derrick mason, kelly gregg, Kevin Kolb, kyle orton, leonard davis, marion barber, mark herzlich, Mason Foster, nick barnett, nnamdi asomugha, pat devlin, rich seubert, roy williams, santonio holmes, shaun o'hara, tarvaris jackson, todd heap, tully banta-cain, willis mcgahee
Welcome back to football one and all. If you’re like me you’ve been checking the internet every hour or so to see if anything major has happened.
I know we haven’t posted in a while but feels like a good time to get back into the swing of things.
Big names to go have been Mark Herzlich and Pat Devlin. Early reports had Herzlich to the Ravens and Devlin to the Cardinals but both proved wrong. Tom Coughlin’s old BC connections helped reportedly pull him in. The Giants are thin at linebacker and a lot of teams could use special teams help. Herzlich might be able to start week 1 for this group.
Devlin started last year with talk of being the next Joe Flacco out of Delaware. He was injured and underwhelming his senior season and reportedly struggled at his pro day. Still he’s got a great arm and could be a good fit for Miami where he ended up. Henne is being pressed by Thigpen and reports are that the Dolphins are looking at Kolb and Orton, still if he can look sharp in training camp he could stick there.
Mason Foster is supposedly linked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a big pickup for a team letting Barrett Rudd go. He has middle of the draft talent and could get into the starting lineup at any of the various linebacker positions.
Not much to speak of here, which is of course something to speak of. Everyone expected Kolb to be shuffled off within the first hour (myself included), but he’s still in Philadelphia as they hold out for the best deal. They reportedly have a lot of suitors for his services – Arizona, Miami, Seattle, and maybe even San Francisco. The leaders at this point are Arizona and Seattle (who recently found out Hasselbeck won’t be returning to the great North West. Look for Philadelphia to play the two division rivals off against each other to secure the best deal.
Kyle Orton is also on the block with Tebow in the wings. The Dolphins are the biggest name looking at him but Arizona and Seattle lurk in the wings, using Orton as both a fallback option and a weapon to not get bullied into overpaying for Kevin Kolb.
Free Agent Rumors:
The first one I’ve seen this afternoon is T-Jack (Tarvaris Jackson) finally leaving Minnesota. The anchor of the Brad Childress regime, T-Jack lingered as long as his old coach, but never could play consistent enough to wow Viking fans. Still he has a live arm and is mobile – all the rage these days. Seattle is still going to be in play for another veteran signal caller. I would expect Orton would find more job security in Seattle than various other places if he can push the Broncos to move him there.
The Nnamdi front has been quiet…. too quiet.
Ditto for the Santonio Holmes front, although reports are that the Jets have already talked to him and are working on getting a verbal from him. No word on whether the Redskins have done the same.
A plethora of veterans found themselves being told Tuesday that they would be released on Thursday (the earliest possible date). While they won’t technically be free agents until then, teams are behaving in a respectable fashion by telling them and announcing the moves. It allows the players to not miss out on the big free agent negotiations because they were ‘surprise’ cuts.
Some big names have been released.
Leonard Davis, Marion Barber and Roy Williams from Dallas
Willis McGahee, Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Kelly Gregg from Baltimore
Nick Barnett from Green Bay
The Giants will reportedly release their NFLPA player rep Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert, and
Tully Banta-Cain from New England
That’s your day one update. We’ll be getting back into the swing of things and thank God football is back.