Posted on: June 22, 2010 7:21 pm

Ellison could be a Seahawk

Kevin Ellison, released by the Chargers on Tuesday, didn’t have to wait long to find another job. On Tuesday, the Seahawks claimed the safety off waivers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee .

If he plays for Seattle, Ellison would be reunited with Pete Carroll, his coach at USC. Ellison was arrested in May after police discovered he was carrying 100 pills of Vicodin without a subscription.

Even if he’s signed and makes the team, Ellison could have to sit out an NFL-mandated suspension.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 5:43 pm

The Onion has fun with Peterson

We enjoy covering the NFL. We enjoy reading the Onion. We enjoy laughing.

That’s why we’re linking to the satirical web site today. In an article entitled “Vikings not going to tinker with the way Adrian Peterson fumbles ball,” the Onion staff details how the Minnesota coaches will continue to encourage Peterson putting the ball on the ground.

Said Vikings coach Brad Childress in the mock news story: "When you have a great natural fumbler like Adrian Peterson, you don't want to mess with that. That's just raw talent right there. Nobody can expose the ball exactly the way he does. You can't teach that."

The Onion does have a point. In the past two seasons, Peterson has combined to fumble 16 times (twice in the NFC Championship game last year while flubbing another handoff en route to a benching in that important game). It’s the reason why Peterson has worked this offseason with a 14-pound football.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 5:23 pm

Who wants to be a millionaire (30 times over)?

Even without his star RB Chris Johnson around because of a contract dispute, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said today the offensive backfield is “in good shape." Still, he didn’t rule out the possibility of adding a veteran running back to round out the unit. 

Though he declined to discuss his recent relationship with Johnson – who told ESPN Monday that he’d like to make $30-40 million in guaranteed money, as opposed to the $550,000 he’ll be paid this season – Fisher said that Javon Ringer has had a “real good offseason” (we detailed Ringer here Monday) while also praising Alvin Pearman and free agent rookies LeGarrette Blount and Stafon Johnson.

When asked if Johnson has fallen behind, Fisher basically said that was true. He hasn’t been conditioning with his teammates, and he hasn’t worked with new RB coach Kennedy Pola either. Not that it would take him much time to catch up and, theoretically, begin dominating the game again. But still, Fisher would like him around.

Told that Johnson wants to be paid at least $30 million, Fisher flashed a smile and said, “So would I.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 4:28 pm

Maurice Jones-Drew does Peter King's Job

Last week Nnamdi Asomugha filled in for Peter King on’s Monday Morning Quarterback. This week, Maurice Jones-Drew, an aspiring sports broadcaster, took a turn.

MJD wrote about hard work in the NFL. His best line involved a reference to offseason workouts: “And this is in addition to us attending our team's mandatory voluntary offseason workout programs.” (The Jaguars, by the way, recently had to cancel OTAs after a complaint by the NFLPA about the tempo and intensity of certain drills.)

MJD also said he’d agree to an 18-game season….”if the owners and GM’s agreed to suit up and play too.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 3:45 pm

EA Sports Madden '11 QB, Team Ratings Revealed

Gamers, this one’s for you. has published the QB and Team rankings from the EA Sports Madden 11 video game.

Top Ten Quarterbacks in Madden NFL 11 by Overall Rating (as published by
1. Peyton Manning
2. Drew Brees
3. Tom Brady
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Philip Rivers
6. Brett Favre
7. Ben Roethlisberger
8. Donovan McNabb
9. Tony Romo
10. Matt Schaub

The team ratings (from
Dallas 87
New York Giants 81
Philadelphia 80
Washington 76
Minnesota 88
Green Bay 87
Chicago 77
Detroit 68
New Orleans 92
Atlanta 83
Carolina 75
Tampa Bay 69
Arizona 79
San Francisco 79
Seattle 75
St. Louis 66
New York Jets 89
New England 86
Miami 78
Buffalo 67
Baltimore 90
Cincinnati 86
Pittsburgh 84
Cleveland 70
Indianapolis 91
Houston 78
Tennessee 77
Jacksonville 74
San Diego 85
Denver 78
Kansas City 71
Oakland 71

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 3:15 pm

Why is Terrell Owens Not Signed?

At some point, don’t we have to ask why Terrell Owens is still unemployed? did today, wondering if the game’s third most prolific receiver in history is a scapegoat.

Yes, Owens is a head case. But most of his drama has come in the second year with a club, not the first. Owens was on his best behavior in Buffalo last season, and that was about as miserable a situation as he could have possibly found himself in. You’d think a team would take a flyer on him with a one-year contract. The Browns, Jaguars, Chargers, Redskins, Bears, Panthers and Rams all need an upgrade at starting wide receiver.

Owens gets it. He recently told NFL Network, "I think why I'm not on a team is not because I can't play. It's based off character issues, and I think that's where the situation lies, and I don't think it's fair. As far as me being able to produce and perform on a football field, I can do that -- that's not a question."

He’s exactly right. Though 36, Owens remains a Top 15 caliber wideout. His unwavering commitment to conditioning has allowed him to preserve the rare speed/strength combination that’s made him special. And though prone to drops, he’s reliable enough fundamentally.
What might be keeping Owens unsigned is a hefty price tag, though he calls the idea that he’s pricing himself out of the market “a rumor”.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 2:37 pm

An Shrewd Take on 18-game Schedule and CBA

Former Packers executive and current National Football Post writer Andrew Brandt made an interesting point about the “enhanced season” and labor negotiations:

“I think this changes the game and gives hope for a new agreement. Here’s why: the owners have asked for a rollback of – depending on whom you believe – anywhere from nine to eighteen percent from the current CBA. Playing a couple of extra games, if accepted by the NFLPA, could be a tradeoff to the owners to bring the shared-revenue equation back to at or near where it is today.
In other words, say the owners agree to not ask for any reduction in the share of revenues that the players receiving. In return, the union would agree to playing the extra two games. There will be posturing for now, with players like Tom Brady and Ray Lewis trotted out to explain the physical strain of playing more games, but money has a way of soothing those aches. Sources on both sides of the bargaining table tell me this issue could be the one that breaks the thaw in negotiations.”
--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 2:00 pm

Position Change for Cullen Jenkins?

What you’re about to read contains no typos or errors: according to Rob Demovsky of, Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins has been getting reps at outside linebacker. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has taken some heat from Jenkins in the past for not always using his playmakers enough. (Jenkins, by the way, looks foolish with this gripe, as Green Bay’s D ranked second in yardage, first in interceptions and 11th in sacks last season.)

Now Jenkins, a strong but agile athlete with fantastic lateral mobility, has a chance to operate in the ultimate playmaking position: 3-4 outside linebacker. Demovsky writes:

A 295-pound linebacker isn’t unheard of. Remember Pittsburgh’s Levon Kirkland? (Of course, Kirkland was an inside linebacker.) Given their depth along the defensive line, the Packers can afford to move Jenkins around. Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett are major contributors at end (assuming Jolly isn’t in prison for felony drug charges), former first-round pick Justin Harrell may finally be healthy and second-round rookie Mike Neal is coming aboard.

--Andy Benoit

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“Jenkins still played his share of snaps as a defensive end in the base 3-4 defense, but in several drills today in which Capers employed his nickel package, Jenkins was at LOLB. And it wasn’t exclusively rushing the quarterback. He dropped into coverage on several plays, and the 6-foot-2, 305-pounder said he felt comfortable doing so.

He said he hopes to shed a few more pounds and play this season at between 295 and 300 pounds. Other than a handful of snaps standing up last season, he hasn’t played off the line of scrimmage since his freshman year at Central Michigan.”

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