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JoeThomas
03-01-2008, 06:35 PM
On the first day of NFL free agency, the Cleveland Browns first locked up quarterback Derek Anderson with a three-year deal.

On Saturday, they gave him a new target to pass to.


According to a source, Donte' Stallworth, who played last season with the New England Patriots, agreed to terms on a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns, $ 10 million of which are guaranteed.

Stallworth, caught 46 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns as part of a receving corps that included Wes Welker and Pro Bowler Randy Moss.

Stallworth's best overall season was in 2005 when he caught 70 passes for 945 yards and seven touchdowns as a member of the New Orleans Saints.

Michael Smith covers the NFL for ESPN.
:clap::banana::clap::banana::clap:

steelcityrockers
03-01-2008, 06:57 PM
Browns have been doing very well for themselves. They will most defnitely be in contention next year. Mad props to them.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-01-2008, 07:15 PM
49ers sign former Bengal Smith to six-year deal

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The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent defensive end Justin Smith on Saturday in a move they hope will bolster their pass rush.

The contract is worth $45 million over six years, including $20 million in guaranteed money, reports NFL Network's Adam Schefter.
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Smith, the No. 4 overall pick by Cincinnati in 2001, had 43.5 sacks in seven seasons with the Bengals and was one of the top pass rushers available on the free agent market this season.

After meeting with the 49ers coaching staff and taking a helicopter tour of San Francisco, Smith decided to cancel planned visits to Minnesota and Jacksonville and sign with the 49ers instead.

"The reason I decided to cancel my other visits is meeting with the coaching staff here," Smith said. "From top to bottom it's a first-class organization and when you get in a situation like that it's a no-brainer. I think I'll be a great fit."

The Niners were tied for 21st in the NFL last season with only 31 sacks. Bryant Young, who led the team with 6.5 sacks, retired after the season leaving a big void at defensive end.

Smith had at least five sacks in each of his first six seasons with the Bengals before recording only two last season. He has led the Bengals defensive line in tackles in each of the past six seasons and was designated as the team's franchise player in 2007.

The Niners have been busy so far in the free agency season after going 5-11 last season, signing receiver Isaac Bruce and kick returner Allen Rossum.

yinzer
03-01-2008, 07:16 PM
Browns have been doing very well for themselves. They will most defnitely be in contention next year. Mad props to them.

they'll be in contention alright. contention for the steelers to keep whipping their arses as usual.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-01-2008, 07:16 PM
Bills acquire DT Stroud in trade with Jaguars

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Bills acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcus Stroud in a trade with Jacksonville on Saturday in Buffalo's latest and most significant move to revamp its porous defense.

In exchange, the Bills gave up an undisclosed number of draft picks.
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Stroud, listed at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, immediately solidifies a defensive line that also features pass-rushing end Aaron Schobel. And the seven-year veteran improves a defense that finished 31st in the NFL in yards allowed last season.

The move was completed after the Bills began revamping their defense on Friday, the first day of NFL free agency. That's when Buffalo signed linebacker Kawika Mitchell to a five-year deal and released veteran defensive tackle Larry Tripplett.

In another move Saturday, the Bills signed former Minnesota defensive tackle Spencer Johnson to a five-year contract.

"It's certainly been an exhilarating 36 hours," Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon said, introducing both Stroud and Spencer at a press conference. "We're certainly excited about what's transpired. ... We feel this is a significant day in Buffalo Bills history."

The Bills are coming off their second consecutive 7-9 season and have missed the playoffs for eight straight years -- the longest drought in franchise history.

Stroud is scheduled to make $16.5 million in base salary over the final three years of his contract. He had the Jaguars' permission to seek a trade and arrived in Buffalo on Friday to meet with team executives and take a physical.

It's not clear whether Stroud's contract will be restructured as part of the deal.

Stroud is coming off a troubled season in which he finished on injured reserve. He missed the final three games after re-injuring his surgically repaired right ankle, an injury that hobbled him at the end of the 2006 season.

Stroud also served a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's steroids and related substances policy. The player acknowledged he took supplements to help recover from the ankle operation.
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"That's all last year, it's already in the past," Stroud said. "I want to show the guys I've got a lot left in the tank."

At his best, Stroud is the type of dominating presence the Bills could use to shore up the middle of their defense, which struggled against the run and had difficulty applying pressure.

Jacksonville's 2001 first-round draft pick out of Georgia, Stroud played an integral role in helping the Jaguars defense become one of the stingiest -- especially against the run -- over the past few years. Stroud had three sacks last season and 22 overall in 100 games.

Johnson's signing was overshadowed by Stroud's arrival.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds, Johnson has spent the past four seasons with the Vikings. He played in all 16 games this past season, finishing with 24 tackles and three sacks. In 49 career NFL games, Johnson has 108 tackles and four sacks.

The Bills might not be done adding players, yet.

Free-agent receiver Bryant Johnson and tight end Ben Troupe are both scheduled to visit with the Bills on Sunday, according to their agent, Joel Segal.

Buffalo is looking to upgrade both positions, and the 6-foot-3 Johnson is regarded as the type of tall and fast receiver the Bills hope to land to take pressure off Lee Evans.

