Here’s what the Falcons will – and won’t – do this offseason – Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal Constitution
They won’t be crushed if Curtis Lofton leaves. The middle linebacker is a three-year starter and a fierce tackler, but there’s growing sentiment that he’s a liability against the pass. The question thus becomes: Would you pay $8 million a year for a two-down linebacker? At the right price, the Falcons would love to keep Lofton. If he does depart, they’d give Akeem Dent, the Georgia product taken in Round 3 last year, a long look in the middle.
Lofton could of course be an Eagles target in free agency.
Priority: Lock up Rodgers-Cromartie long term – Brian Solomon, McNabborKolb.com
Interesting numbers here. DRC was way better on the outside (excellent, actually) than he was in the slot, where he got abused.
Wallace’s availability could affect DeSean – Sheil Kapadia, Moving the Chains
I’m almost annoyed I didn’t think of this post first. Great job here by Sheil.
Possible Eagles target: Baylor RB Terrence Ganoway – Jason Brewer, BGN
Something I didn’t know: He’s Jeremiah Trotter’s nephew.
Something I do know: He struggled mightily in pass protection at the Senior Bowl practices.
Blame Ray – Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz
Poor Mike Mamula. Gets crapped on every year during Combine season, when in reality, it was Ray Rhodes that made the pick. Not to mention, it’s not as if Mamula was anything close to a mega-bust.
Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants after the jump…
Can Victor Butler step in for Anthony Spencer? – Archie Barberio, Blogging the Boys
Butler has the tools to become a weapon in Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense. His speed and acceleration are very good. Due to his speed, I believe he could overtake Spencer in the base defense. The reason Spencer has been tagged with the “Almost Anthony” nickname is due to his lack of pass rushing speed. When you compare Anthony Spencer’s and Victor Butler’s combine workouts, they are actually very similar. Both ran in the 4.7 range in the 40 yard dash, and both of them had similar short shuttles and vertical jumps. When I watch them rushing the passer, the eye test shows me that Victor Butler has better overall speed and acceleration.
Another hot topic has been Butler’s size and many wonder if he can durable. He stands in at 6-2 and weighs in at 249 pounds. Anthony Spencer stands in at 6-3 and weighs in at 257 pounds. If the Cowboys decide to go with Butler, they would only be sacrificing 1 inch and 8 pounds. James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers is only 6-0 and 242 pounds. Elvis Dumervil of the Denver Broncos is just 5-11 and 260 pounds. Both have had success in the 3-4 defense at outside linebacker. So let’s not underestimate Butler just because of his size.
I don’t see any reason the Cowboys can’t get production from Butler that’s equal to, or better than Spencer’s. The bar hasn’t exactly been set all that high, frankly.
Cowboys want meeting with Anthony Spencer’s agent – Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
While Archie and I agree that Butler can probably fill Spencer’s shoes, Jerry Jones evidently does not:
Jones said the Cowboys do not have an in-house candidate to replace Spencer “right now that we’d feel comfortable plugging in.”
Hey Jerry, it’s called leverage. Leverage can be your friend. Maybe you two should meet sometime.
The Combine rush sleeper – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation
Raf an Wes Bunting discuss Bruce Irvin of West Virginia.
Stephen Jones on Keith Brooking and Bradie James: “All good things come to an end” – Rainer Sabin, dallasnews.com
I think he meant “All mediocre things come to an end.”
Cowboys can’t sign Laurent Robinson before March 13 – Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys do not want to lose wide receiver Laurent Robinson, but they will not be able to re-sign him before free agency begins March 13.
Because Robinson signed a “minimum salary benefit” contract last year in which he was paid $685,000 but counted roughly $463,000 against the salary cap, league rules prevent the Cowboys from getting him under wraps before he can entertain offers elsewhere.
I believe Eagles LG Evan Mathis also falls into this category.
Which teams win close games in the NFL – OCC, Blogging the Boys
Spoiler: The Eagles don’t.
Tale of the tape: Alshon Jeffery vs Nebraska – UKRedskin, Hogs Haven
Jeffery’s stock has fallen recently, or so the pundits say. The Redskins might be tempted to grab him if he falls to the second round (that is, if the Redskins even hang onto their 2nd round pick).
Report: Mike Shanahan loves Brandon Weeden -Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven
Weeden didn’t have a good game at the Senior Bowl, but he was by far and away (as in, like, not even close) the best looking QB during the week of practices. Shanny coached the South Team, and would have gotten a very close look at him.
Combine preview: Finding out what’s under the QB’s helmet – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins
Rich will be at the Combine all week, as will Kevin from Hogs Haven. Make sure to check in on them. I’ll be sitting it out this year, as I’ll be elbow deep in placentas and whatnot.
RG3 will run, but may not throw at Combine – Anthony Brown, Redskin Hogs Heaven
This has since been confirmed.
“These guys in the front office, they’ve been doing this for years. They know what they gotta do. I want to be back. But they actually know what has to be done if they want me back.”
I have no idea what that means.
Cruz scores deal to author memoir – FOX Sports
Giants 2012 team needs – Sports Illustrated
Mine was better.
By the way, I wrote today’s morning Linky at the hospital. Baby on the way later today (hopefully):