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 9 years ago '07        #541
24/7foamz 
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so basically he's just a depth guy....
 9 years ago '04        #542
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 K1Entertainment said:
Derrick Ward is a bronco!
Some reporter fooled me and got this wrong cause hes a Buccaneer oh well JJ Arrington and Buck will do
 9 years ago '07        #543
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WARD SIGNS WITH BUCS
Posted by Mike Florio on March 2, 2009, 9:27 p.m. EST
The Derrick Ward free agency tour has ended.

And the final resting stop was Tampa.

Per a league source, Ward has agreed to terms on a four-year, $17 million deal.

He’ll earn $6 million guaranteed in the first year, $9.25 million over the first two, and $13 million over the first three.

More to come.

 9 years ago '05        #544
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Will Pariots make a play for Julius Peppers?

With the money they saved by sending Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs, there is talk the New England Patriots could spend some of it by trying to obtain Julius Peppers, the unhappy and franchised Carolina Panther, according to the Boston Herald.

Peppers has already said he would accept a trade to the Dallas Cowboys, two teams in the NFC South, and one in the AFC. According to the report, Many believe the AFC team is the Patriots, who are considered the holy grail of virtually every title-starved veteran. Making matters even more interesting is that the Cowboys lack a first-round pick and the Panthers would prefer not to trade Peppers within the division, leaving the mystery AFC team with an advantage.

The four-time Pro Bowler is a pass rushing demon who already has said he's "maxed out" in the 4-3 and would like to switch to outside linebacker in a 3-4.
If this happens it would absolutely make belichek even more of a genius... they said he didn't want the first round pick cause it would take up cap room.. 34th is like a first rounder and would make sending vrabel more understandable... this would be pure genius.:applause:


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 9 years ago '07        #545
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Some of what has transpired since the NFL's free-agency period began three days ago makes perfect sense.

Bart Scott to the New York Jets comes to mind. He's the most critical piece to Rex Ryan's Raven-ization of the Jets' defense. Ryan expects to win as head coach in New York the same way he did as defensive coordinator in Baltimore -- with a dominant, play-making defense complementing an efficient, power-oriented offense. So the reported six-year, $48-million contract for Scott was money well spent because it's a perfect fit between a highly talented player and a coach with a scheme he has known his whole career.

Several league insiders with whom I've spoken have been a bit puzzled as well for the same reasons, whether it's the size and structure of a contract (the whopper defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth received from the Washington Redskins) or a trade (the Kansas City Chiefs' fleecing of the New England Patriots for quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel) or seeing a team allow a key player to get away with no obvious replacement plan (the Philadelphia Eagles' giving safety Brian Dawkins the chance to jump to the Denver Broncos).

Here's a closer look at the five biggest head-scratchers in free agency so far:

1. Haynesworth's seven-year, $100-million contract from the Redskins: According to various media reports, the deal is structured so that it essentially will be a four-year agreement worth $48 million. But the most important part of the deal -- and the part that has more than a few people around the league questioning its wisdom -- is that $41 million (or 85 percent) is guaranteed, including $32 million in the first 13 months.

That just seems like a whole lot of commitment to a player who arrives from the Tennessee Titans with more than a few troubling question marks.

The biggest, as a general manager who requested anonymity pointed out, is his "reputation for picking spots when he wants to play hard." Haynesworth also once suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, kicked a helmetless Dallas Cowboy in the head during a game not long ago, and has had his share of off-field issues.

No NFL GMs or player agents with whom I spoke questioned Haynesworth's place atop this year's free-agent crop. They just wonder, as I do, whether a team with so many needs, especially on offense, should devote so much money to a defensive tackle. Haynesworth had the most dominant season of his career in 2008, yet it still wasn't good enough to allow the Titans to avoid going one and done in the playoffs.

For all of that guaranteed money the Redskins are paying him, his presence is expected to, at the very least, guarantee a playoff appearance -- and probably a lot more.

