Tag:2011 NFL Trade Rumors
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 10:28 am

Osi Umenyiora contract saga not over yet?

Posted by Will Brinson

Osi Umenyiora returned to practice with the Giants Monday. So it's all good, let's move on, get back to the business of football and there's nothing to see here, folks, with respect to Osi's still maybe lingering contract demands.

Right? Yeah, not so much. Giants teammate Justin Tuck, considered a "confidant," said as much on Monday afternoon.

"Just because he's back on the football field doesn't mean this whole saga is over," Tuck said, per Tom Rock of Newsday. "But he's doing what he thinks is best to help this football team and himself, and you have to give him credit for that."

Read: Osi is going to work with the team but he's not happy about his situation with the Giants, regardless of whether or not he showed up for practice. Osi's situation, coupled with his health and the potential emergence of Jason Paul-Pierre, should make for some pretty spicy rotations in 2011.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if, from time to time, [Osi] has to stay out of [the game]," Tom Coughlin said, per our Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, when discussing whether Umenyiora would rest during the season.

So what does this mean for blooming-star-in-the-wings J P-P? Well, lots of moving around.

"Basically, it is going to be a rotation again, and the coaches already told me that I am going to be working both sides," Pierre-Paul said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. "I am not going to be on one side. I will be playing right end and left end."

Paul-Pierre looked stupendous in the early going against the Panthers on Saturday and prompted many a scribe -- yours truly included -- to urge Osi to scramble for a pen and sign his incentives contract to bump up his pay before he lost his starting job.

That was/is primarily a joke, but the Giants are in an enviable position: they have a older star defensive end who finally showed up to camp and is playing and because of the youngster that's blossoming into a solid draft pick, they maintain the leverage of not being forced into acquiescing to Osi's demands.

Worst case is Osi starts sitting out again and Paul-Pierre becomes a starter. Or the Giants deal Osi and get something in return.

Best case? They have one of the strongest defensive-end rotations in the NFL.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:07 pm

Report: Giants offer Osi incentive-laden deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Osi Umenyiora should be back on the practice field with the Giants come Monday. But the soap opera between he and the team isn't quite over yet.

There are still contract discussions to handle but it appears, as our own Clark Judge suggested recently, that the Giants are going to wise up get him some cash for finally coming in.

Unfortunately for Osi, though, it doesn't appear that they're willing to give as much as Clark suggested. Per Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Giants offered Osi a new incentive-laden deal on Friday that features "a range of $400,000 to $1 million in new money" dependent on production and incentives.

LaCanfora does note that Osi still prefers to be traded and has yet to accept any offers from the Giants. According to the report, Osi would need to finish in the top 10 of several defensive categories and time spent on the field.

Clearly, the requirements for those incentive clauses are going to primarily dictate whether or not Osi accepts the contract.

If he has to finish in the top 10 for sacks and forced fumbles while playing 10 games to unlock $1 million (and there aren't any poison-pill clauses in the deal), he might take it. Or at least consider taking it.

But unless it's good, don't be shocked if he passes and keeps pushing for a deal somewhere or a new, long-term deal. After all, there still plenty of teams that might be interested in Osi if the Giants actually drop their asking price. Meaning: the drama might not be over just quite yet.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:24 am

Five teams interested in Osi Umenyiora trade?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Giants gave Osi Umenyiora's permission to seek a trade recently. There's just one problem: New York wants a first-rounder in return for Osi, which might make it kind of tough to move him.

Still, there's interest in the defensive end -- Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that there are five teams that have "expressed some level of interest" in acquiring Osi's services.

Those teams? The Ravens, Rams, Chargers, Seahawks, and Broncos.

The Rams are a logical fit because their head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, once worked with Umenyiora when he was the defensive coordinator for the Giants. (They had a little success there too, if you recall Super Bowl XLII.)

And Ravens fans wouldn't be upset with Osi either -- in an informal poll by our friend Bob Haynie of 105.7 the Fan in Baltimore shows nearly half of the folks asked would be willing to give up a No. 1 for Umenyiora.

