Roger Goodell holds Tom Lewand to a higher standard

The notion that club executives are held to a higher standard than players when it comes to the NFL’s personal conduct policy just rang true. Loud and clear.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has come down on Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand for his arrest this summer on suspicion of drunken driving. Lewand, who pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of impaired driving in Michigan court, was suspended for 30 days today and fined $100,000. Wow. Players watching this situation closely can rest easier now. Goodell is applying the letter of the law across the board.

“You occupy a special position of responsibility and trust, and — as you have publicly acknowledged — your conduct must be consistent with someone in that position,” Goodell said in a letter to Lewand that was publicly released. “As we have discussed, those who occupy leadership positions are held to a higher standard of conduct that exceeds what is ordinarily expected of players.

“I commend you for your candor, your willingness to accept responsibility, and your publicly-stated recognition that this incident affects the reputation of the Lions and the NFL.”

It is fair to say that a player receiving a first-time DUI bust – one that resulted in a lesser charge – would have received a much more lenient punishment. League employees are probably taking note of this and Lewand will serve as an example for them.

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Four-down territory: preseason Heisman talk

Can a wide receiver win the Heisman Trophy this season? Most college football fans would think absolutely not, but Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World (along with Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops) doesn’t think it’s an impossibility, writing that Sooners junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles could be a candidate for the award.

While he acknowledges that it’s a long shot to win, Sittler compares Broyles’ sophomore season to the Heisman-winning 1972 campaign of Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers. Looking at all-purpose yards, Broyles actually outgained Rodgers 1,776 to 1,744.

Ryan BroylesICONCan Ryan Broyles pull a Johnny Rodgers and claim the Heisman as a wideout?

For a wideout to legitimately entrench himself into the Heisman race, making an impact in other areas of the game is essential — whether it’s on special teams or gadget plays. Broyles has shown that he can gain yards in bunches, whether on a reverse or a punt return. Stoops calls him “the most versatile player we've had.”

The wideout finished 2009 with two statement performances — 316 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma State and 13 catches for 156 yards and three TDs in the Sun Bowl. More games like that in the early part of this season could generate the necessary buzz for Broyles.

Of course, running back DeMarco Murray likely remains the Sooners’ best candidate for the award — if he can remain healthy for an entire season. I’ve been a big supporter of the Murray cause throughout the offseason, so I expect him to be able to stay on the field in 2010.

In case you missed my ranking of Big Ten running backs on Monday, Wisconsin’s John Clay topped the list as expected. The conference’s reigning offensive player of the year logged 1,517 yards and 18 TDs last season while not even being 100 percent healthy. But after undergoing minor procedures on both of his ankles and missing all of spring practice, Badgers fans are excited about a well-rested Clay entering 2010.

So is head coach Bret Bielema.

After focusing on his conditioning and dropping roughly 10 pounds, Clay looks ready to go already.

“He came in (Wednesday) for a meeting,” Bielema said. “I was just psyched the way he looked.”

“The formula here at Wisconsin has been that if John Clay has the numbers that we want him to have and we need him to have, he will be right in the mix for the Heisman,” the coach declared.

If Clay was playing on gimpy ankles last season and still managed to destroy opposing defenses, how much more dominant can the Badger be this fall?

Twenty-two years after the schools last met, Notre Dame and Miami will resume their legendary rivalry in 2012 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Bears.

Jimmy JohnsonICONCan we bring back Jimmy Johnson for the revival of Miami-Notre Dame?

The game, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, will resume a rivalry that was halted after 1990 because of bad blood between the universities. The schools also announced they will meet in a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017.

Dubbed by the media and known by many college football fans as “Catholics vs. Convicts” in the late 1980s, the rivalry between the independent and now-ACC member was highlighted by a fight between the teams in the tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium in 1988, a game the Fighting Irish won 31-30 en route to their last national title. The Irish lead the all-time series, 15-7-1.

