Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Mar 2007, 01:32pm by Aaron Schatz

Patriots Sign Adalius Thomas

I told the FO staff not to post the big free-agent signings until they were official, but everyone basically agrees that this is a done deal and will be announced sometime this afternoon. This one wins the 2007 award for best match between team need and player talent. Remember Eric Alexander trying to cover Dallas Clark in the AFC Championship game? Ugh. The Patriots have this reputation for being cheap in free agency that isn't really deserved. When they feel a player is truly worth it, they will lay out the cash. Just ask Rosevelt Colvin.

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168 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 12:19am by SJM

02 Mar 2007, 10:17pm by Aaron Schatz

Browns Ink Eric Steinbach

The Browns went 1-for-2 with big-money offensive linemen last year, but that was enough for them to try it again. Eric Steinbach will head across Ohio. The deal is allegedly $49.5 million over seven years, though not yet official. Look out on Lake Erie! Seriously, I realize that one drunk-boating arrest is not as bad as what Pac-Man Jones and Chris Henry have been doing, but this shows what happens when a need for talent battles with the league's apparent desire to crack down on players in trouble. Need for talent will always win.

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16 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2007, 3:19pm by Scott

02 Mar 2007, 09:49pm by Michael David Smith

Nate Clements to San Francisco

Adam Schefter is reporting on NFL Network that the San Francisco 49ers have made Nate Clements the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, with an eight-year, $80 million contract that includes $22 million guaranteed.

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25 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2007, 5:37pm by The Ninjalectual

02 Mar 2007, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Jake Plummer Turns Down Trade, Retires

Rather than be traded to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round draft pick, Jake Plummer has apparently decided to retire. Oh, Captain Neckbeard, how we shall miss you. Jason Beattie in particular shall miss you. I'm guessing Jake Plummer has starred in more FO cartoons than anyone except Randy Moss. And, of course, Gil Thorp.

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70 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2007, 1:52pm by Sundown

01 Mar 2007, 06:25pm by Aaron Schatz

Steelers Release Joey Porter

Wow, March 1 really IS the new June 1. You ready to watch the Jets and Patriots bid each other up over this one? Actually, I would not be shocked if Porter landed in San Francisco. The 49ers are swimming in cash, and I still think that Mike Nolan would prefer to fit talent into a 3-4 system, even though the 49ers still list themselves as a 4-3 on their website depth chart.

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47 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2007, 3:09pm by Vash

01 Mar 2007, 04:00pm by Bill Barnwell

Bly Traded To Broncos for Bell, Foster

Michael Smith is reporting that the Lions have traded Dre' Bly to the Broncos in exchange for Tatum Bell and George Foster. This would seemingly indicate that the Lions are really concerned about Kevin Jones' injury. If Foster and Jeff Backus are the tackles, does that also mean they won't be drafting Joe Thomas?

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131 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2007, 12:24am by Erasmus

01 Mar 2007, 03:02pm by Doug Farrar

Transients in the Twilight Room

Doug Farrar journeys into the NFL’s Forbidden City – the NFL Combine. (Click link to read more.)

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01 Mar 2007, 12:31pm by Aaron Schatz

March 1 is the New June 1

Aaron Schatz uses similarity scores to see what may be in store for the 2007 cap casualties. (Click link to read more.)

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28 Feb 2007, 10:54pm by Doug Farrar

Bears Lock In Lovie With New Deal

FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer broke the news that the NFC Champion Chicago Bears have ended months of speculation by re-upping head coach Lovie Smith. The Bears will announce the deal and have a press conference on Thursday. Although numbers haven't been released, the contract will take Smith out of the realm of the greviously underpaid (he made $1.4 million in 2006), and into the elite level of Jeff Fisher, John Fox and others in that top-end tax bracket.

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28 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2007, 8:14pm by empty13

28 Feb 2007, 08:39pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Trip to Inner Sanctum an Enlightening Experience

If you were ever wondering what goes on in the 15-minute interviews at the NFL Combine, ChicagoBears.com's Larry Mayer gives you a glimpse. According to the article, "all prospects interviewing with [GM Jerry] Angelo and company received a Bears baseball cap as a parting gift." Which I think is what the team is offering Lovie Smith on his yet-to-be-finalized renegotiated contract.

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10 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2007, 3:59pm by Chip