Chief mistake: Giving Cassel long-term deal now doesn't make sense
It is almost time for some real football. You know, pad poppin', sweat drippin', arm tinglin' football. But for now, there is still some business being taken care of across the NFL. That business includes teams like the Ravens and Chiefs signing their franchise tendered players to long-term extensions. After careful consideration I fully support the Ravens' decision but question the Chiefs' actions. Here's why:
Cassel finished an impressive 10-5 as a starter with the Patriots but he had been able to serve the ideal apprenticeship under
The flip side of that number, however, is that the Ravens will "only" be paying Suggs $22.5 million over the final four years of the contract so Baltimore is effectively paying Suggs now in order to have him in the fold at palatable salary-cap numbers for the long haul. The contract shows
You and about 60 other e-mailers, Scott, not to mention many others who have brought up this idea in the past. I even personally broached the subject with some NFL executives. The league is aware of the interest but because it is the actual game film that is used for scouting, access to that footage is extremely guarded and pretty much limited to team facilities and NFL Films headquarters. Ultimately, it is an issue that is decided by the NFL's Competition Committee and a change in the policy does not appear likely any time soon. In a down economy, however, any potential revenue stream should be considered.
I am not very high on the Jags for the 2009 season. They are hoping to have success by changing their mentality and getting rid of some of the dead weight they felt had been slowing them down and I am on board with that. But their draft-pick additions, like
Players receive $130 per workout in the offseason and because Sulak was cut before signing a contract, it is extremely unlikely he will receive anything remotely close to the approximately $70,000 signing bonus he would have received in a rookie contract from the Raiders. Either Sulak performed extremely poorly in the offseason workouts or the Raiders have a lack of respect for either draft choices, in general, or their own scouting department, in particular. It's hard to believe they wouldn't even give their draft pick a chance to perform with shoulder pads.
I think as a rank-and-file player in the NFL for seven years I lose respect for players that behave in a manner that suggests they are above the team. I can understand Cutler might have been hurt by the Broncos' interest in Cassel and wanted out. But his subsequent behavior, including not returning repeated phone calls and text messages from owner
I also think he is overrated as a quarterback. Many people are enamored with his physical skills and statistics but the numbers that stand out to me are his 17-20 record and his 18 interceptions last season. If he leads the Bears to the NFC North title, I will be happy to say I was wrong but for now that is my story and I am sticking to it.
No. I don't think Derrick Brooks would be a good fit in the 3-4 because he has never played in that defense and it doesn't fit his skill set. A younger Brooks probably could have gotten it done as the weakside inside linebacker but it may be tough at this point to teach an old dog new tricks and expect success, even with a player as smart as Brooks.