Not yet pumped up for the game? Check out one of the greatest intro’s of all-time. And, of course, the clip features the great Brent Musburger.

As we all know, Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins occupies one of the hottest seats in America. He has promised a turnaround in Boulder before but has yet to deliver. One of the biggest storylines for the Buffaloes when they open camp is the quarterback situation, where senior Cody Hawkins and junior Tyler Hansen will battle it out for the starting job. But according to senior wide receiver Scotty McKnight, Hansen will ultimately win the competition.

“[Hansen’s] taken all the reps with the ones this summer,” McKnight. “He's run all the player-run practices. He's taken that leadership role on and guys have really accepted it and they love it…People react well to Tyler.”

Hawkins has said that he doesn’t see much difference between the two combatants and that he won’t name a starter until midway through camp. I wonder if some of McKnight’s teammates share his high praise of Hansen.

“He's kind of transitioned himself this offseason from being a running quarterback who has a good arm to now he knows his reads, he knows the protections, the defenses and all of that,” McKnight said. “All the different things that go into being a quarterback. He's gotten so much better. He's more of a pocket passer who also now has the ability to elude defenses and run.”

While Hawkins is the son of the coach, there’s no question that he has struggled throughout his career in Boulder, and he finished last season on the bench as Hansen started down the stretch. Most CU fans won’t be happy if Hawkins starts, but winning will change anyone’s mind.

The most interesting word McKnight used in his praise of Hansen was ‘leadership’ — and that’s all the Buffaloes need when they face Colorado State on Sept. 4.

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Friday’s thoughts and hunches

*As many NFL teams are struggling to get all their draft choices signed, I can’t help but think what a great job Bears chief negotiator Cliff Stein does. All of the Bears picks from the April draft were signed by June 1, and then supplemental draft choice Harvey Unga was signed within 10 days of being drafted.

Cliff is very proactive in negotiations. Before the Bears make a draft selection, Stein gets the player’s agent on the phone and works out parameters for a deal. He tells the agent that he wants a deal done by a certain date and that he wants, in most cases (all but first-round players), a four-year deal. If the agent agrees to those parameters, then the Bears call the player and make the selection. It’s been about four years in a row that Stein has had all the Bears draft choices signed way before the draftees of the other 31 teams.

*Congratulations to Kevin Colbert of the Steelers on his contract extension. Kevin is one of the best personnel men in the league. Year after year he very quietly does an outstanding job and he is very well-respected around the league. Pittsburgh did the right thing extending Kevin.

Donovan McNabbICONWill the Eagles regret shipping out Donovan McNabb?

*Before the season is five games old, the Eagles will find out that Kevin Kolb is not the QB they think he is. They will regret trading Donovan McNabb and will be in the market for a QB next offseason.

*The teams that HAVE to win this year:
NFC: Chicago, Tampa Bay, New York Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
AFC: Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

*Some mid-round rookies who will play early and contribute:
DC Jerome Murphy in St. Louis
DC Myron Lewis in Tampa Bay
DS Morgan Burnett in Green Bay
DT Earl Mitchell in Houston
WR Jacoby Ford in Oakland
DC Alterraun Verner in Tennessee
LB Rod Muckelroy in Cincinnati

*With USC being hit with a huge punishment by the NCAA, UCLA will become the dominant college team in Los Angeles. It won’t be long before they challenge for the Pac-10 championship on a yearly basis. They will also land the recruits that they have lost to USC the last 10 years.

*I would like to see TCU land in a BCS football conference. Gary Patterson is one of the top college coaches in the country. He has built a consistently strong program. It would be nice to see them end up in the Big 12 replacing Colorado or Nebraska.

*Utah going to the Pac-10 is going to help both the school and the conference.

*Some college teams that have to win in 2010:
ACC: Maryland and Clemson
SEC: South Carolina and Georgia
Big 12: Texas A&M and Oklahoma St
Pac-10: Arizona and Arizona St.

