Linky, March 8, 2012: OMG, Peyton lands in Miami! Wait, he lives there? Oh.

Cortland Finnegan might not fit with Cowboys – Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas

Cortland Finnegan: A glorified Orlando Scandrick?

A couple things to note here:

The Tennessean reported Finnegan is seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $48.5 million deal Jonathan Joseph signed with the Houston Texans last year.

Cortland Finnegan is not Jonathan Joseph.

One AFC personnel man had this to say about Finnegan: “Better in the slot and an instinctive blitzer and tackler. He can mirror wide receivers in the slot. He can play outside but his size [5-10, 188 pounds] comes into play when he plays outside.”

Said an NFC personnel man on Finnegan: “He can play outside corner but is probably better inside overall.”

It seems the Cowboys want an outside cornerback to replace Terence Newman and continue using Orlando Scandrick as a slot corner. It doesn’t make sense to have Finnegan and Scandrick on the roster if both play the same spot.

The Cowboys are not going to get rid of Scandrick since he just signed a contract extension last summer, but if they use Finnegan as an outside corner mainly, problems might exist.

Makes sense.

The Cowboys are reportedly expected to be “all in” for Chiefs free agent CB Brandon Carr.

Gosselin: Why Jerry Jones should kick the tires on Peyton Manning – Rick Gosselin, SportsDay DFW

Very disappointing to see two Hall of Fame writers (Ray Diddy for the Eagles and the great Rich Gosselin for the Cowboys) go down this path.  As a disclaimer, I only read the first two sentences of Gosselin’s piece before the jerks at the Dallas Morning News cut off the rest behind a firewall, but I didn’t like where those two sentences were going.

Keith Brooking denies fraud claim, plans to fight suit; also hopes to re-sign with Cowboys – Clarence Hill, Cowboys Corner

I wonder if he’ll huddle up his lawyers and do a hype-up speech outside the court room.

The Cowboys missing piece: A prototypical NT – Coty Saxman, Blogging the Boys

The Prospects

The Cowboys’ next Nose Tackle will come from one of three places: the draft, free agency, or their own roster. First, let’s explore the options in the draft:

Nose Tackle Prospects, 2012

CBS (Drafttek)
Name College Height Weight Bench Press Age at Start of
2012 Season
1 20 (28) Dontari Poe Memphis 6′ 4″ 346 lbs. 44 22
2-3 78 (79) Alameda Ta’amu Washington 6′ 3″ 348 lbs. 35 22
4 137 (70) Hebron Fangupo Brigham Young 6′ 1″ 323 lbs. 36 27
5 179 (153) Josh Chapman Alabama 6′ 1″ 315 lbs. 23
5-6 200 (148) Akiem Hicks Regina 6′ 5″ 325 lbs. 26 22
7 246 (171) Nicolas Jean-Baptiste Baylor 6′ 2″ 335 lbs. 23

I’m sort of undecided on whether it’s necessary or not to move Jay Ratliff to DE, or if it makes more sense to just just fill in some DE’s around him, but I’ll say this: Alameda Ta’amu is a guy that impressed me at the Senior Bowl.  I’m not so sure about that 78th and 79th overall ranking.  I’ll be shocked if that guy makes it out of the 2nd round.

Redskins, Giants, and Eagles after the jump…

12 teams call Peyton Manning’s reps – Mort, Schefter, and Josina Anderson, ESPN

On the same day Peyton Manning officially left the only professional home he’s ever had, his representatives were contacted by 12 of the NFL’s 32 clubs, multiple sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals were among the teams to reach out to Manning’s representatives on Wednesday.

Gregg Williams’ bounty system flourished in warped NFL culture – Jason Reid, Washington Post

During the lockout, players raised concerns about post-career health problems from playing the game. Yet those who followed Williams were willing to potentially end an opponent’s career for a few thousand dollars.

Oh yeah… Almost forgot about the whole bounty thing.

Peyton lands at Opa-Locka airport – Edward Colby, NBC Miami

That’s in Miami.  He lives there.

