Bledsoe would probably chafe at being sent to the Bengals, who haven't finished over .500 since 1990. It would be tough for Patriots owner Bob Kraft to trade him to a division rival, but if the Bills offer a reasonable package—a high second-round pick this year and a conditional choice in 2003—New England should do the deal.
Monday Night Proposal
Schedule Option Makes Sense
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said last week that the league might, during the course of the season, allow ABC to swap any of its last four Monday night games with CBS and Fox for more attractive matchups. Officials from CBS and Fox balked at the idea—it benefits a competing network without any likely reduction in their rights fees—but the plan makes some sense.
First, games that CBS and Fox tab for national broadcasts would be off limits. Also, considering how quickly teams' fortunes rise and fall in the salary cap era, it's unfair for ABC to be assigned a game that could look strong in April but turn into a match of 3-10 duds in December. Fox and CBS already benefit from being allowed to shuffle their schedules, changing kickoff times in order to send more attractive games to larger audiences. As things now stand, ABC is locked in with one game.