Junior Report: Big NFL News
J.D., a young Bleacher Report writer and creator of The Sports Report with J.D., contacted me to see if I wanted to post some of his articles on the site. Always looking to encourage an aspiring writer, I agreed. J.D. discusses NFL rumors.
J.D. discusses Torry Holt
Unfortunately Holt is on vacation so don’t expect a signing any time soon, though a lot of teams are interested.
Before he was released by the Rams, the Tennessee Titans were in negotiations to acquire Holt in a trade. They could use him along with newly acquired Nate Washington and holdover Justin Gage. That would give Tennessee a solid trio of wides, and it would allow Holt to remain a #1 receiver.
The 49ers could also express interest in Torry Holt, although they have concerns with the condition of his knees. He would add a veteran presence to a team featuring Brandon Jones, Josh Morgan, and Vernon Davis.
The Jaguars could also express interest in Holt after releasing Matt Jones.
Keep an eye on the Ravens. He would join Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, and Todd Heap in the passing game while being a No. 1 target for Joe Flacco.
How about them Colts? He would be a great replacement for Marvin Harrison.
My favorite though is the Eagles. Holt would make a great target for Donovan McNabb. McNabb called for more weapons, and Holt would qualify. He would take pressure off of Brian Westbrook and DeSean Jackson in the passing game.
Lester Discusses Julius Peppers Situation
According to several sources, unidentified by NFL.com, the Patriots have expressed interest in aquiring Julius Peppers, who earlier this year was slapped with the franchise tag. Peppers wants to make the switch from Defensive End in a 4-3 system to Outside Linebacker in a 3-4, which the Patriots run.
According to NFL.com’s Vic Carucci the Patriots would send the second-round pick (34th overall) acquired from Kansas City in the Matt Cassel trade to Carolina for the four-time Pro Bowler. Since Peppers has yet to sign the franchise tender, his camp will have to broker the deal.
Many thought the Patriots were crazy taking a second-round pick for Matt Cassel, but if they can turn that pick into Julius Peppers, Bill Belichick will come out smelling like roses. New England has long been ahead of the curve with personnel matters, and while it appeared that they could have received a first rounder, the economics of that pick may have made it more difficult to move.