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Category:NFL
Posted on: June 14, 2010 11:20 am
 

Busy week for the Jets

If you're following any team during its mini-camp sessions, the New York Jets might be the most compelling, especially with HBO's Hard Knocks cameras trailing everybody and everything.

There are four players who are in want of contract extensions - they are known as the Core Four - and if CB Darrelle Revis, C Nick Mangold, LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson and LB David Harris - don't get what they want, who knows how this season will go for the Jets. If all four are happy and playing, New York is going to be one of the best teams in the AFC and a potential Super Bowl contender. If not, well ...

Revis showed up today for the beginning of mini-camp, and though Mangold said last week it was a 50-50 proposition on whether he'd be there, he's in attendance as well.

So what will happen with the Core Four? According to ESPN NewYork's Rich Cimini , it doesn't look good for anybody not named Revis. From Cimini's story on Sunday:

Take this to the bank (no pun intended): C Nick Mangold, LB David Harris and LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson will not get contract extensions in 2010. The Jets have yet to begin negotiations with any of the players and, considering the uncertainty of the CBA, the organization is showing no sense of urgency. The Jets probably won’t admit this publicly, but I think they’ve already made a decision to wait.

By waiting until after the season, GM Mike Tannenbaum is putting himself in an almost impossible position, with Mangold, Harris, WR Braylon Edwards, WR Santonio Holmes and CB Antonio Cromartie all unsigned. Say goodbye to two or three of those players.


Plus, you've got the Jets struggling to sell seat licenses, and the unknown of how well QB Mark Sanchez's knee will perform. Intrigued? Yeah, you should be.

Bart Hubbach of the NY Post breaks it down for us.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 10:41 am
 

3,2,1 - Geronimo!!!

For those Bengals fans who wish coach Marvin Lewis would just jump out of an airplane, you got your wish Sunday afternoon. Pairing with the Golden Knights jump team out of Lebanon, Ohio, Lewis - along with secondary coach Kevin Coyle and director of player development Eric Ball - parachuted out of a plane at 12,500 feet.

Geoff "Butch" Hobson of Bengals.com has the full report, and it's an interesting read. Lewis is a big fan of military personnel, as Hobson describes throughout the story, and the team will host the Golden Knights for lunch today - after they parachute onto the practice fields.

Fortunately on Sunday, all parties survived, and Bengals mini-camp remains as scheduled Tuesday-Thursday.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 14, 2010 10:25 am
 

Thank you Vince Young

Obviously, when you start a brand-new NFL Facts and Rumors blog, you want to get off on the right foot by immediately linking to grainy surveillance footage of a famous QB detailing exactly why police felt the need to issue him a citation for assault at a strip club. All last week, I worried just how I was going to pull off this rite of passage. Which quarterback could I count on to get in trouble just in time for this blog's debut?

Luckily, Tennessee's Vince Young came through with the assist, receiving a Class C Assault Citation from Dallas police after jumping the manager of the club at 3 a.m. Sunday morning. You can see that surveillance footage here , courtesy of WKRN in Nashville.

Apparently, the manager of the club insulted Young by flashing the "Hook Em Horns" sign upside down. That's on the same level of biting your thumb at an adversary during Shakespearean times, so obviously, Young is in the right here. You can't go around disrespecting people's alma maters without expecting a punch in the face in return. Especially if there are naked girls dancing all around. The manager is just lucky Young didn't challenge him to a duel.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:49 am
 

And away we go

You might have noticed last week that CBSSports.com added a new blog, MLB Facts and Rumors. You might have wondered, "Man, I really wish CBSSports.com would add a couple of experienced, funny, well-read, handsome bloggers to write about the NFL comings and goings." If so, today is your lucky day, for today is the day we begin the NFL version of Facts and Rumors. Naturally, we're calling it NFL Facts and Rumors.

My name is Josh Katzowitz, formerly of the now-defunct Cincinnati Post. I've been a freelance writer for the past 2 1/2 years, contributing to the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe and a variety of other newspapers, magazines and web sites. I was lucky enough to be a member of the initial Rapid Reports team last season, when CBSSports.com embedded a reporter with each NFL team. I was with the Bengals, so if you have any Chad Ochocinco questions (What does "Kiss the Baby" mean? Is he ever going to show up for offseason workouts? How often does his Twitter account actually make sense?), I might be able to answer them.

Coming on later today is Andy Benoit, but I'll leave it to him if he wants to introduce himself.

This, of course, will be your one-stop shot for NFL news, rumors and analysis, and since we know NFL fans are passionate and will inhale all NFL news - no matter how minute - we'll give you exactly what you want. Think of us as your tour guides on this NFL safari. We'll keep you safe from the Lions and snakes, and we'll give the commentary you so badly desire. We've also got pretty cool hats.

So, that's that. We're starting today, and we couldn't be more excited. Check back early and often.

Two promises: I promise that I won't again refer to myself on this blog as handsome (though that's not a promise I necessary will keep), and I promise I won't make another safari analogy.

This blog should be a good time. I'm looking forward to it.
 
--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl.



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