Tag:2011 NFL Free Agency
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:51 pm

Chad Ochocinco to Patriots

That is not a misprint. It's true. Chad Ochocinco, according to a team source, is likely headed to New England.

I'm told it's not yet official but darn close. The source said there will still some loose ends to tie up. The source also would not say what the compensation was.

But it looks like the deal is going to happen.

This has been one of the more amazing 24 hours in recent Patriots history--and this is a team that has won Super Bowls.

Bill Belichick is a huge fan of Ochocinco and the feeling is mutual.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 2:58 pm

League official: Kevin Kolb to 'Zona "done deal"

Kevin Kolb is one his way to Arizona for a high round draft pick and Dominique Rogers-Cromatie, a league official told me.

The deal is expected to be announced by the team tomorrow, I'm told.

Though the infatuation with Kolb is stunning -- he hasn't proven anything in the NFL -- the risk may be minimal. A second round pick is high but if the Cardinals are right about Kolb it's not much to pay for a franchise thrower.

The issue is if the Cardinals are correct.

More on this story later.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:15 pm

Nightmare in Washington

Do you remember the old Washington Redskins? When they were competent. When teams around the league admired them. When they were respected. When fans cherished them. When they made the right moves almost all the time. When ownership wasn't a tiny man and insecure jerk. Do you remember them?

The Redskins today traded Albert Haynesworth, appropriately nicknamed Fat Albert. He was signed for $100 million by Dan Snyder and essentially earned half of that salary by barely playing. There is a compelling argument to be made that Haynesworth is the biggest free agent bust in league history.

Do the Redskins deserve credit for finally dumping Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb and others? Is this a signal that the team finally realizes how far its drifted from its great past? My guess: hell no.

These were moves that had to be made. The Redskins have been foolish under Snyder but no team is that foolish. If Washington hadn't parted ways it would have been a total disaster.

The Redskins are still the Redskins because Snyder is running the team. Until that changes the team will likely suffer more humiliating moments. There's been nothing to indicate that Dan Millen, er, Snyder, has changed his ways, nothing to demonstrate the Redskins are changing course to a better day.

Nothing to show the glorious days of the past when it meant something to be a Redskins fan are coming back.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:36 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 7:56 am

Albert Haynesworth will now be an All-Pro

The Washington Redskins have traded Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots. In Washington, Haynesworth was a bum. A malcontent, a horrible teammate and a stone, cold jackass. In New England, he'll turn into the best defensive lineman in football.

The move, first reported by ESPN and confirmed by me, is typical Bill Belichick. And it will work. Because this is what Belichick does. He takes reclamation projects, jerks and castoffs, like Randy Moss, shines them up, and turns them into Pro Bowlers.

There is no question -- no question at all -- that Haynesworth will be a great player once again the way he was in Tennessee. And all the Patriots will have given up is a fifth round pick.

Remember this: when Haynesworth was in Tennessee he was considered the best interior lineman in the sport at the time.

In some ways this trade is sad. Haynesworth is being rewarded for his disgraceful behavior in Washington. He's now going to the best organization in football after a shameful tenure with the Redskins. But hell. That's football.

I've called Belichick the best coach in the history of football and been mocked for it but it's true. He can coach anyone, anywhere, any time. He'll do it again with Haynesworth.

Fat Albert will soon be gone. Dominant Haynesworth is just around the corner.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:43 am

Plax, Giants using each other

It's impossible to believe that Plaxico Burress and the Giants are serious about each other. Impossible. No way. Not buying it at all.

Here's what I think is happening. They are using each other. Burress looks like a rehabilitated man, talking with his old team, the classy New York Giants. The Giants look like they are open minded meeting with Burress and they ease the anger of some of their fans who want the Giants to at least talk to Burress.

This is a PR dance with PR benefits for both.

Could I be wrong? Sure. Teams have swallowed their pride before in signing far worse human beings than Burress. Plax may have been an irresponsible player fined over four dozen times by the Giants for various petty offenses and he may have shot himself but he's no toad.

Still, it's just extremely difficult to believe coach Tom Coughlin would take Burress back. Old dogs like Coughlin have long memories and can only change so much. He still remembers all those times Burress was late for meetings or blew him off.

The two sides will keep talking and Burress will indeed land with a New York team, just the other one.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:00 am

Titans, Hasselbeck playoff bound

Matt Hasselbeck has been treated during free agency like he's Joe Montana. He's not but he's good enough and in Tennessee he'll be good enough to lead the Titans to the playoffs.

I've confirmed Hasselbeck has agreed to terms with the Titans. Deal isn't signed but it's done. I love this move. Combine Hasselbeck with that pulverizing ground game and the Titans can be scary.

You now have a quarterback on Tennessee defenses must account for. Hasselbeck isn't dazzling but he's accurate enough and with defenses so concerned about stopping Chris Johnson it will open things up for Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck has joined Tennessee. The playoffs are next

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:41 pm

The end of McNabb in Washington near?

A league source has confirmed to me that Donovan McNabb is inching closer to leaving Washington and joining Minnesota. Closer, closer, closer but not done. Not yet.

The Vikings and Redskins have agreed on a deal that sends McNabb to Minnesota for a late-round pick, the source said. The source also said that reports McNabb is holding up the deal are untrue. My guess would be that Washington is trying to bleed the Vikings dry for everything they can so as to help justify the trade. McNabb is willing to drastically reduce his salary, I'm told.

There's one other thing that's interesting. It's possible, I'm told, that McNabb would have a very short leash in Minnesota. The organization wants to give Chrisitian Ponder every opportunity to play, I'm told, and should McNabb stumble like he did in Washington the Vikings might not hesitate to pull McNabb.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:50 pm

Workout bonuses will lead to more axed vets

Expect to see more big veteran names released over the next 48 hours. The reason--workout bonuses.

The new collective bargaining agreement stipulates that teams have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to pay the bonuses which can be hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases. In order to get under the salary cap teams see older players with these big bonuses as large targets. It's believed that was the case with many of the Baltimore players who were informed they were being released.

One exception to the workout bonus ax will likely be the Jets' D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Since Ferguson is a younger player with solid ability the Jets see him as worth the large bonus, the biggest of its kind in league history. As of late Wednesday night the Jets hadn't informed Ferguson he was being released. He's probably safe.

But other older veterans won't be.

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