jones has been arrested, again.

A reader has forwarded to us this link to the Washington County, Arkansas Sheriff’s office, which shows that a man named Matt Jones, a 25-year-old white male with brown hair and blue who stands six feet and five inches from the ground and weighs 205 pounds and having an address in Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested at 6:21 p.m. CDT for possession of a controlled substance.

Jones is listed on the Jags’ official web site as 6-6 and 216 pounds. He’s also 25.

We suppose there’s a chance that it’s not the same Matt Jones as the one from Arkansas who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, especially since a mug shot as of this posting has not yet been posted with the arrest information.

If it is Jones, he could be in big trouble with the NFL, and the law. Last year, he was arrested for felony cocaine possession, but agreed to enter a diversion program, which among other things requires him to stay out of trouble.

He also was suspended three games by the NFL.

So if the Matt Jones from Arkansas who plays for the Jags is the same Matt Jones of identical age and similar dimensions and Jacksonville address who was arrested within the past half hours in Arkansas, he’s got a big problem.

UPDATE: The mugshot is now posted. Yep, it’s him.

SECOND UPDATE: Jones also apparently is charged with violating the terms of his probation.

Another individual with all the talent in the world, who is going to piss it all away.

SouthStndJunkie
03-09-2009, 08:05 PM
REPORT: UFL TO CHASE VICK

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2009, 10:37 p.m.

Last year, UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue was candid regarding his league’s desire to offer an opportunity to Falcons quarterback Mike Vick, who might very well be suspended for a year (or more) after being released from federal custody in July.

Last month, Huyghue backed off considerably, suggesting that the UFL would bow to the will of the fans.

Are there any?

Apparently, there are — and Huyghue apparently has consulted with them.

And they apparently want Vick.

According to Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange, the UFL is believed to be plotting a run at Vick.

The only potential impediment would come from a decision by the Falcons, if they don’t release him, to invoke the language in his contract preventing him from playing in any other league while on suspension.

But assuming the Falcons don’t cut Vick, perhaps they’d be able to conjure a trade market for 2010 by letting Vick run circles around the slappies that will be populating the UFL.

Then again, Michael Vick playing in the UFL would give the league even more credibility than the initial slate of head coaches (Ted Cottrell, Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, Jim Haslett), whom Balzer points out will be paid $500,000 each per year.

Wes Mantooth
03-09-2009, 11:00 PM
Another individual with all the talent in the world, who is going to piss it all away.

Thank goodness we did not grab this guy in the draft.

SouthStndJunkie
03-10-2009, 01:32 PM
PATS PICK UP BODDEN

Posted by Mike Florio on March 10, 2009, 3:35 p.m.

On the heels of inking free-agent cornerback Shawn Springs, the Patriots have hauled in another veteran defensive back.

According to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe, the Pats have agreed to terms with cornerback Leigh Bodden. Per Gasper, it’s a one-year deal.

Bodden visited the Pats on February 27, the first day of free agency. (If it was reported, we didn’t notice, probably because we were trying to put out the server fire.)

He spent five years with the Browns before being traded to the Lions last year as part of the Shaun Rogers deal. But the Lions cut Bodden last month, on the first day for releasing players.

SouthStndJunkie
03-10-2009, 02:48 PM
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons took the first step toward revamping their linebacker corps on Tuesday morning, reaching an agreement with unrestricted free agent Mike Peterson.

Peterson 32, will sign a two-year contract, league sources confirmed; financial details were not immediately available. Peterson visited with team officials and coaches on Monday and Tuesday.

SouthStndJunkie
03-10-2009, 02:49 PM
ST. LOUIS -- Orlando Pace, the seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle who was dogged by injuries in recent seasons, has been released by the St. Louis Rams.

The 33-year-old Pace was the first overall pick of the 1997 draft. The move on Tuesday cleared $6 million in cap space for the Rams, after they were 2-14 last season.

HooptyHoops
03-10-2009, 03:17 PM
TITANS TO TAKE A LOOK AT TORRY?

Posted by Mike Florio on March 9, 2009, 5:10 p.m.

Though they didn’t take a run at receiver Terrell Owens, the Tennessee Titans might decide to take a run at Torry Holt, who likely will be cut soon by the Rams, according to Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper.

The Titans know Holt all too well — he was a rookie in 1999 when the Rams beat Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Holt is likely to be cut before a roster bonus comes due on March 17. He has asked to be traded or released.

