September 19, 2017

All Out Blitz

Arizona Cardinals: Good news to every Cardinal fans ears, WR Larry Fitzgerald stated that with the improvements the team made on the field in free agency, he is more likely to sign long term with Arizona…..Coach Ken Whisenhunt stated on Thursday that Beanie Wells will start at running back to begin the season…..The addition of TE Todd Heap gives the Cardinals a solid pass catcher, but remember, Heap is nowhere near the player he used to be; however in the red zone, he’s a nice tall target for QB Kevin Kolb.

Atlanta Falcons: We learned recently that RB Michael Turner underwent groin surgery in the off-season; an optimist thinks this is the reason for Turner’s mediocre 2010 and a pessimist thinks this season won’t be any better…..Tony Gonzalez, 35, recently stated that he could play another three seasons if he wanted to; you have to wonder if Tony is starting to realize just how good this offense can be with the addition of WR Julio Jones.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are one of the teams that are rumored to be interested in the services of Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, as if that defense isn’t scary enough…..The loss of TE Todd Heap to free agency means we will find out if Ed Dickson is the real deal or not…..A couple of the Steelers have had some unflattering things to say about QB Joe Flacco this week. Seems they forget that if not for a couple of key drops by Raven WRs in the playoff game last season, the Steelers wouldn’t have even made the Super Bowl.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills signing of LB Nick Barnett gives them a quality player who can range from sideline to sideline. The only reason he is still not a Packer is because of salary cap reasons…..With opposing teams having to respect the deep threat of WRs Steve Johnson and Lee Evans, RB CJ Spiller could have plenty of room to operate underneath.

Carolina Panthers: Linebacker Jon Beason was placed on the non-football injury list with tendinitis in his Achilles but it’s not considered anything serious…..One would have to think that Cam Newton will start at QB for the Panthers as Jimmy Claussen was nothing short of awful last season. But even if he doesn’t, the Panthers have stated that they will have plays designed for him each week…..Speaking of QBs who were awful last season, the Panthers signed Derek Anderson.

Chicago Bears: The Bears must be in love with former Cowboys, having signed WRs Roy Williams and Sam Hurd, along with RB Marion Barber so far in free agency…..Williams could be the ball possession type of receiver the Bears need. Hurd is probably still best suited for special teams. Barber looks to be the goal line back…..The Bears will be looking for another center after Olin Kreutz has decided to test the free agent market. Not good for a team whose biggest weakness may have been the offensive line last season.

Cincinnati Bengals: Cedric Benson is back in the fold after signing a one-year deal. One has to wonder if his market dried up because of his off field problems…..Andy Dalton will be given every chance to win the starting QB job this season. This promises to be a pretty ugly situation as Dalton would almost certainly be better off sitting behind a veteran to at least start the season…..Those of you who think Carson Palmer may change his mind and come out of retirement to play again for the Bengals, forget about it! There is a better chance of Boomer Esiason putting the pads back on.

Cleveland Browns: QB Colt McCoy is struggling so far in camp with the new West Coast offense, but that’s to be expected since there weren’t any off-season mini-camps to work on things…..You know you may not be in for a good season when you lose your punter for the year with a torn Achilles tendon.

Dallas Cowboys: There were many questions when Dallas didn’t try to upgrade their secondary via the draft, but the Cowboys kept insisting they trusted Terrance Newman and Mike Jenkins. The Cowboys were all of a sudden in late on the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes, but lost out, and now the news that they have lost Newman for 4-6 weeks with a groin injury. Even if Newman comes back before the season opener, it seems unlikely that he would be at 100%, and all the top CBs are off the market…..On the flip side, they did solve their safety problems with the signing of Gerald Sensabaugh and Abram Elam.

Denver Broncos: Kyle Orton has clearly outplayed Tim Tebow in the battle for the starting QB job. Not a shock as Orton may not be a sexy QB, but still much better than an average one…..The Broncos signed ex-Patriot Ty Warren to help with their run defense…..WR Brandon Lloyd has looked good in camp once again, and if Orton does indeed start, could once again put up a big season.

Detroit Lions: The loss of DT Nick Fairley for most, if not all, of training camp with a foot injury is certainly not good news. But if he can get close to 100% before the start of the regular season, then it’s not a devastating loss…..The Lions did a great job of waiting out LB Stephen Tulloch. There wasn’t a big market for his services and they were able to get him at a much more team friendly contract.

