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14 Mar 2012, 07:41am by Rivers McCown

Running Wednesday Free Agency Thread

Please use this thread to discuss the latest signings, rumors, and general speculations about NFL goings-on. We'll be updating this thread when signings are reported.

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282 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2012, 9:56pm by tuluse

13 Mar 2012, 12:49pm by Rivers McCown

Saints Re-Sign Marques Colston

Reported terms: five years, $40 million, ~$19 million guaranteed. Jay Glazer broke the story.

The Saints had to make a choice between Colston and Carl Nicks, and this contract seems like a decent value all things considered. Since Nicks was demanding to be the highest-paid guard in the NFL, it makes plenty of sense to go with Colston.

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14 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2012, 2:52pm by turbohappy

12 Mar 2012, 07:58am by Rivers McCown

MMQB: Peyton and Griffin

Peter looks at the inner dynamics of the Peyton Manning trips and also discusses how the St. Louis-Washington trade went down on Friday night. Finally, for good measure, a little dash of the Mark Sanchez extension.

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49 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2012, 4:31pm by silentrat

10 Mar 2012, 07:47pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: The Redskins' Big Gamble

The Redskins are taking a big risk by trading up in the draft for the opportunity to take Robert Griffin III. He projects as a great franchise quarterback, but the loss of so many picks will hurt the team's depth in the short- and long-term.

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45 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2013, 11:41am by Anonymous12

10 Mar 2012, 07:51am by Rivers McCown

Mark Sanchez Gets Extension

Reported terms of Sanchez's contract at this point: five years, $58.25 million, $20.5 million in guarantees for 2012 and 2013.

I would have posted about this last night, but I wasn't sure if it was a hilarious dream or not. Either way, obviously, this is a silly deal for a player who has played like Sanchez has to this point in his career. Maybe he will break out in season four and make it look respectable -- he has taken baby steps forward each year -- but it's hard to reconcile that with the fact that he'll make more money than Aaron Rodgers will next year.

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72 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2012, 7:52pm by LionInAZ

05 Mar 2012, 06:34pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Best and Worst Franchise Tag Uses

The bad uses are mostly circumstantial, but, to be clear: keeping a talented running back on a one-year deal is good. Keeping your franchise quarterback on the tag despite having nearly eight months to negotiate with him, thus losing your All-Pro guard and star receiver, is bad.

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13 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2012, 4:55pm by LionInAZ

05 Mar 2012, 02:39pm by Rivers McCown

Franchise Tag Thread

This thread keeps a running list of players who have received the franchise tag.

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83 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2012, 3:51pm by tuluse

04 Mar 2012, 11:40pm by Rivers McCown

Seahawks Re-Sign Marshawn Lynch

Reported terms: 4 years, $31 million, $18 million guaranteed.

Not too far off the fabled DeAngelo Williams contract of last offseason. Me thinks we may see some much bigger running back contracts than some are comfortable with this time around. In fact, to some, this may be one of them.

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14 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2012, 12:38pm by Ranccor

02 Mar 2012, 06:00pm by Rivers McCown

NFL: Saints Defense Had Bounty Fund

The NFL announced the findings that a "bounty program" existed between the Saints and around 27 defensive players during the 2009-2011 seasons. Defensive players would get paid for knocking other players off the field via injury, and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis did not stop the program when directed to do so by owner Tom Benson.

Adam Schefter reports this is likely to cost the Saints multiple draft picks, more than SpyGate cost the Patriots.

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214 comments, Last at 09 Mar 2012, 8:58pm by Kyle S

28 Feb 2012, 09:53pm by Rivers McCown

49ers Reach New Deal with Ahmad Brooks

Reported terms: six years, $44.5 million, $17.5 million in guarantees.

So, would you rather have Brooks at this price, or D'Qwell Jackson at his?

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7 comments, Last at 29 Feb 2012, 3:16pm by Boo-urns