Fast and furious
Teams moving rapidly to get offseason edge
Posted: Tuesday March 6, 2007 11:22AM; Updated: Tuesday March 6, 2007 11:22AM
Can a fellow get some time to catch his breath in this market?
Things kept percolating Monday night. Four hours after the team above the Jets in the AFC East consummated an interesting trade with a division rival (the Pats acquired Wes Welker from the Dolphins), Gang Green got running back Thomas Jones from Chicago for a simple swap of second-round picks.
Good move for the Jets because it gives them a feature back to complement Cedric Houston and scatback Leon Washington. Moreover, Jones is only 28 and ran for a combined 2,500 yards over the past two seasons. I like it for Chicago too, because now the Bears have the 31st and 37th overall picks. Maybe they can package those choices for a right tackle (Levi Brown of Penn State?) to take the spot of 35-year-old hold-the-line-type Fred Miller.
Onto your prescient e-mails of the week.
YOU'RE ONTO SOMETHING, KYLE. From Kyle Cruel of Philadelphia: "With the Texans' signing of Ahman Green and continued pursuit of Jake Plummer to replace David Carr, can we now officially say that drafting Mario Williams over Vince Young and Reggie Bush was a colossal mistake by Texans brass, or is further evidence needed?''
Further evidence is needed. But not a lot. Poor Mario Williams. He's going to have to be Lawrence Taylor Jr. by the end of this season or he'll still be getting verbally strafed by the Reliant partisans. I think you've got to give the pick three seasons, but my saying that is not going to stop the crowd from letting him have it if we're in Week 10 next year and Williams has 2.5 sacks in the first nine weeks.
GOOD THEORY, EVEN THOUGH IT'S WRONG. From Alex of Austin, Texas: "Is it possible that Brady Quinn actually wants to scare the teams with high draft picks so he drops in the draft -- a move that would cost him now but possibly get him to a coach and team he could succeed with? Think 1983 -- if Dan Marino had been drafted by the Chiefs or Jets, how different would his career have been given the extra pops he'd have absorbed?''
Quinn told me at the combine (and he said it to the world too) that getting drafted No. 1 overall was his third goal as a college quarterback. (The first two -- winning a national championship and winning the Heisman -- didn't turn out so hot.) I am going to take him at his word, even though taking him at his word means he wants to play for the Raiders. Sort of a death wish.
THE ANTI-MOSS FORCES ARE OUT, AND I UNDERSTAND THEM COMPLETELY. From Patrick McMullen of Reno, Nev.: "I agree wholeheartedly with you on how well the relationship between Randy Moss and JaMarcus Russell could be. However, to say the Raiders are crazy to dump Moss is a little crazy. Besides the fact that Moss quit on the team last year, publicly embarrassed the organization on a weekly basis and was a cancer in the locker room, he also yelled at his new head coach and demanded a trade. I would love for the team to sit Moss and let him rot, but trading him is the best option at this point. The last thing a young new coach needs is a malcontent who lacks heart. The Raiders are better off cutting their losses. He is as much a reason for Oakland's lack of success the past two years as anyone else.''
You make good points, and you were one of many who wrote to say the Raiders should throw the bum out. You know what'll happen if the Raiders trade Moss, say, to the Patriots or the Packers, while Russell is drafted by the Raiders? I'll tell you. He'll be reborn. Absolutely reborn. He's not 90. He's still a capable player when motivated to play, and playing with Brett Favre or Tom Brady he'd be a monster. What would Raider Nation think if Al gets a third-round pick in trade, and Moss goes out and catches 92 balls for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns? Because that's what'll happen if he goes somewhere with a good quarterback.
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