Happy trails, big fella.

McKenzie told to “go shopping” for a new team – Tara Sullivan and Jeff Roberts,

The team recently told RT Kareem McKenzie — who has manned the position for the Giants since 2005, starting 105 games in that span — to “go shopping” for another team, according to a source in the organization. It will not bring him back for another season.

The discussion was not a surprise as McKenzie is an unrestricted free agent and will turn 33 in May. However he did start all 16 regular-season games the past two years.

The third-round pick in the 2001 draft began his career with the Jets.

The emergence of G Mitch Petrus and last year’s fourth-round pick, T James Brewer, makes McKenzie expendable.

Not sure about the part where a guy that doesn’t even play McKenzie’s position (Petrus) and another guy that has a grand total of zero career snaps (Brewer) make McKenzie “expendable,” but this was an obvious move.  I 2010, I felt that McKenzie and Chris Snee may have been the best RG-RT combo in the bigs, but the play of both players fell off dramatically in 2011.  The Giants have some serious holes along the OL, as they did in 2011.  Of course, they won despite terrible OL play.

Peyton going to Jets would be fun, Eli says – Paul Schwartz, NYPost

“Yeah, it’d be fun,” Eli said last month during a radio interview on ESPN Radio, responding lightheartedly to a question about how he’d feel about Peyton playing for the Jets. “We could probably commute to work and we’d come home and eat dinner together, have the kids be playing. … We could share notes on opponents and watch some film together.’’

Growing a bit more serious, Eli added, “I think it would be interesting to have your brother in the same city playing football together. I don’t think we would see each other that often because our schedules would be a whole lot different, probably just talk on the phone more than see each other during the season. It would be interesting. I’m not saying it’s going to happen or I want it to happen, but to have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique.”

Andy on bounties, DJax, Manning and more – Les Bowen Eagletarian

Some bullet-points from Les, who scored a sit-down with Andy.  Liked Les’ style here.  Some reporters gravitate toward doing a story about the man behind the coach.  I don’t care about any of that.  Get down to business, let’s hear about the team.  Good job by Les, some decent nuggets here, even if Andy was predictably bland.

DeSean shows off his rapping ability – Dave Zangaro, CSN Philly

He’s on his dip.

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  26. Craig C says:

    Cortland = Don’t want.

  27. Free Plax says:

    Dallas should think hard about Cortland, Scandrick is a JAG, in fact their whole secondary is a bunch of JAG’s, even if the guy plays inside he would still be the best DB on their team.

  28. Steve D. says:

    You said yesterday “Up next: Some Dallas reporter is going to say the Cowboys should sign Peyton.” Nice! (not that it was that hard to predict).

    Does anyone else not fully trust Peyton and his representatives when they talk about where he is healthwise? He basically scammed the colts into a huge contract last year when he was in no condition to play (and I believe he waited until after his contract was signed to have one of his surgeries, but I’m not sure about that).

    1. Jay Walker (GIB) says:

      I dont think he scammed them at all. And even so….the Colts were going to pay him anyway. If they werent drafting #1 overall….then Peyton wouldnt be going anywhere. But with the opportunity to pick Luck….cant pass that up.

      1. Steve D. says:

        Maybe scammed is too strong of a word, but it definitley seems to me (and I have no knowledge of what actually happened, but why let that stand in the way of having an opinion) that when he signed that contract, he knew his injury was more serious that he let on.

        1. WeNeedLinemen says:

          From what I’ve read Peyton Manning is incredibly determined to get back on the field. That scares me a little.

          Doctors depend on feedback from the patient. Sure, there are lots of tests and imaging techniques that can be employed, but a lot will fall on how Peyton describes his symptoms. It’s not exactly unknown for athletes, or just men in general, to play down any discomfort if there is a risk that a doctor will stop them from doing something they want to do.

          Peyton obviously loves football. No one would put in the amount of work he does if the didn’t love it. I just hope he listens to his doctors and doesn’t take any risks.

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