Linky, February 27, 2012: Brandon Carr to the Cowboys? Manningham to Tampa?

First of all, thanks to everyone that reached out to me to offer congrats and good luck on the birth of my daughter this weekend.  The wife and I appreciate it.

2012 tale of the tape for guards and centers – OCC, Blogging the Boys

Excellent work here.  Worth a look from everyone, not just Cowboys fans.

Brandon Carr

Cowboys covet Chiefs’ Carr – Pro Football Weekly

All the talk prior to free agency is over which offensive lineman the Cowboys might sign. But another high-profile player at a different position could end up being the apple of their eyes. Sources have said the Cowboys would love for Chiefs CB Brandon Carr to hit the open market, so they can make a run at him. The expectation is that the Chiefs could franchise Carr and are said to be in fine cap shape, but they also have WR Dwayne Bowe to worry about. If Carr somehow makes it to March 13 unsigned, expect the Cowboys to go all in for him and worry about a high-profile guard (Carl Nicks or someone else) thereafter.

A few other nuggets about the Skins and Giants here as well.

Janoris Jenkins frank about drug issues at NFL Combine – Dan Kadar, Mocking the Draft

When Janoris Jenkins met the media at the NFL Combine Sunday, he was peppered with questions about his past drug use and getting kicked out of Florida.

To his credit, Jenkins answered every one, regardless of how touchy the subject. Jenkins admitted NFL teams have been asking him about his drug possession, the number of times he was arrested and how many tests he failed.

Jenkins was frank, saying he was arrested three times. Twice was for marijuana possession, once for a bar fight. At Florida, he had one positive drug test and vows to never smoke again.

Jenkins’ talent at the Senior Bowl was unquestioned.  He can definitely play.  It’ll be interesting to see if teams believe he can stay out of trouble off the field or not, which could mean the difference between being drafted at, oh say, 14th by Dallas, or if he slips out of the first round.

Stephen Jones: Cowboys talked shop with agents of Anthony Spencer, Dez Bryant, and Laurent Robinson at Combine – Clarence Hill, Cowboys Coner

A few others as well.

Redskins, Giants, and Eagles after the jump…

From Howard Eskin’s twitter account:

I'm told by people within Redskins they are prepared to offer picks 1,2 and 3 this year, at least a 1 next year to move up to get RG3 at 2
Howard Eskin


Eskin is of course a Philly guy, and while I might be inclined to believe this kind of nugget if he were reporting it about the Eagles, I can’t help but be skeptical that he’d get info like this instead of one of the Skins’ beat guys.  But you never know.  Anyway, let’s put it to a vote, just for fun (and so I can test out my new poll feature).  Would you make that deal if you were the Skins?


RG3 runs a 4.38 at the Combine – Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven

Good stuff here from Kevin, including an interview with Baylor’s Terence Ganoway.  Kevin also has video of RG3’s 40, which has since been downgraded to a 4.41.  Very impressive.

Center Will Montgomery and Redskins agree to 4 year deal – Mike Jones, The Insider

Kind of old news by now, at least to Redskins fans, but I wanted to note it anyway.  Nothing special as a player, but he’s versatile and can play any of the interior OL spots.  Good job by the Skins.

Griffin says meeting with Shanahan was “awesome” – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

Griffin listed some of the quarterbacks after whom he patters his games and he surely knows that two of them, John Elway and Steve Young, played for Shanahan in Denver and San Francisco, respectively.

Hankerson surgery will cost him valuable development time – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

Hankerson said that he will be ready for the start of training camp and that certainly is a good sign. However, he will miss the offseason activities, which are invaluable for younger players still trying to learn the game. The conditioning sessions, OTA’s and minicamp were cancelled last year, prior to Hankerson’s rookie season, due to the NFL lockout.

From Tony Pauline’s twitter account, Bart Scott changing NJ teams?

Word from the combine: if the Jets cut Bart Scott he could end up changing locker rooms and playing for the Giants..
Tony Pauline


Scott’s 2012 salary is apparently fully guaranteed, so I’m not sure why exactly the Jets would cut him, unless he’s an asshat.

Brockers looking like bigger version of JPP – Clark Judge, CBS

Brockers isn’t JPP, but he’s in the same neighborhood. He has a limited résumé. He’s coming off a productive season. He has a huge upside. And his wingspan is so enormous that when he was introduced on NFL Network on Saturday afternoon, he was asked to spread his 35-inch arms.

They spanned almost 84 inches — or three inches more than Pierre-Paul.

