Posts by Eric Edholm

  • Josh McCown decides to sign with the Cleveland Browns

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Cleveland Browns have a new quarterback. Yet another one.

    Josh McCown, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a lost 2014 season, has opted to sign with the Browns over other teams he met with, including the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Chicago Bears.

    NEWS: Browns agree to terms with QB Josh McCown pic.twitter.com/7BReYJ2Teu

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal was for three years.

    McCown, who turns 36 on July 4, struggled in his one season with the Bucs, going 1-10 as a starter and throwing for 2,206 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He had signed a two-year, $10 million deal before the season, coming off a terrific 2013 campaign with the Chicago Bears with a 13-1 touchdown-interception ratio.

    The market was surprisingly strong for McCown after his release, likely indicating a few things:

    • Other teams view McCown's bad season as an aberration.

    • The free-agent market at the position looks mostly terrible.

    • The draft, after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, doesn't hold much promise either.

    • There is widespread desperation for any kind of quality play at the position.

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  • NFL draft watch: Needs that teams should pass on in Round 1

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It’s time to revive the need-vs.-BPA (best player available) debate, with an eye on this year’s draft.

    I was stunned at how many comments, Twitter remarks and emails I got after my post-combine mock draft that were something along the lines of “[insert their favorite team] won’t do that … they have bigger needs.”

    Knowing that my mock will be torn to shreds after the first round of free agency, I won’t defend the picks — but rather my method.

    Think of it this way: If you were to go back and do a redraft from three, four, seven, heck, 10 years ago, what are you going to do? You’re going to look at the best players and not even think about need.

    It’s not the most scientific way to approach it, but the point is this: Talent trumps all, and need should only be a tiebreaker.

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    So let’s take a look at the first-round draft order and examine some teams’ big, pressing needs — and implore them to wait on filling them if the right player isn’t available.

  • Darnell Dockett leads long list of NFL veterans cut

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It might come as a surprise, but the Arizona Cardinals released defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    Cardinals announced they released Darnell Dockett.

    Dockett tore his ACL prior to last season and missed the entire 2014 campaign. The colorful and outspoken defensive lineman turns 34 in May and was scheduled to hit for nearly $9 million on this year's salary cap. Dockett signed a four-year, $35.3 million deal prior to the 2010 season and has spent his entire career with the Cardinals until now.

    Although injury and age work against him, Dockett still should garner solid attention on the free-agent market. This feels like a salary cap-related move by the Cardinals, who previously were projected to have about $5 million in space to operate.

    'Tis the season for NFL teams to hack veterans, and Friday brought a slew of financially motivated cuts.

    Dockett is the biggest name of the bunch, and he should find work elsewhere. As for some of the others, it's not clear that will happen, at least not immediately.

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  • Atlanta Falcons cut RB Steven Jackson

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    In a move most people expected, the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with running back Steven Jackson.

    The Falcons save $3.75 million in salary cap space by cutting him now but must carry $1.1 million on this year's books for a signing bonus spread over from last year. He is now a free agent and can look for a new home immediately if there's work out there.

    The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Jackson signed with the Falcons two seasons ago but was limited to 1,250 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 27 games. His streak of eight straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons ended after he left the St. Louis Rams, with whom he spent his first nine years, in 2012.

    Jackson, who turns 32 in July, is the NFL's active leading rusher and ranks 16th all time in rushing yards with 11,388. In order to crack the top 10 — and pass former Rams teammate Marshall Faulk — Jackson would need to rush for another 892 yards.

    Jackson's best value at this stage of his career might come in the passing game, where he is still a reliable receiver and pass blocker. Plenty of teams still need that, and Jackson always has been one of the most self-motivated players in the league.

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  • Report that Dez Bryant could be franchised makes most sense right now

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    This feels like a good time to talk about what we actually know and what we (safely) can speculate about Dez Bryant. We'll leave the baseless allegations, hints and rumors for others to handle.

    Might the Dallas Cowboys be uneasy with the way Bryant sometimes carries himself off the field? Yes, and we suspect little has changed since Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin reported back in early November that the team has had its reservations about giving him a long-term deal because of that.

