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National Football League - 2006.

TECHno addict

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sure, it's still a long time before the season kicks off - but lots of action has already started in the off-season. lots of teams forcing to cut many players due to the salary cap issues, and there is sure to be some other big moves in the next few days.

has anyone heard anything new develop with the ricky williams situation?
 

fleaflo

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Sleepy Giant said:
I hear lockout.
Not till the 2008 season. The Uncapped 2007 year will come before that.

Chiefs released Will Shields
Bengals coach put a horse head in the bed of the team snitch
Brett Favre might retire, but no news on his wifes reaction to her new hairdo from Peter King just yet.
 
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fleaflo

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TECHno addict said:
i read that as well. i think on nfl.com

i dont know if i'm sold on culpepper - i say go for brunell instead.
You would sign a 36 year old qb with dimished skills who can't last an entire season over a 29 year old stud with a 64% career completion percentage?

Isaiah? Is that you?
 

rudebwoy

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TECHno addict said:
wow - the skins got rid of lavar arrington!
i think its more a case of Lavar getting rid of the Skins...he paid $4million of his own money to buy his contract out...

c.
 
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Gizmo

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Yeah, he visits Miami tomorrow. Miami has been busy, turfing Junior Seau and having human blob (but still effective run stopper) Sam Adams come in to visit.

Imo, another weird decision was made by the Rams. Allowing Ryan Pickett to leave when he's entering his prime DT years. Fully in favour of letting Damione Lewis walk given he's been a virtual bum all the years there. But Pickett played well last season. Combining a D Tandem of Pickett and newly signed La'Roi Glover would have been dope.
 

kerouacdude

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Kevin Mawae visiting Miami today.
I'm not sure exactly who they'll end up getting but Dolphins look good to be a playoff team next year. They were, what, 9-7 last season with Frerotte.
 

TECHno addict

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kerouacdude said:
Kevin Mawae visiting Miami today.
I'm not sure exactly who they'll end up getting but Dolphins look good to be a playoff team next year. They were, what, 9-7 last season with Frerotte.
if they get brees, there is no reason why they wouldnt win the AFC East
 

Gizmo

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Deal is done!

Let FA begin!!!!!

NFL Owners Approve Players' Union Deal

By DAVE GOLDBERG
AP Football Writer

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- At the end, even the NFL's maverick owners decided that labor peace was better than the uncertainty of working without a salary cap. They didn't especially like doing it, though, after two days of meetings that sometimes got quite contentious.

"No one hit anyone," Oakland's Al Davis said after the owners finally agreed Wednesday to accept a deal that will add close to a billion dollars to the players' pool in return for six years of labor peace. "Yeah, people were yelling a little bit, you know, but it's part of life. The idea is to go and get something done."

Davis, the NFL's most conspicuous antiestablishment owner, turned into a league supporter for this one. The agreement will add $850 million to $900 million to the player revenue pool, contributed each year on a sliding scale by the 15 teams that earn the most from non-television and ticket income.

And while those teams aren't happy to be throwing so much cash in the pot, they said they would rather do that than deal with the uncertainty of a 2007 without a salary cap and perhaps a work stoppage in 2008.

"The proposal was really a mean mother from the union," said Dallas' Jerry Jones, the leader of a faction of owners who for two years resisted the additional revenue sharing.

"We had a time today that we probably got into the Is and Mes a little bit. That's what we were all looking to stay away from. You get that kind of stuff started, that's kind of like drawing that line in the sand. Then everybody got ahold of it, looked back at it and said, `Let's get in here to straighten this out."

And they did, barely meeting a union-imposed 8 p.m. EST deadline to agree to its final proposal. In fact, they may not have met that deadline, announcing it at about 8:40, but no one seemed to care.

The deal will carry the NFL through the 2011 season. Two low-revenue teams, Buffalo and Cincinnati, cast the only votes against.

