Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Aug 2006, 01:45pm by Michael David Smith

What's With These One-Day Contracts?

You know what really grinds my gears? All these guys signing one-day contracts. Among the guys who have been reported to sign one-day contracts to retire with a team are Jerry Rice, Junior Seau, Derrick Alexander, Randall Godfrey, and Tim Brown. Am I the only one who doubts whether they're signing them at all? What, exactly, is the point? It's obviously not a real contract: as Mike Florio has pointed out, these teams don't have any extra roster space to add a player for a day.

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34 comments, Last at 28 Aug 2006, 8:48pm by roneld

25 Aug 2006, 11:17am by Aaron Schatz

Tennessee: Corner Depth a Concern

Whenever someone asks me about Pac-Man Jones, I tell them what the book says -- he had a much better rookie year than people realize, and he has a great instinct for the game, but he needs maturity. It looked like he had really grown up in training camp this year, until he went and got himself arrested again last night.

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16 comments, Last at 28 Aug 2006, 12:22pm by Tom Kelso

24 Aug 2006, 11:32am by Aaron Schatz

Scifres Happy to Leave 'Em Hanging

Let us now praise great punters. Not ROBO-PUNTERs, but great punters nonetheless.

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35 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2006, 3:11pm by Shane S.

24 Aug 2006, 11:02am by P. Ryan Wilson

Duckett's Arrival Is a Cause for Concern

It looks like everybody in the Redskins organization is happy with the T.J. Duckett trade except for his new backfield mates. Coach Joe Gibbs says not to worry, however, because all the running backs are making the team and all will contribute. So Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright and Mike Sellers, your jobs are safe ... for now. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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15 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2006, 9:27am by Rob

23 Aug 2006, 12:19pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Branch Breaks Silence, Confident Deal Will 'Work Out'

Tom Brady might be the happiest person on the planet right now. Closely followed by Reche Caldwell.

UPDATE: Uh, maybe I got a little ahead of myself on this one; the Pats released the following statement today: “The New England Patriots have given Deion Branch permission to seek a trade and negotiate a contract with other clubs. This permission will extend until September 1, 2006.� Deion Branch's agent might want to start working on that resume.

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37 comments, Last at 28 Aug 2006, 11:45am by Kevin11

22 Aug 2006, 11:29pm by Aaron Schatz

Three-Way Deal Sends Duckett to Washington, Lelie to Atlanta

The Washington Redskins have traded a third-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for running back T.J. Duckett. The Falcons then turned around and traded a third-round choice to Denver for wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Does this mean Portis' injury is more serious than first reported? Lelie is an interesting replacement for Brian Finneran but it seems to me that he duplicates Roddy White's strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps with Vick's arm strength, maybe it is best to have two deep threats. Anyway, I'm off to screw with KUBIAK yet again...

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134 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2006, 7:05pm by Sid

22 Aug 2006, 03:54pm by Aaron Schatz

Carroll Injury Report: Portis

Yes, the rumors are true. Will Carroll's injury column will no longer be appearing at Football Outsiders; instead, he's moved on to the greener pastures of ESPN.com. However, even though Will is no longer part of Football Outsiders, he's still part of Football Outsiders. Huh? The explanation: He won't be writing for us during the season, but he'll still be contributing to Pro Football Prospectus 2007. We're here to provide him with things like similarity scores and he's around when the FO staff has injury questions.

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25 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2006, 11:44pm by Otis the Pug

22 Aug 2006, 01:25pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ Hoops It Up

This week, Gregg Easterbrook devotes most of his column to ... basketball? "Tuesday Morning Quarterback considers basketball roughly 1 percent as interesting as football. And so each year, in the doldrums of August, TMQ devotes one percent of the column's annual line length to roundball issues." Free Darko! Oh wait.

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40 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2006, 11:30pm by BillWallace

22 Aug 2006, 12:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Deion Sanders Joins NFL Network

The NFL Network just jumped the shark.

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17 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2006, 11:15am by Will Allen

22 Aug 2006, 09:58am by P. Ryan Wilson

Gumbel's Job Status Unclear After Remark

With the subtlety of a two-by-four to the back of the noggin, Evil Gumbel is already in the NFL doghouse for comments he made about the head of the players union and he has yet to collect his first paycheck. Instead of losing his job, his penance could be working with Joe Theismann for an entire season. Then maybe he'd think twice before opening his mouth.

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173 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2006, 9:32pm by Pat