Green Bay Packers: The re-signing of WR James Jones is great for the Packers but not good for those fantasy owners who grabbed Jordy Nelson thinking this would be his breakout season…..It’s also not good for their 2nd round pick Randall Cobb, who now will only get on the field in the event of an injury to one of the top four wideouts…..For those of you who are worried, DB Charles Woodson is practicing fully in camp.

Houston Texans: WR Andre Johnson dislocated a finger in practice Tuesday, nothing to worry about as he will be back in a matter of days. This reminded me of the days where John Elway and Brett Favre would repeatedly break or dislocate their receivers fingers because they threw the ball with such velocity…..RB Steve Slaton will be traded as long as Ben Tate shows he is healthy and can handle the backup RB job.

Indianapolis Colts: QB Peyton Manning was spotted throwing the ball in practice and looked good doing so, but is still on the PUP list…..WR Austin Collie is also practicing fully, but one has to wonder if he can make it through a full season after multiple concussions last season…..The Colts re-signed Joseph Addai to a three-year, $14 million contract. Not sure if it’s just me, but that seems a bit high.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew is being limited in training camp after coming off meniscus surgery. If there is one top RB that I’m staying away from in fantasy leagues, it would be Jones-Drew. He’s an injury risk and the Jaguars might use Rashad Jennings in a bigger role in order to keep Jones-Drew as fresh and healthy as possible…..I’m not a big fan of the passing game either and wonder if teams stack the line of scrimmage and force QB David Garrard to beat them.

Kansas City Chiefs: Head Coach Todd Haley has stated that once again the Chiefs will be a run first team this season. If RB Jamaal Charles can stay healthy, he is going to have a big year…..TE Tony Moeaki has missed the first couple of days of camp with a knee injury. He may not be a household name, but he is a good blocker in the run game and can surprise some people in the passing game.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have announced that RB Reggie Bush will have pretty much the same role with them that he had with New Orleans, touching the ball about 10-12 times a game…..There were some rumblings that Miami is interested in QB Brett Favre (can’t he just go away), but apparently this is nothing more than internet rumor…..Tiki Barber had a tryout with the Fish this week. Pretty much shows you how desperate they are right now.

Minnesota Vikings:  WR Percy Harvin is looking forward to a breakout season after not having suffered from a migraine since last year…..Of course with Bernard Berrian starting opposing you, Harvin is going to have the attention of all of the pass defenses…..Tackle Byrant McKinnie showed up at camp close to 300 pounds and was promptly released…..Anyone who hasn’t seen the video of what P Chris Kluwe asked of Donovan McNabb in order to give up jersey #5 should check it out. Pretty funny!

New England Patriots: The Patriots and Jets are gearing up for what should be an interesting battle in the AFC East…..If WR Chad Ochocinco can’t be a deep threat, one has to wonder if the Patriots can be the high scoring offense they were in the past…..DT Albert Haynesworth passed his conditioning test without any problems for those of you who are wondering.

New Orleans Saints: RB Mark Ingram has looked great early on in camp and could be another dangerous weapon in the Saints offense…..DE Will Smith will finally be suspended four games for using performance enhancers; the courts finally upheld the NFL’s right to suspend Smith…..If you’re looking for a TE late in your draft, look no further than Jimmy Graham. He is going to have a big year.

New York Giants: The saga between the Giants and DE Osi Umenyiroa promises to last all season long. In a nutshell, Osi believes he was promised a new contract if he performed well and now wants to be traded. The Giants did give his agent permission to seek a trade for about 48 hours before rescinding it. They then told Osi to take the day off and he refused. It is going to be an interesting soap opera all training camp.

New York Jets: The Jets are taking a big gamble on WR Plaxico Burress. He hasn’t played in two years and had issues with both organizations that employed him. Now has a sprained ankle to begin camp…..It seemed the Jets were the favorites until the last minute to land CB Nnamdi Asomugha but re-signing Antonio Cromartie is still a good move. With Darrelle Revis on your roster, Asomugha was a luxury, not a necessity.

