Linky, February 29, 2012: Cortland Finnegan, the new NFCE heel?

Expect the compensation for RG3 to be more than what the Giants gave up for Eli.

Redskins prepared to part with 2 first round picks and more for Rams’ #2 spot in draft – Mike Jones, Washington Post

The Washington Redskins are prepared to part with two first-round draft picks, plus other selections in the early and middle rounds, to secure the St. Louis Rams’ No. 2 pick in April’s draft and land Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

The Rams are said to be seeking compensation similar to what the San Diego Chargers received from the New York Giants in exchange for Eli Manning in 2004. That year, the Chargers drafted Manning first overall. The Giants sent their fourth overall pick, the following year’s first-round pick, and their 2004 third- and fifth-round picks to San Diego for the quarterback who has since led New York to two Super Bowl victories.

I think the Rams will get more than what the Chargers got from the Giants, and I also think the Redskins should give up what it takes to get RG3.

Casserly: RG3 could cost 3 ones – The Sports Junkies (radio)

Casserly is the guy that fleeced the Saints when they traded their entire draft for Ricky Williams, so he some experience in this kind of situation.  Great stuff here.  Worth a listen to the whole thing.

4 years, $12 million for Will Montgomery – Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk

No guaranteed money past 2012.  Good deal for the Skins.

Giants, Eagles,and Cowboys after the jump…

Agent for Domenik Hixon “hoping to finalize a deal very soon” – Mike Garafolo, Star Ledger

I liked Hixon as a player when he was healthy, but the odds are against him coming back from a torn ACLs in the same knee two consecutive seasons and giving significant contributions.

Giants to open season on Wednesday, Sept. 5 – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

The Giants have home games against the Packers, Saints, Eagles, Cowboys, and Steelers.  NBC will have no shortage of bigtime ratings options to choose from.  My bet is on the Packers.


Dontari Poe: Future phenom, wuss, or something in between?

Lets talk Luke and Poe – Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

I’m sure Washburn is incredibly fascinated with Poe.  Is he willing to push for him at pick 15?  That’s the huge question.  Poe could be a guy that kills reputations.  Those who pass on him might regret it.  Those who take him might just feel the same way.

One thing I think people have to understand.  Poe is not a physically dominant player.  Haloti Ngata ate up triple teams in college.  Poe was single-blocked by C-USA guys on a regular basis. Yes, Poe has amazingly unique skills.  Physically dominating the man across from him isn’t one of them.

A DL coach like Jim Washburn could change that.  He could put his foot up Poe’s backside and challenge his manhood.  Jim would keep pushing buttons until something clicked and Poe either lived up to his talent or become completely exposed as a huge wuss.  And that is a realistic possibility.  When a guy of his size/skill set doesn’t dominate lesser competition, that is a serious issue.

Plaxico on his desire to play for Eagles – Jason Brewer, BGN

The idea of bringing Plax to Philly is growing on me.  He understands what his role might be if he were to join the Eagles, and seems genuinely interested in winning above all else.  It all depends on how much he’ll cost.  Last year, he made $3 million with the Jets.  If that figure comes down some, I see no reason not to bring him in.

Speedy, athletic linebackers largely impress on the Combine stage – Tony Pauline, SI

A deep, impressive LB class is just what the Eagles need.  Tony touches on a number of LB’s that are personally intriguing to me, including Shae McClellin, LUUUUUKE, Mychal Kendricks, Demario Davis, and Zach Brown.

Cowboys free agency 2012: Five days to a big fizzle? – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

Some interesting nuggets here on Mario Williams and the Seahawks, centers Scott Wells and Chris Myers and the Packers, Tyvon Branch and the Raiders, and the Drew Bress / Carl Nicks situation down in New Orleans.

Cowboys draft talk: workout warrior Melvin Ingram – Archie Barberio, Blogging the Boys

Big Ingram fan here.  I believe he can step in on Day 1 at LOLB and be better than Anthony Spencer.

Cowboys target CBs Brandon Carr, Cortland Finnegan – Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas

We already knew about Carr, but this Finnegan report is new.  Finnegan just seems like a great guy to have in the bEast.  He’s an asshole, frankly, and he’d be fun as a heel for the fans of the Redskins, Eagles, and Giants to hate.

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  6. Roy says:

    Finnegan has got Cowboy written all over him.

  7. Tracer Bullet says:

    Finnegan also fits the Antonio Pierce/Laron Landry mold of players who talk a lot of shit before getting roasted on the field. Andre Johnson beat that boy like his daddy should have.

    1. Immynimmy says:

      Bradon Jacob, Osi, Keith Brooking, etc.

  8. Redskins Fan says:

    If the Redskins trade and get RG3, the Giants/Redskins matchup could be intriguing as a start of the season game, too. The Redskins and Giants have opened the season in a prime time game (Thursday, Sunday Night, or Monday) a number of times the last few years.

    1. I don’t think the Skins have a national appeal at this point. No offense intended here, but they’ve won 11 games the past 2 years. A rookie QB is a nice story, but that’s not enough. MAYBE if they sign Peyton (bro vs bro) you could see the Skins, but otherwise that game’s cache doesn’t touch the others.

      1. Will says:

        I’m sick of opening the season vs Washington. It’s happened like four of the last 5 years. Different people pls

  9. RogerPodacter says:

    3M for plax seems like a steal when you figure how much vince young and steve smith made last year…

  10. Immynimmy says:

    I’m starting to wonder if Reid wants RGIII to buy him some time. A lot of people are already saying he’s on a short leash(I’m still not sure if he even has one at all). Now don’t get me wrong, I know that RGIII is the real deal and that it’s not like Reid would do it JUST to save his job and buy him some time, but it’s certainly interesting to speculate.

  11. CarverM says:

    Interesting deal for Monty. Looks to me like Shanny and Allen are saying “You’ll still take us back if we go looking for someone sexier and strike out, right?”

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