01 Aug 2005, 11:50am by Michael David Smith
If Brian Urlacher wanted to portray himself as a wholesome family man, he could have picked a better way than having Paris Hilton sit in his box during a Monday Night Football game. Since becoming a star with the Bears, Urlacher has dated Hilton, gotten a divorce, and had two children out of wedlock. An interesting Chicago Tribune article examines what that will do to his endorsement deals.
16 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2005, 3:31pm by MJB
31 Jul 2005, 10:29pm by P. Ryan Wilson
A reader sends along this link from the Philiadelphia Inquirer that rebuts many of Drew Rosenhaus's claims concerning T.O.'s contract. According to the players union, "...there is nothing in the collective-bargaining agreement that addresses the issue of guaranteed contracts. That is a matter for individual negotiation between teams and players."
15 comments, Last at 02 Aug 2005, 5:27pm by Carl
30 Jul 2005, 12:06am by P. Ryan Wilson
Steve Feldman, Maurice Clarett's agent, gets my vote for the worst player representative on the planet. You see Mr. Feldman, the whole idea of being an agent is to make money for your clients (and yourself) by negotiating sensible contracts. As it stands, Clarett has turned down a $410,000 signing bonus and opted for an incentive-laden deal that offers bupkus in the way of guaranteed money. So, you know, if he doesn't make it out of training camp, he'll leave Denver with a couple of practice jerseys and some bus fare. Good thinking.
16 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2005, 12:57pm by karl
29 Jul 2005, 12:18pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I agree with Phil Simms when he says that the Bills did the right thing by releasing Drew Bledsoe and naming second-year QB J.P. Losman the starter. After that, Simms is on his own. He goes on to say that he believes Losman will be better than Roethlisberger. And while this seems like a stretch, it's not totally implausible -- until you hear Simms' reasoning:
35 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2005, 12:18pm by Mike B.
29 Jul 2005, 12:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Um, no. I know McAllister is a nice fellow with a lot of athletic talent, but this is not an economically efficient use of resources. Eight years, $50 million -- which, in reality, is five years, $28 million, still the second-highest RB contract in history. It reduces McAllister's cap figure this year, but the Saints now have a league-average back taking up a big part of their cap for the next few years after 2005.
93 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2007, 10:29am by someone
29 Jul 2005, 11:56am by Michael David Smith
Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle has been hospitalized after being shot while sitting in his car in Miami. McDougle played at the University of Miami and his brother, Stockar, is an offensive lineman with the Dolphins.
18 comments, Last at 30 Jul 2005, 10:53pm by Goldbach
28 Jul 2005, 12:16pm by Michael David Smith
What if Drew Rosenhaus threw a big party for all his holdouts and no one came? First TO says he'll be at camp, now Javon Walker shows up. I wonder if the Rosenhaus strategy has changed, and now players will participate in camp but threaten to walk before the first game if their demands aren't met. I can't think of any players who have done that, although I remember Priest Holmes threatened to do it before the Chiefs re-did his deal.
28 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2005, 6:30pm by Pat
28 Jul 2005, 09:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
Even though training camps starts Sunday, it's probably too early to start worrying about the Steelers re-signing Hines Ward before the regular season gets underway. Still, Ward has already turned down one offer from the Steelers, and maybe for good reason. Pittsburgh's offer would have made Ward the highest paid player in their history, but would put him "among a tier of receivers just below several of the highest paid in the league."
24 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2005, 6:23pm by Countertorque
28 Jul 2005, 08:58am by Aaron Schatz
No, it is not our intention to link every one of these Peter King postcards, but this one is interesting because somehow Peter King and Len Pasquarelli both wrote about the Falcons on the same day. And yet, they seem to be reporting on two entirely different teams. (The Pasquarelli article is ESPN Insider content.)
36 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2005, 4:28am by masocc
27 Jul 2005, 10:26am by P. Ryan Wilson
When did Evelyn Gardner start playing for the Dolphins? This really isn't news, but given that most of the NFL doesn't officially start training camp until next week, it'll have to do. What's interesting is that Manuel Wright literally joined the team a few weeks ago because Miami got him via the supplemental draft. It's not like he's actually had to go through minicamp and all the off-season conditioning programs that usually lead to grown men crying. On the bright side I guess, at least he didn't end up in Dallas.
26 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2005, 11:03am by Curious George
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?