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Shane P. Hallam
12-15-2010, 02:15 PM
Post what the newspapers and TV programs are saying about your team and draft!

RaiderNation
12-15-2010, 02:35 PM
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New Raiders GM Announced
Al Davis has given the GM duties to die hard Raider fan, RaiderNation. RaiderNation has been a fan his whole life and feels like he can improve the team with another good off season like last years. "Right now anybody can be had on this team. We will listen to all offers and we are looking to shake things up".

diabsoule
12-15-2010, 04:09 PM
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New GM means new direction in Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers brass have opted to go in a different direction and have hired former New Orleans Saints director of football administration, Diabsoule. He had this to say upon officially becoming the new GM for a division rival: "The Carolina Panthers have been a strong franchise since first coming into the league. I am grateful for the opportunity presented to me here in Charlotte and will be aggressively pursuing all avenues available to us this offseason to get the Panthers back where they belong: on top of the NFC South and in Super Bowl contention".

There appears to be a lot of work ahead of him as the Panthers finished with the worst record in the NFL this season and hold the first pick in the draft. They are also without their second round pick (pick #33) due to a trade with New England last year. That has not deterred Diabsoule from speaking boldly about the future in Carolina. "We will be actively seeking trade opportunities to build this team through the draft. Right now we are not looking at trading the #1 pick in the draft but if a team blows us away with an offer then we will look into it".

There is no speculation right now as to who the Panthers are looking at with the first pick. "Right now, if we maintain the first pick in the draft, we will take Andrew Luck out of Stanford. He's a once in a lifetime product that can be the face of the franchise. We have conducted several interviews with him and absolutely love him as a fit for our team. He will be our selection if we hold onto that pick" said Diabsoule.

While it looks like they will be with that pick there are several teams that have called to inquire about the cost of the first pick due to Luck being highly coveted. "We have been in preliminary discussions with several franchises. Nothing has been established and if we do trade the pick then it will be for the best possible offer" Diabsoule was quoted as saying.

P-L
12-15-2010, 04:49 PM
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Last Updated: April 26. 2011 5:47PM
Lions extend OT Backus; CB Houston too

Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

Allen Park --Just days before the 2011 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions have announced contract extensions for two players.


Backus, who still has one year left on the six-year contract he signed prior to the 2006 season, signed a 2-year, $18 million extension. The deal includes $7.5 million in guarantees. The contract extension will keep Backus in a Lions uniform through the 2013 season.


Backus had the best year of his career this past season, allowing only 3.5 sacks and committing just three penalties all season. Despite having his ups and downs throughout his career, Backus has started all 160 games at left tackle since being drafted by the Lions in 2001. Barring a freak injury, it looks like he can add 48 more games to that streak.


Cornerback Chris Houston, who was acquired from Atlanta before last season for a sixth-round pick, was re-signed by the team. Houston signed a 3-year deal. The monetary terms of the contract were not immediately available. Houston is expected to be the #2 or the nickel cornerback for the Lions next year, depending on which direction they go in the draft.

marshallb
12-15-2010, 04:53 PM
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Vikings announce new GMs and Head Coach

The Minnesota Vikings have announced who will lead their team into the future. The team announced today that Prock and marshallb will be the co-GMs. The two only said that they "were excited about the opportunity and were grateful to Zygi Wilf and his family and the whole Vikings organization for the chance that we're given." Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said that the GMs would have full say over the coaching search.

The co-GMs got together and talked over the situation, and came to the assumption that the team's best option moving forward was to stick with Leslie Frazier. Prock said "I like Frazier as our coach, the team plays hard under him, and defensive minded coaches love to run the ball, which is what this team is built for and should have been doing for a long time."

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Bengals78
12-15-2010, 05:11 PM
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Big Changes Expected in the Queen City

Coaching changes loom in the Bengals future.

