The free agency period has begun, and things are heating up more than ever when it comes to trades, so let’s keep up with it all with my initial reactions to all these moves. All moves added will be the newest, with older additions to this post going down the page.
Chiefs get Cassel for only the 34th overall pick? – The latest word is that the Chiefs are basically getting only the 34th pick this year (along with LB Mike Vrabel) for Cassel. Wow, that is a major bargin and to me it speaks to how the Pats might have panicked a little with the prospect of paying Cassel $14 million this year. It’s also yet another indicaiton that Tom Brady’s progress is going well – very well.
Matt Cassel Traded to the Chiefs – According to NFL Network, the Chiefs have agreed on the compensation to acquire the Franchised Matt Cassel from the Patriots.
QB Matt Cassel looks like a terrific addition for the Chiefs
Fantasy Analysis: This is a huge move, and will likely go down as the story of the off-season on so many fronts. For one, the Patriots clearly feel good about QB Tom Brady’s ability [...]
The 2009 free agent WR class just got larger, so here’s a quick overview of the veteran who have suddenly hit the market, with some teams I think could use them.
Marvin Harrison – The logical landing spot for Harrison would be Philadelphia. It’s his hometown, and he would be reunited with his former college QB Donovan McNabb. Harrison would be a decent fit, but the Eagles would preferably add a receiver with a little more size. Otherwise, he’s an all-time great, so he’d be a great #3 or even #2 for pretty much any team.
Laveranues Coles – Of course, the first team you have to think of is the Dolphins, where his boy Chad Pennington is. They could use him, too, and he’s a good fit for what they do. He’s also from Florida. He could help the Bills, although he doesn’t have the size they need. I could see him in Chicago.
Drew Bennett – The first team I thought of when Bennett was released was the Redskins, who haven’t had a sizable wideout for their red zone offense in years. He’s never been in a west coast system, but Washington could use him. He could also help the Falcons [...]
You may remember last August I had a post entitled “Please Draft Josh Morgan.” The post was one of the more active ones of the summer, likely based on the title. As August unfolded, however, I become more enamored with Eddie Royal, especially when Morgan had a health issue that definitely prevented him from opening the season as a starter. That issue took him several weeks to recover from, and it derailed his 2008 season, one that, admittedly, probably wasn’t going to be anything special given the poor situation in SF, where the head coach was fired, the OC Mike Martz was rendered irrelevant, and where the QB was benched in favor of more of a game manager in Shaun Hill.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a better example of a young wideout with an excellent chance to collect a ton of playing in 2009 than 49er Josh Morgan
I liked Morgan because he really impressed in camp – and our Adam Caplan saw that first-hand in August – was seriously challenging for a starting job, was on a team without a go-to receiver, and he was playing for Mike Martz. Some people seemed to think, due to [...]
First up, on a personal note, today is the 29th anniversary of me severely breaking my leg while riding my bike like a lunatic and crashing into a car. It was 2/24/80, the day we beat Finland to win the Gold medal for Hockey in the ’80 Olympics. In fact, the guy setting my leg was watching the end of the game while he did it and messed it up. The injury was so severe that I wasn’t right for a full year. The year before I went 4-for-4 in the final little league game of the season and couldn’t wait for the next year. Well I missed that season. The next year, I was 1 day too old to play LL, so I had to move up to Babe Ruth. I had to play against 15 year old’s throwing 75+ MPH, with my last season being played as a 10-year old, and it was a struggle. By the time I was ready to kick ass, I was again 1 day too old to play. So this accident that happened 29 years ago today, as well as a horrific 7/31 birthday, destroyed my baseball career. I wasn’t great, but [...]
In years past, we would produce these massive keeper overviews, yet I don’t think people even noticed them or if our work (probably 200 hours worth of it) was truly worth it, especially since our regular player previews for the upcoming season, to be released this year in late May, contained much of the same information and analysis. By the time things got busy in June, July, and August, we’re unable to update these massive overviews, anyway, so I’m trying to streamline things a little.
This year, I’m going to try to approach the off-season keeper coverage in this blog, and I’m going to approach it differently. For one, I’m going to approach each position similar to how I approach the Draft Plan, going over the various tiers of players and cover how I view them for the long-term. In addition, I’ll chime in here at least once a week with a keeper thought or two, typically covering a player who is in the news currently. So instead of us spending time writing about Drew Brees and how he’s a desirable keeper, which is beyond the obvious, we’ll have more time to discuss the merits of, say, Kellen [...]