Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:47 pm
A late-night links round-up:
Though it’d make sense if the veterans absolutely hate the fact No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just got a $50 million guarantee without ever having played a down of NFL football, Tom Brady doesn’t seem upset about the deal. He tells a radio show, as captured by the Boston Herald that players of any sort (or experience) should be getting money.
Much has been made about Frank Gore’s party in Miami that ensnared a few collegiate players in the headlights of the NCAA and which might or might not have been paid for by an agent. Gore tells the Press Democrat that the controversy surprised him and he was the one who paid for the party.
Toby Gerhart missed the first day of training camp. Pat Williams, as mentioned in this 1500 ESPN story, didn’t appreciate it.
Unlike a certain NT in Washington, Cardinals OT Deuce Lutui, who says he weighs about 360 pounds, passed his conditioning test today. The Cardinals official site talked to him afterward.
Packers S Atari Bigby isn’t happy with his contract situation, as described by the Green Bay Press Gazette . Bigby, in all reality, should worry about retaining his starting spot over Morgan Burnett, because the ankle injury he suffered today won’t help.
Do you think former Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead wishes he stayed in school one more year? After the Buccaneers cut him today , I imagine the answer is probably, yes.
A few more first-round signings: Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants for a ton of money . Joe Haden to the Browns for a ton of mone y. Demaryius Thomas to the Broncos for a ton of money . Kyle Wilson to the Jets for a ton of money .
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Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:48 am
Montario Hardesty, the Cleveland Browns' second-rounder, has come to terms with the team on a deal according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain-Dealer .
Joe Haden and T.J. Ward (the Browns first- and other second-rounder, respectively) remain unsigned, but the news that Hardesty's headed towards camp is good for Cleveland: regardless of the rushing totals for Jerome Harrison at the end of 2009, there's a reason why Cleveland moved several picks to slide up and grab Hardesty when they did. (Outside of "he's really talented" -- Harrison's run was a bit of a scheduling mirage.)
Specifically, the Browns believe that they can be a much more offensively potent team with some Hardesty and Harrison splitting carries. Oh yes: they have Jake Delhomme starting at quarterback (most likely), so the more firepower they can generate at the running back position, the better.
-- Will Brinson
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Posted on: July 21, 2010 9:59 pm
For starters, Haden is represented by a relatively inexperienced agent, Malik Shareef. Then there's the fact that Haden is operating out of the same No. 7 overall slot occupied in 2009 by receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, to whom the Raiders paid a whopper of a deal -- five years, with $23.5 million guaranteed.
The floor for Haden's deal will be set by another Raiders' top-ten pick, linebacker Rolando McClain. It would be foolish not to wait and see whether the Raiders do another foolish deal.
Haden’s agent has said his client will not hold out. (This, of course, could just be “agent speak”.) Haden’s presence is crucial to the Browns because coaches expect him to beat out Eric Wright for the starting job opposite newcomer Sheldon Brown. Haden shouldn’t have much trouble acclimating to the pro game. The 4.41 speedster went to Florida as a quarterback, saw that Tim Tebow had the job secured, so moved to wide receiver. When it was apparent that Percy Harvin wouldn’t be giving up any snaps, coaches moved Haden to corner. How many players have the athleticism to switch positions like this and still get drafted in the top 10?