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Official NFL 2010-2011 Thread


Geoff Grace

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Today is the one year anniversary of the creation of the Official NFL 2009-2010 Thread. It's time to start a new one.

 

The NFL appears to be headed toward an uncapped 2010 season, with the possibility of a lockout in 2011. But there's more going on than labor negotiations.

 

Here are the top football offseason subjects, as compiled by ESPN's John Clayton. As usual, Brett Favre tops the list:

 

1. Brett Favre

2. The Eagles' quarterback situation

3. The Browns' quarterback situation

4. Julius Peppers' future

5. The Martz-Cutler dynamic

 

More here:

 

Five Main Offseason Storylines

 

Best,

 

Geoff

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I'd say another significant storyline will be the fate of LaDanian Tomlinson. In San Diego he's been grumbling about how unhappy he was with being under used this season. It sounds like he won't be back next year, so if he doesn't return to SD, where will he end up?

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I'd be shocked at this point if LaDainian Tomlinson wound up a Charger next season. Current reports have San Diego releasing him by March 5th.

 

I suppose he didn't make the top five stories because conventional wisdom doesn't view him as a big impact player anymore.

 

I don't know where he'll wind up, but I wish him well.

 

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Geoff

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What was that rigamarole with Joey Porter?

 

The Miami Dolphins appeased disgruntled linebacker Joey Porter by releasing him Friday. However, it was determined that the move would cost the Dolphins $4.8 million against the salary cap, sending them $600,000 over the limit. So, barring an unlikely trade, Porter will remain on the roster until the cap disappears March 5. (Think of it as a couple breaking up, only to realize that its easier to live together another few weeks until the lease on their apartment expires.)

 

Gah. That's gotta suck. At least it gets resolved with enough time for Porter to (possibly) find another team. I don't necessarily see his loud-mouth asshattery to be an advantage at this stage of his career, which is probably why the Fins are dumping him in the first place.

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Geoff, thanks for jump-starting the new NFL thread. Never too soon. :thu:

 

Free agency and a potentially uncapped year will be interesting especially considering the better teams are relatively "cheap". :cool:

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That article speaks to what I think will happen in an uncapped year. Very few players will steal a bag of money.

 

IMO, owners know spending a ton on a player(s) guarantees nothing in the post-season.

 

Instead, they will "save" cash. Especially when ticket prices, concessions, merchandising, parking, etc., will remain unchanged. ;):cool:

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I'd say another significant storyline will be the fate of LaDanian Tomlinson. In San Diego he's been grumbling about how unhappy he was with being under used this season. It sounds like he won't be back next year, so if he doesn't return to SD, where will he end up?

 

I don't see him going to NO because they appear to be satisfied with the Thomas/Bush/Bell lineup - no place for LT to fit there.

 

NE is the model franchise for finding a role for just about any player. They made the AFC Championship with Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell as their WRs for crying out loud. I could see LT going there.

 

Maybe Tennesee as a goal-line specialist and a backup who gives Chris Johnson breathers.

 

Because Dan Snyder is Dan Snyder, the Redskins are another possibility.

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I'd say another significant storyline will be the fate of LaDanian Tomlinson. In San Diego he's been grumbling about how unhappy he was with being under used this season. It sounds like he won't be back next year, so if he doesn't return to SD, where will he end up?

 

I don't see him going to NO because they appear to be satisfied with the Thomas/Bush/Bell lineup - no place for LT to fit there.

 

Because Dan Snyder is Dan Snyder, the Redskins are another possibility.

My thoughts are similar concerning NO. They are good on RBs.

 

I wouldn't be surprised if DS' plane landed in LT's front yard on March 5th. :rolleyes::laugh::cool:

PD

 

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I just read it. Honestly, it's amazing that running backs can have more than a 3-4 year career. That is a punishing gig, and nine years is a long time to do it with one team. So what does LDT do next?

 

Indeed, I too am amazed he lasted as long as he did in the NFL. I guess that coaching he got from Emmitt Smith on how to take hits to minimize damages helped a lot.

 

I doubt he will turn out like fellow ex-Charger Rodney Harrison, who some Charger fans still lament for being let go "before his time". He went on of course to get at least one ring with the Pats. I'm not saying that Tomlinson categorically won't ever get ring - just that he's not as likely to re-emerge as a star player - at best he's a role player on whatever team he goes to, unless he does what I consider the right thing and that is to retire.

