07 Apr 2006, 11:35am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Pats have signed Martin "Automatica" Gramatica to compete for the kicking job now that Adam Vinatieri has left for Field Turfier pastures. The fact that Gramatica wasn't given the job outright further reinforces the argument that when your nickname is "Automatica" you're setting yourself up to fail. Apparently the Patriots are also interested in Ohio State's Josh Huston, who will hold a workout Monday. In other news, New England signed their 1998 first round pick Tebucky Jones, currently giving them the largest collection of mediocre secondary talent on one team.
35 comments, Last at 12 Apr 2006, 5:37pm by PatsFan
06 Apr 2006, 08:27pm by Michael David Smith
I don't want to overreact to a relatively minor trade, but when the Saints, sitting at No. 2 in the draft, trade the player who was projected to start at left tackle, it's reasonable to think they might be considering D'Brickashaw Ferguson in the first round.
32 comments, Last at 08 Apr 2006, 3:06pm by emcee fleshy (atl)
06 Apr 2006, 02:00pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's your link, discuss. Both NFL Network and ESPN are running two-hour specials on the schedule release. At first I thought this meant it would be released gradually, but no, the whole thing is now out but they're going to spend two whole hours just talking about it. A few things I notice at first:
* There are now only seven bye weeks, not eight. SIX teams have bye weeks in Weeks 6 and 7. This is going to seriously screw up some fantasy football teams.
* Saints first game back in New Orleans is Monday Night Football on September 25 (Week 3).
111 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2006, 9:51pm by Mentos
06 Apr 2006, 09:47am by P. Ryan Wilson
Huh. I didn't know that "unauthorized footage of [NFL] games appearing on the internet" was a problem. And even if it is, how do banning local television crews fix anything?
13 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2006, 8:51pm by Nathan
05 Apr 2006, 04:24pm by Michael David Smith
Eagles fans probably won't be feeling much peace on earth or good will toward men. Terrell Owens is coming to town this Christmas.
45 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2006, 1:06am by Dervin
05 Apr 2006, 03:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In the wake of Willie McGinest, David Givens, Adam Vinatieri and even Tom Ashworth signing lucrative contracts with other teams, the Globe's Mike Reiss offers some perspective: "[Ashworth signing with the Seahawks] shows how a team can develop a player -- Ashworth was a rookie free agent/practice squad guy when he arrived in New England -- and make him a targeted free agent. The Patriots must feel like the Ashworth signing (David Givens, too) validates their program and coaching.
19 comments, Last at 06 Apr 2006, 3:55pm by TomG
04 Apr 2006, 04:41pm by Michael David Smith
Daunte Culpepper was cleared Tuesday of misdemeanor charges stemming from the infamous boat party. A judge ruled there wasn't probable cause to determine a crime was committed by Culpepper, one of four Minnesota Vikings accused of misdemeanor lewd conduct during the cruise last fall on a suburban lake
32 comments, Last at 06 Apr 2006, 2:08pm by Brian
04 Apr 2006, 02:09pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Given that 37-year-old Brad Johnson is currently penciled in as the starter, a deal for Matt Schaub makes sense. The article reports that the Vikings might have to part with their first round pick (17th overall), but Schaub is probably worth it and a much safer investment than any of the Big Three, none of whom could be around when Minnesota picks.
52 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2006, 5:33pm by Basilicus
04 Apr 2006, 09:37am by Aaron Schatz
Billy Volek, your life is calling. Apparently the Titans will not allow Steve McNair to work out with the team anymore until they resolve his $24 million salary cap number. In other words, the Titans will be resolving McNair's $24 million salary cap number by releasing him. Why else would they do this? It's not exactly a good faith negotiation tactic. Then again, Jeff Fisher is quoted as saying things are blown out of proportion. But if McNair is waived now, where does he end up?
26 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2006, 3:25pm by Bright Blue Shorts
Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.