09 Sep 2006, 11:58am by Doug Farrar
The Vikings have signed LT Bryant McKinnie to a mega-deal: 7 years, $48.5 million, and over $18 million guaranteed. Performance bonuses could push the total over $50 million. This puts him in the financial elite for his position, and there's an interesting wrinkle based on the "poison pill" Minnesota used on guard Steve Hutchinson -- the Vikings' capmasters had to structure the deal so that McKinnie (or any Viking offensive lineman) could never earn more than Hutchinson on a per-year average basis, or Hutch's entire $49 million salary would become guaranteed.
24 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 11:14am by Insancipitory
08 Sep 2006, 08:17pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Surprisingly, Pittsburgh didn't drop (a) Duce to sign Davenport. Thank you, thank you. Don't forget to try the meat loaf and I'll be here all week. Michael David Smith has more thoughts here.
24 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2006, 12:46am by Andy
08 Sep 2006, 09:07am by P. Ryan Wilson
Redskins' lineman Jon Jansen revised his original claim that "maybe 15, 20 percent" of NFL players use illegal human growth hormones. "What I meant by it was that it was a small number of players ... Being a football player, I'm not real good at math. When you do the numbers, it sounds like a bigger percentage than it really is. I meant it was a small percentage of guys." Whatever the number, it's an issue new commissioner Roger Goodell will have to address sooner rather than later.
30 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2009, 4:12pm by HGH Human Growth Hormone
06 Sep 2006, 08:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
Alrighty folks, it's haiku time.
31 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 1:01pm by Sundown
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
Mike and Tom review the have-and-have-not western divisions, try to say nice things about the Raiders (again), and wonder how we arrived in a world where the St. Louis Rams are a measuring stick for anyone.