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NFL tidbits & rumors

Posted on: February 19, 2009 2:59 pm
 

Ok, gang. Here is another edition of my NFL tidbits & rumors. Enjoy the read:

- According to NFL sources, Colts WR Marvin Harrison will be released in the days to come. This is a move that will happen to free up some much needed salary cap space. Harrison (36) had 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards, and 128 TD's during his impressive career with the Colts.

- The Panthers have just signed OT Jordan Gross to a six-year deal, which includes $30.5 mil to be paid out in the first three years - the highest ever for an offensive lineman. As a result for getting a deal done with Jordan Gross, the Panthers have slapped the franchise tag on disgruntled DE Julius Peppers; a move that will allow them to seek a trade. Julius Peppers would like to have a say in where he winds up, and the front runner team he appears to be interested in is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys run the 3-4 defense, a scheme Peppers wants to play in, and the Cowboys have enough other playmakers on defense to take some attention away from Julius Peppers by opposing offenses.

- In an interview yesterday, Patriots QB Tom Brady said he is progressing from his knee surgery on schedule and expects to be ready for the 2009 season opener. The infection that impeded his earlier progress is said to be under control.

- The Dolphins are said to be happy with guards Justin Smiley and Donald Thomas. But with both coming off injuries, the Dolphins are expected to add at least one guard through the draft, free agency, or both.

- Word out of Miami is the Dolphins are said to be interested in Cowboys WR Miles Austin. At 24, he is still young, and posesses many attributes Bill Parcells covets. He's 6'3" and can stretch a defense a bit with his speed. He averaged 21.4 yards per catch in '08, had three TD's, and can also return kick-offs.

- QB Jeff Garcia's time in Tampa Bay is over. The Buccaneers have officially asked Garcia to move on. However, despite his age (39), Jeff Garcia has no intention of retiring. He wants to continue his career and believes some other team will give him an opportunity when the free agent signing period begins next week.

- Unable to work out a long term deal, the Houston Texans have placed the franchise tag on CB Dunta Robinson. The tag is said to be worth just under $10 mil, but will restrict Robinson's ability to find a new team.

- Word out of Tennessee is with the inability to tag DT Albert Haynesworth, the Titans will use the franshise tag on TE Bo Scaife. Scaife - the Titans leading receiver in '08 - is the first TE to be franchise tagged this offseason. Elsewhere in Titans land, QB Kerry Collins and the Titans have been unable thus far to work out a new deal. Collins is scheduled to become an unresitrcited free agent if the team cannot get him signed.

- Despite their salary cap woes, the Colts were able to come up with enough money to sign CB Kelvin Hayden to a five-year, $43 mil deal, which included $22.5 mil in guaranteed money. The Colts had intended to put the franchise tag on Hayden if they were unable to come to a deal the two sides could agree on.

- After contract talks failed to produce a new deal, the Rams have slapped the franchise tag on safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. Atogwe would have been the top free agent safety available had he hit the market. In an upcoming draft that is thin at the safety position, this was thought to be a wise move by the Rams.

- Word around the league is that WR Jerry Porter, who was cut by the Jaguars last week, could wind up back where is started his career - with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are said to be the team that has shown the most interest, and no doubt can use a veteran presence after releasing WR Ronald Curry.

- In other news out of Raiders nation, P Shane Lechler was just rewarded with a four-year, $16 mil deal, making him the highest paid punter in NFL history. $9 Mil of that money is guananteed.

- Another special teamer was rewarded with a big contract in Tennessee. The Titans and K Rob Bironas have agreed on a four-year, $14 mil deal, making Bironas one of the highest paid kickers in the NFL.

- The Ravens have decided on Terrell Suggs as their franchise player. This is big news for other teams looking for linebacker help as MLB Ray Lewis and OLB Bart Scott are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, free to test the market.

- The Chargers have used their franchise tag on RB Darren Sproles, and in doing so, take a big chance. They are hoping RB LaDanian Tomlinson will take a large pay cut to stay with the team. If for some reason he does not, the team may be forced to cut him; getting nothing for him in return, which will all but force the team to take a RB with their first round pick.

- Less than 24 hours after being released by the Patriots, WR Kelley Washington has a job interview already. He is scheduled to meet with the Jets today.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2009 5:01 pm
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

 

Wow guys i can't believe you guys actually care about this stuff and actually take the time to read this stuff and actually coment about it. I think that talking about the NFL or any other sport is a complete waste of time and that who ever is taking time and actually doing this is messed up and has no life, by the way, the bucs are the 2009-2010 season lions. Lions were unbelieveable last year. i would say by far their best team they have had yet!!!!

 

 




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 11:26 am
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

Makes sense to me, triggalove.  Great post as usual, Charlie.  Looking forward to you update later today. 




Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 2:44 pm
 

Jags 2009 Outlook

Everyone is talking about drafting an OL at the 8th spot, but hold up!

First - The Jags should resign Khalif Barnes.  We all know he had a horrible season, but the previous two he was great.  Mo Williams is coming back too and this would save us a draft by not picking up an OL.

