View Full Version : Sapp Retires - Cards sign Tuman - Ravens cut Flynn

03-03-2008, 08:47 PM

Crumpler, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, is expected to help an offense that had only nine touchdown passes in 2007. He will get to play with a quarterback in Vince Young whose mobility is similar to Michael Vick.

"I really am excited about the opportunity to work with Vince Young. I've admired him as a peer from across the league, and I was itching to get a chance to play with him," Crumpler said.

The 30-year-old Crumpler had eight touchdown receptions in 2006, and he and the Titans believe he will be a good fit for an offense that needs to improve red zone production.

"He has 35 career touchdown catches, so he knows how to get open in the end zone," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Monday while introducing Crumpler. "He knows how to get in the end zone."

"And I like getting in the end zone," Crumpler said.

"The thing that stands out when you look at Alge as a player is his production and reliability," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement Monday. "He is a complete tight end: a dynamic receiver for the Falcons offense, who also contributed as a blocker to a run offense that ranked first in the league in three of the last four years."

Crumpler was released Feb. 15 after being plagued by knee problems in 2007, when he had 42 catches for 444 yards and five touchdowns. He was due to count $5.1 million against the salary cap in 2008.

Crumpler has 316 catches for 4,212 yards and 35 touchdowns in seven seasons with Atlanta.

"Good tight ends are hard to find," Fisher said. "It was an objective and a goal of ours at the start of the offseason to go ahead and upgrade this position. As they say, one person's loss is another person's gain.

"Whatever the reasons were in Atlanta to create a situation where Alge became available, we figured we would take advantage of it, and we have."

03-04-2008, 08:45 AM
The Arizona Cardinals on Monday signed tight end Jerame Tuman to a two-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Tuman, a 10-year veteran, has spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played in 121 games, starting 56, and made 43 receptions for 500 yards and seven touchdowns.
Last season, Tuman played in six games, starting one, and made one reception for nine yards before being shut down on November 14 with a back injury.

Looks like the Cards are trying to put the squeeze on the Clowns for signing all our ex-players. :lol:

03-04-2008, 08:49 AM
who did we sign? haha.

03-04-2008, 08:50 AM
who did we sign? haha.
Maybe not yet this season but you guys did last season. :yesnod:

03-04-2008, 08:52 AM
haha oh you mean the 3rd string center and 5th string corner. oh ya hehe.

03-04-2008, 08:56 AM
Good for Jerame, I hope he does well in Arizona. Tuman was always a very serviceable TE for us and learned from the great Mark Bruener.

black an gold 4 life
03-04-2008, 10:15 AM
Looks like the Cards are trying to put the squeeze on the Clowns for signing all our ex-players. :lol:
:lol::bluelol::clap: AGREED

03-04-2008, 11:10 AM
whiz knows tuman....wonder who 's next

03-04-2008, 11:55 AM
I wonder if anyone told Ken Whisenhunt yet that at some point he will have to sign his own players instead of signing ours.


03-04-2008, 12:02 PM
I wonder if anyone told Ken Whisenhunt yet that at some point he will have to sign his own players instead of signing ours.

BuFu :lol::lol:i know, right....i guess you go with what you know...just try and let him come for mahan

whooooooohooooooooooooo 1300

K Train
03-04-2008, 12:52 PM

03-04-2008, 08:34 PM
Whiz is a leech.

Black@Gold Forever32
03-04-2008, 09:39 PM
Whisenhunt collecting more Steelers trash...lol Tuman is breaking down and old...lol He was never much of a threat in the passing game....He was the typical Steeler blocking TE...lol

K Train
03-04-2008, 09:41 PM
cant wait for the "cards sign wilson" thread

Black@Gold Forever32
03-04-2008, 10:01 PM
cant wait for the "cards sign wilson" thread

:lol:.........We can only hope.....

03-05-2008, 01:39 AM
Pittsburgh "West"

03-05-2008, 09:55 AM
cant wait for the "cards sign wilson" thread

lol It's definitely is possible over the next couple years.