Nothing is official yet, but it is expected that the entire staff will be revamped in the off-season. Reports say announcements will come within the next 24 hours.

fenikz
12-15-2010, 09:23 PM
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Flight of Fitz?
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Rumors out of the Arizona is that Larry Fitzgerald may be on the trade block. While it would take a lot to acquire the star WR the team is considering all options for the franchise moving forward. GM Marcus Fenikz had this to say, "While Fitz is nearly untouchable we have to do a favor to ourselves as an organization to see what offers are out there."

T-RICH49
12-15-2010, 09:35 PM
The Kansas City Star

Chiefs, Hali close to an extension

Rumors out of Arrowhead say The Kansas City Chiefs and OLB Tamba Hali are nearing completion of a 5 year extension.While financial details are not known at this time sources say a deal should be finalized within 48-72 hours

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is complete.the total value is 45.5million with 17 million guaranteed.there is also a mutual option for a 6th year

shylo3716
12-16-2010, 10:10 AM
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City of Brotherly Love
Rumor has it the Eagles are close to an extension with Vick and Jackson.

Within days of contract negotiations it has been said, the Eagles will add
5-years to both Vick and Jackson, to keep both happy in the City of Brotherly Love.

A Perfect Score
12-16-2010, 10:45 AM
Ravens GMs Back in Business

Baltimore, M.D - The Ravens are proud to announce that renowned Co-GMs A Perfect Score (APS) and TACKLE have retained control of the Ravens front office and are ready to participate in yet another NFLDC Forum Mock. Known for their aggressive style of drafting and willingness to move up or down depending on how the board falls, APS and TACKLE have shown a knack for manipulating the mock draft process and almost always end up with a stellar class of rookies. Back again, they plan to approach the Forum Mock with the same tenacity and determination they always do.

In other news, the Ravens have announced the unexpected resigning of offensive tackle Jared Gaither. Though it at first seemed as though Gaither would be shipped out for a pick, contract negotiations took a leap forward when Gaither agreed to stay in Baltimore if he was restored to his former position of left tackle. GMs APS and TACKLE agreed that famous lineman Michael Oher would be better utilized on the right side, and Gaither signed a 4 year contract extension worth approximately 36 million dollars. This signing helps restore the Ravens offensive line to its 2009 status as one of the best young lines in the league. With offensive guard Ben Grubbs also signing an extension, the Ravens look poised to continue with their powerful running games and hope to protect franchise QB Joe Flacco better in the future.

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Furthermore, early word out of the Ravens organization is that both Cam Cameron and Greg Mattison will be let go in the near future. The Ravens have confirmed that former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips will take over the defensive coordinator job. No word on who will replace Cameron, if he is indeed let go. The Ravens were mum as to the future of their offensive coordinator.

Hines
12-16-2010, 02:58 PM
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BRUCE ARIANS FIRED

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We have learned that offensive cordinator Bruce Arians has been let go of his duties for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arians, the OC since 2007, had an inability to make in game adjustments and calls. His lack of points, despite high offensive numbers, were a real concern for Steelers GM HinesWardJr.

"We appreciate everything Bruce has done for our organization, but we are not where we want to be on offense. We wish Bruce the best of luck in his future."


HinesWardJr, Dan Rooney, and Mike Tomlin will be gathering a list of potential coaches for their vacancy.

diabsoule
12-16-2010, 03:06 PM
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Too Much Luck To Pass Up

Charlotte, N.C. -- Early rumors from inside the Carolina Panthers organization indicate that they will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft.

Luck, the prototypical quarterback, possesses an excellent pedigree, super accuracy, strength, and touch, excellent build, and has played against elite Pac-10 competition while being coached by who many consider one of the best college coaches around.

While this may strike some as adding an unneeded luxury since Carolina drafted their supposed quarterback of the future last year when they selected Jimmy Clausen out of Notre Dame with their second round pick, Panthers G.M. Diabsoule has gone on record stating that Luck is a once-in-a-lifetime prospect that could turn a franchise around.

