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  • VIKES ANNOUNCE ARRIVAL OF HOLT, PAYMAH

    Posted by Mike Florio on March 19, 2009, 12:42 p.m. EDT

    As expected, the Vikings have announced the acquisition of receiver/kick returner Glenn Holt and cornerback Karl Paymah.

    There had been speculation that Paymah ultimately punked the Vikings, but his signed contract apparently arrived.

    Holt, a former Bengal, likely will become the primary kick returner. Paymah, who previously played for the Broncos, likely will compete for playing time in the nickel and dime packages.

    Both players signed one-year deals. With a new CBA in place by next year, both would be eligible for unrestricted free agency. Without a new CBA, they will only be restricted free agents.

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    • RAMSEY WEIGHING OPTIONS

      Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 21, 2009, 4:11 p.m.

      In a piece of Denver Broncos quarterback news that doesn’t involve the drama surrounding disgruntled starter Jay Cutler, former backup Patrick Ramsey is considering whether he’ll sign with the New England Patriots or the Tennessee Titans.

      According to Lindsay H. Jones and Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Ramsey is weighing his options.

      A former first-round draft pick with the Washington Redskins, Ramsey was replaced in Denver by Chris Simms.

      Ramsey, 30, saw limited action during two seasons in Denver, appearing in three games and throwing one touchdown with one interception.

      A former Redskins starter, Ramsey has completed 56 percent of his career passes for 5,930 yards, 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions with a 74.9 cumulative rating. He has 24 career starts.

      Ramsey set multiple passing records at Tulane.

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      • REPORT: RAIDERS’ CORNELL GREEN BEAT WOMAN WITH MOP HANDLE

        Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 22, 2009, 12:35 p.m. EDT

        Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Cornell Green was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Tampa, Fla., after beating the mother of his two children with an aluminum mop handle, according to an Associated Press report published in the Tampa Tribune.

        Green was reportedly arrested while waiting to board an airplane to Oakland on Saturday. The 32-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman is being held without bail, according to jail records.

        According to police, Green allegedly ”slammed” Teriyonal Flowers against a wall before hitting her with the mop handle at least once on the right arm at their home in Tampa.

        Green left the scene following the domestic incident, but police became aware of his plans to catch a flight and arrested him at Tampa International Airport.

        According to NFL.com, Green started every game last season for the Raiders. The former University of Central Florida player has previous stints with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

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        • The Miami Dolphins have traded one-time starting center Samson Satele to the Oakland Raiders for a draft choice.

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          • SIXTH-ROUND PICK AND A FOURTH-ROUND SWAP FOR SATELE

            Posted by Mike Florio on March 23, 2009, 5:05 p.m. EDT

            And the Miami Dolphins continue to squander second-round draft picks.

            Over the past few years, they have traded second-round selections for players like A.J. Feely and Daunte Culpepper.

            The Fins exercised a second-round selection in 2007, taking center Samson Satele. Less than two years later, he has been shipped out of town, reportedly for a sixth-round draft pick.

            According to David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders and Dolphins also swapped fourth-round picks, moving Miami up 18 spots, from No. 122 overall to No. 104.

            Still, most teams aspire to get something more than that from a second-round draft pick, especially after getting only two years of service out of him.

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            • Browns Announce Acquisition of Patten

              Posted by Mike Florio on March 23, 2009, 10:08 p.m. EDT

              On the same day that G.M. George Kokinis indicated that the Browns would be signing receiver David Patten, the Browns did just that.

              The team announced the move earlier this evening.

              Patten returns to the Browns nine years after a one-season stint with the club, during which he started eleven games.

              The next year, Patten jumped to the Patriots, and participated in the team’s three Super Bowl championship seasons.

              Patten’s 12-year NFL career was actually preceded by a one-season stint with the Albany Firebirds of the AFL.

              He spent the past two seasons with the Saints, and two seasons prior to that with the Redskins.

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              • Originally posted by SouthStndJunkie View Post
                REPORT: RAIDERS’ CORNELL GREEN BEAT WOMAN WITH MOP HANDLE

                Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 22, 2009, 12:35 p.m. EDT

                Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Cornell Green was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Tampa, Fla., after beating the mother of his two children with an aluminum mop handle, according to an Associated Press report published in the Tampa Tribune.

                Green was reportedly arrested while waiting to board an airplane to Oakland on Saturday. The 32-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman is being held without bail, according to jail records.

                According to police, Green allegedly ”slammed” Teriyonal Flowers against a wall before hitting her with the mop handle at least once on the right arm at their home in Tampa.

                Green left the scene following the domestic incident, but police became aware of his plans to catch a flight and arrested him at Tampa International Airport.

                According to NFL.com, Green started every game last season for the Raiders. The former University of Central Florida player has previous stints with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

                Biatch I said get me a beer

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                • Mike Vick Is Out Of Jail

                  Posted by Mike Florio on March 25, 2009, 11:55 a.m. EDT

                  Falcons quarterback Mike Vick has been released from prison.

                  According to WSB-TV, Vick currently is making the trip to Virginia, where he’ll serve the rest of his prison term on home confinement.

                  Vick was supposed to finish his time in federal custody in a halfway house, but due to space limitations he’ll get to stay in his home.

                  Vick is due to be released from federal custody on July 20. At that point, he’ll presumably apply for reinstatement to the NFL.

                  He was sentenced to 23 months after pleading guilty in 2007 to federal conspiracy charges relating to gambling and dogfighting. He also pleaded guilty last year to dogfighting charges under Virginia law, which entailed no additional jail time and which paved the way for his release from prison.

                  Under federal law, a player can’t serve the balance of a prison term outside of prison if there are pending criminal charges against him.