2. The Patriots shipping Cassel and Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round draft pick: I've heard all of the talk about the potential three-way deals involving the Patriots with the Detroit Lions and Broncos, or the Patriots with the Tampa Buccaneers and the Broncos. I've heard the Patriots could have come away with a first-round choice in either of those trades, both of which would have sent Cassel to Denver -- where he would be reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Broncos first-year coach Josh McDaniels -- and Cutler to either the Lions or Buccaneers.

Fine, but neither happened.

No matter how you slice it, the Patriots settled for too little for a franchise starter, which is what Cassel is to the Chiefs. Vrabel, whose best days are well behind him, was a throw-in. But he's still relatively important because he will serve as a coach on the field during Kansas City's expected and difficult transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

Besides being convinced Tom Brady is (or will be) fully recovered from the knee injury that caused him to miss most of last season, why did Patriots coach Bill Belichick feel the urgency to get the deal done with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, his former vice president of player personnel, rather than wait and see if he could have done better with another team?

"It could have been a discount (for a long-time former colleague), but things are never that simple and that just isn't Bill's style, no matter how well they worked together," said the player-personnel chief of an AFC team.

No, it isn't. The only plausible answer is that the Patriots were so eager to rid themselves of the one-year, $14.65-million contract resulting from their franchise-tag tender on Cassel, they accepted the first solid trade offer that came along. If that's true, then they will need to start making good use of their newly found cap space. And fast.

3. The Eagles letting Dawkins become a free agent, which resulted in his signing with the Broncos and created a gaping hole in Philadelphia's defense: This could not have been the way the Eagles planned it.



Although he is 35 and a 13-year veteran, Dawkins remains a highly effective player. And he was the most vital component to Jim Johnson's defense. His hard-hitting style set the tone for everyone else around him. He was a consistent playmaker. He was the best leader on the entire team.

The Eagles had no one else to step into that role. That includes another safety, Sean Considine, who also departed in free agency (to the Jacksonville Jaguars). The results could severely damage their chances of being a playoff contender.

"I get the feeling (the Eagles) got thrown a curve," an NFL GM said. "They didn't think there was a market (for Dawkins), and a.ssumed they would be able to re-sign him. In my view, they violated the first rule of free agency: Don't let the guy get to free agency unless you're prepared to lose him. And they weren't."

Dawkins should have an enormously positive impact on the Broncos' defense. Some league insiders liken his role in Denver's new 3-4 scheme to the one that 15-year veteran Rodney Harrison had in the better and healthier of his past six seasons in New England.

4. The Redskins re-signing cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a reported six-year contract worth $54 million, $22.5 million of which is guaranteed: Talk about big risks.

Late last season, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank told me that Hall, one of his former players, had some maturing to do. That was after the Oakland Raiders sent the cornerback packing because they, too, had issues with his lack of maturity and generally poor attitude.

"Here's a guy that Atlanta didn't want because he was a cancer and Oakland didn't want because he was an even bigger cancer," said an NFL GM. "The Redskins know this … and they're giving him that kind of money? It just doesn't make sense."

5. The Broncos putting Cutler on the trading block: Supposedly, Cutler is no longer available for trade. Supposedly, McDaniels' only interest in dealing him was to ultimately land Cassel.

It doesn't matter.

Now that word is out that the Broncos' new coach was willing to part with his young, Pro Bowl quarterback, their relationship will never be the same. There is nothing McDaniels can say to make Cutler feel any better about the fact that he is not the preferred choice of the new regime. That was a big part of the risk he took in attempting to swing a deal for the quarterback he really wanted.

To some league insiders, it was a rookie mistake -- McDaniels being a bit too bold and brash for his own good at a position where he presumably was far better off than many other teams in the league (and certainly better off than his fellow rookie coaches).

Cutler still has the burden of proving he can be the type of player McDaniels wants under center, but there's a good chance he won't buy into the new program and that it will reflect in his play. Although that would be damaging to Cutler's future with the Broncos (and perhaps other teams), it also would have a negative impact on McDaniels, who could very well be faced with finding a quarterback after one year on the job.


