Prime Cuts

Slices of great NFL content from around the web

Raiders add Cribbs, emphasizing the importance of David Bruton

Oakland Raiders sign receiver/returner Josh Cribbs
www.contracostatimes.com

Cribbs, who turns 30 on June 9, spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he developed into one of the game’s most productive kick and punt returners.
His eight kick returns for touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL history. He also amassed 1,914 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and receiving for the Browns.

Reggie McKenzie continues to make wise decisions; anyone else missing Al Davis right about now?

Oh yeah, and this signing is a perfect reminder of why special teams ace David Bruton is so vital to the Broncos' sustained success.

Woodson healthy and at Dove Valley; Panthers also interested

Charles Woodson meeting with Broncos; defensive back has other suitors
www.denverpost.com

Although the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers also are interested in signing the versatile defensive back, the Broncos likely are the leading candidate for Woodson because they have the best chance to win a Super Bowl this season.

An opportunity to win a second Super Bowl ring, not money, is the primary objective for Woodson, who turns 37 in October.
...
He has struggled with shoulder injuries since breaking his collarbone in Green Bay’s Super Bowl victory in 2011, but he is healthy now.

If the ring's the thing, then this apparent choice for Chuck Wood is a no-brainer, isn't it?

Rolando McClain is done with football

Rolando McClain informs Ravens that he will retire
www.baltimoresun.com

McClain, who was taken eighth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2010 draft, is just 23 years old but off-the-field issues have marred his NFL career. Released by the Raiders earlier this offseason, McClain was arrested April 21 in Decatur, Ala., just 10 days after he signed with the Ravens, a team willing to give him another shot.

His third arrest in a little over 16 months, McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He allegedly yelled an expletive at police officers after they responded to a disturbance at Pines Park.

You'll recall that in the months leading up to the 2010 Draft, the talk the Broncos would draft McClain--even move up to get him--was busier than an Oakland police blotter.  Incidentally, that's where McClain went.  At the time, the debate centered around McClain's alleged Crohn's disease and his off-the-field behavior.  It's hard to say if either figured in McClain's decision, but 23 is about as young as it gets for NFL retirement.  Columnist Monte Poole believes McClain's heart was never really in football.

The Broncos, for their part, ended up taking Demaryius Thomas with pick #22, then traded back into the first round to draft their most controversial pick in team history, Tim Tebow at #25.

Can Eric Decker keep up with the Kardashians?

WWE Divas, Nick Cannon, Jack Osbourne, Ashley Tisdale, Josh Schwartz and More Bring New Series to E!
www.eonline.com

The new Love and Other Contact Sports franchise will take viewers inside the confines of even more celebrity/athlete romances starting with country/pop singer Jessie James and her fiancé, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker whose wedding is quickly approaching. The series will chronicle the sexy young couple’s road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more. Currently residing in their Denver dream home, they share an ambition to succeed, a charmingly fun and unfiltered outlook on life, and most of all, a red-hot attraction for each other.

This can't possibly be a good thing for the Broncos, can it?

Jets, Bucs have framework of Revis deal set

Sources: Jets have agreement in principle to trade Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers
sports.yahoo.com

The New York Jets have agreed in principle on a trade to send star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for undisclosed draft picks and the Buccaneers have agreed to a long-term contract that will make Revis one of the highest paid non-quarterbacks in the NFL, according to multiple sources.

The Jets gave Revis permission to visit the Buccaneers on Sunday morning after reaching an agreement with Tampa Bay on the trade portion of the transaction.

As for the contract, the Bucs are well aware that Revis is seeking a deal worth in the range of $15 million to $16 million per year.

~13% of the salary cap to one cornerback? Have fun with that, Bucs...

Schedule release coming Thursday night

NFL to release regular-season schedule Thursday
www.nfl.com

League spokesman Greg Aiello announced Tuesday that the NFL’s 2013 regular-season slate of games will be announced on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

The schedule was widely expected to drop Tuesday, but the league told NFL.com’s Around The League on Monday that it had yet to be finalized.

Along with facing the other AFCW teams twice each, Denver will host Baltimore, Washington, Philly, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, and visit New England, Dallas (likely on Thanksgiving), Indy, Houston, and the Giants. They are again expected to be featured in several night games.

NFL postpones schedule announcement

Schedule release not happening tomorrow
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that the schedule won’t be released on April 16.  He added the date for the release has not been determined.

“It will not be tomorrow but could be in the next week or two,” Aiello said via email. “We’re working to finalize it.”

Along with its traditional home-and-home with the three other AFCW teams, Denver will host Baltimore, Washington, Philly, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, and visit New England, Dallas (likely on Thanksgiving), Indy, Houston, and the Giants.

Ravens want Dumervil, who’s said to have better offer from Broncos

Elvis Dumervil mulls Ravens' offer; Freeney, Abraham visit Broncos
www.denverpost.com

The Ravens have delivered a contract offer to Dumervil, according to two NFL sources. However, the sources say the Broncos have offered slightly more money in the early portion of the deal.

The Broncos’ money has tightened because of a $4.89 million dead-money, salary-cap hit they absorbed while releasing Dumervil last week, so re-signing Dumervil likely would mean releasing a player or two off their roster.

This has to be a tough call for Elvis, whose recent Denver experience has been just brutal. First came the stunning home playoff loss to the very team that's now pursuing him, followed by a public demand from the Broncos and John Elway that he accept a pay reduction. Next, his now former agent bungles his reworked contract, and the Broncos have now reportedly offered him less than the two sides had agreed to last Friday.

Will he take what Mike Klis reports is a somewhat better offer to stick around, or has the taste grown so bitter that he just wants a fresh start? Impossible to know what Elvis is thinking, but our hope is he remains in orange and blue.

Congress takes up issue of offensive NFL team name

Bill in Congress challenges Redskins trademark
www.usatoday.com

Faleomavaega is joined in his effort by nine lawmakers as original co-sponsors of the bill. They include Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn., the co-chairpersons of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil rights icon.

Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is one of two Native Americans in the U.S. House. In January, he told Roll Call that redskin is “not a term of respect” and “needlessly offensive to a large part of our population.”

I'm usually not a fan of Congress getting involved in sports (especially with PEDs), but when it comes to removing a blatant racial slur from everyday life? That's worthwhile.

Add Steelers to list of known Dumervil suitors

Ravens, Steelers interested in Elvis Dumervil, source says
www.baltimoresun.com

The Ravens’ biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are also interested in Dumervil after cutting outside linebacker James Harrison as a salary-cap casualty prior to the free agent signing period, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Structuring a contract high enough for Dumervil could be tough for either team because of tight salary-cap situations, but teams can always make adjustments to their roster by cutting players if they need to make room for an elite player.

Yesterday, Wilson reported that Baltimore, New England, and Tennessee were interested in Elvis Dumervil. Mike Garafolo adds Houston and Detroit to that list, and continues to report that Elvis would strongly prefer to return to the Broncos.