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Da Brick Gets His Green

The New York Jets have locked up pro bowl left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson to a six year contract extension worth $60 million, of which more than half will come in guaranteed money. The deal is nearly identical to the extension the Eagles gave Jason Peters, another pro bowl left tackle they had recently acquired from Buffalo. The Jets’ contract issues are far from solved though. Pro bowl center Nick Mangold, all-pro Darrelle Revis, and starting inside linebacker David Harris all have expiring contracts. The Ferguson deal may have opened the floodgates, showing the other three that the organization will pay top dollar for their services.

The Jets will have some tough choices to make, however. Known as a franchise that is not afraid to let their players walk, will they allow Mangold or even Revis to test the free agent waters? The Jets also have been having trouble selling seats at their brand new stadium, so Woody Johnson could be very reluctant to dish out three fat contracts. If not, rookies Vladimir Ducasse and Kyle Wilson may have to grow up fast and pick up the slack on the offensive line and in the defensive backfield.


July 7, 2010 Posted by | NFL News | Leave a comment

Could Revis Island Float Away?

Darrelle Revis has been listening to Rex Ryan raving about his superior abilities at the cornerback position for quite some time now. Ryan has gone so far as to say Revis is the best defensive player in the league. In this day and age, it’s only natural for Revis to want to get paid like a premier talent since the Jets obviously think so highly of him. He is, without a doubt, in the class of Nnamdi Asomugha, Troy Polamalu, Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware, and Jared Allen in terms of dominant defenders. His current contract is worth about $5 million per year (about half of the franchise tag amount for his position) while Asomugha’s deal is worth more than triple that.

The Jets seemed willing to renegotiate the deal, and Revis understood that the deal would not happen overnight and maybe not before the end of the season. However, the Jets made an offer right off the bat that was so insulting to Revis that he decided that his relationship with the organization was now fractured. It was reportedly worth around $9 million per year. Sources close to Revis are under the impression the corner was searching for between $16 and $20 million per year.

That “lowball” offer did not come from a difference of opinion regarding Revis’ talent level. The Jets cannot sell tickets in the new stadium they poured so much money into. They have over 9,000 unsold PSLs (Personal Seating Licenses) and have dramatically reduced the price on 18,000 seats so they can save themselves from the embarrassment of opening their new stadium in front of a half-full crowd.

If Revis were to bolt for another team, he would certainly not be the first. Laveraneus Coles and Chris Baker have left Gang Green because of insulting offers and broken promises. This is also an uncapped year, and while Woody Johnson is rich enough to own an NFL team, he does not have Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones cash on hand. In fact, the releases/trades of Alan Faneca, Thomas Jones, and Leon Washington were probably an effort to save money to resign Revis.

Oh, and Revis isn’t in his situation alone. D’Brickashaw Ferguson (pro bowl LT), Nick Mangold (pro bowl OC), and David Harris (young, starting ILB) are also in line for new deals. To keep them all around, it may take an annual average of $16 million for Revis, $12 million for Ferguson, $6 million for Mangold, and $7 million for Harris, which equates to approximately $200 million over five years. So while the Jets look good on paper, they could be in serious trouble down the road. Jets’ fans had better hope for Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson to blossom in Ryan’s scheme I guess.

June 12, 2010 Posted by | NFL News, Opinion | Leave a comment

Creative Cleveland

In 2009 with Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson at the helm, the Browns’ offense was pathetic, to put it candidly. In 2010, they will have a package opponents will have to game plan for. They can’t throw the ball and traditional handoffs don’t generate a high enough percentage of explosive plays, so they need to get the ball into their playmakers’ hands by thinking out of the box.
Mike Holmgren and company are doing just that, and have practiced formations involving both Josh Cribbs and Seneca Wallace. Throw in Jerome Harrison and some quick receivers on the edge, and a defense all of a sudden is dealing with a helluva lot of speed and explosive ability.
They get an ‘A’ for effort, but I doubt the formation will do much damage. There is no deep threat to keep the defense honest and the offensive line has some major holes. The biggest reason the package will fail is that they won’t be able to call it. Miami and Dallas are the only real innovators when it comes to the wildcat, everybody else is just a copycat. Cleveland won’t throw anything at a defense that they can’t prepare for. Nobody on their coaching staff has experience calling a wildcat as a significant chunk of the offense, and it will show.
The Browncat, or whatever you want to call it, will look an awful lot like what the Eagles did with Michael Vick. Interesting formation and a ton of pre-snap hype followed by a simple draw play that nets two or three yards. Are the athletes (Cribbs, Wallace, Harrison) dangerous? Yes. Will they be stuffed when a defense drops eight or nine guys down in the box? 95% of the time.
The new package will not be creative enough to make an offense out of because unlike in Miami, Cleveland doesn’t have the brains calling the plays. I guess that’s why they pick in the top 10 so often.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | NFL News, Opinion | Leave a comment

Feel Entitled? Don’t.

The Associated Press is reporting that LenDale White is feeling “confused” and “broken-up” about his recent release from the Seahawks, at least according to his uncle. LenDale is clearly one of those players in the NFL who doesn’t “get it.” At the 2006 Scouting Combine, one general manager remarked that “the guy needed a bra, it was ridiculous. You come to the combine looking like that and you want to be a first-round pick? Come on. The guy had obviously been doing nothing,” upon seeing White weigh in shirtless. I’m willing to give him a pass on this, however, as countless players are immature enough to blow off their biggest job interview such as Andre Smith and Dez Bryant.

