Archive for August, 2009

No-win situation, part II: Kyle Orton

I started this series on no-win situations with WR Roy Williams, who finds himself in the middle of the soap opera in Dallas. Now I’m adding Kyle Orton to the list. It’s easy to say, if they produce at an incredibly high level there won’t be a problem. Well, we have a problem, because in both situations Pro Bowl play is the bar.

Fantasy owners need to give DeAngelo some love

Why is DeAngelo Williams falling in fantasy drafts? This guy is a star in the making and worth a top-five pick in every standard scoring system.

Wyche: Milloy turns down offer from Lions

Veteran free agent safety Lawyer Milloy turned down an offer from the safety-needy Lions Monday after the parties could not agree on contract terms, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

IHOP debuts its NFL-themed menu

Folks from IHOP were at NFL headquarters Monday morning to debut their new NFL-themed menu items, part of a new partnership between the NFL and IHOP.

Will Todd Haley now call plays in KC?

If I am the rookie head coach of the Chiefs, I’m taking over the playcalling. It’s one of Todd Haley’s strengths.

Weekend roundup

Having had a chance to see a fair bit of the all-important preseason Week 3 games out there, here are a few things that caught my attention.

Pats’ Bruschi to announce retirement Monday

Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will announce his retirement Monday morning, a league source confirmed to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.

Patriots could still get something for O’Connell

Speaking to some people around the league about the Patriots surprising decision to cut Kevin O’Connell just a year after making a third-round pick, and they believe the team could end up dealing him before actually losing him on waivers.

Pats considering adding a veteran backup QB

The Patriots opting to cut young quarterback Kevin O’Connell on Sunday caught many by surprise, but New England is one of several teams looking at veteran options at the position.

Smith ends holdout, signs deal with Bengals

Andre Smith’s holdout is finally over, ending a month-long standoff for the sixth overall draft pick. The team announced Smith’s signing shortly before he was to take the field for his first practice with the Bengals.

Smith in Cincinnati as agent meets with Bengals

Bengals rookie offensive tackle Andre Smith is in Cincinnati, where his agent, Alvin Keels, is meeting with Bengals management to iron out a contract that could get the sixth overall draft pick on the field for Sunday’s practice, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Bengals, top pick Smith are close to a deal

The Cincinnati Bengals and their first-round draft pick, Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, have moved closer to finalizing a contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Source says Bucs could carry four QBs

With Byron Leftwich now named the starting QB, as expected, if the Bucs can’t find a deal for Luke McCown, look for them to open the season with four passers, according to a team source.

Bucs pick Leftwich to be starting QB

Byron Leftwich has been named Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, winning the job over Luke McCown, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris notified both players of his anticipated decision Saturday morning.

Preseason fantasy risers and fallers

Here’s a look at my preseason fantasy risers and fallers. If you’re not ranking Chad Ochocinco ahead of Brandon Marshall now, you’re missing something!

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