Free Agency has begun!  A lot of rumors were shot into the world yesterday, but not too many of them stuck.  I’ll take you through some of the juicier rumors and the stickier innuendo:

Jake Delhomme: He has been released by the Panthers due to suckiness, but also for money concerns which are boring.  Now that he’s on his way out I feel some regret for constantly mocking him, but he just wigged out and lost all his ability to distinguish his receivers from the other team’s cornerbacks.  With his experience there is no doubt he’ll find a team to give him shelter, but it would be amazing if he were to turn his career around at this point.

Matt Moore: Delhomme’s departure has left the quarterback position for Moore.  This is pretty good news for Steve Smith since Delhomme was having trouble getting him the ball.  Moore isn’t going to be a fantasy starter in the Panther’s run first offense, but he could move his way up into backup status.

Nate Burleson: Burleson has signed with the Detroit Lions.  This is very good news for our man Calvin Johnson.  If Burleson can stay healthy (a Rex Ryan sized if) he will take a lot of heat off Megatron and give Stafford three good targets in Pettigrew, Burls and Megatron.

Chad Pennington: It was looking good for Pennington to head back into the crowded Dolphin’s quarterback club, but he wants a no trade clause that the Dolphins don’t want to give him.  Chad Henne has the starting QB job, and they also like Tyler Thigpen and Pat White.  Pennington doesn’t feel like a necessity.

Chester Taylor: He is visiting Halas Hall today (that’s where the Bears hold their frozen rituals). This visit is very bad news for Forte owners. It doesn’t have to be 3rd down for running backs to catch passes in Mike Martz’s system, but since Forte’s value looks like it will be as a receiver next season, a back like Taylor who can catch the ball will really cut into his numbers.

Julius Peppers: The Bears were busy last night, especially Lovie Smith who showed up on Peppers doorstep at midnight and asked if he could sleep over.  I think they played Madden.  Peppers and Smith will form a singing duo and headline a show in Vegas over the summer.  With Peppers going to Chicago for a visit it’s looking like he’ll probably end up there.  Bears management is looking to save their jobs.

Brandon Marshall: Most of the news coming out about Marshall is that teams don’t want to mess with him.  He has the stink of petulance, a murder trial, and greed, all over him.  The rumor mill has the Seahawks as a suitor right now.  Pete Carroll could really use him now that Burleson is a Lion.

Thomas Jones: No concrete rumors have been circulating.  Can rumors be concrete? Adam Schefter believes the Browns will look hard at Jones which makes a lot of sense.  The Browns don’t believe Jerome Harrison can be an every down back (that must be why they gave him 100 carries in the last three games!).  It’s too early to get into Jones’ impact with the Browns since I have no clue who he’ll be playing for next season.

Darren Sproles: After deciding not to tender the scraptastic back slash kick returner, the Chargers took a gander at their depth chart and saw it peppered with scrubtastic backs, so they rethought and gave Sproles a 1st and 3rd round tender.  But there are rumors that they are willing to trade him for less than his tender.  I’m guessing because they don’t want to pay him 7 million dollars.

Kevin Walter: For some reason he is getting a lot of buzz.  He had a great chance to make some noise in the Texans pass heavy offense last season, especially after TE Owen Daniels went down, but instead he did a whole lot of jack squat.  The Ravens seem to be interested.  Sounds like a recipe for bluh.

Antonio Cromartie: The Jets traded a third rounder for Cromartie.  The guy is a little soft (take a look at his fake attempt at tackling Shonn Greene in the playoffs), but he does have cover skills.  Him and Revis will make the Jets defense even better.  They have to be the first D/ST off the board in drafts next season.

Derrick Mason: I couldn’t see the Ravens letting him go, but there have been rumors flying around that have him going to New England or Miami.  These could be rumors to help Mason get 2 years out of the Ravens.

Anquan Boldin: See above, but add the Ravens.

Aaron Kampman: The Bears were looking hard at Kampman, but harder at Peppers.  It’s now looking like the Seahawks are the front runners in the Kampman race.  His injury may make his signing a little further off, but he’ll help a team.

  1. Randy says:
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    Just a thought-Delhomme wouldn’t be the first undrafted QB to make a second appearance in another SB with another team after everyone thought his career was dead (ahem, Kurt)…just saying it could happen.

  2. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Randy: True, I like him and I hope he can turn things around. The Rams will probably show interest.

  3. Greg says:
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    I don’t see Delhomme coming back as a starter anywhere. His time is done. He might get lucky land as a backup and if injuries happen he might get some spot starts….

    for you loser like myself out there that trade in the offseason would you do the following:

    TRADE AWAY:
    Brees
    Garcon
    Clark

    GET IN RETURN:
    Colston
    Rivers
    Felix Jones
    Zach Miller

    tempting, tempting, tempting….

    on a sidenote with Boldin now in Baltimore….does Stallworth hold any value? Especially if olde’ man mason hangs it up?!?

  4. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Stallworth would be more intriguing if Mason leaves. But a lot of the passing game goes through Rice and now Boldin. Stallworth would be the deep threat and probably be inconsistent.

    I’m guessing this is a dynasty league? That trade is tempting. Clark to Miller is your biggest downgrade and the biggest snag in my opinion. Brees to Rivers isn’t that bad. Colston is better than Garcon. Jones is the wild card. I think he’ll get a chance to be the man in Dallas this season and if it wasn’t for his past injuries I’d say make the trade right now. If Jones is a big upgrade to your starting lineup I say do it, but if he isn’t, your starting lineup is getting worse with the loss of Clark.

  5. Greg says:
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    thanks for the input… In reality I also have Mccoy. So the BIG BIG question is MCCOY. As you wrote it looks like Mccoy is gonna be the #1 in PHilly. But if they get someone else then Mccoy is a downgrade and Jones is an upgrade. My current starting lineup in a dyansty ppr league is this:

    Brees
    SJax
    Mccoy
    Edwards or Driver
    Garcon
    Clark
    Jets D
    K

    vs after the trade:
    Rivers
    SJax
    Felix Jones
    Edwards
    Colston
    Z Miller
    NYJ
    K

    It’s tough either WAY but I kinda lean your way. Thanks for your input I think I’ll HANG 10…..

    So here is the BIG question in the offseason. Has Chicago with the moves of C Taylor and Peppers made themselves elite in the NFC? I’m starting to think if Cutler can reign it in they are legit to make waves. Is Cutler worth going after in round 4/5 next yr for the drafts?

  6. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Greg: I don’t know about elite since the Pack and Vikings (w/Favre) are probably still better than them, but the NFC North is going to be an extremely tough division no doubt. Even the Lions have improved.

    I do like Cutler in the 4th or 5th. He wasn’t as horrible a fantasy QB last season as his interceptions made him look and with Martz he will add to his total passing yards and TD’s.

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