(Sigh)… Addressing the DJ Williams to Philly “rumor”

The Eagles' LBs stink. Wait, DJ Williams is a LB! How about DJ Williams... to the Eagles... for something between a 2 and 4! Sounds reasonable! Logging onto twitter to break the report!

UPDATE AT 4:28pm – Apparently this morning on SportsCenter, Adam Schefter threw out a few trades that, in his opinion, would make sense.  It wasn’t a report – just Schefter musing on some deals that could make sense for both teams.  And what was one that he mentioned?  DJ Williams and Brian Dawkins to the Eagles, naturally, which is what I thought I squashed this morning (below).  Apologies for being the turd in the punchbowl, but there is nothing to see here.  You’re killing me, Schefty.

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I’ve gotten all sorts of questions about a rumor that the Eagles and Broncos are talking about a trade that would send D.J. Williams to the Eagles in return for a 2012 draft pick.  E-mail, tweets, texts, etc.  Before I get into my thoughts on that “rumor,” allow me to first explain that my own “inside information” on any matters involving the Eagles or any other NFC East team is very minimal, if not completely non-existent.  I attend Eagles game in the press box, and have access to the players after the game in the locker room.  During games, I can recognize that the Giants got a huge play on the same exact play two years in a row, and after the game, I can ask the player that got burnt if he recognized that play from watching film during the week.  I have a slight advantage there, but nothing major, and nothing in the way of “inside information.”  As for actual “sources” that might clue me in on potential trades, I don’t have anything even remotely close to such a thing.  In fact, they don’t really exist at all when it comes to trades.  Sure, teams might occasionally leak something that suits their interests, but they’re not going going to waste their time leaking it to a virtually unknown guy with little more than a twitter account.  Every once in a blue moon, a Jay Glazer or Adam Schefter is going to break trade talks, and if there’s smoke, a deal is typically imminent.

Don’t fall for the nonsense.  Before I show the actual “report” that led to me receiving questions about this trade and play into what this clown really wants, you have to promise not to follow him on twitter… OK?  Promise?  You know what? Let’s even say it out loud –  “I swear on my mother I will not follow this guy on twitter as a direct result of this post.”  Seriously.  Say it out loud, or you’re not allowed to read the rest of this post.  Done? OK, here’s his tweet:

BREAKING NFL UPDATE - Philadelphia Eagles are in trade negotiations with the Denver Broncos for LB D.J. Williams hearing 3rd or 4th rd pick
@ALLsportsINTEL
Rich Smith

Now, here’s where he protects himself.

He follows up the “BREAKING NFL UPDATE” by saying “Reports are Denver Broncos are looking for a 2nd rd pick for LB D.J. Williams,” and then adds that the Eagles might give a “3rd or 4th, can’t see Eagles giving up a 2nd though.”

And right there is the basic formula:

1) Introduce a “BREAKING” rumor.

2) Say one team wants “X compensation.”

3) Say the other team is willing to give up “Y compensation.”

4) Collect new twitter followers.

5) In the end, note that the teams just couldn’t agree on a deal, or that it was only a rumor.

6) If the rumor becomes even remotely true in any way, shape or form (for example, if the Eagles trade for a LB, but not DJ Williams, or if the Broncos trade DJ Williams, but not to the Eagles), declare yourself a huge success.

That’s pretty much the M.O. here.  Look at some past scenarios that mirror this exact scenario:

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
**NFL** Just received a call that the Miami Dolphins are talking to the Cincinnati Bengals about QB Carson Palmer.

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
**BREAKING NFL UPDATE** Carson Palmer to Miami Dolphins talks are heating up, sources report Bengals looking for a 2nd rd draft pick.

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
**NFL UPDATE** Cincinnati Bengals asking the Miami Dolphins for a 2nd rd pick for QB Carson Palmer, sources report Dolphins very serious.

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
Carson Palmer to the Miami Dolphins update. Sources report Bengals set on a 2nd, Dolphins don’t want to go higher than a 3rd.

He’s also the guy responsible for this nonsense:

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
NFL TRADE UPDATE- Source close to situation Reporting that Eagles and 49ers are in negotiations on a trade Asante Samuel for Patrick Willis.

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
Multiple sources now reporting that Patrick Willis to the Philadelphia Eagles for Asante Samuel talks becoming a possibility.

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
@
@chrismedina It would be Samuel and possibly the 2nd rd pick picked up in the Kolb trade.

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
Lot of responses to Patrick Willis for Asante Samuel and picks rumor, i reported a rumor from a contact its not a definite its a possibility

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
ATTENTION once again to the people responding to the Willis/Samuels rumor, its a rumor, i post rumors just as much as facts, RELAX.

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
Asante Samuel Patrick Willis were the names that 2 contacts mentioned, also said picks would be involved if it happened, far fetched agreed

Same pattern.

I took a look at some of this guy’s followers, and sadly, I recognized a few.  I’m almost mad at myself for writing 800 words on this shit.  So please, so I don’t have to do this again, do me and more importantly… yourselves… a huge favor with this guy:

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  80. If the Eagles give up one of their 2nd round picks for DJ Williams they will be in worse shape then they are already in. DJ Williams won’t come in and make the impact they need to salvage their season. The all hype team needs to play with what they’ve got and pray their scouts can pick out LB’s in the 2012 draft that they can build on. They also need offensive lineman and a solid backup QB. They are crazy if they give up anything more than a 4th for DJ.

    1. Stephen says:

      I’m actually encouraged by Mike Kafka as a backup QB, but you’re right about the OL, with the new scheme we need more bodies at that position.

      And obviously LB is such a huge priority. Fucking Casey Mathews sharting the sheets really cost us this year.

      1. CarverM says:

        It’s not Casey Matthews’ fault that y’all expected a 4th round pick to come in and start at MLB for you as a rookie. I’d imagine that if he was projected to have the talent to produce as a rookie at that position, then he would not have been a 4th round pick.

  81. PE says:

    Thanks for doing this, Jimmy! Going to be linking to it a lot on twitter to the people who actually think this guy is legit.

  82. Immynimmy says:

    Was this the same guy that started the Maclin and Cancer rumors?

  83. Fred Smith says:

    Was his breaking news before or after Adam Schefter created that same imaginary trade when asked to make one up on ESPN?

  84. Stephen says:

    I’m sorry Jimmy but I think your rant got upstaged by that guys user name. I mean what the hell?

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    It seems like you may be starting a case against this guy’s credibility.

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  88. Jeremy Maclin's weiner says:

    Thank you! Been waiting for someone to shoot this down. Classic Jimmy rant.

    1. What the hell is that user name?

    2. DJ says:

      Maybe that should be a new blog, “Epic rants by Jimmy”.

      1. CarverM says:

        “Brought to you by Jeremy Maclin’s Weiner and guest blogger, Brandon Stokeley’s Package.”

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