Tag:Dan Lefevour
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: March 31, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Bengals not interested in Mallett with No. 4 pick

Posted by Clark Judge

The Cincinnati Bengals are one of those teams that could use a quarterback, and one is coming to their neighborhood soon. That would be Arkansas' Ryan Mallett, who is scheduled to meet with members of the Bengals' staff Thursday evening and Friday.

Cincinnati has the fourth pick of the draft, and Mallett will not be that choice. But there's a chance the club could be interested if he's still there at the top of the second round, which he could be, which means the Bengals better do their homework on him -- provided, of course, they're interested.

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They could be. Mallett has an abundance of talent, and the Bengals have a need at the position. But there are concerns about the guy -- beginning with a "punk persona" that can alienate people -- that could push him down draft boards. Given the Bengals' history of assuming players who are character risks, I assume their board won't be affected by Mallett's behavior.

Which means it comes down to the talent, and he has it. Plus, as I mentioned, there could be -- no, should be -- an opening. The Bengals have a starting quarterback in Carson Palmer, but he notified the team he won't play for it again. That would leave Carson's brother, Jordan, or Dan LeFevour as the team's starter if Palmer stands by his promise and the club doesn't draft another quarterback.

But it will draft another quarterback. Too many people within the organization believe Palmer isn't bluffing. The club may not deal him, but it must start preparing for the day he's not there -- and that sure looks as if it's sooner, rather than later.

This post was cross-posted from Clark Judge's Punt, pass and Judge blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: January 11, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 6:30 pm
 

James Starks shoulda/coulda been a Bear

J. Starks could have ended in Chicago instead of Green Bay (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting story here from the National Football Post’s Greg Gabriel about Packers RB James Starks and how he was almost – and perhaps should have been – a Bears RB instead.

Gabriel, the former Bears director of college scouting, tells how Chicago let him slip away during the 2010 Draft. Or better yet, how the Bears screwed up the pick.

The Bears didn’t necessarily need a RB because of Matt Forte and Chester Taylor, but the three scouts who had seen Starks had given him high marks. Since Starks was still available in the sixth round – mostly because he had been injured and because he had played at MAC school Buffalo – the discussion about whether Chicago should draft him intensified.

But the Bears also had Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour rated highly as well. It was going to be tough for LeFevour to make the team, Gabriel reasoned, because the Bears were planning to carry only two QBs on the roster.

I’ll let Gabriel finish the story from here:

As we got closer to our pick, (Bears GM Jerry) Angelo made the decision for the Bears to draft Starks. When we drafted a player there was a protocol we followed. After the decision on who to draft was made, Cliff Stein (the Bears contract negotiator) would call the players agent and tell him we were planning on drafting his player. He would tell the agent that (he) wanted to get a 4-year contract with the player and wanted the contract done by a certain date. If the agent agreed then I would call the player and give him the news that the Bears were going to take him. This is exactly what happened with Starks. I was on the phone for a minute or so with Starks when Angelo walked in my office and told me he had changed his mind and was drafting LeFevour. I put Starks on hold and then said to Angelo that Stein had already talked to the agent and I had the player on the phone…we couldn’t do business like that. He said he was sorry but he decided he wanted LeFevour and the card had been turned in.

I then had to tell the player (a player that I had developed a good relationship with over the previous two years) that in fact we were not drafting him. Hearing a kid go from being extremely excited to silence was not easy. It was the most embarrassing moment I had experienced while scouting.

In my mind everything is about integrity and I felt our integrity had been damaged. We had told a player and his agent that we were going to draft him and then backed out of the deal. To make amends, we promised the agent that if Starks was still available in the 7th round we would draft him. Green Bay, though, took him about 10 picks later and the rest is history.


And the Packers, I’m sure, appreciate Angelo’s ultimate decision. As evidenced by his 127-yard performance vs. Philadelphia last Sunday and considering LeFevour didn’t make the Bears squads this season, the pick probably shouldn’t be considering a good one.

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 1:50 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 8:40 pm
 

Waiver wire transactions

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With all its glamour and glitz – and answered prayers and devastating heart breaks – Saturday was cut day. Today is waiver wire day. No glamour and glitz here. Just rediscovery, and possibly, redemption.

Check back here all day where we discuss the players who have been cut and who are rumored to be heading to new locations with new teams.

Dezmon Briscoe, WR, cut by Bengals, signed by Buccaneers
The Bengals coaches were excited about Briscoe when he fell into the sixth round of the 2010 Draft, but he was bothered by injuries in the offseason. Obviously, he was a wanted man. Tampa Bay negotiated to pay him close to the rookie minimum salary of $325,000 just to be on the practice squad this year. That's better than the normal $5,200 a week for a practice squad player.

Stefan Logan, WR, cut by Steelers, signed by Lions
Logan's biggest value isn't at receiver. Instead, he's a solid kick-off and punt returner - he recorded a 26.7 kick return and a 9.3 punt return average last year in Pittsburgh - and he should contribute immediately to the Lions special teams.

