Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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

21 Aug 2006, 12:09pm by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Trouble Brewing

The subtitle to Peter King's latest reads: "Palmer, Owens, Cowher face preseason controversy." One of these is not like the others. Carson Palmer is coming back from major knee surgery and doesn't want to rush things in preseason. Bill Cowher made his retirement comments to Jerome Bettis back in the spring and he hasn't talked to him since. Terrell Owens wears a helmet while riding a stationary bike and is already giving Bill Parcells migraines. I would say these are three very disparate examples of "controversy."

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76 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2006, 1:24pm by Chris G

21 Aug 2006, 11:46am by P. Ryan Wilson

Saban Shows Allen 'Tough Love' in Win

Note to all Dolphins rookies: Don't get caught looking in the stands for your girlfriend during the game. Coach Saban is watching. He's always watching. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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14 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2006, 8:28pm by dave whorton

20 Aug 2006, 06:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Kevan Barlow to Jets

And to think, we almost put Frank Gore on the cover of the book. This doesn't change Gore's projection much; we already expected him to easily beat out Barlow for the SF starting job. You can drop Cedric Houston down your cheatsheets, finally. Unless Barlow pulls a Lee Suggs and blows his physical...

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40 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2006, 7:28pm by Sid

20 Aug 2006, 12:55pm by P. Ryan Wilson

How A Young Man Lives

As best I can tell, the only difference between the 24-year-old me and Clinton Portis is 50 million bucks.

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16 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2006, 4:32am by The Ninjalectual