Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Mar 2007, 09:13pm by Doug Farrar

NFL Announces Compensatory Picks

One of the items on the agenda for the first day of the NFL owner's meetings was releasing the order of compensatory draft picks. Baltimore and New England gained the most, with four each. The 49ers will be one of the busiest teams come draft weekend- they picked up a 3rd and a 4th, which gives them a total of eight picks in the first four rounds. Under terms of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

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100 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2007, 11:50am by gds

26 Mar 2007, 09:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Bills Deal Takeo Spikes to Eagles for Darwin Walker

I find this to be a very interesting trade: Takeo Spikes and Kelly Holcomb to Philadelphia, Darwin Walker and a late-round 2008 pick to the Bills. Spikes was one of the best linebackers in the NFL back in 2003-2004, but lost 2005 to an Achilles injury and was slow in coming back from it in 2006. He's expensive, but if he can get back to 90% of what he was before, he gives the Eagles an upgrade at left outside linebacker, where Dhani Jones just isn't NFL starting quality anymore.

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68 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2007, 10:33am by Pat

26 Mar 2007, 11:26am by Michael David Smith

MMQB: NFL Cracks Down on Misconduct

Peter King writes this week that the NFL is about to get a lot tougher on players who get in trouble off the field.

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80 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2007, 7:30pm by Sid

25 Mar 2007, 04:11pm by Bill Barnwell

Monday Night Jaws

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Joe Theismann is out on Monday Night Football, replaced by... yes, official friend-of-FO Ron Jaworski. Maybe Monday did, actually, just become something worth waiting for. (UPDATE MONDAY: Yep, it's official.)

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80 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2007, 1:03am by SteveNC

24 Mar 2007, 08:57pm by Aaron Schatz

Remembering the San Diego Super Chargers!

Randomly surfing the Web at some point last week, I came across this article on Chad Finn's website about his childhood love of the late 70's-early 80's San Diego Chargers. Consider it a random beam of light during a dark period of NFL nothing-ness between free agency and the draft. Love that Chuck Muncie picture.

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16 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2007, 8:45am by Phil

22 Mar 2007, 03:18pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Torry Holt

What is happening to Torry Holt? Aaron examines his recent struggles. (Click link to read more.)

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21 Mar 2007, 01:47pm by Aaron Schatz

Falcons Deal Schaub to Texans

The Falcons have traded backup quarterback Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans for a second-round pick (#39 overall) and possible other considerations. This gives both teams a clear direction going forward. The Texans have been stumbling around, seemingly without a franchise blueprint. Now they have their quarterback of the future and can concentrate on building the team around him. David "Footsteps" Carr will be gone, and so will the psycho-drama that has floated around him for the last couple of years, since it became clear that he just wasn't going to be a star in Houston.

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208 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2007, 2:08pm by Peter Libero

19 Mar 2007, 03:34pm by Mike Tanier

June Bugged

Cato June racked up 142 tackles last season, but is that an accomplishment of skill by June or an accomplishment of futility by the Colts defense. Mike Tanier explains how all tackles are not created equal. (Click link to read.)

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19 Mar 2007, 11:08am by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Re-working Overtime

Peter King discusses how the NFL might fix overtime. Every year this comes up and every year I suggest reading Michael David Smith's 2003 column on the issue. All together now: AUCTIONS! AUCTIONS! AUCTIONS!

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282 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2007, 9:29pm by Peter Libero

19 Mar 2007, 09:10am by P. Ryan Wilson

The Mystique of the 40-Yard Dash

If you were wondering why players are timed in the 40-yard dash and not, say, the 64-yard dash, Sunday's Dallas Morning News offers a brief history. (Free registration/bugmenot may be required.)

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84 comments, Last at 24 Mar 2007, 7:31pm by Tom Kelso