Tag:Will Brinson
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:29 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 11:49 am

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

Posted by Will Brinson

All offseason long, two things about the Broncos have been assumed. One, that Kyle Orton will be traded at some point. And two, that Tim Tebow will just take over and run the Denver offense and succeed like he did at Florida.

OK, we didn't all assume that -- some of us knew John Fox wouldn't want a youngster like Tebow running his offense. But Denver seemed headed in that direction anyway.

One problem: Tebow's getting absolutely torched by Orton thus far in camp.

Like, to the point where Orton is the only guy getting reps with the No. 1 offense, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis.

"[Tebow] and Brady Quinn are neck and neck in the battle for the No. 2 quarterback spot," Klis wrote Monday.
Orton's Offseason

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, also dispatched to Denver's camp, writes that Orton has "clearly separated himself" from Tebow and Quinn, though he notes that it's not out of the realm of possibility that Tebow could still wind up starting.

And it's not -- Denver has a lot invested in him, would probably like to see him succeed (or at least succeed enough to trade him), and clearly doesn't see Orton as the answer (given that they put him on the block).

But as I said a few weeks ago, this is a Fox-run team and expecting to see Tebow take over for a vet like Orton is kind of a long-shot.

Especially when there's such a clear-cut talent discrepancy between the two on the field.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:39 pm

Braylon Edwards' latest run-in with John Law

Posted by Will Brinson

It hasn't been the best offseason for Braylon Edwards. Even though he recently managed to avoid jail time, he's been unable to find gainful employment from an NFL team (and awkwardly tweeted about the Jets not wanting him).

And now he's reportedly had another "incident," this time in a Birmingham, Alabama club. According to My Fox Detroit (via PFT.com) Edwards was allegedly at a bar on Sunday and two of his "entourage" were arrested for "roughing up some employees" late at night.

Robin Murdoch of the station also reports that Edwards' buddies got into an argument with employees that "eventually spilled into the kitchen" and that one worker was "sliced with a knife requiring 14 stitches." Murdoch also notes that "another was attacked with a fork."

Making matters (allegedly) worse is the fact that Edwards (allegedly) tweeted two statements -- "Damn. Get ya knuckles ready" and "Don't fight if. You don't know how" -- around the time of the incident.

Those tweets are no longer present on his timeline, but there is an odd message that Edwards left up on Twitter late on Monday night.

"Yo...Lost my phone last night someone sent tweets," Edwards tweeted. "Deleted them and changed my password. Sorry for the mishap hopefully never happens again!"

Read: he's claiming his Twitter account was hacked. (He also added "Friends & Fam if you need me DM or hit @NickBeam up he can reach me.") Of course, that's the oldest trick in the book, but it's not really possible to pinpoint anything on Braylon here, especially since the station reporting the news says he wasn't involved in the fight.

But it's still a "where there's smoke" matter, and it's hard to imagine anyone will be knocking down his door given the latest incident.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:38 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 9:38 pm

Roethlisberger, Harrison redo contracts for cap

Posted by Will Brinson

Every team in the NFL is scrambling to get under the $120 million salary cap by the (still theoretical!) start of the year on Thursday, August 4. Which is precisely why the Steelers recently re-worked the contracts of superstars Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the two Steelers players have agreed to restructure their current deals in order to help the team get underneath the cap by the start of the league year.

"It was something for Ben to do," Ben's agent Ryan Tollner said. "The team needed to free up space and Ben was certainly happy to help out."

Roethlisberger signed an eight-year, $102 million deal back in March of 2008 and Harrison signed a six-year, $51.7 million deal in April of 2009.

This would normally be where we might say something like "good for these guys for doing the Steeler-like-thing by taking less money." But they're not doing that (although you can all but bet they'll be applauded for their selflessness).

Instead, Roethlisberger and Harrison are spreading the amount of money they'll earn over the course of a different time frame so that the Steelers can benefit in the long run.

Yes, this works just like any sort of money movement in that, eventually, there money will be paid and it'll be paid against the salary cap. It was just a matter of whether the Steelers felt like they could deal with the hit now or deal with it later.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:45 am

Rex had Adam Sandler call Nnamdi Asomugha

Posted by Will Brinson

Of all the insanity that's gone down this week, one thing truly stands out in a comical way: during the hot pursuit of Nnamdi Asomugha, Rex Ryan had noted Jets fan Adam Sandler ring up the free-agent cornerback and try to sell him on joining New York.

That's according to Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network (via Rich Eisen) and, um, I guess it didn't work?

I respect the move, because busting out celebrities is always a good way to woo people into doing something. But as Clark Judge and I discussed earlier on Friday, Nnamdi's a high-brow-type fella who liked the idea of coming to New York because it was a cultural apex.

Not because Sandler is a fan of the Jets. And, is Adam Sandler really the most famous Jets fan that Ryan could call on?

Or is Nnamdi like a huge fan of all the B-list movies he's been firing out lately? Or did Sandler ring him up and bust out some old-school humor by offering to give him "a dollar twenty-five, sir"?

We may never know. (Although it stands to reason that Rex will probably tell us at some point, actually.)

But it does seem safe to say that Nnamdi flipped a classic Sandler line -- "the price is wrong ..." -- on the actor.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 9:03 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Posted by Will Brinson

All day long in our live, updating Free Agency Experience, everyone wanted to know whether Nnamdi Asomugha was going to the Jets or the Cowboys.

