Free Agency

Posted by Michael Gartman on http://gridirongrit.com Albert Haynesworth, former Tennessee Titan, current Washington Redskins nose tackle, and future Free Agent, is accused of sexual assault by a waitress from the Washington D.C. area, according to numerous reports. Sources communicated to the local NBC affiliate that the incident occured at the W Hotel in D.C. and police are investigating the [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
You think this is an easy question, and maybe you're right. But it's not as clear-cut as it may seem. Cliff Avril, over three seasons, has been perhaps Matt Millen's most successful draft pick, if you consider his production against his draft status. Avril, a third-round draft selection out of Purdue in 2008, had a pretty decent year in 2008, a slightly better year in 2009 (though it seemed he'd regressed in an expanded role, his stats actually increased in less games played), and a breakout year in 2010. Over the last three years as a Detroit Lion, Avril has notched 97 tackles, 19 sacks, and eight forced fumbles. Avril has made a name for himself as a young master of the sack-fumble. And now his rookie contract has come down to the team option year. Pending a new collective [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Save your angry comments. Not only am I not advocating a NFL lockout in 2011, I personally think it would be one of the worst possible things to happen both to American football, and to the Detroit Lions, who might make their first legitimate playoff push if the 2011 season happens. That being said, there may be a silver lining here. The Detroit Lions are among a number of teams that likely will not be major players in the free agency market this year. They'll take a couple of guys from the middle-tier, but this is a team being built through the draft. They won't be throwing out a superstar's paycheck to get the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Champ Bailey, or Chad Greenway. Those top-tier guys are not on Detroit's menu, but somebody somewhere is going to sign [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
The Houston Texans signed veteran running back Derrick Ward after visiting with the recently released RB on Friday, according to reports from NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. After five seasons with the New York Giants, Derrick Ward signed a four-year, $17 million deal as an unrestricted free agent with the Buccaneers in 2009. Ward was a big-time playmaker as a 1,000-yard rusher two years ago with the Giants, but he struggled to make the transition in a new offense in Tampa Bay. In a limited role as a backup for the revitalized Cadillac Williams, who was coming off a major knee surgery, Ward rushed for 409 yards and one touchdown, averaging a fairly solid 3.6 yards per carry last [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Training camp is just a few weeks away from going in full swing, and we're embarking on the “dead time” between the draft and longing absense of the regular season. It's now this juncture to check in with team-by-team depth charts in the AFC South division. It's no secret that the Titans aren’t likely to re-sign the sensational aging veteran outside linebacker Keith Bulluck, as he’s still on the free market.  With this in mind, it’s time to assess Tennessee’s defensive depth chart as it currently stands to begin the 2010 season.   DT: Tony Brown, Haye-Jones-Marks Rotation Tony Brown was a very late bloomer, but he has become a full-blooded force in the middle of the Titans’ [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
The countdown to 53 begins. An all-state athlete in high school, respected by your peers at the college level, and struggling to earn a single snap in an NFL game. Such is the timeline of an NFL undrafted free agent. As tumultuous of an emotional journey as they face, undrafted free agents play a monumental role in the NFL. Last year, over 50 percent of Kansas City’s roster was comprised of undrafted free agents. As important as undrafted free agents are, it’s difficult for fans to develop an emotional attachment to players that may soon be kicked to the curb. When organized team activities (OTAs) start on May 17th, NFL teams are allowed 80 players under contract.  Of that 80, 27 will not make the team’s 53 man roster. For those who wish to be critical of [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
As Green Bay Packers fans might imagine, the month of March is “quiet time” at 1265 Lombardi Ave. Office personnel are busy playing solitaire on their computers, and the water cooler continually plays host to bored employees looking to eat up some minutes. The St. Patty’s Day office party, with Mike McCarthy dressed as a leprechaun, is always the highlight of the month. Every day, Ted Thompson is seen entering the building in the morning and leaving at night, but little else is known of what he’s doing in his office. Watching re-runs of Gomer Pyle? Playing waste-basket-ball? Who knows? The marketing [...] Continue reading → |
This is the third in my series of articles examining potential draft strategies for the Green Bay Packers. I’ve previously identified the Packers five primary needs positions to be OT, CB, OLB, RB and S. In Article 1, I proposed the Packers resign their own free agents, sign one free agent from another team to address one need and trade down to obtain four picks in rounds two and three to use on the other four needs. In Article 2, I looked [...] Continue reading → | ,
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Yes, the first few days of free agency was a mixed bag for Green Bay Packers fans. While Packer nation breathed a collective sigh of relief that Chad Clifton would be back to protect Aaron Rodgers' blind side, there is also a sadness that permeates the Packer faithful. Aaron Kampman, a favorite son, has left behind the bitter winds of Green Bay for the balmy breezes of Jacksonville, Florida. Re-signing Clifton was as close to a “must-do” as Ted Thompson has ever faced as Packers GM. With the Packers now a playoff-caliber team, leaving the left [...] Continue reading →
Watched the film and read the reports. Here's a look at the state of the Green Bay Packers. Offense Once veteran tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher got healthy, the offensive line settled down and this talented offense flourished. Before that, the Packers were at the mercy of right tackle Allen Barbre, who stopped defensive ends the way colanders water. Guards Daryn Colledge and Josh Sitton got better in the second half of the season, but both showed a [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
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