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.
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.
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)
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.)
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.