03-05-2008, 10:27 AM
Sapp files paperwork, officially puts end to 13-year career

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warren Sapp's 13-year NFL career officially ended when his retirement was posted on the Oakland Raiders' Web site.
Warren Sapp

Sapp said immediately after last season that he was through playing, but did not file the paperwork. The posting on the team's site was the first official word that the star defensive tackle was done.

In January, the 35-year-old Sapp posted a two-word message on his Web site: "I'M DONE!" He had told teammates and coaches his plans after the season finale against San Diego.

Considered the quintessential "three technique" defensive tackle -- lining up between the offensive guard and tackle -- Sapp made seven Pro Bowls, won the 1999 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award, and led Tampa Bay's dominant defense that won the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.

Sapp spent nine seasons in Tampa before joining the Raiders in 2004 as a free agent. He mostly struggled with the Raiders, except for a strong 2006 in which he had 10 sacks, and had become more of a situational player in his final season.

In 2007, he had only two sacks and the Raiders' defense struggled against the run, allowing a league-worst 4.8 yards per carry.

Sapp finished his career with 96˝ sacks, 28th overall since the NFL began keeping track of the statistic in 1982, but extra impressive because he played tackle.

His running "feud" with Packers quarterback Brett Favre -- who coincidentally announced his retirement Tuesday as well -- brought some levity to a sometimes brutal game. Sapp was known as a trash talker, and Favre often went directly back at him with a smile when both the Bucs and Packers were in the same division and played twice a season.

Sapp starred in college at Miami, where he arrived as a tight end and left as the best defensive player in the country. He slipped to No. 12 in the 1995 draft after testing positive for marijuana at the scouting combine.

That was just one controversy in Sapp's career. In 2002, he nearly ended the career of Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton with a vicious hit while trying to throw a block after an interception. Then-Packers coach Mike Sherman confronted Sapp on the field after the game, calling it a dirty play.

Sapp was fined $50,000 for bumping an official in 2003 and was fined $75,000 after being ejected following three personal fouls in the next-to-last game of his career against Jacksonville.


No big surprise. He didn't seem to have much left in the tank.

03-05-2008, 10:52 AM
one of the best interior DL ever, but is he a 1st ballot HOFer

03-05-2008, 11:56 AM

03-05-2008, 12:00 PM
it was his time.

03-05-2008, 01:34 PM
By Aaron Wilson
Posted Feb 28, 2008

OWINGS MILLS -- After a decade of gritty dependability, the Baltimore Ravens' offense will no longer start every play with veteran center Mike Flynn snapping the football. The Ravens cut Flynn on Thursday, creating $2 million in immediate salary-cap savings as they parted ways with one of the final remaining holdovers from their Super Bowl championship team.

Jonathan Ogden, Matt Stover and Ray Lewis are the only players on the roster with longer tenures in Baltimore than Flynn.

"It's the business, so I wasn't surprised, I wasn't shocked," said Flynn in a telephone interview from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. "When you get to this point in your career, you tend to expect it. By the same token, it's sad. It's sad for the family. It's hard. It's emotional.

"I have no complaints. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I've been there 11 years, we won a Super Bowl and I had a heck of a run. It's not going to be easy leaving there. I'm going to miss a lot of good people. Obviously, you realize it's not going to last forever."

Flynn, 33, was entering the final year of his contract, but had hoped to be back for one more season with the Ravens.

"It's a tough blow," said Mike Flynn Sr., Flynn's father, in a telephone interview. "It's kind of a shocker. He wasn't expecting it. He's at that age where he still really wants to play, and he would have loved to stay with the Ravens.

"It was a great run for him. He's had a good time in Baltimore, and so did his family. It's a blue-collar town with great people."

After starting 14 games at right guard during the Ravens' Super Bowl run, Flynn moved to center full-time the following season and replaced Jeff Mitchell.

