Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

07 May 2008, 01:46am by Vince Verhei

Giants Lock Up David Diehl

The basics: six years, $31 million. The intrigue: "The key to the deal is annual escalator clauses that increase Diehl's salaries between $750,000 and $1.1 million a year as long as he plays offensive tackle." 2007 was Diehl's first season at left tackle (he had played left guard previously), and the team was obviously happy with his performance -- but they've left themselves an out in case he slips.

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23 comments, Last at 17 May 2008, 9:12am by Chris

05 May 2008, 05:21pm by Vince Verhei

Four Downs: NFC West

Vince Verhei has your post-draft look at the NFC West, where the Seahawks and Cardinals are looking for defense, the 49ers are looking for linemen, and the Rams are looking for Beavers.

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52 comments, Last at 12 May 2008, 5:01pm by Curt

04 May 2008, 07:35pm by Vince Verhei

Emmitt Smith has Advice for Pacman Jones

"As long as you're not killing anybody, getting anybody shot at and going to jail, then I don't have any issues." Note to Emmitt: Pacman has gone to jail, and he has gotten somebody, not just shot at, but shot. He hasn't killed anyone that we know of, but would it really be a surprise? Emmitt also says that Jones "understands the do's and don'ts, the rights and wrongs." I honestly don't think he does.

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41 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2012, 12:17pm by james sparker

01 May 2008, 12:33pm by Vince Verhei

2008 Draft Report Card Report

It's time to evaluate the evaluators as we look at the reactions of draft observers. Which teams scored low? Which teams scored high? Who caused the most disagreement? And is there anyone out there who didn't like Kansas City's draft? (Spoiler: No.)

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71 comments, Last at 07 May 2008, 5:15pm by TheDudeAbides

27 Apr 2008, 12:51pm by Vince Verhei

Audibles at the NFL Draft

The Football Outsiders staff talks about the 2008 NFL draft. And talks, and talks, and talks some more... If you print out our articles, you may need a new ink cartridge.

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216 comments, Last at 04 May 2008, 9:41pm by Alex

26 Apr 2008, 01:42pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Rams to select Chris Long

ESPN's Michael Smith is reporting that the Rams have opted to make Virginia defensive end Chris Long the No. 2 overall selection in the draft. This would be the second year in a row that the Rams have spent a first-round pick on a defensive lineman. (They selected DT/DE Adam Carriker of Nebraska with the No. 13 overall pick last year.) We once again see that the NFL is a copycat league, as teams saw what a dominant four-man rush did for the Giants and try to follow suit.

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17 comments, Last at 28 Apr 2008, 2:56pm by MJK

25 Mar 2008, 03:22pm by Vince Verhei

Four Downs: AFC South

The Texans shuffle their quarterbacks around, the Colts get ready to tear their house down, the Jaguars welcome some new receivers into their den, and the Titans hope for an extra benefit from their new tight end. It's the post-free agency look at the AFC South in Four Downs!

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67 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2008, 5:20pm by PFC1

21 Mar 2008, 03:42pm by Vince Verhei

Seahawks Lock Up Lofa Tatupu For Six Years

Well, this should pretty much ensure Tatupu's status as a beloved sports figure in the Northwest. Not only does this deal guarantee that he'll spend at least the bulk of his career making plays in front of a rabid Seattle crowd, but as the article points out, he probably left money on the table so the team would have a better chance of signing Leroy Hill and Marcus Trufant to long-term deals.

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15 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2008, 10:37am by Ben Roethlisberger

13 Mar 2008, 06:38pm by Vince Verhei

White, Smith a Cut Above Today's Great Pass-Rushers

This is a fantastic little bit of game tape analysis by K.C. Joyner, breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of the game's top pass rushers, then comparing them to the top guys of the 1990s. Lost in the bull rushes and rip moves, however, is my favorite pass rush technique, which I saw only used by Bruce Smith, and only one time: He simply leapfrogged the blocker to get into the backfield.

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30 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2008, 6:12pm by Kellerman

11 Mar 2008, 04:28pm by Vince Verhei

Cards Guarantee $30 Million To Fitzgerald

The Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald agreed on a restructured contract, freeing up some badly needed cap space for Arizona and ensuring Fitzgerald would not be released. The basics: Four years, $40 million, $30 million guaranteed, $15 million signing bonus, and $8.8 million in 2008 cap room for the Cardinals.

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42 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2008, 4:23pm by Tom D