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Offline Lodestar

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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2014, 04:57:19 PM »
Worilds, Mack -- two more players discussed around these parts -- have been transition tagged.

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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2014, 07:32:26 PM »

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins are "expressing real interest" in free agent FS Jairus Byrd.

Byrd would be quite the upgrade on outgoing FS Chris Clemons, although safety play wasn't a weakness in Miami last year. RapSheet reports the Fins are "gearing up for another big year in free agency." Miami committed a four-year, $32 million deal to LCB Brent Grimes, and is expected to fork over $9.5 million annually to LT Branden Albert on Tuesday. Byrd will command $10 million per year.
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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #32 on: March 10, 2014, 07:55:58 AM »
2 quick Packer updates:


The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles as a landing spot for free agent DL Mike Neal.

Coach Chip Kelly loves versatility in all his players and that's Neal's calling card. He played both outside linebacker and defensive end for the Packers, recording 9.5 sacks and six tackles for a loss over his last 27 games. He generated a team-high 37 hurries last season, also showing an ability to rush from the interior at 6'3/285.

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The player rep for free agent TE Andrew Quarless says he's had discussions with eight teams since Saturday.

As an all-around tight end with athletic upside, Quarless is a hot name. The Packers want him back and the Giants (with former Green Bay TE coach Ben McAdoo) are going after him as well. We don't know the other teams that have reached out to Quarless, but the Patriots, Bills, Lions, Falcons, Bucs and Jets are among the league's more tight-end needy teams.
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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #33 on: March 10, 2014, 02:41:44 PM »
Other interesting updates:

Peppers on the block.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are shopping RE Julius Peppers for trade.

It's the likely certain precursor to Peppers' release. Peppers' 2014 salary cap number is nearly $20 million, and Chicago needs that space to be active in free agency as well as sign its rookie class. At this point, GM Phil Emery would probably accept a late seventh-round pick for Peppers, although he won't even get that. Expect Peppers to be dumped by Tuesday afternoon.
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Good thing we won't see him twice this year. OTOH, too bad he isn't Packer.

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Seahawks re-signed DE Michael Bennett to a four-year, $28.5 million contract, including $16 million guaranteed.

He chose to stay with the Super Bowl champs over the Bears, who offered considerably more money. Bennett, 28, "started" only three games in 2013 with Seattle, but racked up 8.5 sacks and a forced fumble while playing both defensive end and tackle, primarily operating as a sub-package pass rusher. He's not an every-down player, but the Seahawks are big believers in "wave" rotations up front, and Bennett's versatility is critical in their philosophy. The Bears may now attempt to make a late run at free agents Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston, the top remaining available defensive ends.
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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #34 on: March 10, 2014, 02:46:42 PM »
Good thing we won't see him twice this year. OTOH, too bad he isn't Packer.

I would prefer the Bears keep him at the $20M hit (and average play)... also he is a shadow of his former self, do not want Packers to pick him up.

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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #35 on: March 10, 2014, 02:51:22 PM »
Good thing we won't see him twice this year. OTOH, too bad he isn't Packer.

I would prefer the Bears keep him at the $20M hit (and average play)... also he is a shadow of his former self, do not want Packers to pick him up.

Agree. All around, his game has dropped off considerably.
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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #36 on: March 10, 2014, 03:55:40 PM »
Good thing we won't see him twice this year. OTOH, too bad he isn't Packer.

I would prefer the Bears keep him at the $20M hit (and average play)... also he is a shadow of his former self, do not want Packers to pick him up.

Agree. All around, his game has dropped off considerably.

he's not what he was in his prime, but i think he has something left in the tank.  last year he was banged up and surrounded by XFL -level talent on their sorry excuse for a D line.

not that he's worth anywhere NEAR his paycheck, but he could still provide production similar to a late-career Jason Taylor.

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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2014, 04:57:57 PM »
2 quick Packer updates:


The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles as a landing spot for free agent DL Mike Neal.

Coach Chip Kelly loves versatility in all his players and that's Neal's calling card. He played both outside linebacker and defensive end for the Packers, recording 9.5 sacks and six tackles for a loss over his last 27 games. He generated a team-high 37 hurries last season, also showing an ability to rush from the interior at 6'3/285.

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The player rep for free agent TE Andrew Quarless says he's had discussions with eight teams since Saturday.

As an all-around tight end with athletic upside, Quarless is a hot name. The Packers want him back and the Giants (with former Green Bay TE coach Ben McAdoo) are going after him as well. We don't know the other teams that have reached out to Quarless, but the Patriots, Bills, Lions, Falcons, Bucs and Jets are among the league's more tight-end needy teams.

Funny how so many people on this board have nothing nice to say about Andrew Quarless, yet "those, in the know" around the NFL find him to be very worthy as an NFL Tight End.

Me thinks there are way too many folks who have a huge man-crush for Finley, and just can't admit that Quarless is a decent TE.

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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #38 on: March 10, 2014, 05:25:17 PM »
I've always wanted Quarless and Neal back, but realize once they hit the open market the odds are less than 50%.

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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #39 on: March 11, 2014, 06:30:18 AM »

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins are "expressing real interest" in free agent FS Jairus Byrd.

Byrd would be quite the upgrade on outgoing FS Chris Clemons, although safety play wasn't a weakness in Miami last year. RapSheet reports the Fins are "gearing up for another big year in free agency." Miami committed a four-year, $32 million deal to LCB Brent Grimes, and is expected to fork over $9.5 million annually to LT Branden Albert on Tuesday. Byrd will command $10 million per year.

We'd all love to have Byrd but he's gonna cost too much.  If Miami doesn't want Clemons this guy might just be the type of FA Ted would consider.

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Re: Free agency 2014
« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2014, 08:11:01 AM »


Funny how so many people on this board have nothing nice to say about Andrew Quarless, yet "those, in the know" around the NFL find him to be very worthy as an NFL Tight End.

Me thinks there are way too many folks who have a huge man-crush for Finley, and just can't admit that Quarless is a decent TE.

He's worthy, as a back up or a TE in an offense that utilizes the position as only a blocker.  He was a very mediocre receiving threat in Green Bay last season despite being in an offense that was utilizing the position a ton.  When Finley went down he was averaging over 5 catches, 60 yards and a TD every other game.  Those are numbers that AQ peaked at.  Hell, AQ and Finley had simular season despite AQ receiving considerably more playing time.  I don't need 2013 Finley type production from the TE position but I's like to see more than 3 catches and 28 yards a game from a TE that is playign in an offense that heavily involves the position.  I think siging him to a big raise in hopes that he is going to flip this magic switch and turn into something he hasn't been in Green bay despite numerous chances is silly.  We'd be better off drafting a TE and plugging him into the starting position.  I believe there were a dozen 1st or 2nd year TEs that were more productive last year than AQ and some of them were back up TEs in their offenses.  Kellen Winslow put up simular receiving production and he was had off the streets in June. 
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