With his arms, Pierre-Paul frazzled Brady. Brockers could do the same. Pierre-Paul had only one year of stardom at South Florida. Brockers had the same at LSU. Pierre-Paul was considered a boom-or-bust pick, and Brockers has a little of that going for him, too. Brockers plays inside and Pierre-Paul is outside, but he just might become the disruptive force that Jason Pierre-Paul is today.

Rafael Vela of Cowboys Nation notes that several sources have told him that Brockers won’t get past the Panthers at 8:

Michael Brockers:  window 6-8   He’s now a solid top-10 prospect.  He would make sense for the Rams if they dropped to 6 and passed on Richardson.   I’ve heard from more than one source that he won’t get past Carolina at 8.  The normal caveats apply, but he would make sense in Carolina blue.

Quick note: The Panthers lost the coin toss to the Fins for the 8th pick, and will pick 9th.

Report: Mario 75% chance he’s leaving – Ohm, ESPN

Up from 74.3% on Saturday.

Bucs next for Manningham? – CBS

Some thinking Mario will follow former Giants QB coach and new Tampa offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to Florida.

RG3 to Philly? It’s pretty crazy – Brian Solomon,

Brian rebuts my post titled “RG3 to Philly? It’s actually not that crazy.”  I agree with almost everything Brian is saying here, with the exception that such a move would be an admission that the Eagles can’t win in 2012.

Vontaze Burfict blames his 2011 season on coaches – Jason Brewer, BGN

This guy is destroying himself.

WR’s looking good – Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

Tommy notes a few guys he likes, a few he doesn’t.  My personal WR man crush remains Joe Adams of Arkansas.


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  15. Scott says:

    I’m hoping we send them Asante, our 1st, a 2nd, a 5th, and our 2nd next year to get RG3. If that doesn’t work maybe throw in a 3rd or DeSean if he can’t be re-signed

  16. WeNeedLinemen says:

    I’d make that trade for RGIII but I suspect that package wont be enough.

    The Browns have been trading back for the last 3-years and have had 10-picks in the first two rounds. They’ve got more cushion to absorb a trade, and they can beat that package without having to dip into next year’s picks.

  17. Immynimmy says:

    The whole RGIII saga for Eagles fans is such a dichotomy. I mean we still have issues: we need at least 1 (preferable 2) starting quality LBs. We need O-Line depth. We may or may not need a starter at safety. We may or may not need a WR. We need to look to the future for a QB with Vick at age 32 and injury issues constantly being an issues.

    Having said that, I’ve seen RGIII play. Words can’t explain what type of a unique talent he has…seriously. He has the brains, the body (minus a few inches), the talent, the marketability, the arm, the strength, etc to be a pro bowl caliber QB (not just a good starter, the guy is really legit). I would honestly take him over Luck (I’ve seen Luck play, and even though it really isn’t that good of an indicator, Luck played behind the best pass blocking O-line in college football.

    Now let’s take a look at our picks from rounds 1-3, shall we?



    (Okay, we nailed that year with Maclin and McCoy [Note: no 3rd round pick])

    2-Jackson (may very well be gone this offseason)


    etc, etc.

    I mean, I know that it’s possible we could KILL this draft, but based on our track record, is giving up a 1, 2, 3, and next year’s 1 worth it? I don’t know. RGIII is VERY special, yet we have other needs. Too many variables with the FA, Desean, Asante, etc.

    1. Brian says:

      Kolb and Laws were 2nd rounders…

  18. Smitty2K3 says:

    RE: Skins trading for RG3.

    We’ll all probably be ripping the Skins after the fact if they give up that kind of package for RG3. But I say they should do it. I hope they don’t, quite honestly. Because this guy has every tool to be a franchise QB. All evidence suggests he’s a taller, more accurate Mike Vick, and he is a very smart, high-character kid (He was recruited by Stanford for goodness sake). I wasn’t real high on him back in December, but I’ve come around since then. I’d still rather have Luck, but RG3 isn’t a bad consolation prize.

    1. Free Plax says:

      Skins need a QB, I would not rip them for taking a shot a franchise QB, the real question is can they develop him or will the ruin RG3 with coaching turnover, new systems to learn every couple of years. In other words if they don’t win for a couple of years while RG3 is learning the QB position will Syner fire Shanny.

      1. “In other words if they don’t win for a couple of years while RG3 is learning the QB position will Snyder fire Shanny.”

        I think that’s a good point, but with a rookie QB, you might overlook another 6 or 7 win season if the rookie QB shows excellent promise. You don;t want to get into the pattern they got into with Jason Campbell, where the guy had to learn a new offense every year.

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