Archive for October 16, 2009

Chicago Bears :
*Acquired (DE)Gaines Adams from Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Chicago Bears 2010 2nd Round Draft Pick

New Orleans Saints :
*Re-Signed (QB)Chase Daniel
*Placed (WR)Rod Harper on Injured Reserve

Tampa Bay Buccaneers :
*Acquired Chicago Bears 2010 2nd Round Draft Pick in exchange for (DE)Gaines Adams

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The Cleveland Browns and Joshua Cribbs have come to a crossroads in contract extension talks. Cribbs was looking to get an extension somewhere in the realm of Devin Hester’s extension, which is pretty damn fair to say the least. The Browns are a dismal franchise and they need to start re-building on their “re-build” all over again. Reportedly the Dolphins, Colts, Chiefs, Raiders, Jaguars, and 49ers have all called Cleveland in regards to a trade for the promising Joshua Cribbs. Well Cleveland, now is the time to trade him. Yes, he would be a great piece to your second re-building stage in as many years, but you need to start piling on those draft picks, and with 6 teams inquiring so far about Cribbs, you should be able to get in a nice bidding war for his services. Cribbs is a very talented kick returner, put still needs to prove his worth as a wide receiver. I don’t blame him for not producing much yet because look who he’s got throwing to him. Joshua Cribbs is a multi-talented player who could benefit so much from going to a team like the Colts, or the Dolphins. The Dolphins were the first reported team interested in his services, and if they were able to lure Cribbs away from Cleveland, just think of the possibilities he could bring to the Wildcat. Miami is probably salivating at the thought.

The Browns seem to not be budging, and reports that have come out today suggest that Cleveland is not interested in trading Cribbs. Lets see what he has done for Cleveland since he entered the league in 2005.

RECEIVING : 192yds / 25rec / 7.7 avg yds (per reception) / 1TD
You have to note that he was very rarely used as a receiver.

RUSHING : 295yds / 46att / 6.4 avg yds (per carry) / 1 TD
Once again you have to note that he was rarely used in this role as well.

KICK RETURNS : 6,029yds / 229 returns / 26.3 avg yds (per return) / 5 touchdowns (2 of which were 100 yard TD’s)
PUNT RETURNS : 949yds / 81 returns / 11.7 avg yds (per return) / 2 touchdowns

So he is a very skilled kick and punt returner, that could potentially turn into a great wide receiver. That all will depend on if he gets traded out of Cleveland this weekend. Cribbs agent has been reportedly saying the Cleveland is being “very unfair” in it’s stance not to trade Cribbs, but if the right offer comes along, I just don’t see how they could pass it up.

After searching through various websites, and reading a lot of reports, I have compiled a list of players who may be available via trade. I’m guessing that if any trades go down at all, they will take place on Monday or Tuesday, next week. Last year, between the months of September and October, 5 trades took place. This year between the months of September and October, 11 trades have taken place so far. So trend has more than doubled. Lets take a look at who could possibly be on the “trading block” before the deadline passes on October 20th.

– (DE/LB)Aaron Kampman – Green Bay Packers
– (WR)Kevin Curtis – Philadelphia Eagles
– (QB)Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
– (DT)Anthony Montgomery – Washington Redskins
– (DE)Julius Peppers – Carolina Panthers
– (QB)Byron Leftwich – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– (QB)Josh Johnson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– (WR)Deion Branch – Seattle Seahawks
– (WR)Terrell Owens – Buffalo Bills
– (WR)Lee Evans – Buffalo Bills
– (WR)Roscoe Parrish – Buffalo Bills
– (WR)Joey Galloway – New England Patriots
– (QB)Brady Quinn – Cleveland Browns
– (WR)Joshua Cribbs – Cleveland Browns
– (DT)Shaun Rogers – Cleveland Browns
– (WR)Limas Sweed – Pittsburgh Steelers
– (DE)Jevon Kearse – Tennessee Titans
– (DE)Kyle Vanden Bosch – Tennessee Titans
– (DT)Glenn Dorsey – Kansas City Chiefs
– (LB)Derrick Johnson – Kansas City Cheifs
– (RB)Justin Fargas – Oakland Raiders
– (WR)Javon Walker – Oakland Raiders
– (CB)Nnamdi Asomugha – Oakland Raiders
– (LB)Shawne Merriman – San Diego Chargers

I will continue to browse reports throughout the weekend, and update this list as often as possible. I also will give you as much information as I can, such as which teams are interested in trading for which players.

WHO’S HOT :

1) (QB)Tom Brady – New England Patriots (vs. Tennessee Titans)
Why : The Titans are ranked (#31/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of 287.6 yards per game. They have also given up 13 touchdowns to pass attempts this season which is second worse in the NFL, to the Lions 15. The Titans are an unbelievable (0-5) and have had so many problems against the pass due to the early season injuries to (CB)Cortland Finnegan, (CB)Nick Harper, and (S)Vincent Fuller. This week they went out and signed, now journeyman, (CB)Roderick Hood to shore up their unit a bit, that consists of rookies (CB)Ryan Mouton and (CB)Jason McCourty, as well as (CB)Cary Williams who has spent time on the Titans practice squad this season. Look for Brady to exploit them, and owners of (WR)Randy Moss and (WR)Wes Welker will benefit.

