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Fan Friday 12-24

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2010 – 12:51 pm

Merry Christmas Bills fans! Here are your questions this week from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 - What about picking up McNabb as a back up?
Tony Smith

CB: I really don’t see this as a viable option for a number of reasons. First, the Redskins, if they do decide to move him, will want a mid-round draft choice in return. I don’t see the Bills parting with a fourth-round draft choice for someone that will serve as their backup QB.

Second, McNabb still believes fervently that he’s a starting caliber quarterback in this league and I would tend to agree.

There are some teams in worse situations at quarterback than the Bills that I believe will pay Washington’s asking price, within reason and make McNabb their starter. But backup does not appeal to McNabb and what you’d have to give up to make him a backup on your roster wouldn’t appeal to the Bills.

2 - Chris,
I was wondering if you could tell me how the NFL determines the draft order among teams with identical records. Is it some statistical category such as conference wins, etc, or do they just automatically do the coin flip?

If it is the coin flip, what do they do if there are 3 teams with the same record?

Thanks, Chris
-Alex

CB: Ties based on record are broken via reverse strength of schedule. So if the Bills and 49ers are tied with 5-11 records at the end of the season, then the league would look at their strength of schedule (winning percentage of their opponents this year). Whichever team has the weaker strength of schedule picks first.

The reason this is done is because that team has what is deemed to be an easier schedule and still could win only five games, while the other team had a tougher schedule and won five games. Hope you can see the logic there.

If all the numbers come out equal then if head-to-head is applicable I believe that comes into play, but there have been instances where it has gone all the way to a coin flip. Rarely does it get past reverse strength of schedule with three teams. One almost always falls out of the tie.

3 - Hi Chris,
 
I am a huge Lee Evans fan and think he is a great WR.  With that said he is a #1 WR but has not been putting up #1 WR numbers. Other #1 WRs get doubles up on and still put up good numbers an catches but Lee’s numbers have dropped.  I am wondering if the team needs to trade Evans for a decent draft pick and try to move Steve Johnson to #1 and try to find another #2 again or draft another WR early. 

I know Evans is a smaller speedy WR which being 5’10” may be the reason he doesn’t get the ball as much in double coverage but I’d like to see the team with capable guys on both sidelines that can get the ball and put up the numbers.  What do you think the issue is there? 

And I’m liking what I see from Justin Blackmon, I think he’ll end up being something pretty special in the NFL, I know we have some capable guys at WR but this kid may be a superstar down the line, any chance we make a move to get him? I am missing the days of the 90s bills when even Steve Tasker was making plays for us and everyone could catch the ball…. but even more recent the moulds and price days as well.  I hope we get back to them soon.
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CB: For a guy that is a huge Lee Evans fan you have an interesting way of showing your loyalty. Yes, Evans had a down season prior to going on injured reserve with career lows in catches and yards. Moving a guy coming off a season with a downturn in production with a salary his size number one is difficult.

Second, to give up on Evans would be foolish. On a receiving corps that is still largely young you want a veteran presence that has made clutch plays. That’s Evans.

Yes, he has trouble at times with bump and run coverage, but if Johnson is your number one, Evans is a pretty darn good number two.

What confuses me is you talk up Justin Blackmon saying he be special in the NFL, and he may be, but the Bills have guys on their roster now that are making plays. Nelson, Jones and Roosevelt are only going to improve and showing that everyone can catch the ball, you know, like those days you’re for some reason longing for.

I’m not quite sure what you’ve been watching here in the second half of the season offensively, but receiver is going to be the least of Buffalo’s positional concerns this offseason.

4 – Hi Chris,
I am curious about what happens to players once they have been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Do they stay with the team, participate in meetings, workout at the Bills facilities? Or are they allowed to sit out the rest of the season at home if they choose?  I know you’ve probably gotten this question before, but I am particularly curious about Shawne Merriman – is he still even in town? Thanks.
 
Steve from Buffalo

CB: Players typically rehab at the team facility with the training staff during the season. Offseason rehab, some players go home and fly back up periodically for progress checkups and such. I’ve seen everyone here at One Bills Drive from Reggie Torbor to Andra Davis to Marcus Easley to Danny Batten. And yes I did see Shawne Merriman here at the facility last week. Some do still sit in on meetings, particularly young players.

So to my knowledge I-R’d players for the most part stay in town. I’m sure there are exceptions, but I haven’t seen many.