The Panthers have several trade possibilities open to them as many teams have been interested in trading up for the opportunity to draft the Stanford junior but Carolina holds the keys to the castle and rumors have it that they are demanding a king's ransom for the 1st pick in the draft, a ransom that not many teams, if any, are willing to pay.

RaiderNation
12-16-2010, 03:43 PM
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Raiders Are Willing

Oakland Raiders GM RaiderNation has told the media today he is willing to trade for a veteran OT. "I feel that Veldheer can take the LT spot for us, but RT is still an issue. We are looking around for a veteran who can help in the run blocking. We plan to slide Langston Walker to RG if a deal can be worked out"

RaiderNation also address the draft plans. "Right now we are planning on letting the draft playout what we will do. If a certain player(s) fall we will contact teams. We have alot of needs but getting another impact rookie that can start from day 1 like (Rolando) McClain or (Lamarr) Houston or Jared Veldheer is what we need."

As for the trade block," Right now we have OLB Thomas Howard, DT John Henderson, CB Chris Johnson and RG Cooper Carlisle are guys we can trade right now."

Scotty D
12-16-2010, 05:57 PM
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Seahawks nab Norm Chow for offensive coordinator
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Pete Carroll told media today that Norm Chow will be joining his staff. Chow was working as offensive coordinator at UCLA and worked for the Titans before that.

There are rumors the Seahawks are working out a trade for a former Trojan, stay tuned.

T-RICH49
12-16-2010, 07:19 PM
Kansas City Star

Chiefs lock up another key piece for many years

The Kansas City Chiefs who have been busy signing their own guys such as Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles and Tamba Hali.Have struck again as they have signed CB Brandon Flowers to a 6 year deal.right now the financial terms are not known.Flowers who emerged a a premiere young CB this past year was KC's 2nd round pick in 2008.

"We are thrilled to have locked up Brandon for many years to come.Brandon is a intrecal part of our young improving defense thus we felt the need to keep him for a long time."GM T-Rich49 said."We feel having locked up our key core for the future we are not too far from achieving our goal to bringing the Super Bowl back to Kansas City."

RaiderNation
12-16-2010, 10:03 PM
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Raiders Trade for QB Jimmy Clausen

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders have agreed to trade LB Thomas Howard and their 4th round pick to the Carolina Panthers for QB Jimmy Clausen. Jimmy Clausen was drafted last year in the 2nd round by Carolina, but after selecting the cant miss prospect this year in QB Andrew Luck, they decided to ship out Clausen. Clausen was thought highly of by current Raiders GM RaiderNation. He projected Clausen as a top 15 pick, instead he fell to the 2nd.

"We have brought in QB Jimmy Clausen today in a trade. Right now the QB job is open between Campbell, Gradkowski and Clausen. We intend to have Clausen as our QB for the future, and if he performs well enough in off season programs he could be the QB right now."

LB Thomas Howard who was once thought of maybe a Pro Bowl caliber LB was a back up last year, mostly playing on special teams. The Raiders changed defensive schemes, move toward more big LB's compared to Howard who is 240lbs and more of a pass coverage LB.

Scotty D
12-16-2010, 11:23 PM
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Seahawks trade for Vince Young, cut Hasselbeck

After a rough season in Tennessee it was obvious Jeff Fisher and Vince Young could not coexist any longer. The Titans found a taker for the 27 year old QB in the Seahawks. Seattle traded their 2nd and 5th round pick for Vince Young and the Titans third round pick.

At his press conference today Pete Caroll said "Seattle isn't winning very many football games and Vince just wins gamezzzzzz,"

The Seahawks hope Carroll's coaching style will help Young get his career on track. Carroll got a first hand look at what Vince was capable of in the 2006 Rose Bowl game.

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To make room for Young on the roster the Seahawks released veteran Matt Hasselbeck. Back up Charlie Whitehurst was visibly frustrated by the move when confronted by reporters.