 9 years ago '08        #546
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 hbk83 said:
If this happens it would absolutely make belichek even more of a genius... they said he didn't want the first round pick cause it would take up cap room.. 34th is like a first rounder and would make sending vrabel more understandable... this would be pure genius.:applause:
Its a young man's game... That's why they were willing to send Vrabel away, his only notoriety is he catches passes like a tight end. He was never that great imo
 9 years ago '09        #547
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 d3athb4dishonor said:
Its a young man's game... That's why they were willing to send Vrabel away, his only notoriety is he catches passes like a tight end. He was never that great imo
I agree...Vrabel was just a product of a great defensive scheme...everybody thrived in it...

But damn I don't wanna see Pep beastin on my Fins 2 times a year...
 9 years ago '07        #548
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Peppers would fill a nice hole, that'd be great to get him.

I heard that there really may not have been a first round offer though, and if there was I know Pats dont like to spend money on rookies, but why not trade the first rounder for more picks? either way I like the 34th pick, we can get a nice DB or LB out of it. I'm hoping for Maybin and Sean Smith, hopefully they get those 2
 03-03-2009, 09:14 AM         #549
Human Octane 
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Send him and the Panthers should pick up Jason Taylor also...
 9 years ago '07        #550
Syphernix 9 heat pts
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Jim Leonard agrees to terms with the Jets
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Safety Roy Williams wants Dallas Cowboys to act today


12:30 AM CST on Tuesday, March 3, 2009
By TODD ARCHER / The Dallas Morning News
/ The Dallas Morning News

Roy Williams wants to know what his future holds immediately, so his agent, Jordan Woy, has asked the Dallas Cowboys to either cut or trade the strong safety by today.

The Cowboys have made Williams available for trade but the market has been slow, largely because teams believe the club will eventually release him. Williams is scheduled to count $6.6 million against the 2009 salary cap.

If the Cowboys trade or cut Williams, they will save roughly $2 million against the cap. His 2008 season was cut short by a twice-fractured right forearm that limited him to three games. He finished with nine tackles.


 9 years ago '06        #552
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I can't wait to see a much improved/vilotile defense from the Jets next season. Kerry Rhodes will be a pro-bowler.
 9 years ago '05        #553
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Daniel Synder is a fu*king idiot. Making Deangelo hall one of the highest paid CBs in the league. The fu*k is wrong with you.
 03-03-2009, 12:27 PM         #554
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Theismann: 'There aren't a whole lot of options' for Ravens' Lewis
By Aaron Wilson, Times Staff Writer Tuesday, March 03, 2009

OWINGS MILLS -- As the Baltimore Ravens continue to haggle with All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis, sentiment continues to build in NFL circles that Lewis should come to grips with the reality that the high-profile bidding war he had envisioned isn't going to happen.

Lewis has received the silent treatment in free agency so far after declining to accept the Ravens' three-year, $24 million offer that includes $17 million in guaranteed money. And that situation doesn't figure to change as several teams have already filled openings for inside linebackers.

Lewis' top financial option remains re-signing with Baltimore.

"As a player of Ray's stature, you don't maintain a sense of reality," former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann said Monday in a telephone interview. "There are few places for him to go in the first place, economically. In Ray's situation, you look at some of the numbers that lesser known, less accomplished younger players are getting and you think, 'Why can't I get a piece of that?'

"In Ray's case, the reality is that there aren't a whole lot of options for him. The way you drive up the price is to have a lot of suitors for your talent. That's the only way to get that done is to negotiate with other teams. Truthfully, Ray Lewis has made more money than he can spend in his lifetime."

Against the advice of his former agents, Roosevelt Barnes and Eugene Parker, Lewis opted for a seven-year, $50 million contract extension in 2002 that was the richest defensive player contract in NFL history at the time. They advised Lewis, as did Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, that the deal's status would have a short shelf life.