Hunter Cantwell, QB, cut by Panthers, signed by Ravens
Cantwell finished fourth out of four QBs in Carolina (Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike all won spots on the team instead of Cantwell), but he's headed to a Ravens squad who could use a third QB. Especially a younger guy, because one reason backup Marc Bulger is there is to teach.

Clifton Geathers, DL, cut by Browns, signed by Dolphins
Geathers is kind of an intriguing project. His hands are bigger than Terrence Cody's, and he's got a massive frame. But he was an underachiever in college at South Carolina, and he couldn't make a dent on Cleveland's depth chart. His brother, Robert, is a successful DE for the Bengals.

Adam Terry, OL, cut by Colts, signed by Chargers

He missed all of last season following microfracture surgery, but the best thing about Terry is his versatility on the line. Between 2006-08, he started at right tackle, left tackle and left guard for Baltimore.

Brandon McDonald, CB, cut by Browns, signed by Cardinals
Despite his classless Tweet about Terrell Owens earlier this preseason, he still has some skills. He's started 27 games in the past three seasons, and he's recorded eight interceptions. He could really help a secondary in Arizona that still has some question marks attached. 

Dan LeFevour, QB, cut by Bears, signed by Bengals
LeFevour had some low points with Chicago - five interceptions in a practice - but he's headed to Cincinnati as the third-string QB. In a bit of a surprising move, the Bengals terminated ties with second-string QB J.T. O'Sullivan, meaning Jordan Palmer now will back up his brother, Carson Palmer.

Bryan McCann, CB, cut by Cowboys, signed by Ravens
The standout SMU player, who was an undrafted free agent coming out of school this year, could contribute immediately to Baltimore's defense and special teams units. Apparently, Dallas hoped to sneak McCann onto its practice squad, but that obviously didn't happen.

Spencer Havner, TE, cut by Packers, signed by Lions
The fact Green Bay cut ties with him was a little surprising, because of Havner's versatility. As evidenced by his four touchdown catches in a four-game span last year, he can also be quite productive. And if need be, he can also play LB.

Zac Robinson, QB, cut by Patriots, signed by Seahawks
The seventh round pick is headed to the Northwest. He had a fantastic career at Oklahoma State, and he did well at the Combine. But he never gained the confidence of Bill Belichick, even when Brian Hoyer, Tom Brady’s backup, didn’t play well in the preseason finale.

Patrick Turner, WR, cut by Dolphins, signed by Jets
He couldn’t beat out two undrafted free agents in Miami, so the 2009 third-round pick is headed tp New York with his former teammate at USC, QB Mark Sanchez. Clayton, though, did not impress Miami’s coaches with his work ethic, and ultimately, he was a debacle in South Florida.

Junior Siavii, NT, cut by Cowboys, signed by Seahawks
Seventh-round supplemental pick Josh Brent beat out Siavii for a spot on Dallas’ roster, and now, Siavii will try to win a job in Seattle. Siavii had a bit of resurgence last season for Dallas, but he hasn’t lived up to his (2004) second-round draft status.


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Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:25 pm
 

The Bears' backup QB situation is getting awkward

Posted by Will Brinson

Currently the Chicago Bears have Jay Cutler (the starter), Caleb Hanie (the injured backup) and Dan LeFevour (the 12-year* college vet turned NFL rook) as quarterbacks on their roster.

With Hanie's injury and Lefevour throwing picks at a rate that makes Cutler look like Sammy Baugh, Mike Martz and Lovie Smith have been very interested in bringing in a solid veteran backup to ensure that if Cutler gets hurt their entire season isn't sunk.

So, Martz asked his (literally) old pal Trent Green if he'd be interested in joining the Bears' roster. He said no . Twice .

Next up? Damon Huard who has no interest in the job and would prefer to remain retired .

How about you, Todd Collins? Nope. He's not interested either .

So where will the Bears turn next? Jeff Garcia would be my guess if only because a) he's old b) he seems interested in playing and c) anyone else they might have on their radar is either deceased or retired.

*Probably not accurate but sure seems that way, no?

Posted on: August 16, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 8:41 pm
 

Chicago appears to have dodged big injuries

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of Bears injury notes, though fortunately for Chicago’s fans, neither appears to be serious.

Backup QB Caleb Hanie, who was hurt Saturday when Chargers LB Antwan Applewhite drove his shoulder into the ground during a sack, said his shoulder won’t require surgery.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune , Hanie – who’s still waiting for the results of a precautionary MRI but said he suffered an injury to the AC joint – doesn’t think he’s in danger of losing his No. 2 spot, behind Jay Cutler and ahead of rookie Dan LeFevour.

"I've never missed any games, so if I have to miss a game this is new territory," Hanie told reporters. "I'm not worried about losing my (No. 2) job. That's not even a worry for me. What I have is not a season-ending injury, not half-season, not even beginning of the season. I am definitely not worried about losing my position.”

Also, the Bears said today rookie safety Major Wright will have surgery on his broken left index finger . That means Wright might not open the season as a starting safety and it could mean the experienced Chris Harris could fill that role. But it’s not a major injury for the third-round pick, and for now, that’s what counts.

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