First a couple players that want to stay in NJ:
Free agent Aaron Ross wants to be back.
Osi is willing to give the Giants a hometown discount, even though other teams can’t make him offers right now anyway, since he’s, uh, under contract.
Who’s the next Victor Cruz on the roster – Ohm, ESPN
I don’t think Victor Cruz’s grow on trees, but just for fun, I’ll pick an “off the radar” breakout player from each team: Giants, Mitch Petrus. Eagles, Clay Harbor. Cowboys, Victor Butler. Redskins, Perry Riley.
Manningham to hit free agency market, report says – Mike Garafolo, Star Ledger
The 38-yard toe-tapping catch in the Super Bowl was a money maker for him, no doubt, and there would surely be a team out there ready to pay him what the Giants aren’t willing and/or able to pay. They’re over the salary cap and have two other wide receivers higher on the depth chart who will soon require sizable contract extensions.
Plus, as Manningham showed when he ran the wrong route on the next play after the big catch in the Super Bowl, he still makes the occasional mental mistake. As I said in my Super Bowl XLVI game review, the sideline catch is why he’ll get paid but the next play is why it won’t be by the Giants.
Justin Tuck, Chris Canty have surgery – Ohm, ESPN
Bunch of other guys did too, per Ohm. The Giants kind of remind me of this (0:50 mark).
Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins after the jump…
RG3 and DJax (Sounds like a Sci-fi movie) – Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz
The Eagles have done nothing but say good things in regard to DeSean Jackson the last week or so. Anyone else’s BS meter been going off due to this? Dave Spadaro keeps pushing the idea DeSean is coming back. Howie, Andy, and Marty are ready to adopt him (3 Men And A Franchise Tagged WR – worst movie idea ever).
Then Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles would listen to trade offers. Even more interesting, that Tweet was retweeted by Eagles Insider, as in…let’s get this rumor out there. Was that just the team simply feeding fans a good rumor or is this a deliberate plan of action? Let’s say good things and make it sound all buddy-buddy with DeSean. Then we’ll quietly float the rumor that DeSean can be had for the right offer.
Love that the Eagles retweeted Schefter.
Asante’s agent sees no need for trade – Les Bowen, Eagletarian
Alonzo Shavers, attending the NFLPA agents’ meeting at the NFL Scouting Combine, said “a trade is not imminent, by any stretch,” which is technically true, since NFL teams are not allowed to trade players right now. “I don’t think his number is going to affect the scenario,” Shavers said. “Philly’s got money. Did they change owners?”
No, but they do have a salary cap to fit under, and they found trying to meld Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie an impossible task last season. The assumption is the Birds will try to trade Samuel to get out from under the final two years of his contract, and to clarify their corner situation.
Use draft picks for keys vets in trade, not rookies – Rich Hofmann, philly.com
Given the ongoing uncertainties about DeSean Jackson and his production, it is time to make the bold move. Let Jackson go, take the first-round pick and exchange it for Jackson’s replacement, for a known quantity.
To me, (Steelers WR Mike)Wallace is the best of the available wideouts. He is fast, very fast, in the same way that Jackson is very fast, but he also brings a smidgen more size and an extra portion of gumption.
Hate that idea. Not mentioned is that you’re going to have to pay Wallace a boatload for him to come to Philly, which is what you’re trying to avoid doing with DeSean. If you’re willing to pay big money for Wallace, I’m not sure that trading a first round pick for “a smidgen more size and an extra portion of gumption” is the better option than just paying DeSean and keeping the pick.
A scenario where Terence Newman returns? – Todd Archer, ESPN
No way. Opposing offenses, especially at the end of the season last year, were picking on Newman like Homer Simpson going back to college:
I’m not sure I’d be interested in retaining Newman even if he were making the league minimum.
JJ on Scandrick extension: “I wouldn’t revisit that at all” – Rainer Sabin,, dallasnews.com
I thought it was a dumb contract when they did it last year, and that sentiment hasn’t changed.
OK St. QB Brandon Weeden on being 28 (older than Aaron Rodgers) – Dan Kadar, Mocking the Draft
That’s really the only knock on me is my age. I have fun with it. And here’s the fact, I can’t change it. I can change a lot of things, my footwork, throwing motion, release. I can’t change my birth certificate. I wish I could pull a Danny Almonte, but I can’t do it.
Awesome Danny Almonte reference. Google him if you have to.
Chris Rainey on what he learned Senior Bowl week: “Nothing” – Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven
How was your relationship with (Redskins RB Coach) Bobby T over Senior Bowl week and what feedback did he give you?
Umm….(8 second pause). Great coach. Umm. Laid back. All he said was ‘Do your thang.’ That’s all.
That’s some fine coaching right there.
More good stuff from Kevin here.
RG3 steals the NFL Combine media session – Dan Kadar, Mocking the Draft
The Heisman Trophy winner made it a point to say the offense typically goes through three reads before he targets the check down option. The only time Griffin lost his smile during the 15-minute session was when someone mentioned an analyst said the Baylor offense was “simple.”
“I’d like to sit down with ‘em and show ‘em how simple it is, Griffin said. “It’s not a simple offense. It’s a really great offense and it’s a quarterback-friendly offense. Simple would not be the word to describe it.”