Time for the sixth installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  There sure has been a lot of movement.  Click here for links to past reports. 

Brendon Ayanbadejo 
Brendon signed a four-year, $4.9 million deal with Baltimore.  He will help their Special Teams as he has been named to two Pro Bowls for his Special Team’s play.  He will also take some snaps at Inside Linebacker.

Landon Johnson
The last thing Cincinnati’s defense needed was to lose a starting linebacker.  Too bad because Carolina snatched him up.  He had 109 tackles last year and has 398 in his four year career.  He signed for three years and $10 million. 

Brandon Lloyd
Chicago is going to give Lloyd a shot.  He was awful in Washington, but was solid in San Francisco.  With Berrian gone, he could play a decent role for Chicago, although their QB play is awful.   

Tony Richardson
Tony signed with the Jets to lead the way for Thomas Jones, and the young Running Back they take in the draft.  With the way they have built their line and adding the guy who paved the way for Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, and Adrian Peterson, you just know that RB is something they will address in the draft.  There is some speculation that the RB they end up with will be Darren McFadden.

Ben Troupe
Ben was another one of the Tennessee players to leave.  He is heading Southeast to Tampa Bay.  He signed a two-year deal with the Bucs.  He only caught five passes last year, but two years ago he grabbed 55 for 530 yards.

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Friday Tidbits 3/7/08

7 March 2008

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Kobe Bryant poured in 52 points in a win over Dallas.  Anything you can do, I can do better.  LeBron went for 50 and added 10 aasists and 8 rebounds.  Minnesota bought out Theo Ratliff’s contract, and he quickly joined Detroit.  Like C-Webb and J-Kidd Theo’s career has come full circle.  The Sixers cut Gordon Giricek.  Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists in a win over Charlotte. Chris Paul matched him in a win over Utah.  Miami won another game.  Danny Granger was suspended a game for busting Andres Nocioni.  Dwight Howard had 26 points and 22 rebounds in a win over New York.  Deron Williams handed out 19 assists in a win over Memphis and 20 against Dallas.  Yao’s out, but Houston keeps winning.  Make it 17 straight. Zydrunas Ilgauskas has a bad back that cost him some games.  Chris Bosh will sit out a few games with a sore knee.  Sam Cassell joined the Celtics.  Miami lost Dorell Wright for the year (knee). Chris Andersen, who oddly looks like a long-haired version of my friend Eddie D, was reinstated by the league following a drug suspension.  Gilbert Arenas has been cleared to return to practice.  Gordon Giricek signed with the Suns.  The Spurs won their tenth straight game.  Chris Webber is out of action because of a sore knee.  Tyronn Lue signed with the Mavs.  Dirk was suspended a game for his flagrant foul on AK47.  Jason Richardson dropped 42 on Golden State.  Houston won its 16th straight game.  Kendrick Perkins hauled in 20 boards as the Celtics beat the Pistons.  Chris Paul had 18 assists in a win over Atlanta.  Tyrus Thomas got suspended for two games for missing practice.  They really need to trade him.

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Alexander Ovechkin netted a hat trick in a win over Boston.  He also became the first to 50 goals this year.  Sid the Kid is back.  Pittsburgh won in his return game.  Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec recorded a hat trick vs. Buffalo.  Nashville’s Martin Erat scored a hat trick as well vs. Edmonton.  Tampa’s Chris Gratton will be out for a while following hip surgery.  This Week’s Shutouts:  Washington’s Cristobal Huet vs. New Jersey.  San Jose’s Brian Boucher vs. St. Louis.  Florida’s Craig Anderson (53 saves) vs. the Islanders.  Florida’s Craig Anderson vs. Boston.  Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs, Tampa Bay.  Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Columbus.  Chicago’s Corey Crawford vs. Anaheim.  Colorado’s Jose Theodore vs. Vancouver.  L.A.’s Erik Ersberg vs. Ottawa.  Colorado’s Ryan Smith and Marek Svatos will miss time with injuries.  St. Louis signed Brad Boyes to a multi-year contract.  Peter Forsberg made his season debut with Colorado.  Detroit activated D Brian Rafalski from IR.

