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July 27, 2011

NFL Update: McNabb Traded, Hasselbeck Signs, & Much More

Filed under: NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 8:19 am

The free agent news is coming in faster than I can write about it.

NcNabb Traded To Minnesota
Speculation has turned into reality for Donovan McNabb. The much talked about trade has reportedly occurred sending McNabb to Minnesota in exchange for a 6th round pick in 2012 & a conditional 6th rounder in ’13. For the Viking another key factor was convincing McNabb to restructure his $14.75 million 2011 salary. McNabb will start immediately and serve as a tutor to the Vikes 1st round draft pick Christian Ponder.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS:
Keep in mind that no deal for an NFL free agent can become official until Friday but many players have agreed in principle to contracts.

Breaking News:
New York Jets: Some ranked WR Santonio Holmes as the 2nd best free agent on the market. Breaking reports say he will return to New York after signing a 5 yr. deal. In another interesting side note QB Mark Sanchez says he would renegotiate his deal in order to sign free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha.

Tennessee Titans: Matt Hasselbeck has reached an agreement to become a Titan (see more about him below)

San Francisco 49ers: It was a case of good news, bad news. The good news is that former #1 pick Alex Smith has resigned with the 49ers, or is it? Smith hasn’t exactly been a fan favorite due to his inconsistent performance. New coach Jim Harbaugh hopes to “coach him up” but that seems unlikely.

The 49ers got more bad news when they learned that two solid performers from last season have been lost to free agency. Veteran LB Takeo Spikes has signed with San Diego & center David Voss is now a NY Giant. This leaves a real hole at center because of the injury to Eric Heitmann.

The NFL Network is saying that the 49ers are the leading candidate to sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha. I realize Nnamdi would like to remain in the Bay Area but I would guess he signs with a contender.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks now have three QB’s to compete for the starting job, and none of them will be named Hasselbeck. Pete Carroll will take his chances in 2011 with Charlie Whitehurst, Tarvaris Jackson, & Matt Leihart.

Seattle has offered a 2 yr. contract to former Viking QB Tarvaris Jackson. Why? I’m not really sure. As a starter in Minnesota he was at best mediocre and primarily a running QB before the Favre era. In the last 3 years he has only started 6 games but is seen as having potential by some scouts. The Seahawks are hoping that at age 28 he will mature into a better player.

Pete Carrol is hoping to draw a wild card in signing his former Trojan QB Matt Leinart. The former Heisman Trophy winner is hoping to resurrect his once promising career. Since being drafted by Arizona in ’06 he has been an absolute non-factor. Some say Matt seems more interested in being seen out on the LA club circuit than he is being seen on the field on Sundays. Over the past 3 seasons he too has only started 6 games (same # as Jackson), and thrown only 3 TD passes. Perhaps the most telling statistic is of the Cardinals last 48 games they only put Leinart on the active roster 17 times. In addition to questioning his commitment others argue he has a below average arm. He certainly is smart enough to learn defenses, but is he willing to put in the effort? Carrol will have to light a fire under his ass.

The 36 yr. old Matt Hasselbeck was told he was no longer in Seattle’s plans. Since being acquired from Green Bay in ’01 Hasselbeck has spent the last 10 years with Seattle. For many of those years he was among the top rated QB’s in the NFL, and guided the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance in ’05. In 2008 a severe back injury ended his season and some say he hasn’t been the same since. Others might argue that the quality of the team around him may have had much to do with his drop in production. In truth it’s probably a bit of both, but his back will always be a concern along with the 34 INT’s he has thrown over the past 2 seasons.

In breaking news ESPN is reporting that Hasselbeck has signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Oakland Raiders: Reports out of Cincinnati say the Bengals are discussing a deal with QB Bruce Gradkowski. The Raiders have signed LB/DE Jarvis Moss. Rumor has it that the Raiders are negotiating with former Raven OT Jared Gaither & former 49er S Deshon Goldson. OL Robert Gallery is talking to Seattle & Cincinnati and definitely won’t be back in Oakland.

Other News:

WR Plaxico Burress is meeting with the NY Giants today to discuss a deal. If he hopes to return to his former team he will need to repair his relationship with coach Tom Coughlin. Other teams interested in Burress are the Eagles, Dolphins, & Raiders.

Dallas Cowboys: The news out of Big D isn’t who they signed but who they cut. Gone are some big names WR Roy Williams, RB Marion Barber, & G Leonard Davis.

The news from Cincinnati is puzzling. Carson Palmer wants out, and has stated publically that if he isn’t traded he will retire. Mike Brown says Carson has 4 more years on his contract and he will either play with the Bengals or he can retire. Seems like a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Rather than trade Palmer and getting something in return Mike Brown seems content to impose his will regardless of the cost to his team. In case you don’t believe me see Chad Johnson, who they could have traded for a 1st & a 3rd round draft pick not that long ago. Now the unhappy Johnson is worth little to nothing, and because of his unhappiness in Cincy he has produced poorly on the field. But Mike Brown really told him didn’t he?

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