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Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 3:35 pm
 

2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

The lockout is over and that means the beginning of the NFL offseason and perhaps the most insane period of free agency the league's ever seen.

To keep you up-to-date on all the latest info, we're happy to present our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker, where we'll highlight the top free agents for each team, and update you on where they landed for the 2011 season. Follow us on Twitter @CBSSportsNFL for all the latest, breaking news as well.

AFC NORTH
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Marshal Yanda
 G Ravens
Agrees to $32M deal with Baltimore
Jared Gaither  T Ravens Agrees to deal with Kansas City
Le'Ron McClain RB  Ravens Agrees to terms with Kansas City
Josh Wilson CB Ravens Signs 3-year deal with Washington
Chris Carr CB Ravens Re-ups with Baltimore for 4 yrs
Willis McGahee
RB Ravens Agrees to terms with Denver
Kelly Gregg
DT Ravens Signs 1-yr deal with the Chiefs
Todd Heap
TE
Ravens Signs two-year deal with Cardinals
Derrick Mason
WR
Ravens Agrees to terms with NYJ
Haloti Ngata DT Ravens Given Franchise Tag
Dawan Landry  S Ravens Agrees to deal with Jaguars
Johnathan Joseph CB Bengals Agrees to 5-yr, $48.75 mil deal with Texans
Cedric Benson RB  Bengals Re-signs with Cincinnati
Dhani Jones LB  Bengals UFA
Antwan Odom
DE
Bengals Released by Bengals, FA
Matt Roth LB  Browns Signs a 1-yr, $3 million deal with Jaguars
Eric Wright CB  Browns Agrees to deal with Lions
Jake Delhomme
QB
Browns Released by Browns, FA
Ike Taylor CB Steelers Re-signs to 4-year deal with Steelers
William Gay CB  Steelers Re-signs with Steelers
Willie Colon Steelers Re-signs to a 5-yr, $29 mil deal with PIT
LaMarr Woodley LB  Steelers Given Franchise Tag
AFC SOUTH
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Jason Babin DE  Titans Agrees to a 5-yr deal with Eagles
Randy Moss WR  Titans Retired
Stephen Tulloch LB  Titans Signs 1-yr, $3.25 mil deal with Lions
Kerry Collins QB  Titans Retired on July 7
Vince Young
QB  Titans Agrees to deal with Eagles
Dave Ball DE  Titans Signs with Titans
Bo Scaife TE  Titans Signs with Cincinnati
Chris Simms QB  Titans UFA
Jacob Ford DE  Titans Signs with Titans
Marques Douglas  DT Titans UFA
Kirk Morrison LB  Jaguars UFA
Mike Sims-Walker WR Jaguars Signs 1-yr, $3.7 mil deal with Rams
Trent Edwards QB  Jaguars Signs deal with Oakland
Adam Podlesh Jaguars Signs 5-yr deal with Chicago
Justin Durant LB  Jaguars Agrees to deal with Lions
Sean Considine S Jaguars Signs deal with Carolina
Joseph Addai  RB  Colts Re-ups with the Colts
Melvin Bullitt Colts Agrees to terms to re-sign with Colts
Ken Hamlin CB  Colts UFA
Charlie Johnson Colts Signs with Minnesota
Clint Session LB  Colts Agrees to 5-yr, $30 mil deal with Jaguars
Adam Vinatieri Colts Agrees on 3-year deal with Colts
Dominic Rhodes RB  Colts UFA
Tyjuan Hagler LB  Colts UFA
Aaron Francisco DB  Colts UFA
Daniel Muir DT  Colts Signs with St. Louis
Vonta Leach FB  Texans Signs 3-yr, $11 mil deal with Ravens