McCormick also writes that the Titans might be eyeballing a veteran quarterback, given the recent departure of Chris Simms for Denver.

Why in the heck are the Rams trying to get rid of Holt? The logic of the game makes no sense to me anymore...

TonyR
03-10-2009, 03:24 PM
Torry Holt would be a solid pickup for the Titans if he is released.

He'd also be a solid pickup for the Broncos if he's released as insurance for a Brandon Marshall suspension, assuming that he wouldn't be looking for too much $.

SouthStndJunkie
03-10-2009, 04:37 PM
I think Orlando Pace could very easily pull a Willie Roaf and give a team 3 or 4 decent/good years when everyone thought he was done.

elsid13
03-10-2009, 04:39 PM
I think Orlando Pace could very easily pull a Willie Roaf and give a team 3 or 4 decent/good years when everyone thought he was done.

I don't know about that. Pace is pretty beat up and seem to reach of life-cycle on his knees.

SouthStndJunkie
03-10-2009, 04:45 PM
I don't know about that. Pace is pretty beat up and seem to reach of life-cycle on his knees.

People were saying the same thing about Willie Roaf.

Pace played in 14 games last year and was only called for 2 penalties and gave up only 2 sacks.

SouthStndJunkie
03-10-2009, 06:36 PM
BURNETT BOLTS THE ‘BOYS FOR THE BOLTS

Posted by Mike Florio on March 10, 2009, 9:22 p.m. EDT

Cowboys linebacker Kevin Burnett, an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to terms with the Chargers, according to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News (via David White of the San Francisco Chronicle).

We’ve separately confirmed that, indeed, the deal is done.

Burnett has been primarily a reserve for his four-year career, starting only four games in four NFL seasons.

He was a second-round pick of the Cowboys in 2005, when Bill Parcells was the head coach. By all appearances, however, Parcells’ current team (the Dolphins) didn’t make a play for Burnett.

SouthStndJunkie
03-11-2009, 05:42 PM
BROWNS RELEASE JUREVICIUS

Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2009, 8:11 p.m. EDT

The new regime in Cleveland is pushing its luck.

On the heels of rounding up a bunch of players who were collectively good enough to get Eric Mangini fired as head coach of the Jets, the Browns have parted ways with a hometown hero.

Gone is receiver Joe Jurevicius, a veteran wideout who grew up in Mentor, Ohio, rooting for the Browns.

“These types of decisions are always difficult ones, especially with someone like Joe, who has meant a great deal to the Cleveland Browns organization and to the fans of Cleveland,” G.M. George Kokinis said. “Eric and I have had extensive conversations with Joe and his representatives. In the end we were unable to reach an agreement that was in the best interests of both parties. We want to thank Joe for his contributions to the Browns and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

That’s code for the notion that the Browns wanted to pay Jurevicius a lot less than the $2.4 million base salary he was due to receive in 2010, along with any other roster or reporting or workout bonuses that might have applied. It’s unclear what the Browns were willing to pay, and what Jurevicius wanted.

Jurevicius missed all of the 2008 season after developing a staph infection following arthroscopic knee surgery. He had said that he plans to play one more year before retiring.

The former Penn State standout joined the Giants in 1998, and also played for the Buccaneers and the Seahawks. He has played in two Super Bowls, losing XXXV as a member of the Giants and winning XXXVII with the Bucs.

SouthStndJunkie
03-11-2009, 08:48 PM
OWENS STAKES CLAIMS TO NUMBER 81

Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2009, 11:29 p.m. EDT

The first skirmish involving receiver Terrell Owens might not involve Trent Edwards or any other quarterback on the team.

Instead, T.O.’s initial victim in Buffalo could be receiver James Hardy, the person to whom number 81 was issued last year.

In his first Buffalo radio interview, with our pals Shredd and Ragan of 103.3 WEDG, Owens made it clear that 81 belongs to him.

Asked whether he’ll be wearing the only number he’s worn throughout his NFL career, Owens said, “Yes I am. . . . That’s my number.”

Owens then was asked whether he has worked out a deal with Hardy, which is typically the custom when a new player wants to finagle a jersey number that already has been issued to another player on the roster — and which typically entails a sizable cash payment to the player currently in possession of the number.

It was a simple “yes” or “no” question. But Owens opted not to answer it directly.

