Tag:2011 NFL Free Agency
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:55 am
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2011 NFL Free Agency Experience, Day 5

Posted by Will Brinson

It feels kind of weird to say we're in the "final stretch" of free agency, but we are -- with teams allowed to actually sign players Friday at 6:00 p.m., there at least feels like there's some movement towards a time when we'll get to see our families again.

But for now, we're here with you all day again to provide all the news, rumors and breaking updates you need. Today's Friday though, so only the best comments will make the cut.

In the meantime, don't forget to check out our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker.



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Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Redskins sign DE Stephen Bowen

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After trading Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots, the Redskins had to wonder just how they were going to replace alllllll of that rock-solid Haynesworth production.

Well, as Rapid Reporter John Keim points out, Washington has signed former Cowboys DE Stephen Bowen to a five-year, $27.5 million deal with $12.5 million guaranteed.

BowenOriginally, Washington set its sights on DE Cullen Jenkins, but that deal fell through, allowing the Redskins to bring in Bowen, who Dallas apparently really wanted to keep.

Instead, he goes to Washington where he should have more of an impact (in his first five seasons in the league -- all with Dallas -- and he’s combined for 5.5 sacks 72 total tackles). Bowen initially had said he wanted to remain in Dallas, but the Redskins were so aggressive financially with Bowen that he couldn’t turn down their offer.

"They separated themselves with salary," Bowen said, via the Washington Post. "It was very hard to say no.

"When free agency hit at 10 am, (the Redskins) called at 10:01."

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Clint Session leaves Indy for Jaguars

SessionPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Whether the Colts have a chance to compete for another Super Bowl isn’t necessarily dictated by Indianapolis’ offense. With QB Peyton Manning and his ability to make any receiver look like an All-Pro, the ability for the team to score points is rarely in question.

For Indianapolis to compete, the Colts defense has to be tenacious and strong. Going forward, Indianapolis will be fine on the defensive line -- ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney are still pretty scary -- but oft-injured, yet very-talented safety Bob Sanders is gone to the Chargers.

And now, making the Colts defense just a little bit weaker, LB Clint Session has signed a five-year, $30 million ($11.5 million guaranteed) deal with the Jaguars, writes NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora (via the Indianapolis Star).

He’s coming off a season in which he played only five games due to injury, but when he’s on the field, he can be a force -- he combined for 197 tackles in 2008-09 and was playing awfully well before injuries cut short his 2010 season.

And lest you forget, Session is a tough, tough man.

After breaking his forearm and dislocating his elbow, Session left the game briefly and then returned in the second half (!) to play well. Ultimately, the injury ended his season, but that’s a pretty strong mindset for a guy who now will go to a division rival and try, at least twice a year, to stop the Colts offense from advancing to the postseason.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Vince Young officially released by Titans

Posted by Will Brinson

We all knew that it was coming, and we all knew that it was likely coming on "Bloody Thursday" (the NFL's waiver wire opened his afternoon), but now it's official: Vince Young is no longer a Titan, having been released by Tennessee.

"We reached out to Vince, Tony [Brown] and their agents today to inform them of their release," Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement released by the team. "As we have said since January, it was time for us to go in a different direction at quarterback and we have done that. As for Tony, his body just hasn’t allowed him to play like he has in the past despite his best efforts.

"Both of these players have been productive for us, and we appreciate their contributions to our team through the years."

The immediate speculation circulating for Young's next landing spot centers on the Eagles, who recently traded Kevin Kolb, as Philadelphia could certainly be in the market for a project-type quarterback with upside to backup Michael Vick. (Our own Clark Judge agrees, having floated the idea out there earlier on Twitter.)

After that, people will wonder if Young could end up with the Dolphins, who are clearly in the market for a quarterback, being heavily rumored as suitors for Denver's Kyle Orton.

In fact, Young might be the red herring that brings Orton's price down -- if Miami can convince Denver that they'll walk away from Orton and just go with Young, it's entirely possible the Broncos could drop the price on their would-be starter.

Regardless, it's clear that Young's potential future success has many folks divided. But that won't keep him from getting a shot somewhere.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

Posted by Will Brinson



Since the lockout ended, we've waited with baited breath to find out when Kevin Kolb would get traded from the Eagles (presumably to the Cardinals). It's a "done deal," a league source told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, who notes that Arizona will give up exactly what we noted earlier -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a high draft pick, believed to be a second-rounder.

Additionally, according to 97.5 The Fan's Adam Caplan who first reported the deal, the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Kolb that will pay him $63 million, including a whopping $20 million in guaranteed money.

Summer of Kolb

That is a LOT of cheddar for a guy who, as Freeman notes, hasn't proven anything. Of course, it's also less than the $30 million that Kolb's camp was reportedly demanding from the Cardinals in order to finalize the deal.

Then again, was there ever really a chance that he Cardinals wouldn't cave to Kolb's demands for a large extension? As we've written throughout the week, this was a game of chicken that was destined to end poorly for the Cardinals purely in terms of what they'd have to give up to land the quarterback.

There's obviously a shot that this deal does work for Arizona, if Kolb comes in and helps them reclaim the NFC West title. Or, if he's simply good enough to allow them to retain superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hasn't been happy with Arizona's quarterback situation since Kurt Warner retired.

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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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Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 11:39 am
 

CBS Football Podcast: George Atallah talks labor

Posted by Will Brinson

The lockout just recently ended, but the labor side of things in the NFL isn't totally over just yet, as there are some issues that have to be handled (though they will be).

To discuss what's left for the NFL and the NFLPA in the coming days of collective bargaining and whatnot, we talked with NFLPA spokesman George Atallah. While we had him on the phone, we also discussed whether or not the NFLPA will fight the league if it tries to implement the personal conduct policy for people who violated it during the lockout, what the future holds for labor discussions, if free agents raking in cash is a sign that the players won, what he thinks of the NFL lockout movie we mocked up (he's seen it!), and what advice he'd give to the NBA players.

All that and much, much more just by hitting the play button below. Oh, and don't forget to Subscribe to iTunes.


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Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:51 am
 

Report: Texans 'moved into the lead' for Nnamdi

Posted by Will Brinson

All the offseason talk this week about the No. 1 free agent in the land, Nnamdi Asomugha, has centered around him joining Rex Ryan and Darrelle Revis with the Jets. There's good reason for that, as it would put the two-best cornerbacks in the NFL on the same team.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, because there are still other teams in play. For instance, the Houston Texans who, according to the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, have "moved into the lead" for Nnamdi.

Lombardi reports that he's hearing the Texans have hopped everyone else by potentially offering $12-to-14 million per year for Asomugha's shutdown services.

As you know from last year's offseason, Revis Island is currently appraised at $11.5 million per year.

And that, my friends, is the rub of this situation -- how can the Jets legitimately give Asomugha more money than Revis? They can't, really. I mean, they can if it works under the salary cap, but they would immediately be telling the guy they prop up as the best cornerback in the NFL (Revis) that he is, in strict terms of financial measurement, not the best cornerback in the NFL.

It's totally possible that Revis would put that aside to generate one of the most dominant secondaries we've ever seen (and the defense would be epic as a whole too), but in case you missed all of 2010's offseason and every episode of "Hard Knocks" from last year, Revis isn't a guy who wants to feel underpaid.

Which is great news for the Texans (or anyone else chasing Asomugha) -- if they can figure out a way to get under the cap and pay Nnamdi more than Revis is currently making, they greatly improve their chances of landing the top free agent on everyone's board.

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