Troupe played sparingly for Tennessee in 2007, catching only five balls for 47 yards. He had a career-high 55 receptions in 2005 for the Titans.

yinzer
03-01-2008, 07:17 PM
Browns have been doing very well for themselves. They will most defnitely be in contention next year. Mad props to them.

by the way, how can you give "props" to the stains? what kind of steeler fan are you? :lol: just kidding!

DIESELMAN
03-01-2008, 07:17 PM
I bet Smith is just happy to be out of Bunghole land.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-01-2008, 07:22 PM
The Browns now have ZERO picks in the 1st 3 rounds of the upcoming draft.

They are banking heavily on these FA's to help them out but have zero picks on day 1 is a risky move so they better hope they guys stay healthy.

JoeThomas
03-01-2008, 07:44 PM
The Browns now have ZERO picks in the 1st 3 rounds of the upcoming draft.

They are banking heavily on these FA's to help them out but have zero picks on day 1 is a risky move so they better hope they guys stay healthy.

if you imagine what they got for those picks its a plus now, but yes, could hurt a few years down the line. but savage loves the draft, i bet he finds a way to get back into it.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-01-2008, 07:47 PM
If they are smart they try and trade away a couple draft picks this year and next year to atleast get back into the day 1 area of the draft and keep stockpiling talent because if any one of those FA's get hurt or just doesn't pan out they'll be in trouble.

Black@Gold Forever32
03-01-2008, 08:25 PM
The Browns now have ZERO picks in the 1st 3 rounds of the upcoming draft.

They are banking heavily on these FA's to help them out but have zero picks on day 1 is a risky move so they better hope they guys stay healthy.

Very good point on the Browns mortgaging the future for the present....Its always risky banking on free agents.....But you can't blame the Browns....They made strides this year and was in the AFC North race all season.....Same record as the Steelers...lol So they needed to make an impact this off-season and they did that......

Plus I just picture our sorry OL going up against their new improved DL and I don't like thinking about it....lol This draft is huge for the Steelers big time...Its risky banking on rookie OL but other teams have started rookies along their OL and made the play-offs....

JoeThomas
03-01-2008, 08:28 PM
Very good point on the Browns mortgaging the future for the present....Its always risky banking on free agents.....But you can't blame the Browns....They made strides this year and was in the AFC North race all season.....Same record as the Steelers...lol So they needed to make an impact this off-season and they did that......

Plus I just picture our sorry OL going up against their new improved DL and I don't like thinking about it....lol This draft is huge for the Steelers big time...Its risky banking on rookie OL but other teams have started rookies along their OL and made the play-offs....

i agree. the steelers will still be a very good team, always are. but they always seem to have 1 down year before exploding back up. i mean look at when they got ben. they might have to draft a young OL, take some lumps and im sure they will be better for it.

but ya what scares me is depth, we might have a better starting lineup but if we have no depth, were and injury or two away from being right where we were. thats where the draft helps.

Stairwayto7
03-01-2008, 08:42 PM
I think Stalworth is over rated! I like Jeivius better

Black@Gold Forever32
03-01-2008, 08:42 PM
i agree. the steelers will still be a very good team, always are. but they always seem to have 1 down year before exploding back up. i mean look at when they got ben. they might have to draft a young OL, take some lumps and im sure they will be better for it.

but ya what scares me is depth, we might have a better starting lineup but if we have no depth, were and injury or two away from being right where we were. thats where the draft helps.

Most teams in todays NFL have no depth thanks to free agency.....As of right now though just on paper in my general opinion the Browns are better period....I expect the Browns D to be much better in 08.....I'm also thinking the impact these DL will have on Wimbley....That dude is a monster and all needed was some help...He has that now....

BlitzburghRockCity
03-01-2008, 08:56 PM
Very good point on the Browns mortgaging the future for the present....Its always risky banking on free agents.....But you can't blame the Browns....They made strides this year and was in the AFC North race all season.....Same record as the Steelers...lol So they needed to make an impact this off-season and they did that......

Plus I just picture our sorry OL going up against their new improved DL and I don't like thinking about it....lol This draft is huge for the Steelers big time...Its risky banking on rookie OL but other teams have started rookies along their OL and made the play-offs....

Right now that's what everybody is doing when you listen to the media talking about all the moves in FA so far, picturing our team as it is now vs the Browns and how they are now. They did the same thing going into 07 when everybody picked us to finish 3rd or 4th in the division because the Ratbirds and Bungals were "so much better". Well we answered that call by taking the 6 division games and running away with them and we'll answer the call this year.

the Bengals have lost players and arguably their best pass rusher in Smith. they have some ground to make up and they are still a team in flux. the Ratbirds have a QB answer to deal with and an aging defense that isn't what it used to be plus a rebuild on the OL. The browns have improved themselves there is no doubt but don't worry dude, we have the draft and the rest of FA to sure up the OL and add depth where we need it. :yellowthumb:

black an gold 4 life
03-01-2008, 11:03 PM
and they got shaun rogers an that cat from green bay man that means these bums r actually gonna compete now n our division

Captcoolhand
03-02-2008, 09:15 AM
I just want to know where in the hell are the Clowns getting all this money to be able to sign all the BIG price players that they got over the past couple seasons. :scratch: They must had one hell of a circus going on.

