NFL Movement. An Open Discussion.

I Think NFL Free Agents Should Get Novelty Checks.

I didn’t really get bogged down in the particulars of the new collective bargaining agreement, but it looks like the money is still flowing.  Thirty million guaranteed for Charles Johnson.  A few days ago I thought Charles Johnson was a terrible receiver, or perhaps a retired catcher.  Not the case, he’s a DE staying in Carolina under very generous terms.  Even that Santonio Holmes deal looks a little rich at first blush.  The movement is coming at a furious pace right now as NFL teams try to get their rosters put together for training camp.  I’ll run down some stuff, but anyone following Adam Schefter religiously on Twitter, feel free to break some news.

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Tons of QB movement. Seattle’s game plan is interesting.  I always wonder if there are people out there that think Tarvaris Jackson is actually good, or if they know he stinks but is the best they can do.  Seattle has to know this isn’t going to work out, right?  Elsewhere you’ve got Hasselbeck to the Titans (he’ll be injured by week 4), the Bengals are recruiting Bruce Gradkowski (who wouldn’t), and the market for Kevin Kolb looks to be drying up.  I’m expecting the Eagles to outsmart themselves on this one and start another season with both Kolb and Vick, roles reversed, this time.  All this happens while the defense gets younger and thinner, that’s in terms of depth, not fitness.

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Speaking of the Eagles it looks like there is a reasonable chance that DeSean Jackson is going to hold out.  Jackson has been complaining about his bargain contract for well over a year now, and after sucking it up and playing in 2010, he might not be inclined to do the same this year.  I feel like most teams would have appeased Jackson at this point, but the Eagles are terribly stubborn.  The debate over his worth is another story, but he seems like a guy you’d want to have in camp.

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If the Kolb market is drying up, I imagine the pursuit of Nnamdi is about to get rabid.  I’ve heard Ravens, Texans, 49ers, Lions, and even the Jets.  Imagine Asomugha and Revis on the same team.  If I can understate things, that would limit the opposition’s passing game.  Of course, you still need the Sanchize to bring it home.  Ike Taylor re-signed in Pittsburgh taking another corner off the market, but there’s no one in Ashomugha’s league.  If Charles Johnson got that deal, can’t wait to see Nnamdi break the bank.  Will he go for a contender or for the biggest windfall?

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Other things going on:  Plax back to the Giants?  Donovan McNabb and his constant involvement in some type of “saga.” I’m sure more things will develop during the day, and for the rest of the week.  We’ll try to keep track of everything.  Kyle Orton’s available, so we’ve got to stay alert.

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11 thoughts on “NFL Movement. An Open Discussion.

  1. Here’s grantland on Chuck Johnson’s new deal:


    Essentially, Charles Johnson got the same deal Aaron Rodgers picked up from the Packers in 2008, but Johnson received $12 million more in guaranteed money. Yowzers. As the AP story put it:

    “‘Could you have turned that down?’ Johnson said of the contract with a laugh.”

    As a general rule, it’s bad when a player says he couldn’t turn down the money. And then laughs.

  2. Am i the only one who feels like this season is going to be a disaster? Completely upside down, a bunch of crappy games while teams adjust and players gear up since they’re coming in late, which will result in playoff games involving teams like the Bucs and the Texans.

  3. I could see that happening. A lot of players are going to be learning on the go.

    If you were picking favorites, maybe you go to the teams with the least amount of turnover both in players and coaches.

    As far as Johnson is concerned, the only thing I can think of is that Carolina just had a ton of cap space and felt they needed to keep him regardless of the price. But, I have no idea what their cap situation is.

  4. DRC? This is by no means a definitive report, but I think he’s an athletic guy, meaning that’s what he relies on. More playmaker potential than shut down corner. Definitely an upgrade over what he’d be replacing, though.

  5. McNabb to the Vikings?

    I say McNabb has a much better shot to win a playoff game this year than Eli.

    The NFL will stink as usual. It wouldn’t matter if the players had forever to prepare or they rolled out of bed. When you have Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young finding a way to make starts your league is going to have plenty of bad games.

    Right now I’m going to say Chargers over the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

    • Keep riding that mcnabb train, even as it crashed and proved he’s wildly overrated last year. I think young actually as a good record as a starter, wins/losses wise, so I can understand someone giving him a shot.

      • Keep telling yourself that, just like you defended McNabb last year. Unfortunately Eli just keeps on plugging away as a top 8-10 QB while McNabb continues to languish and prove the Eagles succeeded in spite of him, not because of him.

      • Oh my.

        How many playoff games has Eli won since his Super Bowl? It would be nice if he could prove that wasn’t a fluke.

        I’ll take these guys right now before Eli (no particular order)
        1.Brady
        2. Peyton
        3. Brees
        4. Rivers
        5. Rodgers
        6. Big Ben
        7. Vick

        Eli is on the same level as Romo, Cutler, Matt Ryan, Flacco, Schaub.
        If you want to puff your chest about that, go ahead. At the end of the day we both know Eli won’t win a playoff game this year and his Super Bowl win makes him look more like Trent Dilfer than an his brother.

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