Jacoby Jones WR Texans Agrees on 3-year deal with Houston
Eugene Wilson Texans UFA
Jason Allen CB  Texans UFA
Rashad Butler Texans Agrees on 2-year deal with Houston
Zac Diles LB  Texans Signs with St. Louis
Bernard Pollard Texans Signs with Baltimore
Matt Leinart QB  Texans Agrees to terms to re-sign with Houston
AFC EAST
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Paul Posluszny LB Bills Agrees to six-year deal with Jaguars
Donte Whitner S Bills Signs with San Francisco
Akin Ayodele LB Bills UFA
Ronnie Brown RB Dolphins Signs one-year deal with Philadelphia
Ricky Williams RB Dolphins Signs with Baltimore
Tyler Thigpen QB Dolphins Agrees to three-year deal with Bills
Chad Pennington QB Dolphins Unlikely to play in 2011
Tony McDaniel DL Dolphins Re-signs for 2-year deal with Dolphins
Channing Crowder
LB Dolphins Released by Dolphins, FA
Kevin Faulk RB Patriots Re-signs with New England
Shayne Graham K Patriots Signs with Washington
Sammy Morris RB Patriots Re-signs with New England
Ty Warren
DE Patriots Signs with Denver
Marcus Stroud
DT Patriots Released by Patriots, FA
Tully Banta-Cain
LB Patriots Released by Patriots, FA
Nick Kaczur
OL Patriots Released by Patriots, FA
Fred Taylor RB Patriots UFA
Jarrad Page S Patriots Signs with Philadelphia
Gerard Warren DE Patriots Signs with New England
Matt Light T Patriots Signs with New England
Antonio Cromartie CB Jets Signs with Jets
Braylon Edwards WR Jets Signs with San Francisco
Santonio Holmes WR Jets Agrees to 5-year, $50 mil deal with Jets
Damien Woody T Jets Announced retirement
Jason Taylor DE Jets Signs with Dolphins
Brad Smith WR Jets Agrees to 4-yr, $15 mil deal with Bills
Tony Richardson FB Jets UFA
Nick Folk K Jets Re-signs with New York on 1-year deal
Steve Weatherford P Jets Agrees to deal with NYG
Vernon Gholston DE Jets Agrees to deal with Chicago
Drew Coleman S Jets Agrees to deal with Jaguars
Kris Jenkins DT Jets Announced retirement on Facebook
AFC WEST
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Vincent Jackson WR Chargers Will sign franchise tag, report to camp
Malcom Floyd WR Chargers Signs with San Diego
Darren Sproles RB Chargers Agrees to 4-yr, $14 mil deal with Saints
Eric Weddle S Chargers Agrees to 5-year, $40M deal with San Diego
Legedu Naanee WR Chargers Signs with Carolina
Jacques Cesaire DL Chargers Signs with San Diego
Stephen Cooper LB Chargers Signs with San Diego
Jeromey Clary T Chargers Signs with San Diego
Antwan Barnes LB Chargers Signs with San Diego
Kevin Burnett LB Chargers Agrees to terms with Dolphins
Nnamdi Asomugha CB Raiders Agrees to 5-year, $60M deal with Philly
Zach Miller TE Raiders Signs with Seattle
Michael Huff SS Raiders Re-ups with Oakland
Robert Gallery G Raiders Signs a three-yr deal with Seattle
Kamerion Wimbley LB Raiders Given Franchise Tag
Bruce Gradkowski QB Raiders Signs 2-yr deal with Bengals
Johnnie Lee Higgins WR/KR Raiders Agrees to deal with Philly
Tamba Hali LB Chiefs Given Franchise Tag
Ron Edwards DT Chiefs Signs with Carolina for 3 years, $8.25 mil
Brandon Carr CB Chiefs RFA (1st-round tender)
Ryan O'Callaghan T Chiefs Signs with Kansas City
Shaun Smith DL Chiefs Agrees to terms with Chiefs
