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 Posted: Thu Apr 4th, 2013 01:46 am
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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/03/giants-sign-mike-patterson/

Giants sign Mike Patterson
Posted by Josh Alper on April 3, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

The Dream Team is moving up the New Jersey Turnpike.

We kid, but there’s a second former Eagles defensive tackle joining the Giants. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the Giants have signed Mike Patterson, who will join Cullen Jenkins on the Giants defensive line in 2013.

Patterson was cut by the Eagles before the start of free agency on the same day that they gave Jenkins his walking papers. Patterson played just five games for Philly in 2012 after preseason surgery before the season to repair an arteriovenous malformation from his brain. That condition contributed to a seizure during training camp in 2011 that initially seemed to threaten his ability to continue his football career.

Patterson spent eight seasons in Philly overall, most of them as a starter, before getting his walking papers with the change in coaches and defensive philosophies this offseason. He probably won’t be a starter with the team he used to call a rival, but should provide solid depth at a spot that also includes Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin and Shaun Rogers.



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Just talked to a good friend in Philly. He says Jenkins will pay immediate dividends and that Patterson is not that great. Other Philly guys-thoughts?



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Falcons will release Tyson Clabo
Posted by Josh Alper on April 4, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

The Falcons are about to have a new look on the right side of their offensive line.

Right tackle Tyson Clabo is about to get a pink slip from the Falcons, according to a tweet from his agent Chad Speck. Clabo has been a starter for the Falcons since joining the team in 2006, making 101 starts over seven years with the team. He’s started every game over the last five years and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010.

That resume makes it hard to believe this is a performance-related move from the Falcons. It’s more likely part of an effort to clear cap space to put toward a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan. Until Clabo is officially cut loose, the Falcons have just $2.4 million in cap space at their disposal and it would seem they feel they need more. They’ll get it by excising Clabo’s $4.5 million base salary from the rolls, although it opens up a big hole on the line.

Clabo shouldn’t suffer from a lack of suitors on the open market, where he’ll join Andre Smith as the most appealing right tackles available. Teams like the Dolphins, Eagles, Texans and Cardinals have been linked with other available tackles this offseason and you’d imagine some or all of them will want a look at Clabo.



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beejmi wrote: clawmaster wrote: The Raiders are starting from scratch again.

That's where you end up when you use a first round pick for JaMarcus Russell and then use two first rounders to get Carson Palmer and spend a third for Terrelle Pryor and then have to go out and get Matt Flynn on top of that.

Which is why McKennzie is trying to fix all the stupid mistakes that the crypt keeper continued to make over the last decade.

I see it as a smart move.  Dump the big money contracts and rebuild. 

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/04/jason-hanson-retires/

Jason Hanson retires
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 4, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

Jason Hanson, the longtime Lions kicker who is the NFL’s longest-serving active player and the player who has played in more games for one team than any other player in NFL history, has decided to call it a career.

The 42-year-old Hanson told DetroitLions.com that he is not 100 percent healthy and thought a foot injury was going to keep him from playing at his best.

“It was time to make a decision,” Hanson said. “It was the right time to step away. “Ultimately, it’s my heel – the problem I developed last year. Now that we’re starting a new year, it’s still an issue. I have the desire. I have the determination, as I said earlier, to come back. Each time I’d start to push it, I’d kind of short-circuit. I realized that at this point of my career, I don’t want to perform in a compromised way. It’s not good for the team. I lost a little of my desire to play injured.”

Hanson owns the NFL records for most career 50-yard field goals (51) and most games played with one team (327). He’ll go down in history as one of the best kickers ever to play the game.



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Falcons will release Tyson Clabo
Posted by Josh Alper on April 4, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

The Falcons are about to have a new look on the right side of their offensive line.

Right tackle Tyson Clabo is about to get a pink slip from the Falcons, according to a tweet from his agent Chad Speck. Clabo has been a starter for the Falcons since joining the team in 2006, making 101 starts over seven years with the team. He’s started every game over the last five years and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010.

That resume makes it hard to believe this is a performance-related move from the Falcons. It’s more likely part of an effort to clear cap space to put toward a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan. Until Clabo is officially cut loose, the Falcons have just $2.4 million in cap space at their disposal and it would seem they feel they need more. They’ll get it by excising Clabo’s $4.5 million base salary from the rolls, although it opens up a big hole on the line.

