13 Mar 2006, 12:59am by P. Ryan Wilson
With Chester Taylor inking a deal with the Vikings, the Ravens sign Mike Anderson to a four-year contract thought to be worth roughly $8 million (with a $2 million bonus). And Jamal Lewis is still unemployed. (free registration/bugmenot required)
Update: Check that. Jamal Lewis is no longer unemployed -- he just signed a three-year deal with the Ravens.
22 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2006, 12:29pm by Tom Kelso
12 Mar 2006, 06:10pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Antwaan Randle El turned down an $8 million bonus from the Bears to sign a six-year contract worth $31 million (and $10 million in bonuses) with the Redskins.
78 comments, Last at 16 Mar 2006, 8:49am by Eorr
12 Mar 2006, 04:52pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Edgerrin James is now an Arizona Cardinal, signing a four-year, $30 million deal. According to the AP, "James will receive $11.5 million in bonus money, making his first year compensation $14.75 million, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The remaining $15.25 million will be paid out over the final three years of the deal."
56 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2006, 2:36pm by DaveR
12 Mar 2006, 04:14pm by Al Bogdan
This is it, isn't it? The ultimate test of Mike Shanahan's genius. How good is his offensive line scheme? Can he build a successful running game around a back that can't hit a hole unless it is directly in front of him? If Ron Dayne can gain 1000+ yards in Shanahan's system, Denver should just stop drafting or signing running backs altogether. I'd suggest a weekly radio contest where the 7th caller gets to be the starting tailback that week.
20 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2006, 3:27am by PDBIP
11 Mar 2006, 03:29pm by Michael David Smith
Wow. I can't remember a team ever improving its offensive line in one fell swoop like the Cleveland Browns just have, adding, in my opinion, the best center and the best tackle available in free agency, LeCharles Bentley and Kevin Shaffer.
Note: All those reports about Bentley joining the Eagles were premature. Is it just me, or does it seem like every time the entire football media gets a story like this wrong, Len Pasquarelli is the one who ends up getting it right?
58 comments, Last at 23 Mar 2006, 5:30pm by Ha ha ha
10 Mar 2006, 10:09pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Drew Brees angry. Drew Brees no like A.J. Smith. From the article: "If I leave and go somewhere else and be very successful like I plan on doing, they have a lot to lose," Brees added. "I guess in a way, I've laid my butt on the line for them a lot in the last five years. There have been ups and downs, and I laid my butt on the line. I wish there was somebody there who would lay their butt on the line for me, besides the head coach and the players ... Did A.J. draft me? No. Did A.J. draft Philip? Enough said."
23 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2006, 3:08am by PDBIP
10 Mar 2006, 08:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The Raiders have released QB Kerry Collins, thus saving roughly $9 million against the cap, and John Clayton reports that the Vikings are trying to work a trade that would reunite Daunte Culpepper with Randy Moss.
53 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2006, 4:20pm by empty13
10 Mar 2006, 05:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The report that Ryan Leaf could serve as an analyst for the NFL Network on draft day is infinitely more newsworthy than the new CBA or impending free agency. By a long shot.
27 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2006, 11:34pm by Paulo Sanchotene, Brazil
10 Mar 2006, 11:16am by P. Ryan Wilson
Just for laughs, maybe the Vikings should trade Daunte Culpepper to the Packers for Javon Walker.
54 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2006, 2:48pm by empty13
10 Mar 2006, 10:53am by P. Ryan Wilson
According to the new CBA, teams can't just go out and "Keyshawn" players anymore, they have to keep them on the roster or cut them. And they can't make players return signing bonuses for misbehavior either. The owners and the union did agree to close the Maurice Clarett loophole, now requiring, "... a player be at least three years removed from high school to be eligible for the NFL draft". No word on the Maurice Clarett contract, which if amended, would disallow players from signing incentive-laden deals sans any guaranteed money. (free registration/bugmenot required)
22 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2006, 8:59pm by Dervin
No defense generated more pressure last year than Connor Barwin and the Eagles, but did that pressure do them any good?