If Lewis, who turns 34 in May, had opted for a four-year contract or a five-year pact, he would have become an unrestricted free agent during his prime.

"It's not just a question of economics," Theismann said. "The numbers get skewed. Players think the numbers are equal to respect. I don't agree with that. I think numbers reflect market value. It's the free enterprise system. Free agency has always leaned toward youth."

Lewis is a 10-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.



He led the Ravens with 117 tackles last season, also recording 3 1/2 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

However, it was Ravens free agent inside linebacker Bart Scott who cashed in during free agency with a six-year, $48 million contract with the New York Jets instead of Lewis.

Scott has only been named to the Pro Bowl once.

Has Lewis' game declined?

"Ray can still play, I saw him at the Super Bowl and he's still a rock with a great attitude,"20Theismann said. "There are certain thing he doesn't do as well at a certain age, but I think it's paramount that Ray gets re-signed by the Ravens. Ray brings so much more to a football team with his presence in the locker room and professionalism.

"To me, Ray is a middle linebacker that has to play in a system where the tackles protect him. He's still a major a.sset, especially to a young coach like John Harbaugh. Ray still has the ability to run and tackle, he just doesn't just move as well as he used to. But he's still Ray Lewis."

Meanwhile, Scott conducted a conference call with New York reporters Monday.

He outlined an aggressive approach.

"It’s one thing to be physical and make a tackle, it’s another thing to be violent," Scott said. "Violent makes guys stay on the sideline when they’re getting hit. I have no problem talking it. To tell you the truth, you have to shut me up. That’s why I never called the plays, because I was too busy f!ghting.

"I've been a violent, angry player ever since I was in Little League. My high school coach helped develop that and Baltimore taught me how to control that. It's one thing to be violent and passionate without being reckless. We call it 'organized chaos.' You have to be violent. Football is physical game you have to go in with bad intentions."

Scott said he was honored that the Jets chose him over Lewis, who made exorbitant financial demands to New York team officials.

"Unbelievable, I'm excited for the opportunity and the chance to prove them right," Scott said. "Ray is a great player, and he will go down as one of, if not the greatest players to play the game. It was an honor to play beside him."

NOTES: The Ravens didn't get back in touch with Pittsburgh Steelers free agent offensive tackle Marvel Smith on Monday after launching preliminary discussions over the weekend, but it's believed he remains on their radar. A former Pro Bowl selection, Smith has a history of back problems. "I think Marvel's a good, solid player," Theismann said. "He's played in this division and knows the Ravens' defense, the Browns and the Bengals. He understands what smashing people in the mouth is all about." ... The Ravens haven't made inquiries about Jacksonville Jaguars free agent offensive tackle Khalif Barnes. ... Baltimore contemplated going after offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb prior to him re-signing with the New Orleans Saints. .. The Ravens talked with the representatives for newly-signed Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington, but never made a serious run at the former Pittsburgh Steelers' third receiver. "We gave the Ravens our word that we would call them before we did anything with Nate," said Eric Armstead, one of Washington's agents. "They had some definite interest in Nate." ... Jets coach Rex Ryan, the former Ravens defensive coordinator, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and secondary coach Dennis Thurman recruited Scott hard, making a surpris e visit to his house after midnight Thursday. ... "I thought it was the most hilarious thing in the world," Scott said. "I'm happy they didn’t get out of the car and get bit by my dogs. When I heard my dogs barking, I thought they were out chasing deer or something. When coach Thurman called me and told me to come out and get these dogs, it was the funniest thing in the world. I'm trying to figure out, how does he know I have dogs and how does he know where I live? They did their due diligence. It was really refreshing. It showed they wanted me and they weren’t going to let me go anywhere." ... The Jets are still looking at Ravens free agent defensive backs Jim Leonhard and Corey Ivy. ... Scott denied that he shopped the Jets' offer to the Ravens despite the fact that the deal increased through an option year and an additional $8 million in total value between Thursday and the launch of free agency Friday.
 03-03-2009, 12:29 PM         #555
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T.J. SAYS HE’S GETTING AN MRI
Posted by Mike Florio on March 3, 2009, 11:17 a.m.

