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Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:28 am
Edited on: March 6, 2012 12:40 pm
 

2012 NFL Free Agency: Offensive line rankings

Is Nicks, our top free-agent offensive lineman, done hoisting Brees? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Leading up to the start of free agency on March 13, we're compiling lists of the best 2012 NFL free agents by position. These are the offensive linemen.

It's not the sexiest position in the NFL -- just ask Andre "C-Cup" Smith -- and there's a feeling in the NFL these days, whether it's right or wrong, that offensive line is becoming a fungible position. It's OK to laugh at that idea, because a few years ago, wide receiver was the same way. It'll shift back and forth in the next few years. Right now, you'll pay a nice price to land a wideout and offensive linemen are relatively cheap.

Some of the guys on the list below won't be cheap however. There's a pretty nice group of offensive linemen hitting the market this year, and teams might be wise to avoid trying to race in the free-agent market and focus their efforts on improving protection.

1. Carl Nicks

Breakdown: Nicks is probably the best guard in the league, and it doesn't help that his teammate, Jahri Evans, signed a $56.7 million deal for the next seven years. Especially since Nicks wants more money. With Drew Brees franchised, the Saints are essentially forced to let Nicks and top wideout Marques Colston both hit the market and good luck bringing Nicks back. He's the only guy who can hurt the guard-related stock for Stanford's David DeCastro.
Potential Landing Spots: Saints, Cowboys, Chargers, 49ers

2. Chris Myers

Breakdown: Honestly if Meyers left it would be a) a huge mistake for the Texans and b) a big surprise. Everyone talks about Mario Williams as the guy they need to re-sign, but Meyers is substantially more valuable to what they do (especially with the defensive personnel vs. the offensive personnel). Houston's offensive line is by far and away the most underrated in the NFL and while Eric Winston is the anchor, Meyers is the leader. I'd like to think that Houston won't let him walk, simply because the AFC South window is too big not to keep making a run at another division title.
Potential Landing Spots: Texans, Packers, Ravens

3. Jared Gaither

Breakdown: Gaither was a supplemental draft pick with the Ravens in 2007, washed out, went to the Chiefs and then looked finished in the NFL at an early age. But he was a big factor in revitalizing the Chargers run late in the season; after Marcus McNeil went down, Philip Rivers was offered no protection until Gaither came into town. The Chargers want to keep him, but this is a very shallow class for free-agent tackles, and Gaither could pull in good money on the market. He's got gobs of talent and is still young, but keeping him motivated is a concern.
Potential Landing Spots: Lions, Chargers, Cardinals, Vikings, Rams

4. Ben Grubbs

Breakdown: Grubbs, the Ravens 2007 first-round pick, made the first Pro Bowl of his career in 2011. He's a free agent only because Baltimore's had to use their franchise tag on Ray Rice and couldn't commit to the guard. The Ravens still want to re-sign Grubbs, and that could happen between now and March 13 when free agency begins. Working in the Ravens favor is the deep nature of this crop of free-agent guards.
Potential Landing Spots: Ravens, Bengals, Giants, Bears, 49ers

4. Scott Wells

Breakdown: Wells and the Packers are in the middle of a headed non-discussion about a new contract. Wells believes he deserves big money, and the Packers believe he deserves the type of money that a shorter, 31-year-old center would get on an open market. But Wells isn't just any center; he's proven his worth in working with different quarterbacks in Green Bay and helping to develop Aaron Rodgers. Wells made his first Pro Bowl in 2011 and has missed just one game since 2006. He won't want to leave Green Bay but he also won't take less than he's worth. It wouldn't be surprising to see him move closer to Tennessee (he's from there and played for the Vols in college) either.
Potential Landing Spots: Packers, Texans, Broncos

5. Demetrius Bell

Breakdown: Bell's been playing football for less than 10 years, but he's clearly quite good at it. Or at least good enough to keep being named the Bills left tackle. The seventh-round pick out of Northwestern State could come back to Buffalo, but if there are teams in need of offensive line help, there's a good chance he'll bail. The offensive line market is odd this year, in that it appears to be guard and center heavy. The tackles aren't exactly stacked and that could result in a nice deal for a guy like Bell.
Potential Landing Spots: Lions, Bills, Chargers, Cardinals, Vikings, Rams

6. Evan Mathis

Breakdown: Mathis hasn't started 16 games since coming into the NFL. But he's coming off easily the best season of his career and has said he'll take a discount to remain with the Eagles under the tutelage of Howard Mudd. Mathis said he'd work for "$20 and a pizza," but the reality is he got paid the league minimum last year, and at 30, he'd be insane not to maximize his money-making ability.
Potential Landing Spots: Eagles, Saints, Seahawks, 49ers

8. Geoff Schwartz

Breakdown: Schwartz played all over the line for Carolina in 2010 before missing all of 2011 with injury. It'll be interesting to see Ron Rivera's coaching staff handles the offensive line: Schwartz and Jeff Otah are holdovers from a previous regime and might not necessarily stick. But Schwartz, at 25, would be a nice, versatile and discounted signing for someone who needs help and depth across the line.
Potential Landing Spots: Giants, Bills, Panthers, Seahawks

