Found March 16, 2012 on
Step away from that ledge Falcons fans, we have our first free agent visit lined up! I am almost in a state of shock that D. Orlando Ledbetter said Atlanta should look at Marcus McNeill... and it is actually happening.
McNeill plans to visit Atlanta next week hopefully to help shore up a left tackle spot that has been as successful as the Hindenburg.
Marcus receives a playful elbow to the throat from our very own John Abraham.
McNeill is a two time Pro Bowler who has protected Phillip Rivers for years. At 6'7", 336lbs, the man is a monster on the field, and has been a premium player.
The problem is his injury history. He has only managed to play 20 of the last 32 games. Only 28 years old, McNeill has had neck and back problems that have been thought to be degenerative, but San Diego was likely going to get rid of him either way due to $10+ million salary this year.
He has since been cleared by neck and spine specialists, and is, apparently, 100% healthy. If he...
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According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers are at a critical stage in their contract talks with running back Mike Tolbert.
The Chargers want to know if Tolbert is going to stay or not, they could end up deciding to just move on to free agent Jackie Battle.
I know that Tolbert has least another visit scheduled and there are reportedly numerous teams that...
ATLANTA- In a marriage that was meant to stay together, the Atlanta Falcons and their defensive leader/DE John Abraham have decided not to break up after all.
The Falcons announced today on their website that the deal is a three year deal.
As all reports indicated, the team did let the man that the fans call “The Predator” dip his toes in the free agency waters.
A WELCOME CHALLENGE
The Broncos are reportedly one of three finalists to land Peyton Manning, and Philip Rivers is hoping Denver pulls it off to increase the competition in the AFC West.
The San Diego Chargers welcomed back quarterback Charlie Whitehurst with a two-year contract.
The deal is worth $4 million - including a $1 million signing bonus, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported on Friday night.
Whitehurst's return allowed the Chargers to release veteran quarterback Billy Volek, 35.
Whitehurst spent four seasons with San Diego from 2006-09, although...
Defensive end John Abraham has agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the Falcons, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Abraham may be 33, but collected 9.5 sacks in 2011, and was regarded as the best pass rusher available in free agency prior to re-signing with Atlanta today. Tennessee was among the teams trying to reel him in.
Either way, Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes is set to hit the jackpot.
The former undrafted free agent, who was discovered by former Falcons coach Bruce Plummer out of tiny Shippensburg University, was slapped with the team's franchise tag.
He could walk into the office at the start of free agency, sign the tender and be in line for 10.281 million big ones.
In Dimitroff We Trust?
Matt Smith and Bucky Brooks of the NFL Draft Tracker Podcast on NFL.com had Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff on to talk about free agency. TD said that he was interested to see how the free agent market panned out and that it has turned out (so far) as he expected. He said that because they do not have a first or fourth round picks it means that free agency will...
You can't fault Philip Rivers' competitive nature, even as the team around him looks like it's falling apart. The San Diego Chargers missed the playoffs last season and conceded the AFC West crown to the Tim Tebow led Denver Broncos. Now Rivers would love to see the Broncos bring Peyton Manning aboard. Not because he has a personal vendetta against the guy. It's...
While it may not be the big splash Patriots fans were hoping for, Bill Belichick appears to have found a new starting safety in six-year veteran Steve Gregory.
The former Charger brings starting experience, versatility and athleticism to a cripplingly-bad group of safeties from 2011.
In 15 games, Gregory recorded 67 tackles and a pick. His best season came in 2009 when he posted...
The San Diego Chargers have re-signed tight end Randy McMichael to a two-year contract, Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports. Financial terms were not disclosed. McMichael, 32, has 417 receptions for 4,488 yards and 24 touchdowns during a 10-year career that began as a 2002 fourth-round pick out of Georgia by the Miami Dolphins. McMichael spent the first five seasons of his career in...
Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the San Diego Chargers.
Whitehurst was San Diego's third-round draft pick in 2006. He was the third-string quarterback behind Philip Rivers and Billy Volek for four seasons and never attempted a pass in the regular season. He was traded to Seattle and played in nine games in two seasons, throwing for...
The Falcons have managed to keep their defensive core largely intact. Friday, the team came to terms on a new three-year deal with veteran DE John Abraham, who has 112 sacks in his 12-year NFL career with 58.5 coming in his six-season stint in Atlanta. His play was somewhat uneven in 2011, but Abraham, a four-time Pro Bowler, still bagged 9.5 sacks. "We have said since we have...
The New England Patriots have signed free agent safety Steve Gregory to a three-year contract, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports. Financial terms were not disclosed. Signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse in 2006, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Gregory has 241 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions in 85 games over the last six seasons, starting...
Kevin Acee, San Diego Chargers beat writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting via Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers are the lead teams to land free agent running back, Mike Tolbert. Acee tweets: "Mike Tolbert expected to land in Pittsburgh or Carolina ... I'm told this isn't like Malcom Floyd, who returned last yr after deal was dead...