DMN: Are the Browns changing their offense?
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Seneca Wallace was traded from the Seahawks to the Cleveland Browns for a late round pick in the 2011 draft, which is essentially giving him away for nothing. The reason teams can no longer trade a player for past considerations, which was the norm years ago, is that the league outlawed that provision. Now, teams must trade a substantial pick for a player, albeit a conditional one. This deal for Wallace is basically the Seahawks giving him away instead of just cutting him….
I suspect this will not be the last move the Browns make at quarterback as the offseason progresses. Wallace now allows the Browns to cut Derek Anderson before they have to pay a roster bonus. But the Browns are not done acquiring quarterbacks. This move makes it clear that the Browns will be a West Coast offense, and head coach Eric Mangini has no choice but to run this style….
In another trade in which was player was essentially given away, the Bucs acquired wide receiver Reggie Brown from the Eagles. Brown was not going to be a part of the Eagles this year, and this move now gives him a chance to make a team. The Bucs clearly are taking a “look see” at Brown, which costs them nothing….
Based on the way cornerback Lito Sheppard played for the Jets last year, I’d be surprised if many teams are interested in his services right now. There might be some interest after the draft, but not now….
Pittsburgh made some serious moves Monday, signing Ryan Clark back after he took a visit to the Dolphins. I fully expected the Fins to make a run at Clark, but re-signing with the Steelers is a good move for both the team and player. When I saw that the Steelers had signed safety Will Allen, I thought they had moved along from Clark, but they now have both. They must continue to improve their secondary….
New Orleans Saints FS Darren Sharper will be healthy for next year, but the knee scope, which was basically a clean out, will prevent him from visiting other teams. Even so, he’s still wanted back by the Saints….
The Raiders had to cut defensive end Greg Ellis before the fifth day of the league year because his entire 2010 salary would have been guaranteed had he been on the roster. They also cut Javon Walker so they could dump his bad contract into the uncapped year. Walker made about a million a catch….
Does wide receiver Terrell Owens really help improve the Bengals’ passing game if they sign him? I don’t think so. He struggles to escape press and is no longer a No. 1 wideout. The Bengals would be better with Antonio Bryant if they can tolerate his off-the-field act….
I’d be surprised if the Broncos didn’t sign Patriots defensive end Jarvis Green today to help improve their line. He could play defensive tackle on third downs and give them an inside pass rush….
Most teams do not offer skill and injury guarantee money in future years because of the funding rules in the NFL. If teams only injury guarantee future years, they do not have to fund the money with the league office, so this move helps to save cash flow. Normally, teams will have trigger clauses placed in contracts that allow skill and injury to be set in future years once an incentive has been achieved. When this happens, the club gets away from the funding rules. I’d be shocked if Julius Peppers did not have ways to skill and injury guarantee years 2011 and 2012.
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