Oakland Raiders: If you’re the Raiders, how can you let TE Zach Miller leave during free agency, not to mention the aforementioned Asomugha?…..RB Darren MacFadden will be out of action for at least two weeks with a fractured orbital bone…..The Raiders have been working out TE Kevin Boss to replace Miller…..The Raiders are still hoping that WR Jacoby Ford will be ready for the regular season after having the cast taken off his broke hand on Tuesday.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are going for broke this season, signing just about every free agent imaginable…..CB Nnamdi Asomugha seems to be an answer to the multiple receiver sets that the Packers and Saints use as the Eagles now have three top flight CBs on their roster. Makes you wonder if they will try and trade Asante Samuel eventually…..The Eagles even tried to lure WR Randy Moss out of retirement…..If QB Michael Vick stays healthy, this is going to be a scary offense…..Speaking of health, DT Mike Patterson is probably out for the season after suffering a seizure in practice and needing surgery to fix the problem.

Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Emmanuel Sanders had another surgery on his foot and is no longer likely to begin the season as the Steelers #3 WR…..QB Dennis Dixon angered Pittsburgh management when he asked for a trade. He may get his wish though…..WR Hines Ward should be ready to come off the PUP list (thumb) in the next couple of days.

San Diego Chargers: In order to keep SS Bob Sanders healthy, they are thinking about replacing him in passing situations. That’s all fine and good, but Sanders usually gets hurt throwing his body around in the running game…..Another player who came off the PUP list was TE Antonio Gates. He practiced on Thursday. The Bolts have to be a little worried though about his foot. This injury looks like it’s never going to heal completely.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers signed WR Braylon Edwards. The loss of Michael Crabtree makes Edwards close to a necessity…..In somewhat of a shock, the 49ers sent out an email to all NFL teams that S Taylor Mays is available. It didn’t take long for Mays (2nd round pick last year) to prove to new head coach Jim Harbaugh that he can’t play at the NFL level, now you know why is college coach, Pete Carroll, passed on him.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks signing of TE Zach Miller is somewhat surprising as they have a pretty good TE already on their roster in John Carlson. Miller just seems to be a luxury, not a necessity…..The Hawks also signed WR Sidney Rice earlier in free agency. Now if they only had a QB to get the ball to these two…..Yeah, I’m not a big fan of Tarvares Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams finally found their backup to RB Steven Jackson in Cadillac Williams…..Michael Sims-Walker gives the Rams yet another WR who is maddingly inconsistent. QB Sam Bradford may not be able to make that jump to the next level without a true number one wideout.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It would’ve been nice to see the Bucs spend some money in free agency this season. They are a strong young team with a ton of room under the cap. A couple of solid free agents here and there could make a big difference. Seems to be they are behind the Saints and Falcons at this time.

Tennessee Titans: It was bad news for WR Kenny Britt on Thursday when it was announced that commissioner Roger Goodell will still be judge and jury when it comes to player discipline. Oh and Britt hasn’t practiced yet due to a hamstring injury…..Chris Johnson still hasn’t reported to camp. He wants a new contract with around $30 million guaranteed. Cha ching!

Washington Redskins: A sleeper RB in your fantasy leagues could be Roy Helu. Tim Hightower has already proven he can’t handle a full-time role and Ryan Torrain underwent surgery to place four screws in his hand this week. Of course the problem is the Skins have no QB and coach Mike Shanahan is famous for driving fantasy owners crazy with his use of RBs…..The Skins did re-sign QB Rex Grossman. It’s either him or John Beck for the starting QB job, yippee.

All Out Blitz

After finishing my column last week I started to worry about what I would write about in this column. The NFL was still in a lockout, and a news and notes column was getting more and more difficult to fill out. Well as we have all seen this week, the NFL players, general managers, and owners are trying to cram 136 days of non-action into a single week. It’s been a smorgasbord of roster moves and transactions. I mean wow, it’s been a wild week. Let’s get started.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cards got their man when they acquired QB Kevin Kolb from the Eagles for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick in next year’s draft. This instantly puts them back in contention in the NFC West and makes WR Larry Fitzgerald the happiest man in the state. Some might argue that this was too steep a price to pay, but the Cards did draft CB Patrick Peterson this past April in the 1st round, and without a franchise QB, you’re just not going to get very far in this league.