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Brett Favre is hanging it up.  John Madden is on suicide watch.  Randy Moss is staying in New England.  Asante Samuel is not as he signed with Philly for six-years.  Derek Anderson signed a multiyear deal with Cleveland.  The Jets traded Jonathan Vilma to the Saints for a 4th round pick.  I wish New England made that deal.  The overrated Jerry Porter signed a six-year $30 million deal with Jacksonville.  They just traded for Troy Williamson, so I don’t know why they would need any more WR help…hah.  The Vikings overpaid for S Madieu Williams.  He got $33 million for six years.  They alos added Bernard Berrian for six years at $42 million.  Keeper league owners are going to be saddened by the retirement of Jeff Wilkins.  Kidding aside, he probably did help some owners win a fantasy title.  LB Kawika Mitchell signed with Buffalo (five-years, $17.5 million).  Clevelend sent a third rounger and Leigh Bodden to Detroit for Shaun Rogers.  They signed him to a six-year, $42 milllion deal.  Cincinnati signed LB Dhani Jones.  Isaac Bruce signed with San Fran for two years. Four years and $32 milllion…that’s what it cost the Jets to get Alan Faneca.  S Gabril Wilson reached a six-year, $39 million deal with Oakland.  San Fran signed Justin Smith to a six-year $45 million deal.  Randall Gay and Bobby McCrat signed with New Orleans.  Alge Crumler signed a two-year deal with Tennessee.  His former team, Atlanta, signed Michael Turner.  Donte Stallworth signed a seven-year deal with Cleveland.  Big Ben signed an eight-year, $102 million deal with Pittsburgh.  The Jets signed Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal and Damien Woody to a five-year $25.5 million deal.  Warrick Dunn got the boot in Atlanta.  Denver DT Marcus Thomas was arrested for cocaine and handgun possession.  Chicago traded Brian Griese to Tampa for a draft pick.  The Giants signed Sammy Knight.  New Orleans re-signed WR David Patten.  DE Antwan Odom signed a five-year deal worth $29.5 million with Cincinnati.  Arizona signed Travis LaBoy to a five-year, $22 million deal.  St. Louis signed LG Jacob Bell to a six-year deal.  Javon Walker signed a six-year, $55 million deal with Oakland.  T Kwame Harris will join him.  T.J. Duckett signed a five-year deal with Seattle. New England signed CB Jason Webster.  Marty Booker signed with Chicago.  Denver re-signed DE John Engleberger.  The Vikigns signed Maurice Hicks.  Houston signed Will Demps to a two-year deal.  Atlanta cut Joey Harrington.  New England re-signed Jabar Gaffney.  Oakland cut Barry Sims and restructred Dominic Rhodes’ contract.  Jevon Kearse re-joined Tennessee.  Maurice Williams re-signed with Jacksonville for four years, $16 million.  The Eagles cut Takeo Spikes.  Tony Richardson signed with the Jets.  Are they hoping to draft McFadden?

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Hank Steinbrenner talked some trash about Red Sox Nation.  Good.  I want them to dislike each other.  John Henry invited Hank to be member of Red Sox Nation.  Hank declined.  Alfonso Soriano fractured his finger.  He won’t be out long.  Cincy SS Alex Gonzalez has a fracture on his knee.  He’s going to miss some serious time.  The facts are coming out.  Barry Bonds did fail drug tests.  I wonder how his ostrich fans will react? Colorado signed Brad Hawpe to a three-year, $17 million deal.  Brandon Inge is whining because he doesn’t want to play catcher.  Just like Soriano when he was asked to switch to the outfield, I say shut up Inge.  You’re being paid A LOT of money.  You play where they want you to play.  Cincinnati signed Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Corey Patterson to minor league deals.  Moises Alou will miss the start of the season following hernia surgery.  Albert Pujols has a torn elbow, and he’ll need Tommy John surgery.  He’s going to play through it, but know that if the Cardinals aren’t in the hunt he may shut it down to prepare for next season.  Noah Lowry will likely miss the first month of the season after wrist surgery.

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Coach K won his 800th game.  John Wooden broke his wrist and collarbone.  Bobby Knight will work with ESPN during March Madness.  Kentucky lost Patrick Patterson for the year because of a stress fracture in his ankle.  I’m sure that was Tubby Smith’s fault too.  Boston College’s Tyrese scored 46, but still lost to North Carolina.  Texas Tech upset #5 Texas 83-80.  Michael Beasley scored 39 in a loss to Kansas.  He’d look great on the Timberwolves.  #8 Stanford beat #22 Washington State 60-53.  #10 Georgetown beat #21 Marquette 70-68.  Arkansas beat $14 Vanderbilt 78-73.  Gonzaga beat #23 St. Mary’s 88-76.Bowling Green upset #24 Kent State 89-83.  #15 Michigan State pounded #12 Indiana 103-74.  Ohio State beat #15 Purdue 80-77.  #16 Vanderbilt beat #25 Mississippi State 86-85 behind Shan Foster’s 42 points.  He drilled nine threes. Providence beat #14 UConn 85-76.  St. Joe’s beat #11 Xavier 71-66.  #2 UCLA beat #7 Stanford 77-67 in OT to win the Pac 10.

SMU suspended QB Justin Willis from spring practice.  Auburn DE Antonio Coleman was injured in a scrimmage.  South Carolina suspended DB Carlos Thomas for rule violations.  Georgia gave Coach Mark Richt an $800K raise annually.  Iowa kicked WR James Cleveland and QB Arvell Nelson of the team for drug charges.  Syracue’s Paul Chiara and Mikhail Marinovich (yep, Todd’s brother) were arrested for breaking into the equipment room.  Penn State DT Chris Baker has been cleared of charges in an assault case.  That didn’t stop Penn State from their sixth suspension this offseason.  You know when parents have kids really late in life, and they are too old to know what the kids are up to?  I wonder if that’s what’s going on in Penn State or if they just recruited a different type of kid so they could compete?  Indiana suspended QB Kellen Lewis for rule violations.