Hines
12-17-2010, 09:41 AM
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STEELERS LOCK UP WOODLEY AND TAYLOR, ALMOST HAVE A TRADE?


Steelers GM HinesWardJr announced today that they have reached a 5 year contract extention on Pro Bowl OLB LaMarr Woodley this afternoon. Financial terms were not released at this moment, but it's expected to be in the 60million dollar range, with 10-15 in guarentees. Woodley, 26, has 34 sacks since becoming the starting OLB in 2008.

Ike Taylor also recieved an extention of 3 years. Taylor, 30, has been the Steelers' best man to man cover corner over the last 5 years. He was due for a new contract and gotten one.


Rumors are surrounding Pittsburgh that the Steelers are close to an agreement for a trade with an AFC team. The team or player(s) have not been released at this time. We will release anything that comes up when we recieve them.

marshallb
12-17-2010, 02:45 PM
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Vikings Move up to Grab Quarterback of the Future

The Minnesota Vikings traded up with the Washington Redskins, moving up from pick number 12 to number 9, giving up only a fourth round pick number 108; to snag quarterback Ryan Mallett from Arkansas. co-GM marshallb said that "it was something we felt we had to do. We knew that there was no chance that Ryan fell past both the Redskins and the Titans, so we got proactive and made our move."

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It is believed that the Vikings are working out long term deals with several players, including Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, and Chad Greenway, and maybe even more. Those deals are also likely to be announced at the team press conference this afternoon which will introduce Mallett to the media.

fenikz
12-17-2010, 03:20 PM
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Red Birds Taking Flight
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With the 6th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Arizona Cardinals proudly selected Heisman winner, Cam Newton, QB our of Auburn. GM Marcus Fenikz had this to say, "While most people only notice the amazing plays he makes every week with his legs, his arm is simply untouchable. That thing is a cannon, can throw 50 yards on a rope, reminds us a bit of Mike Vick. While he is a project to claim that any rookie entering the NFL doesn't need to to adjust is ignorant." Head coach Ken Whisenhunt had this to say, "The man is a winner you can see it on the field and you can see it in his eyes. The media can say what ever they want about him but if there is one thing I know is that nothing will stop him from winning". Arizona is still expected to bring in a vet QB to compete for the starting job.

Grizzlegom
12-17-2010, 03:47 PM
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Big Al Returns to AFC South

The Indianapolis Colts made an uncharacteristic move today, acquiring controversial defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 4th round pick (113th Overall). The Colts were desperate for defensive tackle help as many of their recent picks haven't worked out, Fili Moala, Quinn Pitcock, and Terrance Taylor to name a few. Haynesworth off-field issues are well-documented but the Colts brass feels that the veteran leadership and solid locker room atmosphere that they possess, as well as a return to a 4-3 scheme and the ability to play for a winner, will be able to keep Big Al in check and have him return to his former glory.

A Perfect Score
12-17-2010, 03:57 PM
Ravens Stay True to Word, Get Aggressive and Add WR Jones

Baltimore, M.D - True to their pre-draft words, the Baltimore Ravens were very aggressive on the first day of the 2011 NFL Draft, trading up 15 spots to select Alabama WR Julio Jones.

"We really felt like Julio was a special player who could add a dynamic presence to our offense" said GM TACKLE. "He brings speed, playmaking ability, and most importantly a sense of physicality to our WR core." Worth noting is that this core already contains perhaps the most physical WR in the NFL, Anquan Boldin. The Ravens hope Jones, who is raw in some technical aspects, can learn from Boldin and become a true #1 target as he progresses, allowing Boldin to slowly transition to a #2 role where he has shown an ability to succeed in the past.