 

Thanks, Geoff, btw. :)

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Chargers cut Jamal Williams!

 

http://www.chargers.com/news/press-releases/article-1/Chargers-prepared-for-2010-offseason/bc2bba90-6032-4a22-abf9-3df7398fe5c4

 

I guess this means the Chargers are serious about looking for a new nose tackle in the draft. They also cut Michael Bennett, leaving Darren Sproles as the sole true halfback on the roster. The Chargers put 1st and 3rd tenders on four players, including Sproles, so if any of those four sign with another team, the Chargers get those two draft picks for that player.

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Redskins blew up their roster today. All veterans, all gone:

 

Ladell Betts

Antwaan Randle El

Fred Smoot

Cornelius Griffin

Randy Thomas

Rock Cartwright

Todd Collins

 

And, as expected, Chris Samuels announced his retirement.

 

All told, they cleared something like $12M of cap room.

 

Let the free agency games (and the re-building) begin....

 

Noah

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By the way, I should add that I'm not sorry to see any of these players go, except perhaps Randy Thomas just because I think he can still contribute on the O-line when healthy. The rest are guys who have been in DC too long and have grown accustomed to losing. They're locker-room leaders on a team with institutionalized knowledge of how to suck repeatedly, year after year. If you plan to start re-creating a culture of winning in Washington, you've gotta get the losers out of town.

 

I view this as a good first step for Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan.

 

Noah

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Redskins blew up their roster today. All veterans, all gone:

 

Ladell Betts

Antwaan Randle El

Fred Smoot

Cornelius Griffin

Randy Thomas

Rock Cartwright

Todd Collins

 

And, as expected, Chris Samuels announced his retirement.

 

All told, they cleared something like $12M of cap room.

 

Let the free agency games (and the re-building) begin....

 

Noah

 

Maybe the Chargers can trade Cromartie to the Skins. Cro could replace Smoot. I don't know what player the Chargers would want in return - probably just a 5th round draft pick or something.

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Maybe the Chargers can trade Cromartie to the Skins. Cro could replace Smoot. I don't know what player the Chargers would want in return - probably just a 5th round draft pick or something.

 

Doh! Spoke too soon.

 

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/mar/04/sizzle-fizzle-cromartie-chargers/

 

"Cromartie to the New York Jets Thursday night for a third-round pick in 2011.

 

The pick could become a second-rounder if Cromartie signs a long-term deal with the Jets, reaches a certain playing-time threshold or the Jets win the AFC East.

 

Cromartie played well much of 2009. But he had just five interceptions over the past two seasons, even as he struggled with paternity and financial issues away from the game. Moreover, teammates and coaches tired of his attitude and antics. He was accosted at least twice by linebacker Shawne Merriman in the past year over a lack of effort, and several teammates have quietly wished him good riddance.

 

The irony of Cromarties destination is that it was a few plays against the New York Jets in the Chargers Jan. 17 playoff loss that summed up Cromarties lack of physicality and brought widespread wrath from fans.

 

In reality, that game including his non-attempt to tackle Shonn Greene on a Jets touchdown"

 

 

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First, I'm glad the Skins have started spring cleaning early. Getting rid of dead weight makes sense.

 

This talk about going after Peppers and Dansby sounds like business as usual. I hope they commit to rebuilding that o-line.

 

Otherwise, between free agency and the draft, keeping up with every team roster will be similar to playing speed chess. :laugh::cool:

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Wow, look at da Bears throwing money around. They just nailed Peppers after signing Brandon Manumaleuna and Chester Taylor earlier today.

 

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/

 

I wish Brandon the best up there. Good thing he didn't participate in the Chargers-Broncos extra curricular skirmishes when Cutler was a Bronco.

 

Hopefully Kris Wilson will do a good job as the blocking specialist TE in his place, in SD.

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Wow, look at da Bears throwing money around. They just nailed Peppers after signing Brandon Manumaleuna and Chester Taylor earlier today.

 

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/

It may finally be fair to call the NFC North the "Black and Blue Division" again.

 

The Packers defense brutalized Jay Cutler, and the Vikings defense creamed Aaron Rodgers last year. Add this upgraded Bears defense to the mix, and 2010 is going to be a tough year for NFC Central quarterbacks.

 

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Geoff

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