Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Apr 2009, 09:45pm by Vincent Verhei

Bears Add Orlando Pace

"On the same day the Chicago Bears added a new quarterback, they got someone to protect him." That's the lead on the ESPN story, and I can't top it. Before everyone in Chicago gets too excited, remember that Pace has not played a full season since 2005. He did play in 14 games last year, though, and 33 is not terribly old for an offensive tackle.

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31 comments, Last at 06 Apr 2009, 2:57pm by Will Allen

31 Mar 2009, 09:28am by Vincent Verhei

Four Downs: AFC West

Our story begins with a very wealthy cornerback, stops in Denver and Kansas City where defensive help is still needed, and winds up in San Diego for some peace and quiet. Vince Verhei looks at the AFC West.

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16 Mar 2009, 05:28am by Vincent Verhei

DeMaurice Smith Named Head Of NFLPA

DeMaurice Smith, a 45-year-old D.C.-based attorney, has been voted new executive director of the NFL Players' Association. Smith beat out three other candidates, including former players Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong. The two most pressing issues facing Smith: Taking better care of retired players, and getting a new deal done with the league to prevent a work stoppage in 2011.

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10 comments, Last at 16 Mar 2009, 10:46pm by Jerry

14 Mar 2009, 02:38pm by Vincent Verhei

Seahawks Trade Peterson For Lions' Redding

After refusing to take a pay cut, linebacker Julian Peterson was traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Detroit Lions for defensive end/tackle Cory Redding. The Seahawks will also get the Lions' fifth-round draft pick in the deal.

Peterson was arguably Seattle's best defender last year, finishing second on the team in tackles and third in sacks. The linked story describes Redding as "a talented young player who is still in his prime," but he's 28 years old -- at this point, what you see is what you get, and he's not likely to get any better. He is 2 1/2 years younger than Peterson, though.

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25 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2009, 4:04pm by tuluse

09 Mar 2009, 03:25am by Vincent Verhei

McFadden Leaves One Super Bowl Team For The Other

Former Pittsburgh cornerback Bryant McFadden has signed with Arizona. Two years, $10 million. $5 million in the first year, so I assume that's guaranteed. This could be a big deal for the Cardinals -- if McFadden can beat out Rod Hood for a starting job and bump Hood down to nickel back, they will be stronger at both positions.

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10 comments, Last at 09 Mar 2009, 8:38pm by CowWithBeef

02 Mar 2009, 03:20pm by Vincent Verhei

Audibles: Free Agency 2009

The FO staff looks at who cashed in and who missed out. Plus: How screwed up are the finances of the NFL Draft?

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80 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2010, 5:34am by Damier Azur

27 Feb 2009, 03:52pm by Vincent Verhei

Mike Vrabel Traded to Chiefs?

ESPN's Tim Graham is reporting that Mike Vrabel is in Kansas City taking a physical prior to being traded to the Chiefs. Graham notes Chief's GM Scott Pioli's background in New England, and suggests that Matt Cassell will be next.

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19 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2009, 1:06pm by MC2

17 Feb 2009, 12:55pm by Vincent Verhei

Four Downs: NFC West

Vince Verhei tours the NFC West, taking a close look at Arizona's coordinator woes, Chris Long's progression, Vernon Davis' recession, and Jim Mora's future.

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45 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2009, 3:17pm by phildo

16 Feb 2009, 09:20pm by Vincent Verhei

Bengals Use Franchise Tag On Kicker

They may lose T.J. Houshmandzadeh to free agency, but they'll still have Shayne Graham, darn it. The Bengals were sixth in kicking for points in 2005, 11th in '06, eighth in '07, and 13th last year.

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20 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2009, 6:54pm by Amp

15 Feb 2009, 12:27am by Vincent Verhei

Do Not Deprive Jeff Reed Of Towels

Based on his Guy Fieri hairdo alone, Pittsburgh's Jeff Reed was already one of the most consistently entertaining kickers in the league. Now comes word that during a trip to a Pennsylvania convenience store at about 3 a.m., Reed discovered that the paper towel dispenser was empty. He responded by destroying said dispenser and cursing out the attendant. He's facing potential penalties of up to $300 in fines and -- seriously -- 90 days in jail.

So who should play Jeff Reed in the Jeff Reed movie? Johnny Knoxville? Adam Sandler? (He could redo the "lonesome kicker" song for the soundtrack.)

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24 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2009, 9:54am by Dean