Linky, March 7, 2012: Poll – If you’re a Giants/Eagles/Cowboys fan, do you want the Skins to sign Peyton Manning?

Dan Connor, another band-aid at linebacker – Brian Solomon, McNabborKolb.com

Dan Connor has been out of sight since he graduated from Penn State. In four years and only 17 starts in the NFL, Connor has one sack, one pass defensed, and one forced fumble. Not exactly stellar production. It’s actually more interesting that the Eagles were considering him to help out last season.

Then again, he’d be better than what the Eagles had in 2012.  So there’s that!

Freddie Mitchell faces tax fraud charges – Jason Brewer, BGN

Fast Freddie faces federal tax fraud charges in connection with a scheme to get false tax returns from professional athletes.

The scheme was cooked up by two tax preparers who hired Mitchell to recruit former athletes. The idea was that the athletes would hire this firm to do their taxes and then the firm, without the athletes’ knowledge, would file false returns and keep the refunds for themselves.

The alleged target was an athlete identified only as “A.G.”

Frankly, I’ve always thought of Freddie as a kind of a cartoon character. Overly self absorbed, not incredibly smart, but ultimately harmless. This changes that though. If this is true, Freddie is a bad guy. A really bad guy that steals, manipulates and violates the trust of people he is supposed to be colleagues with. It’s troubling to say the least.

If only mean old Donovan McNabb hadn’t black-balled him from the league…

I wonder who “A.G.” is.  Andre Gurode?  Antonio Gates?  Can anyone think of any other AG’s?

Eagles mock draft roundup – Sheil Kapadia, philly.com

I could spend all day tearing apart the rotoworld guys’ mock draft.

Mathis wants to remain an Eagle – Jeff McLane, philly.com

“I’m 30, and some people consider that old by NFL standards,” Mathis said. “Objectively, I have limited mileage on my body, no serious injuries, a new CBA that focuses on player safety, a gym that will keep me in peak physical condition, and a drive to be the best.”

Judging Alex Henery’s rookie season – Brian Solomon, McNabborKolb.com

I’m not completely surprised by his lack of distance attempts. When I attended games in the press box, Henery’s warm-ups suggested his leg needed to get stronger. Practice attempts from 45+ yards were at best a 50-50 shot, and almost always because of distance, not accuracy. Akers became a legend for his 60-yard field goals during practice, and Henery still seems to have a ways to go before Andy Reid can trust him on those longer kicks.

I can vouch for Brian’s statement there.  He was never particularly impressive in pregame warmups, which is actually a little weird.  In training camp at Lehigh University, I watched him stand flat-footed, draw his leg back, and try to hit the right upright without taking any steps.  He was doing this from the 20 yard line (a 30 yard FG), and was easily getting distances that would have been good from 40.  That’s pretty impressive.  At Nebraska, he was 21 of 22 from 40-49, and they let him attempt 11 kicks of over 50 yards.  He hit 5 of those, including this clutch 57 yard bomb:

Cowboys, Redskins and Giants after the jump…

Jason Garrett talks reason about the Dallas Cowboys – Tom Ryle, Blogging the Boys

“If you watch Spence play down-in-and-down out when he plays the run and he rushes the passer or covers in the passing game he does things really well and he does them easily,” Garrett said. “We look at production and we look at how he produces week in and week out and it’s more than just sacks. It’s like some of the other things I was talking about. He shows up in games. He was an outstanding player on our team [in] two or three of the wins we had this year. A guy who shows up on defense, a guy who shows up on special teams — he blocked a field goal. He’s just one of those guys that’s productive and production happens in a lot of different ways.”

Garrett mentions that Spencer does things very well “when he plays the run and he rushes the passer or covers in the passing game.”  He “shows up in games.”  He was “outstanding” in two or three of their wins.  Those are all pretty generic statements, and it’s not backed up by Garrett with anything tangible.  I find that interesting, because when Garrett mentions special teams, he notes that Spencer blocked a field goal, which is something that IS tangible.

You know why Garrett didn’t mention anything tangible about Spencer’s game in the base defense?  Because there isn’t anything tangible to be fired up about with Spencer in the base D.

Jason Garrett talks about Keith Brooking – Calvin Watkins, ESPN

“We are certainly pleased [about] what Brooking has done for our football team since he’s been here,” Garrett said. “But we have a lot of decisions we have to make. We don’t have to make those specific decisions right now. As we go forward in the offseason, we’ll figure out how the rest of our team fits together, guys under contract and the free agents that were on our team last year. We’ll just go through the process.”

Yesterday I noted that the Cowboys contacted Brooking’s agent, but that quote above sounds to me like Garrett wants no part of Brooking back in Dallas in 2012.  Nor should he.

Pressure is on Sean Lee to lead this defense – DCFanaticsblog

For as awesome a player as DeMarcus Ware is, a player that teammates would follow simply on his athletic ability alone, it’s amazing to me that people are still looking for the leader of the defense.

Photo via benchpressed.com. (Not sure Peyton would be wearing a helmet with a full cage, but still a pretty cool picture)

Odds seem against Manning to the Redskins but there is a chance – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

Let’s cut to it here—will Peyton Manning, who will be released today by the Colts, be a Washington Redskin in 2012?

