Tag:Josh Katzowitz
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Giants, Burress can't meet until Friday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those wondering if free agent Plaxico Burress would really re-sign with the Giants – and there’s always that possibility – it’s going to take a little bit longer than originally thought.

The Newark Star Ledger explains why, reporting that the Giants were trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Burress, so they could poke and proud his brain. All along, they knew, per the new league rules, they couldn’t meet with him at their facility, but they thought they could arrange a get-together at a neutral site.

Apparently, that’s not the case.

So, New York, like everybody else in the league since nobody owns Burress’ rights, will have to wait until Friday before trying to determine whether the Giants really want to bring him back to the team.

If Burress’ rights were still owned by the Giants, only then could the team meet with him in person.






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Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:44 am
 

Report: Titans set to cut Vince Young

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though this won’t come as a surprise to just about everybody who follows the NFL -- you know, because of Matt Hasselbeck signing -- the Titans will waive QB Vince Young on Thursday. That’s according to TitanInsider.com’s Terry McCormick.

As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson pointed out the other day, the Titans have to cut Young as soon as possible so they don’t have to pay him his $4.25 million roster bonus.

And now we wonder where Young will be headed.

Not Seattle and, obviously, not Tennessee. Probably not Minnesota, considering that’s probably where Donovan McNabb is headed. Where does that leave him? Miami or Arizona, perhaps? Maybe Washington?

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:22 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Hasselbeck to sign three-year deal with Titans

HasselbeckPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Free agent QB Matt Hasselbeck has a new home, and new Titans coach Mike Munchak has a new signal-caller.

Per CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman, the 35-year-old Hasselbeck will sign a multi-year deal with the Titans worth a reported $21 million over three years. That means the SeahawksHasselbeck’s former employer who signed Tarvaris Jackson on Tuesday – are officially done with him, and that means Vince Young is out in Tennessee.

It’s also tremendous news for rookie QB Jake Locker. With the retirement of Kerry Collins, Locker was looking at starting in Tennessee with no veteran leadership around him to let him learn.

Now, Hasselbeck probably will take the first-team snaps while Locker gets to learn what it’s like to be an NFL quarterback.

Hasselbeck's new destination
Hasselbeck also will be a good team guy, considering he helped lead the offseason Seahawks workouts, despite knowing there was a good chance he wouldn’t be back in Seattle.

In fact, Freeman thinks Tennessee made such a good move that the Titans are heading for the playoffs. While that’s still going to be a tough bet with the Colts still in the AFC South, it’s an interesting thought. Chances are, unlike last year when Hasselbeck led the 7-9 Seahawks to the postseason, Tennessee actually will have to own a winning record to make the playoffs.

Now, the next step for Tennessee: making sure RB Chris Johnson doesn’t hold out in hopes of getting more money from the Titans.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 11:33 pm
 

McNabb trade to Vikings nearly done

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The trade for Donovan McNabb draws ever closer.

The Miami Herald’s Omar Kelly reported that the trade of McNabb from the Redskins to the Vikings was a done deal, as long as Minnesota can successfully renegotiate a new contract with McNabb.

Foxsports.com’s Jay Glazer, meanwhile, writes that the Vikings have agreed to send a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and 2013 to the Redskins in exchange for McNabb.

Writes Glazer: “Vikes were hoping for Tyler Thigpen and looking at (Bruce) Gradkowski and in the end McNabb at that low price, picks and salary, not much to lose.”

I imagine we’ll hear about the end of this deal very soon, because McNabb is sure to agree to a paycut. At this point, what other choice does he have?

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:42 pm
 

All the Jets news that's fit to print

AsomughaPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Whenever any of us do a radio interview, one of the questions we’re seemingly always asked is where free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha will play in 2011. The Texans maybe? What about the Buccaneers or the Lions?

Now, we have a clue, and if true, it would send Jets fans into a state of nirvana.

The Newark Star Ledger’s Jenny Vrentas is reporting the Jets have made contact with the No. 1 unrestricted free agent on the market.

