Tag:Kevin Mawae
Posted on: June 18, 2010 7:18 pm

Quick Hits from Friday

The Bengals released cornerback Keiwan Ratliff today. Ratliff was once a solid all-around backup defensive back, but the past few years, he’s been a journeyman fringe player. Still, because he can also contribute in the return game, expect the ninth-year pro to get a look somewhere else.

Here’s the Adrian Peterson story in a nutshell: there is no story. There are whispers that Peterson’s recent absence could be contract-related. But no one in the Minnesota media can confirm this, and the general sentiment is that Peterson has been a standup guy throughout his young career and therefore deserves the benefit of the doubt.

After Dominik Hixon’s ACL injury, there have been some groans from the Giants about the FieldTurf at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The Jets are cool with the turf, but Giants safety Antrel Rolle wants it checked out.

Because of the 30 percent rule in the uncapped year, it’s possible Darrelle Revis could be out of his Jets contract by 2011. For more explanation, click here.

The Buccaneers are expecting television blackouts in 2010. They’ve lowered ticket prices but it’s unlikely to be enough in a Florida economy teetering around 13 percent unemployment. Glazer addressed the issue today.

Kevin Mawae, a former teammate of Albert Haynesworth’s from the Titans, said that Haynesworth’s behavior isn’t a surprise to anyone who played with the guy in Tennessee.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 8:45 am

Collusion in the NFL?

Yesterday we mentioned that whispers about collusion against restricted free agents could be rising to the surface. Pro Football Talk originally raised the issue after noticing that a number of different teams wrote letters to unsigned restricted free agents warning them about the June 15 deadline (RFAs who didn’t sign their tender by midnight last night ran the risk of having their offer reduced).

The letters teams sent out were suspiciously similar in tone and timing, leaving one to wonder if teams might all be operating under a set of unofficial guidelines. Speculation is that teams could also be under pressure not to aggressively pursue RFA’s, due to the ongoing labor negotiations.

The NFLPA is said to be seriously looking into this matter. Collusion would likely be hard to prove, but you have to figure some form of it is going on, and not just in regards to RFA’s. Look at Kevin Mawae, for example. Though still one of the best centers in the league, the veteran unrestricted free agent’s phone has not rang this offseason. Mawae has even said he’d be willing to accept a backup role. Still, no calls. Could it have something to do with Mawae being the president of the NFLPA?

--Andy Benoit

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