March 16, 2006


by Michael Stephens

The Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Jeff Garcia (pictured) on Thursday, giving Donovan McNabb a capable backup and uniting Terrell Owens‘ two least favorite human beings in one place.

Owens Out, Garcia In

The Eagles also signed wide receiver Jabar Gaffney as a replacement for T.O. Both were given one-year contracts.

Garcia, 36, made three Pro Bowls in five seasons with San Francisco, where he drew the wrath of Owens despite heady play and consistently good results (sounds like a pattern here). He for Cleveland in 2004, then passed for 937 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions in six games with the bungling Detroit Lions in 2005.

Gaffney, 25, caught 55 passes for 492 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Houston Texans. He performed similarly well 2004, hauling in 41 passes for 632 yards and a pair of scores. The former Florida star has 171 catches for 2009 yards and seven TDs in his four-year career.

Garcia shook off the unavoidable questions about Owens.

“Had I signed a day or two ago, we could’ve been teammates,” Garcia said. “He’s moved on and I’ve stepped into a place where he played. That’s it. I don’t have a problem with the guy. He’s a tremendous player on the field. If I had an opportunity to be a teammate of his again, I wouldn’t back down from the situation.”

Notice he didn’t say he’s upset that T.O. was cut. Just saying. In any case, Gaffney is a bit of a question mark as he is a good player but not a star, and his role in the Eagles’ offense remains to be seen. But he will get some looks, and is certainly worth keeping your eye on. Garcia won’t play as long as McNabb is healthy, but he’s still got something left if Philly calls on him.


March 15, 2006


by Michael Stephens

Wide receiver David Givens has signed a five-year, $24 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, reports the Boston Globe.

A seventh-round draft pick out of Notre Dame four seasons ago, Givens developed into a solid wideout with the Patriots, winning Super Bowl rings in 2003 and 2004, and setting the franchise’s career mark for postseason receptions. But he wanted to be a #1 receiver, not second fiddle to Deion Branch (and possibly others) in the Patriots’ committee-style passing attack. His deal with the Titans includes an $8 million signing bonus.

“David is young, he’s healthy, he’s productive, and he is as classy as anyone you’d ever want to meet,” Titans G.M. Floyd Reese said. “He’ll be a leader on our team, and to top it all off, he’s got more Super Bowl rings than he’s got fingers for, and that’s very, very important to us. We’re very happy to have him and excited.”

Huh? He’s only got two rings, Floyd. Lay off the booze, man.
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March 14, 2006


by JJ Cameron

In Cincinnati, Carson Palmer is entrenched as the Bengals’ starting quarterback. So why would Jon Kitna stay there?

In Detroit, however, the Lions employ the biggest draft bust since Ryan Leaf under center. It’s the perfect opportunity for Kitna to regain a starting spot. Using this logic, the veteran signed a four-year deal with Detoit this week.

Showing the utmost confidence in Joey Harrington, the Lions aren’t simply relying on Kitna to compete for the starting job. The club signed Shaun King to a contract a couple weeks ago.

With a receiving corps that includes Roy Williams and Mike Williams, the Detroit signal caller should be a highly sought after player for your fantasy squad. Too bad it’s been Harrington for the last few years. If When Kitna wins the role, don’t underestimate him as a back-up for your team.



by Michael Stephens

Quarterback Drew Brees has signed with the New Orleans Saints, rebuffing a final offer to remain with San Diego, reports that city’s Union-Tribune.

Brees Signs With Saints

The Chargers offered Brees $50 million over six years, but most of that money was not guaranteed. He would have been paid $2 million guaranteed next season with the opportunity to make up to $8 million more based on playing time, with a similar structure in the forthcoming years.

But Brees, 27, wanted a bigger financial commitment, and so his turbulent career with the Chargers, which was resuscitated even after the team drafted Philip Rivers to replace him two years ago, is finally over. The Saints’ offer of $60 million over six years, with a $10 million signing bonus, was too much for him to turn down. Miami reportedly engaged in the bidding over Brees, but dropped out when it traded for Daunte Culpepper.

The former Purdue star was the team’s starter in 2002 and the majority of a horrible 2003 season. In 2004, Brees defiantly kept his starting job by turning in one of the best seasons by a quarterback in franchise history and making the Pro Bowl. He followed that up with a solid 2005 season, but suffered a separated shoulder and partial rotator cuff tear in the finale. He had surgery January 5 and says he is ready to play this season.

The injury is a concern for New Orleans and fantasy owners alike, but Brees has proven his toughness in the starter’s role. With Joe Horn and Deuce McAllister as his chief weapons, he can do damage in the Big Easy. He’s certainly a better bet than Rivers, at least until the former N.C. State star shows what he can do. As for former Saints starer Aaron Brooks, who the heck knows what that guy is up to.


March 13, 2006


by Michael Stephens

A Denver news station reports that the Broncos have agreed to re-sign running back Ron Dayne and have hammered out a three-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the station did not specify whether a night of heavy drinking and strippers contributed to G.M. Ted Sundquist’s lapse in judgment.

“Ron showed us in 2005 that he certainly has the skills to be a productive part of the Broncos’ rushing attack,” Sundquist said. “His contributions should only be greater in 2006, and we feel he has finally found a place where he can showcase his talent.”

