11 Mar 2007, 12:34am by Aaron Schatz
I know, I know. You're saying, "I thought XP was only linking to major free agent signings. This is a major free agent signing?" Well, Arizona had a ton of money this off-season, and they haven't spent much of it. But what they have spent, they have spent wisely. The Cardinals had a Pro Bowl strong safety and a first-round cornerback who will hopefully blossom in 2007. They also had a below average second cornerback and a free safety who was a rookie when the Bears still played in Decatur. Those players have now been replaced by Arizona's two main free-agent signings.
36 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2007, 12:03pm by joel in providence
08 Mar 2007, 12:04pm by Aaron Schatz
By now, you've read hundreds of rumors, short blog posts, and discussion thread comments about Pac-Man Jones. But here's something a bit more substantial about Jones, his background, and the troubling question of why he acts the way he acts. I understand the idea of "keeping it real" and the fact that Jones's desire to stay true to his childhood friends puts him in bad situations.
291 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2007, 2:02am by Sid
05 Mar 2007, 04:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Collective bargaining is fun! Lance Briggs wants to know: Who was the idiot who signed that agreement where very year, each team gets to designate one player as "the guy who doesn't get to become as totally super rich as Leonard Davis"?
92 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 5:42pm by Kal
03 Mar 2007, 06:15pm by Aaron Schatz
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...
59 comments, Last at 25 Mar 2007, 9:21pm by maurile
03 Mar 2007, 01:32pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
168 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 12:19am by SJM
02 Mar 2007, 10:17pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
16 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2007, 3:19pm by Scott
02 Mar 2007, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
70 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2007, 1:52pm by Sundown
02 Mar 2007, 02:06pm by Aaron Schatz
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?
5 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 8:12am by Yaguar
01 Mar 2007, 06:25pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
47 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2007, 3:09pm by Vash
01 Mar 2007, 12:31pm by Aaron Schatz
Aaron Schatz uses similarity scores to see what may be in store for the 2007 cap casualties. (Click link to read more.)