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The lack of buzz for Atogwe, Revis, Bills' QBs, Haynesworth and more. Matt Bowen

Print This June 20, 2010, 06:01 AM EST
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Let’s check out some NFL news from the past week on this Father’s Day…

Free agent O.J. Atogwe remains unsigned and it looks like heading back to St. Louis could be the best option for the free safety. I talked to an NFL defensive coordinator this week that told me if he had a need at free safety, he would go after Atogwe. The guy makes plays, but at this point, there is very limited interest in him. It would be a win for the Rams to get Atogwe back into the secondary, and it would come at a reduced rate — something I didn’t see happening once the safety hit the open market.  Clubs usually pay for players in the secondary who can get their hands on the football.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey announced that while the club plans to name a No. 1 QB when it heads to training camp, the job is still open for competition. From what I am hearing, that QB will be Trent Edwards, and when you name a No. 1 before camp opens, it is his job to lose. Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick will get reps, but Edwards should be the favorite to win the job.

Albert Haynesworth has taken a beating this week from his teammates, former Redskins, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, etc. And, I don’t expect it to stop until he shows up at training camp next month. I talked to some of his former teammates this week, and they all shared the same opinion that is being spread throughout the league right now: they are not surprised at all that Haynesworth shut it down after he got paid.

I am interested to see Packers safety Morgan Burnett play this preseason. He was looked at as one of the top centerfield safeties coming out of the draft after Tennessee’s Eric Berry, and he could find a role quickly in Dom Capers’ scheme up in Green Bay. A player to keep an eye on — and someone I think would be a good fit in what the Packers do in the secondary as a rookie.

The Darrelle Revis contract situation with the Jets does have the ability to turn nasty this summer. There were plenty of people within the league who were put off by his semi-protest at minicamp earlier in the week, and although he did meet with head coach Rex Ryan to try and talk things out, this is all about money. The opinion that I keep hearing is that skipping the entire minicamp would have been the better play. Revis does deserve to get paid top dollar because he is a corner who can eliminate half of the field and allow Ryan to continue to pressure in crucial situations of the game, but the last thing this team needs as camp opens is a major holdout.

Deion Sanders had some interesting comments about Dallas’ Roy Williams, and he wasn’t afraid to say that the WR should have a productive season. I tried to agree with what he sees in Williams, but I still don’t like the idea of the Cowboys WR winning one-on-one matchups consistently at the line of scrimmage. Williams may draw the matchup of the opposing defenses’ No. 2 corner throughout the season, but with rookie Dez Bryant in camp, there is no guarantee that he can keep his job as the No. 2 opposite Miles Austin throughout the regular season.

Does anyone believe that the Chargers will head into the season without LT Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson? I understand the hard stance given by GM A.J. Smith — even talking about the players in the past tense — but that offense under Norv Turner would take a massive hit without these two in the lineup. We can call this the beginning of the negotiation process for these two players, but losing them would be a shock. I can’t see it happening.

How about LenDale White admitting to his personal drug use? Most likely, the first step in his own damage control to get his foot back in the door with the NFL. But with a four-game suspension looming and the mere fact that he was already cut — with plenty of questions surrounding the move — by his former college head coach Pete Carroll, is there any reason to believe that he will draw interest?

Happy Father’s Day from the NFP

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MikeyV
Jun 20, 2010
10:10 AM

Byner was hired by the Jags.

Pete
Jun 20, 2010
11:52 AM

Edwards has the chance to become a player with Gailey. I think he gets it done this season.

Snake Plissken
Jun 20, 2010
12:09 PM

Matt:
I think Bigby ends up starting the year for the Packers, but there's plenty of room in Capers D for Burnett to play also.
If he can grasp the complexity of the D, his ball skills will be welcomed back there.

MusterFan25
Jun 20, 2010
01:04 PM

Terrell Owens to the Chargers?

Edward M.
Jun 20, 2010
02:02 PM

While I believe A.J. Smith was being unnecessarily melodramatic talking about them in the past tense, Vincent and Marcus are being totally ridiculous blaming the Chargers instead of the player's union for their restricted free agent status. I hope you are absolutely correct about them signing their tenders before the beginning of the season.

Harm City Homer
Jun 20, 2010
02:25 PM

The thing is, the RFAs who would not be if there was a new CBA, most likley will become UFAs once there is.

So there is no reason to play this year for 5-600K, when next year you should be able to get 5-6 M per year long term with 40% up front. The math does not lie, the risk is not worth the reward for players like McNiel, Jackson should not risk playing for 550K.

Until there is a CBA with some sort of salary scale or real contracts, it will always be a cash grab type of game where no one "honors" a "contract" they get whatever leverage they have gives them.


I think Atogwe would find a role on the Ravens defense and increase his market value the way Jim Leonard went from street free agent to money free agent for the Jets.

Harm City Homer
Jun 20, 2010
02:43 PM

The thing is, the RFAs who would not be if there was a new CBA, most likley will become UFAs once there is.

So there is no reason to play this year for 5-600K, when next year you should be able to get 5-6 M per year long term with 40% up front. The math does not lie, the risk is not worth the reward for players like McNiel, Jackson should not risk playing for 550K.

Until there is a CBA with some sort of salary scale or real contracts, it will always be a cash grab type of game where no one "honors" a "contract" they get whatever leverage they have gives them.


I think Atogwe would find a role on the Ravens defense and increase his market value the way Jim Leonard went from street free agent to money free agent for the Jets.

JFT
Jun 20, 2010
08:48 PM

I really think the Bills will trade or cut Ryan Fitzpatrick before the regular season.

capper77
Jun 21, 2010
11:55 AM

Prediction: LenDale White will be a Cincinnati Bengal by the end of training camp. The Bengals obviously have a history of giving troubled players with some talent a second (or third, or last) chance, and they are in need of a bigger back to be the backup for Cedric Benson in case he gets injured. The 4 game suspension will not matter as much for them, because they would only sign him as insurance in case something happens to Benson down the road (like they did with LJ last year), so it's not a big deal if he misses the first few games. Plus, they would be able to sign him for a 1-year bargain basement price, probably the league minimum. As with all of the problem players they sign, if he doesn't pan out, they cut him without having risked anything in the process. Plus, LenDale played at USC and the Bengals have a strong USC contingency (Carson, Rey, Rivers, etc.) to make him feel more at home and push him to work harder.

ED NEU
Jun 28, 2010
11:40 PM

The Cincinnati Bearcats went 12 -- 0, last season...Yet, the Bengals [ M. Brown ] made no attempt to draft any of U.C.'s players. Can anyone explain this.? Or am I correct in thinking that Brown is dinged-off at the college team for being much more popular [ and better ] than his NFL "group."

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