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Heap Heads Home

Posted by Brad On July – 31 – 2011

"Todd Heap signed by the Cardinals"ESPN’s Adam Schefter (who else?) reports that the Arizona Cardinals have reached an agreement with TE Todd Heap on a two-year deal. The 10-year veteran was a victim of the Baltimore Ravens’ flurry of cuts at the onset of free agency.

A native of Arizona and graduate of Arizona State, Heap is returning home to give the Cardinals their first viable receiving TE in some time. Heap is on the downside of his career, but still appears to have something left in the tank, if his 10-catch performance in last season’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh is any indication.

Kevin Kolb to Arizona Done After Months of Speculation

Posted by Brad On July – 28 – 2011

We can all stop speculating on Kevin Kolb’s eventual landing spot.  With no football action for over four months the only thing we could talk about was where Kevin Kolb would land once football began?  Well that question has been answered and it where we all thought he would land.

Officially, Kevin Kolb has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  The Cardinals have given Kolb a five-year extension for $63 million with $20 million guaranteed.

Kolb’s has produced 2,082 yards, 11 TD’s, and 14 INT’s in 19 games.  These numbers don’t inspire the ground swell that has occurred over the last several months.  But if you are faced with the option of Max Hall or John Skelton, I guess you get enamored with an 11/14, TD/INT ratio.

Kolb does have upside and has shown the ability to move the offense if given the opportunity.  Unfortunately for him he has been stuck behind Donovan McNabb and eventually Mike Vick for his four year career. 

Time will tell on whether Kolb can be Matt Schaub or Jay Feely.  But Philly has a knack for turning backup QB’s into high draft picks.  From a Philly standpoint you run with this deal and never look back.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has amassed 136 tackles, 13 INT’s, and 3 forced fumbles in his 3-year career.   Cromartie will never be mistaken for Antoine Winfield as a tackler at the CB spot but is a ball hawk.  He was exposed last season but so was the rest of the Cardinal team.  He could be a Pro Bowler in Philly and learn under one of the best cover guys in the league in Asante Samuel.

In case it wasn’t blatantly obvious from my strong overtones in this article, I think Philly got a steal in this deal but it is one that Arizona had to make given their QB situation.

Three NFC Teams Sign Their Left Guard

Posted by Brad On July – 28 – 2011
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that the Arizona Cardinals have a free agency deal in place with Green Bay OG Daryn Colledge. Colledge is a durable, steady veteran who should stabilize the LG position in Arizona following the retirement of Alan Faneca. A #2 draft pick in ’06, Colledge hasn’t missed a start in five NFL seasons.
As expected, free agent OG Robert Gallery has joined O-line coach Tom Cable on the ride from Oakland to Seattle. Terms of the 3-year deal are undisclosed. After the former #2 overall pick epically washed-out at OT, Gallery found his niche at LG under Cable’s tutelage. Gallery has played only 18 games in the last two seasons due to various injuries. Gallery will play LG for the Seahawks, giving them four new starters on the offensive line heading into the 2011 season.
The Cowboys have re-signed LG Kyle Kosier to a 3-year deal worth $9 million. Many had assumed that Dallas would cut ties with the injury-prone, 10-year vet. The re-signing of Kosier and LT Doug Free makes it apparent that the ‘Pokes think it may be in Tony Romo’s best interests to have some continuity on the left side of the offensive line. 

Steve Breaston to the Chiefs

Posted by Brad On July – 27 – 2011

"Steve Breaston signs with the Kansas City Chiefs"With two big name wide receivers inking deals today, Steve Breaston thought he would get in on the action.  The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with Steve Breaston on a five-year deal with $9 million guaranteed.

This move reunites Breaston and Todd Haley and allows Breaston to play a similar role as the one he played in Arizona.  Breaston will join Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin, and Dexter McCluster to form a solid corps of WR’s.

Breaston has played in 60 games amassing 187 catches for 2,528 yards and 7 TD’s.  His best season came in 2008 when he caught 77 passes for 1,006 yards and 3 TD’s.

NFC West Free Agency Update

Posted by Brad On July – 26 – 2011
It’s Official: “Teflon” Alex Smith Re-ups with 49ers
Alex Smith has reportedly signed a one-year deal worth roughly $5 million to stay on as the QB in San Francisco. As NFL’s Future touched on in our recent article about Harbaugh and Smith, the table seems to be set for an all-time NFL redemption story if Harbaugh’s faith in Smith proves to be justified.
Are Teams Cooling to Kolb?

Interesting moves in San Francisco and Seattle today. Of equal interest is the “process of elimination” happening with Kevin Kolb as a result of today’s QB carousel. It appears that the Seahawks and ‘Niners are out of the running for Kolb’s services. Only a few weeks ago, it seemed a mortal lock that Kolb would find his new address in the NFC West, but should Arizona decide to go with a more economical option at QB, like Kyle Orton, what becomes of the Eagles’ backup? Has Andy Reid overestimated Kolb’s trade value? Are teams just not sold on Kolb’s NFL body of work? Stay tuned.

Rams Quietly Get A Lot Better With Mikell

The Rams’ signing of safety Quintin Mikell to a 4-year deal will likely be little more than an afterthought at the end of a very busy day in NFL news. Don’t tell that to Steve Spagnuolo, who’s surely thrilled to get a rock-solid, consistent (at least 74 tackles in the past four seasons) enforcer at (arguably) the Rams’ weakest position. Mikell is familiar with Spags’ scheme from their time together in Philadelphia, so he should make a seamless transition into the starting lineup and be productive right from Jump Street. St. Louis GM Bill Devaney is quietly building a winner.

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