Odds and Ends

Great breakdown of Sheldon Brown‘s contract over at Football Outsiders. I’ve been clear about my position on Brown. He signed the extension, he has to live with it. Quit your cryin’. (By the way, same goes for Boldin, who also inked an early extension.)

The Outsiders’ author, ultimately agrees:

“The moral of the story is that no one put a gun to the heads of these players who have signed these early extensions; therefore, if you and your agent allow yourselves to be “bamboozled” by the early extension offering of a club (particularly one that defers your free agency until age 34), then you have no one to blame but yourself and you should honor your contract. Instead of signing a nine-year contract, go the route of Bart Scott, who played out his rookie contract, then signed a three-year extension that guaranteed him $6.5 million, but more importantly positioned him, due to the fact that it was only three years in duration, to receive another big payday this year at age 29 that pays him a guarantee of $13.5 million.”

Bart Scott, Albert Haynesworth and TJ Houshmandzadeh all took advantage of free agent riches because they elected to reject an extension. It’s called personal choice.

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Peter King is talkin’ Mike Vick (who isn’t?) in his latest column. Here’s my take on Vick. He will be reinstated and some stupid team will roll the dice on him. I could care less if he plays again. He served his time, blah, blah, blah. Vick couldn’t play quarterback before all his problems; he won’t be able to play when he returns. Good luck to whichever foolish franchise brings him aboard.

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More from King’s article. NFL Network chief Steve Bornstein is having a bad year. First, he lost the best NFL reporter in the business, Adam Schefter. Now, budding booth star Jon Gruden has flown the coop. Both were snatched up by ESPN. Sounds to me like Bornstein will have to open up his wallet a little wider if he wants to keep his best talent in house.

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GCobb.com’s take on Cornelius Ingram at rookie camp is a good read. Here’s a snippet:

“You can believe that Birds are going to give this kid plenty of chances to make plays.  If makes a few catches it will force teams to make adjustments which could free up other players.”

His take on Shady McCoy:

“On every down it was like “Where’s Waldo” because there was no idea where McCoy was lining up at.”

His take on JMac:

“Maclin gave the defender the impression that he was going inside then rolled back outside like he had been running the route for five or six years.  This kid never seems to panic or get anxious about what he’s doing.”

All rookie impressions should be tempered, but at least GCobb is providing daily updates for these camps. Lots of quality info over there, so check it out.

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