04 Sep 2006, 07:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson
FO reader Tom sent along this email earlier today: "The Texans have cut starting DT Robaire Smith, who was on a large salary, and undrafted rookie running back Chris Taylor, who was third on the depth chart. This leaves Houston with two active running backs, with one year of NFL experience between them. However, Smith's bonus acceleration looks like it ought to be about $5,300,000 - he signed a 6-year deal with an $8m bonus in 2004, so this is not going to have freed up cap space for a major addition via trade, like Thomas Jones. To me, this says Ron Dayne will shortly be a Texan.
7 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2006, 8:56pm by Nathan
04 Sep 2006, 11:40am by Michael David Smith
Peter King is taking the Cowboys over the Colts in the Super Bowl. He's also picking the Detroit Lions -- yes, the Detroit Lions -- to win the NFC North.
79 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2006, 3:42pm by buddha
03 Sep 2006, 07:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Ben Roethlisberger had emergency appendectomy surgery today and he's out for Thursday's season opener against the Dolphins.
60 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2006, 10:08pm by calig23
03 Sep 2006, 04:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, at least the Titans didn't wait until the last minute to bring in their potential starting quarterback. Billy Volek, this has to really boost your confidence.
9 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2006, 5:34pm by Sunil
02 Sep 2006, 05:52pm by P. Ryan Wilson
From Mike Reiss' Boston Globe blog: "The Patriots have acquired Raiders wide receiver Doug Gabriel. The news was first reported by the Oakland Tribune. Gabriel adds to the Patriots' receiving corps, which has been without holdout Deion Branch and injured second-round pick Chad Jackson. The team's cuts should be known around 6 p.m. ET." And the plot thickens...
36 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2006, 1:19pm by Erik
02 Sep 2006, 01:38pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I think Michael David Smith's AOL Fanhouse headline has it just about right: "Charles Rogers Joins Mt. Rushmore of Busts."
52 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2006, 3:35am by Jake
01 Sep 2006, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz
Really? I swear, I thought this would all get resolved with Branch staying in New England. Anyway, who knows if it is true, but Mike Florio is reporting at PFT that two teams have offered Branch a six-year, $36 million contract. The rumor also says one of these teams is the Jets (aka Patriots South), who have offered the Patriots a second-round pick and "a pretty good player." Since the Jets are going to suck this year, that's one hell of a good pick, practically a first-rounder. Only one problem: who the heck on the Jets is a "pretty good player" who fills a Patriots need?
482 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2006, 2:24pm by Starshatterer
01 Sep 2006, 10:48am by P. Ryan Wilson
This story seems to change by the minute, but someone might want to check Bill Belichick's office for an Adam Vinatieri voodoo doll.
34 comments, Last at 02 Sep 2006, 10:01pm by sippican
31 Aug 2006, 04:18pm by Bill Barnwell
Last year, the Jets traded the 26th and 230th picks (combined value according to the Draft Pick Value Chart: 702.4 points ) in the draft to the Raiders for Doug Jolley and the 47th, 182nd, and 185th picks (combined value: 478 points). The difference, 224.4 points, is right about the value of pick #73, the ninth selection in the third round. Today, the Jets traded Jolley to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft pick. Let's just say that "undisclosed" doesn't normally mean something better than the ninth selection of the third round.
21 comments, Last at 31 Aug 2006, 9:50pm by Led
31 Aug 2006, 02:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Look at that, Jason Whitlock writes a really creepy column about his best bud, Jeff George. Nope, didn't see that coming. Arguably the weirdest, most uncomfortable section includes these nuggets: "There's no reason Jeff George can't be a backup quarterback for the next couple of years.
74 comments, Last at 06 Sep 2006, 12:19am by The Mulgrew
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.