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The Ravens traded picks 27, 91, and 123 to the Redskins for pick 12, which they used on Jones. The Ravens also sent OLB Jarrett Johnson, a starter, to the Redskins in the deal. "We felt the value was very good on the trade up. We asked around, and some teams had asked for our second round pick in the deal, and I was very reluctant to give it up. This draft has value into that round, so we decided to find a trade partner who would accept some later round picks as compensation. We're sad to see Jarrett go, he was great for the organization and we wish him the best in the future" said GM APS.

It is believed that the Ravens will shift ILB Jameel McClain to his more natural position of OLB while letting former UDFA Dannell Ellerbe start alongside future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

Hurricanes25
12-17-2010, 07:59 PM
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Jets stay at 26 and draft Miami Hurricanes Defensive Lineman, Allen Bailey.
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After rumors of the Jets trading down, the Jets decided to stay put and draft DE Allen Bailey from Miami (FL). When Coach Rex Ryan was asked about the selection he said, We got our guy. Hes big, tough and physical. Hes a Jet. I expect him to be starting opposite Shaun Ellis in 3-4 sets. Were going to have some fun moving him around the line in our 43 sets. I cant wait to coach him. The Jets wanted to make a splash early in the draft and they certainly did so with the selection of Allen Bailey.

T-RICH49
12-17-2010, 10:52 PM
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Chiefs Thrilled with Miller Selection at 22

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The Kansas City Chiefs met the media today after their first round selection of Texas A&M LB Von Miller.

"We are estatic to have Von join the Kansas City Chiefs football team.Von was a guy we had targeted for awhile but never anticipated him falling to us.We feel like with him on one end and Tamba on the other rushing the QB which has been a struggle for us will not be a struggle anymore."GM T-RICH49 said

Hines
12-18-2010, 02:09 AM
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POUNCEY BROTHERS UNITE

Coming into the 2011 NFL Draft, Michael Pouncey did not know where his future may lie. Later on in the evening, he soon found out. Michael, Maurkice Poucney's twin brother, was selected 30th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team Maurkice plays for.

"It's a dream come true playing in the NFL. It's also a dream come true to be playing along side my twin brother once again. I am truely blessed and thank the Pittsburgh Steeler organization for drafting me to play. I will give them all I have", Michael says.

Pittsburgh Steelers GM HinesWardJr says, "Michael brings toughness, skill, and hard work to our organization. Along side Maurkice, our offensive line is 100 times better. We now will be able to run the football the way we want to. I am proud to be a Pittsburgh Steeler with this selection of a great young man."

Pouncey is expected to start at RG at his time in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has had a tough time filling that spot once Kendall Simmons got diagnosed with injuries and diabetes.

P-L
12-18-2010, 02:40 PM
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Lions release a pair of linebackers

Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

Allen Park -- Shortly after drafting linebacker Akeem Ayers out of UCLA in the second round, the Lions handed two veteran linebackers their walking papers. Julian Peterson and Bobby Carpenter will be looking for new teams next season.

Peterson, who was brought over in a trade from Seattle, was likely cut due in large part to his contract. Peterson was owed $16.5 million total over the next two years. After a very poor 2010, it became clear that Peterson's best years were long behind him.

Carpenter, who was signed as an injury replacement, is no longer needed. The Lions brought in Carpenter last year after starting weakside linebacker Zack Follett suffered a season ending injury. The Lions are confident that Follett will be ready for the start of the 2011 season. Landon Johnson and Ashlee Palmer will back him up.

Akeem Ayers is expected to start right away at the now vacated strongside linebacker position.

Hines
12-18-2010, 03:24 PM
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STEELERS AQUIRE JAMMER, CUT ***

Steelers made a huge trade today to beef up their pass defense today by trading for Quentin Jammer. Jammer, 31, was a first round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and has been a starter there since his rookie season. Jammer is a big, fast, and physical player. He is exactly what Pittsburgh looks for in a corner. The defensive secondary has always been a week spot for Pittsburgh, and it looks like they have made an effort to strengthen it.

The Steelers gave up their second rounder, pick 62, for Jammer and the 80th overall selection in this year's draft.

