Tag:2011 NFL Free Agency
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 2:39 pm

Brown on Carson Palmer: 'He has retired'

Posted by Will Brinson

Two of the biggest offseason storylines this year -- the actual lockout notwithstanding -- were the respective sagas of Carson Palmer and Kevin Kolb, both quarterbacks under team control through 2011.

Kolb appears to be moving on via trade (though as Clark Judge noted, it's not "imminent") and it sure does look like Palmer's gone too -- Bengals owner Mike Brown reiterated on Tuesday that he is absolutely not going to bother trying to get anything of value of Palmer and will instead let him ride off into a youthful millionaire's sunset.

"I honesty like Carson Palmer. He was a splendid player for us," Brown said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He is a good person. I wish him well and he has retired. That is his choice."
End of the Line for Palmer?

Yes. Yes it technically is Palmer's choice. And there's an argument to be made that Palmer is shirking his commitment. Mike Brown is making that argument.

"I'm not expecting him to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment," Brown continued. "He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment we aren’t going to reward him for doing it."

That is a very firm stance to take in this situation.

Unfortunately, it doesn't really qualify as "impressively strong" or "morally inflexible."

Instead, it's probably closer to "stupidly stubborn." If the Bengals traded Palmer -- and they absolutely could trade Palmer and get good value for him at this stage of things -- would the Bengals be harmed in any particular way?

No, no they would not, because they would acquire something in return for Palmer that would benefit the organization -- and the fans! -- over the long term.

Instead, they're going to let Palmer just walk away because he's sick of playing for the organization that treats its employees -- and its fans! -- in this way despite having just gotten through the longest work stoppage in history?

Yes, that's a much smarter move than trying to build for the future.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:23 pm

Vick hints DeSean could hold out of Eagles camp

Posted by Will Brinson

Though you can certainly make a case that DeSean Jackson could be better about maintaining his image (a notable and regrettable homophobic slur on the radio this offseason stands out like a sore thumb), give him this: he's played ball with the Philadelphia Eagles when it comes to his contract status.

That doesn't appear to be a guarantee any longer, though, and Philly quarterback Michael Vick hinted to reporters on Tuesday at the team's facility that Jackson might actually hold out before the 2011 season begins.

"Hopefully, he'll be here tomorrow," Vick said, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."

One of the fascinating aspects of this whole ordeal is that, as we've previously discussed, Jackson's agent is Drew Rosenhaus who previously worked with the Eagles on another touchy situation involving a talented wide receiver, Terrell Owens.
Eagles Offseason

Rosenhaus has said he's going to handle things differently this time around, and Jackson himself has repeatedly said he wouldn't be a problem and has indicated he trusts the Eagles to get a deal done.

But at the same time, it became clear last year -- following Jackson's big concussion-causing collision with Dunta Robinson -- that he's concerned about his getting paid while he's still healthy and one of the only players in the NFL capable of making the Pro Bowl as a receiver and return man.

Which is why it wouldn't be entirely shocking to see him steer clear of the Eagles facility for a while.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:27 am

CBS Football Podcast: The lockout endeth

Posted by Will Brinson

You know what? That whole thing yesterday about the lockout ending -- it wasn't a dream. Whew, right? Also not a dream: anything, really, because we stayed up all night firing out podcasts and reading about undrafted free agents on Twitter.

So that won't do us/me much good today, but it will help you out, since fellow EoF blogger Josh Katzowitz and I have a nice little 30-minute treat to get your post-lockout workday going.

Hit play below and don't forget to Subscribe to iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download.

Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:23 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL's trading season, per the official 2011 NFL calendar, officially opened at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday. But there are already some names (Kevin Kolb!) on the trading block; go ahead and add Kyle Orton of the Broncos to that list.

That's because the Broncos reportedly put Orton up on the block, per Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Klis writes that Denver will "begin the business" of the NFL's season by putting his name out there and will be "entertaining offers for Orton" per sources.

However, Klis doesn't necessarily mention precisely what the Broncos would want in return -- we've previously heard they think he's worth a second-rounder -- but he does say if they don't get the proper value in return they won't bite.

In other words, despite the fact that Tim Tebow's been organizing workouts with receivers this offseason, and despite the reports that the starting quarterback job is "his to lose," well, he's probably still going to end up competing with Orton up until the start of the year. (And, yes, technically Brady Quinn.)

There's definitely a market for quarterbacks out there, but two things really pop out about the way Denver is handling this situation. One, even in Madden, players aren't thrilled with their front office when they're publicly lobbed on the trade market like a piece of meat. And while I understand Denver is all about transparency and yet hasn't said that they'll trade him, come on -- you don't publicly shop a guy for mediocre value and then expect him to come back and be all smiles and sunshine.