Ernie Els won the Honda Classic.  Tripp Isenhour was charged with killing a bird for making too much noise while he was recording a show.  He claims he was just trying to scare the hawk away.  Bart Bryant leads the PODS Championship by a stroke.

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Carl Edwards won again.  This time it was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  His car failed the postrace inspection though.  He was docked 100 points dropping him to 7th on the points list.  Kyle Busch took the top spot.

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Here’s the fifth installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for links to earlier reports. 

Boss Bailey
Now the Broncos can boast of having a Boss and a Champ Bailey.  He signed with Denver for five years and $17.5 million.  The LB had 51 tackles and 3.5 sacks for Detroit last year.  He has 265 tackles in his four-year NFL career.

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Jevon Kearse
Kearse made a return to Tennesee, where he was very successful.  His run in Philly was far from what the Eagles were expecting from him.  Perhaps he can stay healthy for the Titans.  He signed a bargain two-year, $6 million deal.

Maurice Williams
Williams will return to Jacksonville.  He can play either  tackle or guard for the Jags.  His contract was for four years and $16 million.

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Before we dive into free agency, I want to direct your attention to a fantasy basketball interview I did on NBA Roto.  Pop on over and watch the video.  My pal Jimmy did a great job on it.  

OK, time for some football.

Here’s the fourth installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for links to earlier reports.

Marty Booker
Who says you can’t go home.  After a four year stint in Miami, Marty returns to Chicago. He was decent last year with 50 catches for 556 yards.  He signed for two years. 

Will Demps
Houston reached a deal to bring Will Demps back for two more years.  He had 52 tackles last year. 

John Engelberger
The DE opted to stay with the Broncos.  He had 41 tackles last year to lead all Broncos defensive lineman.  He signed a multi-year deal. 

Jabar Gaffney
It’s not as big a deal as re-signing Moss was, but bringing Gaffney back assures the Patriots passing attack will be tough to defend once again with several capable wideouts.  He finished the season strongly for the Pats, seemingly replacing Donte Stallworth Brady’s read chart. 

Kwame Harris
Kwame went across the bay from San Francisco to Oakland.  He signed a three-year, $14 million deal to bolster the Raiders’ offensive line.

Maurice Hicks
The Vikings signed Hicks to replace Mewelde Moore.  Hicks will earn his keep as a return man, but he could help out on offense if necessary.

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Javon Walker
Walker has a ton of talent.  Unfortunately, he’s been forced to shoulder the injury-prone term.  Al Davis spared no expense when signing the former Packer and Bronco.  The deal is for six years and $55 million.  He had 26 receptions for 287 yards last year.  He has had a couple of nice seasons.

Jason Webster
New England was hurting in the secondary with Asante Samuel going to Philly and Randall gay going to New Orleans.  They opted to sign Jason Webster to bolter that secondary. He only played in one game last year.

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The NFL’s second season has been fast and furious.  Here is the third installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for the earlier reports.

Jacob Bell
St. Louis signed RG Jacob Bell to a six year deal.  He will bolster their offensive line.  He played for Tennessee last year.

Justin Gage
I missed this one initially.  Probably because he’s not a real impact player.  Well, Tennessee actually kept a free agent here.  He had 55 receptions for 750 yards last year.  Not bad.  He got a four-year, $14 million deal. 

Travis LaBoy
Arizona signed LaBoy away from Tennessee.  He had 6 sacks last year and 19.5 in his four year NFL career.  His deal is for five years and $22 million.  They may convert him from DE to LB as a replacement for Calvin Pace.

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Randy Moss
New England only pays big bucks to players they feel are irreplaceable.  Evidently Randy Moss qualifies as he signed a three-year deal worth $27 million. You know what Randy brings to table when he’s motivated.  I don’t see that changing next year.

Antwan Odom 
Odom signed a five-year, $29.5 million deal with Cincinnati.  The DE had 8 sacks last year for Tennessee.

David Patten
New Orleans liked what they saw out of David Patten last year and locked him up for two more years.  He had 792 receiving yards last year on 54 receptions.

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The gunslinger is finally putting his Colt 45 in his holster and riding off into the sunset.  After 17 record-breaking years, Brett Favre is finally calling it quits.  He didn’t exactly go out on top, but he was pretty darn close.  Being able to retire in a year in which he completed 66.5% of his passes for 4155 yards with 28 TDs to 15 INTs and a 95.7 rating as a 38 year old quarterback is nearly impressive as his collective work. 

