Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Aug 2005, 10:42am by P. Ryan Wilson

Gates Has Ultimatum to Arrive Saturday

Apparently the quickest way to get holdouts and malcontents into camp is through snail mail. The Eagles sent T.O. a letter last week outlining all his misdeeds. Now, the Chargers have informed TE Antonio Gates via the Postal Service that if he doesn't sign a contract by this Saturday, he'll be suspended at least through the season opener. As long as everybody's sending out letters, maybe someone in Denver should make sure Maurice Clarett gets one too.

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20 comments, Last at 24 Aug 2005, 5:54pm by someone

18 Aug 2005, 10:23am by P. Ryan Wilson

Carries for Clarett Turn to Equipment

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Maurice Clarett signed an incentive-laden contract that didn't include a signing bonus. Which means no guaranteed money. Well, Clarett has missed nearly two weeks of practice due to a groin injury, has fallen to fifth on the depth chart, and is in real danger of getting cut.

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13 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2005, 12:52pm by Will Allen

17 Aug 2005, 05:24pm by Michael David Smith

Chiefs' Kicker Charged in Bar Brawl

Yes, you read that right. The Chiefs' kicker has been arrested for breaking the nose of a bar bouncer. He's been charged with a felony count of substantial battery and one count of misdemeanor battery. He was released on a $15,000 signature bond.

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20 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2005, 5:44pm by RowdyRoddyPiper

17 Aug 2005, 03:00pm by P. Ryan Wilson

The Best There Ever Was?

Tom Brady dons the cover of this month's GQ, and the article provides an interesting glimpse into his life. It's not your typical look at an NFL superstar, but it does offer some unique perspectives you definitely wouldn't get from your local paper. For example, apparently Tom Brady and I have at least one thing in common: we both like internet porn. OK, I've said too much.

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17 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2005, 3:49am by wyote

17 Aug 2005, 10:19am by P. Ryan Wilson

Injury Could Mean Quick Exit for Mitchell

Hey, if Freddie Mitchell gets cut by the Chiefs, maybe the Eagles can sign him! Just kidding. I think. In all seriousness, Dick Vermeil made it clear that the reason Mitchell might not make the roster is because he declined to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee late last month. The surgery would've kept FredEx out for a few weeks, but as it stands, he still can't cut and only recently began running at full speed. For a guy with a history of underperforming, this seems like a curious decision.

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24 comments, Last at 09 Sep 2005, 1:55pm by chris mumby

16 Aug 2005, 02:17pm by Michael David Smith

TMQ: Only Jackson Browne Should Hold Out

Gregg Easterbrook makes the case this week that rookie holdouts might be penny wise but pound foolish. The thinking is that if a player like Phillip Rivers had reported to camp on time last year, he might have been given the Chargers' starting job immediately and ended up making more money in the long run as a starter than he will now that he's going into his second season as a backup.

TMQ also notes that Buffalo Bills cheerleaders are not permitted to have pierced tongues. That's an important piece of information you won't get elsewhere.

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51 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2005, 11:40am by Drew

15 Aug 2005, 11:08pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Ward Ends Holdout, Reports to Steelers

Meet the anti-T.O. Seriously, I wonder if the T.O. soap opera hastened Hines Ward's return to camp even though he still doesn't have a new deal (although the Steelers hope to have one done by the end of the week).

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10 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 12:48pm by john kuhn

15 Aug 2005, 04:13pm by Michael David Smith

Ricky Williams' Net Worth: $230,000

I'm always amazed at how quickly pro athletes can blow through the millions of dollars they earn. Ricky Williams has made $16 million in his pro football career, and his current net worth is $230,000. Even if he's spent $8 million on taxes, agents, and other such fees, how the hell does a guy blow through another $8 million like that?

He spends $100,000 a year on child support for two of his children (the third lives with him) so if he hadn't started playing again he would have been bankrupt very soon even if he hadn't been required to re-pay the Dolphins his signing bonus.

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23 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2005, 9:58am by apocalipstick

15 Aug 2005, 12:57pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Grow Up, T.O.

I don't want Extra Points to become All T.O., All The Time, but I think that Peter King is right on the money in this commentary on the Owens situation. I can't say for sure because I don't play for the Eagles, but it seems like this has gone past Owens vs. ownership and become Owens vs. teammates. All summer long I've been telling people that only the Eagles can beat the Eagles this year, and apparently T.O. has decided to take me up on my challenge. It's frustrating because I would rather be talking about the game on the field.

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180 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2005, 12:50pm by Carl

14 Aug 2005, 03:22pm by Aaron Schatz

I'm the Guy ... The Stats Guy

A lot of people have asked what to expect at a Pro Football Prospectus bookstore event, and this article by Stan Jaksina of Patsfans.com gives you a pretty good idea. I talk a little about how FO got started, I take questions about any player or team that you want to talk about, and I'm a little bit of a goofball. Unfortunately, those who attend PFP events outside of Boston will not get to see Mirinae come up to the podium going "Dada... dada... dada..." but other than that it should be similar.

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22 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2005, 4:02pm by mactbone