Secondly, everyone realizes this is John Fox coaching this club right? John Elway might be in charge of the player and personnel moves, but if we're talking about a Fox-coached football team, you have to remember that this is going to be a run-first, keep-it-safe offense.

And while Tebow might very well be able to play the role of game manager for Foxy, it would be somewhat surprising to see the coach entrust his first year on the job to someone so young.

That being said, if the Broncos can find someone willing to give up a second-round pick for Orton, Fox may not have a choice.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:56 am

2011 NFL Free Agency Experience

Posted by Will Brinson

Last night, Mrs. Brinson heard the "Are you ready for some football?" line on the television and emphatically said "NO."

My response? "Too bad. It's here."

And it's coming with the thunder, as 2011 NFL free agency kicks off right about now. Join us in the "Experience" throughout the day as we cull the latest rumors, news and updates to keep you in the loop on all things NFL.

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:50 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:09 am

Alex Smith's return to 49ers 'set in stone'

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL is pretty full of uncertainty these days. Unless you're Alex Smith, erstwhile starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Because if you're Smith, now that the lockout's over, everything else is pretty much cream cheese. Or "set in stone," if you're not a big fan of Bobby Finstock motivational quotes.

"I'm not going to wait for anything," Smith said about signing with the 49ers, per Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. "I'm excited for this to start ... waiting for that opportunity.

"I'm sure it'll be pretty quick. I'm sure it'll move fast. It's pretty well set in stone, I think."

Smith declined to discuss whether or not any (hypothetical) contract with the 49ers would have a (hypothetical) option for a second year -- surely both sides would prefer that.

Smith would get a little more safety and if Jim Harbaugh can resurrect his career that quickly, the team won't get torched by having to give him a huge contract.

Worst case? It doesn't work out for either party and we're all left wondering "Who's the quarterback?" by midseason anyway.

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:53 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:09 am

Monday features flurry of rookie (non) signings

Posted by Will Brinson

Monday night -- theoretically a calm night based on the timeline we heard about earlier in the day -- got pretty spicy pretty quickly as rookies came into play a little sooner than expected.

NFL Senior VP of Public Relations Greg Aiello confirmed to CBSSports.com that teams can use Monday night to talk and negotiate -- but not sign -- with drafted and undrafted free agents. (Yes, that means that Mrs. Brinson is going to hate the as-yet-created Undrafted Free Agent Tracker as much as she dislikes Brett Favre.)

Of course, "talking with" and "actually signing" don't have to be entirely mutually exclusive. For instance, a number of big-name undrafted free agents tweeted on Monday night that they were already locked in with certain teams.

"I'm a Saint twitter! New Orleans here I come!!!!!!!" Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel tweeted.

Kendric Burney out of UNC tweeted that he's "staying home" and gave a shoutout to "Panther nation." (You can make the connection right?)

A number of other high-profile-but-undrafted players were immediately linked with teams.

Mark Herzlich had reportedly signed with the Ravens, but then tweeted that he has "not signed with anyone yet and is still making [his] decision. Weslye Saunders, a tight end out of South Carolina who once seemed like a lock for the first round, is reportedly heading to Pittsburgh.

None of these "non-signings" are "official," of course. But that's what suddenly made a would-be relaxing -- relative to the day's activities anyway -- evening on Monday night turn into a torrent of tweets related to (and from) various UDFA's who found their way onto rosters.

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:22 pm

Could Braylon Edwards go to jail?

EdwardsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Monday was a big day for Jets WR Braylon Edwards, because, as you might have heard, he – and about 1,900 other players – is employed by the NFL once again.

Now, he must turn his attention to Wednesday, because that is the day he might be going to jail.*

*This would definitely put a crimp in his free agency plans, don’t you think?

As the Newark Star Ledger writes, Edwards is due in Cleveland Municipal Court for a probation violation hearing, and he could face up to six months in prison.

The potential probation violation stems from his September DWI arrest (to which he pleaded guilty last week). Edwards was on probation in the first place after pleading no contest to an aggravated disorderly conduct charge in 2009. At the time, he received a 180-day suspended sentence, but now that he has a DWI conviction on his record, the court might make him serve the time.

“He's going to deal with whatever may come with that," Peter Frankel, Edwards’ attorney told the newspaper last week. "But with everything he's done over the past 18 months, the tremendous charitable contributions he's made ... I think that he's ready to put this behind him and move forward."

How the potential jail time affects his free agency position remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say that if he has to serve time, it’s going to reduce his leverage against anybody who’s interested in signing him.

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