5 - It’s been a gut wrenching season but I think there is definitely progress being made. Credit has to be given to Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey and the staff for there diligence and hard work. It has been great to see so many good young players stepping up and that is partly because they have talent and partly because of good coaching.  
 
Having said that, could you please ask Fitz to shave the beard. Enough already!!!   Thanks Fitz for the good quarterback play.  Please don’t stop running the ball. It keeps defenses honest. 
 
It’s just my uneducated opinion but I want the Bills to keep Eric Wood at center. With two new offensive linemen and Wood at center the O-Line played great against Cleveland.  
 
Thanks, Dale  

CB: There’s no doubt that Coach Gailey has gone a long way in ridding the team of its losing culture, which we have said here many times was probably his most challenging task in year one. Nix and his personnel department have been astute in culling together some talent that holds some good promise through the course of the season (Urbik, Chandler, Rinehart).

With respect to Fitz’s beard you’ll be happy to know it’s going to be clipped after the season is over.

Wood at center is an intriguing option for the team moving forward. He had a solid game against Cleveland, but there were some mental mistakes against Miami in the run game. This week will likely be his last start at center because Hangartner figures to be back for the season finale.

I don’t know if three games is enough to convince the coaching staff that he’s a much better option at center than Hangartner, who knows his stuff. But at the very least it’s a great backup plan for Buffalo’s offensive line.


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McNabb means OT for Skins

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2010 – 7:56 am

With Donovan McNabb going to the Redskins via trade, Washington is almost assured of taking an offensive tackle and NOT a quarterback with the fourth overall pick.

That means the run on tackles will almost certainly start at fourth overall at the latest. Detroit is still a possibility to start the run early at two as they’re considering moving left tackle Jeff Backus inside to left guard, though how they could say no to Suh or McCoy is beyond me.

So assuming Washington takes an OT fourth (probably Okung), the Chiefs will likely take another at five, then Seattle at six to replace Walter Jones and possibly the Raiders at eight, it leaves Buffalo with the distinct possibility of missing out on one of the top four OTs in the draft. And there is a bit of a drop off after the top four.

You’ve just got to hope the Raiders like Bruce Campbell’s work out numbers and draft him above his value range 22-32, leaving one of the top four tackles for Buffalo to take.


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McNabb trade similar to Bills move

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2010 – 7:50 am

The Eagles trade of Donovan McNabb over the weekend to intra-division rival Washington over the weekend is a lot like a trade the Bills were a part of not too long ago.

Back in 2002 leading up to the NFL draft, the Bills swung a deal giving up a first-round pick in exchange for Drew Bledsoe. Much like McNabb, Bledsoe was also unable to get his team over the hump as he too led his team to a Super Bowl, but could not win it. With a young Tom Brady showing lots of promise filling in for an injured Bledsoe, New England felt comfortable shipping him off to a divison rival.

The Bills were a rebuilding franchise so the ability of Buffalo to make New England pay for that trade proved difficult with the exception of the home opener in 2003. The Redskins are also rebuilding under Mike Shanahan, though there is more veteran talent on that team than there was in Buffalo in 2002.

Somehow though I’m not sure Washington is going to be able to make Philadelphia pay for this trade either.


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Report: Skins talking McNabb

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2010 – 12:43 pm

According to FOX Sports Jay Glazer, the Washington Redskins were one of the unpublicized teams inquiring about Donovan McNabb’s availability.

Here was a series of twitter posts from Glazer.

Jay_Glazer   It’s hard to give #5 updates in 140 but team is trying to trade him someplace he’ll be happy. Have offers but andy is trying to do him right. Here’s a new one, actually heard skins made inquiry. To clarify, there was more than just mild interest from Skins for McNabb. Heard they even talked players.

Now ultimately Glazer went on to say that he doubts in the end that the Eagles would trade McNabb to a division rival, but the most interesting part is that Reid will do right by McNabb and try to move him somewhere that he prefers.

After 11 years together Reid apparently wants to at least try to get McNabb to a team where he’s not miserable. Arizona and Minnesota are two teams McNabb has reportedly okay with in terms of a future playing home.


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McNabb prefers Arizona

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2010 – 8:52 am

According to Yahoo Sports, Donovan McNabb, if moved to another team, would like to play for Arizona.

