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Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:31 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Steve Breaston headed to Chiefs on five-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Wednesday was another day of bananas free agent rumors, signings and general insanity (reminder: follow everything in our updating Free Agency Experience and with our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker!), but there was a really fun little run on wide receivers late in the evening when Seattle went out and got themselves a downfield threat in Sidney Rice and Kansas City stepped out and grabbed a very good No. 2 in now-ex-Cardinal Steve Breaston.

Breaston, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, is reuniting with old offensive coordinator Todd Haley with the Chiefs, and doing so with a five-year deal that guarantees him $9.5 million.

The last time Breaston and Haley were working together, 2008, the wideout piled up 1,006 yards and caught three touchdowns. (Since then, he's totaled 1,430 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons.)

Breaston's addition to the Chiefs roster gives them a non-rookie option (Jonathan Baldwin is there as well) to line up across from Dwayne Bowe, and should help equate to pretty strong offensive firepower from the defending AFC West champions.

Just for comparison's sake, Breaston's pretty good value too, when you consider that Rice netted $18.5 million guaranteed from Seattle, and the Jets coughed up $24 million guaranteed over five years for Santonio Holmes.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Sidney Rice gets 5 years, $41M from Seahawks

Posted by Will Brinson

With the exception of Rex Ryan's crew making a big-time, big-money play for Santonio Holmes, the high-profile wideout market's been a little quiet. Not anymore -- according to a report, Sidney Rice has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks and will be goin' out west on a five-year deal.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, who initially reported the news, did not provide immediate information on the financials of the deal.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporte that Rice will receive $41 million over the course of the deal with $18.5 million guaranteed.

Free Agent Frenzy

One very interesting point: Rice is probably going to have to pass a physical before that deal is consummated. That's no surprise for any free agent, but most of the players we're discussing aren't coming off a year where they struggled with a hip injury.

Another interesting point: as we mentioned when discussing the recent signing of Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks were very much in the market for Rice thanks to the presence of Jackson and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, formerly of the Vikings.

The reunion might not necessarily guarantee on-field offensive success for the Seahawks, but Seattle's ability to put up points looks improved over 2010. And if they can land a franchise quarterback in 2012, they might actually have a nice little thing going on up there.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Could Ochocinco end up with the Patriots?

Posted by Ryan Wilson

In recent years, Bill Belichick's approach to the NFL Draft seems to involve more trading than selecting -- either down or out of the current draft altogether -- but always with the goal of accumulating future considerations. It's not a particularly exciting personnel strategy, although it's difficult to argue with the results. The Patriots have won at least 10 games a year since 2003, three times going 14-2, including last season.

While New England may be relatively quiet on draft weekends, they're generally pretty active in free agency. That hasn't been the case this offseason because of the lockout, but that could change if the owners and players agree on a new collective bargaining agreement in the next 10 days or so.

In anticipation of that eventuality, the Boston Herald takes a look at the Patriots' needs and the soon-to-be free agents who could fill them. First up: wide receivers.

New England's current depth chart includes established veterans with injury histories (Deion Branch, Wes Welker) and unproven, high-upside young guys (Julian Edelman, Taylor Price, Matthew Slater, Brandon Tate). It's not quite the uninspiring group of wideouts that were on the team in 2006 (Reche Caldwell led the Patriots with 760 yards receiving that year), but it's not 2007, either (Tom Brady threw 50 touchdowns, 23 to Randy Moss).

Which is why the Herald lists Sidney Rice and Chad Ochocinco as possible free-agent targets. Rice, who had hip surgery last August, played in just six games with the Vikings in 2010. But in 2009, he was one of the league's most explosive players. He's also just 24.

Ochocinco's (mostly off-field) exploits are well documented. He's 33 and not technically a free agent. The Herald explains:
There’s still the popular debate on whether the Patriots need a speed receiver or not. That began when Randy Moss was traded last season and continued in the loss to the Jets. Well, this would certainly provide a solution. Rice has got the speed to stretch the field, and the skills to do a lot more. With the possible exception of Vincent Jackson, he’s the best guy out there. Brady isn’t getting any younger. Why not shoot for the moon? As for Ochocinco, he’s not actually a free agent. But if he’s treating himself like one, why shouldn’t we?
Conventional wisdom says that Ochocinco's best days are behind him, and a team in need of wideouts would be wise to look elsewhere. But this is New England, the place where over-the-hill malcontents go to revive their careers.

Take Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. Dillon rushed for 541 yards in 2003, his last season in Cincinnati. In 2004, he gained 1,635 yards for the Patriots, and he won a Super Bowl. In 2006, Moss had 42 receptions for 533 yards and three touchdowns with Oakland. The next season he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns in New England. It's not unreasonable to think that Belichick and Brady couldn't keep Ochocinco focused, something Marvin Lewis never managed to do in Cincy.

As for Moss, whose name occasionally comes up as a possible option for the Patriots, his time in New England appears to have passed.

"It’s really hard to imagine [Moss returning to Foxboro], the Herald explains. "It’s one of those 'been there, done that, no sense doing it again' kind of stories. That’s not to say the Pats won’t be looking for a speed guy or another veteran receiver. Rice would help, if they could afford him. Ochocinco has one more year on his contract, but he’s made no secret he wants out of Cincinnati. It appears the Bengals want a divorce, too. With Bill Belichick’s affection for him, Ochocinco may, in fact, find a way to end up in Foxboro. If he behaves and still has some left in the tank, he could be the answer."

