Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Aug 2008, 02:06pm by Vincent Verhei

Panthers Suspend Steve Smith For Two Games

Note to all NFL players: Do not try to punch out a teammate on the practice field. After busting up cornerback Ken Lucas earlier this week, Smith was suspended by the Panthers for the first two games of the regular season. He'll miss the opener at San Diego, where Carolina will be underdogs with or without him, but he'll also miss the home opener against Chicago, and that could turn a win into a loss.

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37 comments, Last at 06 Aug 2008, 7:32pm by Criag

16 Jun 2008, 11:55pm by Vincent Verhei

Vegas Cops Find Javon Walker Unconscious

Walker was found at 7:19 a.m. unconscious on the streets of Las Vegas, the victim of an apparent robbery. He is currently at Sunrise Hospital with "significant injuries." Not much else is known at this time.

UPDATE: Walker has been listed in fair condition and apparently has a fractured orbital bone.

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44 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2008, 4:53pm by Chris

02 Jun 2008, 05:41pm by Vincent Verhei

Pacman Jones Reinstated — For Now

"Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adam 'Pacman' Jones on Monday that, effective immediately, he may participate in organized team activities with the Dallas Cowboys, including training camp and preseason games.

In a letter to Jones, Goodell wrote that a final determination on his reinstatement for the 2008 regular season will be made by Sept. 1."

The seven or eight of you who were unfortunate enough to catch Jones' appearances in TNA wrestling no doubt have his insipid theme song stuck in your head right now.

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35 comments, Last at 06 Jun 2008, 8:03pm by RickD

20 May 2008, 06:25pm by Vincent Verhei

Cowboys Ink Barber, Newman to Long-Term Deals

Boy, that CBA vote sure set the dominoes in motion. Cornerback Terence Newman: six years, $50.2 million, $22.5 million guaranteed. Running back Marion Barber: seven years, $45 million, $16 million guaranteed. There was some debate among the Outsiders about the wisdom of investing so much money in a running back, but Barber is young (he turns 25 next month), he has never carried more than 204 times in a season, and the Cowboys have Felix Jones to ensure that Barber is never struck by the Curse of 370.

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15 comments, Last at 24 May 2008, 2:22am by Bobman

20 May 2008, 04:56pm by Vincent Verhei

Ryan, Third Pick, Gets More Money Than Long, First Pick

Jake Long's deal: Five years, $57.75 million, $30 million guaranteed.
Matt Ryan's deal: Six years, $72 million, $34.75 million guaranteed.

Ryan is a quarterback and Long is a tackle, and that obviously plays a part in this. But as Peter King notes, "NFL teams had been trying to hold down rookie salaries this year ... But $34 million guaranteed for the third pick will surely draw the ire of other teams and general managers trying to hold the line."

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31 comments, Last at 30 May 2008, 5:08pm by pastorfrank

09 May 2008, 05:55pm by Vincent Verhei

Ravens Lose Sypniewski to Knee Injury

Tight end Quinn Sypniewski will miss the 2008 season after tearing a knee ligament in a training camp collision with linebacker Antwan Barnes. This is terrible news for Sypniewski, obviously, but the Ravens shouldn't have much trouble finding a replacement -- Sypniewski ranked 41st in DVOA and dead last in DPAR last season. Teammate Todd Heap ranked 14th in DVOA, so you can't blame Sypniewski's poor ranking on the quarterbacks.

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11 comments, Last at 13 May 2008, 2:01pm by Tom D

07 May 2008, 01:46am by Vincent Verhei

Giants Lock Up David Diehl

The basics: six years, $31 million. The intrigue: "The key to the deal is annual escalator clauses that increase Diehl's salaries between $750,000 and $1.1 million a year as long as he plays offensive tackle." 2007 was Diehl's first season at left tackle (he had played left guard previously), and the team was obviously happy with his performance -- but they've left themselves an out in case he slips.

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23 comments, Last at 17 May 2008, 9:12am by Chris

05 May 2008, 05:21pm by Vincent Verhei

Four Downs: NFC West

Vince Verhei has your post-draft look at the NFC West, where the Seahawks and Cardinals are looking for defense, the 49ers are looking for linemen, and the Rams are looking for Beavers.

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52 comments, Last at 12 May 2008, 5:01pm by Curt

04 May 2008, 07:35pm by Vincent Verhei

Emmitt Smith has Advice for Pacman Jones

"As long as you're not killing anybody, getting anybody shot at and going to jail, then I don't have any issues." Note to Emmitt: Pacman has gone to jail, and he has gotten somebody, not just shot at, but shot. He hasn't killed anyone that we know of, but would it really be a surprise? Emmitt also says that Jones "understands the do's and don'ts, the rights and wrongs." I honestly don't think he does.

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41 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2012, 12:17pm by james sparker

01 May 2008, 12:33pm by Vincent Verhei

2008 Draft Report Card Report

It's time to evaluate the evaluators as we look at the reactions of draft observers. Which teams scored low? Which teams scored high? Who caused the most disagreement? And is there anyone out there who didn't like Kansas City's draft? (Spoiler: No.)

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71 comments, Last at 07 May 2008, 5:15pm by TheDudeAbides