2nd and 10
July 27, 2011 Leave a comment
The NFL free agency/trade/roster adjustment frenzy continues. Adam Schefter still hasn’t slept. Manish Mehta is now being followed by every Jets fan on Twitter. And Andrew Brandt still hasn’t gone back into hibernation (we’re over you, Andrew). Best of all, though? Barney is back with 10 quick points to recap and prognosticate on all of Wednesday’s NFL action, and tell you why he couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming season for a certain New York football team.
- Given that I’m a New Yorker by birth and have lived here my entire live, let’s start in the Big Apple, where, well, news couldn’t be any better today. First, the Jets locked up star receiver Santonio Holmes to a five-year, $50 million deal. While every Jets fan was happy to have one the league’s best receivers (yes I am making that statement) back in the Green and White, the deal made it seem unlikely that the Jets would be able to make a run at Nnamdi Asomugha. Not so fast, my friends! Because everyone has once again underestimated the saavy Jewish of Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum. Sticking to the stereotypes that comes along with the suffix of his last name, Tannenbaum somehow worked wonders to back load Santonio’s deal. The 2011 cap hit for Holmes’ contract is only $2.45 million, with $1 million in base salary. So, somehow, a deal that is worth on average $10 million a year was cut down to $2.45 million just so the Jets could make a legitimate run at Asomugha. You gotta love the chutzpah of Mike Tannenbaum. Furthermore, it has been reported that a number of Jets are willing to renegotiate their contracts in order to create even more cap space, whether it be for Asomugha or others. These players include QB Mark Sanchez and RB LaDainian Tomlinson. I like those guys! The Jets are also reported to be interested in acquiring the services of Randy Moss to make up for the expected loss of Braylon Edwards. If Moss does indeed sign on with Gang Green, and is able to conjure simply half of his magic from 2007, the Jets are going to be a scary team come September.
- Staying the AFC East, it is expected that by the days end a trade between the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos will be executed, with QB Kyle Orton taking his “talents” to South Beach. Orton has no interest in backing up Tim Tebow in Denver and Miami is in need of a QB. Expected bargaining chips for the Dolphins include DE Phillip Merling and NT Randy Starks, both of whom would help shore up Denver’s less than stellar D-line.
- The Broncos were also part of the first official trade since the lockout was lifted. The ‘Donks sent WR Jabar Gaffney to Washington in exchange for DT Jeremy Jarmon. Gaffney played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season and started 11, catching 65 passes for 875 yards. His acquisition by the ‘Skins makes it clear that they are committed to improving their receiving corp this season. On the other side of the trade, Jarmon is nothing more than a sideline cheerleader, having played in 16 games in 2 seasons and registering only 0.5 sacks.
- The Carolina Panthers continued their hectic resigning, coming to terms with RB DeAngelo Williams. Terms of the deal: Five years, $43 million, $21 guaranteed. Williams, who was widely considered to be the top tailback on the market, had two stellar seasons to begin his career, totaling 2,632 yards and 25 TDs on the ground in 29 games from 2008-09. Last year he was hampered by a foot injury which limited him to six games and 361 rushing yards, but he is expected to back to full strength by the start of this season and will hopefully take some pressure off of whoever the Carolina Panthers starting QB will be.
- Braylon Edwards is not going to jail for his DUI arrest last year. He also still doesn’t have a job (but probably will soon).
- Some news on the holdout front: both DeSean Jackson (Eagles WR) and Frank Gore (49ers RB) are not expected to report to training camp on time. Gore wants to restructure his contract with the Niners, and while his career has been plagued by injuries, this is not surprising given that when he is healthy he is an elite running back. Jackson also wants to work out a new deal, and this is also not surprising given that many believe he is grossly underpaid for what he contributes to the Eagles offense and special teams. What’s interesting about Jackson’s situation though is that he may have to report to camp at some point before the season starts. Per ProFootballTalk.com, ”Under the rules of the Transition Year, Jackson must show up by the 23rd day of the 2011 League Year or lose his all-important fourth year of service toward unrestricted free agency.” This one could get very, very interesting.
- Two updates on the QB front: a deal between the Arizona Cardinals and Eagles is expected to be reached at the end of this week, with the Eagles giving up backup QB Kevin Kolb in exchange for Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick. In fact someone was so certain this deal was going to be done that Rodgers-Cromartie’s jersey is available on the Eagles website, as shown in this screen grab. Meanwhile, a deal between the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins that would send embattled ‘Skins QB Donovan McNabb to the Vikes is still not done, according to sources. There are a few different issues at hand in regards to the McNabb deal, which I’ll let PFT’s Mike Florio explain.
- Everyone’s favorite Latin Quarter frequenter, Plaxico Burress, is reported to be meeting with both Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in the coming days. It was reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Burress will dine with Coughlin on Friday night (venue undisclosed, but probably not anywhere near the LQ), and that if the dinner goes well and the two are able to reconcile the past, a two-year, $10 million offer from the Giants to Plaxico could be on the menu. Burress will also be breaking bread with
Omar EppsMike Tomlin after his dinner with Coughlin. The Steelers are also interested in reacquiring Burress, who played five seasons with the Steelers. The Steelers most likely will not be able to match the Giants $10 million offer, though.
- In more lockout related news (haven’t you had enough yet?), the Patriots unanimously voted today to recertify the NFLPA as a union. Every player on every team needs to vote on whether to recertify or not, and the Pats were the first team to do it. The Ravens are supposedly up next. All it took for the Patriots to agree was a 90-minute meeting with NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith who explained to them the benefits of being a union.
- You tell ‘em, Joe Flacco!