It seemed every week he was shooting down another record.  Most TD Passes, Most Passing Yards, Most Passing Attempts, and Most Wins a Starting QB.  He was already the career leader completions heading into the year.  He finished second to Jim Marshall (270) with his 253 consecutive games played.

He won three MVPs and a Super Bowl ring.  He’s completed passes that no other quarterback in history even thought of attempting.  He seemed to have more fun this year than he has in the past.  Maybe he already knew this was going to be the end.  I won’t remember him for the interception he threw that propelled the Giants to the Super Bowl.  I’ll remember him for the snowball fight with Donald Driver, him running down the field to celebrate with his receivers, his improvisation to make seemingly impossible completions, and his passion for the game.

Now it’s time for Aaron Rodgers to follow the legend.  It’s not going to be an easy task, but we all have to give him a chance.  As a football fan I want to say “Thank You” to Favre for playing the game the way it was meant to be played.  Defensive Backs can sleep easier tonight.  I just hope somebody consoles John Madden.

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Our second look at the NFL’s second season.  Click here for the first report.

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Bernard Berrian
The Vikings made a play on Berrian to fix their pathetic passing attack.  They overpaid for him (six years, $42 million), but they thought he was the best WR in the market.  Personally I would have went with Bryant Johnson, which would likely have been considerably less. 

Lance Briggs
Briggs signed a six-year, $36 million deal to stay with the Bears.  He has recorded 100+ tackles in each of the past four seasons.  He wasn’t quite as effective last year, but you can say that about most of the Bears defensive players.

Chris Clemons
Clemons had 8 sacks last year for Oakland, and Philly hopes he can continue to pressure the quarterback in Philly’s blitz happy defense.  He signed for five years and $18.5 million.

Keary Colbert
Colbert never panned out in Carolina, but Denver decided to give him a shot anyway.  In four years he has 109 catches for 1424 yards and 5 TDs.  Still, he was able to secure a three-year deal worth $7.2 million. 

Erik Coleman
Coleman had at least 100 tackles his first three years before getting half of that amount last year.  He signed a four-year, $10 million deal with Atlanta to try and bolster their secondary.   

Alge Crumpler
Crumpler took his good hands and attitude to Tennessee.  He wasn’t happy in Atlanta this year, and it showed.  He’ll get a chance to play with another electric QB in Vince Young.  Let’s hope he makes better decisions than Vick. 

Jeff Faine
Tampa signed Faine to a six-year, $37.5 million deal making him the highest paid Center in the league.  Not a bad gig if you can get it. 

Drayton Florence
Drayton signed a six-year, $36 million deal with Jacksonville to bolster their secondary.  He has had over 60 tackles the past two seasons and 10 INTs in his last four.  Seems to me he was overpaid. 

Randall Gay
Another New England cornerback to bolt.  He returned home by signing a four-year, $17 million deal with the Saints.  Gay has 85 career tackles and 5 INTs. 

Devery Henderson
The Saints brought Devery back for one more year with a $2 million deal.  He had 20 catches last year for 409 yards and 3 TDs.  This move makes sense, but does little to excite me. 

Von Hutchins
Von will also help to bolster Atlanta’s secondary.  Last year he had 95 tackles and an INT for Houston.  His deal was good for four years and $9 million.

Sammy Knight
The Giants turned to Sammy to replace departer Gibril Wilson at Safety.  He signed to a three-year, $5 million deal.  He has 42 career INTs (4 last year) and made 93 tackles last year. 

Bobby McCray
Bobby signed a five-year deal with New Orleans worth $20 million.  He had 3 sacks last year after recording 10 in 2006. 

Mewelde Moore
Mewelde adds another element to the Steelers’ backfield.  Fast Willie is the burner.  Najeh Davenport is the power back.  Mewelde is an elusive third down back.  He is shifty and has good hands.  He is also valuable in the return game.

Calvin Pace
The Jets continued their offseason overhaul by signing Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal.  He had 98 tackles and 6.5 sacks for Arizona last year. 

Jacques Reeves
Reeves doesn’t have to move far going from Dallas to Houston.  He had 61 tackles last year and should help Houston’s secondary.

Justin Smiley
After signing a five-year, $25 million deal with Miami, I don’t think he’s ever lived up to his surname like he is now.  He’ll strengthen Miami’s offensive line.

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Michael Turner
Turner signed a six-year deal worth $34.5 million.  He’ll get a chance to be the man in Atlanta.  Warrick Dunn was shown the door and Jerious Norwood will have to settle for third down duties.

Demorrio Williams
Kansas City signed the LB away from Atlanta.  He has 299 tackles over the past three seasons as well as 5 INTs.  In 2005 he had 128 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 picks.  He’ll be 28 this year. 

Damian Woody
The Jets just keep on spending.  They bolstered their offensive line by signing Woody to a five year deal worth $25.5 million.  Eric Mangini knows all about Woody from their time together in New England.