Casey Wiegmann C Chiefs Signs with Kansas City
Daniel Graham TE Broncos Signs 3-year deal with Titans
Laurence Maroney RB Broncos UFA
Marcus Thomas DT Broncos Signs with Broncos
Matt Prater K Broncos Signs with Broncos
Ryan Harris T Broncos Signs with Philadelphia
NFC NORTH
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Olin Kreutz C Bears Signs with Chicago
Tommie Harris DT Bears Signs with Colts
Danieal Manning CB Bears Agrees to 4-yr, $20 mil deal with Texans
Drew Stanton QB Lions Agrees to 1-year deal to return to Detroit
Bobby Carpenter LB Lions Signs with Lions
Chris Houston CB Lions Signs with Lions
Julian Peterson LB Lions UFA
Kevin Smith RB Lions UFA
Cullen Jenkins DE Packers Signs 5-yr, $25 mil deal with Eagles
Atari Bigby S Packers UFA
Daryn Colledge G Packers Agrees to deal with Arizona
James Jones WR Packers Re-ups with the Packers on a 3-yr deal
Nick Barnett
LB Packers Signs 3-yr, $12 mil deal with Bills
Justin Harrell
DT Packers Released by Packers, FA
Brandon Jackson RB Packers Agrees to 2-yr, $4 mil deal with Browns
Mason Crosby K Packers Signs 5-yr $14.75 mil deal
John Kuhn RB Packers Signs with Packers
Sidney Rice WR Vikings Agrees to 5-year, $41M deal with Seattle
Ray Edwards DE Vikings Agrees to 5-year deal with Falcons
Pat Williams DT Vikings UFA
Ben Leber LB Vikings Signs with St. Louis
Tarvaris Jackson QB Vikings Agrees to deal with Seattle
Ryan Cook T Vikings Signs with Vikings
Ryan Longwell K Vikings Re-signs with Vikings on 4-year deal
NFC SOUTH
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Charles Johnson DE Panthers Agrees to $76M deal with Carolina
DeAngelo Williams RB Panthers Agrees to 5-yr, $43 mil deal with Carolina
Ryan Kalil C Panthers Given Franchise Tag
James Anderson LB Panthers Agrees to 5-year deal with Carolina
Thomas Davis LB Panthers Agrees to 5-year deal with Carolina
Ed Johnson DL Panthers RFA
Richard Marshall DB Panthers Agrees to terms with Cardinals
Matt Moore QB Panthers Agrees to 2-yr, $7.5 mil deal with Miami
Dante Rosario TE Panthers Signs with Denver
John Kasay
K Panthers Released by Carolina, FA
Tyson Clabo T Falcons Agrees to 5-yr, $25 mil deal with Falcons
Justin Blalock G Falcons Re-ups with Atlanta
Harvey Dahl G Falcons Agrees to 4-year deal with Rams
Brent Grimes CB Falcons Signs with Atlanta
Jerious Norwood RB Falcons Signs with Rams
Jason Snelling RB Falcons UFA
Joe Nedney
K Falcons Released by Atlanta, FA
Michael Jenkins
WR Falcons Signs 3-yr deal with Vikings
Jamaal Anderson
DL Falcons Released by Atlanta, FA
Mike Peterson LB Falcons Agrees to deal with Falcons
Jermon Bushrod T Saints Re-ups with the Saints on a 2-yr deal
Lance Moore WR Saints Agrees to re-up with New Orleans
Heath Evans FB Saints UFA
Roman Harper DB Saints Signs with Saints
Courtney Roby WR/KR Saints Signs with Saints
Darren Sharper S Saints Signs with Saints
Davin Joseph G Buccaneers Agrees to re-up with TB for 7 yrs, $52.5 mil
Barrett Ruud LB Buccaneers Signs a one-yr deal with Titans.
Quincy Black LB Buccaneers Re-signs with TB for 5 yrs, $29 mil
Connor Barth LB Buccaneers RFA
NFC EAST
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Marion Barber
