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Irvin Parts Ways With ESPN

Somehow, I think it might have been the other way around, but no matter.

22 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2007, 11:01pm by empty13

Samuel and Briggs Get Franchise Tags

Chicago put the franchise tag on Lance Briggs, New England on Asante Samuel. (The link goes to the Samuel article.) I think it's a good move for both teams, but do you want to know who really benefits from this move? Nate Clements. Let's talk about the law of supply and demand. Demand for a good cornerback who can play in man coverage: High. Supply of good cornerbacks who can play in man coverage: Nate Clements. You do the math. His agent sure has.

28 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2007, 10:34am by dryheat

Bengals Franchise Justin Smith

The Bengals have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Justin Smith, guaranteeing him a salary of $8,644,000 for the 2007 season. Smith, 27, has never had fewer than 5 or more than 8.5 sacks in his six year-career. Playing RDE for the Bengals, teams were eighth at running to left end and seventeenth at running to left tackle opposite him.

35 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2007, 6:58pm by Oldcat

Cowher Joins CBS as Studio Analyst

Bill Cowher will make CBS a five-person pregame show next season as he'll join CBS' "The NFL Today". Any guesses as to how he'll perform?

48 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2007, 10:05am by Mikey Benny

Consider Trading Him (Larry Johnson)

I can't believe I'm writing this, but Jason Whitlock makes a pretty convincing case for trading Larry Johnson (though he may be misjudging Johnson's trade value). And hey, he even cites something about running backs struggling after carrying the ball a bazillion times in a season. Where have we heard that before? (Free registration/bugmenot may be required)

45 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2007, 4:15pm by Darryl

Getting Tough (2004)

Since it's a quiet week here at FO, I decided to link to one of my favorite pieces from the past few years.

John Clayton's an excellent football writer, one of the best in the business. He also has a very nifty faux-library backdrop whenever he appears on ESPN that I'm jealous of.

That being said, this piece about Mike Martz is one of the funniest articles I've ever seen on ESPN that wasn't written by D.J. Gallo. Enjoy.

22 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2007, 7:15pm by Bjorn

TMQ: Another Season of Bad Predictions

This week, it's Gregg Easterbrook's annual Bad Predictions Review. He shows that most of the predictions were very, very wrong. Shocking, I know.

55 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2007, 2:16pm by SteveNC

Chargers Fire Schottenheimer

I have no actual story to link to, and I'm actually sort of supposed to be on vacation this week, but this is on the front page of ESPN.com and the San Diego Chargers website. Didn't they just decide not to fire him? Is the idea, "Well, we need new coordinators now, so let's just replace everyone?" Holy mackerel. (Late note: Now goes to NFL.com story.)

538 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2007, 11:36pm by empty13

Giants Release Arrington, Emmons, Petitgout

Al Bogdan mentioned it in the NFC East thread and now it's official: the Giants have released linebackers LaVar Arrington and Carlos Emmons, and offensive tackle Luke Petitgout. Tiki Barber remains retired, however.

45 comments, Last at 14 Feb 2007, 3:09pm by Kyle

Andy Reid Takes Leave of Absence

Eagles coach Andy Reid will take a leave of absence to deal with family issues. He'll be back before the NFL draft.

84 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2007, 3:22pm by Jeff