9. Dan Koppen

Breakdown: You know what's weird? Everyone's willing to toss out the "system" word as it relates to anything with the Patriots quarterback but don't bother discussing how their offensive line, which features a pretty cohesive unit, helps Tom Brady's success. Whatever, it's fine. That's the "Patriot Way." But Koppen isn't going to get the franchise tag like fellow lineman Logan Mankins and he stands to make more money for a team that needs a center.
Potential Landing Spots: Packers, Ravens

10. Jake Scott

Breakdown: The good news is this: Scott played for an offensive-line monster in Mike Munchak. Munchak consistently creates cohesive offensive units that over-produce relative to their value. But the bad news is that Scott's 30 (not too old) and if you bring him into another organization, he's not going to have that same Titans cohesiveness. Is that overplayed? Yeah, maybe. But Scott will have bigger questions when it comes to Chris Johnson's production in 2011, whether that's fair or not.
Potential Landing Spots: Titans, Saints, Eagles, Seahawks

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Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Jerome Simpson indicted on drug charge

SimpsonBy Josh Katzowitz

Less than a month ago, Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson was the toast of the NFL after his flip heard ‘round the world was recognized as one of the greatest plays of the season.*

Now, Simpson has to face the fact he might not be playing football again in the near future.

As the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, Simpson was indicted Thursday on charges that hewas trafficking marijuana over eight ounces and less than five pounds. The charge, the newspaper writes, is a Class D felony that could lead to a punishment of one to five years in prison.

Simpson, you’ll recall, was detained and questioned by Kenton County, Ky,. police after Simpson’s girlfriend signed for a package at his home that contained a 2.5 pound bag of high-grade marijuana from California.

Authorities said it was “a controlled delivery to a house that was set up as a distribution network,” and inside the home, police allegedly found six more pounds of pot, scales and packaging material.

Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins also was at Simpson’s home at the time, but he wasn’t indicted.

“Unfortunately I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Collins said at the time. “However, I do want to take this opportunity to let my fans, friends and family know that I had no part in the reported activities at Jerome’s home. I have done nothing wrong and I have not been charged with doing anything wrong. So far as I know, I am no longer a part of any investigation.”

Unfortunately for Simpson, he can’t say the same thing.

*Of course, it made for an easy “OMG, look how high he got on that play.”

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Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Jerome Simpson to play vs. 49ers

Jerome Simpson will play for the Bengals Sunday (AP/ US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a busy week for Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson, and for all the wrong reasons. First, he was detained and question by police because somebody at his house accepted a package containing 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana. Then, after searching Simpson's home, authorities found six more pounds of marijuana.

On Friday, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis hadn't ruled Simpson out for the Week 3 matchup against the 49ers. On Sunday, Simpson is active and will play, but he will not start, NFL analyst Charley Casserly said during the CBS Pregame Show.

Simpson was excused from practice on Thursday and Friday while the organization decided how to proceed. “We’re still taking to people and figuring out what the best thing is for Jerome,” Lewis said at the time. “Any decisions I make on it are going to be based on what people recommend is the best thing for him.”

Apparently, people recommended that Simpson be allowed to suit up. This is good news for rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, who will now have two of his best receivers on the field (rookie AJ Green being the other one). If Simpson didn't play, No. 4 wide receiver Andre Caldwell would have likely earned the start.

Simpson has yet to be charged with a crime. "The league has told me that they will wait for the law enforcement authorities to complete their investigation before they do theirs, but the league will investigate at some point," Casserly said.

Offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who was at Simpson's house when the police arrived, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by Kentucky prosecutors and Lewis. If he's guilty of anything it's being in the wrong place at the wrong time.


After a tough loss last week in overtime, the 49ers look to bounce back as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan preview this game.

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Lewis hasn't ruled Simpson out for 49ers game

Simpson could still play Sunday. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier this week, police detained and questioned Bengals players Jerome Simpson and Anthony Collins after someone at Simpson's house signed for a package containing 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana from California. No arrests were made, but authorities found six more pounds of marijuana inside Simpson's home.

Collins has been cleared by coach Marvin Lewis -- and more importantly, a Kentucky prosecutor -- of any wrongdoing, and according to a statement released by Collins' lawyer, the only thing he's guilty of is poor timing.

Simpson, meanwhile, missed practice on Thursday and Friday as the team figures out what to do with a player recently found with more than eight pounds of pot in his home. Simpson is listed as questionable on the Bengals' injury report, although there's a chance he plays Sunday when Cincinnati hosts San Francisco.

“We’re still taking to people and figuring out what the best thing is for Jerome,” Lewis said, according to Cincinnati Enquirer 's Joe Reedy. “Any decisions I make on it are going to be based on what people recommend is the best thing for him.”

Lewis has spoken with Simpson in recent days and says that “he’s as anyone would be caught in a situation like that. We have to continue to support him and help him that way.”

Reedy reports that Simpson, who caught four passes for 136 yards during last week's loss the Broncos, has become one of the most followed Bengals on Twitter. But after this week's incident, he has shut down his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While it's easy to dismiss this as the latest example of the Bengals being the Bengals, it's a tad more complicated than that.

