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  1. http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/3435522

    Jets to talk with agent for Coles Thursday

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    Jay Glazer / FOXSports.com

    Posted: 11 minutes ago

    The Laveranues Coles-for-Santana Moss trade has been jump-started... again.

    FOXSports.com has learned that the Jets have continued to keep a dialogue open with Coles and the team is scheduled to talk to Coles' agent Thursday morning regarding terms that could make the trade work.

    If the Jets and Coles side can come to terms on a new contract that both sides view as mutually beneficial the Jets will make the deal. Redskins sources also said they were keeping hope alive that a deal would get done in the end.

    "Yesterday there was a five-percent chance of this getting done," said one source close to the situation. "Now I really think it's 50-50. We'll see how talks go (Thursday)."

    Both Coles and now Moss are desperate to get this deal done. Otherwise, the Redskins will retain a player who clearly does not want to be on their team. The Jets will have a player who, like Coles, has become disappointed with his status on a club. It's expected that like Coles, Moss would also covet a new deal.

    Moss and Coles have actually talked about their swapping of locales. Coles has not only apprised the Redskins of his feelings, he was even at the Pro Bowl as a guest of Jets star DE John Abraham and has a great working relationship with QB Chad Pennington.

    Several people inside the league said yesterday they caught wind that talks had started again as Coles may be softening on his stance. The Jets are encouraged enough to give it one last try.

  2. Kendrick Clancy was cut RSherry, then brought back to backup Hoke when Hampton went down....Hoke played like a Pro Bowler, so Clancy was irrelevant, mostly.

    Want a good player at NT/DT for the Jets? Ron Edwards of Buffalo..

    But doubtful the Bills let him flee, with Williams gone...

    A couple of younger DT's--Tim Anderson and Justin Bannan the Bills like too....But they likely keep Edwards.

    Steelers FA


    Bills FA


    Wow, nice find!

    6-3 320 and had 4 sacks last year in limited playing time. Go get him Bradway.

  3. Here's how I'd do it, and this would only involve ONE major sign.

    -- Sign one of the "big" FA CBs: Smoot, Rolle, Lucas, Baxter, Law. Smoot or Rolle preferrably.

    -- Add Buckhalter or Blaylock as an affordable backup RB and decent #2 guy. Go for a potential Back of the future in the 1st to 4th round of the draft.

    -- Put in an offer on DT Leonardo Carson. You can plug him into the hole Ferguson left and he'll be passable. Or another similar low-profile-but-servicable DT. Draft a run stuffer in the 2nd-5th round.

    -- Sign RT Oliver Ross of Pittsburgh. Won't be a star but he got the job done decently well for Pitt.

    -- Put in an offer to David Patten with lowish guaranteed money but decent escalators. Plug him right into the #3 CB role. Draft a WR in the 1st-4th round.

    -- Put in a similar offer to Marcus Pollard. Draft a TE in the 1st-3rd round.

    -- With 1st round draft pick take best available LT, CB, WR, TE, or RB. Otherwise draft as indicated.

    Pure genius RS. Where do I sign?

  4. I can't believe we didn't pay Williams more than 3/$13. Unbelievable.

    I don't want to over-react, but is anyone else depressed?

    If they announced that the Jets signed this guy for 4/25 and a 8 million dollar bonus I wouldn't have blinked.

  5. Actually I was going to post it but according to MSG sportsdesk the Jets upped thier contract to Fergy after they lost out on Pat Williams. They said there are now conflicting reports as to whether Fergy will sign with Dallas or come home to the Jets.

  6. I really wanted this kid. He is a mirror image of Pete Kendall except quick enough to play right tackle too.


    Panthers nearing deal with coveted free-agent lineman Wahle

    March 2, 2005

    By Clark Judge

    SportsLine.com Senior Writer

    Tell Clark your opinion!

    Free-agent offensive lineman Mike Wahle was in Carolina on Wednesday night and is close to a deal that could be reached as early as Thursday, a league source said.

    While cautioning that nothing has been finalized, the source said the Panthers are the leading candidate to land the coveted Wahle. The former Green Bay Packer, who played left guard the past four seasons, is considered the top offensive lineman in this year's free-agent market.

    "This will be one of the top five signings this year," said one NFC player personnel director. "I assume the Panthers -- if they sign him -- play him at right tackle. If he's inside he can struggle a little against big guys, but if you put him on the edge he's outstanding.

    "He stays on his feet. He has good balance. He hooks guys. He's quick. He reacts well. I am very impressed if they get this done. Along with (left tackle) Jordan Gross, this gives them a pair of bookend tackles who are terrific."

    A salary-cap casualty who was released earlier this week, the 27-year-old Wahle helped the Packers establish team records last year in total net yards, net passing yards and fewest sacks allowed.

    Mike Wahle leaves a major void in the Packers' O-line. Wahle, who didn't miss a start the past four years, was released after the Packers failed to renegotiate a contract that counted $11.375 million against this year's cap.