Clabo shouldn’t suffer from a lack of suitors on the open market, where he’ll join Andre Smith as the most appealing right tackles available. Teams like the Dolphins, Eagles, Texans and Cardinals have been linked with other available tackles this offseason and you’d imagine some or all of them will want a look at Clabo.


Clabo is decent. Sam Baker, who they just extended, is a bad player. Bad move!



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Tony Gonzalez: I came back because we have a great team
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 5, 2013, 7:02 AM EDT

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez went from 95 percent sure he would retire in January to 100 percent sure he would play in March. So what led Gonzalez to change his time?

Gonzalez said on NFL AM that he became convinced from talking to teammates, coaches, team personnel and his family that spending another year in Atlanta is what he needs to do.

“Matt Ryan, Arthur Blank, Mike Smith, Roddy White, all the guys really want me back,” Gonzalez said. “I went home thinking it was over, and I talked to my family and really sat down with them and discussed the pros and cons of returning, and really, I couldn’t think of too many cons. . . . You know what? We’ve got a great football team, and I look forward to seeing what we can do this year.”

Gonzalez said there’s one more thing for him to do in his career: earn a Super Bowl ring. And so he wanted to make a commitment to the Falcons at the beginning of the offseason, so that they’d know the starting tight end position was taken care of, and that they could get to work on putting the finishing touches on a team that can win it all.

“I want to make sure that they assemble the pieces that they need to make a championship run and get to the Super Bowl in New York,” Gonzalez said.

The return of Gonzalez makes a championship run more likely for the Falcons.



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Niners, Anthony Davis strike long-term deal
Posted by Mike Florio on April 5, 2013, 7:25 AM EDT

Right tackle Anthony Davis will be a member of the 49ers for a long time.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the two sides have worked out a five-year extension.  Coupled with his current deal, the contract will keep Davis in San Francisco through 2019.

Davis, who along with guard Mike Iupati were the last first-round picks of the pre-Harbaugh/Baalke regime, arrived via the 11th overall selection in the 2010 draft.  Davis has started all 48 regular-season games of his career.

The Davis deal could be the first piece of a much larger contract puzzle for the 49ers, especially with Iupati, receiver Michael Crabtree, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick all due to become free agents in the same year Davis would have hit the market:  2015.  Linebacker Aldon Smith will become a free agent in 2016.

As a practical matter, the 49ers need to be ready to sign their core players sooner rather than later.  After 2013, both Kaepernick and Smith will be eligible for long-term deals — and it’s safe to say both will want them.  Especially since both players were drafted in the first year of the current rookie wage scale, which in Smith’s case resulted in a far lesser contract than he would have gotten if he’d been the seventh overall pick one year earlier.

As of Wednesday, the 49ers had $4.0 million in cap space.  With the terms of the Davis deal not yet known, it’s unclear how the contract affected the team’s cap situation.

UPDATE 8:15 a.m. ET:  The five-year extension is worth$37.295 million, with $17 million in guarantees.



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Yuck. Anthony Davis is the weak link on the line. Not that he is a bad player he just doesnt deserve that kinda money.



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Benlen wrote:
Yuck. Anthony Davis is the weak link on the line. Not that he is a bad player he just doesnt deserve that kinda money.

It's strange that all the weak links on the OL of teams seem to be getting deals or not getting cut. Baker, Davis and (for my Giants)David Diehl.



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Jaguars, Mohamed Massaquoi agree
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 5, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

The Jaguars and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi have agreed to a deal, the club confirmed Friday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Massaquoi received a two-year contract.

Massaquoi, 26, has played the last four seasons in Cleveland. In 2012, he caught 17 passes for 254 yards in nine games and dealt with hamstring and knee ailments. Injuries have been an issue for him in the last two seasons, and he had multiple concussions in his Cleveland career.

However, if Massaquoi is healthy, he could improve the Jaguars’ wideout depth behind Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. Massaquoi, who has made 43 starts, has gained 14.8 yards per catch since entering the NFL in 2009.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union first reported the Massaquoi agreement.



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Raiders will waive Rolando McClain today
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 5, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Amazingly, the trade never came together.