Atlanta Falcons: Earlier this week, the Falcons stated they would not be able to sign DE Ray Edwards. Now they have reversed course and stated they would be able to sign him, but at their price…..The Falcons have signed all of their drafted rookies including WR Julio Jones. It should be just a matter of time before Jones makes his presence felt in the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens released WR Derrick Mason earlier this week, but would like him back at a reduced rate. The problem is Mason’s former team, Tennessee, is also interested in his services…..If the Ravens don’t sign a WR, 2nd round pick Torry Smith could end up starting from the get go opposite Anquan Boldin…..Like Mason, the Ravens decided to cut TE Todd Heap, but would like him back if they can agree on a smaller contract.

Buffalo Bills: Although he signed a three-year contract and has played for head coach Chan Gailey in the past, Tyler Thigpen should not be a threat to start over Ryan Fitzpatrick, unless Fitzpatrick falls on his face…..Although RB CJ Spiller is expected to touch the ball more, Fred Jackson is still expected to be the lead back for the Bills.

Carolina Panthers: I understand DeAngelo Williams is a great RB and the Panthers had plenty of money under the salary cap, but with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson also on the roster, couldn’t that money be spent elsewhere…..I do love the move of adding TE Greg Olsen. They have a rookie QB in Cam Newton, and rookie QBs need a good TE as a safety blanket…..The player to be named later in the Olsen trade is not WR Steve Smith who stated on Thursday that he wants to finish his career in a Panther uniform.

Chicago Bears: You had to know the Bears would eventually trade TE Greg Olsen. In a Mike Martz offense, there just isn’t much use for a TE…..The Bears are said to be very close to signing WR Roy Williams. They want a tall receiver to make those catches over the middle, and Williams has played for Martz before…..Rumors are going around that RB Matt Forte could hold out for a better contract. He is only scheduled to make about $550,000 this season.

Cincinnati Bengals: I understand about standing on your principles but it seems kind of stubborn to not trade QB Carson Palmer and get a draft pick or two rather than just force him into retirement…..The Bengals are still expected to sign RB Cedric Benson as teams may be shying away from him due to yet another arrest this off-season…..The Bengals made yet another error when they let CB Jonathan Joseph sign with Houston. They have the money, but just don’t spend it wisely…..The trade of Chad Ochocinco to New England opens up a starting job for Jerome Simpson.

Cleveland Browns: Browns have a ton of money they could spend under the cap, but so far have not been able to sign anyone…..The Cowboys are interested in S Abram Elam. The Boys might be interested in quite a few of the Browns defensive players that played under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan while he was in Cleveland.

Dallas Cowboys: Dallas has solidified their offensive line with the signings of Doug Free and Kyle Kosier, but have lost defensive lineman Stephen Bowen to Washington…..The Cowboys are said to be in negotiations to bring in DT Cullen Jenkins. This would be an interesting signing as Jay Ratliff would normally play that position. Would Ratliff move to DE if the boys sign Jenkins? If the Cowboys can’t sign Jenkins and start to worry about their defensive line, one has to wonder if they will make a push to sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha. If you can’t get to the QB, better make sure you can cover those wideouts for as long as possible.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos and Dolphins are playing a game of chicken when it comes to QB Kyle Orton. The Broncos want to trade. The Dolphins want him to be their starting QB. However, Denver wants at least a 3rd round pick, and Miami doesn’t want to give up more than a 4th.  The Broncos are currently around $8 million over the cap; they must be under the cap by Aug. 4. Orton makes almost $9 million. So by the 4th, they must trade or release Orton. Miami knows this and right now there are no other suitors for his services. Miami might just wait Denver out unless someone else decides to step in with a better offer.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have a terrific defensive line. Unless they find a CB or two, it might not much matter…..Things aren’t any better on the linebacker front, as the Lions seemed to have dropped out of the running for Stephen Tulloch…..LT Jeff Backus has a shoulder injury that will force him to miss at least a couple of weeks of action. This is certainly not good news for QB Matthew Stafford, who needs his offensive line to be at full strength to protect him.

Green Bay Packers: Although the Packers want to retain WR James Jones, it looks like he will sign with Minnesota today…..The Pack picked up the bonus in Ryan Grant’s contract, assuring that he should once again be the starting RB for that high scoring offense…..LB Nick Barnett was a cap casualty but kicker Mason Crosby received a five-year deal.