Jammer will join Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark, and Troy Polamalu in the starting secondary in 2011.

With Jammer in the fold, the Steelers have decided to cut nickle corner William ***. ***, who has been with the team since 2007, has not developed as well as the Steeler coaches have liked. Despite a promising 2008 season, he has regressed when forced to start and has been a target for opposing quarterbacks. With *** cut, Bryant McFadden returns to the nickle role.

RaiderNation
12-18-2010, 03:50 PM
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The Silver and Black Welcome 2 New Arrivals

The Raiders were busy day 2 of the draft, drafting WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame in the 2nd and also completing a trade landing OT Bryant McKinnie.

Michael Floyd was thought of by Raiders scouting as a top 25 player and a 1st round talent, so passing on him in the 2nd would be hard. Floyd is coming in with his old teammate QB Jimmy Clausen who was just traded here a few days ago. The pair put up great numbers there 2 season together and will likely get the chance to do it again in the near future. The Raiders are planning on using Floyd as their #1 target at WR, with Heyward-Bey and Murphy as the #2/#3 and Jacoby Ford also getting time in.

The other big news for the Raiders was the trade they made to acquire OT Bryant McKinnie from the Minnesota Vikings. The Raiders traded their 3rd round pick for the 31 year old veteran and also swapped 5th round picks. McKinnie was the LT for Minnesota for a good amount of years and will come into Oakland likely as their RT. The trade moves Langston Walker to RG where Raiders coaching staff believe he will be better at. The size of Walker and McKinnie on the right side will likely open more holes in the running game to the right instead of relying on the left.

T-RICH49
12-18-2010, 06:21 PM
The Kansas City Star

Chiefs fielding offers for 54th pick

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Chiefs are fielding offers for the 54th overall pick in the draft.

{Obviously we're in a good spot.lots of talented playersavailable for us to take or trade down and acquire more picks."GM T-Rich49 said

fenikz
12-18-2010, 06:24 PM
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Cardinals GM thinks the the Chiefs GM should check his message box

T-RICH49
12-18-2010, 06:27 PM
Kansas City Star

Chiefs GM has had 3 different offers about the 54th pick he's sorting through.

UPDATE: rumors are circling about a possible deal between KC and AZ reports Jason LaCanfora

T-RICH49
12-18-2010, 07:01 PM
Kansas City Star

Chiefs get WR help in Doucet

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The Kansas City Chiefs pulled of a draft day deal today acquiring WR Early Doucet for the 54th overall selection.Both teams also swapped 4th round picks.

"We are pleased to acquire a proven NFL WR in Early Doucet.Early is a guy who we fell has his best football in front of him.We knew going in weather it be trade, free agency or the draft we needed to get better at the WR posistion.Dwayne (Bowe) has begun to emerge into what everyone thought he would be coming out, but he can't do it by himself and as successful as Matt was this year we need to do a better job of surrounding him with weapons."GM T-RICH49 said

"I am excited about this new opportunity in Kansas City,"Doucet said."I feel the improvements I made as a WR are directly linked to the coaching of Coach Haley back when we were in AZ together.I am excited to be re-united with him again and look foward to helping the Kansas City Chiefs get the the playoffs and hopfully win a Super Bowl."

fenikz
12-18-2010, 09:05 PM
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Cards Kick Off Day Two With A BANG!
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To start the 2nd day of the draft the Cardinals selected Tight End, Kyle Rudolph, out of The University of Notre Dame. Rudolph considered by most as a late 1st round prospect fell to the Cardinals in the early 2nd. Kyle Rudolph is the premiere TE in the 2011 class and fills a hole that Whis had been trying to fix since his arrival in Arizona. With the earlier selection of Cam Newton, a young tight end as a safety net is always a great option to have on passing plays. To go along with his polished receiving game, Rudolph happens to also be an excellent blocker & could eventually become an All-Pro Tight End.