“When I walked into the building for the first time and they showed me around and I walked into the locker room,” he said, “first thing I saw was a locker and it had the number 81 with Owens . . . on the back and I had some other Buffalo swag hung up in the locker room. As far as working deals out, I don’t know. That’s not my department. I think Russ [Brandon] the General Manager, he’ll have to deal with that.”

Translation? “I ain’t payin’ Hardy sh-t.”

Owens’ name continues to be absent from the team’s official roster — and Hardy’s name on the roster continues to reflect that his assigned number is 81.

Meanwhile, the team is now selling jerseys with Owens’ name appearing over the number 81.

Some might think it’s a small matter. But football players can be very territorial about their numbers. Just ask Clinton Portis, who was sued by Ifeanyi Ohalete after Portis promised to pay $40,000 for number 26 with the Redskins and stiffed Ohalete out of half of it after Ohalete was cut.

That said, Hardy doesn’t have a long history with 81; he wore 82 at Indiana, which Josh Reed wears with the Bills.

Still, it’s the principle that could take on a life of its own. If the team is willing to automatically take Hardy’s number and give it to another player without so much as a head’s up, the message to the rest of the players is that the front office and the coaching staff will cater to T.O.’s every wish and whim.

So if the team doesn’t handle this specific situation properly, it could make it even harder for a guy with a history of locker-room issues to be properly accepted by his newest set of teammates.

SouthStndJunkie
03-12-2009, 01:35 PM
CARDINALS SHOPPING BOLDIN

Posted by Mike Florio on March 12, 2009, 3:59 p.m.

Kurt Warner might get to keep his $2 million, after all.

A league source tells us that the Arizona Cardinals are shopping receiver Anquan Boldin to potential trade partners.

Warner recently has suggested that he’d devote a portion of his salary to signing Boldin to a new contract. (We don’t think Warner really means it.)

Boldin, a six-year veteran, is signed through 2010. He has wanted for roughly a year a significant increase from his current range of $2.5 million to $3 million.

With teammate Larry Fitzgerald at $10 million per year, Boldin is believed to want at least $9 million annually.

Boldin previously has requested a trade. At one point after the Super Bowl, Boldin said that he would not sign a new deal with the Cardinals, and that he wanted to be dealt to a new team. More recently, he had softened in his position, expressing a willingness to consider a new long-term contract to stay with the team.

SouthStndJunkie
03-12-2009, 03:18 PM
BROWNS CUT SHAFFER

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 12, 2009, 6:13 p.m. EDT

The Cleveland Browns cut starting right offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer today rather than pay him a pending $1.5 million roster bonus, according to Adam Caplan of Scout.com.

Per a source, Caplan reports that the Browns created $1.45 million in salary-cap room for 2009. Yet, the team will still be forced to hold $4.56 million in dead money due to the proration of the guaranteed money remaining over the final four years of his contract.

Agent Alan Herman, who represents Shaffer, said that the Browns are still interested in possibly re-signing Shaffer.

Ryan Tucker is expected to replace Shaffer in the starting lineup.

According to NFL.com, Shaffer started 15 games for the Browns last season. In seven NFL seasons, Shaffer has started 86 games.

SouthStndJunkie
03-12-2009, 03:19 PM
Shaffer might not be a bad option at right tackle for a team like Kansas City.

SouthStndJunkie
03-12-2009, 04:19 PM
TEXANS RE-SIGN FERGUSON

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 12, 2009, 6:34 p.m. EDT

The Houston Texans announced today that they have re-signed veteran safety Nick Ferguson, a transaction that retains a nine-game starter from last season.

Last season, Ferguson recorded 52 tackles with one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

According to NFL.com, Ferguson has 265 career tackles and seven interceptions in nine NFL seasons.

Ferguson took a long road to the NFL, playing initially for the CFL’s Sasketchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire after going undrafted out of Georgia Tech.

The 34-year-old had previous stints with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets prior to signing with the Texans last year.

SouthStndJunkie
03-12-2009, 04:21 PM
Good for Nick....looks like he might get another year in the NFL.

He fought his way into the NFL and has stuck around for almost a decade.

SouthStndJunkie
03-14-2009, 09:11 AM
JULIAN PETERSON THE NEXT VETERAN TO BE CUT?

Posted by Mike Florio on March 14, 2009, 9:12 a.m.

The purge of high-priced veterans that began roughly a month ago still continues.

KJR-AM in Seattle reported Friday that the Seahawks soon will release linebacker Julian Peterson.

