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04-04-2009, 06:15 PM
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04-04-2009, 06:44 PM
Bears Welcome Jay Cutler to town!
The Bears are preparing for their first draft in what has become a new, and hopefully very successful era in franchise history.
"We just got our first franchise QB," stated GM BeerBaron during the press conference. Baron went on to add "I consider this a bargain for him actually. I would have given up every pick in this draft if need be to bring Cutler in."
When asked his plans for the draft, Baron had this to say:
"Well, we still have a good number of picks in this draft even after the trade and I plan to try and fill some of our remaining holes. Despite several free agent signings, our offensive line could still use some work, as could our WR corps, the d-line and the secondary. So needless to say we will look at the BPA for each pick and try to fill some of those needs."
A Perfect Score
04-04-2009, 08:00 PM
RAVENS WANT TO BE ACTIVE BEFORE DRAFT
Baltimore, MD- The Baltimore Ravens plan to move some big name personnel in the next few days, according to a source who is close to General Manager APS. After a surprising season in which they made it all the way to the AFC Championship game before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Steelers, the Ravens are looking to unload some big talent players and get more depth, as injuries were an issue for them late in the season. On the block are former Pro Bowlers Willis McGahee, Todd Heap, and former first round pick Mark Clayton.
McGahee, one year removed from a Pro Bowl selection, was hampered by injuries and a crowded backfield which includes bruiser Le'Ron McClain and sophomore Ray Rice.
Heap was asked to block more in new OC Cam Cameron's offense, which prevented big receiving stats. However, Heap is highly athletic, and when healthy, adds an interesting dynamic to an offense. He would be a great addition to a young team in search of a good safety valve for a young QB. Atlanta springs to mind as an easy fit.
Clayton, a former 1st round selection out of Oklahoma, has never produced the way he was expected to. A good route runner, he suffers in Baltimore's run happy offense and playing 2nd fiddle to the ageless Derrick Mason.
04-04-2009, 11:03 PM
JAGUARS SEARCHING FOR VALUE
Miami, FL- The Jaguars are searching for value in what is considered to be one of the deepest drafts in recent history, stated Jaguars GM JT Jag during the owner's meetings that occurred last week.
Said Jag, "We want to acquire as much value in this draft as we can. We want to build some depth on what we think is a young, talented team, and we are pursuing avenues to acquire more flexibility come draft day."
04-05-2009, 10:59 PM
Oakland has released offensive tackle Cornell Green
The Oakland Raiders announced today that the team will waive 11th year offensive tackle Cornell Green in the wake of his legal troubles.
Lions Release a Pair
The Detroit Lions have just announced that they have released running back Brian Calhoun and quarterback Drew Henson.
Gay Ork Wang
04-06-2009, 12:25 PM
Texans sign a pair
Today the Texans agreed to terms with former Colts and Buccaneer Cato June and former Colts LB Buster Davis. This could shed some light on the direction of the Texans first round draft choice. Reportedly, Co-GM *** Ork Wang wants to improve the Secondary
Evidently, the Texans liked what they saw in an AFC South rival’s defense.
The Texans have agreed to terms with LBs Cato June and Buster Davis, the Houston Chronicle reports. June will receive a one-year, $1.5 million contract that could reach $2 million, according to the Chronicle, but terms of Davis’ deal weren’t disclosed.
June (2003-06) and Davis (2008) both spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, a division rival of the Texans.
June played the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being released in February in a veteran salary-cap purge. The Chronicle speculates that June will compete with Xavier Adibi for the Texans’ weak-side linebacker job.
04-06-2009, 07:48 PM
The Oakland Raiders have signed QB Jeff Garcia, reports NFL.comís Steve Wyche.
Garcia, a 10-year NFL veteran and four-time Pro Bowl player, spent the 2008 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started 11 games and saw action in 12, with 2,712 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
He went 14-10 in 24 starts with the Bucs over the past two seasons, which included a Pro Bowl appearance and playoff berth in 2007.
Garcia, 39, spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the 49ers.
The Raiders have also announced the release of Marques Tuiasosopo.
A Perfect Score
04-06-2009, 07:57 PM
Ravens Resign Rolle
The Baltimore Ravens resigned Cornerback Samari Rolle today. Early analysis believe this, along with the acquisiton of Dominique Foxworth in FA, will prevent the Ravens from drafting a CB in the first round of the upcoming draft.