Houston Texans: The Texans were said to be hot after CB Nnamdi Asomugha but seemed to be pretty happy with their signing of Jonathan Joseph on Wednesday. There biggest need was a CB and, although they may not have signed the number one guy on the board, they still got a very good player…..The signing of SS Danieal Manning and Joseph makes a weakness, now a strength. Could this finally be the year Houston makes the playoffs?

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts are another team that has been quiet this week, and now we’re hearing rumblings they may not sign RB Joseph Addai…..They did sign one of their own, S Melvin Bullitt…..We should find out the severity of QB Peyton Manning’s neck surgery by how much money the Colts guarantee him in his new contract.

Jacksonville Jaguars: TE Marcedes Lewis is expected to get a new contract shortly, as the Jags don’t want to lose his services…..The Jags did sign Clint Session, an unspectacular, yet solid LB who should help the Jags in the middle.

Kansas City Chiefs: WR Steve Breaston signed with the Chiefs, reuniting with head coach Todd Haley. This gives the Chiefs a legitimate threat opposite Dwayne Bowe and gives rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin time to grow into the job…..I’m getting a bigger and bigger feeling each day that RB Jamaal Charles is going to have a huge season, providing he can stay healthy.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins signed the scatback they were looking for Thursday in Reggie Bush. Some might think this is bad for Daniel Thomas, but the Dolphins were always planning on signing a back to share the load. Bush will get his 12-15 touches a game, but Thomas will still be the main ball carrier, including when the Dolphins are in scoring position.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings upgraded their QB situation with the addition of Donovan McNabb, but lost their best WR in Sidney Rice. Good thing they have RB Adrian Peterson…..One WR the Vikings did sign was former Bear Devin Aromashodu. Aromashodu has talent, but just never fit in Mike Martz’s offense.

New England Patriots: You have to hand it to coach Bill Belichick. He has no problem taking on other teams problem children. First he makes a trade with Washington to take DT Albert Haynesworth off their hands, and then makes another trade for WR Chad Ochocino. Good luck to you Mr. Belichick…..One might think the Haynesworth deal has no chance of working, as the Patriots also play the 3-4 defense that he hates, but what Haynesworth really hated was lining up over the center. In New England, he will play one of the end positions, as Vince Wilfork will do that bit of dirty work.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints wasted no time in replacing RB Reggie Bush by agreeing to a contract with Darren Sproles on Thursday…..New Orleans seems to be in a battle with Denver and Dallas for the services of DT Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins isn’t really needed in New Orleans so one might think they wouldn’t be the favorite to land him.

New York Giants: The G-men received good news this week when the Dolphins dropped out of bidding for RB Ahmad Bradshaw; would almost seem a lock that he returns to them…..Things could get very ugly with DE Osi Umenyiora. Osi believes he was promised a new contract and may hold out until he gets it…..Could the Giants really be interested in re-signing WR Plaxico Burress? Seems if coach Tom Coughlin believes that he and Burress can get along; a second go around could be possible.

New York Jets: The Jets signed their number one priority this off-season in WR Santonio Holmes, but his $50 million contract will probably cost them any chance at signing fellow wideout Braylon Edwards…..The Jets are also trying to lock up CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Can you imagine trying to pass against that secondary?…..The Jets fallback option if they are unable to sign Asomugha is expected to be Antonio Cromartie, not a bad second choice.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are said to still be in the market for a QB to challenge Jason Campbell for the starting job. It seems unlikely they would go after Kyle Orton however, as those two franchises don’t like each other.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles found their backup to QB Michael Vick with Vince Young all but signed and delivered. You can certainly question Young’s maturity, but he would seem to be a good fit for the Eagles offense as he is sort of a Vick clone…..The addition of CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gives the Eagles a really strong twosome with Asante Samuel, good thing too because their competition in the NFC East is strong at receiver. Dallas has Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, while the Giants boast Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.

Pittsburgh Steelers: If the Giants don’t sign WR Plaxico Burress than the Steelers might. It seems only his former teams are interested in him at this time…..The Steelers number one off-season priority was retaining CB Ike Taylor; mission accomplished with a four-year deal…..The Steelers are doing their best to sweep LB Jerome Harrison’s comments under the rug, but you still have to wonder if the team is getting tired of his act.