The Raiders are doing what has been expected for a month, parting ways with linebacker Rolando McClain, PFT has confirmed.  The transaction was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Technically, he’ll be waived, meaning teams will have to put in a claim if they want the former No. 8 overall pick.

McClain issued the following statement to PFT, acknowledging things hadn’t gone as planned:  “I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL.  I’m disappointed that it hasn’t worked out better, but I’m very excited and thankful for the Raiders allowing me to get a fresh start. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward.”

Getting rid of McClain continues an offseason of high-profile purges by General Manager Reggie McKenize.

Top-10 picks Michael Huff and Darrius Heyward-Bey were released, and high-cost trade acquisitions Richard Seymour (free agent) and Carson Palmer (traded for peanuts) are gone as well.

To grade McKenzie on what  he’s built so far seems unfair, since he’s clearly still razing the mistakes of others and clearing away the rubble.



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Lions, David Akers agree to terms
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 5, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

The Lions quickly moved to secure an experienced replacement for retiring placekicker Jason Hanson, agreeing to terms with ex-49er David Akers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Friday evening.

The 38-year-old Akers comes off his worst season as a pro; he missed a career-high 13 field goals in 42 regular-season attempts for NFC champion San Francisco. It was a surprising form reversal for Akers; the previous season, he connected on 44-of-52 field goals and set the single-season NFL points record (166). The 49ers released Akers in March, replacing him with former Browns kicker Phil Dawson.

Akers’ overall track record is solid. He has hit at least 82 percent of his field goals in nine of the last 13 seasons — all while playing his home games outdoors for the 49ers and Eagles. By contrast, the Lions could play as many as 10-of-16 regular-season games in 2013 in climate-controlled settings — eight home contests at Detroit’s Ford Field, one game at the domed Mall of America Field in Minneapolis and another at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., which has a retractable roof.

Akers, who is entering his 16th NFL season, had 40 of his 87 kickoffs go for touchbacks in 2012.



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Raiders will waive Rolando McClain today
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 5, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Amazingly, the trade never came together.

The Raiders are doing what has been expected for a month, parting ways with linebacker Rolando McClain, PFT has confirmed.  The transaction was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Technically, he’ll be waived, meaning teams will have to put in a claim if they want the former No. 8 overall pick.

McClain issued the following statement to PFT, acknowledging things hadn’t gone as planned:  “I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL.  I’m disappointed that it hasn’t worked out better, but I’m very excited and thankful for the Raiders allowing me to get a fresh start. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward.”

Getting rid of McClain continues an offseason of high-profile purges by General Manager Reggie McKenize.

Top-10 picks Michael Huff and Darrius Heyward-Bey were released, and high-cost trade acquisitions Richard Seymour (free agent) and Carson Palmer (traded for peanuts) are gone as well.

To grade McKenzie on what  he’s built so far seems unfair, since he’s clearly still razing the mistakes of others and clearing away the rubble.



I still thank the Raiders for taking Mclain. It was widely known that Reese would have taken him if he was available. Instead, he took a chance on Jason Pierre-Paul.



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New concerns about Gronkowski’s recovery
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 7, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

What was originally viewed as a simple broken forearm (which is easier to say when it isn’t your forearm) has become a long-running issue for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

And now, there’s a chance the complications from his surgeries (plural) could put his chances at opening the season at risk.

According to Ron Borges and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Gronkowski’s still battling a stubbon infection, and may need to have yet another surgery to replace the metal plate designed to stabilize the bone.

According to the report, Gronkowski’s near the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotics, but doctors aren’t sure the infection is gone. Doctors plan to go back to take the metal plate out and install a new one to make sure the area is clean. If it isn’t (which they won’t know until they’re in there), they’ll have to make sure the tissue around the plate is clear of infection before putting a new plate in. That could push into the 10 weeks of healing time Gronkowski is said to need before the opener in September.

If the infection has cleared, he should have enough time to get healed for the start of the season, but that’s something they can’t guarantee.

He’s been on antibiotics since his third surgery in February, and doctors are expected to meet with him soon to determine a course of action.

While I’m not a doctor, and infections before breakfast are something I normally try to avoid on a Sunday, the report does sound a note of concern.

As it pertains to the football field, the Patriots obviously need him. But the multiple procedures and long treatment time raises questions about Gronkowski’s health beyond his ability to play football or dance shirtless.



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