Linky – June 22, 2011 – Lots of free agency talk

The Giants' Barry Cofield is fired up to test the FA market


Sources: 48% share for players – Chris Mortensen, ESPN

Highly optimistic news on the lockout.


Under terms of proposed CBA, Cowboys could lose key players to free agency – Rainer Sabin, SportsDay DFW

Rainer gives almost as much attention to Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen, but for me, the losses of Bowen and Hatcher would pale in comparison to the loss of Doug Free, who I think might actually generate more interest on the open market than Nnamdi Asomugha.

Sizing up Cowboys’ run at Nnamdi Asomugha – Todd Archer, ESPN

Todd rightfully questions what Peter King is thinking about, placing the Cowboys 2nd on his list of likely Nnamdi suitors, with the following explanation:

2. Dallas. Go back in history. Remember when Jerry Jones, against the wishes of son Stephen, gave Deion Sanders a $13 million signing bonus in 1995 to come to Dallas? (Jerry thought his son was going to punch him over it.) Jones has the ability to fit Asomugha under his cap. With Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware the only huge-money players on the roster, the Joneses can find a way to shoehorn an Asomugha contract into the fold.

For one, there are way more “big money” players on the team other than just Romo and Ware, depending on your definition of “big money.”  I’d add Terence Newman, Leonard Davis, Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and Andre Gurode.  Come to think of it, the Cowboys probably have more “big money players” than anyone other team in the NFL.  As Todd also mentions, the Cowboys have more money committed to player salaries in 2011 than any team in the NFL.  Add in the huge contract they’re going to have to give Doug Free, and I’m not sure how they could possibly shoehorn Nnamdi in under the cap.

Jason Garrett expected to deliver big things for the Cowboys – Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Vinnie lists Dez Bryant as Garrett’s “biggest headache.”  I’d go with Jerry Jones.

Should the Cowboys say goodbye to Choice and Bennett – Rob V, Lone Star Struck

I don’t think there’s a ton of interest in Martellus Bennett anymore, and Choice’s value is very minimal at this point, so I think the Cowboys are better off just keeping these guys and their team-friendly rookie-contract salaries.

Cowboys’ LB Victor Butler on Rob Ryan’s defense: ‘It’s crazy… You’ve got D Linemen lining up at the free safety spot – Rainer Sabin, SportsDay DFW

Sounds like Sean McDermott’s defense.  Sometimes less is more.


Cooley: Burress could go from prison to Redskins roster – Steve Wyche,

It wouldn’t make sense for the Redskins or Burress (well, maybe it would for Burress depending on the money).  I just don’t see it from any angle.

Redskins free agents under proposed CBA – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

The Redskins aren’t in terrible shape here.  Among the guys on this list, call me crazy, but the guy the Redskins need to make the #1 priority is Rex Grossman.

Redskins still must address RT – Brian Tinsman, Redskins Mothership

Jammal Brown and Stephon Heyer are free agents, of course.  Will they bring back either of those two guys or look for another option elsewhere?

Study shows watching Dallas Cowboys games makes you dumber – Ken Meringolo, Hogs Haven

It’s science.


Stewart Bradley to become UFA under reported new rules – Tim McManus, Philly Sports Daily

I think the Giants might lob in a phone call to Stew.  The other Eagles FA’s: Jerome Harrison, Dimitri Patterson, Max Jean-Gilles, Sav Rocca, Omar Gaither, Ellis Hobbs, Ernie Sims, Reggie Wells, Akeem Jordan, Nick Cole and Antoine Harris.

Plugging in the pieces: CB Marsh – Bo Wulf, Eagles Mothership

Bo takes a look at the Eagles 3rd round pick.

Eagles training camp stuck in limbo – Tim McManus, Philly Sports Daily

In my first year with media credentials last year, I covered training camp, home and away games from the press box, the NFL Combine, and a bunch of other things, and by far and away, watching practices at Lehigh was the best.  It’ll be a huge disappointment for me and the 10’s of thousands of fans that go to Lehigh every year to watch the Eagles’ training camp.

Peter King tabs Eagles as favorites for Asomugha – Sheil Kapadia,

Sheil, like Todd Archer above, questions King’s comments:

Rumors (and they seem to be more than that) are flying that the Eagles are going to strike quickly and spend big money in free agency. Imagine pairing Asomugha with very good cover man Asante Samuel. It’d be money well-spent, even at a Bradyish $18 million a year.

There’s no way in hell Asomugha gets $18 million/year… from anybody.

Yup, a bunch of them – Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield, Chase Blackburn, Kevin Boothe, Keith Bullock, Deon Grant, Derek Hagan, and Dave Tollefson.  Oof.
Rob Ryan is #2.  If anyone can tell me what special things Rob Ryan has done in his career (aside from having the same last name of two NFL head coaches, past and present), I’m all ears.
Smith goes right for the jugular, although it’s fair to note that Smith’s Giants have never beaten the Eagles in LeSean McCoy’s tenure.  It’s also fair to note that the current Eagles winning streak over the Giants stands at 6.
Can he?


  1. Dan in Philly says:

    If so many players become FAs this year, it gonna stink for the ones who would have under the old system. With so many good and even great players suddenly available, those who would have been ok but maybe the best available this year are going to have to settle for much, much less than they would have gotten.

    We’re gonna see a whole lot of movement in the B and C list talent in this league this year.

  2. Tracer Bullet says:

    I’m torn on Stew. I won’t be particularly brokenhearted if the Eagles let him walk, but I don’t particularly want him going to New York where he’d fit nicely assuming he could avoid rupturing anything. On the other hand, I do like the idea of him flailing along behind McCoy and Celek like that dipshit MLB the Giants had a few years ago whose name escapes me at the moment. Damn, I must be getting soft in the head because I couldn’t stand that guy.

      1. Tracer Bullet says:

        Thank you. I’m growing senile in my old age.

  3. The Legend says:

    I’ve never gotten the hype around Rob either he’s not Rex sure they are twins but Rex is a far better coach. They asked a agent to make a list he doesn’t make it but Jaun Castillo does. Another guy that gets too much love is Schottenheimer, I’d actually might rather have the other guy Pettine then him. I’m surprised McDermott didn’t get one vote since last year it seemed like a lot of people were high on him as a future head coach.

  4. Fiftyfourd says:

    What do you think asomugha gets a year, from anyone? I could see someone not that’s not really supposed to compete for the title this year, throwing out a ridiculous contract of above 12-15 million.

    1. I think the 12-15 range you mentioned is reasonable, but doubt he gets anything above 15, unless it were a short, 2-year deal. But 18 is crazy. Lots of dumb NFL teams out there, but not that dumb.

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