Signed through 2012, Peterson is due to earn $6.5 million in base salary this year, $7.5 million in 2010, $8 million in 2011, and $8.5 million in the final year of the deal.

Per Mike Sando of ESPN.com, Peterson has declined to reduce his salary.

The team’s alternative offer isn’t known, but Peterson’s agents would be wise to find out whether someone else would pay Peterson more than that before telling the Seahawks to stick it.

So, basically, that seven-year, $54 million contract that Peterson signed amid much fanfare three years ago is, in the end, a three-year, $23.5 million deal.

And that’s precisely why league insiders typically focus on the three-year payout when assessing the real value of a contract.

SouthStndJunkie
03-14-2009, 09:19 AM
REDDING TRADE TALKS CONFIRMED

Posted by Mike Florio on March 14, 2009, 12:04 p.m.

Our pal Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com reports that, indeed, the Detroit Lions are in talks that would send defensive tackle Cory Redding to the Seahawks.

Kowalski reports, and we’ve confirmed, that the deal would ship linebacker Julian Peterson to Detroit.

We’re told that the Lions also would get a draft pick.

For now, the team isn’t talking. “We have nothing to confirm at this time,” Lions spokesman Bill Keenist told Kowalski.

Absent a restructuring by either player, the teams would essentially be swapping more than $30 million each in future salaries and bonuses. But, as we pointed out earlier, the hidden benefit is that the bonus acceleration will allow them to chew up extra 2009 cap space at no actual cost.

SouthStndJunkie
03-14-2009, 12:25 PM
GALLOWAY SIGNS WITH PATRIOTS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 14, 2009, 3:11 p.m. EDT

The New England Patriots have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway to a one-year contract, according to Steve Duemig of WDAE in Tampa.

In four starts last season, Galloway caught 13 passes for 138 yards. In 2007, he caught 57 passes for 1,014 yards and six touchdowns.

According to NFL.com, Galloway has registered 682 career receptions for 10,710 yards and 77 touchdowns in 14 NFL seasons.

SouthStndJunkie
03-14-2009, 09:30 PM
SAME OLD LIONS?

Posted by Mike Florio on March 14, 2009, 7:35 p.m.

With multiple reports that the Seattle Seahawks were going to cut linebacker Julian Peterson after he refused a pay cut, the Detroit Lions opted not to wait for the inevitable release of Peterson.

Instead, they packed up a starting defensive lineman and a fifth-round pick in order to inherit the back end of the puffed up contract paid three years ago to Peterson, who’ll be 31 in July.

The move has renewed criticism of the Lions in league circles.

“If you went 0-16 would you trade a pick and a good young player for a 31 year old?” one league source asked us.

(Actually, if we went 0-16, we’d cash in whatever remaining chips we could scrape together and find a new line of business to screw up over an extended period of time.)

We’ve largely forgotten about the Lions because there are no games for them to lose in March, but league insiders still point to the franchise as a shining beacon of pro football ineptitude.

The arrival of former Jags V.P. of player personnel James Harris has done little to improve the front office’s image in league circles.

“[G.M. Martin] Mayhew is bad enough in trying to evaluate talent,” one source opined. “Instead of one guy not knowing what he’s doing now you have two guys doing the same routine.”

In fact, one league insider has been referring to Mayhew and Harris as the “Millen Twins.”

But there’s possibly good news on the horizon. Some league insiders expect that new coach Jim Schwartz will try to make a power play, if he can win at least five or six games in the wake of last year’s humiliating season.

SouthStndJunkie
03-16-2009, 08:01 AM
JAGUARS RELEASE MATT JONES

Posted by Mike Florio on March 16, 2009, 10:49 a.m. EDT

The Jacksonville Jaguars have given receiver Matt Jones plenty of chances to live up to the hype that made the converted quarterback a first-round draft pick nearly four years ago.

Apparently, drinking beer while golfing was the last straw.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Jaguars have released Jones, two days after he was released from jail.

Jones was jailed for five days after testing positive for alcohol as part of the diversion program that allowed him to avoid felony cocaine possession charges.

It’s fitting that Mort would report what could be the final bit of news regarding Jones’ NFL career, given that Mortensen gushed in March 2005 regarding the player’s potential.

Said Mortensen at the time: “Matt Jones won’t be among the top 10 players selected in the April 23-24 draft, but I will venture to say that he’ll play in more Pro Bowls than almost any of those guys. And I will laugh, knowing I told you so.”