The short answer is probably not. There are a few teams that are expected to pursue Manning’s services who are a step or two closer to the Super Bowl than the Redskins are, who might be able to protect him better in the pocket and who have better targets at wide receiver. On top of that, Manning is far from an ideal fit for the type of offense the Redskins run.

However, there are reasons why that a month ago, Mike Freeman of CBSsports.com wrote, “Speaking of Peyton, everyone I speak to in the NFL — and I mean just about everyone — believes if Manning becomes a free agent, the Washington Redskins will sign him.”

Perhaps Manning to the Redskins does not appear to be the mortal lock that it did a few days after the Super Bowl but it remains a possibility.

This week is of course going to be Peyton Manning, all day, all night.  I’m curious what fans of the other three teams think about Manning in DC.

Skins fans, please don’t answer this.  You can click “see results,” to you know, see the results of the poll.   Fans of the Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants… Do you want to see the Redskins sign Peyton Manning?

Draft 2012: Too few choices at TE – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

It’s three different positions.  You have three top-tier guys — Coby Fleener, Orson Charles and the Clemson kid, Dwayne Allen.  Allen didn’t run very well and he doesn’t look dynamic on tape.  He doesn’t strike me as a very dynamic player.  Some people compare him to Brandon Pettigrew.  He doesn’t block as well as Pettigrew and he’s not as physically impressive.  I gave him a low 2nd-round grade and I may drop him further.

Charles didn’t work out.  Fleener didn’t work out, so now we’re looking at off-the-line Y’s only, Deangelo Peterson, Michael Egnew, Ladarius Green, they’re all mid-round picks.  They don’t block, you have to split them out…

You have to pick what kind you want.  If you want a project, split out guy there are a couple of them in the middle rounds.  If you want an H-back type, Evan Rodriguez fits that bill.  He’s just what are you looking for.  Aside from the top two guys, Fleener and Charles, nobody really stands out.

Raf is a Cowboys writer, but he and Wes Bunting are speaking generically about draft prospects.  Since the Giants are in the greatest need of a TE, I figured I’d put it here.

And then you have your big tight ends, the on-the-line Ys, and they’re late-round guys.  It’s not an inspiring tight end class.

Plax: Giants “always a great possibility” – Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN NY

I don’t see it.  If the Giants had red zone troubles, it might make more sense.  In fact, I think the receiver that would actually make more sense would be SS12.

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  26. Will B says:

    The Redskins would still be the deadskins with Peyton

  27. Hear Me says:

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  28. Roy says:

    I’m sold on RGIII for the Skins. I want to field him against the Cowboys for the next 10 years. But if they want to sign Manning and move up to draft RGIII — which would be insane — I’m for that!

  29. Ryan says:

    There are actually a decent number of players with A.G. initials but my top guesses are Anthony “Tony” Gonzalez who First Down Freddie would have met when he tried out for but didn’t make the roster of the Chiefs after leaving Philly. Although I’m sure Tony isn’t that stupid, Fred-Ex is… maybe former Eagle backer Barry Allen Gardner reaching for middle names…or maybe Akbar Gbaja-Biamila needed his taxes down while he was on the show Expedition Impossible. Freddie was also drafted in the same MLB class as Adrian Gonzalez.

  30. bula says:

    actually i was kinda hoping the eagles would cut vick and sign manning but we all know that won’t happen

  31. Immynimmy says:

    Yes. If they do this, they regress farther and they only have 2-3 years of Manning if at all. Plus, even Manning couldn’t help that team with no line and no WRs. I mean, I guess if they do get Manning they could draft a WR with their 1st rounder or in the FA, but, I would rather prefer Manning as a wild card factor to their success for 2-3 years max as opposed to RGIII dominating for the next 10 (yes, I do think he’ll be considered elite after 3 years or so). Of course, I would prefer they get neither, but those chances are slim as well. Also, check this out:

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AnymM5REerZA9xOZ.555KwVPfgM6?slug=ys-accuscore_peyton_manning_playoff_odds030612

    I don’t know how much stock you want to put into that, but it’s certainly interesting.

    1. I think the 1% for the Redskins to make the playoffs with their current roster is ridiculous. In 100 seasons, they’d only make the playoffs once? No way.

  32. romu says:

    No, I want them to get Griffin the 3rd.

    Vick, Romo, Manning and RGIII in the division ? Are you kiddin’ me ?

  33. Will says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO to Peyton to the Redskins.
    Why would anyone want him in division?

    I also think Smith to the Giants would be smart for the 3rd downs we’ve had problems converting from time to time

  34. Tracer Bullet says:

    I first had this thought on KSK about the perfect outcome for Washington:

    A bidding war breaks out after Manning shows that he’s healed, a bidding war that Daniel Snyder is determined to win. Manning signs a colossal contract with a $25 million signing bonus. Throughout the offseason, we’re treated to stories about Manning throwing the ball as well as he ever has and Washington becomes the trendy pick for the Super Bowl. After a dazzling preseason in which Manning throws 11 TDs and no INTs, the hype is louder than ever. Week One comes and, just before Manning takes the field for the first time, he trips jogging onto the field, blows out his ACL and never plays again.

    1. Shaun says:

      LOL….that would be, as Mr. Burns would say…EXXXCELLENT

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