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Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Jacobs isn't interested in selling his soul

Jacobs isn't sure of the NYG want him back next year. (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

When he’s not filling in for Jason Pierre-Paul as a wrestler for TNA, Brandon Jacobs likes to earn his living as a running back for the Super Bowl champion Giants. Though he’s supposed to make $4.9 million in 2012, the last year of his contract, the Giants have made it known they’d like to pay him less.

And while he has said he would take a cut in pay, Jacobs -- who restructured his deal last August -- there’s only so far he’s willing to go.

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“I want to stay in New York a whole lot, man, because this is where I started,” Jacobs told WNBC-TV on Wednesday (via the New York Post). “It’s a great organization. I got wonderful, great teammates. I won a second Super Bowl here with this organization. But I’m not willing to sell my soul, you know? It’s a great organization and I want to be a part of it, but if not, if they’re not feeling the same way, then so be it.”

Jacobs is scheduled to earn $4.4 million in base salary with a roster bonus due to him March 17, and the Post theorizes that if he and the team can’t agree to a restructure, the Giants might cut him in order to save the $500,000 bonus. Plus, you have to remember that Jacobs doesn’t always have the best attitude when it comes to his playing time or talking with his critics, and coming off the worst statistical season since 2006, Jacobs might have to settle for making far less money with the Giants or for leaving the team altogether.

For now, Jacobs isn’t sure of his future plans.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re thinking. I want to be here. If not, there are 31 other teams out there.

“As far as I’m concerned I got another year left on my contract. I don’t know why I’m sitting here saying all this stuff. If they want it to work out it’s going to work out. If they don’t want it to work out, it’s not going to work out. That’s all I can say.”

And if it doesn’t work out with the Giants and he has to go play somewhere else, Jacobs can take solace in the fact that he still, we assume, has his “fast-ass car.

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Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:13 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Raiders might make Wimbley cap casualty

Oakland wants Wimbley to take a paycut, but he's already said he's not interested in doing so. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

As general manager Reggie McKenzie continues to make the Raiders a less-expensive (and possibly less-talented) club -- already, Oakland has purged cornerback Stanford Routt – it sounds like there’s a big-time conflict coming between the club and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, the team will cut Wimbley if the two sides can’t renegotiate his deal.

While the Raiders try to get under the salary cap, at this point, they’ll have to pay Wimbley $11 million for next year, including $6.5 million guaranteed (in August, he signed a $48 million deal).

Wimbley has been a valuable member of the Browns and Raiders defense since Cleveland selected him in the first round of the 2006 draft, averaging 61.5 tackles and seven sacks per season.

As the Raiders blog points out, though, Wimbley has the leverage, writing, “This is classic contract standoff. Wimbley has Raiders by the throat. They both want him and don't want his contract. Team using media.”

But if the Raiders do decide to let go of Wimbley, who said he’s not interested in taking a paycut, so they don’t have to pay him, there likely won't be a shortage of teams who are willing to compensate him for playing.

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Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Is Peyton Hillis thinking about retiring?

Does Hillis really want to join the CIA? (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

We told you a couple days ago that the Browns were unlikely to franchise tag running back Peyton Hillis but might still attempt to sign him in free agency.

if Hillis doesn’t retire, that is.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that’s exactly what Hillis has thought about, even telling the team at the end  of 2011 that he was considering ending his four-year career. Apparently, he’s even thought about joining the CIA (!).

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Hillis is a free agent (No. 8 in our rankings), but he and his agent are no longer working together.

"If we can work something out with Peyton, we will," Browns general manager Tom Heckert told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. "Did he have some rough patches during the season? Yes. Were there stretches where things were blown out of proportion? Yes. Honestly, I feel like a lot of that was blown up in the media. Now, of course things will still come down to the money, but we'll just have to wait and see."

The Browns could use the franchise tag on Hillis, but they probably won’t, because it would cost $7.7 million, and considering Hillis is coming off a disappointing season in which some questioned his desire to fight through injuries and his desire to play, that’s not necessarily a smart investment.

So, we’re unclear at this point if Hillis wants to return to Cleveland, if the Browns want him back or if Hillis wants to forgo football and become a spy.