Even if the Patriots don't pursue a wide receiver during free agency, the 2011 group of pass catchers will still be plenty dangerous. Not so much because of the wide receivers, but because of the tight ends. As rookies last season, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were third and fourth on the team in receptions (45 and 42), and they accounted for 33 percent of the team's passing yards. If nothing else, Belichick learned from the 2006 season; if you don't have wideouts, find some tight ends. Tom Brady doesn't much care who he's throwing the ball to just as long as they're open.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: May 17, 2011 10:04 am
 

Locker, Ponder trying to workout with teammates

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Locker and Christian Ponder might be rookies. And they also might have been reaches in the 2011 NFL Draft.

But at least they appear to be leaders! Both Ponder and Locker are apparently working to organize members of their teams into voluntary offseason workouts. Well, okay, just Ponder -- Locker's actually willing to workout with his teammates, though, so that's something right?

"I have talked to a few of my new teammates and they said it would be great if I could make it (to Nashville), and I am definitely going to make that happen," Locker said, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "It would be nice to get to know them and spend time with them, get comfortable and familiar with them and start that whole bonding process, I guess."

Talk about a guy who just knows he's not starting in his first season. I mean, maybe he'll make it to Nashville. You know, if people are there. Whatever.

Ponder seems like he's being a little more proactive, planning a workout with Percy Harvin and then receiving a DM on Twitter from Sidney Rice about joining the pair.

"I hope it happens," Ponder said. "That's something I'm looking forward to. It'd be great to spend time with those guys on the field."

As noted by the Pioneer-Press, it actually behooves Rice and Harvin to get up with Ponder as soon as possible -- he's the only guy, as far as he knows, that has new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's playbook.

Oh yes, and it's kind of presumed that Ponder's going to get a chance to be "the guy" from Day One for the Vikings, which seems like an absolute impossibility if he's not on the same page and/or book with his own wide receivers.

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:45 am
 

Hot Routes 4.4.11: Rams interested in Rice?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In this Pro Football Weekly report, sources tell the publication that the Rams could have some interest in Vikings WR Sidney Rice. Considering how lackluster the current crop of St. Louis receivers are, the move would make sense. But the Rams organization apparently also is leery of Rice’s hip injury that cost him much of last season.
  • The Boston Herald wonders how Tom Brady’s image will be affected by the upcoming Brady v NFL case. Apparently, he can expect a hit to his short-term marketability.
  • The creator of the Madden NFL video game is suing EA Sports for many, many millions of dollars. It could even reach into the b illions. And get this: Robin Antonick’s original game was released in 1988, and it was for Commodore 64, MS Dos and Apple II.
  • Further cementing the idea that Da’Quan Bowers could fall out of the top-10 is Peter King of Sports Illustrated reporting that only one head coach (Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt) and two GMs (Atlanta’s Thomas Dimitroff and Buffalo’s Buddy Nix) were in attendance at his Pro Day last week.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Sims-Walker: 'My time is up' in Jacksonville

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Sims-Walker exploded onto the scene for the Jaguars in 2009, catching 63 balls for 869 yards and seven touchdowns. He regressed in 2010 -- 43 catches, 562 yards, though he did snare seven touchdowns again) -- and it appears the team won't be bringing him back for 2011.

That's according to the proverbial horse's mouth, as Sims-Walker tweeted Thursday night that his "time is up" with the Jaguars.

"its official, I personally wanna thank all the fans who stuck with me in jacksonville for the last 4 years but sorry to say my time is up!!" Sims-Walker tweeted.

Sims-Walker joins a reasonably stout group of free agent wideouts, including the likes of Sidney Rice (not signing with Minnesota), Santonio Holmes (not retained by the Jets) and Santana Moss (not returning to Washington).

He'll still fetch a decent deal whenever free agency opens, because he's young and has been productive before, but getting dumped by a wideout-needy team like Jacksonville won't do a ton to boost his stock.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:55 am
 

Chad Greenway signs Vikings franchise tender

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Greenway signed his free agent tender with the Vikings on Tuesday, the team announced.

That means Greenway, the team's leading tackler in 2010, will make a one-year salary in 2011 of more than $10 million. That's based on the average of the top five salaries at the linebacker position.

Greenway was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2011, and the Vikings are believed to be interested in working out a long-term deal the former Iowa star.

That won't be happening until the NFL and union reach a new labor agreement, however.

Tagging Greenway meant the Vikings couldn't use the franchise tag on wide receiver Sidney Rice -- there's still a good chance that they'll tender him with an RFA tag by the deadline of 3 PM EST on Thursday.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:58 am
 

Hot Routes 2.28.11: The Wonder(lic) years



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • How about some more NFL combine news? According to two sources for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Alabama QB Greg McElroy scored a 48 on the Wonderlic test. That’s out of 50, which, if my math is correct, means he scored a 96 out of 100.
  • The Jaguars feel like Luke McCown is one of the best backup QBs in the league, which is why, according to the Florida Times Union , Jacksonville is close to re-signing him to a one-year deal.
  • Last season, the Bears offered S Danieal Manning a contract extension worth $6 million over three years ($2 million of it was guaranteed), but he rejected it. Sounds like he thinks he can get more on the open market if he’s ruled an unrestricted free agent.

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