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NFL Tidbits & Rumors - 2/19/10

Posted on: February 19, 2010 2:18 pm
 

- Jamal Lewis was released by the Browns this week, but it wasn't only because of the emergence of RB Jerome Harrison. He failed the team physical. The consensus is that Lewis' days as an NFL RB are over.

 

- Word out of Foxboro is that the Patriots are interested in soon-to-be free agent DE Julius Peppers. The Panthers do not intend to use the franchise tag this year, so expect the Patriots to be one of the first teams to make him an offer. Like in the past, the Patriots are not afraid to go after 30-something year old defensive players. Not sure how he would fit in their 3-4 defensive scheme, but power to them.

 

- The Chargers are trying to trade troubled CB Antonio Cromartie to any team willing to deal a RB. But, don't expect too many NFL teams to beat down A.J. Smith's door trying to get this deal done. Cromartie has at least seven children with six different women; in FIVE different states. Furthermore, he's apparently not paying his child support payments on time. This isn't exactly boosting his trade value nor making his current GM happy. This is thought to be just one of many character flaws leading to the Chargers decision to try to trade him.

 

- Cowboys WR Miles Austin will be a restricted free agent on March 5th. But, don't expect Austin to be playing anywhere else but Dallas next season. The team plans to sign him to a long term contract, and it is unlikely any team would be willing to fork over a first and third round draft pick to get him.

 

- Apparently, QB Jimmy Clausen will not be participating in the combine drills next month. His toe is not fully healed. He will, however, be present at the combine and be available for interviews.

 

- Speculation out of Los Angeles is that the NFL could return to LA by 2011. There is currently a proposal to build an $800 Million stadium in City Of Industry.

 

- Word out of Oakland is that if the Raiders and DE Richard Seymour can't agree on a long term contract extension, they will use the franchise tag on him. The Raiders had to trade away their 2011 1st round draft pick to get Seymour, so it makes sense to do what's necessary to keep him.

 

- Despite all the rumors and the mock drafts showing the Redskins drafing a QB with the #4 overall pick, don't expect QB Jason Campbell to give up his job without a fight. After a talk with head coach Mike Shanahan that Campbell says was "positive", the QB expects to be on the team next season. It should be noted that despite having one of the worst offensive lines in the league last year, Jason Campbell actually had his best season as a pro.

 

- Ravens all-time leading WR Derrick Mason is undecided if he'll return to the team. Word is he won't come back unless the team is willing to sign him to a multi-year contract. I don't think Mason has much leverage here. He's 36, which is ancient for a WR. With a decent WR class coming out of the draft, a multi-year contract for Mason seems unlikely, at best.

 

- Word out of Cleveland is that the Browns and special teams stand-out WR Josh Cribbs are close to agreeing on a three-year extension.

 

- The Cardinals do not intend to use the franchise tag on LB Karlos Dansby and are prepared to let him test the free agency market. They intend to monitor the offers he gets; then decide if they wish to make an offer of their own. So, his days as a Cardinal are not necessarily over.

 

Just asking, but (AFC)................

 

- Why are the Bills saying Trent Edwards has a 50-50 chance to be their starter next season? How do they sell this to their fans? Didn't he get benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick last season?

 

- Are Tom Brady's best days behind him?

 

- Will the Dolphins stop this wildcat non-sense and let Chad Henne air it out next season? How about getting the kid some weapons? Seriously, do Ted Ginn and Davone Bess really scare opponents?

 

- Rex Ryan - confident coach? Or, just a big-mouth trash-talker?

 

- Holmgren's not commiting to either QB on the roster, so why in God's name do just about all of the mock drafts have the Browns taking Florida CB Joe Haden in the first round?

 

- Anyone have a clue why the Bengals think Pacman Jones and Matt Jones will make their team better? Anyone????

 

- For pitisakes, Ravens GM - will you please get Joe Flacco some talent already? Derrick Mason is 36. Isn't it time to move on?

 

- Have the Steelers officially become a passing football team?

 

- Just a bad game for Peyton Manning? Or, were the Colts exposed in the Superbowl?