But here’s what we do know: the curse of the Madden cover most definitely lives on.

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Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:59 am
 

Simpson pleads guilty to felony drug charge

Simpson pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Josh Katzowitz

Jerome Simpson made perhaps the most exciting play of 2011 when he performed a front flip over Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington and nearly stuck the landing to score a touchdown. Now, Simpson can call himself a convicted felon.

That’s because he pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge drug, stemming from an incident in September in which a package containing 2.5 pound bag of high-grade marijuana from California was delivered to his Covington, Ky., home.

Simpson was indicted on a felony charge of marijuana trafficking, but he pleaded guilty to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances. It’s still a Class D felony, and Simpson could face up to 60 days in jail. He also could face a suspension from the league. Simpson will be sentenced April 5.

Simpson and his attorney had no comment as they left the courthouse.

Simpson was an honorable mention in our wide receiver free agent rankings, but with his guilty plea, you’d have to think his stock will drop significantly, despite coming off the best season of his career.

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Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:09 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:21 am
 

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

Pittsburgh might decide to tender Wallace, a restricted free agent, instead of franchise tagging him. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

A day after announcing that they would cut Hines Ward, the Steelers are leaving themselves open for the possibility of another receiver leaving the team.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers will tender -- and not franchise tag -- restricted free agent Mike Wallace.

Wallace is coming off a 72-catch, 1,193-yard, eight-touchdown season in Pittsburgh, where he led the team in all categories. He’s also one of the NFL’s best deep receiver threats, averaging 18.7 yards per catch in his three-year career. At this point, he’s a star in the making.

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The Steelers apparently will place a first-round tender on Wallace, but considering Pittsburgh’s salary-cap problems -- how many times is Ben Roethlisberger going to have to restructure his contract, anyway? -- it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another squad swoop in and offer Wallace a deal the Steelers can’t match.

The franchise tag would cost the Steelers about $9.4 million for 2012, and there’s little chance for the math to work. Pittsburgh now has to hope Wallace isn’t seen by the rest of the league as worthy of a first-round pick.

The Steelers claimed during the combine that they want Wallace to finish his career in Pittsburgh, as general manager Kevin Colbert said, “We think he's only scratched the surface in what he can do. There's a lot left there that still can be developed and we're anxious to see it happen as a Steeler."

But if the Steelers do, in fact, decide to tender Wallace instead of tag him, the chances of that actually happening will grow slimmer.

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Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: March 1, 2012 10:48 am
 

Rams have begun contract talks with Lloyd

By Josh Katzowitz

It makes perfect sense that Rams receiver Brandon Lloyd would try to latch onto New England when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Lloyd, the seventh-ranked free agent in our receiver rankings, wouldn’t mind a reunion with his former coach in Denver, Josh McDaniels, now the Patriots offensive coordinator. But that doesn’t mean St. Louis isn’t trying to re-sign him. And that doesn't mean he'd necessarily mind returning to the Rams.

He’s still their best receiver -- he was traded from Denver (to avoid a locker room issue?) in the middle of the season, and in the final 11 games of the season, he caught 51 passes for 683 yards and five touchdowns, all of which led the team -- and as a result, the organization has begun contract talks with him.

That’s what Rams COO Kevin Demoff told Turf Show Times, saying, “We had initial discussions in Indianapolis. We plan to continue talking."

Lloyd, though, is still leaving open the option of playing for McDaniels in New England, telling CBSSports.com during Super Bowl week, “I’d like to consider myself Josh McDaniels' prized pupil. I would like to continue it.” He also said in that same interview that he was excited about the prospects of playing for new coach Jeff Fisher and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and playing again with quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Rams could use the franchise tag to keep Lloyd, but they’ve also recently said they won’t do it.



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Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:21 am
 

Kris Dielman set to officially retire Thursday

Dielman's family and quality of life were two reasons he has decided to retire. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

We told you the other day that Chargers guard Kris Dielman was close to announcing his retirement. For Dielman -- one of the NFL’s better guards who had suffered a grand mal seizure on an airplane last season after sustaining a concussion vs. the Jets on Oct. 23 -- that day will come to fruition Thursday.

