My one asterisk question to Cerrato: "You know Taylor said this could well be his last year, then he might move to L.A. to act or dance or whatever. How much of a chance do you think he's one and done?''
"Zero,'' Cerrato said. "I'm 100 percent sure he's going to play out this contract [which has 2008 and 2009 to run] and then some. I wouldn't be surprised if he signed another contract and played several more years.''
Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, said as much Sunday night. Taylor should be in Washington Monday and begin practice Tuesday. And to think he thought he'd be in a Parcells jail this year in Miami.
I know you were hoping I'd make this a Favre-free zone today, but the Taylor trade, to me, has a bearing on Favre's fate. Now that the Dolphins got second- and sixth-round picks for a great pass-rusher with maybe two prime years left, the bidding for Favre can begin at a second-round pick. My feeling is a second- in 2009 and a conditional pick in 2010 -- if the acquiring team reaches certain team or offensive goals -- would be fair.
The reason the Washington trade makes so much sense is that even if Taylor gives the 'Skins just two years, dealing the 51st pick (that was their second-rounder this year) for two seasons of a top-five pass-rusher would be worth it to any thinking football person. Same thing with Favre. I think if he goes somewhere, he gives that new team two seasons, the way Joe Montana did the Chiefs in 1993 and 1994 after his trade from San Francisco. And if you think Favre, coming off one of his best four or five seasons ever, isn't worth the 51st pick in the draft, you need to watch the Gardening Channel, not the NFL Network.
Are you listening, Jon Gruden? Bruce Allen? The Packers play Tampa Bay this year and will be reluctant to deal Favre to the Bucs. But it's a team that makes the most sense, by far.
Quote of the Week I
"We got him? Wow. That's awesome.''
Quote of the Week II
"Going back to the Bengals is possible. I wouldn't mind it happening because I loved playing in Cincinnati. I got real close with all the guys out there and I planned on being out there for a long time. I really had a good time playing ball out there in Ohio.''
If the Bengals do that, I will personally demand the entire front office be drug-tested.
Stat of the Week
There's a reason why you haven't heard much about salary-cap ramifications during the Brett Favre mayhem. It's because the cap will have no bearing on the team that has his rights or on the team that's the best fit to acquire him.
As of Friday, Green Bay had $32.074 million remaining in 2008 cap money to spend, with Favre's $12.7 million nonguaranteed salary not on the current rolls. That's the second-most cap money any team in the league has. So whether the Pack keeps him or jettisons him won't be determined by money. It will be determined by need.
The following 10 teams could fit Favre on their team without much cap pain. These clubs have $13 million or more in cap money to spend:
If Favre leaves, eliminate Green Bay. Eliminate Chicago (he won't be dealt within the division, or allowed to sign with a team in the division), Buffalo and Miami and Kansas City (Favre wouldn't go), Jacksonville (just paid David Garrard), New Orleans (has Drew Brees), Philly (Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb are sufficient) and San Diego (Philip Rivers in-house, plus it's not GM A.J. Smith's style). And what do you have? Tampa Bay. Mark my words, people: The Bucs are going to be heard from in this story if the Packers decide to move him or let him walk. They most definitely will be heard from.
Factoid That May Interest Only Me
In the 36th-floor midtown Manhattan studio of Sirius Satellite Radio -- where I work a day or two a week doing The Morning Drive with Bob Papa and Randy Cross -- sits a big naugahyde easy chair with a Patriots logo, with their Super Bowl titles sewn in. Earlier this month, Plaxico Burress of the Giants was an in-studio guest. As he walked out of the studio, he looked over at the chair.
"Can I sign something?'' Burress said to Eric Fenton, producer of the show.
"Sure,'' Fenton said.
"Got a Sharpie?'' Burress asked.
Fenton handed him one, and, over the Patriots' Elvis logo, Burress signed his name, his number (17), and "XLII Champs!''
As cool as can be, Burress walked out of the studio.
"Looks pretty good,'' he said on his way out the door.
Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week
I took the redeye from L.A. to Atlanta last Monday night, then connected Tuesday morning to Newark.
Aisle seat in coach on a jumbo jet from LAX to Atlanta. Two seats on either side, with three seats in the middle row. I'm on the left of one of those three-seaters. Boyfriend and girlfriend, I assume, next to me in the other two seats. They put a blanket over their head upon takeoff. There is movement under the blanket. I'm creeped out. I try to fall asleep. Every 10 minutes or so a leg or arm jolts me slightly. Are they stretching to sleep, somehow? Are they doing something else? No one knows. After an hour or so they fall asleep. Blanket stays over their heads until we're cleared for landing. Then they sit up and get un-disheveled.
Don't ask me what was going on under there. I don't want to know. You don't either.