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NFL Free Agency Report

1 March 2008

Our first look at the free agent signings. 

Flozell Adams
Flozell re-upped with Dallas for six  years and $42 million.  I like this deal.  Tony Romo has enough to worry about with the girls he dates and their impact on his play.  At least he doesn’t have to worry about his blind side.

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Derek Anderson

DA has an unbelievable season last year.  The Browns made great strides.  They aren’t ready to turn the keys over to Brady Quinn just yet.  Locking him up with a multi-year deal just made sense.

Josh Brown
St. Louis quickly found a replacement for Jeff Wilkins.  Brown is a great kicker.  This is a good move for both Brown and the Rams.  They locked him up for five years.

Isaac Bruce
It will be weird seeing Bruce in another uniform.  Well, at least he’s returning to California.  He was there before the Rams left St. Louis.  I believe he still has something in the tank.  I’m just not sure the Niners are the best team to extract it.

Tedy Bruschi
This move made complete sense.  Brusch is an extension of Belichick on defense.   At his age no other team will get as much out of Tedy.

Andre Davis
Davis proved his worth when the other “Andre” went down with a knee injury.  He showed some game in the passing attack, but where he really proved his worth wa the return game.  Returning to Houston was a great move.

Alan Faneca
The Jets made a great play acquiring Faneca.  Shoring up an offensive line isn’t the most sexy way to improve your team.  It is probably the most effective though.

DeShaun Foster
I believe the writing was on the wall in Carolina.  DeShaun wasn’t going to be a starter.  It’s a lot easier to justify being a backup to Frank Gore than DeAngelo Williams. 

Tommy Kelly
With Warren Sapp retiring, bringing back Tommy Kelly made complete sense.  They sure paid a lot for his services, but that seems to be the nature of the beast in the NFL’s second season.

Cleo Lemon
This wasn’t a bad signing for Jacksonville, especialy if they can’t come to terms with Quinn Gray.  He did OK in Miami considering the circumstances.

Josh McCown
Not a bad signing for Miami.  If Beck isn’t ready, McCown has the tools to step into the starter role for the ‘Fins.

Kawika Mitchell
It seems whenever you win a Super Bowl all of your players and coaches are in high demand.  Everyone loves a winner.  Buffalo snatched up Kawika.  The Giants will be fine.

Muhsin Muhammad
Moose returns to Carolina.  Steve Smith can’t be happier.  At least he has a decent WR opposite of him.  Moose will be thrilled to get out of Chicago’s horrible passing attack.

Jerry Porter
This one makes me laugh.  Jerry Porter is overrated, soft, a complainer, and now overpaid.  Six years and $30 million for a disgrunted wideout?  Maybe they are hoping for a Moss-like return for freeing him from the Black Hole, which is really fitting for Oakland these days.

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Asante Samuel
The Eagles stole the headlines by getting Asante.  The cynic in me wonders if he’ll flop like Ty Law, Lawyer Malloy, David Givens, Deion Branch, and Willie McGinnest.  However, the realist in me feels that Philadelphia’s secondary just got a heck of a lot stronger.  They didn’t even have to pay him like Nate Clemens, which is impressive.

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Justin Smith

If I’m the NFL, I’m going to investigate whether or not San Francisco is printing money.  Last year they were spending like it was going out of style.  They made a big splash again this year.  Justin Smith had an off-year, but he’s still a pretty darn good DE.

Randy Starks
Parcels sure has been busy.  This time he got a young, promising DT from Tennessee.  He got a five-year, $21 million deal.  He better produce for the Tuna.

Thomas Tapeh
I guess the Vikings aren’t going to bring back Tony Richardson, which upsets me a little.  I enjoyed listening to him on the radio.  He’s just a great guy.  Anyway, the Vikes brought in a guy who Childress is comfortable with from his days with the Eagles, and who’s comfortable with Minnesota from his days as a Gopher.  Good, quiet signing. 

Dontarrious Thomas
Perhaps Thomas needs a change of scenery.  He never really made it with the Vikings.  I’m not sure what the Niners are going to get out of him, but he should help their special teams for starters.

Ernest Wilford
The Dolphins get a big receiver (6’4″) in Wilford.  He hasn’t really done to much to distinguish himself, but Jacksonville isn’t exactly a wide-open offense.  He gets to go to Miami.  Have fun with that.

Madieu Williams
Leslie Frazier knows about this guy from his time in Cincinnati.  I’m not sure how playing for Cincy’s porous secondary can net you $33 million over six years.  He’ll replace Dwight Smith, who signed with the Lions. 

Gibril Wilson
Here’s another guy who got plucked from the Super Bowl champs.  Don’t expect to make it back any time soon Gibril after signing with Oakland.  He’s racked up the tackles over the past three years (309).  I just wonder if six years $36 million was too much for him.