“There hasn’t been a non profit, a school visit a visit to a hospital that Jerome Simpson hasn’t been involved in,” Lewis said. “He’s done as much as anyone on the team in being part of the community. I think that’s why everyone feels the way they do. The process really has to (carry itself out) and unfortunately it became more public than we expected it to be. But it is what it is right now.”

And "what it is" includes the possibility that Simpson might be on the field Sunday. If he doesn't, Andre Caldwell, normally the team's No. 4 receiver, could be in the starting lineup.


After a tough loss last week in overtime, the 49ers look to bounce back as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan preview this game.

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Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Anthony Collins: I was in wrong place, wrong time

Marvin Lewis says Antony Collins "wasn't involved in anything at all." (AP/ US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


It appears that the only thing Anthony Collins is guilty of is bad timing. The Bengals offensive lineman happened to be at teammate Jerome Simpson's home earlier this week when authorities showed up and detained and questioned them both.

This all had to do with another person at the Simpson's house signing for a package that contained 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana from California. No arrests were made at the time, but according to CaliforniaWatch.org, police allegedly found six more pounds of marijuana inside Simpson's home.

On Friday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis cleared Collins of any wrongdoing.

"The only thing I know is that Anthony Collins wasn't involved in anything at all," Lewis said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "The other thing (the investigation of Simpson), I'm not allowed to comment about anything so we'll just move forward and get ready to play football."

Collins released a statement Friday through his attorney (via the Enquirer):
This past Tuesday morning I stopped by the house of my teammate, Jerome Simpson, on my way to the stadium. While I was at his home, several law enforcement officers unexpectedly entered the house. I had no idea what it was about and after identifying myself and speaking to the officers, they let me go on my way.

Unfortunately I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, I do want to take this opportunity to let my fans, friends and family know that I had no part in the reported activities at Jerome’s home. I have done nothing wrong and I have not been charged with doing anything wrong. So far as I know, I am no longer a part of any investigation.

In due time, I am confident that authorities will clear my name and announce I am not a person of interest and my name will be completely cleared from Tuesday’s incident. In the meantime, my focus will continue to be on playing football and helping my teammates, coaches and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals organization have a successful 2011 season.
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson tweeted that Simpson was excused from practice Friday and thinks it's "highly doubtful" Simpson will play this weekend.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson gets 3-game suspension

Has NFL suspended Benson for 3 games? (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Bengals running back Cedric Benson will face a three-game suspension for player-conduct violations that happened during the lockout, Yahoo.com's Mike Silver reported Thursday afternoon.

It's the first instance of the league punishing a player for something that took place during the four-month lockout. Interestingly, Aqib Talib, Kenny Britt and Brandon Marshall all had legal entanglements during that time but avoided NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's wrath.

Benson, who was sentenced to 20 days in jail earlier this month for assaulting an Austin, Texas bartender in 2010, will appeal the suspension next Tuesday.

Silver adds that "If the appeal does not result in a reduction or elimination of the suspension, Benson would miss Cincy's games vs. Buffalo, Jacksonville and Indianapolis," though he would be available for the Bengals' game this Sunday against the 49ers.

Through two weeks, Benson has 41 carries for 180 yards (4.4 average) and he's scored a touchdown. He's also been invaluable to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, who will now have to rely on running backs Brian Leonard (2 rushes, 15 yards) and Bernard Scott (6 rushes, 13 yards) if Benson's suspension is upheld.

In other Bengals-related news, players Jerome Simpson and Anthony Collins were questioned by authorities earlier this week after another person at Simpson's home signed for a delivery package that contained a 2.5-pound bag of high-grade marijuana from California.

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Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Simpson, Collins questioned about pot delivery

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As cited in a report by Californiawatch.org, Bengals offensive lineman Anthony Collins and receiver Jerome Simpson were detained and questioned at Simpson’s home Tuesday after another person at the house signed for a delivery package that contained a 2.5 pound bag of high-grade marijuana from California.

No arrests were made, according to the report, but authorities called it a controlled delivery to a house that was set up as a distribution network. Inside the northern Kentucky home, police allegedly found six more pounds of marijuana, empty parcels, scales and packaging material.

More from the story:

In recent years, drug agents have stepped up efforts to intercept California-grown pot being shipped out of state by drug-trafficking organizations seeking higher profits.

Michelle Gregory, spokeswoman for the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, said the operation was initiated by a special marijuana task force after agents discovered a suspicious package at a commercial sorting facility in Sacramento.

The agents then alerted law enforcement in Kentucky, who intercepted the package and monitored its delivery. Barb Schempf, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, confirmed that airport police participated in the controlled delivery but declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.


Said Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan: “There’s nothing of substance in the development of rumors that we’re aware of. There’s nothing to hang a hat on at this point.”

Federal prosecutors as well as Kentucky state and local law enforcement are continuing to investigate. 

According to the report, Simpson wrote on his Twitter account that his supposed arrest was "100% rumor." That account apparently has been deleted since.

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