The answer? Neither, because he's headed to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The team announced the deal shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday and Nnamdi has signed a five-year, $60 million deal with $25 million guaranteed that no one saw coming.

"Howie and Joe worked their tail off and put together this phenomenal plan," Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. "They came out of the gates like wild men and attacked the issue. Neither one of them has had much sleep. But they've rewarded our football team and the city of Philadelphia with some great players."

It's an absolute slam dunk for Philadelphia, a team that never looked like they were truly in the running for Asomugha, and it makes Nnamdi the richest cornerback in the NFL.

 "He's one of the best - if not the best - cornerback in the National Football League," Reid said. "He'll be a great addition to our cornerback corps. Right now."

What makes this one of the more bizarre and suspenseful free-agent signings in the history of the NFL is that all day long, the Jets and Cowboys were leading the chase for Asomugha. But shortly before six-o-clock, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported that the Jets were out of the running for Nnamdi. A few moments later Manish Mehta of the New York Post confirmed that report.

Free Agency Frenzy

One obvious "problem" for the Eagles is that they're suddenly loaded with top-flight cornerbacks, with Asante Samuel already on the roster and having just recently acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals in the infamous Kevin Kolb trade.

 "We have three good cornerbacks," Reid said. "It reminds me a little bit of when we had (Pro Bowl cornerbacks) Al (Harris), Troy (Vincent) and Bobby Taylor."

There's been some speculation about whether or not Samuel will be actually be a part of the team's plans going forward, considering that he wasn't at camp on Friday.

 "That's a personal excused absence that Asante's dealing with," Roseman said.

He also pointed out that having a surplus of cornerbacks isn't necessarily a bad thing.

 "It's always been a priority position for us," Roseman said. "Corners, pass rushers, and we felt like last year, we were in a situation where maybe we got a little short-handed, and we thought it was a place that we wanted to go heavy and have a lot of talent at.

"You can never have enough cover corners. That helps your pass rush and when you have an opportunity to add the players we added, we just thought we had to add those guys."

So it meant, obviously, that the Cowboys were wrapping up a deal to land Nnamdi, right? Wrong -- Clarence Hill, Jr of the Dallas Star-Telegram reported that Dallas was out of the running for Nnamdi too, citing a text message from Asomugha's agent.

"The Cowboys are not in the Nnamdi sweepstakes," Asomugha's agent Ben Dogra said in a text message to Hill on Friday.

Adam Schefter then reported that the Eagles backdoored the entire NFL and -- poof! -- just like that, everything we knew about how the Nnamdi sweepstakes went down changed entirely.

Jerry Jones not only got beat for the biggest free agent on the market in 2011, but he got beat by a division rival and a team that is absolutely one of the primary favorites to win the Super Bowl given their defensive improvements and offensive explosiveness.

It was a wild, wild ride all week long leading up to the final announcement at 6 p.m., too. At one point, the Texans were reportedly in the lead for Asomugha, but they bailed on getting too involved in the chase to pick up Johnathan Joseph.

Then it appeared to be the Cowboys and Jets all the way up until late on Friday (Jerry Jones later said that the Cowboys were indeed "close"). But somehow, the Eagles played everyone -- and I mean everyone -- for suckers all the way up until the end, when they swooped in, landed Nnamdi and cranked up their chances at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:46 pm

Judge, Brinson talk free agency winners, losers

Posted by Will Brinson

Free agency has been wild and wooly and whatnot for the past few days. We've seen insane trades, tons of near-signings and piles of rumors about where various players might end up landing.

To break it all down, we welcome CBSSports.com's Senior NFL Writer Clark Judge to the podcast. We debatewhether the Texans made the right move grabbing Jonathan Joseph while they could, if the Jets are going to end up with Nnadmi Asomugha, whether the Panthers were smart in going bananas on their own guys, whether Bill Belichick is certifiable or a genius, what the Bengals are thinking right now, how rookie quarterbacks will fare in 2011 and much, much more.

All that and much, much more just by hitting the play button below. Oh, and don't forget to Subscribe to iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download.

Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:55 am

2011 NFL Free Agency Experience, Day 5

Posted by Will Brinson

It feels kind of weird to say we're in the "final stretch" of free agency, but we are -- with teams allowed to actually sign players Friday at 6:00 p.m., there at least feels like there's some movement towards a time when we'll get to see our families again.

But for now, we're here with you all day again to provide all the news, rumors and breaking updates you need. Today's Friday though, so only the best comments will make the cut.

In the meantime, don't forget to check out our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:58 pm

VIDEO: Pat McAfee kicks 75-yard field goal

Posted by Will Brinson

Pat McAfee is the Colts punter. He gained some, um, notoriety for polar bear-ing last year, but his skills as a football player also drew plenty of praise. And perhaps, he should be kicking the field goals for the Colts too, because based on the video below, he's capable of smoking 75-yard field goals.

Yes, you WOULD think that this is a fake video. But McAfee, tweeting with yours truly, says it's real. And there's no real evidence of obvious tampering with the film. So maybe the dude just has a cannon strapped to his leg. (He was going to be a soccer player if the lockout continued, after all.)

And given the market we've seen for kickers this offseason, he should probably be pulling in about $5 million a year.

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