Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Mar 2013

Legal Tampering and Releases Open Thread

Here's an open thread to get us through the "legal" tampering hours.

Friday Night/Saturday:

Jaguars release S Dawan Landry and CB Aaron Ross.
Panthers release CB Chris Gamble.
Cardinals release S Adrian Wilson
Bengals re-sign P Kevin Huber.
Dolphins re-sign WR Brian Hartline to five-year deal.
Atlanta agrees to new five-year, $30 million deal with S William Moore.
Pittsburgh to part ways with LB James Harrison.
Arizona releases WR Early Doucet
Kansas City signs CB Dunta Robinson to three-year pact.
RB LeGarrette Blount re-signs with Tampa Bay.
Washington re-signs FB Darrel Young and TE Logan Paulsen to multi-year deals.
New Orleans re-signs DE Junior Gallette to three-year contract.
Buffalo re-signs CB Leodis McKelvin to four-year deal.
San Diego re-ups LS Mike Windt to four-year contract.

Washington re-signs LB Rob Jackson to a one-year deal.
Atlanta re-signs OL Garrett Reynolds to a two-year contract.


Washington agrees to terms with LS Nick Sundberg on four-year deal.
San Diego re-signs K Nick Novak to four-year contract.
Cincinnati re-signs K Mike Nugent to a two-year contract.
Giants reportedly agree to three-year deal with DT Cullen Jenkins.
Bengals re-sign DE Wallace Gilberry to three-year deal.
Rams release S Quintin Mikell.


Washington releases CB DeAngelo Hall.
St. Louis re-signs DT Jermelle Cudjo to two-year deal.
Denver re-signs S David Bruton to three-year deal.
San Francisco re-signs DT Ian Williams to two-year deal.
Dallas releases LB Dan Connor.
Steelers re-sign G Ramon Foster to three-year contract.
Arizona releases RB Beanie Wells.
Denver releases LB D.J. Williams.
Jets sign QB David Garrard.
Arizona re-signs S Rashad Johnson to three-year deal.
G Steve Hutchinson retires.


Jets release NT Sione Pouha.
Panthers release LB James Anderson.
Chargers release DL Antonio Garay.
Chargers release TE Randy McMichael.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 09 Mar 2013

23 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2013, 6:30pm by Jerry


by Israel P. (not verified) :: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 4:59pm

Top three James Harrison memories.

100 yard interception in Super Bowl XLIII

Wiping out Baltimore on national TV in Week 9 of 2007: 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered and one interception.

Disposing of a rowdy Browns fan on the field of play

by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 5:04pm

Or the one where he tackled the Cardinal in the superbowl and punched him while lying on top of him.

Human filth.

by Stats are for losers (not verified) :: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 5:25pm

Or that whole season he spent hitting quarterbacks late and in the head.

by Southern Philly :: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 6:06pm

And when he refused to join his teammates at the White House not because of politics but because:

"This is how I feel -- if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don't win the Super Bowl. As far as I'm concerned, he [Obama] would've invited Arizona if they had won."

Spectacularly dumb.

by drobviousso :: Sun, 03/10/2013 - 1:25pm

Of course, if you kept reading, you'd know that he's actually terrified of flying and only gets on a plane for away games, so when pressed, this is the best excuse he could think up. Passed up a try out with the Raiders when he was unsigned because he didn't want to stay on a plane that long.

by Southern Philly :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 10:59am

This only adds to the notion that James Harrison is a really big idiot.

by countertorque :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 2:42pm

Fear of flying makes someone an idiot? Or are you saying that being too embarrassed to admit to an irrational fear makes someone an idiot?

I'm trying to figure out which large group of humanity you're insulting.

by dbostedo :: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 8:50pm

Is the "human filth" comment purely because of the "punch"? I've never understood the reaction to that play. Yes, it was over the line, but it seemed to me it was a punch of the type o-lineman try to give to d-lineman all the time to knock them off balance. John Madden's comment at the time that Harrison should be thrown out for it didn't make much sense to me. He didn't hit him in the gut (like he might punch someone in a fight) he hit/shoved him to knock him backward. Granted, the Cardinal player was out of the play and just trying to stand back up, hence the penalty; But human filth?

by bengt (not verified) :: Sun, 03/10/2013 - 6:10am

I'm convinced that this specific play is proof that Harrison knows the rules perfectly well and tries to avoid penalties under all circumstances: He blocked(!) an opponent to make sure that he stays out of the play. His last block was fractions of a second after the whistle, hence the late hit penalty. That all of it was retaliation for a guy trying to take out his knees is immaterial. Of course, having such terrible visual memory as the original commenter makes even an attempt at objective analysis futile.

by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 2:45pm

He's also had his pitbulls almost kill his son, his wife, and his maid, and has been arrested for beating his girfriend. Probably not a nice guy.

What is it with Steelers linebackers and their pitbulls getting out and attacking things?

by herewegobrowniesherewego (not verified) :: Sun, 03/10/2013 - 1:57am

Heard from a reliable source that his method of greeting us peons at bars is initially silence on our first hi, then "YOU TRYIN' TOO HARD, MAN!!"

by JonFrum :: Sun, 03/10/2013 - 8:10pm

Human filth is what the Nazis called Jews - before they started killing them by the millions. You do know football is entertainment, right?

by Guest789 :: Sun, 03/10/2013 - 9:18pm

Godwin's law.


“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 7:07am

The ultimate in cheap arguments, comparing someone to Nazis when you don't like the argument.

by Forgetful (not verified) :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:38am

He may be the poster child for the league's crackdown on any defense.

But what is missed is that he was an undrafted free agent, cut by the Steelers, cut by the Ravens. He worked his ass off to be become for a short while the best in the OLB in the league.

by JimZipCode :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:20am

That 2007 Baltimore game did as much as any one game that season, to get Billick fired. They didn't even put up a fight.

Harrison was signed as an Undrafted Free Agent by the Ravens. They cut him in training camp. Oops.

by Jerry :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 6:30pm

His brief stint with the Ravens was after the Steelers had cut him a couple times. Pittsburgh re-signed him after that, and he stuck.

by Karl Cuba :: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 8:27pm

How did Atlanta convince Moore to take only $6 million a year.

How did McKelvin convince the Bills to give him $5 million per year?

The way this negotiating/tampering period is being run it seems that a player is probably leaving if news of them resigning isn't released. Teams are allowed to announce when they reach a deal with their own guys and everyone is negotiating with everyone else so free agents know if they are going to get more elsewhere.

by coboney :: Sun, 03/10/2013 - 10:34pm

The result of this period seems to mostly be that it allows teams to get a feel for the market and give some time for cool down thinking and probably increases the odds of the team retaining their own free agents as they are more likely to hear what the exact offers are you and match, without a player being blown away by another team's coaches or wining and dining

by Steve in WI :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:38am

I need more sleep. For a split second, I saw the first two lines and thought "The Packers released Aaron Rodgers? Surely that's worth a story of its own."

by Never Surrender :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 3:28pm

This Redskins fan and FO reader is especially glad to see DeAngelo Hall gone. $8 million a year(!) saved. Never mind that we don't really have a backup plan yet.

by tomdrees :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 5:17pm

D'Angelo Hall IS a backup plan. They don't have a REPLACEMENT backup plan.

by Ryan D. :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 4:00pm

Update for a Friday item:

Panthers CB Chris Gamble to retire.