Feb 17, 2011
It may be all quiet on the CBA front, but that has not stopped teams from weighing their options and preparing for the future. Of course, if you are the Raiders, big contracts get handed out even with no certainty of a 2011 season.
Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t going anywhere … according to the Giants, who told the player he’s a “big priority” in their off-season plans. Bradshaw just had ankle surgery, which he said went “great” and interestingly enough it was fumbles, not injury issues, that were a problem for him in 2010. He set career highs in carries (276), rushing yards (1235), TDs (8), receptions (47), and receiving yards (314) despite losing his starting job down the stretch to Brandon Jacobs, who may not be back in 2011 because of his high salary.
Richard Seymour signs extension … with the Raiders for two years worth $30 million. Reportedly, the new deal guarantees $22.5 million with a $7.5 million bonus that kicks in this season. By signing Seymour now, the Raiders don’t have to use the franchise tag on him again, which means the reports of TE Zach Miller getting that distinction appear to make sense. Seymour came over the Raiders in 2009 in a deal with the Patriots in exchange for a 1st-round pick in this year’s draft. In 2010, Seymour, who’d played in various positions on the DL in the past, made the move inside and was used exclusively as a DT, registering 5.5 sacks in 13 games.
Frank Gore is completed healed … from a hip fracture that ended his season in late November and is expected to be fully cleared by February 28th. Because the injury didn’t require surgery, Gore has been working out with weights and doing different rehab activities in the pool. Even though HC Jim Harbaugh believes RB Anthony Dixon will player a bigger role in 2011, he said it wouldn’t come at the expense of Gore, who he called “one of the best backs in the league.”
o The Chiefs designated LB Tamba Hali as their franchise player. Hali led the AFC with 14.5 sacks and was a Pro Bowler in 2010. The team said they’d still like to work out a long-term deal with the five-year veteran.
o Passing game coordinator Mike Miller was promoted to offensive coordinator by the Cardinals to complete their staff. HC Ken Whisenhunt hasn’t decided if Miller will be the one calling plays full time.
o After denying the Titans a chance to talk to him about their then opening at offensive coordinator, the Bears extended the contract of OL coach Mike Tice through the 2010 season.