Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Some Quick Running Back News

Some running back news….
Marshawn Lynch is participating in his first voluntary practice of the offseason. There are rumors about him being traded to Seattle soon.

The Vikings signed Ryan Moats. Some might view this as the team posturing with Adrian Peterson not around, but more likely, it’s the Vikings simply taking advantage of an opportunity to build depth at a somewhat thin position.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:39 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco's Latest Quote

From the Cincinnati Enquirer....

“I’m dependable like birth control, 99.9 percent of the time.”

--Chad Ochocinco



--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:32 pm
 

Regular Season Extension To Be Discussed Wednesda

The great debate looming for fans in all these labor negotiations is the possibility of an 18-game regular season. Good idea or bad idea? Be prepared to choose a side at some point.

Jason La Canfora writes that Wednesday’s labor negotiations between the NFLPA and NFL will likely touch on this subject. Owners generally like the idea of an extended regular season; players don’t. This issue could impact roster sizes, salaries and, of course, television schedules. You’ll hear more and more about it over the next year.
 
P.S. It’s worth noting that in La Canfora’s article, the regular season extension is referred to as “regular season enhancement”. Could this be because La Canfora works for NFL.com, and Roger Goodell is in favor of an 18-game schedule?

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Manning's Contract Could Reveal NFL's Future

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports astutely pointed out that Peyton Manning’s contract status with the Colts could be an indication of how the labor situation is expected to shake out in 2011. Cole quotes one agent as saying, “If Manning doesn’t get the kind of contract we all expect or, worse, doesn’t get a deal done at all, that really means it’s going to be war. There has never been a player with more leverage than him. No one. If he can’t get a deal done at his price, we’re all in trouble.”

Colts president Bill Polian is very active within the NFL business ranks. (So is Colts owner Jim Irsay.) Polian recently said that he understands why two of his other stars, WR Reggie Wayne and DE Robert Mathis, want long-term contracts, but that it’s difficult to orchestrate any deals given the tenuous state of the league’s system. But if Polian is able to get a deal completed with Manning before 2011, that could be an indication that he thinks labor peace is imminent.

As one AFC executive told Cole, player salaries are generally based on what quarterbacks makes. Guys like Manning (and Tom Brady, who is also in the final year of his contract), set the benchmark for the entire league. Manning and Brady are likely to garner $20 million annual salaries.

The executive went on to say, “There’s no way I could see that any owner is going to spend that kind of money on one player and not have football. You spend $7 [million] or $8 million on somebody, OK, that’s just common-sense business. You spend $20 [million] or $30 million, you’re making a commitment.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Donald Penn Ignores Deadline

Bucs left tackle Donald Penn has not signed his one-year RFA tender. If the Bucs exercise their option to reduce his salary to 110 percent of last year’s base salary (which GM Mark Dominik has previously indicated they’d do), then Penn could lose $100,000.

Tampa Bay has been high on Penn since they signed him as an undrafted rookie off Minnesota’s practice squad in 2006. Over the past few seasons, Penn – who is much bigger than his listed weight of 305 – has morphed his sloppy skill set and slow feet into a reliable all-around package. He engulfs pass-rushers early in downs in order to avoid facing them on an island. In the run game, he sets the edge and allows Tampa’s athletic guards to move in space.

The Bucs have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to submit a reduced offer to Penn. If they don’t submit a revised tender, he can sign their original offer.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Drama in San Diego

In a move that comes as no surprise, Charger stars Marcus McNeil and Vincent Jackson did not sign their restricted free agent tenders yesterday, meaning both men are willing to leave $2.5 million on the table to stage their protest against not having long-term contracts. Expect lengthy holdouts.

Chargers GM A.J. Smith is always willing to play hardball. He’s already brought in a temporary replacement for both players in lumbering left tackle Tra Thomas and fundamentally-sound possession receiver Josh Reed. Neither Thomas nor Reed is a great fit in San Diego’s offense, but they’re both able bodies who can hold down the fort in training camp.

As for San Diego’s third RFA, Shawne Merriman, Chargers Rapid Reporter Boyce Garrison emailed this to us:

Merriman hasn't signed his one-year tender, but unlike Jackson and McNeill, his offer can't be reduced that much, since he played for over $3 million last year. He'll play for 110 percent of that.

Merriman likely will come to camp at some point. He wants a long-term deal and the only way he will get it is to play this season and prove the last two injury-filled years are over. He will be an unrestricted FA after this season.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Martellus Bennett Tweets Apology To Vince Young

Yesterday we mentioned that Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett had a harsh Tweet for Vince Young. Today, Bennett, like Young, finds himself making apologies:

"I would like to apologize I wasn't trying to make the headlines or anything when I responded to a tweet asking what I thought about VYs ... Situation. Didn't wanna draw anymore negative attn to it. And for that I'm sorry. I wasn't tryna rip vince or anything I was jus saying ... Didn't think it was the rgt decision. Making several stupid ones myself I know how it is. I have nothing but love for the homie. ... Don't regret what I said jus nvr wanna make anyone elses situation worse."

Bennett issued this apology over multiple Tweets. In case you don’t already know, here’s the Tweet from yesterday that he is apologizing for:

"Mann I dunno wat 2 say abt VY that was childish & very unprofessional u cant do [expletive] like that when u play qb. He needs better ppl round him."

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Some Happenings in New York

A few notes from the New York Football scene....

The Giants are practicing in their new $1.7 billion stadium for the first time today. The practice is open to the public.

Jets NT Kris Jenkins returned to the practice field for the first time since his October ACL surgery. Rex Ryan said the Jets are breaking him in slowly. Jenkins says he’s on the right track for training camp.

In other news, Ryan also told the NY Post that his “gut feeling” is Revis will “be a Jet for a long time”. Given Ryan's gut, you have to imagine that feeling is pretty intense….

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is covering the Jets minicamp and made a great point on Mike and Mike this morning. Paolantonio essentially said that Revis owes Rex Ryan an apology for embarrassing the coach with staged sitouts during yesterday’s practice. Ryan has been a major supporter of Revis yet wound up taking the brunt of the cornerback’s questionable negotiating ploy. Revis must remember that he’s butting heads with Mike Tannenbaum and the front office more than he’s butting heads with his coach.

UPDATE: Ralph Vacciano of the NY Daily News tweeted that Osi Umenyiora is working with the second unit. Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka are the starting defensive ends.

--Andy Benoit

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