BREAKING NEWS: DETROIT SIGNS STAFFORD
The Detroit Lions have signed former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and will select him #1 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Stafford and the Lions agreed to a six-year, $75 million contract. The deal includes $37.5 million guaranteed.
The Lions have scheduled a press conference for tomorrow afternoon announce the signing and to introduce Stafford to the public. We'll post a full transcript after the press conference is finished.
04-06-2009, 08:38 PM
Parable of the Prodigal Son
Former Arizona State Sun Devil and longtime Arizona resident has returned to the Valley of the Sun. In a epic trade involving All Pro WR Anquan Boldin, OT Adam Terry and many draft picks, The Cardinals acquired this 3x Probowler and former DROY. It's expected that WR Steve Breaston will step into the #2 WR role full time now, with 2nd year WR Early Doucet and 5 year vet Jerheme Urban in a open competiion for the #3 spot.
While a player of Boldin's caliber can not simply be replaced, GM Rod Graves and Coach Whisenhunt felt this trade gives them a better overall team and fills two big positions of need while giving them more freedom to go BPA in this years draft class.
Skins sign Linebacker
The Redskins have signed veteran outside linebacker Robert Thomas, the team announced on Wednesday.
Thomas is a 7-year NFL veteran who played for the Oakland Raiders the last three seasons.
Last year, Thomas played in two games, with one start, as a reserve linebacker. He missed time early in the season due to a knee injury and sat out the latter part of the year with a hamstring injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 5, 2008.
In 2007, Thomas played in 14 games, with 10 starts, for the Raiders and posted 62 tackles.
Thomas, 6-0 and 235 pounds, has versatility in that he has plaed all three linebacker positions in the NFL.
He was a first-round draft pick (31st overall) by the St. Louis Rams in 2002.
He played for the Rams from 2002-04 and then played one season with the Green Bay Packers in 2005.
04-08-2009, 10:35 PM
EAGLES HAVE HART!
Philadelphia- The Philadelphia Eagles announced the acquisition of former University of Michigan running back Michael Hart tonight. Hart, a 5'9", 205 pound ball of sex appeal, is Michigan's all-time leading rusher and will immediately be in the mix for the backup running back job to Brian Westbrook.
"We're extremely pleased to land Mike," said the Eagles' Co-GM Sniper. "The mere thought of having Mike Hart in our backfield gives me a massive erec...I mean, it pleases me greatly. Mike's a very tough runner who does all the little things right."
The Eagles sent their latest fifth-round pick, pick No. 159, to Indianapolis for the Sex Panther known as Hart.
"Honestly, a fifth-round pick for Mike Hart? Bill Polian has lost his damn mind," remarked Sniper. "I mean, look at those luscious thi...er, look at that agility, the ability to make me drool, the quick cuts etc...We could not be more excited in the pan...er, in our organization to bring Michael into the fold."
04-09-2009, 09:37 AM
Steelers Looking BPA?
According to sources, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be going BPA in round one when they pick 32.
04-09-2009, 10:44 AM
Bills Looking to Deal Down
Word is the Buffalo Bills are looking to deal down from #6 in an effort to stockpile extra draft choices. Sources from inside the organization tell us that multiple teams, likely interested in Mark Sanchez, have contacted the Bills. The same source has informed us that the Bills are likely to sell on whatever the best offer winds up being.
If another GM wants to contact Buffalo's negotiator, he can be reached via PM, but prefers to be texted at 516-263-8734.
04-09-2009, 11:02 AM
Saints Shopping Pick; Possible Suitors Lining Up
It's no secret that the New Orleans Saints have been actively shopping their 14th overall selection in the first round of this year's draft. The Saints front office has been aggressive in their approach in discussing trading down with teams in the later part of round one. Several teams have expressed interest in moving up to where the Saints pick including the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Saints are looking to acquire additional draft picks or players that match the new defensive scheme that Greg Williams will be incorporating. Key areas of need include safety and outside linebacker while depth at defensive tackle is also needed.
While there is much speculation about what will happen in the upcoming draft, one thing is for certain. The New Orleans Saints will be very active.
