14 Mar 2006, 12:14pm by Michael David Smith
The Detroit Lions have given a pair of $2 million signing bonuses to receiver Corey Bradford and receiver/return specialist Eddie Drummond. I have two observations:
1. With these two signings, it's going to be tough for the Lions to find roster space for Santonio Holmes, whom we all know they're going to pick in the first round of this year's draft.
2. If the folks at the Detroit Free Press can't prevent every mug shot from looking hideous, why don't they just stop using mug shots?
UPDATE: The Lions have also added quarterback Jon Kitna.
49 comments, Last at 15 Mar 2006, 9:11pm by Michael David Smith
14 Mar 2006, 10:52am by P. Ryan Wilson
Does anybody else wonder how the Redskins spend wads of cash in free agency only to basically do it again twelve months later and still stay under the salary cap? This article offers some insight.
28 comments, Last at 21 Mar 2006, 6:32pm by J
13 Mar 2006, 03:17pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Peter King thinks Paul Tagliabue deserves to be in the Hall of Fame when it's all said and done, and he also has some thoughts on the first weekend of free agency.
47 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2006, 11:11pm by mactbone
13 Mar 2006, 11:01am by Al Bogdan
We've set up a Yahoo! NCAA bracket pool for FO readers. I came in second in the pool two years ago, which shows just how little our fanbase knows about college basketball. No prize, other than bragging rights. If this group fills up, I'll start another one. Group ID: 63739. Password: dvoa.
34 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2006, 9:46pm by Trogdor
13 Mar 2006, 09:02am by Al Bogdan
Looks like Seattle will be losing All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson. The Seahawks had placed the transition tag on Hutchinson, giving them the right to match any contract offers Hutchinson signed elsewhere. Minnesota is doing everything in their power to make sure Seattle can't match this deal, by including $16 million in guaranteed money in the deal and, according to ProFootballTalk.com, a 2006 cap hit of over $13 million.
102 comments, Last at 21 Mar 2006, 12:54am by andrew
13 Mar 2006, 12:59am by P. Ryan Wilson
With Chester Taylor inking a deal with the Vikings, the Ravens sign Mike Anderson to a four-year contract thought to be worth roughly $8 million (with a $2 million bonus). And Jamal Lewis is still unemployed. (free registration/bugmenot required)
Update: Check that. Jamal Lewis is no longer unemployed -- he just signed a three-year deal with the Ravens.
22 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2006, 12:29pm by Tom Kelso
12 Mar 2006, 06:10pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Antwaan Randle El turned down an $8 million bonus from the Bears to sign a six-year contract worth $31 million (and $10 million in bonuses) with the Redskins.
78 comments, Last at 16 Mar 2006, 8:49am by Eorr
12 Mar 2006, 04:52pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Edgerrin James is now an Arizona Cardinal, signing a four-year, $30 million deal. According to the AP, "James will receive $11.5 million in bonus money, making his first year compensation $14.75 million, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The remaining $15.25 million will be paid out over the final three years of the deal."
56 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2006, 2:36pm by DaveR
12 Mar 2006, 04:14pm by Al Bogdan
This is it, isn't it? The ultimate test of Mike Shanahan's genius. How good is his offensive line scheme? Can he build a successful running game around a back that can't hit a hole unless it is directly in front of him? If Ron Dayne can gain 1000+ yards in Shanahan's system, Denver should just stop drafting or signing running backs altogether. I'd suggest a weekly radio contest where the 7th caller gets to be the starting tailback that week.
20 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2006, 3:27am by PDBIP
11 Mar 2006, 03:29pm by Michael David Smith
Wow. I can't remember a team ever improving its offensive line in one fell swoop like the Cleveland Browns just have, adding, in my opinion, the best center and the best tackle available in free agency, LeCharles Bentley and Kevin Shaffer.
Note: All those reports about Bentley joining the Eagles were premature. Is it just me, or does it seem like every time the entire football media gets a story like this wrong, Len Pasquarelli is the one who ends up getting it right?
58 comments, Last at 23 Mar 2006, 5:30pm by Ha ha ha
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.