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Old 04-11-2009, 06:41 AM   #801
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Bills Want At Least A One And A Three For Peters

Posted by Mike Florio on April 11, 2009, 12:10 a.m.

Though there’s a sense in some circles that the Buffalo Bills will trade disgruntled left tackle Jason Peters before the draft, Tim Graham of ESPN.com reports that the team wants at least a first-round pick and a third-round pick in exchange for his rights.

The Eagles have been linked to Peters, but Graham reports that no discussions have occurred between the two franchises.

Peters sustained more than $600,000 in fines last season for holding out of training camp and the preseason. He eventually reported, and didn’t miss any of his $191,000 game checks.

Under contract for two more years, Peters supposedly wants a contract that averages $10 million per year.

And that would be a huge raise; per NFLPA records, he is due to earn base salaries of $3.8 million and $3.4 million in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:42 AM   #802
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Jason Peters was terrible in 2009.
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:41 AM   #803
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Report: Leftwich To Join Buccaneers

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Posted by Aaron Wilson on April 12, 2009, 10:12 a.m.

Veteran unrestricted free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich has struck a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Michael Smith of ESPN.com.

Per the report, which cited an unnamed source, the former Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons backup and Jacksonville Jaguars starter will sign a two-year contract.

Leftwich also drew interest from the Steelers and the Washington Redskins, but opted to join the Buccaneers. Now, he’ll be competing with Tampa Bay quarterbacks Luke McCown, Josh Johnson, and Brian Griese.

Operating as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup last season in Pittsburgh, Leftwich completed 21 of 36 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

For his six-year career, Leftwich has passed for 9,624 yards, 54 touchdowns and 38 interceptions for an 80.3 quarterback rating.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:19 PM   #804
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http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/...unday-edition/

Notes From Lombardi: Sunday Edition

Some good tidbits in this article.
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Notes From Lombardi: Sunday Edition

Some good tidbits in this article.


Good read... looks of intresting tidbits. I think we will see alot of trades from now until the draft. Even alot more than normal on draft day. Have to believe we will be involved some where.... Peppers, Quinn, Shefler,....Just a gut feeling, but we will not be making two picks in the first round this year. Bank on it.
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:44 PM   #806
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The Falcons are seriously considering trading for Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez and might even give up their second-round pick to make the deal.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:47 AM   #807
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison cashed in on his incredible 2008 season by agreeing to a new contract Monday that is worth $51.175 million over the next six seasons, according to a source.

Harrison was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season and had a 100-yard interception return before the half in the Steelers' Super Bowl victory over the Arizona Cardinals. He was scheduled to make $1.4 million this season, the final year of his contract.

Included in the contract is about $20 million in bonuses, the source said.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:40 PM   #808
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http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slu...yhoo&type=lgns

Sources: Giants expected to land Edwards
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:10 PM   #809
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Not bad for a midget.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4070094

Source: Deal worth $8.2M per year

Maurice Jones-Drew agreed Wednesday to a four-year extension that will make him one of the three highest-paid running backs in football.

According to a source, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jones-Drew have agreed on a deal worth more than $8.2 million a year.

The contract is believed to top the six-year, $49.1 million deal signed by Clinton Portis of the Redskins in 2006. Steven Jackson of the Rams is the highest-paid running back. He signed a five-year, $48.5 million deal last season. Larry Johnson of the Chiefs is next. He has a five-year, $43.14 million contract.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:15 PM   #810
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I thought the Deal was Done?
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:17 PM   #811
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Well if it falls through at least he will have a clean locker.
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:22 PM   #812
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Spoiler Alert At Chargers.com
Posted by Mike Florio on April 14, 2009, 10:47 p.m.
On one hand, we’re surprised that more teams haven’t already done this.

On the other hand, the strategy potentially has “epic fail” written all over it.

The Chargers plan to disclose each of their picks via Chargers.com before the picks are announced at the podium in New York — and thus before the pick is disclosed via ESPN or NFL Network.

We’re assuming that the Chargers have cleared the approach with the league office.

If they haven’t, this could get interesting.

