22 Mar 2007, 03:18pm by Aaron Schatz
What is happening to Torry Holt? Aaron examines his recent struggles. (Click link to read more.)
21 Mar 2007, 01:47pm by Aaron Schatz
The Falcons have traded backup quarterback Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans for a second-round pick (#39 overall) and possible other considerations. This gives both teams a clear direction going forward. The Texans have been stumbling around, seemingly without a franchise blueprint. Now they have their quarterback of the future and can concentrate on building the team around him. David "Footsteps" Carr will be gone, and so will the psycho-drama that has floated around him for the last couple of years, since it became clear that he just wasn't going to be a star in Houston.
208 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2007, 2:08pm by Peter Libero
16 Mar 2007, 11:48am by Aaron Schatz
Aaron Schatz weighs the merits of signing a 35-year-old tight end. Quick hint, he questions the Pollard signing.
14 Mar 2007, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Fun little post over on Armchair GM, where a guy who calls himself "False Prophet" is holding an NCAA Tournament-style competition between 64 of the best NFL teams in history to figure out the greatest of all time, simulating results with whatifsports.com. The tournament does have one problem, as he seems to have placed the 64 teams in order to create interesting first-round matchups rather than seeding them based on quality. Not only are a lot of first-round matchups just Super Bowl rematches, but he has the 1985 Bears going up against the 2006 Colts.
55 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2007, 2:00am by pharmboyrick
12 Mar 2007, 04:26pm by Aaron Schatz
The Patriots have a new WR tandem for 2007. We know what Donte’ Stallworth and Wes Welker have done, but what do their similarity scores indicate they will do for the Pats. (Click link to read more.)
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 Those players have now been replaced by Arizona's two main free-agent signings.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