Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Mar 2007, 06:15pm by Aaron Schatz

Dielman Returns to Chargers

The signings are coming fast and furious today, so we can't hit XP on all of them. But one of the biggest of the day is actually a re-signing, with left guard Kris Dielman returning to the Chargers. The Seahawks wanted Dielman badly and practically kidnapped the guy yesterday, trying to get him to sign, but he'll stay in San Diego for $39 million over six years, including $17 million guaranteed in the first two seasons. The top offensive line free agents are now pretty much all off the market, except for Leonard Davis, but come on...

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59 comments, Last at 25 Mar 2007, 9:21pm by maurile

03 Mar 2007, 01:32pm by Aaron Schatz

Patriots Sign Adalius Thomas

I told the FO staff not to post the big free-agent signings until they were official, but everyone basically agrees that this is a done deal and will be announced sometime this afternoon. This one wins the 2007 award for best match between team need and player talent. Remember Eric Alexander trying to cover Dallas Clark in the AFC Championship game? Ugh. The Patriots have this reputation for being cheap in free agency that isn't really deserved. When they feel a player is truly worth it, they will lay out the cash. Just ask Rosevelt Colvin.

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168 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 12:19am by SJM

02 Mar 2007, 10:17pm by Aaron Schatz

Browns Ink Eric Steinbach

The Browns went 1-for-2 with big-money offensive linemen last year, but that was enough for them to try it again. Eric Steinbach will head across Ohio. The deal is allegedly $49.5 million over seven years, though not yet official. Look out on Lake Erie! Seriously, I realize that one drunk-boating arrest is not as bad as what Pac-Man Jones and Chris Henry have been doing, but this shows what happens when a need for talent battles with the league's apparent desire to crack down on players in trouble. Need for talent will always win.

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16 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2007, 3:19pm by Scott

02 Mar 2007, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Jake Plummer Turns Down Trade, Retires

Rather than be traded to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round draft pick, Jake Plummer has apparently decided to retire. Oh, Captain Neckbeard, how we shall miss you. Jason Beattie in particular shall miss you. I'm guessing Jake Plummer has starred in more FO cartoons than anyone except Randy Moss. And, of course, Gil Thorp.

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70 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2007, 1:52pm by Sundown

02 Mar 2007, 02:06pm by Aaron Schatz

FOX Blog Wrap-Up, February 24-March 1, 2007

Here's a catch-all thread for discussion of this week's posts on the Football Outsiders FOX blog. This week: The best and worst QB completion percentages by pass distance in 2006, Doug Farrar on the reporters invited in to see actual combine workouts, and Aaron Schatz on the game where Fred Thomas finally turned the toaster up to "burnt." Plus: What do similarity scores say about some of this week's veteran cuts like Joe Horn and Eric Moulds?

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5 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 8:12am by Yaguar

01 Mar 2007, 06:25pm by Aaron Schatz

Steelers Release Joey Porter

Wow, March 1 really IS the new June 1. You ready to watch the Jets and Patriots bid each other up over this one? Actually, I would not be shocked if Porter landed in San Francisco. The 49ers are swimming in cash, and I still think that Mike Nolan would prefer to fit talent into a 3-4 system, even though the 49ers still list themselves as a 4-3 on their website depth chart.

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47 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2007, 3:09pm by Vash

01 Mar 2007, 12:31pm by Aaron Schatz

March 1 is the New June 1

Aaron Schatz uses similarity scores to see what may be in store for the 2007 cap casualties. (Click link to read more.)

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28 Feb 2007, 08:24pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Cuts include Moulds, Lewis, Simmons, Shusshy

Hey, kids! March 1 is the new June 1! Jamal Lewis, meet the free agent market. You too, Brad Johnson. Eric Moulds and the other released Texans are discussed in the new Four Downs. And the Bengals released linebacker Brian Simmons, because they're trying to cut down on locker room influences with clean arrest records.

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23 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2007, 5:50pm by Gus

28 Feb 2007, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz

Four Downs: AFC South

Aaron Schatz finishes off the first round of 2007 Four Downs with Jack Del Rio's thoughts on consistency, Houston's equivocation on David Carr, and Indy's chances of repeating. Plus: Whose responsibility is it to discipline Pac-Man Jones, really?

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63 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2007, 10:15pm by Joe

28 Feb 2007, 03:59pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Completion Percentage by Pass Distance

Ever wonder who throws best to different levels of the field? If so, you’re in luck, because Aaron tells you the best and worst at throwing the ball downfield. (Click link to read more.)

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