San Diego Chargers: TE Antonio Gates is likely to begin camp on the PUP list, but that’s not anything to worry about as he should be ready to join the rest of the team in no time. One still has to wonder if Gates will be suffering from plantar fasciitis all season again…..It seems to be just a matter of time until WR Malcolm Floyd signs with another team.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers seem to be out of the running for CB Nnamdi Asomugha…..For the third straight season, WR Michael Crabtree will miss most if not all of training camp, and you wonder why he hasn’t taken that next step to stardom. This time it’s a foot injury that will keep him out…..The 49ers did upgrade their kicking situation with the addition of David Akers…..RB Frank Gore looks like he is going to be a holdout.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks decided to sign former Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson to compete with Charlie Whitehurst for the starting job. Whichever one wins the job will have Sidney Rice to throw to as he also went from Minnesota to Seattle…..I’m not sure the Seahawks QB situation got any better with Jackson, and have no doubt it would be much better with Matt Hasselbeck.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams have yet to sign that big time WR to help QB Sam Bradford make the jump to the next level…..The Rams are in the market for a solid RB to backup Steven Jackson. They realize Jackson has plenty of mileage on those tires and is unlikely to be able to play all 16 games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs are yet another team that has backed out of the Asomugha sweepstakes. Kind of surprising since they have a need, and have the money…..They have also let LB Barrett Rudd know that they will no longer require his services. He was a tackle machine, but to many of those tackles were 2-3 yard up field.

Tennessee Titans: The good news for the Titans is that the signing of QB Matt Hasselbeck gives the team a solid QB. The bad news is that he has about as much a chance of starting all 16 games behind center as I do…..More bad news is that RB Chris Johnson is a holdout waiting to happen…..The NFLPA will indeed fight the commissioner’s right to discipline players who got in trouble during the lockout. This could be good news for WR Kenny Britt who is a lock to be suspended if Roger Goodell is allowed to suspend players for sullying the NFL shield.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins have made a slew of moves; signing DE Stephen Bowen, WRs Dante Stallworth and Jabbar Gaffney, and CB Josh Wilson. It doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if they don’t have a QB, and they don’t have one…..The trade of DT Albert Haynesworth was addition by subtraction…..The re-signing of WR Santana Moss is nice, but he’s still not a real number one wideout. Skins seem to be pretty far behind the Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles in the NFC East.

All Out Blitz

After taking last week off to deal with an illness, Lyme Disease, I’m back to go over some more news and notes for each team throughout the National Football League. Of course the best news is that it looks like the lockout could be coming to an end as early as today, Friday at the latest. Teams would then have three days to go over the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and sign their own free agents, before free agency would start in earnest next week. Most teams have about 40 players under contract and would need to bring that number up to about 90 for training camp. That would mean there would be about 1600 player moves in about a two week span. The transaction wire is going to blow up.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cards are still the favorite to land QB Kevin Kolb once free agency/trading begins, instead of draft picks they are rumored to be making CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie available to trade as the Eagles want players rather than picks for Kolb…..Don’t be surprised if Beanie Wells or Tim Hightower is traded once training camp is underway.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons still feel the biggest need of their defense is to put more pressure on the QB, they will be in on DE Ray Edwards and are still looking for ways to make DL Jamaal Anderson, 2007 1st round pick, a better pass rusher.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens secondary is still sort of a work in progress but S Ed Reed should be full bore for training camp…..It’s looking more and more like Marc Bulger will be re-signed to backup QB Joe Flacco…..The Ravens seemed to want to become more of a throwing team last season with the additions of WR Anquan Boldin and TJ Houshmandzadeh, will they go back to more of a ground and pound this season?

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers will have a couple of interesting personnel decisions to make once the lockout is ended…..Do they re-sign DeAngelo Williams even though, with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson on board, RB is a position of strength and perhaps that money could be wisely spent elsewhere…..What to do with WR Steve Smith? He might fetch a considerable return if they put him on the market.

Chicago Bears: The Bears are one of those teams that are said to be interested in the services of WR Steve Smith, should the Panthers make him available…..How will the fans react to QB Jay Cutler after some questioned the validity of his knee injury that took him out of the NFC Championship game in January…..Look for the Bears to use Matt Forte even more this season as he could easily touch the ball more than 300 times should he stay healthy.