The Chargers proclaimed it so on Wednesday night, announcing that Dielman would hold a news conference to officially announce his retirement.

“I love this game. I’ve given it everything I have,” Dielman said in a statement released by the team. “It’s time for me to focus on my future and my quality of life. I want to thank the Spanos family and the Chargers for giving me the opportunity in the NFL. Because they believed in me, I was able to realize a dream and for that I will be forever grateful.”

Dielman’s retirement was somewhat of a surprise to the team, which believed he would return in 2012. But following his concussion and seizure, which landed him on the IR list, and after listening to doctors talk about his quality of life in the future, Dielman, who supposedly still wanted to continue his career, decided it would be best to leave the game.

“Kris played the game the way it’s supposed to be played: with heart and passion,” Chargers president Dean Spanos said. “He’s a throwback … an old-school player. All he cares about is his family and playing football and today he’s making family his top priority, as it should be, and I respect him tremendously for that.”

Dielman was an undrafted free agent in 2003, and he originally showed up in San Diego expecting to play defensive tackle (he was a tackle and a tight end at Indiana), but Chargers coaches convinced him to give offensive line a try.

After working as the backup left guard for two seasons, he became a starter in the third game of 2005. He started 97 of the next 100 games (he missed the three because of injury), and he was good enough to earn four-straight Pro Bowl honors and to be named as a member of the 50th anniversary Chargers all-time team.

“It has been an honor to play next to Kris for so many years,” center Nick Hardwick said. “His loyalty and toughness gave me and the guys who played with him a sense of security, knowing that we had the baddest guy on the field. And we knew nobody wanted to find out how bad a dude he was.

“He taught us about loyalty, will power and friendship. I will certainly miss being in the huddle standing next to my best friend and personal protector.”

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Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:00 pm
 

Report: 49ers to franchise Dashon Goldson

Goldson reportedly dumped Rosenhaus for CAA Football, an agency that represents many 49ers players. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

When you have 170 clients, you're bound to lose a few. Broncos running back Willis McGahee dumped agent Drew Rosenhaus recently, a move 49ers safety Dashon Goldson reportedly made as well.

Rosenhaus is the man who many credit with making McGahee a first-round pick back in 2003 despite suffering a devastating knee injury in his final college game. But he's also the same guy best remembered for his "Next question!" answers to the impromptu press conference that broke out in Terrell Owens' yard several years ago.

But for Goldson, one of the league's best young safeties, it was about a new contract. Or more specifically: the lack of one. As an unrestricted free agent last year, and with Rosenhaus representing him, Goldson turned down a five-year, $25 million offer from San Francisco, sources told CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco.

"But sources say Rosenhaus assured Goldson that he could get him the kind of contract the San Diego Chargers awarded safety Eric Weddle: five years, $40 million," Maiocco wrote Wednesday.

"After a couple weeks of free agency, Rosenhaus sent an email to every NFL team to inform them that Goldson's demands had lowered and he would sign a one-year deal for 'approximately $3 million.' Three days later, Goldson returned to the 49ers on a one-year, $2 million contract."

This quote from Lance Briggs is plastered atop Rosenhaus' website:

"He's a guy that gets it done…Guys go to him because he's a shark. He's going in there and taking care of business. He's not going to leave anything on the table. He allows a player to see his value more so than most."


This is a clip from "60 Minutes" October 2011 profile of Rosenhaus, who said at the time that “I really believe that the NFL would fall apart without me.That may sound cocky, that may sound arrogant, but I am telling you the truth."

The problem: negotiating goes both ways. It's one thing to drive a hard bargain, it's something else entirely to get what you want. Rosenhaus grossly overestimated the market for Goldson and it ended up costing him a client.

Maiocco's sources say Goldson has since signed with CAA Football, an agency that also represents 49ers Alex Smith, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Goodwin and Donte Whitner.

With free agency approaching, it appears San Francisco will franchise Goldson with the intent to finally sign him to that long-term deal. If the two sides can't come to terms, Goldson will again play on a one-year contract, this one worth $6.2 million.

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