Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

04 Aug 2005, 05:15pm by Michael David Smith

Most Insignificant Trade Ever?

It seems like when I was a kid, trades in sports were usually just one player for one other player. That's not the case anymore. So I link to this with a sense of nostalgia. And even more, I link to it because of the way Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell described the trade of cornerback Kris Richard to the Dolphins for defensive end Ronald Flemons:

"Obviously, it's not a world-beater trade."

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21 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2005, 11:50am by Duane

04 Aug 2005, 09:52am by P. Ryan Wilson

Chad Johnson Vows To Burn Steelers

As far as trash-talking goes, this is pretty funny. Chad Johnson is already giving the Steelers' secondary the business and it's barely August. And he also has a new nickname: 7-Eleven (because he's always open). Of course no NFL story would be complete without a mention of Drew Rosenhaus, who also happens to be Johnson's agent: "In 2003, Johnson received a $10 million bonus that was part of a $25 million extension.

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32 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2005, 2:37pm by OMO

03 Aug 2005, 12:32pm by Michael David Smith

Lions Sign Millen to Five-Year Extension

The Detroit Lions have announced the deal on their Web site, with no details, just a picture of Matt Millen and team owner William Clay Ford sitting together on a golf cart. I think Ford is saying, "You know, Matt, we've had the worst record in the league since you've been here." And Millen is saying, "That's true, but I do have those incriminating pictures of you."

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66 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2005, 9:12pm by MDS

02 Aug 2005, 10:46pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Neon Deion Camps Out At Training Camp

Deion Sanders has been suspended for using steroids by Major League Baseball retroactive to his days with the Yankees and Braves (post-Jheri curl, pre-Tim McCarver incident). OK, not really. But when asked about Rafael Palmeiro's recent troubles, Sanders did admit that right before he came out of retirement last summer, "he received medical treatment for an ankle he hurt while playing basketball. When he took his Ravens' physical, steroids were detected in his system."

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11 comments, Last at 05 Aug 2005, 2:28am by marc

02 Aug 2005, 01:57pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Haynesworth Has No Sympathy For Jones

2002 first-round pick Albert Haynesworth has some good advice for 2005 first-round pick Pacman Jones: avoid holdouts and get to camp on time. Of course Jones isn't around to benefit from Haynesworth's counsel because he's, well, holding out. Other than the developing Jones saga however, it seems like teams have had much more success signing their top picks than in years past.

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5 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2005, 8:37pm by Kuato

02 Aug 2005, 01:18pm by Al Bogdan

Patriots Agree to New Deal for Holdout DL Seymour

Sorry holdout fans, Richard Seymour will be reporting to Patriot camp on Wednesday. At least you still have Brian Westbrook and Hines Ward staying away from camp looking for new deals.

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18 comments, Last at 05 Aug 2005, 1:33am by MarkB

01 Aug 2005, 11:50am by Michael David Smith

Urlacher May Have to Defend Endorsement Deals

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.

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16 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2005, 3:31pm by MJB

31 Jul 2005, 10:29pm by P. Ryan Wilson

T.O.'s Agent Is More Talk Than Action

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."

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15 comments, Last at 02 Aug 2005, 5:27pm by Carl

30 Jul 2005, 12:06am by P. Ryan Wilson

Clarett Takes High-Risk, High-Reward Road Again

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.

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16 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2005, 12:57pm by karl

29 Jul 2005, 12:18pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Losman Enters A Solid Situation

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:

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35 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2005, 12:18pm by Mike B.