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Friday Tidbits 2/29/08

29 February 2008

Today I present a special Bissextile Day version of the tidbits. 

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Once again Yao Ming will miss the rest of the year.  Stress fracture in his feet.  This is a problem that will likely plague him his entire career and force an early retirement.  Gerald Wallace got popped with an elbow and got a concussion.  He’ll miss a couple of weeks.  It was his 4th in four years, so he may want to consider hanging it up.  Jamal Crawford poured in 43 in a win over Toronto.  J.R. Smith matched him in a loss to Denver.  LeBron’s back-to-back triple-double streak was snapped.  He only had 33 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists.  How selfish.  He scored his 10,000th point against Boston, who signed P.J. Brown.  J-Kidd won his first game with the Mavs.  Shaq matched him as Phoenix handed Boston its third straight loss.  Shaq only scored four, but he grabbed 14 boards.  New Jersey sent Jamaal Magloire packing.  Golden State’s Andris Biedrins had an appendectomy.  Michael Redd poured in 42 in a win over Denver.  Andrew Bogut added 20 rebounds.  Jason Kidd had 17 assists in a win over the Wolves.  The Heat finally won.  Minnesota did too.  Jaamal Magloire joined Dallas.  Too bad he didn’t wait a little longer or he’d have more valuable minutes for another Texas team.  Luke Ridnour dished out 15 assists in a loss to Golden State.  Caron Butler has a tear in his hip.  That doesn’t sound fun.  San Mitchell got cut by the Clippers.  He’s likely to reunite with KG soon.  The Lakers have won ten straight.

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Atlanta traded Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to Pittsburgh for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first round draft pick. Tampa traded Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist to Dallas for Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern, Mike Smith, and a draft pick.  Buffalo traded Brian Campbell and a draft pick to San Jose for Steve Bernier and a first round draft pick.  Columbus traded Adam Foote to Colorado for draft picks.  They also sent Sergei Federov to Washington for Ted Ruth.  Toronto sent Hal Gill to Pittsburgh for a couple of picks.  St. Louis sent Christian Backman to the Rangers for a draft pick.  Chicago traded Tuomo Ruutu to Carolina for Andrew Ladd.  Peter Forsberg re-joined Colorado.  Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne notched his 20th career hat trick.  Philly’s Mike Richard tore his hamstring.  He’ll be out for a while.  The New York Islanders signed Trent Hunter to a five-year deal and Mike Comrie to a one-year deal.  This week’s shutouts:  Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Detroit.  Columus’ Pascal Leclaire vs. Montreal.  NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Florida.  Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. St. Louis.  Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Ottawa.  Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Ottawa.  Chicago’s Patrick Lalime vs. Phoenix.  The Wild signed Nick Schultz to a six-year extension worth $21 million.  Dallas will be without D Sergei Zubov for a month after his foot surgery.  Tampa Bay traded Vaclav Prospal to Philly for Alexandre Picard and a draft pick.  St. Louis signed D Barret Jackman to a four-year deal.  Detroit signed W Darren McCarty to a one-year deal.  NY Rangers D Paul Mara had facial surgery and will miss a couple of weeks.  Minnesota acquired the thug Chris Simon from the Islanders for a draft pick.  Montreal traded G Cristobal Huet to Washington for a draft pick.  Tampa signed D Dan Boyle to a six-year $40 million deal.  Ottawa fired Coach John Paddock.  Replacing him is Bryan Murray.  Pittsburg D Rob Scuderi will miss a month following surgery on his finger.  Dallas’ Brad Richard have five assists in a win over Chicago.

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The Red Sox extended Terry Francona’s contract for three more years.  He could be managing Bartolo Colon next year, as Boston signed him to a minor league deal.  K-Rod lost his arbitration.  His consolation prize…$10 million.  Oh darn.  Oliver Perez won his.  He’ll get $6.5 million next year from the Mets.  New Phillies closer had knee surgery and will miss a month or more.  Shannon Stewart signed with Toronto.  Tampa’s Scott Kazmir felt some discomfort in his elbow.  Omar Vizquel will miss a month or so following knee surgery.  The FBI is going to probe Roger Clemens to see if he lied.  Scott Spiezo was cut by St. Louis after having six charges brought upon him for drunk driving in December.  Colorado signed Manny Corpas to a four-year deal worth $8 million.