    Wahle is one of two outstanding offensive linemen the Packers are likely to lose. The other is three-time Pro Bowler Marco Rivera, who, like Wahle, is an unrestricted free agent.

    Wahle's expected addition is perfect for a Carolina team that struggled with continuity on its offensive line last season. Only two of the club's starting offensive linemen -- Gross and center Jeff Mitchell -- did not miss a start last year.

    Of course, that was more the rule than the exception with a club that subtracted star receiver Steve Smith and running backs Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster. Still, it's hard to ignore the numbers: The Panthers' rushing attack gained 509 fewer yards than the year before and its average per carry dropped from 4.0 to 3.7.

    In addition, quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Rodney Peete, sacked 26 times in 2003, were dropped seven more times a year later.

  7. What's the O-Line look like out there? If they can open a few holes and pass block even a little bit they're gonna be SCARY.

    I gotta assume that they will use thier picks on o-line. This draft is very deep. They have a nice building block in Robert Gallery already.

  8. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2003565

    Updated: Mar. 2, 2005, 10:05 PM ET

    Jordan considered top running back on market

    By John Clayton, ESPN.com

    Already basking in the glow of their trade for Randy Moss, the Oakland Raiders later on Wednesday delivered on their promise to bolster their backfield.

    LaMont Jordan, the top free-agent available at running back, agreed in principle Wednesday in a five-year deal worth $27.5 million.

    Contract terms will be finalized Thursday.

    "We have a deal in principle that he should sign tomorrow morning -- 99.9 percent sure he will be a Raider," Jordan's agent, Alvin Keels, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Wednesday night.

    The deal is considered a blockbuster. Jordan will receive about $15.7 million in guarantees over the first three years of the contract, including a $7 million signing bonus. He had an offer of more than $3 million a year to stay with the Jets.

    Jordan, 24, backed up Curtis Martin for four seasons in New York but has yearned to be a full-time player. Jordan rushed for 479 yards on 93 carries last season and owns a career average of 4.9 yards per carry. At 5-foot-10 and 230 pounds, he is the big, physical back the Raiders had sought.

    The addition of Jordan coincided with the Raiders' release of veteran running back Tyrone Wheatley. Defensive tackle John Parrella also was released.

    John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

  9. I think I saw some people mention that they wanted Pierce at one point.


    Giants steal Pierce away from Redskins

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    Jay Glazer / FOXSports.com

    Posted: 54 minutes ago

    The New York Giants got a new starting linebacker and it isn't Kendrell Bell.

    Sources told FOXSports.com that the Giants have come to terms on a deal with Washington Redskins MLB Antonio Pierce, a huge loss for their division rivals Redskins. Pierce also had interest from the Chiefs and an offer from the Vikings, who jumped into the fray today.

    The deal is a six-year deal worth $26 million and includes a $6.5 million signing bonus, a tremendous figure for the up-and-coming linebacker. The structure of the deal is also done in a way to benefit the Giants salary cap and gives them some wiggle room over the course of the deal. Pierce has not yet signed but the agreement is in place.

    Pierce was loved by Redskins LB Gregg Williams, who once told FOXSports.com that Pierce is one of the smartest linebackers the defensive coordinator has ever coached in his career. Ironically, he was able to jumpstart his career when he filled in at Washington for another former Giant, Michael Barrow.

    Bell, brought in by the Giants earlier in the day, was brought to New York for a physical but the team soon backed off when Pierce came into the picture. It's unclear if the Giants had Pierce in their sights during Bell's visit or if they jumped into the Pierce derby as a result of Bell's visit.

    Pierce had a breakthrough season in 2004 when he registered 160 tackles according to the Redskins totals, 112 according to the numbers on NFL.com. He was also responsible for making several defensive calls and often helped putting other players in the correct position.

  10. Mind you, that 11 mil includes the entire SB

    In other words his combined cap # for the first two years will be 6.8 mil---- 3.4 mil per year cap hit for the first two years. Not bad at all.

    Oh, I read it wrong. Either way Mason is a tough SOB in the Heinz Ward mold. Fair money for him. I gotta believe that the Pats were not the only ones to strike out on him.

  11. http://theredzone.org/news/showarticle.asp?ArticleID=2348

    DALLAS - The Dallas Cowboys addressed a major defensive weakness Wednesday by signing unrestricted free agent cornerback Anthony Henry.

    Henry, who spent his first four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, will try to improve a Dallas pass defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in 2004.

    The Cowboys were 20th in the NFL in pass yards allowed per game at 232.4 and only three teams gave up more than their 31 passing touchdowns.

    Henry started 14 of 15 games for the Browns last season and led the team with four interceptions and 11 passes defensed. As a rookie in 2001, he led the AFC and tied for the league lead with 10 interceptions, matching a club record.

    For his career, Henry has 17 interceptions in 61 games, including 39 starts.

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