Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Feb 2006, 04:46pm by Michael David Smith

McNown Sues Insurance Companies

Cade McNown, the 1999 first-round draft bust of the Chicago Bears, is suing two insurance companies, saying they won't pay him the $5 million he's owed because a disability ended his football career. What I find hilarious is that McNown was once convicted of illegally obtaining handicapped parking placards so that he could park in handicapped spaces. Gee, Cade, do you think maybe you've given these insurance companies a reason to believe you're not being honest about your disability?

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23 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2006, 11:36pm by Catholic Samurai

17 Feb 2006, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith

Aussie Punter Looks to NFL Europe

I love the emerging trend of Australians becoming NFL punters. The latest to give it a shot is Chad Parrish, who will join the Berlin Thunder. The NFL is a long way off from having the global reach of the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. But maybe Australian punters can help the league become more popular elsewhere.

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41 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2006, 2:10pm by senser81

17 Feb 2006, 12:19pm by P. Ryan Wilson

'Just Cut Him'

According to this New York Post story, some members of the Jets' offense think Chad Pennington should get his walking papers. From the article: "I think we should release him; he's too injury-prone," one player said. "He's like an egg back there," another player said, referring to Pennington's fragility. "I mean, look at the ways he's gotten hurt. He hasn't even been hit that hard. The injuries have come from awkward hits and falls. I think we should just cut him."

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136 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2006, 5:13pm by Sean

16 Feb 2006, 02:54pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Truth & Rumors

There are a lot of rumors in today's, uh, Truth & Rumors on CNNSI.com. Among them: Daunte Culpepper, who now represents himself, wants to be traded; the Ravens might franchise Jamal Lewis and send him to Minnesota for Culpepper; despite my best efforts below, Ty Law probably won't end up in New England, but instead has shown interest in joining Miami; and the Raiders might stick with Kerry Collins while the Chargers could let Drew Brees walk.

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31 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2006, 6:52pm by dryheat

16 Feb 2006, 01:25pm by Michael David Smith

Columnist's Pittsburgh Piece Slammed

I've always disliked the sports columns that try to trash a rival city. The Rocky Mountain News published one such column about Pittsburgh as part of its AFC Championship coverage, and now that columnist, Bill Johnson, is being criticized for it. Johnson acknowledges that something he claimed to see on his way to his hotel was actually something he saw on TV, and there are other problems with the column as well.

Hat tip: Romenesko

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16 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2006, 2:45pm by Tim L

16 Feb 2006, 12:00pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Law to Leave Jets After One Season

Meet the starting cornerback for the 2006 New England Patriots!

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22 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2006, 3:30pm by Starshatterer

16 Feb 2006, 09:59am by Michael David Smith

Deion Sanders Retires -- Maybe

Deion Sanders has said he is retiring, although he hasn't officially informed the Ravens or the league. If he is done, the 2011 Hall of Fame class could be a very good one, with Jerome Bettis already retired and Brett Favre, Junior Seau, and Marshall Faulk all considering it. (I assume Jerry Rice is eligible in 2010 since he retired before the 2005 season, although it's possible that participating in the Broncos' training camp would force him to wait a year for Hall eligibility.)

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21 comments, Last at 17 Feb 2006, 5:21pm by mactbone

15 Feb 2006, 09:12pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Leaf to Coach QBs at West Texas A&M

Yeah, I thought this was a headline from the Sports Pickle or the Onion too. But it's for real. Say what you want about Ryan Leaf the NFL football player, but I've heard from a couple of people that he invested wisely, and is pretty much set for life. So even though his career didn't work out, at least he won't end up on the "Where Are They Now?" edition of MTV Cribs.

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35 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2007, 6:55pm by Jerry Kraybill

15 Feb 2006, 07:47pm by Michael David Smith

Jauron: Losman, Holcomb will Compete

I've always hated the idea that a player should get a starting job by virtue of his being a first-round draft choice. It's obvious to anyone who has watched both Kelly Holcomb and J.P. Losman that Holcomb is the better player, and yet last year they split snaps. This year, Jauron says, they'll compete in training camp, and the better player will play. That seems like the right approach to me.

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28 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2006, 6:32pm by BAE27

14 Feb 2006, 10:23pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Warner Signs $18M Deal with Cards

Is Josh McCown so bad that the Cardinals need to sign Kurt Warner to a three-year deal that will pay him $7 million in 2006? Seven million !?! (Thanks to Sid for the pointer)

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84 comments, Last at 17 Feb 2006, 10:46pm by Pedro Villegas