Signed off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad in 1997, the undrafted free agent out of the University of Maine developed into a mainstay on the offensive line who was regarded as a strong leader in the locker room. He started for the past eight years, including the last seven at center.

“There are sad, tough days in this business, and this is one of those,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. “Mike Flynn represents everything good about the Ravens.

“He was a long-time leader on our team, especially among the offensive linemen. He fought his way into the NFL, fought his way into our starting lineup and he fought to help us win."

Flynn, who started 115 out of 134 career games for Baltimore, signed a five-year, $11.25 million contract in 2004 that included a $4 million signing bonus.

"Mike really enjoyed it there, it's been a good ride," said Ralph Cindrich, Flynn's agent. "From his perspective, Mike appreciates everything that happened with him in his career in Baltimore and how well he was treated."

One of Flynn's career highlights was blocking for running back Jamal Lewis, especially when the former NFL Offensive Player of the Year gained 2,066 yards in 2003 for the second-highest single-season rushing total in league history.

A native of Springfield, Mass., Flynn started all but one game last season and battled through injuries, including a bad knee, to start every game the previous two years. He was cut twice and was on two practice squads prior to settling in with Baltimore.

“His consistency is impressive," Newsome said. "He very seldom left the lineup because of injury, including last season. When we list the true Ravens in our history -- and there is a Ravens’ way that includes respect for your teammates and opponents, toughness, intelligence on the field and passion for the game -- Mike will be high on that list.”

Flynn said he wouldn't rule out playing for another team once he gets over his departure from Baltimore.

"The biggest thing is the mental drain right now," Flynn said. "It's hard to think about leaving a team you've been with for a long time. If an opportunity presents itself, it would be hard to compare to my time in Baltimore. Right now, it's definitely time to relax and smell the roses."

The Ravens have a few options for how to replace Flynn.

One scenario could involve shifting starting left guard Jason Brown back to center, where he has lined up previously in the NFL and was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at the University of North Carolina. If that move transpired, it could trigger a line shuffle.

Ben Grubbs, last year's first-round draft pick who started as a rookie, could move from right guard to left guard, where he played at Auburn. Right tackle Marshal Yanda could shift inside to right guard, and Adam Terry and Jared Gaither could line up at left and right tackle, respectively, if Ogden retires.

A less complicated change would be to promote former second-round draft pick Chris Chester as the team's new starting center.

With a new coaching staff under coach John Harbaugh, including offensive line coach John Matsko, it's unlikely that any decisions on the depth chart will be made at least until the Ravens get back on the field for spring minicamps.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

This looks to be a salary cap move without a legit back-up ready to step in for them. Signing Mike Flynn to a 1 year deal would certainly be a nice band-aid to help transition what looks like will be a very young offensive line to next season when we could re-address the need at center. Just a thought. He couldn't be any worse than Mahan and he is a savy veteran who has anchored what was a pretty decent O-line in the last decade. :yesnod:

03-05-2008, 01:35 PM
He's getting up there and I think his weight has a lot to do with it. It seems the older he gets the more he puts on and the less likely he is to lose it. Maybe he'll end up in the booth somewhere :dunno: He is a talker and for some reason reminds me of a Charles Barkley :)

03-05-2008, 02:17 PM

03-05-2008, 03:46 PM
Maybe a 2 year deal!

03-05-2008, 04:09 PM
Id definitely be willing to do it seeing how he is out there now. How much is a guy like Flynn going to command though being 33 and all?? He is a big upgrade from Mahan I agree and its definitely something Colbert and Tomlin should be looking into.

K Train
03-05-2008, 04:19 PM
meh...i think i'll take a pass on this one

03-05-2008, 05:24 PM
A center for the short term, so we can load up at other O-linemen this season, or he may be a hell of a teacher!

Hawk Believer
03-05-2008, 05:53 PM
I was really hoping the Seahawks would sign him. Looks like our starting TE will have to be found in the draft.