Second - Use the pick and draft DT Raji. This would be the smartest move the Jags could do.  It would greatly help our defense because it allows Henderson to be more moble.  It frees him up from being double teamed the whole game and it will allow us to blitz more often.




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2009 8:11 pm
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

This is good information.  I was unaware of this blog until now, but I will return regularly. Thanks Charlie.

 


Glad you enjoyed it, Accountant.  I'll be posting another update on Monday or Tuesday. 




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2009 5:55 pm
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

I think it may be a little too early to have predictions already for the upcoming NFL season. Here's why:

 

In the NFC North, can Kyle Orton continue his good play for the Bears? Will Calvin Johnson become one of the best wide receivers in the league and get the Lions some wins? Will Aaron Rodgers be able to get the Packers into the playoffs? Can Tarvaris Jackson become solid enough to get the Vikings to where they want to be?

 

In the NFC South, will Matt Ryan have a sophomore slump for the Falcons? How much will probably not having Julius Peppers affect the Panthers' defense? Will Reggie Bush come back and have as good of a season he did last year for the Saints? Will a coaching and quarterback change get the Buccaneers back to the playoffs?

 

In the NFC East, who will be the best team in the end? Will the Cowboys get rid of all their distractions? Will Plaxico Burress come back to the Giants? Will Donovan McNabb continue his great play? Can Jason Campbell become the player the Redskins want him to be?

 

In the NFC West, will Kurt Warner come back for the Cardinals? Will Mike Singletary continue to improve the 49ers? Can the Seahawks finally find a dependant wide receiver? Can the Rams become the Greatest Show on Turf again?

 

In the AFC North, can the Ravens get Bart Scott and Ray Lewis resigned? After already losing T.J. Houshmandzadeh, will Carson Palmer be without Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson too? Will all the Browns' talent on offense finally come together? Will the Steelers' defense start slowing down?

 

In the AFC South, will the quarterbacks be consistent enough to win for the Texans? How will losing Marvin Harrison affect Peyton Manning and the Colts? How will losing Fred Taylor affect the Jaguars? Will Kerry Collins come back for the Titans or is Vince Young ready to be the starter again?

 

In the AFC East, will Marshawn Lynch get a suspension for his run-in with the law? Will Chad Pennington continue to be the savior of the Dolphins? Will Tom Brady come back and continue his 2007 play? Will the Jets' new starter at quarterback win games for the Jets?

 

Finally, in the AFC West, will the Broncos rebound from their 2008 breakdown? Will the Chiefs get Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson back? Will JaMarcus Russell play up to his #1 pick potential? Will the Chargers get LaDainian Tomlinson to restructure his contract?

 

With all of this and the upcoming free agency period and NFL Draft, it's probably impossible to predict the upcoming season's standings already.




Since: Jul 15, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2009 5:52 pm
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

I'm glad to see the Raiders are starting to part ways with the older players. Curry and others. The signing of Nambdi and Lechler was a top priority. The draft will be key in the development of the Raiders in the near future. Offensive lineman, D lineman should be the focus of this team now. The Raiders do not need all pro players at every position, just steady play from all of them along with a staff that has time to gel. I beleive Tom Cable and al Davis are finally heading inthe right direction. I will keep my fingers crossed.




Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 10:42 am
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

This is good information.  I was unaware of this blog until now, but I will return regularly. Thanks Charlie.




Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2009 6:31 pm
 

My Predictions

My Nfl predictions for this year are as follows:

NFC West : Seahawks

AFC East: Patriots

NFC North : Vikings

AFC South : Colts

NFC South : Panthers

AFC West : Chargers

NFC East: Eagles

AFC North:Steelers

 




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2009 3:52 pm
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

Good post, Dooms Day.  BuffSportjunkie - The only thing I've heard about Anquan Boldin is that he is not on the trading block.  The Cardinals gave him a contract two years ago that he is happy with, and the Cardinals expect Boldin to honor that contract.  NFl officials warns fans - the Boldin trade rumors are just that - RUMORS. 




Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2009 1:47 pm
 

NFL tidbits & rumors

Harrison has been brillant in his career with the Colts. You would have to say he helped with the development of Peyton in the earlier years with his dependable play and percise route running even at 36 someone will value what he brings to a team a example for young recievers there is no doubt he's a hall of famer.

Veteran linebackers such as Ray Lewis and Julius Peppers will use the fact that they want to play in Dallas as leverage in contract negoiations with their current teams and others interested. The Cowboys have invested 2 first round picks at linebacker and have others worth of opportunity so in no way would Peppers be a option, and with Ware's contract being worked out and the timing of Harrison's extention in Pittsburgh Lewis won't happen.

Boldin is where things get interesting because defense has the higher tagged free agents. There is continous talk with speed on the offense. I believe the reason Phillips retained his job is because Jerry believe's offense will sell this new stadium.The fact the Cowboys signed Roy Williams was a long time goal of Jerry's that happened in dispration of the Lion's. Jerry has worked out in his mind options on Boldin I'm sure the fact he is so unhappy with the Cardinals he could pull of Boldin still. If this happens Hurd or Austin are gone.

Bo Scaife would look good with the Bills.



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