It’s been well publicized that McNabb has an offseason home in Arizona and Yahoo Sports even reports that the Cardinals inquired about a deal for McNabb with the Eagles before signing Derek Anderson to compete with Matt Leinart for the starting job.

The report speculates that if McNabb is not moved this season that the veteran QB could very well wind up in Arizona in 2011. Of course at that point he’d be a free agent if he does not sign an extension with Philadelphia. Only a trade to another team this offseason could get in the way of that prospect because the team that acquires him via trade this offseason could franchise him for 2011 if he refuses to sign an extension thereby keeping him on their roster.

There have been additional reports that McNabb would refuse to go to Oakland in a trade, not that it would be his choice because his contract does not contain a no-trade clause, but he could refuse to sign an extension with the Raiders if moved there.


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Oakland leader for McNabb’s services

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2010 – 4:05 pm

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter it’s the Oakland Raiders that are out in front for acquiring the services of Eagles QB Donovan McNabb via trade.

Here was Schefter’s latest twitter post on the subject.

Adam_Schefter    Oakland has emerged as leader in Donovan McNabb sweepstakes. Doesn’t mean another team couldn’t get deal done, but Raiders are team to beat.

Schefter’s report has been seconded by SI.com’s Peter King.

The Bills have long been mentioned as another suitor of McNabb.


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McNabb trade not imminent

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2010 – 3:10 pm

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, who spoke with Donovan McNabb’s agent, no trade of the veteran QB is imminent.

The Philly paper talked with McNabb’s agent Fletcher Smith, who said that the Eagles haven’t even talked to him about possible teams to which McNabb could be traded.

“If we get to that bridge, we’ll have to cross it,” said Smith.

The report also says that Eagles head coach Andy Reid and team president Joe Banner were taking the weekend off following the owners meetings in Orlando earlier this week.


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McNabb to Raiders for CB?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2010 – 12:45 pm

The McNabb rumor mill is on fire with the latest being that the Raiders are offering franchise CB Nnamdi Asomugha for the veteran QB.

That according to ESPN’s Len Pasquerelli, as relayed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his twitter account.

Adam_Schefter    ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli reports Oakland is willing to part with CB Nnamdi Asomugha in exchange for Donovan McNabb – but Eagles reluctant.

Asomugha has one year left on his monstrous $45M three-year deal at $16M. With McNabb in the last year of his deal at comparable money it would be close to a wash financially for both clubs.


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No McNabb for rent or big $

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2010 – 12:41 pm

As suspected Buffalo’s interest in Donovan McNabb as a trade option quickly fizzles if the veteran quarterback refuses to commit to a long term deal with the team. But now there’s news that even committing big money in a long term deal for McNabb might not be palatable to the Bills either.

The latest report is that the Bills do not want to part with a high draft pick (even #41 in round 2) for McNabb because they are rebuilding.

It also states that Bills owner Ralph Wilson has “balked” at the idea of just renting McNabb for one season with just one year left on his current contract and then committing big money to a 34-year old signal caller long term.

In all likelihood a long term commitment wouldn’t happen anyway as sources close to McNabb have said he would not be interested in signing a long term deal with a rebuilding franchise.


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Whitner pulling for McNabb

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2010 – 10:04 am

Bills safety Donte Whitner made it clear that he wouldn’t mind having Donovan McNabb on his roster.

In one of his more recent twitter posts Whitner appears to have his fingers crossed.

DonteWhitner    I hope D+nvan McNabb comes to us. He’s great..

Whitner in a subsequent post also shared that his mother and McNabb’s mother are good friends as both serve on the NFL Moms committee.


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A darkhorse team for McNabb

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2010 – 12:50 pm

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio was the first to report that the Eagles were listening to trade offers for all three of their quarterbacks six weeks ago. Now with the story resurfacing at the owners meetings, Paolantonio says there’s one team that no one is mentioning that could very well make a deal happen.

Appearing on ESPN radio, Paolantonio said the person pulling the strings in the whole Donovan McNabb situation has been the Eagles head coach.

“I think Andy Reid has controlled this process from the beginning,” said Paolantonio. “The Eagles have been getting calls for all three quarterbacks and have been entertaining those offers and listening for about six weeks. The fact that Andy Reid said it publicly at the owners’ meetings is just pulling the cover back a messy situation that they’ve gotten themselves into.”