Look, Ted. We are talking about Ron Dayne here. The only place his “talent” is being showcased is the buffet line. What a disgrace this man is. Let’s recap:

2000: Dayne is selected by my beloved New York Giants in the first round (11th overall) of the NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games, making four starts, and rushed for 770 yards on 228 attempts (for 3.4 yards per carry). He scored five times as the short-lived “thunder” to Tiki Barber’s lightning.

2001: Dayne appeared in all 16 games for the Giants, leading the team with a career-high seven rushing TDs while picking up 690 yards rushing on 180 attempts (3.8 yards per carry).

2002: Noticeably heavier, he appears in all 16 games, starting one (for some reason, while rushing for an incredible 428 yards rushing on 125 carries (another solid 3.4 yards per carry) with three TDs.

2003: Dayne was mercifully inactive for all 16 games with the Giants.

2004: Somehow appearing in 14 games and starting two of them, Dayne put together massive totals of 179 yards on 52 carries (good for his standard 3.4 per) on the season.

2005: Gained 270 yards on 53 carries (a 5.1 average) in 10 games of action for Denver. Sure, the average is up, but with Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell softening up defenses, my colleague J.J. Cameron could have probably run for 10 yards a carry.

This is hysterical. How people keep their jobs when underperforming to such an incredible extent in this league is a mystery. Do not go anywhere near Ron Dayne in your fantasy league. Or when he walks into the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. If you stand between him and a California roll, he may actually devour you. Crazy as it sounds, you’d be better off with Maurice Clarett, who at least packs heat.



by JJ Cameron

It’s hard to choose the main reason why the Baltimore Ravens re-signed Jamal Lewis. Were they afraid his former shower mates in prison would seek revenge if they let him walk? Did curiosity get the best of the team? Just how far could his yards per carry plummet after last season’s paltry 3.4?

It’s not as though they had a solid back-up plan. The signing of Mike Anderson, a 1,000-yard back with 12 touchdowns in Denver last season, was just a ploy to make other clubs think Baltimore had lost the Jamal scent. And it worked perfectly.

The Ravens must have thought that NFL news would be filled with the Edgerrin James deal - who would even notice they brought back a former jail bird that openly stated his lack of desire at times last season? The Files, that’s who.

We’re here to make sure NO ONE drafts this lazy drug runner in any fantasy round next year. He ran for a grand total of three scores and barely 900 yards in 2005. Don’t say you weren’t warned.


March 12, 2006


by JJ Cameron

After a run to the playoffs and a comeback season for Mark Brunell, the Redskins appear dedicated to providing the veteran QB with receiving help. First, they traded for Brandon Lloyd.

Now, they’ve beaten the Niners, Bears and any other club to the Randle El punch, signing the former Super Bowl star to a six-year deal. The wide out and former college quarterback should take a lot of pressure of Santana Moss next year.



by JJ Cameron

That didn’t take long. On the first full day of free agency, the most sought after fish on the market was reeled in. Edgerrin James signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Forget what this means for which team is now favored to reach next year’s Super Bowl - the move has MAJOR fantasy implications. Let’s review:

- Where does James rank among top running backs now? Can you count on him as an elite back in Arizona? Could a player in a run-first system, such as DeShaun Foster, actually leap over Edge in your draft?

- Is Peyton Manning still the top quarterback? Will teams drop back into a constant dime defense now that the running attack has been diminished?

- What about Dominic Rhodes? Now the Indy starting back, can you expect James-type numbers from this former back-up?

- Is there a more offensively loaded team than the Cardinals? What does this mean for the apocalypse? Kurt Warner can now hand the ball to James or throw it to a pair of All-Pro wide receivers: Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald?

Does the man make the system or vice versa? That’s the question fantasy owners will have to decide as they make up their draft board next season. One thing appears to be for certain, however: apparently God really is on Kurt Warner’s side.


March 11, 2006


by JJ Cameron

Sleeper alert! Now that the Panthers have signed DeShaun Foster to a three-year contract, include him among players ready to break out next season.

With the release of Stephen Davis, Foster will finally be Carolina’s feature back. This is a running-oriented team that will gladly manage the clock by handing the ball off 25-30 times per game.

This may not be as major a re-signing as Shaun Alexander - and of course you should take last last season’s MVP over Foster. But think of this rising star before selecting veteran backs on their way down, such as Ahman Green.

Foster Lunges for the Endzone

An impressive Super Bowl performance is part of Foster’s resume. 


March 10, 2006


by JJ Cameron

Look, it’s difficult enough to keep up with NFL news. We don’t need owners changing their minds about a salary cap every other day. We also would prefer if players that were cut (aka “capped!”) by a team actually remained that way.

Isaac Bruce and the Rams apparently don’t see things as the Files do. Five days after releasing the former All-Pro, St. Louis signed him to a three-year deal worth $15. At least the club overpaid for this injury-prone veteran.

So, where does this leave Bruce in your fantasy draft? We know the Rams will pass the ball approximately 47 times per game, so he’s still worthy of a third wideout position; assuming he actually stays with the team now. What’s next? Marcus Vick becomes a solid citizen?


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