Assuming they get rid of Antonio Cromartie -- there's no way they could keep him -- a Jets secondary of Asomugha and Darrelle Revis would automatically become the top DB corps in the league (Revis and Cromartie previously had that title).

The sticking point, of course, will be money. Revis is owed $7 million this season with an $18 million option. Asomugha most likely would want $18 million a year unless he drops his expectations for a humongous salary (and it sounds like he might have to do exactly that).

But if Revis and Asomugha end up working together, that won’t be a pretty picture for the opposing offensive coordinators who have to dream up gameplans to beat them.

In other Jets news:

-QB Mark Sanchez said today, via Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman, that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract in order to help the team (maybe to, ahem, sign an Asomugha type).

He also said he might not be the only Jets player who feels that way.

"Whatever we need to do to win, we'll do whatever we can," Sanchez said.

-OT Damien Woody, coming off a season-ending Achilles injury, has decided to retire, the New York Daily News reports.

The fact that Wayne Hunter signed a four-year deal earlier in the day might have sealed Woody’s decision. Woody -- a Pro Bowler in 2002 -- had said that if he couldn’t play for the Jets, he would give up the game for good.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Would the Giants really welcome back Plaxico?

BurressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

If you would have asked free agent WR Plaxico Burress the chances he would return to play for his old team, the Giants, after his stint in prison, he probably wouldn’t have been real confident.

The Eagles seemed interested in him (Michael Vick said something about how you can never have enough weapons), and though Burress apparently was eyeing the Bears, Chicago made it pretty clear the interest wasn’t mutual (psst, Burress also said the the Jets would be appealing to him).

But remember when Eli Manning said he would rather have Burress on his team instead of former Giants RB Tiki Barber? Maybe, Manning had a little bit of inside knowledge, because according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants are in contention to bring him back to New York.

With the Giants, Burress probably wouldn’t be counted as on a top-line target. At the age of (almost) 34 and having not played since the 2008 season, nobody is sure how much football talent Burress has left in his body. Plus, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are locked in as starters.

But Burress could add to the depth of New York’s WR corps, and if the Giants expect him as a third or fourth WR, that might make some sense.



Of course, Burress said this recently about coach Tom Coughlin: “My situation in New York, me and my coach, had an ambivalent relationship to say the least. Some things that I didn't agree with, with the way he went about things. And the only way to show my way was to just rebel. Is that who I am? No."

So, um, maybe the Giants and Burress wouldn’t be a great fit after all.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Excited Ravens re-sign Marshall Yanda

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After the Ravens re-signed OL Marshal Yanda on Tuesday, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh could hardly contain his excitement.

“We got Marshall Yanda! That’s great news,” Harbaugh said, via the Ravens official site.

“He told us he wanted to be a Raven and he understood the business part that he had to go through. I’m beaming, you see Ozzie smile and is there anyone more excited than [offensive line coach] Andy Moeller right now? We’re a better team than we were one hour ago.”

It wasn’t cheap, though. According to Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson, the contract is somewhere in the five-year, $32 million range.

Yanda was a huge part of the team last season, moving to RT in place of injured Jared Gaither and starting 16 games, and with Yanda, Gaither, Chris Chester and Tony Moll all Ravens OL in unrestricted free agency, the signing obviously is a huge sigh of relief for Baltimore.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Report: Santana Moss agrees to $15 million deal

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

He’s losing last year’s starting quarterback (possibly to Minnesota), and for now, he’ll take passes from either John Beck or Rex Grossman. Yet, Redskins WR Santana Moss has to be happy with his current situation.

MossThat’s because, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes, Moss has reached an agreement on a three-year deal worth $15 million with a $5 million signing bonus and $6 million guaranteed.

Moss had a strong season last year, catching 93 passes, but as CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco pointed out in his top-50 free agents piece (Moss was No. 47), he really isn’t a No. 1 WR anymore.

Moss, considering he finished third in the league in receptions last year, might disagree with that assessment.

And now he has a pretty rich contract to prove his point.

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