Being here in Cleveland and having to see all these signing just blows when I'm not seeing much of nothing with the Steelers and what they are doing to address the problems we have.....:dunno:

JoeThomas
03-02-2008, 09:54 AM
it seems the steelers are saving. for what i dont know. maybe a better FA class next year. But they are doing nothing. its ok though, i dont mind:greengrin::greengrin::greengrin:

DIESELMAN
03-02-2008, 10:03 AM
I just want to know where in the hell are the Clowns getting all this money to be able to sign all the BIG price players that they got over the past couple seasons.
They were well under the cap this year....all the teams who have plenty of money have sucked for a while. :greengrin: Not one of their first-round picks from 1999 to 2003 got a second contract with them, and that's just from the first round. It will come back and bite them in the *** down the road.

Brady Quinn
03-02-2008, 10:13 AM
I think the moves are great for the Browns. They don't need young guys that are works in progress right now or going to play special teams. There is a draft every year and most of the picks become busts. If they all worked an NFL career would be very short. We have made moves that will help us win now. We will find a way back into the draft. I think it will be by the trade of DA, but we will draft.

steelcityrockers
03-02-2008, 01:16 PM
by the way, how can you give "props" to the stains? what kind of steeler fan are you? :lol: just kidding!


I am realist first. They have done quite well, and barring a monumental collapse, they could very well beat the Steelers this year. As much as it hurt me to say that, it is very possible.

AZ_Steeler
03-02-2008, 04:15 PM
It's interesting to see the Browns out there spending money trying to put together a team to make some noise. This is unfamiliar territory for them so hopefully they got the books under control so they don't pull a San Fransisco boo-boo and end up sucking again. I'm all for the competition in the AFCN... keeps the other teams on their toes :bigthumb:

AZ_Steeler
03-02-2008, 04:23 PM
Quinn says he still wants to start for Browns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AkATJkO23TNwdigD.Pb7X45DubYF?slug=ap-browns-quinn&prov=ap&type=lgns) :dunno: This is where the Browns need to be careful.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-02-2008, 04:38 PM
Quinn says he still wants to start for Browns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AkATJkO23TNwdigD.Pb7X45DubYF?slug=ap-browns-quinn&prov=ap&type=lgns) :dunno: This is where the Browns need to be careful.

If I'm Quinn I am asking for a trade after the 2008 season. They drafted him to be the future of the team but if they are going to stick with Anderson then they need to cut Quinn loose or it's going to get ugly. You can't have a #1 draft pick play 2nd fiddle for that kind of money, they won't stand for it in this day and age. Life in the NFL is funny and it's interesting to see how sometimes players come out of the blue and come on like gangbusters and take over when nobody expected it which is just what Anderson did. If he has a good year this year then Quinn is going to want to go elsewhere so he can have the chance to start. Right now the Clowns have a safety net with having a talented player at backup QB but you better believe that won't last any longer than 2008.

DIESELMAN
03-02-2008, 04:38 PM
Quinn says he still wants to start for Browns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AkATJkO23TNwdigD.Pb7X45DubYF?slug=ap-browns-quinn&prov=ap&type=lgns) :dunno: This is where the Browns need to be careful.
:yesnod: They could have a mess on their hands, especially if both Quinn and DA play well enough to earn the starting gig. In 2-3 years they will be in cap hell, just like the Ratbirds were a few years ago.

yinzer
03-02-2008, 05:24 PM
:scratch:
I am realist first. They have done quite well, and barring a monumental collapse, they could very well beat the Steelers this year. As much as it hurt me to say that, it is very possible.

ya, and i'm gonna win the presidency.:evilshake:

NOVA STEELERS
03-02-2008, 09:27 PM
CLEVELAND (AP)—Browns quarterback Brady Quinn expects to compete for the starting job despite Derek Anderson’s $24 million, three-year contract.

“My whole goal is preparing myself and getting ready to try to take over the starting job and lead this team,” Quinn said Saturday during an appearance at an auto show.

Anderson agreed to his new deal Friday, a move that took him off the restricted free-agent market. The contract includes $14.5 million guaranteed.

General manager Phil Savage says Anderson is the clear starter entering training camp. Anderson threw 29 TD passes last season and led the Browns to 10 wins.

Quinn understands the situation and even applauded Anderson’s signing, but doesn’t plan on carrying a clipboard again. His mind-set is “just competing and try to take this team to the playoffs, something we weren’t able to do last year.”

The Browns traded their first-round pick in 2008 for the chance to draft Quinn No. 22 last April.

He looked good in preseason after holding out, then spent the final 15 weeks of the regular season as Anderson’s backup and didn’t throw a pass until the finale, when he went 3-for-8 for 45 yards.

Coach Romeo Crennel will open camp with Anderson the starter, but maintained competition breeds success.

“Both of those guys are going to compete,” he said Saturday at team headquarters in Berea. “And then we’ll see who gives us the best chance.”


Well looks like things will be interesting for the stains with their qbs :lol: