There’s also a video with analysis of Romo’s golf swing. So that’s what Tony’s doing.
Nope, the NFL retired you.
The Giants winning Super Bowl XLVI is a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys.
Nothing makes Jerry Jones’ skin crawl more than an NFC East foe winning the Super Bowl and then claiming to be America’s Team.
Nothing makes him cringe more than losing an elite free agent prospect to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Don’t think for one second that these things won’t be on his mind when he opens up his pocketbook to ensure that Eli Manning is being peeled off the turf, Michael Vick is being run into a sideline garbage can headfirst, and whatever quarterback Washington trots out will be limping back to the bench where he belongs.
Rob Ryan expressed his interest in acquiring some new toys at the end of this season, and he is going to get them.
Jerry will find a way to put Mario Williams in a Dallas Cowboys uniform next season. Bet it.
The franchise tag number for defensive ends in 2012 is going to be somewhere around $11 million. However, that doesn’t apply to Williams. Williams falls under the “120% rule,” meaning that if you franchise tag him, he’ll make the greater of either the regular franchise tag number, or 120% of his 2012 salary cap number, which was $15,150,000. Therefore, if the Texans want to tag him, they’ll have to do so at a little more than $18 million. As a result, it’s almost a certainty that the Texans are going to have to let him walk.
The prospect of lining up DeMarcus Ware on one side and a guy like Mario Williams on the other is unquestionably a scary thought for opposing defenses. However, Ware signed a 6-year contract extension in 2009 worth $78 million. You can bet that Williams and agent Ben Dogra are well aware of that deal, even if Williams’ career production isn’t quite was Ware’s has been.
For years, the Cowboys have been very top heavy. There’s been no shortage of star players at the top of their food chain, but they’ve typically had virtually no adequate depth whatsoever and gaping holes at other key positions. Spending the kind of money that Williams will be looking for would be a step in continuing that trend. The above author sees an emotional decision-making Jerry Jones as a good thing. I wouldn’t.
The position makes some sense, but it’s not as if the secondary is their only need. Interior OL and pass rusher and right there as well. I like Mark Barron, but if you’re taking him at 14, there’s a pretty good chance you’re leaving a more talented player on the board.
Updated note – As Rich Tandler of Real Redskins has also pointed out to me, Barron is thought to have a double hernia. I didn’t even know you could have multiple hernias. Anyway, after doing to some research on it, the thinking is that he could be out until July/August, so you can pretty much forget about him going 14th overall.
Redskins, Giants, and Eagles after the jump…
Sally Jenkins wrote one of my favorite pieces during the lockout. She’s an absolutely fantastic researcher, writer, and journalist, for whom I have the utmost respect. But this kind of thing is out of her jurisdiction. I get it – Peyton Manning is one of the best QB’s of all time, and may or may not still be on the same level as a player as he’s been over the last decade. To be determined. But even with Manning on board, it’s not like the Redskins are suddenly going to be serious Super Bowl contenders. They’ll obviously be much better, but “much better” shouldn’t be the goal. Over the entire Dan Snyder era, immediate gratification has trumped patient building. They’ve done a good job getting younger and building for the future over the past year or so. Signing Manning, in my opinion, would stunt that growth. At the very least, it’s not the kind of situation where’d you say “OMG, WE HAVE TO GET THIS GUY” as Jenkins is doing here.
Broken down into 4 categories: Pros for the Skins, cons for the Skins, why Manning might be interested, and why he might not.
Playing in KC, Carr is sort of an unknown to most NFL fans, but he’s going to get a lot of attention from GM’s around the league this offseason. Good player, and he’ll be 26 when the 2012 season begins. He’d definitely make sense for the Skins, as they can rid themselves of DeAngelo Hall’s terrible contract an bring in Carr (a better player) for much less money.
Aaaaaand Umenyiora’s contract stuff begins 4 days after the Super Bowl.
Thomas is an interesting player for the other 31 teams. Very solid corner before he tore his ACL, but they should be wary that the Giants will know how that knee is doing better than anyone else out there. See Steve Smith. I expect Thomas to be back in NJ on a one year deal.
Andre Brown, Ryan Perrilloux, Brandon Bing, Selvish Capers, Dan DePalma, Dwayn Hendricks, Christian Hopkins, Isaiah Stanback, and Adrian Tracy.
This isn’t even a debate anymore.
Howard Eskin apparenly ran into Plaxico Burress at the Super Bowl:
Leader in the clubhouse for dumb offseason pieces. There will be more.
While the Cardinals made a strong finish in 2011, another botched playoff run will leave jobs on the line, including coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves among a host of others. Do they really want to leave their fate in the hands of Kolb?
Yes, it would be hard to give up on Kolb so soon. He is guaranteed $21 million from the Cardinals regardless of what happens and is due a $7 million roster bonus in mid-March. But let’s be honest, had Kolb not been signed to a contract of that magnitude, that cap space might have been used elsewhere, meaning the Cards really aren’t out that much.
Factor in that Manning is reportedly willing to take an incentive-based contract with little guaranteed money, and it could be the perfect marriage for both parties.
If the opportunity to acquire Manning presents itself, it might be time for Arizona to cut its losses with Kolb and put itself in a better position to win. That’s exactly what bringing Manning to the desert would do.
If the Cardinals do indeed “cut their losses” with Kolb, will Kolb find a starting job elsewhere? And if not, is there a better fit for him in the NFL than right back in Philly behind an injury risk like Michael Vick?