For the record, Jones has played in, um, zero Pro Bowls.

worm
03-16-2009, 01:18 PM
JAGUARS RELEASE MATT JONES

Posted by Mike Florio on March 16, 2009, 10:49 a.m. EDT

The Jacksonville Jaguars have given receiver Matt Jones plenty of chances to live up to the hype that made the converted quarterback a first-round draft pick nearly four years ago.

Apparently, drinking beer while golfing was the last straw.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Jaguars have released Jones, two days after he was released from jail.

Jones was jailed for five days after testing positive for alcohol as part of the diversion program that allowed him to avoid felony cocaine possession charges.

It’s fitting that Mort would report what could be the final bit of news regarding Jones’ NFL career, given that Mortensen gushed in March 2005 regarding the player’s potential.

Said Mortensen at the time: “Matt Jones won’t be among the top 10 players selected in the April 23-24 draft, but I will venture to say that he’ll play in more Pro Bowls than almost any of those guys. And I will laugh, knowing I told you so.”

For the record, Jones has played in, um, zero Pro Bowls.

This loser was a Mane 'darling' before the draft. I need to go look up who was on his jock so I start the harassment.

What a waste of natural ability.

SouthStndJunkie
03-16-2009, 05:10 PM
This loser was a Mane 'darling' before the draft. I need to go look up who was on his jock so I start the harassment.

What a waste of natural ability.

I thought he was going to be a damn good player.

He started to put it together last year.

65 catches for 761 yards and 2 TDs in 12 games.

SouthStndJunkie
03-16-2009, 05:12 PM
CARDINALS LAND JASON WRIGHT

Posted by Mike Florio on March 16, 2009, 7:50 p.m. EDT

The Arizona Cardinals filled the void when J.J. Arrington signed with the Broncos in free agency, signing Browns free-agent Jason Wright on Monday.

The team announced that Wright has signed a two-year deal.

John Clayton of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth $2 million.

Wright served primarily as a third-down back for the Browns. Per Clayton, he could fill the same role in Arizona.

broncos-rock
03-17-2009, 04:57 PM
Did'nt want to start another thread.........but was Cassell signed to an extension? Basically are we going to see this **** again?

SouthStndJunkie
03-17-2009, 06:28 PM
ORLANDO PACE VISITING BALTIMORE

Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2009, 8:44 p.m. EDT

On the same day that Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome was quoted in the Baltimore Sun as saying that the team had no plans to bring in any tackles, they Ravens . . . are . . . bringing in . . . another tackle.

According to our friend and (for a day last month) colleague Tom Curran of NBCSports.com, free-agent right tackle Orlando Pace will be visiting the Ravens on Wednesday.

Pace, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft, was cut last week by the Rams after 12 seasons in St. Louis.

“Hey, I’m always looking to improve this football team,” Newsome said Monday. “At this point, we have no plans to bring in any tackles.”

Technically, Newsome’s statement was accurate. At that point, they had no plans to bring in any tackles.

At this point, they apparently do.

SouthStndJunkie
03-17-2009, 06:29 PM
Did'nt want to start another thread.........but was Cassell signed to an extension? Basically are we going to see this **** again?

I hope not....he will be average at best next year in Kansas City.

I am hoping they give him a big fat new deal.

baja
03-17-2009, 08:41 PM
well if they didn't they are on the hook for 14 mil.

broncos-rock
03-17-2009, 10:19 PM
well if they didn't they are on the hook for 14 mil.
Aren't extensions signed right away with a franchised player just for that reason. Why are they waiting? Just seems a little weird but we are talking about the cheeps here!

SouthStndJunkie
03-18-2009, 04:34 PM
SAINTS ACQUIRE DARREN SHARPER

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 18, 2009, 6:34 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with veteran free agent safety Darren Sharper, according to a league source.

Sharper last played for the Minnesota Vikings and visited the Saints after the free agent signing period commenced.

According to NFL.com, Sharper recorded 69 tackles and one interception last season. The 33-year-old is entering his 13th NFL season and has 564 career tackles and 54 interceptions.

UPDATE: The Saints have announced that Sharper has officially joined the team.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Darren to our team,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. “Darren is an accomplished veteran player that brings a wealth of knowledge and ability to our secondary and has always possessed outstanding instincts and playmaking skills.”