04-09-2009, 10:00 PM
Star Ledger is reporting the Giants may be interested in making a big splash via trade. Stay tuned
04-10-2009, 03:57 AM
04-10-2009, 08:27 AM
The Bengals are surounding Carson: After making an early splash by landing a pro-bowl LT in Jason Peters the Bengals went away from conventional wisdom by passing on Jeremy Maclin and drafting Chris "Beanie" Wells, a RB from Ohio State. When asked about his strategy, GM woodnick had this to say: "well we obviously lost our two starting WRs from last year in Housh and Chad, but last year in the draft we invested heavily in the position by selecting 3 guys throughout the process. We've also added Coles to the mix throught FA, so with him on board, Chris Henry straightening out his act and the growth that the young guys have experienced it really made sense for us to look in a different direction. As for drafting Beanie, we had him at the top of our Big Board and so we pulled the trigger on the most gifter runner in this class. The past few seasons we've seen Carson get injured a couple of times, and even though he is throwing at 100% right now, we figured that it was about time that we addressed the supporting cast around him in an effort to keep other teams honest while playing against us. The Peters addition, emergence of Anthony Collins at the end of last year, and the Beanie selection will definately force teams to repect of run game, which should then allow Carson to do what he does best and pick apart a secondary." http://www.bleepingidiots.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/chris-wells.jpghttp://timstake.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/b9f8dadece214a5d8833ce1c0a53ac52.jpg
04-10-2009, 12:52 PM
On the Move?
Bears GM BeerBaron has announced that the team is officially taking offers for DT Dusty Dvoracek and CB Nathan Vasher.
"Both guys have been quality players in our organization for years but we have felt that it is time to move on. Thus, we are fielding offers for the two players," stated Baron earlier today.
The team is said to be seeking mid-late round picks for both players.
04-10-2009, 01:16 PM
EAGLES INTRODUCE TOP THREE PICKS TO MEDIA
PHILADELPHIA- The Philadelphia Eagles introduced their first three picks of the 2009 NFL Draft to the local media today. University of North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was the team's first choice at No. 21, and was subsequently followed by University of Connecticut running back Donald Brown at 28 as well as Brown's teammate, left tackle William Beatty, at No. 37.
"We're extremely pleased to add these three players to our team," said Eagles Co-GM Sniper. "We feel like we were able to address three of our biggest needs in the draft with these picks."
Nicks, 21, was the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading receiver in 2008 with 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the only receiver with at least 1,000 yards as well as the only receiver to catch double-digit touchdowns. The 6'1", 215 pound receiver has drawn comparisons to Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin. Nicks was named a First Team All-ACC selection and finished third in ACC Offensive Player of the Year voting behind Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer and North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson.
"Hakeem gives us a big target who can make big plays," said Sniper. "He's big, physical, very smart and extremely competitive. We feel that Hakeem can make an immediate impact at the X (outside WR) position for us. He averaged almost 18 yards per catch last year, so we know he can make big plays on a consistent basis."
"I'm very excited to be an Eagle," said Nicks. "I think I can complement guys like DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis very well. They're smaller, faster guys and I'm a big guy who can outmuscle defenders. I feel like I fit very well in this offense. I look forward to catching passes from Donovan [McNabb]. He's one of the NFL's best quarterbacks and I think we're going to be a great offense."
After addressing their annual need for a big-time receiver with Nicks, the Eagles used their second first-round pick, acquired in a 2008 draft day trade with the Carolina Panthers, on UConn RB Donald Brown. Brown, who will turn 22 tomorrow, led the nation in rushing yardage and was the only running back in college football to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark during the 2008 season. The 5'10", 210 pound back from Red Bank, NJ finished second in the nation in carries and seventh in touchdowns and also added 21 receptions for 125 yards.
"Donald reminds us a lot of Brian Westbrook," said Sniper. "We feel as if we can ask him to run, catch, block or split out wide and have him be effective at it. We feel as if he can step in and play a big role from day 1."
Brown was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year and made a trio of prestigious All-American teams including Sports Illustrated's First team and the Associated Press' Second team. Brown capped off his collegiate career by rushing for 261 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo in the International Bowl, won by Connecticut by a 38-20 score.
"I feel as if I can also come in and contribute early, much like Hakeem said," said Brown. "I'm looking forward to learning from Brian Westbrook, who's arguably the game's best all-purpose back, and I think that with myself, Brian and Mike Hart, we can really get the Eagles' rushing offense going."
The Eagles then continued their draft by trading up for Seattle's second-round pick, the No. 37 overall pick. In return, the Eagles sent their second-round pick, No. 53, as well as their third-round pick, No. 85.