RB Cowboys Released by Dallas
Roy Williams
WR Cowboys Released by Dallas; signs with Bears
Marc Colombo
OL Cowboys Released by Dallas, signs with Dolphins
Leonard Davis
OL Cowboys Released by Dallas
Kris Brown
K Cowboys Released by Dallas
Doug Free T Cowboys Re-signs with Dallas for 4-year, $32 mil
Stephen Bowen DT Cowboys Agrees to 5-yr, $27.5 mil deal with WAS
Alex Barron T Cowboys Signed with Saints
Marcus Spears DL Cowboys Agrees to deal with Dallas
Ahmad Bradshaw RB Giants Signs with Giants
Barry Cofield DT Giants Agrees to 6-year, $36M with Washington
Mathias Kiwanuka DE Giants Agrees to deal with Giants
Steve Smith WR Giants Agrees to a one-year deal with the Eagles
Kevin Boss TE Giants Signs with Oakland
Keith Bulluck LB Giants UFA
Michael Clayton WR Giants Signs with Giants
Plaxico Burress WR --- Signs 1-yr, $3.017 mil deal with Jets
Tiki Barber RB --- Released by Giants
Quintin Mikell S Eagles Agrees to 4-year deal with St. Louis
Michael Vick QB Eagles Given Franchise Tag
Stewart Bradley LB Eagles Agrees to 5-yr deal with Arizona
Jerome Harrison RB Eagles Signs with Detroit
Max Jean-Gilles G Eagles Signs with Cincinnati
Sav Rocca P Eagles Agrees to deal with Washington
Santana Moss WR Redskins Agrees to $15M deal with Washington
Carlos Rogers CB Redskins Signs with San Francisco
Jammal Brown T Redskins Signs with Redskins
Phillip Buchanon CB Redskins Signs with Redskins, suspended 4 games
Rocky McIntosh LB Redskins Signs with Redskins
Rex Grossman QB Redskins Signs with Redskins
Clinton Portis RB Redskins UFA
NFC WEST
Player Position 2010 Team
Status
Mark Clayton WR Rams UFA
Laurent Robinson WR Rams Signs with Chargers
Kevin Dockery CB Rams UFA
Brandon Mebane DT Seahawks Signs a 5-yr, $25 mil deal with Seattle
Matt Hasselbeck QB Seahawks Agrees to 3-year, $21M deal with Tennessee
Chester Pitts G Seahawks UFA
Jordan Babineaux S Seahawks Signs with Titans
Raheem Brock DL Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Leroy Hill LB Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Sean Locklear T Seahawks Signs with Redskins
Kelly Jennings CB Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Lawyer Milloy S Seahawks UFA
Olindo Mare K Seahawks Agrees to 4-year, $12M deal with Carolina
Chris Spencer C Seahawks Signs with Bears for a two-yr deal
Junior Siavii DT Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Manny Lawson LB 49ers Signs with Bengals
Alex Smith QB 49ers Agrees to 1-year, $5M deal with 49ers
Aubrayo Franklin DT 49ers Signs with Saints
Ray McDonald DE 49ers Agrees to 5-year, $20M deal with 49ers
Troy Smith QB 49ers UFA
Takeo Spikes LB 49ers Agrees to 3-year deal with San Diego
David Baas C 49ers Agrees to deal with New York Giants
Brian Westbrook RB 49ers UFA
Travis LaBoy LB 49ers Signs with Chargers
Barry Sims T 49ers UFA
Steve Breaston WR Cardinals Agrees to 5-year deal with Chiefs
Deuce Lutui G Cardinals Signs with Cardinals
Alan Faneca G Cardinals Retired in early May
Ben Graham P Cardinals Signs with Cardinals
Alan Branch DT Cardinals Signs with Seattle
Derek Anderson
QB Cardinals Signs with Panthers
Gerald Hayes
LB Cardinals Released by Arizona


Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:10 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

Posted by Will Brinson

There's a new CBA in town and that means that teams need to get up to the cap floor and also get below the new salary cap. The first victim of this movement? Willis McGahee of the Ravens, apparently.

Or formerly of the Ravens -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Monday afternoon that the Ravens have already informed McGahee that they plan on releasing him.

Of course, they can't actually do so until Thursday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET. (I know this because I've been reading up on the league calendar!)

That the Ravens would dump McGahee was wholly expected -- he was due $6 million in 2011, and no one expected them to pay that much for a backup running back.

The good news for McGahee is that there's ample teams in the market for free-agent running backs, and he shouldn't go too long without some kind of employment.

UPDATED (5:49 P.M. ET): McGahee, it turns out, isn't the only unfortunate soul who will be cut Thursday. You can add Ravens NT Kelly Gregg to the list as well, though as Carroll County Times reporter Aaron Wilson reports, there's a chance Gregg could return to the team at a reduced salary.

The 34-year-old Gregg had two years left on his contract at $3.5 million per year.

UPDATE (7:10 P.M. ET): The Ravens are in full-on roster-slash mode apparently: according to reports from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post and Jamison Henley of the Baltimore Sun, the team has also informed Derrick Mason and Todd Heap that they'll be cut.

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:11 am
 

Key NFL dates for 2011

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier today, Josh Katzowitz published part of a letter that CBSSports.com obtained regarding the NFL's schedule. The NFL has made the 2011 NFL schedule "officially official" now. And we've got it below for your consumption. Note that at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 26, teams can begin trading. Also remember that much of this is subject to the ratification of the CBA and the NFLPA recertifying, which will take place before August 4.




July 26
At 10 a.m., New York time, club facilities open. Players may report for physicals and voluntary strength and conditioning.

At 10 a.m., New York time, Trading begins for 2011 League Year.

Rosters expanded to 90-man limit.

At 10 a.m., New York time, clubs may negotiate with and sign their own drafted rookies and any undrafted rookie. Clubs may have such players report to the club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing.

All 2011 Contracts signed on or after July 26 shall be binding upon the player and the club when signed, but shall not become effective unless a CBA is ratified by the NFLPA (Aug. 4)

At 10 a.m., New York time, Clubs may negotiate with, but not sign, or extend offer sheets to, their own UFAs, RFAs, exclusive rights players and franchise players and other clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, non-exclusive franchise players and free agents.

July 26-27
A Club may require a player to report for a mandatory physical examination in order for the player to qualify for any bonus in a preexisting contract if the “measuring date” for such a bonus has been changed pursuant to CBA Article 11 (Transition Rules for the 2011 league year).

July 27
Camp opens for 10 clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 11: (ARZ, BLT, DAL, DEN, JAX, NE, OAK, PHI, SD, SEA)

July 28
Camp opens for 10 clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 12: (ATL, CIN, DET, KC, MIA, NO, PIT, SF, TB, WAS)

At 4:01 p.m., New York time, waivers begin for the 2011 league year

July 29
Camp opens for 10 clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 13 (BUF, CAR, CHI, CLV, GB, IND, MIN, NYG, STL, TEN)

At 6 p.m. ET, clubs may sign, or extend offer sheets to, all eligible players, in addition to drafted and undrafted rookies. Clubs may have such players report to the club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing. Eligible players may visit or try out at any club facility.

Veteran players who sign on or after 6 p.m. ET on July 29 shall be required to report to, and remain with, their clubs, except that, prior to the start of the 2011 league year on Aug. 4, such players may not participate in on-field activities, workouts, weight training or other physical activities, but shall be required to attend meetings, classroom instruction and any other non-physical activities scheduled during the club’s preseason training camp.

The restrictions set forth above shall not apply to drafted or undrafted rookies who are under contract, regardless of the date upon which such players signed their contracts. If any such player is injured as the result of participating in training camp activities, the terms of the player’s contract shall cover such injury whether or not the CBA is ratified.

If a preexisting contract contains a “measuring date” related to Salary and/or the exercise or non-exercise of any club option, which measuring date: (A) was expressed as a calendar date that fell between March 11, 2011 and July 25, 2011 or (B) was expressed solely as being related to a certain number of days from the start of the 2011 league year, such measuring date shall be deemed amended to be 4 p.m. ET on July 29, 2011, provided the player has undergone any physical examination required by the club on July 26 or 27. If the player fails or refuses to undergo such physical, as directed by the club, the measuring date shall be extended by one day for each day the player fails to report for the physical.

July 31
Camp opens for two clubs whose first preseason game is on Aug. 15 (NYJ, HST)
NFL Labor

AUGUST

Aug. 4
First day of 2011 league year at 4:01 p.m. ET.