What say you, PFT Planet? Should teams let the cat out of the bag via the Internet before the Commish or his designee make the walk to the microphone?
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Bad idea why ruin the fun.
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Sources: Schefter To ESPN

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/...efter-to-espn/

Posted by Mike Florio on April 15, 2009, 8:39 p.m. EDT

Several league and industry sources have told us that Adam Schefter, who still is under contract with NFL Network, will join ESPN later this year.

Schefter is still under contract with NFLN, but he has not appeared on the air since early March. Schefter told Neil Best of Newsday on March 23 that he remains under contract with NFL Network until the middle of August.

It remains to be seen whether and to what extent Schefter’s arrival affects the current NFL insider lineup at ESPN. At a minimum, it could make for a spirited-to-the-point-of-awkward in-house rivalry between Schefter, Chris Mortensen, John Clayton, Michael Smith, and the army of beat-writers-turned-bloggers who compete to break news.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:59 PM   #815
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin may get his wish to be traded. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday the team is willing to listen to offers.

Boldin has asked to be traded since last season after teammate Larry Fitzgerald received a four-year, $40 million contract. Boldin has two years remaining on the six-year, $33.99 million deal he signed in 2005. Though the team wants to give him an extension, the Cardinals aren't expected to give him a Fitzgerald-type deal.
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin may get his wish to be traded. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday the team is willing to listen to offers.

Boldin has asked to be traded since last season after teammate Larry Fitzgerald received a four-year, $40 million contract. Boldin has two years remaining on the six-year, $33.99 million deal he signed in 2005. Though the team wants to give him an extension, the Cardinals aren't expected to give him a Fitzgerald-type deal.
to DA BEARS for their 2nd this year, swap 3rds their 2nd next year and a 5th round pick from the Cards?
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Cards Want A One And A Three For Boldin

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/...ee-for-boldin/

Posted by Mike Florio on April 16, 2009, 11:25 a.m. EDT

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reports that the Arizona Cardinals are telling prospective suitors for receiver Anquan Boldin that at least a first-round pick and a third-round pick will be needed to get the deal done.

Per Paolantonio, the Eagles, Giants, Jets, and Ravens have shown interest.

Boldin said recently that he’d love to play for the Dolphins, but it’s unknown whether Miami will get into the mix. Other teams that could (or should) be interested include, in our estimation, the Jaguars, Vikings, Titans, Colts, Chiefs, 49ers, Browns (if they trade Braylon Edwards) and Rams.

We also think that, if any current NFL receiver other than Hines Ward screams out “Pittsburgh Steeler” in the way he plays the game, it’s Boldin. And with Ward possibly inching toward the end of the rope, it might make a lot of sense to add his eventual replacement sooner rather than later.

The Eagles have the most ammunition to get a deal done, with a couple of first-round picks and ten other selections. The Giants have the clearest need, but they’d be better off with a guy with the kind of speed to stretch the field. The Eagles potentially have a player like that in DeSean Jackson. Boldin and Kevin Curtis would provide a formidable duo for the underneath routes. If opposing defense lock onto either of them, Jackson will face single coverage at best
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:46 PM   #818
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Racism is apparently funny at USC. Now I'm convince more than ever that I want these high caliber guys on my team.

Matthews, Cushing Might Have Had Some Explaining To Do
Posted by Mike Florio on April 16, 2009, 9:44 p.m.
One of our more astute readers pointed out to us tonight a controversy that first arose in 2007. If we knew about it at the time, we’d forgotten about it completely.

Former USC linebackers Clay Matthews, who is regarded as potential first-round draft pick, created two years ago a Facebook group called “White Nation,” which among other things advocated the “arrest [of] black babies before they become criminals.” Former USC linebacker Brian Cushing, another potential first-round prospect, joined the Facebook group.

It was all a joke, an unnamed administration source previously told the Daily Trojan (which coincidentally was the working title of Wilt Chamberlain’s autobiography).

Apparently, the joke arose from the fact that Matthews, Cushing, and other white teammates were dubbed “White Nation” by one or more non-white USC players.

