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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."
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.
Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
The APS is strong in this one.
Originally posted by killxswitch
Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.