The Scouts' Buzz: Writing was on wall for Henry's future in Denver
If he followed the offseason moves made by the Broncos,
First, Denver forced Henry to take a significant pay cut after the season and eliminated a $6 million option bonus that was part of the veteran's original five-year, $22.5 million contract signed only a season ago. Then, the team drafted a promising running back (
"The decision to release him is not surprising considering the limited production he provided the team last season," said an AFC scout. "This league is all about performance, and they got better production from other guys on their roster. ... If he had played better for them, they would be willing to overlook his questionable character and work habits."
Although Henry briefly led the league in rushing during the first month of the 2007 season, he didn't appear to significantly upgrade the Broncos' running game and his tumultuous first season included several questionable off-field incidents. While coach
"He is not an elite corner, and hasn't been viewed as one for several years," said a NFC scout. "When we played them, a large part of our game plan was designed to attack him specifically."
An AFC scout added, "He's clearly lost a step and is no longer capable of holding up in man coverage against top receivers. ...They do a great job of hiding him in cover-2 and incorporating him into their blitz package as a nickel rusher, but he doesn't strike any fear in offenses."
In fact, that opinion may be shared by the Redskins, who asked Springs to accept a pay cut prior to last season. Though he declined, the move was likely viewed as an insult and could be partially to blame for Springs' decision to stay away from Redskins Park this offseason.
Owens, who has an NFL-high 28 touchdown receptions during his two-year tenure with the Cowboys, continues to be one of the top playmakers in the league. He's one reason the Cowboys have ranked near the top of every offensive category the past two seasons. With defenses primarily focused on slowing down Owens with some form of double coverage, the Cowboys' other weapons (
Though his detractors often cite his age (34) and penchant for drops (an NFL-high 24 in past two seasons) as reasons for not making a deal, Owens' superb physical conditioning and dynamic playmaking ability make this a good deal for the Cowboys.
Glenn, who is due to earn nearly $2 million this season, missed the majority of 2007 because of two knee surgeries. He hadn't practiced with the team during the offseason due to a series of failed physicals. By offering Glenn a "split-contract" (player agrees to take a reduced salary if he finishes the season on injured reserve), the Cowboys are attempting to protect themselves against another injury-riddled season.
"This is a smart business move by the team," said an AFC personnel executive. "When dealing with a veteran player with a significant injury history, you need to take measures to protect the team financially."
Glenn has balked at signing the settlement, but has little leverage. "If he hits the streets, he is likely looking at a 'split-contract' on a veteran minimum contract [$830,000],"said the AFC personnel executive. "This is his best chance to make significant money as a veteran."
Although Glenn has played hardball with the team to date, expect the veteran to agree to some form of an injury settlement prior to training camp.