It’s unknown whether and to what extent Matthews and/or Cushing have been grilled about the incident during pre-draft interviews. But if the Niners deemed it appropriate to ask Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford about the divorce of his parents, it’s more than fair game for NFL teams to revisit the issue with Matthews and/or Cushing in order to confirm that it really was a joke — and then to attempt to discern the humor in it.
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Report: Bills Trade Peters To Eagles

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Posted by Aaron Wilson on April 17, 2009, 1:32 p.m. EDT

The Buffalo Bills have traded Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.

In exchange for Peters, the Bills receive the Eagles’ 28th overall pick of the first round as well as a second-day draft pick in this year’s draft and a late-round draft pick in 2010.

Peters has been unhappy with his contract and hasn’t been attending the Bills’ offseason activities after staging a holdout last summer at training camp.

Presumably, Peters will be seeking a new deal from his new employers.

The Eagles needed an offensive tackle after starter Tra Thomas left in free agency. Jon Runyan is a free agent and has been battling injuries.

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Wow. The Eagles just got better. Peters played like poo last year, but he's still a talent.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:55 AM   #821
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I expect a lot of player for draft pick(s) trades this year.
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The Giants admitted they had had enough of dealing with Plaxico Burress, and when a player doesn’t want to help himself, it makes it very hard to help him. John Mara, the team president, speaking to Sirius XM radio’s Chris Russo, made that clear. The Giants have always been a very fair club when dealing with their players. But failing to return the team’s calls was a lack of respect by Plaxico for the people who were in his corner. Burress left them little choice, and the Giants had to make this move to keep their team together.

Ooops. A lot of that going around lately.
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The Eagles trading for Peters just eliminates them trading up for Oher. One option of trading down out the window.
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http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/...-in-green-bay/

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Mandarich: I Was Never Sober In Green Bay

Posted by Josh Alper on April 17, 2009, 3:55 p.m. EDT

Former Colts and Packers offensive lineman Tony Mandarich finally came clean about his drug use last year, but he offered further details into his painkiller addiction in an interview with ESPN.com’s Kory Kozak.

“I spent four years in Green Bay and never [had] a sober day,” Mandarich said. “Every day I was ever in Green Bay I was not sober.”

Mandarich also told Kozol that he would shoot himself up with painkillers — Stadol, Fiorinal #3, Valium, Percodan, Percocet and Valium are mentioned — during practice and then return to the field.

“I was getting really paranoid about people finding out, so what I would do with that bottle and a syringe, I would put it in my jock strap,” Mandarich said. “I’d say ‘Hey, I’ve got to go to the bathroom,’ lock myself in the bathroom, take a shot, and then come back out to practice and get ready for one-on-one pass drills with the defensive line, and I’m half in the bag.”

Mandarich switched from injections to pills over time, because they were cheaper, and after he left the Packers he was taking up to 70 pills a day and washing them down with alcohol. He went to rehab in 1995 and joined the Colts the next year. He played until 1998, and says he’s been clean ever since his initial trip to rehab.
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Rhodes Headed To Buffalo

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/...ed-to-buffalo/

Posted by Aaron Wilson on April 17, 2009, 9:22 p.m. EDT

The Buffalo Bills have struck a two-year deal with unrestricted free agent running back Dominic Rhodes, according to Steve Wyche of NFL.com.

Per the report, Rhodes’ contract is filled with incentive clauses.

A former Indianapolis Colts starter, Rhodes rushed for 538 yards and six touchdowns last season.

As a third-down back last year, Rhodes caught 45 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

For his career, Rhodes has rushed for 3,114 career yards and 26 touchdowns.

UPDATE: In an interview with Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com on Sirius NFL Radio, Rhodes said he was informed by Bills team officials that he could be called upon to start the team’s opening game of the regular season Sept. 14 against the New England Patriots.

Bills Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch has been hit with a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“They’re looking for big production out of me,” Rhodes said. “I am ready.”

Rhodes expressed concern that he may have gotten the cold shoulder in free agency due to a 2007 DUI arrest.

“I was getting a little nervous,” Rhodes said. “I was like, “Didn’t I do a good job last year?’”
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