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11 Mar 2006, 03:29pm by Michael David Smith

Browns Add LeCharles Bentley, Kevin Shaffer

Wow. I can't remember a team ever improving its offensive line in one fell swoop like the Cleveland Browns just have, adding, in my opinion, the best center and the best tackle available in free agency, LeCharles Bentley and Kevin Shaffer.

Note: All those reports about Bentley joining the Eagles were premature. Is it just me, or does it seem like every time the entire football media gets a story like this wrong, Len Pasquarelli is the one who ends up getting it right?

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58 comments, Last at 23 Mar 2006, 5:30pm by Ha ha ha

10 Mar 2006, 10:09pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Brees Vows to Come Back 'Better Than Ever'

Drew Brees angry. Drew Brees no like A.J. Smith. From the article: "If I leave and go somewhere else and be very successful like I plan on doing, they have a lot to lose," Brees added. "I guess in a way, I've laid my butt on the line for them a lot in the last five years. There have been ups and downs, and I laid my butt on the line. I wish there was somebody there who would lay their butt on the line for me, besides the head coach and the players ... Did A.J. draft me? No. Did A.J. draft Philip? Enough said."

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23 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2006, 3:08am by PDBIP

10 Mar 2006, 08:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Raiders Cut Collins, Culpepper and Moss to Reunite?

The Raiders have released QB Kerry Collins, thus saving roughly $9 million against the cap, and John Clayton reports that the Vikings are trying to work a trade that would reunite Daunte Culpepper with Randy Moss.

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53 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2006, 4:20pm by empty13

10 Mar 2006, 05:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson

The NFL Network's Brilliant Idea

The report that Ryan Leaf could serve as an analyst for the NFL Network on draft day is infinitely more newsworthy than the new CBA or impending free agency. By a long shot.

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27 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2006, 11:34pm by Paulo Sanchotene, Brazil

10 Mar 2006, 11:16am by P. Ryan Wilson

Walker to Packers: Trade Me

Just for laughs, maybe the Vikings should trade Daunte Culpepper to the Packers for Javon Walker.

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54 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2006, 2:48pm by empty13

10 Mar 2006, 10:53am by P. Ryan Wilson

Eagles' Deactivation of Owens Stands

According to the new CBA, teams can't just go out and "Keyshawn" players anymore, they have to keep them on the roster or cut them. And they can't make players return signing bonuses for misbehavior either. The owners and the union did agree to close the Maurice Clarett loophole, now requiring, "... a player be at least three years removed from high school to be eligible for the NFL draft". No word on the Maurice Clarett contract, which if amended, would disallow players from signing incentive-laden deals sans any guaranteed money. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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22 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2006, 8:59pm by Dervin

09 Mar 2006, 08:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Sources: Tagliabue Comtemplating Retirement

If Tags does retire -- and who can blame him at this point -- he'll probably be remembered as one of the most successful commissioners in professional sports.

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13 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2006, 10:45am by Pat

09 Mar 2006, 08:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Waiting is the Hardest Part

Brett Elliot has a blog. Who is Brett Elliot you ask? He's the guy who started ahead of Alex Smith at Utah before a wrist injury forced him to the bench and later led to him transferring to D-III Linfield. He offers a unique perspective into the draft -- through the eyes of a player who is just trying to get noticed. I've never seen Elliot play, but if Bob Davie doesn't like him, then he probably has some talent. (Thanks to Deadspin for the pointer)

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5 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2006, 3:58pm by andy b

09 Mar 2006, 12:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Patriots Cut Ties with McGinest

An unnamed source told the Boston Globe that, "McGinest's name appeared on the list of veterans released after the CBA extension was announced Wednesday night," even though the Patriots were not struggling to get under the new cap figure of $102 million. It sounds like the Patriots would like to re-sign Willie McGinest at a more reasonable salary, but I wouldn't be surprised if both he and David Givens ended up in Cleveland.

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58 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2006, 8:40pm by thad

08 Mar 2006, 10:44pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Owners Approve Labor Deal

No details yet about whether the deal differed from the union's last "official" proposal, but apparently the only teams voting against were Cincinnati and Buffalo. Free agency starts at 12:01 am Friday.

Meanwhile, a sigh of relief goes up in the Schatz household at the news there will be no NFL labor stoppage in 2008.

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91 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2006, 3:55am by bravehoptoad