Jacobs a Niner, Mike Jenkins wants a raise, and some other thoughts around the NFC East

- Brandon Jacobs signed with the Niners.  I would have never guessed San Francisco as a landing spot.  By my count he’ll be the 3 there, at best, behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.  Can’t wait to see what kind of money he got there.

- The average number of free agents signed so far league wide is 3.6.  Despite losing a combined $46 million in cap space over the next two years, the Cowboys and Redskins have combined for 11 free agent signings.  Here’s how many free agents each team has signed so far:

Team # of FA signed Team # of FA signed
Patriots 13 Redskins 4
Cowboys 7 49ers 4
Broncos 7 Jets 3
Chargers 6 Jaguars 3
Bengals 5 Ravens 2
Colts 5 Bills 2
Rams 5 Browns 2
Buccaneers 5 Lions 2
Panthers 4 Packers 2
Bears 4 Giants 2
Chiefs 4 Eagles 2
Dolphins 4 Titans 2
Vikings 4 Cardinals 1
Saints 4 Falcons 0
Raiders 4 Texans 0
Seahawks 4 Steelers 0

- I’m surprised that the Eagles appear to keeping Darryl Tapp.  Tapp is on the hook for $2.575 million this season.  He’ll be a free agent in 2013.  With plenty of cap space at their disposal, it would appear the Eagles want to keep their vast depth in place at DE, but if they draft a DE on Days 1 or 2 of the draft, expect Tapp to be traded for a low round pick, or a 2013 pick.

Continued after the jump…

- The new OT rules will be in play during the regular season this year.  I know a lot of people hate them, but I kinda like them.

- All turnovers now will be subject to review like scoring plays. No coaching challenges will be needed. Makes sense.

- Also, currently, you’re allowed to horse collar tackle QB’s when they’re in the pocket.  Some team proposed that that become a penalty too, but that vote didn’t go through.  Kudos for not voting that in.  QB’s are already protected to an insane degree, no need to give pass rushers one more thing they can’t touch.

- Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins wants a new contract.  Odd player. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 after an up and down rookie season, and looked like a player on the rise, although the Pro Bowl nod may have been a stretch.  Then, in 2010, he was a horror show. He gave up a ridiculous 10.5 yards per pass attempt, and his season was lowlighted when he basically just let James Jones walk into the end zone for a TD in a blowout against the Packers.  Here’s a graphic from one of his rougher games that season:

Yikes.

And then, in 2011, he not only played well (when he was able to go), but he played with one arm for a portion of the season with a banged up shoulder.

Jason Garrett basically said, “You ain’t getting shit, Mike.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday afternoon the team values Jenkins “we like him,” but you can’t pay everybody, at least right now.

This is a HUGE year for Jenkins, as it’s his walk year.  He’s definitely a player to watch this season.

- Some thoughts coming soon on DeAngelo Hall.  I’m puzzled as to why he’s still on the roster.

- A few of you have asked about Uncle Jimmy Story Time.  Don’t worry. Uncle Jimmy hasn’t gone anywhere, and he may be writing about his old Match.com profile soon.

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  3. Shutdown says:

    Better play good Mike Jenkins ,Dre Kirkpatrick is Comin!

  4. Frank says:

    I’m a bit disappointed that they still have the “if it’s automatically reviewed, throwing the challenge flag is a penalty” rule.

    I know there was at least one TD last year that people agreed should have been reviewed(and probably overturned), but wasn’t reviewed at all. We think the replay official is so perfect that we can’t allow a coach to say “You know, I really do want to use one of my challenges on that anyway, even if you don’t think it needs it”?

    1. D3Keith says:

      I thought it was a scoring play, so it got reviewed, but the result of the review was worse than if the regular call had stood or something. Maybe allowing a safety or defensive TD?

      What the heck was the actual scenario?

  5. Jason-E says:

    “All turnovers now will be subject to review like scoring plays. No coaching challenges will be needed. Makes sense.”

    Thank God. It seems every year Reid screws up a turnover challenge. Miracle at the new Meadowlands – didn’t challenge Desean’s non-fumble. Atlanta ’11 – didn’t challenge a pick that wasn’t a pick (although NBC screwed us with replay gaffe).

    This is a good rule.

    1. D3Keith says:

      Yeah I basically agree with Jimmy’s take and the NFL’s common sense take on all three. No reason for overtime rules to be different in the playoffs, and we all hate losing on a field goal in OT when we didn’t even touch the ball. The horse collar … yeah I’d actually like to see the hitting rules loosened up a little, but not isn’t a popular time to be saying that. And automatic replays … whatever we gotta do to get the calls right, within reason, let’s do.

  6. Jay Walker (GIB) says:

    Uncle Jimmy,
    Please also post your pics from your hotornot.com account.
    Thanks
    Nephew Jay

    1. D3Keith says:

      Nephew,
      BGN Bowl III please. Thanks.

  7. Immynimmy says:

    Dear Jimmy,

    Please post a link of your match.com profile.

    Sincerely,

    Every reader of this site.

    1. Ha, it was like 8 years ago, so it’s long gone. However, it was so good that my friend’s mother printed it out and kept it. I have to get it form them first, and then I’ll type it up and post it.

  8. Benj says:

    I was about 4 seconds away from asking for more UJST in the last post. Can’t wait.

    Side note: I reading Dan Graziano’s post about the Cowboys bringing in a bunch of guys to challenge for the OG spots. He mentioned they don’t really have strong contenders at center, so I was wondering what the chances are of JamJax being brought into Dallas for C.

  9. bula says:

    patriots signed 13 free agents? wow

    1. Euler.is.a.pimp says:

      And all of them scrappers besides Lloyd.

  10. DerfDiggy says:

    I’m a huge Jenkins fan…what I got from Garrett was “play well and we’ll pay you”.
    I just don’t know how I feel about investing so much money at DB…

    Not my money though…so hey…I hope he plays himself into a decent mid level contract.

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