2) (RB)Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cleveland Browns)
Why : The Browns rank dead last (#32/32) in run defense, giving up an average of 170.4 rushing yards per game. They also have given up 8 rushing touchdowns this season, which is second to worst in the league (the Texans have given up 9). There are early reports that (RB)Willie Parker may play in this one but I don’t think it will matter if he does, or doesn’t. Either way Mendenhall should have a big game. He has shown he can be the Steelers #1 back, and if he has a good showing this week, I don’t see how there is any looking back as far as Willie Parker is concerned.

3) (WR)Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers (vs. Detroit Lions)
Why : The Lions rank (#27/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of 244.6 yards per game. They also have given up a league worst in passing touchdowns which is a whopping 15 total. The Lions can’t seem to decide if (CB)Anthony Henry or (CB)Phillip Buchanon will be their starter. They play musical chairs with those 2 constantly. No consistancy at all. Earlier this week the Lions placed (CB)Eric King on Injured Reserve and signed free agent (CB)DeMarcus Faggins to take his spot on the roster. None of these options will put a stop to a hungry Greg Jennings this week.

4) (TE)Jeff King – Carolina Panthers (@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Why : The Buccaneers rank (#21/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of 227.2 yards per game. They also have given up 12 passing touchdowns on the year, which is third worst in the league. I can say that this pick is a risky one, but it seems to me that Jeff King is becoming someone (QB)Jake Delhomme can rely on more and more with each passing week.

5) (WR)Donnie Avery – St. Louis Rams (@ Jacksonville Jaguars)
Why : My sleeper pick this week is going up against a Jaguars pass defense that ranks (#30/32) in the league, giving up an average of 273 yards per game this season, as well as, 11 touchdowns. (QB)Marc Bulger will be returning as the Rams starter, and looked really good in his short return last week. Donnie Avery will be the Rams #1 receiving option this week, and look for Avery to show this week, that last year was no fluke. This kid has talent!

WHO’S NOT :

1) (QB)Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs (@ Washington Redskins)
Why : The Redskins rank (#3/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of 171.2 yards per game with 5 touchdowns allowed. The Redskins have a lot of drama going on with their team right now. Questions have come up about firing Jim Zorn, the players are blaming upper management, and players are blaming other players due to their lackluster performance so far. Despite all of that, I think the Chiefs offensive line will not be able to hold up the pass rush of the Redskins, which will force Cassel to make bad decisions.

2) (RB)Julius Jones – Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona Cardinals)
Why : The Cardinals rank first (#1/32) in rushing defense, giving up only an average of 71 yards per game, and a total of 2 rushing TD’s this season. The weird thing about this is the Cardinals rank dead last (#32/32) in pass defense giving up an average of 303 yards per game. Look for (QB)Matt Hasselbeck to stick to the passing game. The numbers say it all!

3) (WR)Terrell Owens – Buffalo Bills (@ New York Jets)
Why : The Jets rank (#8/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of 194.4 yards per game, with 3 passing touchdowns allowed. Don’t let these numbers fool you though. They should be a lot better because they have been without (CB)Lito Sheppard, and (CB)Donald Strickland. Both are expected to be back this week, and after the beating they took last week by the Dolphins offense, head coach Rex Ryan will not let that happen again. Terrell Owens has been practically non-existant this season, and I don’t expect him to be any more visable this week. I expect the Jets to be on shut-down mode, and they won’t take Terrell Owens’s bad season lightly what-so-ever.

4) (TE)Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
Why : The Eagles rank (#4/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of 171.5 yards per game with 7 touchdowns allowed. 7 touchdowns may seem like alot but it falls in line with the top 3 passing defenses. The Giants (#1) have allowed 4 TD passes, the Panthers (#2) have allowed 6 TD passes, and the Redskins (#3) have allowed 5 TD passes. Then you have to factor in the terrible performance from Raiders (QB)JaMarcus Russell this season and that is why the talented Zach Miller falls under the Who’s Not catagory this week. Zach Miller has so much damn talent, and it’s a shame it’s getting wasted away with such a poor QB. The Raiders need to get a new QB under center for the rest of the season, even if it’s their #2 (QB)Bruce Gradkowski. Maybe JaMarcus Russell just needs a change of scenery to help his cause, because as long as Al Davis is alive……the Raiders will be a terribly run franchise.

5) (RB)DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers (@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Why : My “beware” pick of the week is going up against the Buccaneers who rank (#28/32) in the league in run defense, giving up an average of 152.6 yards per game this season. Now, that is a pretty bad ranking for the Buccaneers, and you would think because of those numbers, “I’m starting DeAngelo Williams this week”. DeAngelo hasn’t put up huge numbers yet this season. Then again, he didn’t really get “hot” until the last half of the season last year. The Buccaneers have only given up a total of 3 rushing touchdowns this season, despite their lowly ranking. Another reason I say beware, is because (RB)Jonathan Stewart has been sneeking in some of those goal-line carries. So if you have a more viable option this week at RB, start him instead.