Cincinnati Bengals: With the new salary cap floor expected to be at least 95% of the cap, the Bengals are one of those teams that will be forced to spend money as they have been historically, hhhhmm, let’s say thrifty with their payroll…..Pacman Jones is in legal trouble again, I’m shocked…..RB Cedric Benson is also in trouble with the law after being charged with assault, not the best timing for the free agent to be…..The Bengals are said to prefer signing CB Leon Hall to a long term contract rather than Jonathan Joseph.

Cleveland Browns: Montario Hardesty, who had ACL surgery, is said to be ready to go once camp opens. He will still be the backup to RB Peyton Hillis…..The Browns would like to get the ball into the hands of WR Joshua Cribbs as much as possible, but he is far from a polished receiver and may see his role in the passing game reduced as a result…..S Abram Elam could be a hot commodity once free agency opens.

Dallas Cowboys: DL Stephen Bowen is going to draw a lot of interest in free agency…..Dallas is one of those teams that will have cap problems and may not be the big players in free agency that everyone expects them to be, which would seem to put them out of the running for CB Nnamdi Asomugha…..LT Doug Free should be the top priority of the Cowboys, followed by at least one safety, possibly two if Gerald Sensabaugh finds big money elsewhere.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos keep stating that the QB competition will be wide open between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton, but it’s Tebow’s job to lose, and if the Broncos are offered at least a 3rd round pick for Orton, he will be playing elsewhere…..Keep in mind that under new head coach John Fox, the Broncos are not expected to run as many three WR sets as they have in the past; this should be a boon to RB Knowshon Moreno.

Detroit Lions: If QB Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for what the Lions might accomplish on offense this season…..RB Javhid Best will probably touch the ball more, but rookie Mikel Leshoure could be the goal line back; thus vulturing short TD runs…..Even though Dave Rayner impressed the team with his kicking last season, Jason Hanson is expected to once again be the Lions kicker this season.

Green Bay Packers: Don’t overlook WR Jordy Nelson in your fantasy drafts…..James Jones is probably going to depart in free agency…..Donald Driver is slowing down and might not be able to stay healthy…..Opposing defenses already have their hands full with Greg Jennings and TE JerMichael Finley…..If the Packers need to clear salary cap space, LB Nick Barnett and his $4.4 million salary could be the first to go.

Houston Texans: RB Arian Foster stated this week that he played most of last season with a torn meniscus in his knee; makes you wonder what he will do on two healthy knees…..In an expert fantasy draft that started this week, Foster was the 1st overall selection, and WR Andre Johnson was the 1st receiver taken, 5th overall…..Back to Foster, he also stated that he won’t holdout this season despite only making $480,000 this season.

Indianapolis Colts: WR Anthony Gonzalez, remember him, should be ready to go once training camp opens, but it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not he will be the same player he was before he suffered two season’s worth of knee injuries…..The Colts insist that Peyton Manning will be ready for the regular season…..2010 1st round pick DL Jerry Hughes was arrested for public intoxication; he won’t be suspended, but if it happens again, all bets are off.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars plan to use the franchise tag on TE Marcedes Lewis once the lockout ends…..With the lockout and the loss of OTAs, any chance that Blaine Gabbert starts over David Garrard are slim and none…..The Jaguars deny it, but it would make sense to limit Maurice Jones-Drew’s carries week in and week out, especially coming off knee surgery.

Kansas City Chiefs: LB Mike Vrabel retired, not a big loss in the overall scheme of things to the Chiefs defense…..The addition of WR Jonathan Baldwin should help the Chiefs offense, but could hurt WR Dwayne Bowe’s production as now there is another mouth to feed plus TE Tony Moeaki could also see the ball more.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins could be one of the bigger players in free agency as they will need at least two QBs and a RB to split the load with rookie Daniel Thomas…..Apparently Vince Young will not be one of those that will be brought in, and Tyler Thigpen is likely to get a bigger offer elsewhere…..Speaking of players not returning to south Florida, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown won’t be brought back.

Minnesota Vikings: WR Sidney Rice may want a big contract but it seems like teams may only be willing to offer incentive laden contracts in order to protect themselves from his injury history…..RB Adrian Peterson is in the last year of his deal and is threatening to hold out, but odds are the Vikings will sign AP to an extension, it would give AP the money he wants, and the Vikings valuable cap space.

