• The Giants tendered Victor Cruz at the first round level. The Niners are probably unlikely suitors at this point after trading for Anquan Boldin, as are the Seahawks, who traded for Percy Harvin. The team that makes some sense to try to sign Cruz away would now be the Vikings, who added three draft picks by dealing Harvin, including an extra 1. If the Vikings were to make a play for Cruz, here’s what their overall trade-off would look like:
- Gained: Victor Cruz, the 25th overall pick, a 7th round pick in 2013, and reportedly a “mid-round pick” in 2014.
- Lost: A whining Percy Harvin, the 23rd overall pick, a nice chunk of cap space by signing Cruz (which they would have lost anyway if they had given Harvin a new deal).
Cruz is a better pure receiver, but Harvin does more things. Both are great players. I gotta say… That makes a lot of sense to me for the Vikings.
• Fred Davis is one of my favorite players in the division. Luke Mullins of the Washingtonian reported on a case between Davis and an alleged female pimp. This has been ongoing for a while now. Must read if you don’t already know anything about it. It includes courtroom exchanged like this:
Davis: “As it shows, you also have your hand on his genitals. I mean why would you take a picture like that?”Chaka: “I do not. Let’s look closely at the exhibit right here, Judge. Where is my hand placed in this exhibit?”Judge: “I do not answer questions…. The witness does.”Chaka: “Can you tell me where my hand is actually at in this photo?”Davis: “It looks like it’s in the genitals to me. I mean your hands are on his genitals. Your hand is on his—
So that’s a little taste of what you have to deal with if you sign Fred Davis. Frankly, I can deal with that. He has too much talent.
• The Skins re-signed Kory Lichtensteiger. I’ve seen where some Redskins fans didn’t like that move, but I think it makes a lot of sense, even if Lichtensteiger’s skill set is replaceable.
• The Skins cut DeAngelo Hall. Finally. And Brandon Banks will be gone too. Finally.
• USA Today’s Mike Garafolo reported that the Redskins could be interested in CB Aqib Talib. I’ll have to update my “Redskins secondary of misfits quiz” if they sign that guy. Please make that happen, Redskins.
• The Redskins held a press conference yesterday, and didn’t say a whole lot, which was actually the story. Rich Tandler has the details there. Rich also has the other updates, on players such as Tony Pashos, Eric Winston, Adam Carriker, Chris Baker, and RG3′s knee.
• The Eagles reportedly have interest in 30 players. They’re probably not even worth mentioning at this point. There are just too many. Agents realize that the Eagles have a lot of holes and a buttload of cap space, so they’re floating the Eagles as a team that is interested in their clients. Lets just wait until they actually start signing guys.
• The entire Eagles brass went out to West Virginia to watch Geno Smith work out. The Eagles could have interest… or they could be sending the message that if you’re a team that likes Geno, you better trade up into the top 3 to get him. That way, it increases the chances that the player the Eagles really want slides to them.
• The Eagles re-signed Colt Anderson (1 year) and Jon Dorenbos (4 years). Anderson is a stellar special teams player, so no surprise there. One quick note on Dorenbos: When I was timing the releases of Michael Vick and Nick Foles a few weeks ago, I did so watching the condensed version on NFL.com’s Game Rewind feature. The condensed version allows you to watch a full game in about 20 minutes. (They cut out all the downtime). Anyway, I would also see the punt snap before getting a chance to fast forward to the next Eagles possession. A lot of low snaps by Jonny D. Then again… Here’s his wife. And here’s how I feel about her.
• The Cowboys continued their spree of restructuring contracts. They restructured Jay Ratliff, Orlando Scandrick, and Mackenzie Bernadeau. In case you missed why this strategy is bad business, you can go here.
• The Cowboys released Dan Connor. No surprise there. Connor was a liability in coverage, and opposing teams attacked him.