Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Jul 2006, 12:00pm by Aaron Schatz

Secrets of the 2006 NFL Season

Good stuff here. I wouldn't mind trying one of those Randy Moss "Ghetto Blaster" shots.

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20 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 12:33am by Vince

30 Jul 2006, 12:37am by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NY Times: N.F.L. Preseason Games Are Meaningful to Some

Another FO appearance in the NY Times, this time discussing some research done by other folks. The preseason, it turns out, might mean something -- if you know where to look. Patrick Allison, by the way, is an FO reader, and the research referenced here will run in an FO guest column later this week. I'll be doing the Times again in a couple weeks, with some penalty research that I didn't get done in time for the book. (Free registration or bugmenot required)

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4 comments, Last at 31 Jul 2006, 10:35am by Ray

30 Jul 2006, 12:08am by P. Ryan Wilson

Sources: Bush Agrees to Deal with Saints

Jay Glazer reports: "Reggie Bush could join his first pro team as early as Sunday. Team sources told FOXSports.com that Bush and the New Orleans Saints agreed in principle on a 6-year deal that is sandwiched between Vince Young's contract at No. 3 and Mario Williams' at No. 1."

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16 comments, Last at 31 Jul 2006, 12:43pm by AA

29 Jul 2006, 11:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Panthers Steve Smith Injured, Carted Off Field

To borrow a phrase from Bill Simmons, fantasy owners everywhere just threw up in their mouths. Ken Lucas could not be reached for comment.

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15 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 12:29am by NF

29 Jul 2006, 09:57am by P. Ryan Wilson

Smith, Team "Shocked" if Lelie Appears

With the new CBA allowing teams to fine holdouts $14,000 a day, it's hard to imagine guys like Ashley Lelie and Deion Branch have a lot of leverage. The latest rumor has Lelie going to the Bears for Thomas Jones. But as Lelie's agent Peter Schaffer points out: "Thomas Jones is one of 500 scenarios that have been discussed ...

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18 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2006, 11:38pm by PerlStalker

28 Jul 2006, 02:46pm by Aaron Schatz

BREAKING NEWS: Willie Roaf Retires

E-mail from Doug Farrar: "Aaron, apparently this year the FO curse has to do with my offensive line article on FOX. Please e-mail them and ask them to delete all references to Walter Jones. Thanks." Seriously, this is a HUGE blow to Kansas City's hopes this year. Profootballtalk.com says that Roaf informed the Chiefs that he was considering this option a few months ago, but does that mean before or after free agency and the draft? Why can't guys make this decision in February?

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45 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2006, 12:16am by Dan

27 Jul 2006, 06:33pm by Michael David Smith

Steelers Sign Exec Colbert Through 2010

Kevin Colbert: Great director of football operations or the greatest director of football operations? The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Colbert, who is in charge of all player personnel and scouting decisions, to a new deal. I don't think front-office types get enough credit (and it makes my head hurt to think that Matt Millen has earned more than any GM in the league over the last six years), and it's nice to see Colbert get some recognition. Now about that contract extension for Bill Cowher...

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16 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2006, 6:41pm by sam_acw

27 Jul 2006, 05:49pm by Aaron Schatz

Reality and Fantasy Don't Mix

Chuck Klosterman says you shouldn't ruin your fantasy football league by making it too real. I would tend to agree. We get people around here saying, "you guys are so serious about football, but fantasy football has nothing to do with actual football." And the answer is yes, we know this, and we like both. I know some people want to try a PAR-based game, and we like the idea of a trial run this year. But if your fantasy league is looking for a way to quantify fullback blocking, or has restricted free agency and salary arbitration, you may be going a bit too far.

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17 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2006, 3:56pm by Mikey

27 Jul 2006, 12:04pm by Aaron Schatz

UPDATE: Bentley Hurts Knee in First Camp Drill, May Be Lost for Season

You have to be kidding me. The first drill? When your big free agent signing is on the ground screaming "No," this is not a good thing. I feel really bad for the Browns and their fans. Reports now say it is a torn patellar tendon, and Bentley will likely miss the entire season.

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40 comments, Last at 12 Aug 2006, 3:23pm by Will Allen

26 Jul 2006, 03:23pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Retirees Battle for Pensions

Last year, the average payout to a retired NFL player was $14,500. The average payout by baseball's pension system to a retired MLB player was $34,000. By the way, the NFL pension doesn't include health insurance. For all the talk about how the NFL is doing a good deed by rebuilding the Superdome and keeping the Saints in New Orleans, might it not be better to let Tom Benson blow his wad on a big stadium in San Antonio while the other 31 owners buy health insurance for all those guys who made them rich in the pre-free agency era?

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20 comments, Last at 06 Jul 2007, 3:08am by murrell hayes