Lots of great stuff in the news yesterday (at least by lockout standards), but before we get started… Philly.com, please cut the crap with the video commercials that play automatically on every freaking page. It’s annoying as hell, and it’s making your website totally unnavigable. Thank you. Moving on:
This is about the ongoing debate of whether or not the Eagles should (or shouldn’t) trade Kolb because he’s a valuable 2. Dan comes to the obvious (and somehow often forgotten) conclusion that yes, the Eagles most certainly should trade Kolb is the value is there. Just for the purposes of putting it on record (again), I’m thinking a 1 and a 4.
Babin has been a name linked with the Eagles. I think they might be better served to set their sites higher.
Great player, but most certainly not the best 4-3 DE in the league.
Jeff lists 10 things the Eagles could/should do once business opens again in the NFL
Anytime you stick a microphone in front of Michael Vick long enough, at some point he’s going to praise Marty Mornhinweg.
Great, Tommy. Thanks. If I didn’t already have enough to do between my real job, writing, the wife, taking care of the dog and cat, and a kid on the way, now I’m searching for Iowa games on ESPN U to record.
(Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins news after the jump)…
With no shortage of young and talented receivers on the Giants roster, Clayton has a steep uphill battle ahead of him. It’s crazy when you look at his rookie numbers with the Bucs: 80-1193-7. That’s better than what any of the young, early-budding NFC East star receivers (Jackson, Maclin, Nicks, Bryant) did their rookie seasons. What happened to this guy?
I agree that it’s extremely unlikely, but you never know. Two years ago, the Giants quit. They lost 41-9 to the Panthers at home, and then 44-7 in Minnesota in the final two games of the season once they were out of playoff contention. If Coughlin’s SB win hadn’t been so recent, he would have been a major candidate to be canned. In 2011, he’ll be 4 years removed from that SB win, and if his team quits on him again (and it would obviously have to occur earlier in the season), I could see the team pulling the plug mid-season.
You could make a case for any one of the following Giants players and no one should bat an eye: Eli Manning, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora. I mean it wasn’t that long ago the Giants won a Super Bowl ring thanks to most of these guys, who are still performing at a very high level in case no one has noticed.
I agree on Osi. Crybaby that he may be (and I wonder if the players punished him for that), the man goes out and just makes plays. Manning isn’t the slam dunk in my eyes that most Giants fans think he is. A lot of people cherrypick guys that are on the list and say “What? How the hell is that guy on there instead of (fill in the name of a good player on your favorite team)?!?!?!?” For example, Giants fans point to Donovan McNabb being put on the list over Manning, which I agree is suspect. However, if you considered all the snubs from each of the 31 other teams (keeping it in the NFC East, think guys like Brian Orakpo), I think we’d find that Manning is very much right on that 100 border. As for Kareem McKenzie… Come on now, Andrew. Let’s get real.
Obviously, as John points out, there’s more to punting than just having a strong leg.
Garrett/Romo make the list, which makes no sense whatsoever seeing as Garrett just signed a 4-year deal in February. I think he’s safe.
*The loaded veteran market of available wide receivers could become more loaded if the Cowboys send Roy Williams packing, and it’s looking more and more like that will happen. There are two reasons why Williams is likely going to be a former Cowboy in the near future. The first is he’s making more money than he’s worth. The second is the team wants to clear the way for Dez Bryan to play more. There will be a healthy market for Williams though. His effort and attitude has remained good in Dallas despite the fact that he hasn’t found his niche in the offense, and that will help him find future employment.
Pompei lists two good reasons to move on, but misses the most important one: Roy Williams stinks. I’m already on record as saying the Cowboys most certainly should cut Williams the second they have the chance. Williams will actually count more against the cap this year if they cut him than if they keep him. But that cap hit is coming at some point anyway, since he’s signed through the 2014 season. Cut bait, Cowboys. Do it like you’re ripping off a band aid. Don’t pull it slowly and inflict more pain on yourselves. One motion – right off!
According to a court affidavit signed by Williams, he sent the ring in the mail to Daniels along with a recorded proposal. The proposal came as a pre-Valentine’s Day surprise along with $5,000 for bills and a baseball for Daniels’ brother. Daniels rejected the proposal and failed to return the ring, according to the affidavit.
Not to pile on Roy Williams here, but… Oof. First of all, who the hell proposes by mail with a recorded message? That’s the adult version of sending something like this:
Not sure how strong my female Cowboys fan demographic is, but this one is for you. Apparently C.J. Wilson of the Rangers is dreamy.
I happened to catch this on NFLN as I was putting these links together. Makes sense. Two things here:
1) I think the Cowboys should try to resign Sensi, but at the right price.
2) I think Sensi thinks he should make more than he really should.
Obviously, 1 and 2 don’t match up well.
This post by Reid created quite a stir yesterday. Frankly, the Redskins won’t even get a conditional 6 or 7. They won’t get anything. McNabb’s contract details, via rotoworld:
11/15/2010: Signed a six-year, $89.2 million contract. The deal included a $3.5 million signing bonus and $13.75 million in the first year, all told. Another $10 million is available through incentives, although they are based on annual Super Bowl appearances and “unlikely to be earned.” McNabb is eligible for annual $250,000 workout bonuses in years two through six. 2011: $1.75 million (+ $10 million option bonus + $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2012: $11.5 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2013: $12.5 million (+ $1.5 million in per-game roster bonuses), 2014: $13 million (+ $3 million in per-game roster bonuses), 2015: $12.75 million (+ $2.25 million in per-game roster bonuses), 2016: Free Agent
OK, four things here:
1) That’s an awful contract.
2) Any team that trades for McNabb inherits that awful contract. No team in the NFL (even the dumbest ones) are touching that contract with a 10-foot pole.
3) There’s no way in hell the Redskins will keep (and pay) McNabb. Therefore, any interested teams know full well the Skins are going to eventually cut him.
4) The only incentive that McNabb has to negotiate a pay cut with a team that might be interested in trading for him, is the tiny bit of leverage the Redskins have, which is that they can hang onto his rights until the the first week of the season before that bonus kicks in.
McNabb has “negative trade value,” meaning it would do more harm than good for a team to acquire him at his current contract number, even if he came with no trade compensation. You can’t have this guy showing up for workouts when camp begins, Skins, or you’re going to have a sideshow on your hands for the second consecutive offseason. The Redskins have 12 rookie draft picks – Don’t show them from Day 1 that their organization is a pack of stubborn idiots. It was a mistake to trade for McNabb – Just own the mistake and cut bait.
The Cowboys also set their camp date. Encouraging.
They join the Bills, Bengals and Seahawks as teams that will not field a player this year who made the list.
Redskins, take me off real quick, and let’s just go on ahead and play some football.
Wow, I kinda like Santana Moss.
Pat Kirwan thinks so. Matt disagrees.