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pennington bear?

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[It seems] The saga is over. Brett Favre is a now a New York Football Jet; with that, Chad Pennington has been handed his walking papers. Tell you the truth, this is probably best for Pennington. Props to the Jets for just giving Pennington an unencumbered release and letting him dictate the course of the rest of career…I’m not taking a shot Green Bay, I’m just saying; The Jets had decided what direction they were going in and within 24 hours, had everything straightened out. Favre goes to the Jets for a 4th round pick which can escalate rounds all the way into a 1st round pick if Favre plays 80% of the offensive snaps and the Jets make the Super Bowl. That’s all well and good, but what I think is key to note is the poison pill the Packers put into the agreement which would make the Jets forfeit three first round picks if they trade Favre to the Vikings…pretty smart if you ask me.

Now the question moves to where does Chad Pennington go? Now, if you’ve heard me rip the Bears for not making a move for Chris Simms or Byron Leftwich, and for passing on Flacco, Henne, Brohm and Booty, it would only seem to stand to reason that I would be in favor of Pennington signing with the Bears; not so much. It would be the Bears luck that the one “marquis” QB who becomes available is not at all suited to play for your team. Now, understand, that when I say that, I’m not saying that the Bears wouldn’t be a better team with Chad Pennington, because I believe they would. I’m just saying that it wouldn’t be an ideal situation for Chad, making it unlikely that a deal gets worked out there. Chicago is too cold and windy for Pennington’s surgically-reconstructed, mediocre-at-best arm; not to mention the absolute dearth of quality receivers and an unproven running game. Pennington to the Bears just doesn’t make any sense right now from his perspective, but from the Bears’, ANYTHING is better than the lower tier firm of Grossman & Orton MLP (Maximum Liability Partnership)

A really intriguing option from both player and franchise perspective would be the Vikings. The Vikings don’t have the most elite receiving corps in the league, but the absolute strength of the running game and offensive line more than makes up for it. The issues of Pennington’s lack of desirable arm strength are mitigated by the fact that Minnesota will play at least 9 games in a dome. Minnesota is also stacked on the defensive side of the ball and just smothers the run. Minnesota is a team just poised to strike in the NFC and they are one productive QB away from doing so. And all this talk about Pennington being a backup, I don’t understand, what about last season makes us think that Tarvaris Jackson is ready right now?

Obviously, there are the connections to Miami (drafted by Parcells) and Kansas City (played to win the game for Herm), but I really can’t call the probability of either of those. Personally, I think Kansas City makes a lot of sense. Brodie Croyle is not a lock to be a productive starter, and I think having Chad back there as a guy to push Croyle (that’s assuming Pennington doesn’t beat him out) would be great. If I was Chiefs management I would see about bringing Chad into the fold. Again, you have Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles carrying the ball, and Tony Gonzales and Dwayne Bowe to catch it. Last I checked, the AFC West is pretty much “The Chargers and ‘em,” this would be a great move for the Kansas City to try to make a push in the AFC and try perhaps take one of the wildcard spots from either Jacksonville or Tennessee. The Dolphins make less sense. Even though their offensive line will be much better in run blocking, Jake Long is not quiiite there yet when it comes to pass protection. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams cannot necessarily be counted on to play a full season and if the Terry Glenn thing works out, that makes the Dolphins’ best receiver nothing more than a vertical threat so it doesn’t really bode well.

Teams I think should consider it, but won’t because it’s “too risky” in terms of fan and media perception are; the Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens. The Cardinals are not ready to admit that they’re wrong with Matt Leinart (I’m not sold on him, if you can’t tell) , but I just feel as though you’re not going to have Boldin and Fitzgerald for that much longer and the NFC West is really not that good. Matter of fact, they wouldn’t even have to cut Leinart (they would have to let Warner go, but he’s 37 years old). I think if you cut Warner, and either Morelli or St. Pierre, and bring in Pennington, there’s a great chance he ends up starting, and with his accuracy, he could be a great stabilizing force under center for the Cardinals in a completely winnable division.