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If anyone wants Derek Andrerson, it will cost them a 1st and 3rd rounder.  Tom Coughlin got a four-year $21 million extension for the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.  Can you refresh my memory Tiki and Strahan what you thought about him last year?  Oakland and Kansas City lost again.  This time it was a coin flip to determine the 3rd-5th picks in the draft.  Atlanta won.  Oakland will go 4th and Kansas City 5th.  Dom Capers will join the Patriots as their seconday coach.  Plus he has a background in surreptitious videotaping.  Just kidding.  Had to take the shot.  Chicago will give Rex Grossman one more try.  Zach Thomas has signed with Dallas.  Bryant McKinnie was arrested again.  Des Clark signed a two-year deal with the Bears.  The Chargers signed LB Derek Smith.  The Lions cut CB Fernando Bryant.  The Vikings traded Troy Williamson to Jacksonville for a sixth round pick.  He dropped his keys twice on the way to his car.  New England cut Rosevelt Colvin.  Kansas City cut Eddie Kennison.  Kevin Faulk got busted with weed at a concert.  Washington parted ways with Brandon Lloyd.  Nice signing Mr. Snyder.  San Fran re-signed NT Isaac Sopoaga and LB Roderick Green.  Carolina is bringing back Mushin Muhammad.  David Carr is getting kicked to the curb.  Kansas City cut Ty Law.  Detroit signed S Dwight Smith to a two-year dea.  He’s good if he can keep his nose clean.  St. Louis’ Leonard Little restructured his deal to save the Rams money. He was killed someone with his vehicle.  Indianapolis cut Booger McFarland and Rob Morris.  Tennessee cut David Givens. The Bills cut the A-Train. Minnesota cut Kelly Holcomb.  Tampa cut Kevin Carter.  Philly cut Jevon Kearse.  Oakland broke the piggy bank by paying Tommy Kelly $50.5 million over seven years.  Tedy Bruschi will return to New England.  Flozell will be back in Dallas.  Andre Davis signed a four-year deal with Houston.  Isaac Bruce was cut by St. Louis.

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#2 Tennessee beat #1 Memphis 66-62.   Then they lost to #14 Vanderbilt.  Kelvin Sampson is out at Indiana.  He got $750K to leave.  Colorado kicked Xavier Silas off the team.  Villanova beat #13 UConn 67-65.  Oklahoma State upset #5 Kansas 61-60.  Nebraska beat #22 Texas A & M 65-59.  #18 Drake beat #8 Butler 71-64.  Baylor beat #25 Kansas State 92-86 despite Michael Beasley’s Big 12 record 44 points.  He only got 30 & 15 in a loss to #5 Texas.  Arizona knocked off #19 Washington State 65-55.  Missouri State beat #20 Drake 86-83.  Houston’s Robert McKiver had 52 points against Southern Miss.  #18 Louisville beat #17 Notre Dame 90-85.#9 Wisconsin beat #15 Michigan State 57-42.

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Oklahoma won 8 games last week.  OK, they didn’t actually win them, but they got their 8 wins put back on their record after they, gasp, got the NCAA to change its mind in the Rhett Bomar infractions case.  Virginia DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald left school.  Nick Saban isn’t happy with the misbehaviour of his team.  UConn coach Randy Edsall signed a five-year deal worth $7.5 million.  SMU suspended QB Justin Willis from spring practice.

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So Tiger won again.  This time it was the Accenture Match Play Championship. 

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Carl Edwards won the Auto Club 500.

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NFL Free Agents

28 February 2008

As soon as the clock strikes midnight tonight, the feeding frenzy that is the NFL free agency period kicks off.  Like all sports, you’ll see some marginal players bring in head scratching contracts, as well as minor tweaks that make all the difference in the world.  Brace yourself football fans.  The NFL’s second season is about to begin.

Quarterbacks
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Derek Anderson
– Coming off a year that surprised everybody but DA and his mother.  Nobody else thought he had it in him.  He’ll likely stay in Cleveland for a while.

Daunte Culpepper – He’s fallen quickly off of the map.  Nobody is going to give him a starting job.  I could see him replacing David Carr in Carolina or re-uniting with Mike Tice in Jacksonville should they not bring back Quinn Gray.

Quinn Gray - Quinn started slow in replacing David Garrard, but he warmed to the position.  Jacksonville will likely bring him back as an insurance policy.

Cleo Lemon - Cleo will likely be turned loose because that’s what the Tuna does.  He played well enough to get some looks as a backup.  The Vikings need to upgrade their quarterback position so perhaps he gets a look.

Josh McCown – With Culpepper likely shown the door, Oakland will probably want to keep McCown around in case JaMarcus isn’t ready.

Scrub QBs - Ken Dorsey, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jamie Martin.

Running Back
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Marion Barber
 - Barber has been a beast the past few years.  I don’t see any way Dallas doesn’t bring him back.  Period.

Chris Brown - Brown was decent at times last year.  I’d say he played well enough for Tennessee to bring him back to push LenDale.  Chris Henry is a pee test away from a year-long suspension so Chris Brown is a good insurance policy.

Julius Jones - While MB3 is a virtual lock to stay, JJ is a virtual lock to go.  It would be interesting to see him join his brother in New York.  Seattle is a possibility.  I’m not sure if Chicago would give the “kid brother” a shot, although they could use him.