The agreement increases the salary cap from $85.5 million last season to $102 million, saving some veteran players who would have been cut and providing more money to free agents - either with new teams or by re-signing with their old ones.

And it's $7.5 million higher per team than the $94.5 million they would have had in the final uncapped year of the current contract if they had not accepted the union's last proposal.

Now the league's free agency period, put off twice by protracted negotiations, will start Saturday to give teams additional time to get under the newly elevated salary cap.

The cap will increase to $109 million in 2007, which would have been an uncapped year that would have widened the spending gap between teams even more.

"We want teams to get additional money to re-sign players, rather than cutting them," commissioner Paul Tagliabue said.

The deal was put together by nine teams who began on different sides of the revenue debate, including such high-revenue teams as New England and Dallas. The Patriots and Cowboys, who are in the top five moneymakers along with Philadelphia, Houston and Washington, were both involved in putting together the deal.

"Some of us had to give and take a little more than others, but things have a way of working out," said Washington's Daniel Snyder, another former hard-line owner. "Some of us are contributing a little more than others, but we've been doing that in the past, as well. We just wanted to get this done for the sake of the league."

The agreement comes after a week of on-again, off-again negotiations, culminating in a two-day owners meeting. Tagliabue predicted it would come down to the 11th hour.

"This agreement is not about one side winning or losing," Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players Association said in a statement. "Ultimately, it is about what is best for the players, the owners and the fans of the National Football League. As caretakers of the game we have acted in the manner the founders intended.

"Moving forward, this new agreement gives us the opportunity to continue our unprecedented success and growth."

The deal probably saved a lot of veteran players from being released for salary cap reasons. Even Brentson Buckner, a defensive tackle cut last week by Carolina, was upbeat.

"It's also good for the guys like me because now somebody has a little extra money and they can go after a veteran who might have gotten squeezed out in this," Buckner said. "I'm sure the veteran minimum is going to go up, so guys like me can go out and get a one-year somewhere and feel good about the situation they are going into."

The real debate was between the owners themselves on the important issue of expanded revenue sharing.

Low-income teams say high-revenue teams should contribute proportionately to the player pool because they can earn far more in nonfootball income from things such as advertising and local radio rights.

Under the new deal, the bottom 17 teams in revenue will not contribute to the pool, which will be funded with the top five teams contributing the most; the second five less; and the third five less than them.

Still, two of the lowest-revenue teams voted "no."

"I didn't understand it," said Buffalo's Ralph Wilson. "It is a very complicated issue and I didn't believe we should be rushing to vote in 45 minutes. I'm not a dropout ... or maybe I am. I didn't understand it."

That 45 minutes followed a series of daylong caucuses and finally came out of a fusion of plans that Tagliabue said was forged by nine teams.
 
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Gizmo

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Also, this new cap, saves the Redskins and other teams that were over the cap. No need for whole scale fire sales.

Buffalo and Cincy were the only two owners to vote against. While Mike Brown is a cheap mofo in Cincy, Ralph Wilson in Buffalo raised the point that he didn't like the deal because it allowed all the teams who hadn't managed the cap effectively the past few years to basically get a free pass and not have repercussions.

If you're a high revenue team like Dallas / Washington, you can argue that since they're paying a lot more under the revenue sharing scheme, they are in some ways paying for FA overspending (Washington)

But consider a small revenue team like the Titans. The extra 17 million in cap room means they will have space this year. While before the season, they were looking forward to another rebuilding year, and probably another one after that cos they were still paying off the cap excesses of the past, now they can actually sign some people and be competitive for next season. Jeff Fisher has to be as happy as a pig in shit.
 

fleaflo

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rudebwoy said:
i think its more a case of Lavar getting rid of the Skins...he paid $4million of his own money to buy his contract out...c.
You think he's going to make a lot of money on the open market? He got paid in Washington but was always complaining about this or that. He blames the team for the $6.5mil missing payment but it was obviously the fault of his agent. Maybe if he had learned how to read he could have taken time out of his busy schedule to check it himself. Scandalous move by the organization tho. Probably not the first time they've done something like that under Snyder's watch.
 

