Fantasy Football Notes – 9/1/09

Sep 1, 2009

Kansas City cut WR Amani Toomer, paving the way for Mark Bradley to start opposite of Dwayne Bowe.  With Matt Cassel hurting, this offense has a chance to be pretty dreadful this year.  Devard Darling is out for the year with a knee injury, and Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey got the boot.  This is a work in progress, but lower your expectations of Bowe, Cassel, and Larry Johnson.

Rookie holdouts seldom have a happy ending.  The contract typically isn’t much better than what originally offered.  The player falls way behind in learning the system, and often injures himself as he tries to rush to get up to speed.  That’s what happened with Cincinnati Tackle Andre Smith.  The first-rounder fractured his foot before the ink even dried on his contract.  He will miss a couple of weeks and could have a hard time getting on the field this season.  The Bengals did get some good news, though, when Carson Palmer returned to practice.

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  1. Brad
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    The Andre Smith situation is a perfect example of why the NFL should mandate how much money rookies can make for the first few years of their contracts. He holds out for more money and comes into camp out of shape, and now he’s injured and probably useless for this season.

    These guys holding out for more money is ridiculous. Especially when they haven’t even played a down in the NFL, and there are veterans who have been in the league for years who deserve a raise but can’t get one because teams are throwing $50M+ at unproven talent.

    Prime example of throwing money at unproven talent – Detroit. They could have taken their money and got a few guys to beef up the offensive line, and drafted a QB next season instead of throwing all their money into Stafford’s bank account. They will probably go with Culpepper this year anyway, so why not build the team in other areas first before drafting a QB – especially when there are several good QB’s coming into the draft next year? I’m not saying that Stafford isn’t a good QB, but without a good OL, will he really be successful in Detroit? Don’t they remember what happened when they threw Joey Harrington out there with no offensive line?

    The guy that gets me the most though is Michael Crabtree, who is holding out because he thinks he should make more money than Darrius Heyward-Bey because ESPN said he SHOULD have been drafted higher…WTF is that all about?

    What’s next, a guy holding out for more money because he has a 100 player rating on Madden?

    Sorry, I know that’s not on topic with your article, but I couldn’t help myself.

    Moving along to something on topic, I’m surprised that KC cut Amani “it’s not a” Toomer. Then again, we are talking about the team that fired it’s offensive coordinator a week before the season starts, so I’m not really that surprised after all.

  2. LestersLegends
    September 2nd, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    Love the passion and I agree 100% with your comments.

    As for Toomer, I heard he couldn’t get any separation. He should retire.

  3. Frank
    September 2nd, 2009 at 6:25 am #

    Brad for NFL Commissioner!

    As a Bengal fan, I just shook my head when I heard the news about Smith’s foot. 2009 will be a lost year for him and a poor return on the Bengals’ investment. In the words of Sonny and Cher …. and the beat goes on.

  4. LestersLegends
    September 2nd, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    as if cincy needed more bad stuff to happen to them

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