Paolantonio doesn’t see how at this point the Eagles can bring McNabb back as the starter in 2010 in light of how everything has shaken out. 

“They have put Donovan McNabb in a really untenable position where he can’t possibly succeed in 2010 for the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Paolantonio. “First, he wanted an extension and they didn’t give it to him, and now they might be trying to trade him and may not. How can you try to trade a guy who has no extension beyond this year? You’ve made him the lamest of lame duck quarterbacks. You’ve alienated McNabb. You’ve undermined his authority to lead the team in the locker room. I think going forward if they don’t trade him they’re going to be opening themselves up to all sorts of ridicule and lots of second guessing.”

Paolantonio reiterated the teams that were in the hunt for McNabb’s services, those being the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos (a team he said that’s now out of it), Cleveland (now out of it too). Then he also mentioned Arizona and Minnesota as possibilities as well as a darkhorse team.

“There’s one team in this that nobody is talking about and that’s the San Francisco 49ers,” he said. “They have the 13th and 16th pick in the first round and Mike Singletary wants to win that division and believes that he can do it now. I think the 49ers are a team that is worth investigating.”

Paolantonio also stated that the Eagles have to have this situation resolved by the time the draft is over being of the belief that bringing him back after all this brouhaha about being open to moving him.

“They’ve got a month to figure it out,” he said.


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Report: Bills inquired about McNabb

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2010 – 2:58 pm

According to a YahooSports report the Bills were one of two teams that inquired about the availability of Donovan McNabb.

The report names the Bills and Raiders as two teams that asked about McNabb in discussions with the Eagles. The report also indicates that McNabb would prefer to go to a contending team, and that teams that are interested would expect McNabb to sign a long term deal before acquiring him, something McNabb reportedly would be reluctant to do with the Bills and Raiders.

That would obviously present a major snag to any kind of trade negotiations knowing McNabb has just one year left on his current contract, which includes a $6.2M bonus due in May.  

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was quoted by YahooSports as saying the following concerning the possibility of a trade for a QB.

“I don’t know, maybe,” Gailey said. “That hasn’t come up, but could we? Yeah. … We’re not looking at anything right now that is set in concrete. Because when you don’t have a proven starter, you’re open to every scenario.”


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A 2nd rd pick for McNabb?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2010 – 2:39 pm

According to a Philadelphia Daily News report, landing Eagles QB Donovan McNabb via trade would require a lot less than what was originally reported earlier this offseason.

Though the report appears to put words in Eagles’ coach Andy Reid’s mouth, by stating that McNabb is on the market, when all Reid said at the owners’ meetings today was that they’ve been “listening and keeping their ears open,” the report did cite a source that indicated it would take only a second-round draft choice to secure McNabb in a trade.

Earlier this offseason it was reported it would take two ones and a three to get McNabb, then it was just a straight first-round pick. The reason there were no suitors is because any team that acquires McNabb in a trade would presumably need to sign McNabb to an extension and the vet would be expecting big money. Some teams might be skittish to hand double-digit millions per season to a 33-year old QB that’s had his share of injury problems.

In all fairness, Reid did talk a bit out of both sides of his mouth at the owners meetings reiterating his stance on McNabb’s current standing saying, “Donovan is our starter. I can’t make it clearer than that.”

He later admitted that McNabb’s spot on the team’s depth chart was how it was “today,” leaving the door open to things changing. Reid did not reveal what teams had been in contact with the Eagles about their quarterbacks and who might be available via trade.


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King: Eagles will move a QB

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2010 – 1:09 pm

SI.com’s Peter King is shocked no NFL team in need of a proven QB hasn’t worked harder to make a deal for Donovan McNabb happen.

In his Monday Morning QB column, he lays out several reasons why teams in need of a proven signal caller should take the bird in the hand, so to speak (no pun intended).

He also made a good point in noting that at last week’s Fordham pro day, where QB prospect John Skelton performed that the Eagles had their QBs coach and offensive coordinator at the pro day, somewhat unusual for a projected late round QB. Here’s the excerpt from his MMQB column.

I think one of the quarterbacks is going. Where, I don’t know. When, I don’t know. But one last note about the Eagles and quarterbacks: Fordham University, not exactly a football hotbed, had its pro day for NFL coaches and scouts Friday in the Bronx. Fordham has a late-round quarterback prospect, John Skelton. The Eagles were at the workout with not one coach but two — quarterback coach James Urban and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Maybe it means nothing, but it’s pretty rare for two coaches to be looking at a late-round quarterback — especially when you’re as packed at quarterback as the Eagles are. Unless, of course, you’re planning to jettison one of your quarterbacks before the draft.