I thing the Ravens should make the move because any time you’re assessing your team’s situation, and it has you starting Kyle Boller, you’ve got a problem. I’m sure he’s a very nice young man, but as far as being a starter in the NFL, I’m fairly certain Boller has proven he can’t do that. I think with the sound fundamental approach and good decision making that Pennington brings to the QB position, he would put the Ravens in a great place as far as the QB position goes. Remember, the Ravens still have a great defense and playing Pennington until either Joe Flacco or Troy Smith are ready to take the reins is a far better situation than just leaving Smith and Flacco to their own devices, with nobody to learn from.

The Jets have been awful as of late, and I think Pennington has taken too much of the blame; he does play quarterback though, and that’s just the way it goes. I think this release from the Jets should be an opportunity for Chad to really be deliberate about where he signs. Pennington could be just enough of a game manager to put a decent just over the “contender hump.”

boldin the beautiful

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Huge news out of Arizona. Anquan Boldin has instructed his agent not to negotiate with the Arizona Cardinals. Not only did the Cardinals hand Larry Fitzgerald a contract so big that it made re-signing Boldin an impossibility, they did that after promising Boldin that they would give him a new contract before this season, but apparently this has been too long for Boldin, and he has decided that he will not re-sign with the Cardinals.

CHA-CHING!! Enter stage left, Jerrel Wayne Jones. Turns out, after the preliminary attempts to trade for him failed, the circumstances have changed; although not that favorably. The Cardinals know that they can just sit on Boldin for the next three years, though, and that he’s not going anywhere unless they trade him. That’s why the Cowboys have to come up with a big offer to get the Cardinals to part ways with the potential headache that it’s going to be if Anquan potentially holds out, or doesn’t report next season. Especially since we just waived Terry Glenn. Glenn has been trying to strong arm an extra $1.2M out of the Cowboys, by holding out on signing a $500K injury waiver. Everyone forgets the Cowboys put together that 13-3 season without Glenn, so he shouldn’t overstate his importance to the team. Patrick Crayton was the goat last season, his teammates know it, management knows it, the fans know it, and most importantly, he knows it. If Crayton is at all the competitor we would assume one has to be to make it to the NFL, he’s been gnashing his teeth all off-season. If anything, Crayton is probably hoping that Glenn doesn’t sign the waiver and that Jones goes ahead and perhaps trades him so that Crayton can get his opportunity to redeem himself.

Boldin is 27 right now, and will presumably be 30 by the time his contract with Arizona expires. Though I would love for Dallas to keep trying to acquire him now, it might not be the worst thing in the world to just acquire him as a free agent when his contract with the Cardinals expires. With the approximately $60M Jones has doled out this off-season, he might not have the money to fit Boldin in with Owens’, Barber’s, and Newman’s new contracts; not to mention Chris Canty still needs to be re-signed at some point, not to mention if Adam Jones can keep his nose clean, he’ll be up for a new one too.

The Cardinals probably wouldn’t trade him before the next two years, as there is no real need to part with him before they have to. They will probably trade Boldin right before the beginning of his last season to prevent him walking out free & clear. The $40M contract Larry Fitzgerald is feeding his family with has pretty much made it a certainty that Boldin will be done in Arizona. Just for the record, I am on Boldin’s side of this matter, I mean the guy is just as good, if not better than Fitzgerald, but somehow he’s only scheduled to make $8.4M over the next three seasons, while Fitzgerald is scheduled to make $40M over the next four. Boldin is not being petulant, he just realizes that the Cardinals have made their decision, and he is ready to move on; but he plans on honoring the rest of his contract. Boldin is like a parent who has resolved to stay in a bad marriage for the sake of the children; but as soon as the last one goes to college, it’s a wrap.

If Jones can get his hands on Boldin at anytime before the contract expires, a la Brewers with Sabathia, maybe, just maybe he can get Boldin to fall in love with the Cowboy family and resign for a slight discount. If not, Boldin is going to be a very, very rich man after after his 30th birthday. Boldin has the size, speed, hands and agility to be a dominant wide receiver in this league. Even with missing 4 games last season, Boldin pulled down 71 balls for 853 yards and 9 happy endings, and that’s sharing with Fitzgerald.

Fact is, we have our first marquis drama thread for next off-season, and the way money’s been flying around at the wide receiver position (Moss, Owens, and Walker), one thing is certain; Boldin’s got his popcorn ready.

Written by misteressama

July 26, 2008 at 1:26 am

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