Top 51 begins at 4:01 p.m. ET

All clubs must be within the salary cap at 4:01 p.m. ET

All 2011 contracts signed on or after July 26 become effective at 4:01 p.m. ET, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA

Aug. 9
Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency

Aug. 11-15
First preseason weekend

Aug. 12
Deadline: if a drafted rookie has not signed by Aug. 12, he cannot be traded during his initial league year and may sign only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the next league year

Aug. 13-17
Each club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered but unsigned exclusive rights player or restricted free agent with written notice of the club’s intent to place the player on the exempt list if the player fails to report at least the day before the club’s second preseason game.

Aug.  18-22
Second preseason weekend

Aug. 20
Deadline for signing of offer sheets by restricted free agents

Deadline for June 1 tender to unrestricted free agents. If the player has not signed a player contract with a club by Sept. 3, he may negotiate or sign from Sept. 3 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season, at 4 p.m. ET, only with his prior club

Aug. 24
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents

Aug.  25
Deadline for June 1 tender to restricted free agents who have received a qualifying offer for a right of rirst refusal only. The prior club shall be the only club with which the player may negotiate or sign during the period from Aug. 25 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season.

Aug. 25-28
Third preseason weekend

Aug.  30
Possible roster reduction from 90 players to 75

SEPTEMBER

Sept.  1-2
Fourth preseason weekend

Sept.  3
Signing period ends for unrestricted free agents who received the June 1 tender.

Roster reduction to 53 players

Sept.  5
Deadline for June 15 tender to restricted free agents. If player’s qualifying offer is greater than 110 percent the player’s prior year’s Paragraph 5 salary (with all other terms of his prior year contract carried forward unchanged), the club may withdraw the qualifying offer on Sept. 5 and retain its exclusive negotiating rights to the player, so long as the club immediately tenders the player a one-year contract of at least 110 percent of his prior year’s Paragraph 5 salary, with all the terms of his prior year’s contract carried forward unchanged.

Sept.  8-12
First regular-season weekend

Sept.  18-19
Second Regular Season weekend

Sept.  20
Deadline at 4 p.m. ET for any club that designated a franchise player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2011 season, and such contract may not be extended until after the club’s last regular-season game.

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 4:20 pm
 

NFL Lockout: Live updates throughout Monday

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

The lockout, kids. The 32 NFLPA reps voted unanimously to approve the CBA on Monday afternoon. That gives us a decade (!) of labor peace in the NFL. Life is good.



Now the chaos begins. Fortunately, we're here to provide you with live updates throughout the day/night/week (?!?!). So bookmark our NFL Lockout: Live Updates page and come back early and often.



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Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:32 pm
 

GM Smith: Re-signing current Jags '1st priority'

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jacksonville Jaguars are an interesting team to watch as we emerge from the lockout cocoon and head (hopefully) to the 2011 season. They've got a rookie quarterback who might or might not play and a head coach who might or might not be on the hot seat.

In other words, the future, and measuring short- versus long-term goals is kind of up the air. So it'll be interesting to see how they handle free agency. According GM Gene Smith, getting their "own players" will take precedent. “Our own players will always be our first priority,” Smith said, per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. “I’ve said this before that it is our objective to get a long-term deal done with Marcedes.”

Obviously, Smith's referring to tight end Marcedes Lewis, who was franchise tagged near the end of February. Less obvious is how the situation with Lewis will play out -- there's been some chatter that Lewis will hold out, based on his decision to remain in Los Angeles "until [his] deal is done."

He's also commented that he just wants "to be treated fair."

“All I can do is be optimistic about it,” Lewis told Ganguli in a recent phone interview. “I think both sides have an idea of where we want to go. I’m just going to continue to handle my side and let them take care of that. I’m hoping we can get it done and get me in camp.”

Lewis' situation is fascinating because the Jaguars have already gotten rid of one-time breakout wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker and are left with Mike Thomas shoring up their No. 1 receiver spot.

Making Lewis happy and getting him into camp on time is something that appears absolutely essential for Smith if he wants to ensure that the Jaguars have enough offensive potency to keep with the rest of the AFC South, especially if they're not planning on trolling for free agents between now and the start of the season.

