Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Feb 2006, 09:56am by P. Ryan Wilson

Texans Might Trade Top Pick

It's a short story, but still worth a mention: GM Charley Casserly said that the Houston Texans have been talking to other teams about trading the first pick in April's draft. Do you think David Carr would like to see D'Brickashaw Ferguson in a Texans uniform?

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46 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 10:15pm by empty13

24 Feb 2006, 10:04am by Aaron Schatz

Alexander Wants Monster Deal

You have to scroll down for this one, since ProFootballTalk.com doesn't have permalinks. I honestly have nothing to say about Alexander right now but I wanted to point out that Mike Florio used the phrase "running backs are regarded as fungible." Dammit, Mike, fungible is *our* word!

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53 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2006, 7:10pm by Starshatterer

23 Feb 2006, 09:20pm by Michael David Smith

Lions Franchise Jeff Backus

Is there anyone out there who thinks Jeff Backus is worth $7 million a year? I mean, anyone other than Matt Millen? If I were Backus I'd sign this in a heartbeat. Note: This article, and everything else I've seen about Backus today, refers to him as a right tackle. He's not. He's a left tackle.

Elsewhere, Steve Hutchinson, Backus's old Michigan teammate, got the transition tag from Seattle. Is a mediocre tackle really more valuable than one of the two or three best guards in football?

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25 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2006, 10:14pm by Ruben

23 Feb 2006, 03:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson

A Specialist Brings NFL Prospects Up to Speed

With the Combine upon us, it only seems fitting to mention this article in the New York Times. A lot of GMs won't admit to being swayed by a player's performance at the Combine, but it happens. And that's where guys like Tom Shaw comes in. Shaw, a former strength and conditioning assistant in the NFL, runs a two-month camp designed to, "refine prospects skills before the combine and, consequently, improve their standing in the April draft." (free registration/bugmenot required)

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35 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2006, 6:35pm by Reinhard

23 Feb 2006, 10:23am by P. Ryan Wilson

Ravens Choose not to Tag J. Lewis

As it stands, the Ravens don't have a starting running back. They've made it clear they won't put the franchise tag on Jamal Lewis, and Chester Taylor is an unrestricted free agent. In past seasons, the running game took some of the pressure of QB Kyle Boller. Currently, the offensive line needs an overhaul, the defense is aging (or if you're Ray Lewis, aging and asking for a trade), and the running game is now a huge question mark. With eight head coaching jobs available this offseason, maybe Brian Billick would have been better off resigning and starting over somewhere else.

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27 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2006, 1:22am by smashmouth football

22 Feb 2006, 06:46pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Jets Part with Law, Rework Martin & Cut Fiedler

Welcome to the 2006 New York Jets: Extreme Makeover Edition. Ty Law, Jay Fiedler, Jason Fabini and Jerald Sowell are gone; Curtis Martin restructures his contract, and Chad Pennington still awaits his fate.

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24 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2006, 10:00am by finster

22 Feb 2006, 05:58pm by Aaron Schatz

Colts Take Wayne off the Market

Well, that takes care of the best available wide receiver, not counting T.O. It's a six-year deal, $13.5 million in bonus money. Like most NFL contracts, I have no idea how much money that really ends up as. I also don't know how the Colts manage to fit all these offensive stars under the cap -- if someone knows a link to a page with Indy salary cap data, please put it in the comments. This also means that the Colts don't have to tag Wayne as the franchise player, so they could tag Edgerrin James for one more year if they felt like it.

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46 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2006, 3:35pm by JAT

22 Feb 2006, 11:47am by P. Ryan Wilson

NFL's Great Divide

I've gotten several emails about the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, but to be honest, I haven't given it much thought (think ostrich sticking its head in the sand). Anyway, here's a quick primer: "Future labor problems really wouldn't roost until the 2007 season; and revenue sharing continues to be the troubling divide between owners and players." The linked article is from February 4, but it's sure to be dated, although there doesn't seem to be a whole lot on the subject.

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57 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2006, 7:15am by Mr Shush

22 Feb 2006, 10:51am by P. Ryan Wilson

Lewis May Have Regrets About '02

According to the article, "the Ravens encouraged [Ray] Lewis to go with a shorter-term contract that would have allowed him to become a free agent this season ... But Lewis wanted the prestige of a then-NFL record $19 million signing bonus that came along with the seven-year deal." And according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Lewis pitched his skills to some Chargers team members at the Pro Bowl. Lost in all this talk about Lewis being unhappy is the little fact that he's the highest paid MLB this season, and is scheduled to make $5.5M in '06, and $6.5M in '07 and '08.

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9 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2006, 9:04pm by Tally

21 Feb 2006, 10:57am by P. Ryan Wilson

Culpepper Option?

It looks like the Miami Dolphins have entered the Daunte Culpepper sweepstakes and " ... one source said the price for Culpepper will be more than the second-round pick" reported last week. The Fins are also still looking at Steve McNair and Patrick Ramsey. Nick Saban likes Vandy QB Jay Cutler, but fears he may be off the board by the 16th pick. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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44 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2006, 10:05pm by Howard Roark