"We really wanted [William] Beatty, but we didn't know if he'd last until 53. Because of that, we aggressively moved up and landed our guy," said Sniper.
"Our guy" is a 6'6", 310 pound offensive tackle who paved the way for Brown in college. The Eagles had William Beatty very high on their draft board. Best described as a "finesse blocker who stands out in pass protection", according to Scott Wright at nfldraftcountdown.com, Beatty will immediately be in serious contention for the open left tackle job that was vacated by the departure of former Pro Bowl LT Tra Thomas. Thomas left the Eagles this off-season for the Jacksonville Jaguars after the Eagles declined to offer him a contract.
"William's another great fit for our team," said Sniper. "We think very highly of him, as evidenced by us trading up, and we think that he can be a very good starting tackle for us for a long time. We want to breed competition at every position on the roster, but we especially want it in the trenches. Competition weeds out the weak, and so we don't want anyone getting a position without having to earn it."
"I'm very excited to join the Eagles' organization," said Beatty. "I know that I'll be given every chance to win the job and I don't want to let the team down. I'm anxious to start competing for a job that I feel I can win."
The Eagles will continue to address other needs in the draft's second day. When asked about the team's intentions on day 2, Sniper didn't mention any particular position, but he did mention that the team would be willing to listen to any and all offers from teams.
"We're going to do whatever it takes to make this team better."
04-10-2009, 05:49 PM
New Look Cardinals
After trading away Anquan Boldin the Cardinals set them selves up to become a more complete team. Mushin Muhammed came at a very cheap price and will have a good shot at becoming the #3 WR as well as a great mentor for the rest of this young core. Visanthe Shiancoe was a bit more pricey but finally gives the Cardinals a threat at TE.
With there 1st two picks of the draft Arizona was able to trade up and get some real steals. Aaron Maybin a DE/OLB tweener has possibly the most upside of any DE in this class, with Suggs on the other side this will create a nasty duo in the future. In a trade with the Browns, Arizona was able to acquire RB LeSean McCoy of Pittsburgh, He should be a great compliment to last years 6th round steal Tim Hightower.
04-10-2009, 08:48 PM
Dolphins Add Speed on First Day
Last season the Dolphins had a surprisingly good year, winning the AFC East before a first round exit against the Ravens. One thing the Dolphins lacked though was playmakers, on both sides of the ball. On the first day of the draft, they added 3. Cornerback Vontae Davis from Illinois is a great athlete with good size (5-11, 203, 4.49 40) with a ton of potential. Linebacker Connor Barwin out of Cincinnati is one of the best overall athletes in the entire draft. Barwin, a converted tight end, blew up the combine after a great senior season rushing the passer. Jared Cook was the fastest tight end at the combine, running a 4.50 40 at 6-5 245. Cook will contribute right away as a receiver at both tight end and in the slot.
04-11-2009, 11:05 AM
RAIDERS SELECT BRADEN
The NFL world was shocked today when the Raiders selected Rhamses Braden (pictured above) in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. GMs for the most part felt it was a significant reach.
"I didn't think he would get drafted. He just doesn't seem like a guy who would do well in the NFL", said one GM who wished to remain anonymous.
When asked about it, the Oakland GM claimed, "He ran a fast 40. We think he's got real potential.
WR Ramses Barden from Cal Poly remains on the board.
04-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Bucs Sign Byron Leftwich
Bucs have signed QB Byron Leftwich. Even though Jon Gruden is gone it still seems like the Bucs are collecting Quarterbacks. With McCown, Griese, Leftwich, Josh Johnson and recently drafted Josh Freeman on the roster the Bucs have more than evough QB's.
It seems like Brian Griese will be shopped around and any compensation would seem fit for him. Looks like the Bucs may roll the dice with 4 QB's this year keeping Josh Johnson on as a 4th QB again.
04-13-2009, 01:09 AM
Jacksonville QB David Garrard has approached management about the recent selection of Mark Sanchez. Unhappy with the selection, Garrard feels betrayed by the team's management as he feels it's too soon for them to be looking for a replacement.
04-17-2009, 03:03 PM
Colts | TEs Jeff Dugan and Gijon Robinson waived
Fri, 17 Apr 2009 16:04:13 -0700
Mike Chappell, of The Indianapolis Star, reports the Indianapolis Colts have waived TEs Jeff Dugan and Gijon Robinson.
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