Michael Turner - Burner Turner may finally get a look as a starting tailback.  Cedric Benson has been a bust so perhaps Turner can challenge for the gig.  Atlanta or Carolina could use him to compliment their speedy backs.  Shaun Alexander has lost a step so Seattle could be suitors.

Derrick Ward - Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw seemingly have the RB duties in check for the Super Bowl champs.    Ward showed his skills last year.  He’d be a nice backup to Edge in Arizona.  He is a restricted free agent so he very well could remain in New York. 

Scrub RBs – Vernand Morency, T.J. Duckett, Maurice Hicks, Mewelde Moore, Musa Smith, and LaBrandon Toefield.

Wide Receivers
Bernard Berrian - A lot of teams will be interested in Berrian.  The Eagles, Vikings, Titans, Niners, and Bucs could all use his big play ability.  He’d be a great compliment to Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City, but I’m leaning towards the Vikings for Berrian since they have a lot of cap room and have little talent in the passing game.

Andre Davis – Davis was a nice replacement for the Texans when Andre Johnson went down.  He also was very successful as a return man.  There will be a lot of interest in Davis to fill the 3rd or 4th receiver and return man roles.  I think Houston gets a leg up on the competition and brings him back.

D.J. Hackett - Hackett looked good at times last year, but an ankle injury cost him a chance to showcase his abilities.  Seattle is pretty stocked at WRs so bringing him back isn’t a certainty.  Perhaps he joins Zorn in Washington.

Devery Henderson - He’s not a sexy pickup by any means.  Unless New Orleans goes after one of the other free agent WRs, they likely just bring Devery back.

Bryant Johnson - Johnson could be the conosolation prize to those who miss out on Berrian.  He good size and plenty of talent.  He’d fit in nicely in Philly opposite of Reggie Brown. 

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Randy Moss -
Every NFL team could use a motivated Randy Moss.  Not many teams outside of New England would keep him motivated.  My guess is the Patriots and Moss work something out.

Scrub WRs - Drew Carter, Antonio Chatman, Keary Colbert, Terrance Copper, Justin Gage, Doug Gabriel, Az-Zahir Hakim, Samie Parker, David Patten, and Marcus Robinson.

Tight Ends
Alge Crumpler - Alge was cut by the Falcons so he’s looking for a new home.  He visited Tampa Bay and will meet with Tennessee.  He’d be a nice target for Vince Young. 

Scrub TEs - Eric Johnson, Marcus Pollard, Ben Troupe, Jermaine Wiggins, and Kris Wilson.

Offensive Lineman
Flozell Adams – I doubt the Cowboys will let their LT get away when they are so close.   Unless someone blows him away, Flozell will be back protecting Romo.

Alan Faneca - There will be plenty of interest in Guard Alan Faneca.  Seattle seems like a good choice.  There are rumors that a deal is in place with the Jets.

Jake Scott - Indianapolis does not have a good cap situation, meaning their starting RG will likely leave.  A good bet is Scott going to Pittsburgh to replace Faneca.

Defensive Linemen
Tommy Kelly -
If Warren Sapp weren’t retiring, I’d say it’s likely he’d be gone.  However, he’ll likely land in Oakland.  Denver could possibly approach him (although they prefer former Cleveland linemen).

Mike Rucker - Rucker isn’t the force he once was, but he still has value.  He wants to return to Carolina, and is willing to accept a reduced role.  That sort of flexibility leads me to believe he will, in fact, be a Panther one more year.

Scrub DLs – Jordan Carstens, Ebenezer Ekuban, Sam Rayburn, Justin Smith, Paul Spicer, Randy Starks, Renaldo Wynn

Linebackers
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Lance Briggs -
Briggs will have many suitors.  San Francisco and Washington are believed to be the front-runners. Chicago could surprise everyone and retain him.  Although they could use him, I don’t think the Patriots will be in the market for his services.

Tedy Bruschi - Come on.  You know and I know that Tedy isn’t going anywhere.  He’s a Patriots guy.

Scrub LBs - Boss Bailey, Danny Clark, Na’il Diggs, Kawika Mitchell, Mark Simoneau, and Demorrio Williams.

Defensive Backs
Randall Gay –
Gay could stick around in New England when Asante Samuel leaves.  The Jets were interested in him last year, and Mangini wouldn’t hesitate to take from Belichick.

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Asante Samuel
– As likely it is for Tedy Bruschi to stay in New England, it’s equally as likely for Asante to leave.  He’s a great cornerback, but wants to be one of the top, if not the top, paid defensive players in the league.  There is talk that Philadelphia is the frontrunner, with Dallas, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay in the mix.

Gibril Wilson - The Eagles and Broncos have expressed interest in Gibril.  At this point Philly is believed to be the front-runner.

Scrub DBs - William Bartee, Jay Bellamy, Chris Carr, Mike Doss, Drayton Florence, Dominique Foxworth, Tory James, Karl Paymah, B.J. Sams, Chad Scott, Omar Stoutmire, and Derrick Strait.

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