Lost in the three-team jockeying for the services of receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the possibility that the 27-year-old trapped in a 31-year-old’s body has an injury of some sort.

Houshmandzadeh said on Tuesday’s Dan Patrick Show that he’ll undergo an MRI on an unspecified area of his body. (We wonder why T.J. didn’t mention this during his Thursday night appearance on ESPN.)

The specific reason for the MRI isn’t clear. So we picked through the 2008 injury reports (a major pain in the butt, by the way — please feel free to play your imaginary violins, and then to shove them in their organic carrying cases), and we found that he was on it for four different conditions last year — hamstring, ankle, hand, and back.

Specifically, he was probable in Week One with a hamstring. He was listed as a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday.

In Week Seven, he was questionable with an ankle injury. He didn’t practice on Wednesday, practiced on a limited basis on Thursday, and fully participated on Friday.

In Week Eight, he was probable, due to the ankle. He missed practice on Wednesday and fully participated the other two days.

In Week Twelve, Week Thirteen, Week Fourteen and Week Seventeen, he was probable with a back injury He missed a couple of Wednesday practices because of it.

In Weeks Fifteen and Sixteen, Houshmandzadeh was probable with a hand injury. He missed one Wednesday practice, prior to Week Fifteen.

In Week Two through Week Six, Week Nine, Week Ten (bye), and Week Eleven, he wasn’t listed on the injury report at all.

Our guess? The back injury, which appeared on the last report of the season, is the reason for the MRI.

And, presumably, the Seahawks won’t finalize the contract until everything checks out.

Look, we’re not trying to sound any alarms here. But, let’s face it. It’s not like getting a massage; people don’t undergo expensive, high-tech diagnostic tests unless there’s something to diagnose, or to rule out.
 03-03-2009, 12:29 PM         #556
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BIRK TO VISIT BALTIMORE
Posted by Mike Florio on March 3, 2009, 10:45 a.m.

In the end, Vikings free-agent center Matt Birk might continue to wear purple. The only hitch is that it would be mixed with heavy doses of black.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Birk is expected to visit the Ravens.

And this could be much more serious than the Warner might sign with San Fran/Costanza might have a house in the Hamptons charade.

For starters, the Ravens lost their starting center, Jason Brown, four days ago to the Rams.

Let’s also not rule out the fact that agent Joe Linta represents not only Birk but also Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Though it’s not the kind of connection that makes Birk’s decision to sign with Baltimore a fait accompli (gratias, Tiki), the fact that Linta does business with both men is the kind of thing that could prompt Linta to try to help grease the skids to get a deal done — especially since Linta has a vested interest in Flacco not being regularly a.ssaulted by nose tackles who might be able to pick up and throw some seventh-round slappy at the young quarterback’s legs.

So, basically, its time for the Vikings to stop playing hardball (or, as the case may be, Chilly ball) with a hometown hero who doesn’t want to leave and offer him a fair deal to keep him in purple . . . and white and yellow.
sounds good to me. we need guys like this in bmore.
 9 years ago '06        #557
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Jim Leonard agrees to terms with the Jets
Depending on how Lito plays the Jets might have the best secondary in the L
 9 years ago '04        #558
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 ill800 said:
sounds good to me. we need guys like this in bmore.
we offered him 2 contracts during the season guy wants too much money for what hes worth take him.

great guy though.
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 Spiffy818 said:
Free agency and packers are like salt and sugar, dont go together
 03-03-2009, 12:50 PM         #560
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we offered him 2 contracts during the season guy wants too much money for what hes worth take him.

great guy though.
sounds like ray lewis...

he cant want anymore than jason brown wanted.
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