REAR ENTRIES: Finish It
March 21, 2012 at 12:14pm by Scott • 3 Comments »
TALIB’S TRIAL PUSHED BACK: Aqib Talib‘s trial in Texas was supposed to begin yesterday but was pushed back because he prosecutor’s wife is expecting a baby next week. Is it really going to take a week to finish this? Some asshole got pistol-whipped and there were only a couple people in the room. How many surprise witnesses does he think he’s going to call? Pfft, a real lawyer could be done with it in three days.
MICHAEL BENNETT SIGNS TENDER: This happened last week but if your name wasn’t Peyton Manning, no one gave a shit what you did. But other people are allowed to make news now and I can tell you that Michael Bennett signed his RFA tender and is locked up for 2012.
Bennett, 26, had a breakout season in 2011 playing mostly left defensive end. He registered four sacks in 14 games (10 starts), but was among the defense’s most consistent players during one of the franchise’s worst defensive seasons. His ability to play both the run and pass is valued by coaches, as is his flexibility. Bennett has played extensively at defensive tackle on passing downs, despite being just 274 pounds.
I like Bennett a lot and thought it was smart to put the first-round tender on him. The competition between him and Da’Quan Bowers should be a good one
IF YOU WANT A LINEBACKER…: Yesterday, the Texans traded MLB DeMeco Ryans to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick and a swap of third-round picks (which turns out to be less than a fourth-round pick). Ryans may not have had his best season last year, but he was one of the better middle linebackers in the league. He was the defensive rookie of the year in 2006, is a strong locker room leader, the quarterback of the defense, a Pro Bowler and still young. I guess the Texans wanted his salary off their books, but he was only going to count $5.9-million this season and that includes whatever pro-rated bonuses he had already been paid, so it will likely be less for the Eagles. If Curtis Lofton was too expensive for the Bucs’ tastes, they should have looked into this.
The good news is that the Bucs are still interested in Lofton, and he’s still out there.
Don’t think for a second the Bucs have lost interest in Curtis Lofton. They want him at their price, but make no mistake — they want him.
It can get done, Mark Dominik. Put the cherry on this excellent free agent cake you’ve already made.