 

- Is this the season the Texans finally overtake the Colts in the division?

 

- Tebow might help the Jaguars sell more tickets, but can he really help them win?

 

- Hey, Jeff Fisher, isn't it time for the Titans to get younger on defense? Stop drafting running backs already!

 

- The best part of the Broncos team was their defense in '09. So, why the hell was Mike Nolan fired?

 

- Is Matt Cassel REALLY the answer in Kansas City? Really?????

 

- How badly will the Raiders screw up their first round draft pick THIS year?

 

- Aside from RB, how about improving that O-line down in San Diego?

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Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2010 5:03 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - 2/19/10

"Cromartie has at least seven children with six different women; in FIVE different states."

Wow.
Didn't expect that tidbit.
Nor even knew about it.
"Is REALLY the answer in Kansas City? Really?????"

It can only get worse b4 it gets better.



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2010 11:38 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - 2/19/10

Are 's best days behind him? THANK YOU! I keep hearing the media crown the Pats every year because of Brady's greatness but he is not what he used to be. He's still an above-average QB and he'll keep helping the Pats win until he retires but I highly doubt we'll see him have another '07 season or win 3 Super Bowls again.
Will the stop this wildcat non-sense and let air it out next season? I think a lot depends on how Henne progresses in offseason. If he looks like a legit QB in the league, the Dolphins may limit the wildcat's usage but I still expect the Fins to continue to use the wildcat though.
Is this the season the finally overtake the Colts in the division? I don't know. I think for the next couple years, they'll still be the Colts' whipping-boys in the division. They may be a wildcard team next season but I still expect the Colts to win the division since Manning may have another year or two before he has a massive decline like Marino did in '99.
Tebow might help the sell more tickets, but can he really help them win? As a Gators fan, I think Tebow's best chance at succeeding as a QB in the NFL is if he goes to New England or Indy and he develops and learns under Brady or Manning for a few years. If he's expected to make an impact immediately as a QB, I feel he will be a bust no matter how hard he tries to improve his game. I find it funny that people defend draft experts when they rip Tebow as Gator fans provide counter examples like Tom Brady and Kurt Warner who weren't initially expected to succeed when the experts "don't know what goes on in the draftees heads" yet those people "definitely" know Tebow won't succeed. What kind of world do we live in when we call players busts before they even play a down? I agree that he might not be a good NFL QB but give him a chance to prove himself before writing him completely off.
Is REALLY the answer in Kansas City? Really????? I don't think Cassel is the answer in KC but in his defense, he didn't have the same talent around him there that he did in New England the year before. He's shown he can be a decent QB (more of a game-manager though) if he has a solid cast around him but since he turns 28 in about 3 months, how long will it take for KC to surround him with talent before he nears the end of his prime? Another thing to be concerned about is that he took 47 sacks in 2008 while Brady took 21 sacks in 2007 and 16 in 2009 when he played all 16 games those years; I bet that has something to do with Cassel holding onto the ball way too long.
How badly will the Raiders screw up their first round draft pick THIS year? One of the many things that I'll be looking forward to in this year's draft.
Aside from RB, how about improving that O-line down in San Diego?
I thought their top 2 positions of need were RB and K. At kicker, they need someone with ice in his veins like Adam Vinatieri and they'll need a new back since LT is probably gone and Sproles isn't that capable of being an every down back. You could be right though that their poor running game may have something to due with the line's inability to run block.
Hey, Jeff Fisher, isn't it time for the to get younger on defense? Stop drafting running backs already! The Titans are probably the only team that has been as inconsistent as my Bucs over the past 7 years. The Titans may have some stability on offense now with a rejuvenated Vince Young and a young back in Chris Johnson who still has many productive years in the tank assuming no major injuries. Defense will be a priority as the Titans had the 31st ranked pass defense in the league. Keith Bulluck isn't getting any younger and Albert Haynesworth has left some big shoes to fill. I remember when they signed Jovan Haye last offseason but that was just a kneejerk reaction to losing Haynesworth; Haye is nothing special.


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