Tag:2011 NFL Free Agency
Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 2:47 pm

Nice deal, Jerry

I like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. And I do think he's better at personnel than some give him credit for being.

But about that Roy Williams deal, Jerry.

In October of 2008, the Cowboys sent a 2009 first-round pick, plus a third- and a sixth-round pick to the Lions for Williams and a seventh-round pick.

The Cowboys then gave Williams a five-year extension worth $45 million with  $20 million guaranteed.

It was the fatal trade-and-sign mistake Jones made here. For that deal, Williams gave the Cowboys 94 catches and 13 touchdowns in 35 games.


The Cowboys have told Williams they will release him Thursday to save $5.1 million against the cap.

Jones blew this trade and pay just like he did years ago when he acquired Joey Galloway.

It's never worth making a move like that for a receiver -- I promise you.

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:51 am

Tebow not ready

So the Denver Broncos must think Tim Tebow is ready for a starting role.

I don’t.

But I get why they are looking to trade Kyle Orton. They have to find out what they have in Tebow. The previous regime used a first-round pick on Tebow in 2010, so now it's up to John Elway and John Fox to find out what he can do.

The reason why is that is true is because next year's draft is loaded with top quarterback prospects. So find out if Tebow can play or not.

When watching Tebow's starts last season, I saw a raw prospect who doesn't allow plays to develop. He was too antsy in the pocket. He rarely got to the second or third read. He made some nice throws, but they were pre-snap reads.

Yes, he ran well out of the pocket, but NFL quarterbacks don't make their living that way.

As for Orton, Miami and Arizona could be players.  The Cardinals, according to a source, have Kevin Kolb at the top of their list -- provided Carson Palmer isn't up to be traded -- but if that deal to acquire him can't be worked out Orton would be the fallback.

"The concern I would have with Orton," the source said. "is that two teams would have given up on him even though he had some productive games for them."

Orton or Tebow? For the now, that's an easy choice.

But it looks like Denver is looking to the future.

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:04 pm

Ravens getting younger

If you make a lot of money, it's even more so.

That's a poem some NFL players don't want to hear in the next couple of days. But it's exactly what four Baltimore Ravens were told Monday. Those four were tight end Todd Heap (31), running back Willis McGahee (30 in October), wide receiver Derrick Mason (37) and nose tackle Kelly Gregg (34).

Those four will be officially released by the Ravens Thursday, the first day teams can do so, but at least they got a heads-up.

All four were scheduled to have big contracts this season. Some of them could be re-signed to lesser deals if they don't sign somewhere else.

They all play positions where it's time for younger players to play. That's the cruelty of the NFL.

Heap can still play at a high level, and I imagine he will get some action on the market. He would be a nice fit in Arizona or Denver, two teams that need tight ends. He played his college ball at Arizona State, so the Cardinals would make sense.

The Ravens had to trim cap space, and sometimes it's hard to do with name players who have been major contributors. Releasing Heap would seem to be the toughest move since he was a fan favorite and a good guy in the locker room.

Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, two young players, have to come through if Heap isn't brought back.

Look for more of this around the league.

The NFL is a young man's game. Don't ever forget it.

Category: NFL
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