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As the end of the second round started to approach the Cardinals saw a player they had graded right below their first second round pick(Kyle Rudolph) still on the board. This man was Brandon Burton, Arizona promptly traded 3rd year wide receiver, Early Doucet for the opportunity to snag the Utah cornerback as well as swapping 4th round picks with the Chiefs. Burton a 2 year starter for the Utes has been rising up draft boards and decided to declare for the draft early. Along side Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Burton may very well flourish.
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With the loss of WR Early Doucet and the addition of CB Brandon Burton the Cardinals then sent former 4th round pick Greg Toler to the Indianapolis Colts for former 1st round pick Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez has spent most of the last two season on the IR but for the cost of project CB & a 7th round pick this type of trade appears to be low risk-high reward. It is expected that he will battle 2010 3rd round pick Andre Roberts for the starting slot WR position.

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P-L
12-19-2010, 09:33 PM
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Pride Of Detroit - An Unofficial Detroit Lions Blog

Lions Trim Some Fat

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The Lions continued their roster overhaul this morning by cutting a handful of players. RB Kevin Smith, WR Brian Clark, OG Donald Thomas, LB Vinny Ciurciu, LB Ashlee Palmer, CB Tye Hill, CB Eric King, and CB Jack Williams were released from the active roster. WR Alric Arnett, TE Joe Jon Finley, and DB Paul Pratt were released from the practice squad. QB Zac Robinson, DE Willie Young, DE Barry Turner, and CB Prince Miller were moved from the active roster to the practice squad.

Over the first two days of the NFL Draft the Lions have added three players through the NFL draft. The team drafted CB Prince Amukamara in the 1st round, LB Akeem Ayers in the 2nd round, and OT/OG Orlando Franklin in the 3rd round.

Hines
12-19-2010, 11:13 PM
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STEELERS GET DEFENSIVE IN ROUND 3

In round 3 of the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers retooled their defense by selected Clemson NT/DE Jarvis Jenkins, Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee, and Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard.

Jenkins, 6'3 315, is expected to be tried out at the nose to start his career in Pittsburgh. None as a run stopper, he can plug running lanes with his big body and create penetration in the backfield. He is expected to be Casey Hampton's eventual replacement.

McPhee, 6'4 290, is another player to mold on an aging defensive line. He is a solid run stopper who can generate pressure. Expected to push for a back up job and could be the starter in Brett Keisel's place when he decides to leave.

Dennard, 5'10 195, is a protypical zone corner with good ball skills. Often overshadowed by his teamate Prince Amukamara, Dennard was a solid pro prospect in his own right. Expected to compete with Kennan Lewis, Anthony Madison, and Crezdon Butler for a special teams job and potential nickle corner in Training Camp. Coach Horton loves his potential to be a solid corner that needs secondary help.

With one pick left in the draft, Pittsburgh has plenty of options to build depth for their football team.

DiG
12-20-2010, 12:59 PM
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Redskins Clean House and Begin Rebuilding Process

The Redskins today have announced that they have officially released quarterback, Donovan McNabb, running back, Clinton Portis, center, Casey Rabach, and DE/OLB Andre Carter. Coach Mike Shanahan was not available for questioning but will hold a press conference later this week. The release of Donovan McNabb comes as no surprise after the Redskins benched Donovan for Rex Grossman late into the 2010 season.

The Redskins also have announced that they will not be extending offers to free agents Carlos Rogers and Jamaal Brown. We expect more details on these personnel decisions from the front office later today.

draftguru151
12-21-2010, 04:04 PM
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Dolphins Introduce Rookies

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After a disappointing season the Miami Dolphins used the draft to focus on the offensive, using five or their six selections on that side of the ball. Explosive playmakers Justin Blackmon and DeMarco Murray will contribute on both offense and special teams. Blackmon is expected to start opposite Brandon Marshall. Murray will split carries with incumbents Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, as well as being used in the passing game. TE George Bryan will immediately fill the #2 TE spot behind Anthony Fasano. Rimington award winner Jake Kirkpatrick is expected to compete for the starting center spot with Joe Berger. Andy Dalton will fight with Tyler Thigpen for the back up QB position. The lone defensive player drafted was Kenrick Ellis, who will be in the rotation at Nose Tackle. When GM Jeff Ireland was asked to comment on the draft he said "We feel we significantly improved this team, brought in some needed playmakers as well as improving both lines."