New England Patriots: Could WR Randy Moss end up back with the Pats? They do need a WR who can get deep…..The lockout may be about to end but G Logan Mankins still wants out of town and may be holding up the agreement to make that happen

New Orleans Saints: Unless RB Reggie Bush agrees to restructure his contract, he is as good as gone in New Orleans…..The Saints are going to be in a dogfight all season in the NFC South with Atlanta and Tampa Bay, which might be the best division in football; although the NFC East may have a say in that also.

New York Giants: The new “soft cap” when it comes to veterans could make it easier for the Giants to sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw…..DE Osi Umenyiora is expected to hold out once the lockout ends, as he believes GM Jerry Reese broke a promise to him to redo his contract. Considering Umenyoria was benched for part of the 2009 season for his inability to play the run, it seems odd that the Giants would’ve made some kind of promise.

New York Jets: CB Antonio Cromartie has stated that he won’t give the Jets a hometown discount, which will probably lead his way out of town…..WR Braylon Edwards could also find another team, as Santonio Holmes is expected to be the Jets top priority…..Gotta love that the NFL scheduled the Ryan brothers to face each other opening weekend. I’m sure there won’t be any press conferences leading up to that game.

Oakland Raiders: The owners ratified the CBA 31-0 with one team abstaining. Guess which team that was?…..The Raiders are almost $12 million over the salary cap, just another reason they have no chance to re-sign Asomugha

Philadelphia Eagles: QB Kevin Kolb is so sure that he will be traded to Arizona once the lockout is lifted, that he has been looking at real estate in Arizona. He has also been working out with WR Larry Fitzgerald…..The Eagles have money to spend in free agency and could be in the market for a CB if they don’t get one in a Kolb trade; or also for pass rush help. Did someone say Ray Edwards?

Pittsburgh Steelers: LB James Harrison may be playing his way out of his house with his mouth. Criticizing the commissioner is one thing, but when you start to turn on your teammates, it’s another thing altogether…..You have to love the rivalry between the Steelers and Ravens. WR Hines Ward gets arrested, and the Ravens start making fun of him on Twitter. The two games next season between these two teams are must see TV.

San Diego Chargers: Like Logan Mankins of the Patriots, WR Vincent Jackson is also said to want more out of his lawsuit than just a new CBA…..Don’t be surprised if RB Mike Tolbert carries the ball more this season than you might think; even if Ryan Mathews is healthy…..The Chargers would like to keep WR Malcolm Floyd, but it seems likely that he will leave during free agency.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks don’t seem to be convinced that Charlie Whitehurst is their QB of the future, but they do seem to be convinced that it is time to move on without QB Matt Hasselbeck…..I know the Hawks made the playoffs last season, but would it really surprise anyone if they finished this season with a record of 4-12.

St. Louis Rams: WR Donnie Avery is healthy and could be the big play man in the Rams offense…..RB Steven Jackson seems to have lost a step and it would do the Rams some good if they could find a complementary back…..The Hall of Fame game between the Rams and Bears has been cancelled, let’s hope that is the last game cancelled.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs may be a better team this season, but due to a tougher schedule and teams not taking them lightly anymore, their record may not reflect that…..It looks like the Bucs will now keep CB Aqib Talib and his legal troubles, but it would be a suprise if he wasn’t suspended…..RBs Earnest Graham and Cadillac Williams may have played their last down in a Tampa uniform.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans are now rumored to be the new landing place for QB Matt Hasselbeck…..RB Chris Johnson is expected to hold out until he gets a new contract…..WR Kenny Britt is another player who could be suspended once the lockout is lifted…..So let’s see, your top RB is going to holdout, your top WR could be suspended, and you don’t have a QB right now. There is no sweet music playing in Tennessee right now.

Washington Redskins: This is a scary thought, the Skins are predicted to have plenty of money to spend under the cap as they dumped a truckload of bad contracts into the uncapped season of 2010. Owner Dan Snyder might go completely nuts with a WR and a CB topping his wish list…..They need a QB also, but aren’t expected to be players in the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes. No matter how much money they may spend, if you don’t have a top QB, it just won’t matter.