    Here's what Getlin wrote then and what we believe to remain largely true:

    There have been incidents in Bryant's past that have concerned the Cowboys, (including perhaps the 2011 incident that has come into recent speculation) which makes this report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport make a lot of sense:

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  • Texans' David Quessenberry, battling lymphoma, says he's in remission

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Now here's something to warm your heart during these chilly months.

    Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, who announced last June he had been diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, said Wednesday that things are looking great in his battle.

    Texans player David Quessenberry says he is in remission and finished radiation 2 wks ago. #abc13 https://t.co/cbhuclsowd

    Quessenberry made an appearance at the Texas Children’s Hospital with some Texans teammates when he gave the update of his condition. He also reiterated it with a celebratory post on Twitter.

    I'm officially in remission. Man I love saying that!

    God bless all of you who sent thoughts and prayers my way during my fight. Means more than you could ever know.

    And this was great word to hear on his amazing progress.

    As for whether Quessenberry can return to the field, well, he says it remains his goal to do just that. His teammates have rallied around him and provided him the support he needs. But for now, he's already winning — no matter what happens with his career.

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  • Browns' quarterback derby: Due diligence or desperation?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    If you're an out-of-work quarterback, it behooves you to check in with the Cleveland Browns.

    At various points this offseason, the Browns have been connected to QBs Josh McCown, Sam Bradford and now Mike Glennon. Cleveland reportedly has done more than its fair share of homework on draft-eligible prospects Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley. The Browns still could, in theory, re-sign Brian Hoyer. On the roster, they have Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw.

    It almost feels like the old Bob Dylan line: When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.

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    On the one hand, the Browns feel rudderless in their search for a franchise quarterback, or at least a temporary captain for their ship.

    On the other, it's telling when the team is looking at every quarterback under the sun — all of different ages, sizes and skills — and there's no clear vision of what it wants.

    But ... it's the Browns.

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  • NFL mock draft: Projecting the first two rounds after the combine

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Connecting the dots on a mock draft three weeks before the start of free agency proves to be difficult, especially with more health and workout information needed on a few key injured draft prospects.

    But we’ll take a crack with the NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror and the bulk of the draft information in the tank. Here’s how we think the first two rounds looks as things stand now.

    1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  — Florida State QB Jameis Winston

    Head coach Lovie Smith says he’s OK with Winston’s character, which would be the only real roadblock to welcoming him in the building. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter won’t have to dig deep in his playbook to find a system that fits Winston’s skills, having coached similar physical types in Byron Leftwich and Matt Ryan in Jacksonville and Atlanta, respectively. The stars are starting to line up for this marriage.

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    2. Tennessee Titans — Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

    3. Jacksonville Jaguars — USC DT Leonard Williams

    4. Oakland Raiders — West Virginia WR Kevin White

    8. Atlanta Falcons — Missouri DE Shane Ray

  • Adidas awards $100K to three fastest NFL players wearing its shoes

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    So Adidas couldn't give out their leopard Porsches.

    Instead, the three fastest men at the NFL scouting combine to wear the company's shoes — Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes, Miami (Fla.) wide receiver Phillip Dorsett and West Virginia receiver Kevin White — each will earn $100,000 for their blazing 40-yard dashes, Adidas announced.

    They're better off, really, considering the cars were valued at less than $100K apiece.

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    Waynes capped off the combine festivities on Monday with a defensive back-best time of 4.31. Dorsett and White turned in times of 4.33 and 4.35, respectively.

    But here's the rub: They were not officially the three fastest players in Indy.

    Nonetheless, Adidas has signed quite the impressive haul of 2015 draft prospects. Including some really fast ones.

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  • Michael Sam to take part in 'Dancing with the Stars'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Michael Sam reportedly has found work. It's just not in the NFL.

    Sam will be participating on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," according to an announcement by the network on Tuesday morning. Sam, who announced to the world a little more than a year ago that he's gay, is not currently on an NFL roster.

    The free-agent defensive end has been out of work since being released by the Dallas Cowboys from their practice squad last season. Before that, the Rams — who drafted Sam in Round 7 last year — cut him after a three-sack, 11-tackle preseason performance.

    NFL players historically have fared well on the show, with Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward winning their respective seasons, and Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor and Warren Sapp finishing second. There was also a rumor that Russell Wilson would participate in this season if the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, but the world will never know if that was true thanks to Malcolm Butler

    Dancing With The Stars is set to start filming its 20th season on March 16.

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