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12-21-2010, 05:44 PM
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Dirty Birds Arrive In Phoenix
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The Arizona Cardinals introduced their 2011 rookie class to the media today starting with #6 overall pick, Cam Newton. "I'm very excited to be part of this organization, I understand the hard work I have ahead of me and am ready and willing to do it. Much like the Cardinals' I will be putting my past behind me and looking forward to our bright future." When asked what the thought process for drafting GM Marcus Fenikz had this to say. Well we had him as our #2 overall prospect and even attempted to trade up for his rights on draft day, everything worked out and we think Newton will be calling Arizona his home for a long, long time." To Kick off the 2nd round Arizona took standout TE, Kyle Rudolph, out of Notre Dame who is expected to be a starter from day one. Fenikz then got the trade ball rolling moving WR Early Doucet to the Chiefs for CB Brandon Burton as well as swapping 4th round picks. Burton as well as 4th round selection Davon House were very high on the Cardinals draft board and could of essentially been taken in the early 2nd round had the draft fallen differently. Along with veteran Michael Adams and 2010 UDFA A.J. Jefferson, Burton and House will compete for the starting spot opposite of All-Pro Corner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. In the early 3rd round the Cardinals traded up to secure Nevada defensive end, Dontay Moch. Moch is expected to switch to outside linebacker in the Cardinals 3-4 defense and could see time very early on in passing situations. Along with Veteran Joey Porter and 2010 3rd round pick O'Brien Schofield, the Cardinals now have an intimidating pass rush to go along with a young and improving secondary and Pro Bowl caliber defensive line.

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12-21-2010, 09:39 PM
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Bears focus on protecting Cutler

The Bears used the draft to attack their biggest weakness, the offensive line, by taking tackle Nate Solder from Colorado in the first round and tackle Ben Ijalana from Villanova in the second. Both are expected to contribute early and it is unclear if they will end up as bookend tackles or a formidable left side of the line, something Head Coach Lovie Smith will have to sort out in camp.

In the third round, the Bears continued in their focus on helping the offense by giving Jay Cutler another receiver in Leonard Hankerson. Hankerson brings size, the ability to catch the ball in traffic, and a nose for the endzone.

The Bears then turned their attention to the defense adding two extremely athletic juniors in defensive tackle Corey Liuget from Illinois and cornerback Brandon Boykin from Georgia. Both players will be competing for playing time on defense, but have bring a lot of potential and the Bears believe their defense is a good place for them to be able to develop while still being able to contribute.

bored of education
12-21-2010, 10:05 PM
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The St. Louis Rams Introduce the Draft Class of 2011

The GM of the Rams took the podium in a very focused manner, where it seems he has yet to get a minute of sleep in about two months. Mr. Zo said that he focused on bringing in players who are athletically gifted and have a true love for the game of football. Football intelligence and being able to understand being part of a team where a few of the common traits Zo eluded to when speaking of the new Rams.

"I feel the due diligence completed on each of these prospects, whether it was speaking to the water boys at college or their former 2nd grade teachers, helped me make a few easy decisions..." Zo said "..I want men who are willing to go to war on the field for not only themselves but for the City of St Louis."

Having the lineage that traces back the to ancient Spartans, Mr. Zo really lives by the motto "come home with your shield or on it".

The Rams have some pieces in place already with Animal and Chris Long on defense, Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson, and a very good offensive line that is only getting younger or something..

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