Linky, February 14, 2012: Eagles “curious” about Randy Moss

Cowboys might place tag on Spencer – Clarence Hill, Star Telegram

Spencer…. Hmmm… Spencer for Hire?  They’re thinking about tagging Spencer for Hire?  Or maybe the terrible mall store with useless crap, Spencers?  No, that doesn’t make any sense.  Not sure who else they could be talking about.   Wait… not Anthony Spencer.  The Cowboys can’t possibly be considering paying Anthony Spencer $9 million this season, can they?  Anthony, word of advice… If the Cowboys send you a franchise tag tender, sign that thing and file it with the league immediately.

Would the Cowboys be interested in signing Randy Moss? With Jerry running the show, you never know – Jon Machota, dallasnews.com

The chances of the Cowboys attempting to sign Randy Moss seems highly unlikely. Receiver is one of the few areas the franchise doesn’t need an upgrade and re-signing Laurent Robinson should be a higher priority than adding a receiver that turned 35 on Monday.

But with Jerry Jones running the show you never really know.

I love that these article, previously written with Al Davis in mind, have now moved over to Jerry Jones.

“Inconsequential” Cowboys should be flattered that the Giants are even talking about them – Rich Gosselin, SportsDay DFW

Gosselin: The Cowboys should be flattered anyone’s even talking about them. They’ve been inconsequential. The fact that the Giants are going to talk about the Cowboys, they beat the Cowboys twice. The Cowboys couldn’t beat the Giants or the Eagles, they were the third team in the division. They ought to be flattered that the world champions are talking about them.

Ouch.

Source: Routt to visit Cowboys, three others – Aaron Wilson, Scout FOX

I was going to make some sort of snarky comment about Routt and Mike Jenkins breaking records for pass interference, but I looked up Jenkins’ 2011 penalties, and found that he didn’t have a single penalty.  Not one.  Wow.  So why do I have the idea in my head that he’s a pass interference machine?  Oh… he had 8 in 2010.  Good job by Jenkins turning that around.

Eyeing the QB’s: Matt Flynn – John Keim, Washington Examiner

I did a bit of a double-take when John suggested that Flynn won’t get as much money as Kyle Orton in free agency.  I would have liked to have heard more from John on that one.

Peyton Manning in Washington: Press opinions are unwanted – John Atchison, Yahoo “Fan’s perspective”

Lol, this guy leads with this sentence:

Evidently, the amateur general managers that pose as reporters believe we need their opinion on the subject.

And then, a mere 4 paragraphs down, he must have forgotten the theme of his own post, as he played a little round of “amateur GM” himself:

Washington has the capability to improve the offense greatly, especially if Manning signs to a two-year deal. They can bring in a Marques Colston or Vincent Jackson in free agency. They might pick up a Justin Blackmon with the sixth pick. Do you not think Colston, Blackmon, Santana Moss, and Fred Davis make up a solid core?

Giants’ Bradshaw: Redskins have a great team – hamptonroads.com

Lost in Bradshaw’s mini-rant about the Cowboys never being able to win with Tony Romo at the helm, was this quote about the Skins.  It’s funny how perspective works.  The Skins spanked the Giants this season… twice.  They didn’t just beat them.  Again, they spanked them.  Of course, they only won 3 other games.  I’m going to go out on a limb and guess Bradshaw didn’t see the majority of those.

Surgery no big Diehl to Giants lineman – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

Fun with homonyms.

Jacobs willing to take another pay cut to stay with Big Blue – Ralph Vacchiano, NY Daily News

There’s no way the Giants are paying him $4.9 million, and there’s no chance anyone else is, either.  He played in only 26.6% of the Giants’ offensive snaps in 2011, despite not being injured.  And when he did play, he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry, albeit behind a line that couldn’t open up holes.  This is a good job by his agent, who knows that a pay cut is better than being cut.

Manning “sad” Sullivan is leaving – Mike Mazzeo, ESPN NY

Eli haz a sad.

Eagles Babin happy Wide 9 is returning – NFL.com

Of course he is.

Randy Moss’ dedication hinges on his dedication – Jason Cole, Yahoo

Eagles are reportedly “curious.”

After apparently talking about the idea with friends for about a month, wide receiver Randy Moss celebrated his 35th birthday Monday by announcing his intentions to return to the NFL. One big question is whether Moss can reignite the passion with the team he has so openly adored over the years.

Yes, the New England Patriots could use Moss in a serious way. In addition, according to a source close to Moss, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets are at least curious and the San Francisco 49ers could look to fill a hole if they let go of Josh Morgan in free agency. A source with one of those teams conveyed via text it would be “intriguing” to see what Moss has left in the tank after a year away from the game.

The Eagles made a very strong run at Moss the season after he lit up the league for 23 TD’s, so it would make some sense from that perspective.  At the very least, he couldn’t possibly be any worse than Steve Smith… Right?

If the Eagles’ mood on Moss is upgraded from “curious” to “pondering,” I’ll be all over it.  Wait… I’m getting word that Joe Buck is “disgusted.”

Love that Cris Collinsworth thinks it’s funny, but Buck cuts him off.

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  16. DerfDiggy says:

    Probably late to the party and this post will go unnoticed…but…

    Regarding Spencer…while I would hate to see him franchised at 8 million a season…Bob Sturm puts it best in this article:
    http://sturminator.blogspot.com/2012/02/think-like-general-manager.html

    Fact of the matter is Spencer is an above average LB’er in the NFL. Obviously not the greatest at rushing the passer…but the Cowboys could do much worst. Who do you get to replace Spencer? Victor Butler is a huge liability against the rush.
    Break the bank for Super Mario? I can see that for a 4-3 team…..but to play him out of position in Dallas? Hmmm no.

    And as far as the Draft there are 1) more pressing needs along the OL & Secondary, and 2) Would an Upshaw come in and give you anything more than Spencer? Probably not.

    So what do you do, Jimmy & Co. ?

    1. Thanks for posting that. I really like Sturm and his work, but I think he’s wildly overrating Spencer there. I’ll do a full post on that, taking the other side. Good find.

  17. Will says:

    So did we ever resolve the midseason bet on Babin?
    Did he end with more sacks than penalties?

    1. Without looking it up (I’m on my phone), there’s no way Babin had more penalties than sacks. He had 18.5 sacks and really turned it on at the end of the season.

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  19. Trueblue63 says:

    Which teams are weak minded enough to sign Moss to anything with any kind of signing bonus or guaranteed money?

    1. Free Plax says:

      Doubt anybody is dumb enough to give Moss guaranteed money or a significant signing bonus, hower, I could see a team that thinks they are close, like Phily, Jets and or Texans, Kicking Moss’s tires

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