Six months later at Titans’ practice, White spat in the face of his own teammate, safety Donnie Nickey. In 2008, he received citations for destruction of property, disobedience to a lawful order/interference and resistance. Now, this. Give props to Pete Carroll for refusing to put up with LenDale’s unprofessional demeanor. It may teach White once and for all that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right.

Now that he has been cut, he feels “confused” and “broken-up”? Stop acting so innocent because everybody knows that you deserved what you got, including you. Shut up, drop some bra sizes, and wait by your phone in case Cincinnati needs to give yet another player a second chance.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | NFL News, Opinion | Leave a comment

Crayton Wants Out

Patrick Crayton has formally requested the Dallas Cowboys to be released. In the past 18 months, he has seen Roy Williams brought in to replace him, Miles Austin pass both of them on the depth chart, and now his team has spent its first round draft pick on a receiver, Dez Bryant. He is convinced that these moves will lead to his eventual release, and that he does not factor into the Cowboys’ plans at all. He claims that he will be released after training camp as long as his younger competition stays healthy.

Dallas would be making a huge mistake by cutting Crayton, if that is indeed in their plans. Financially, Crayton does not hurt to keep around as he will make only about $2 million in 2010. He just turned 31, but he is entering only his seventh season in the league. Crayton has proven he is the second best receiver on the team. Besides Jason Witten, no Cowboy has come close to the consistency Crayton has put up in terms of receiving. He has had 4 straight 500+ yard seasons, catching 162 balls over that span. Miles Austin has 99, Roy Williams has 138 (57 of which have come in his 25 games as a Cowboy), and Dez Bryant has 0 in that same time frame.

Dez Bryant, as talented as he may be, is a boom-or-bust luxury pick. Any contributions from him must be regarded as a bonus until he proves that he can bring his own cleats to practice at least. If he has a 40 catch season, by all means, cut the 32-year-old Crayton in 2011. Now, however, is not the time to ruin your ideal situation at receiver. Crayton is dependable, something you cannot say for any other Dallas receiver, including one year wonder Miles Austin. If Dallas needs to promote Crayton to the starting lineup for him to accept his role, so be it. He belongs there anyway.

What Crayton needs to understand is that his value to Dallas is not his 40 catches for 500 yards and 4 TDs but his role as an insurance policy. Miles Austin is due for a huge contract along the lines of 6 years, $55 million. If that cannot get done, Dallas will have to put all their eggs in the Roy Williams/Dez Bryant basket if they cut Crayton. If Bryant doesn’t pan out with Crayton gone, Romo has no depth behind Austin. As a free agent, I’m not sure how much of a market there is for a run of the mill possession receiver into his 30s. Both Crayton and the Cowboys need to find common ground, because they will both be much worse off without each other.

May 29, 2010 Posted by | NFL News, Opinion | Leave a comment

Big Pressure for Big Blue

An 8-8 season for a New York team with all the pieces in place is simply not going to cut it. The Giants organization feels the sense of urgency, which has already prompted them to release mainstay in the middle Antonio Pierce. Pierce suggests that Tom Coughlin could be the next to get the boot. “He’s on the hot seat,” Pierce said of Coughlin during an interview with NFL Network. “I think everybody in New York is on the hot seat.”

The Giants have the makings of a strong, but not great, offense, but I’m not sure how their defense will do. I’m not sold on rookie Jason Pierre-Paul or any of the once feared defensive line, really. An average linebacking corps and many injury prone defensive backs leave much to chance this upcoming season. In New York, the expectations are always high, but how high should they be? Look at their schedule. Minnesota, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Houston, and Dallas twice. How many of those six can they realistically win? Two? Add four games against the Eagles and Redskins, and really the only “easy” wins are Seattle and Detroit.

The Giants could lose nine or ten games next year. They could also win ten or eleven. They are so tough to chart because of all the injuries they had last year and all the roster turnover since the 2008 season. If they finish below .500 however, I certainly would not be surprised if Coughlin gets ousted. Now is where things get really fun…

Imagine Coughlin’s replacement is a big name – say Bill Cowher or Brian Billick. They would then institute a 3-4 defense, presumably. They would be the third of the division to make the switch. They certainly have the personnel with Tuck, Kiwanuka, Clint Sintim, and Pierre-Paul as edge rushers, Barry Cofield as a nose tackle, Chris Canty and Jay Alford as 5 techniques, and Chase Blackburn, Jonathan Goff, and Michael Boley as inside ‘backers.

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May 29, 2010 Posted by | NFL News, Opinion | Leave a comment

LenDale Update is now reporting that LenDale was cut because of his personality. Pete Carroll thought he could control him, and judging by the recent turn of events, he thought wrong. Apparently, White was too difficult to coach, was not punctual, and did not buy into the system. Maybe because unlike USC, the Seahawks aren’t at the top of the food chain.

May 29, 2010 Posted by | NFL News | Leave a comment

Strike Two for LenDale

It appears LenDale White has been cut by Seattle. “It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks,” said Seahawks general manager John Schnieder. That certainly puts the ‘b’ in subtle. Seattle traded for him in April’s draft, so they cut him for something that happened in the last month or so. Very interesting. Mr. White was about to receive a 4 game suspension for using a banned substance, but league sources are saying that that’s not why LenDale was cut. He must have done something more serious then, but not serious enough to get arrested. He was penciled in as the lead back in Seattle and the cut him? I’m stumped.

Pete Carroll almost wet himself when they traded for White in the Seahawk war room. Why be so quick to cut him? The move down from 104th overall to 111st overall would have saved the ecstatic coach about $56 in contracts, which would be cause for celebration.

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | NFL News | Leave a comment