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06 Mar 2005, 10:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Kurt Warner Signs One-Year Deal with Cardinals

Um, if you were a long-suffering franchise trying to build with youth, would you sign an over-the-hill veteran quarterback to a one-year contract to be your starter? Unless Arizona is going to draft a quarterback to learn under Warner, this seems like a colossal running-in-place move. At least the offensive line there does an okay job of pass protection.

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04 Mar 2005, 04:50pm by Aaron Schatz

The Rise and Fall of NFL Dynasties

Dr. Z looks at teams that dominated the NFL for long periods throughout its history. What caused each of these teams to fall from its perch atop the NFL, and what lesson does that hold for the Patriots? It won't shock you that aging players are the leading destroyer of dynasties, but one aging player in particular: the quarterback. The 50s Lions fell apart when Bobby Layne got old, the 60s Packers when Bart Starr got old, the 70s Steelers when Terry Bradshaw got old, the 90s Cowboys when Troy Aikman got old. The 49ers avoided this problem thanks to Steve Young.

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03 Mar 2005, 11:15am by P. Ryan Wilson

Cornering the Market

This might be the most intriguing trade of the off-season so far (Randy Moss who?). Seriously, I'd be interested to hear how Patriots fans feel about New England giving up a third round pick for cornerback Duane Starks. He's currently in the middle of a 5-year $23 million contract, he's undersized (5-10, 174 lbs.), and often injured. And he's also not very physical -- something the Patriots like in their cornerbacks to help defend against the run.

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25 Feb 2005, 07:08pm by Aaron Schatz

Severe Cuts: Law, Muhammad (Update: Muhammad to Chicago. Really.)

I'm determined not to toss every player cut or trade rumor into Extra Points, but I think that these two are big enough to get a separate thread. The Patriots cut Ty Law today, possibly the league's best cornerback prior to this season's foot injury. The Panthers cut Muhsin Muhammad, who of course had just an insanely good year in 2004 but was owed a bonus consisting of $10 million plus John Fox's first-born grandchild and his own Carribean island. Oh, salary cap, is no one spared your merciless wrath?

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23 Feb 2005, 06:59pm by admin

Report: Vikings Agree to Trade Moss to Raiders

Looks like Reggie "Moss is staying" Fowler may have another inaccuracy on his bio to clear up. Is there a better fit in the NFL than Randy Moss, Raider? Now Al Davis can get back to his beloved vertical passing attack.

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20 Feb 2005, 10:49pm by Ned Macey

MMQB: Better without Bledsoe

Peter King shares a behind the scenes story about the coin flip that helped lead to Drew Bledsoe's release. He also is able to argue that the Patriots made the right decision trading Bledsoe and keeping Brady, with only the third reason being that Brady is actually a much better player. Does anyone in the world still question this decision? King also offers two thoughts on the Westminster Dog Show, debuts a new feature on equestrian, and takes a shot at the NHLPA.

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15 Feb 2005, 02:17pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Bad Predictions Review

Our man Gregg Easterbrook finishes up the season with his annual bad predictions review. This might seem a bit unfair, since in the topsy-turvy world of the NFL everyone is going to make a few bad predictions. Heck, I predicted that Tennessee and Tampa Bay would go to the playoffs. On the other hand, you have to give Gregg credit for naming himself as the first runner-up for the Bad Predictions Award. And the winner is... Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, who predicted that the Texans would make the playoffs and the Eagles would disappoint.

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14 Feb 2005, 09:46am by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Wrong Said Fred

In this week's MMQB, Peter King breathes life into the story that just won't die: more inane comments from Freddie Mitchell. King also discusses the Patriots' plan to unload Ty Law, travels to Starbucks with Dan Marino, asks why the Jets are keeping Doug Brien and recommends everybody see Million Dollar Baby. He also thinks J.P. Losman is the Bills quarterback in 2005, Randy Moss has played his last game as a Viking, and Jerome Bettis returns for one more season.

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11 Feb 2005, 06:46pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: The 3-4 is Back

Len Pasquarelli writes that in 2005, the NFL will have more teams employing the 3-4 defense than it has had at any time since the 1970s. What's next, a return to the single wing? Also of note: J.P. Losman will almost certainly be the Bills' 2005 starter. Jeff Garcia will be a free agent in a few weeks, but the Browns want to keep Kelly Holcomb around. And the NFL has ended its relationship with Levitra.

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11 Feb 2005, 03:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson

NFL Insider: Who gets the Tag?

Mark Maske of the Washington Post takes a look at which players might get the franchise tag, as well as what they can expect to earn in 2005 based on their position. One thing that immediately sticks out when looking at expected earnings is that cornerbacks top the list. My gut reaction is that quarterbacks, offensive linemen and even wide receivers are probably worth more than cornerbacks. Of course, in the days leading up to the 2004 draft, I thought the Steelers would be wise to draft a cornerback over a quarterback, so what do I know.

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