Don't count on anyone doing that, though, because first-round picks just recently got a significant bump in value thanks to the new CBA rules. They're no longer the big-money risks that they once were, and giving up a first rounder for a guy who's going to demand a new contract once he lands in a new situation isn't an ideal scenario.

Indeed, Osi's agent, Tony Agone, told CBSSports.com's Clark Judge on Tuesday morning that he finds the notion of being forced to get a first-rounder in return a "rather dubious situation."

Still, Osi's a relatively young (29) and highly-talented defensive end who holds not just the Giants record for most sacks in a game (six) but also the NFL record for most forced fumbles in a season (10). He's made two Pro Bowls and he's helped anchor a Super-Bowl winning defensive line.

There's a market for him, but the Giants are going to need to lower their asking price -- perhaps a second- or third-round pick? -- before he gets moved.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:30 pm

Bears sign Roy Williams, Vernon Gholston

Posted by Will Brinson

People have been wondering why the Bears didn't make a splash in free agency this year. Obviously $90 million to Julius Peppers in 2010 just isn't enough commitment.

So here's some, um, news: they've now (officially) signed both Roy Williams and Vernon Gholston.

No it's not the sexiest of offseason maneuvers, but both players do have upside. Particularly Williams -- at least if you're asking Bears' coach Lovie Smith.

"Roy Williams has number one receiver skill. Devin Hester does also," said Smith, per Zach Zaidman of the Bears Radio Network. "At least about five of the guys we have right now that I know of have that type of ability."

Williams does have No. 1 receiver ability. Otherwise he wouldn't have been a No. 1 receiver on several teams and Jerry Jones wouldn't have packaged the farm to Detroit in exchange for him. Of course, if he still was a No. 1 receiver, it's a lot less likely that he would have gotten cut by the Cowboys.

And as for Gholston, well, he's clearly got upside. After all, he was selected No. 6 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. But start to Google his name and see what the second result is (hint: it rhymes with "rust").

But it's going to take a lot for the Bears to justify to fans that his signing was their "big move" this offseason. (Though in fairness they're still working on Olin Kreutz and they did land Nick Roach and Anthony Adams. So there's that.)

The harder sell might be that Williams is the answer to their lengthy issues at wideout, even if he has played in a Mike Martz offense before.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 10:11 pm

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

Posted by Will Brinson

As we've said elsewhere, the only rumors we really heard throughout the day Friday were that the Jets and Cowboys were in a dogfight for landing Nnamdi Asomugha. Then, of course, the Eagles swooped in and stole the best player on the market.

But were the Cowboys about to pull it off? According to Jerry Jones, via our Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman, they were "close."

"We had an opportunity," Jones said. "We acted on it and, believe me, we firmly acted on it -- until my eyes watered."

Jones was also asked about pulling defensive coordinator Rob Ryan away from drills in order to hop on the phone with a then-unknown person on the other end. Turns out, it was indeed Nnamdi.

"I [wouldn't have gotten] Rob to break from a drill to come over unless it was serious business," Jones said.

To me, Jerry's comments about his eyes watering are kind of fascinating. Was five years, $60 million too much for the Cowboys to pay? And the Jets? Because that would be surprising -- $12 million a year seems relatively cheap considering that a) Darrelle Revis averages $11.5 million a year and b) the type of booming market we've seen for free agents this offseason.

Or perhaps Jones simply means he got upset when he was told that the Cowboys were out of the running for Nnamdi's services. If that's the case, then maybe Nnamdi did leave money on the table for what he felt was his best shot to win.

If it's the former, though, it means that while Nnamdi was easily the best cornerback on the market, he clearly wasn't ever worth the reported $19 million that was being thrown out, and that both the Cowboys and Jets didn't believe he was worth paying more than Revis.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 2:26 pm

Dolphins get Matt Moore, out on Kyle Orton trade

Posted by Will Brinson

Kyle Orton to the Dolphins was supposed to be a done deal as early as Tuesday. It made tons of sense for both teams ... until Miami decided the Broncos wanted too much for Orton.

That's when the 'Fins went out and agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal for former Panthers quarterback Matt Moore, who will compete with Chad Henne for the starting gig.

