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Thursday morning one-liners

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The Bills will clear about $5 million worth of salary cap room with DE Chris Kelsay’s retirement.

The Dolphins have let some local products slip under their noses in past years, and FIU’s John Cyprien could be next.

The Patriots are hoping the Alex Smith trade sets the bar and someone makes them an offer for QB Ryan Mallett.

Jets S LaRon Landry wouldn’t mind staying, but his price is likely too high for the Jets.

Ravens C Gino Gradkowski is ready to take over for the retiring Matt Birk.

A look at the Bengals free agents at TE, WR and the line.

Free agent WR Steve Breaston visited the Browns yesterday and took a physical.

But Breaston’s also visiting the Steelers today, and they’re considered the favorite.

The Bills official website throws a little shade on the Texans’ talk about drafting a quarterback.

Colts P Pat McAfee could end up with a franchise tag.

New Jaguars running backs coach Terry Richardson compared his job to when he was on staff at UConn during the transition from I-AA to Division I.

The Titans might draft a kicker if Rob Bironas gets away in free agency.

The Broncos are going to give Nate Irving and Steven Johnson a chance at MLB.

You’ll pardon Chiefs fans for not throwing a party over a new QB just quite yet.

After his fast 40 times at the Combine, many are already sending Texas WR Marquise Goodwin to the Raiders.

After the Combine, it looks more likely that the Chargers will be looking for line help.

Getting some cap relief from OLB DeMarcus Ware was the first of many deals the Cowboys are going to have to re-do.

Though they think he’s an “ascending” player, there are still reasonable concerns about Giants LT Will Beatty’s back.

The Alex Smith trade means the Eagles are probably stuck with/get to enjoy QB Nick Foles for another year.

Redskins WR Josh Morgan is recovering from three surgeries (all presumably successful).

Bears LT J’Marcus Webb apologized on Twitter for the drug charges which were dropped yesterday.

The Lions have created around $8 million worth of cap room, and are working to create more.

Reinstated DT Johnny Jolly is technically a restricted free agent, meaning the Packers still have the first chance to keep him if they want him.

Minnesotans apparently aren’t gambling nearly enough to meet projections for the new stadium.

For all the planning the Falcons have done on a new stadium, they haven’t decided if they want natural grass or artificial.

Panthers WR Steve Smith said he thought his team should draft defensive line help.

In addition to Marques Colston, the Saints also restructured the deals of Jahri Evans, Ben Grubbs and David Hawthorne to create cap room.

The Buccaneers have built a coaching staff 24-deep, most of them having worked for Greg Schiano in the past.

The Cardinals are still looking for answers at QB, though they weren’t as interested in Alex Smith at the price the Chiefs paid.

The Rams are paying close attention to the TE class in this year’s draft.

Alex Smith isn’t the first 49ers QB to go to Kansas City, but is he more Joe Montana, Elvis Grbac or Steve Bono?

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll went straight from the Combine to the state capital of Washington, to advocate for a youth program.

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8 Responses to “Thursday morning one-liners”
  1. bishopslappytruelove says: Feb 28, 2013 8:47 AM

    So, it that a photo of the Chiefs bending over to consummate the Alex Smith trade?

  2. malvord13 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:52 AM

    Who wants mallet? What has he proven? That he can hand the ball off when they take Brady out when they are winning 45-0?

  3. mr510 says: Feb 28, 2013 9:29 AM

    Can we stop assuming the Raiders will keep drafting the player with the fastest 40 time? Al is gone(Rest in Peace) and if they do draft a fast player, it’s because he’s a football player first. It’s like poking a dead horse.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 28, 2013 9:41 AM

    Lions could have saved more by trading KVB when a sucker team was willing to pay us for the removal of a massive liability. I don’t see them as making cap improvements, but rather racking up massive dollars every year of blown opportunities. That’s not a savings, that’s a running increase of debt and obligation and risk to lose games in the future. We need to reposition away from these negatives and start creating some positives.

  5. albertmn says: Feb 28, 2013 9:47 AM

    The Mallett article you link to sounds more like wishful thinking by a beat writer (or blogger) than what the Pats will think. Alex Smith has had success as a starter in the last two years. Mallett has played exactly zero meaningful snaps in the NFL. When have any former Pats backups moved on and had success? The Pats may be able to move Mallett, but the Smith trade does nothing to set that value. It is an apples/oranges comparison.

  6. megastaff1975 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    Hey strat chill man!! we would’ve gotten nothing by trading KVB. He’s declining and getting old and cant play every down!! no one wants that! The Lions will and are making cap improvements. There’s gonna be one guy (SUH) on that team we will have to let go when the contract is up. its gonna take alot of money to keep him on the team unless he’s willing to take a pay cut but i don’t see that happening with him. If he does take a pay cut its gonna be a HUGE relief for the lions!!

  7. nelly837 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:46 AM

    To all you Chiefs fans that think you have the experience and football smarts to be a GM in the NFL, really you need to shut up. Name one QB in this years draft that is better than Alex Smith, and please all experts who think Geno Smith is the next RGIII get real. Did any of you actually watch Geno last year? It’s easy to look awesome when you are beating up on the Appalachian States of college football, but when he was in the national spotlight in a high pressure game against K-State the dude looked like the second coming of Matt Cassell. This is who you think is going to lead the Chiefs to the playoffs in his first year? I think not. Dorsey and Reid got Alex Smith for a 2nd so you would rather have them spend the overall 1st pick on Geno Smith? Besides the Chiefs can still trade down their #1 pick for a lower 1st round pick and another pick. This years draft is loaded with really good big uglies so the Chiefs can still get the player they need and have a starter at QB that was just a dropped punt from taking his team to the Superbowl in 2012.

  8. mjkelly77 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:Feb 28, 2013 9:41 AM

    Lions could have saved more by trading KVB when a sucker team was willing to pay us for the removal of a massive liability. I don’t see them as making cap improvements, but rather racking up massive dollars every year of blown opportunities. That’s not a savings, that’s a running increase of debt and obligation and risk to lose games in the future. We need to reposition away from these negatives and start creating some positives.
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    KVB , represented as a greatly depreciated asset along an accepted benefit vs. cost spectrum, exhibited lower anticipated productivity and diminished future performance to the corporation. Thus fully embodying an unfavorable debt to equity ratio, vis-à-vis on field contributions, KVB offered minimal trade value and therefore contractual termination was the most rational course of action. Sunk costs in the form of contractual salary obligations currently are, and have been, analyzed to the greatest extent possible as evidenced by the contract reformulations of Messrs. Burleson and Raiola.

    Further analyses within a benefit vs. cost framework will undoubtedly exhibit additional opportunities in the form of contractual modifications and terminations which are anticipated to be implemented on a posthaste basis thereby affording a competitive ability to fully participate in the imminent free agent bidding process to the ultimate advantage of the enterprise.

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