TECHno addict

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10 things to watch for........ from espn.com

1. Running men: Running back is clearly the strongest position. But backs better have good eyes or they will be tackled for big losses. Not many teams are looking for veteran running backs. Shaun Alexander, a patient runner who has been anxiously awaiting free agency for two years, didn't see big dollars coming from Arizona or other teams, so he re-signed with the Seahawks, inking an eight-year $62 million deal. Ahman Green stayed in Green Bay for an incentive-laden, one-year deal. DeShaun Foster was named a transition player by the Panthers and probably will stay in Carolina. Plus, he wants to stay there.

That leaves Edgerrin James, Jamal Lewis, Chester Taylor and Michael Bennett scrambling to please only a handful of teams that don't want to draft a running back. There is more of a chance for James to return to Indianapolis with the new CBA extension. Jacksonville and Baltimore also could be possibilities. Lewis could get action from the Broncos. Taylor and Bennett will get jobs but they aren't sure if they will get big money. Maurice Morris of the Seahawks is a sleeper in the group who could go to Minnesota.

2. Quarterback wind blowing: It's rare that a Pro Bowl quarterback like Drew Brees hits the open market, but he will. The problem is he's coming off shoulder surgery that involved repairing his rotator cuff. Indications are that Brees should be able to throw in minicamp in May, so he will land a good contract, but the shoulder is still a concern. He would seem to be a perfect fit in Miami, but the Dolphins have to worry about the Saints and a couple of other teams. The Saints are expected to release Aaron Brooks. But they also have the option of drafting Matt Leinart, so Brees may opt for a more secure starting job.

But after that, the list is thin. Josh McCown is an intriguing athlete and has good numbers behind him, but the Cardinals are letting him go after re-signing Kurt Warner. That has to say something. Jon Kitna is an attractive quarterback with starting experience and the Bengals are worried they won't be able to keep him. Jeff Garcia and Chris Weinke are among the next group. They could be headed to Minnesota if the Vikings trade Daunte Culpepper to the Raiders. Culpepper's heading to Oakland would also add Kerry Collins to the market.

3. Tackling free agency: The deepest position is defensive tackle. Already, two defensive tackles received contracts worth $3.5 million a year or more: Chris Hovan to stay with the Bucs and La'Roi Glover, who was signed by the Rams.

From Sam Adams to Ted Washington to Grady Jackson to Ryan Pickett to Lional Dalton to Maake Kemoeatu to Russell Davis to Kendrick Clancy, the list of run-stopping tackles is deep.

There are also some interesting tackles who fit three-technique schemes. Rocky Bernard is coming off an 8½-sack season on the Seahawks. Damione Lewis and Larry Tripplett are former high-round choices with athletic skills. The best prospect on the market is Gerard Warren of the Broncos, but they're scrambling to re-sign him Friday.

4. Lining up for money: Top dollars are going to be spent on linebackers. Reports are that Will Witherspoon of the Panthers will get more than $10 million to sign. Stars such as LaVar Arrington and Julian Peterson are out there. Everyone anticipates the Vikings will pay Ben Leber more than $4 million a year. The 49ers love the inside play of Brandon Moore and don't want to lose him after paying big dollars to keep Derek Smith. The Colts don't want to lose David Thornton, but they know it could be costly.

5. Leg up on free agency: Perhaps the biggest impact could come from kickers, of all places. Three impact kickers are available: Adam Vinatieri, Mike Vanderjagt and Ryan Longwell. Paul Edinger did a good job in Minnesota, but he doesn't have the name value of the top three. Vinatieri is perhaps the best clutch kicker in this era, and it's still surprising to see the Patriots let him hit the market. Vanderjagt's time ran out in Indianapolis and the Colts won't re-sign him. Longwell is a consistently good kicker who should draw top dollar.