Moore's an interesting fit in Miami, because he had a lot of success with the Panthers at the end of 2009, but obviously 2010 wasn't the greatest year in the world for Moore and Carolina.
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That was partially because of injury, but also because Moore struggled to make good throws before being replaced by rookie Jimmy Clausen.

Things are also a little spicy, because in the middle of a staredown with the Broncos front office, owner Stephen Ross got firmly behind Henne in a public statement of support.

"What we've done so far is surround [Chad Henne] with parts that can open up our offense and make him better," Steve Ross about his would-be franchise quarterback.

He went further to discuss the "discipline" Jeff Ireland has shown in building a roster and hinted that Ireland wasn't going to get "desperate" when it came to inquiring players.

That was, for all intents and purposes, a direct shot at John Elway and the guys running Denver as an indication that the Dolphins didn't plan to pay full price for Orton.

Additionally, Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network reports that Orton's likely to push the Broncos over the salary cap anyway, which means he could potentially get cut later this afternoon, which could also explain why Miami decided to balk at the reported second-round asking price from Denver.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 10:13 am

Report: Vince Young takes 1-year deal with Eagles

Posted by Will Brinson

Vince Young was released by the Titans on Thursday, prompting much Twitter screaming from us. What? We were excited. (And we forgot to wash our hands after lunch so our Caps Lock key was stuck.)

So was Andy Reid apparently, because according to a report Friday from Albert Breer of the NFL Network, he didn't take long to reportedly sign Young to a one-year deal with Philly.

The likelihood of Young signing with the Eagles was first reported Thursday by CBSSports.com's own Clark Judge.

The Eagles have yet to confirm that they've signed Young, but according to our Eagles Rapid Reporter Kevin Noonan, starting quarterback Michael Vick has.

"I'm looking forward to having him in here and I'm looking forward to working with him," Vick said.

But there was some confusion as to whether or not Young would have to clear waivers, but the NFL cleared the situation up on Friday, pointing out that players with four or more years of service like Young and former Cowboys wideout Roy Williams did not need to clear waivers before negotiating with teams.

Young -- and anyone else -- still can't sign until 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, but it now appears that he's free to negotiate a deal as the Eagles backup.

Not that it really would have mattered -- no one was going to claim Young and burn more than $4 million in roster bonus money for someone that really only appears to be coveted as a backup by one or two teams.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:17 pm

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Posted by Will Brinson

Everyone knows that Mike Martz' offense doesn't really benefit tight ends all that much, but there's still some pretty surprising news coming out of Chicago on Thursday that involves the shifting of bodies on the depth chart.

First, there's the news that the Bears are shopping Olsen to anyone that might be interested. And they don't even want that much! At least that's according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, who penned an note to all the other NFL teams on Wednesday night.

"The Bears have granted me permission to seek a trade for Greg Olsen," Rosenhaus wrote in an email obtained by the Chicago Tribune. "Please let me know if interested.

"Sounds like the Bears will be very reasonable on the compensation in return for Greg."

However, Rosenhaus backtracked about 15 minutes later, writing, "Please disregard my previous email regarding Greg Olsen."

That's a nice sentiment and all, but as Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Know this: the Bears are indeed shopping Olsen."

Want more proof? The Bears signed Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth on Thursday too, per Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network. Spaeth is a much better blocker and a bigger benefit to the Bears in the running game than Olsen, even if he's not even close to the receiving weapon that Olsen presents.

So where to for Olsen? Well, how about the Panthers who just so happen to employ Rod Chudzinksi as an offensive coordinator, who just so happens to have worked with Olsen in college at Miami and who just so happens to have had some success with tight ends in the past. (You may have heard of Antonio Gates.)

Jensen noted, in fact, that an NFC exec believes the Panthers would be "a good fit" but also reports that the Bears "will not just give Greg Olsen away to the highest bidder."

There's also the matter of Olsen not sounding too thrilled at the prospect -- NBC Chicago's Peggy Kusinski cites a "source close to" Olsen who says the tight end is "not happy at all [with the] trade talk" because he "wants to play his entire career in Chicago."

Unfortunately for Olsen, that may not be an option the way things are unfolding.

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