King mentioned Buffalo among a handful of teams for which he believes a trade for McNabb is worthwhile. The others were Seattle, Cleveland, Oakland, Jacksonville.


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Report: No Vick for Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 10:48 am

According to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Eagles QB Michael Vick will not be coming to Buffalo, or St. Louis for that matter.

Appearing on 97.5 FM in Philadelphia, Paolantonio said the well has run dry on interest in Vick.

“St. Louis dried up,” said Paolantonio. “Buffalo, dried up.”

Of course trade inquiries keep pouring in to the Eagles concerning their other two quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb. Seattle apparently is hot after McNabb as team President Pete Carroll wants to win right away in year one.

Though the Eagles are not entertaining any offers right now, Paolantonio said he’s convinced that McNabb will be traded this offseason.


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Fan Friday 3-5

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2010 – 2:53 pm

On the opening day of free agency we get Fan Friday started back up again. My apologies for there being no Fan Friday last week. I was completely swamped with our Combine Coverage, which I hope you all found informative from a Bills and draft perspective. Here’s this week’s edition.

1 - Hi Chris, I recently heard and interview with Gailey and he said that the QBs here have more talent than some he worked with in the past. I hope this doesn’t mean he will stay with one of these guys as a starter. I think we have been using back-ups for years and they really need to get a starter to reach the play-offs again.

Do you think we can get Mcnabb in a trade for Lynch and Edwards? Maybe we can send Roscoe Parrish in to close the deal. I know I’m dreaming but…possible? If not, do you have any suggestions of legitimate starters they could get from another team or in free agency?
 
Thanks,
Doug

CB: First, I think trading for McNabb is going to be easier said than done. The latest reports out of Philadelphia are that Andy Reid doesn’t want to move him, but some in the Eagles front office do. Reid wields a lot of power in that organization.

Also while Donovan McNabb does not have a no trade clause in his contract, he does have language in his deal that makes moving him a bit more challenging.

I also believe that if Reid is convinced it’s time to turn the page at QB with his team, that after 11 years he and the Eagles will do their best to accommodate McNabb by sending him somewhere he’d like to play. That likely means a team that runs a version of the west coast offense. As for what a team would have to trade the Eagles, it would be a first-round pick. Philadelphia almost never takes players for players. They want draft picks. But I just don’t see a McNabb deal coming to fruition for Buffalo.

2 – Chris,
I’ve been seeing a lot of mock drafts that have the Bills taking Jimmy Clausen or an Offensive Tackle with the 9th overall pick. With all the uncertainty surrounding a 1st round QB or even an Offensive lineman, do you think the Bills might look to who I consider to be the “surest thing” in this draft, Rolando McClain? The guy’s a beast and would step in immediately and make an impact at Linebacker. What do you think?

Andy

CB: I think if he’s an option, he’s the third option. So if there’s a run on offensive tackles in the top 10, and there very well could be, and both of the top two QBs are gone, McClain becomes a more realistic possibility. Personally under such a scenario I think the Bills take the best pass rusher, but that’s just my opinion. Don’t have anything against McClain, but they’ve got starting talent at ILB in Poz and Mitchell. More important to address the holes.

3 – Do you think Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams at all have a chance of being drafted by Chan Gailey?
I understand we have Parrish, Johnson, and Hardy. I just think Mike Williams (Of Syracuse.) especially, being in an offense forced to throw the ball to him, time and time again when doubled, isn’t a bad option…also without a good stable quarterback and line. Immediately puts pressure on Johnson to step up. Makes Hardy maybe obsolete. All the wideouts we haven’t had in years past in later rounds, extra picks we have in the 6th and 7th…I think we’re in need to take at least one?
Thanks,
Undefeated

CB: I expect the Bills to go with a youth movement at WR meaning they see what the young guys on the roster have got. You drafted James Hardy in the second round. When are you actually going to give him a shot? It’s got to happen this year. Steve Johnson shows a lot of potential and with Josh Reed not coming back he can challenge Parrish for the slot role.