6. Cornering the market: While there isn't a lot of depth, the cornerback market should move quickly. The Giants are in the process of replacing Will Allen with Sam Madison. Allen will draw some attention on the market, but not as much as Charles Woodson and Ty Law. Law made his demands clear. He wants $7 million a year and a $10 million signing bonus. He made the same demands a year ago and got $6 million from the Jets. He had 10 interceptions and went to the Pro Bowl despite not being able to train at full speed last offseason because of a major foot injury. Imagine what he can do with an entire offseason to prepare. But after that, the list gets thin. Deshea Townsend has experience on winning teams, but he's 31. R.W. McQuarters was once a big name, but he's now falling into backup roles.

7. End game: The defensive end crop is a little better than expected if you include John Abraham of the Jets, who will probably go to the Broncos or Falcons in a trade. Darren Howard and Aaron Kampman should easily get more than $4 million a year after seeing that type of contract go to Orpheus Roye of the Browns, Kyle Vanden Bosch of the Titans and Raheem Brock of the Colts. The Packers are trying feverishly to keep Kampman in Green Bay.

8. Restricted area: The restricted market should be dead. With a number of teams entering free agency with more than $10 million of cap room, what team is going to be crazy enough to waste seven days to sign a restricted free agent if it thinks the other team is going to match? Teams normally stay away from the dozen or so restricted free agents with first-round tenders. This year, it's probably a waste of time to give a tender to a restricted free agent for low draft choice compensation. The teams that have the seven days to match will just thank the other teams for tendering a long-term deal and eat up some of their own cap room. Still, a few names such as kicker Josh Brown of the Seahawks, Nate Burleson of the Vikings and Ricky Manning Jr. of the Panthers might draw interest.

9. Big money: Big money will be going to the top offensive linemen. The Eagles could make center LeCharles Bentley a $6 million-a-year interior lineman. That should get Hutchinson into the $6.2 million to $6.3 million market. The left tackles will move quickly. Some think that Kevin Shaffer of the Falcons could get $6 million a year to fix a team's left tackle needs. Fellow left tackle L.J. Shelton of the Browns is trying to talk the team into a big contract. Jon Runyan is still a nasty right tackle with attitude. The Cardinals are looking at the low price market, going after Kyle Kosier and Milford Brown. Things are pretty thin at guard, so the Patriots may worry about losing Stephen Neal.

10. Not a great catch: The weirdest position is wide receiver. It's weak in the draft. It's weak in free agency. Antwaan Randle El is probably the top name among the unrestricted receivers, and he could get one of the best contracts. But he's considered a very good No. 2. The Bills have to decide Friday whether to cut Eric Moulds. If he's cut, he will be an interesting name to follow. The Seahawks are trying to re-sign Joe Jurevicius before free agency starts. David Givens, Antonio Bryant, Josh Reed, Koren Robinson and Dez White head the next wave of candidates.
 

Eclipze

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EDGERRIN JAMES on his current situation:

"It's like playing poker: I'm going to take it all the way to the river," James said on Thursday night from his offseason home in Miami, where the Indianapolis Colts' All-Pro running back calmly awaits his impending freedom. "Some people fold before the flop, and if I was in panic mode, I might do that. But I'm going to take it to the river card, because one thing I know is I'm sitting on a good hand."
 
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TECHno addict

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latest qb rumors include......

Culpepper going to Oakland.
Brees going to Miami.
New Orleans passing on both, and drafting Matt Leinard (sp.?)
 

Gizmo

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The Detroit Lions sign Jon Kitna to a deal!

You all have my condolences

Signed,

A Greatful Bengals Fan,

p.s. this is unfair on my part, he is a decent back up and a great locker room guy, but with his small hands he fumbles a lot, and does not have great arm strength. If he is your starter, may Jobu help you.
 
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