After all, if David Garrard doesn't have any weapons, the Jags might struggle early and Blaine Gabbert might find himself under center sooner than anyone expects. Not having a safety net at tight end for their rookie is probably something the Jacksonville front office would like to avoid.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Ahmad Bradshaw 'very interested' in Dolphins

Posted by Will Brinson

You don't need a crystal ball to know that the Miami Dolphins -- who are likely to rid themselves of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown this offseason -- will be chasing a running back in free agency.

Their top target will likely be DeAngelo Williams (yes, we're assuming a reversion to old rules here), but there's no guarantee the 'Fins can pick him up, particularly if the Panthers really do want to re-sign him and John Fox picks up his pursuit in Denver.

So, how about a fallback option like Ahmad Bradshaw? Is that something the Dolphins might be interested in? Because if they are, Bradshaw is also interested.

"I represent Ahmad. He's training here in Miami and would be very interested in the Dolphins," Bradshaw's agent Drew Rosenhaus told Sports Xtra, per Omar Kelly on Twitter. "If they (Dolphins) are interested in Ahmad (Bradshaw), we're interested back."

I'm not sure if this constitutes tampering or not (I don't think so), but Rosenhaus waved at the Dolphins from the set of the show, knowing that the Dolphins watch. And maybe that doesn't count either. Whatever, predicting what the Dolphins need and then assuming your client fits that need isn't quite like figuring out where Hoffa's body is.

Rosenhaus also made an interesting point about the 'Fins running-back situation -- they'll try and find someone who can compliment rookie Daniel Thomas, who the Dolphins moved into the second round to draft in April.

Conveniently, Sports Xtra had a relevant guest to that topic -- one Daniel Thomas.

"I can go every down, but if we get a [scatback] it will help the team,"said Thomas who, per Kelly, also said he's more of an inside runner.

So, yeah, you can tell why Bradshaw would be interested in this job opportunity -- it involves getting paid handsomely to carry the ball often for a run-first team that isn't going to make you get beat up by going between the tackles as often as you would elsewhere.

Of course, the quarterback setup may dictate the Dolphins spending ability at the running back position. If Miami can strike early and pick up a quarterback who will push Chad Henne for the starting gig and/or someone they'd feel comfortable starting the 2011 season with, you have to imagine they'll know more quickly what they can spend on a running back.

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:03 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 2:11 pm
 

McNabb: '2011′s gonna be a special season'

Posted by Will Brinson

If you had to pick one word to describe Donovan McNabb's 2010 season with the Washington Redskins, you probably wouldn't pick "special."

Perhaps "disastrous," "nightmarish," "hellacious" or "miserable" might come to mind, not "special." But the likely-to-be-ex-Skins quarterback thinks the coming season is going to be "different" and, in fact, "special."

"2011 is different than 2010," McNabb said via NFL.com. "For those who wanna sit back and dwell on what happened last year, so be it. But 2011′s gonna be a special season. A season in which I feel that I've prepared myself well — not just conditioning and strengthwise, but most importantly getting back to the fundamentals. And I look to display that in the 2011 season.

"And for those who feel like it can’t be possible: I'll prove you wrong."
McNabb's nightmare year

The first thing that strikes me about McNabb's statement is that he a) thinks/knows he'll be gone from Washington in 2011 and b) that he thinks/knows he'll get a pretty good shot to start come 2011 with a team that needs a quarterback.

Maybe I'm reaching there, and maybe McNabb is simply being optimistic about his chances to bounce back in a new opportunity. But given that he thinks he'll "prove [people] wrong" and almost knows that he'll end up in a specific opportunity that will give him a chance at redemption, you have to think he has an idea of where he might play next season.

Which is really weird, considering there's been VERY little talk about teams want to ink McNabb in the coming year.

All that speculation aside, though, can McNabb actually redeem himself in 2011 and prove people wrong? (Or, perhaps, prove Bruce Allen right?)

It's certainly possible, especially if he ends up in the right situation (handing off to Adrian Peterson, in a hypothetical example), but unless a greater market for McNabb materializes as we -- hopefully! -- get closer to having free agency and a full season, it seems unlikely that he'll end up in a better spot than he was to start last year.

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