NFL news and notes
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?
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