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                  • Home confinement?

                    If he wants to market himself to the other 31 teams in the league, maybe he should invite the media over to watch him do situps in his driveway.

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                    • Originally posted by Beantown Bronco View Post
                      Home confinement?

                      If he wants to market himself to the other 31 teams in the league, maybe he should invite the media over to watch him do situps in his driveway.
                      Baby T.O.

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                      • Strickland To Sign With The Jets

                        Posted by Mike Florio on March 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m.

                        Free-agent cornerback Donald Strickland has agreed to terms with the Jets, a league source tells us.

                        Per the source, the former 49er is expected to sign a three-year contract in New York.

                        The seven-year veteran has spent the past three seasons in San Fran. Prior to that, he played for the Eagles (2005) and the Colts (2003-05).

                        He appeared in 14 games, starting three, in 2008.

                        Strickland entered the league as a third-round pick, and he started a career-high eight games as a rookie, making the only two interceptions of his entire career.

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                        • Bears, Browns Complete De Facto Tackle Swap

                          Posted by Mike Florio on March 25, 2009, 4:39 p.m.

                          Earlier this month, the Browns cut right tackle Kevin Shaffer.

                          To potentially replace him, they signed Bears free-agent tackle John St. Clair.

                          And, of course, the Bears have now replaced St. Clair by signing Shaffer.

                          The Bears announced the transaction moments ago. It’s a three-year deal.

                          Shaffer has started all but two games over the past five seasons, which include his three-year tenure in Cleveland and the back half of his four seasons with the Falcons.

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                          • Saints Add Another Safety

                            Posted by Mike Florio on March 26, 2009, 11:56 a.m. EDT

                            A week or so after signing free agent Darren Sharper, the Saints are shoring up their last line of defense with another veteran safety.

                            According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, the Saints have agreed to terms with Pierson Prioleau.

                            Prioleau will serve as a backup to Sharper and Roman Harper.

                            The move reunites Prioleau with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams; they have worked together in Jacksonville, Washington, and Buffalo.

                            In ten NFL seasons, Prioleau has played primarily as a reserve. In 2002, however, he was a 16-game starter for the Bills. And he began the 2006 season as a starting safety with the Redskins, but suffered a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the team’s Week One game.

                            In Jacksonville last season, Prioleau appeared in 16 games, starting once.

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                            • http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/...l-safety-test/

                              The Wedge Fails NFL Safety Test

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                              • Boom Or Bust for JaMarcus in 2009?

                                Posted by Mike Florio on March 26, 2009, 12:44 p.m.

                                The modern NFL carries with it some harsh realities. For coaches, the grace period doesn’t last too long beyond the introductory press conference.

                                Players face even more pressure to perform quickly or else — especially when they play the quarterback position. And especially when they arrived amid much hype and fanfare.

                                Let’s face it, under today’s standards Terry Bradshaw would have been pumping gas in South Carolina long before securing his first Super Bowl ring.

                                So for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007, his third year could be his last chance to show that he’s the real deal.

                                But it’s not getting off to a great start for Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. He skipped the first week of offseason workouts, and as far as we can tell he hasn’t shown up yet for week two.

                                Recently, coach Tom Cable tried to give Russell some public coaxing.

                                Said Cable: “If he can accept the responsibility of being an NFL quarterback, I think that’s working more, working harder, working longer than everybody else, accepting the responsibility that his teammates look to him as the face of the organization, that he has to go above and beyond almost on a daily basis, I think that comes with that position, whether that’s right or wrong, that’s what it is. . . . If he can accept that and become that, he’ll be fine. He’ll be great, I think. Has he done that? I think during the last six weeks he started to, during the season. I think thus far in the offseason he’s been around more than ever. He was never around like this on his own, just watching tape, studying, so that’s a step in the right direction. I think he has to embrace that, though, for him to be what he should be.”

                                The fact that Russell hasn’t been around when the studying stopped and the sweating started surely is discouraging for Cable.

                                “In college, it’s easy,” Cable said. “At this level, I think there’s so much on that position, so much you ask him to do. That’s why they’re so critical to your success. You really look at it and it’s him wanting to be as good as he can be and understanding what it takes to do that.”

                                And that really is the key, in our view. Though raw athletic ability can carry players far at most other positions, a quarterback has to be fully and completely immersed in being the best quarterback he can be.

                                Making the throw is the easy part. Figuring out where to deliver the ball after comparing the play called by the sidelines against the pre-snap defensive alignment and deciding while the play clock counts down through single digits whether to change the play and trying to predict which of the defenders might blitz and which ones might not and then taking the ball and trying to notice and process the movements of eleven large, strong men while scanning for teammates who might or might not be doing what they’re supposed to be doing while making sure that one or more of the defensive players hasn’t broken free with designs on breaking his neck is the hard part.

                                Cable mentioned that Russell is “motivated to not be a failure, to not be the kid from Mobile that couldn’t get it done.” As we see it, fear of failure isn’t enough, because it’s easy to accept failure when you’ve got millions in the bank telling you otherwise.

                                Great quarterbacks have an unflinching desire not to “not fail,” but to be great. It’s a passion that permeates everything they do.

                                They assume ownership of the fate of the team, and they become fully and completely emotionally invested in whether the franchise rises or falls.

                                Though we can debate endlessly whether NFL players should be expected to attend optional workouts, the ones who truly aspire to be great don’t view it as work — they view it as an opportunity to achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves.

                                We’re not writing Russell off just yet. But whether it’s him or Matt Leinart or Vince Young or Brady Quinn or any other former big man on campus who is content with being rich and moderately famous, it takes something deeper than that to drive a man to make the kind of commitment required to be a truly great NFL quarterback.

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