Mike Williams is a talent, but remember gaining separation and beating double teams in college is a much different animal in the pros. I don’t see Buffalo drafting a wide receiver until late in the draft at best.
4 – In your opinion, what teams would be interested in trading up to pick 9?
Pete Howell
Fairport

CB: I don’t see any team trading into the top 10 unless one of the top DTs slips past five (won’t happen) or Bradford slips past five (won’t happen – unless his arm falls off). Knowing this is likely the last year that mega-contracts with huge bonuses are likely to be handed out to rookies, (new CBA will likely have rookie wage scale) no team wants any part of trading up into that territory this year.

There might be a move or two within the top 10, but I can’t see a team in the bottom half trying to leap up there. Believe the chances are very, very remote.
5 – Hi Chris,
 
I know you’re probably very busy this time of year but I was wondering what you think about the Bills acquiring Jamal Williams or Shaun Rogers, who is rumored to be on the block? I also have heard Kevin Mawae’s name linked to the Bills, which got me wondering which free agent offensive lineman you think the Bills may pursue in free agency? Thanks Chris, keep up the good work.
 
-Mark- Buffalo, NY

CB: First, I’m hearing that the Chargers are trying to re-sign Williams. They only released him to sign him at a cheaper price. He’s on the downside of his career, but could serve at the very least as a good stop gap for a year or so. The Shaun Rogers rumors are new to me. Don’t see Mawae coming to Buffalo. Just signed Hangartner long term last offseason, though I wouldn’t rule out the team adding interior line depth after not  tendering RFA Richie Incognito. As far as names I believe they’ll be of the second tier variety.

Most of the higher end linemen were restricted free agents that were tendered at a level that is too rich (in terms of draft picks) to pursue.


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Report: McNabb power struggle

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2010 – 10:00 am

With three viable QBs on their roster speculation will never die down as to which one the Eagles will ultimately move via trade. But reports out of Philadelphia indicate that while Andy Reid is staunchly committed to keeping Donovan McNabb for the 2010 campaign, other front office members are not.

According to FOX 29 in Philly, there’s some internal strife in the Eagles front office on whether McNabb should be traded or not.

The Rams are continuously mentioned as the most likely destination with head coach Steve Spagnuolo having been a former assistant coach in Philly. But to this point there is no indication that talks about McNabb have taken place because the Eagles aren’t entertaining such offers… yet.


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2nd rd. pick the price for Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2010 – 2:44 pm

According to multiple sources the asking price for Michael Vick is a second-round draft pick.

Of course the chances of a team paying that price for the Eagles quarterback appears slim. Teams calling the Eagles are reportedly inquiring far more about Donovan McNabb than Vick.

There is still another report that states the Eagles have refused to enter into any discussions about a trade involving McNabb.


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Browns talking trade for QB

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2010 – 9:47 am

The Cleveland Browns do not appear to be all that enamored with the quarterbacks expected to be available in free agency beginning this weekend.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns have been in trade talks to acquire a quarterback or quarterbacks. No word on what teams they might be speaking with, but naturally the typical names are being mentioned like Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb along with Seattle’s Matt Hasselback with Mike Holmgren now running the show in Cleveland and former Philly executive Tom Heckert the GM. It’s interesting that Cleveland has committed to this approach to improve their quarterback situation, but it’s not a surprise.

With a thin draft class at the quarterback position and not a lot of coveted talent expected to be there in free agency, the trade route makes sense. Of course one needs an interested trade partner.

Depending on how you look at it and what you’d like to see the Bills draft at ninth overall in April, if the Browns acquire a QB via trade it would make it one less team in the top 10 that needs a QB. Cleveland drafts seventh overall, two ahead of Buffalo.


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T.O. and McNabb buddy-buddy?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2010 – 2:20 pm

Despite a bitter parting after the 2005 season in Philadelphia, Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb have apparently reconciled.

Owens, who is due to appear on the YES Network program Centerstage with host Michael Kay this Sunday, spoke about how he has patched things up with McNabb.

The New York Post quoted Owens from his appearance as saying the following.

“I can honestly say I appreciate those years and Donovan and I are friends and, actually we were just hanging out last night as a matter of fact. So it was one of those things where — again — it started off well, it didn’t end well. Sometimes, I wish it could have ended on a positive note.”

Owens was not only been a model teammate this past season, but has also apparently mended some fences with some former teammates. What it leads to in free agency in terms of offers is anyone’s guess.


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