*Finally, don’t count me as member of the ‘T.O. has turned it around’ club. He has been a distraction at almost every stop in his career and will continue to be. How does a guy who just agreed to a contract miss his flight to join his new team?

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The T.O. effect

The Cincinnati Bengals sent shock waves through the NFL on Tuesday when they reached an agreement with veteran free agent wideout Terrell Owens on a one-year, $2 million contract with $2 million in incentives.

The move pairs the former Pro Bowler with loquacious wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and already has many speculating as to what kind of end zone celebrations—not to mention drama—these two are capable of producing in 2010. Two big playmakers, two big mouths, two big egos.

It’s going to be an explosive year in Cincinnati.

But with training camps opening and double sessions getting underway, it’s time to take a look at what kind of impact the Owens signing will have on the world of fantasy football. The Bengals are a hotbed of fantasy talent entering 2010 making it all the more important to have a solid understanding of what each player is currently worth now that Owens is in the fold.

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Carson Palmer Quarterback Ht: 6-5 Wt: 235 Experience: 8th season

2010 Projected Stat Line: 325/511 (63.6%), 3,702 yards, 28 TDs, 13 INTs

Carson PalmerICONWith a slew of new toys at his disposal, Palmer could be poised for a big season.

Breakdown: Palmer cracked the NFP’s 2010 top-20 sleeper list prior to the Owens signing and we see no reason to pull him off it now that T.O. is in the mix. The 30-year old signal caller has four legitimate pass-catchers at his disposal in Owens, Ochocinco, Antonio Bryant and rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham. Owens’ arrival will help to open up the field more this season by preventing opposing defenses from rolling coverage over the top of No. 85. In addition, a top-flight rushing attack led by the rejuvenated Cedric Benson will force Cincinnati’s opponents to respect the run.

I know that many of you believe the Bengals will continue to be a run-heavy offense, but don’t get too caught up in what you saw last season. Former Bengal Laveranues Coles failed to replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh as a legitimate No. 2 target, which made it more difficult for Cincinnati to produce a consistently effective aerial attack. In addition, the Bengals got very little production from the tight end position in 2009 and former No. 3 wideout Chris Henry appeared in just eight games.

Keep in mind that when Palmer had two legitimate wide receivers at his disposal (Ochocinco and Houshmandzadeh) during the 2005-2007 seasons, he averaged 534.6 passing attempts per year with the Bengals throwing the football 56.6% of the time.

Last season, Cincinnati ranked 28th in the NFL in pass to run ratio (50.0%). Expect that to change with a legitimate receiving unit now in place.

Chad Ochocinco Wide Receiver Ht: 6-1 Wt: 192 Experience: 10th season

2010 Projected Stat Line: 75 receptions for 1,075 yards and 8 touchdowns

Chad OchocincoIconOcho has a new partner in crime with the addition of Owens.

Breakdown: Ochocinco bounced back from a miserable 2008 campaign last year by hauling in 72 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns as the only serious receiving threat on the Cincinnati roster. Now that another legitimate receiving option will be joining him on the field, opposing defenses won’t be able to pay as much attention to No. 85 as they did in 2009. NFP analyst and Bud Heavy aficionado Matt Bowen did an excellent breakdown on this subject earlier in the week.

Ocho’s going to have an easier time this year as he won’t be facing the same amount of double-teams that limited his production last season. However, the additions of both Owens and Bryant to the starting lineup will cut into his target totals, meaning his opportunities will take a slight hit in 2010.

Ochocinco’s a top-20 fantasy wideout that will function very well as a solid WR2 on your roster. He’ll have an easier time making plays this season, but that benefit will be somewhat mitigated by the fact that he won’t see the 128 targets (17th in NFL) that came his way in 2009.

Antonio Bryant Wide Receiver Ht: 6-1 Wt: 211 Experience: 8th season

2010 Projected Stat Line: 57 receptions for 787 yards and 5 touchdowns

Breakdown: After signing a four-year, $28 million contract with the Bengals last March, it looked like Bryant was going to be in a nice position to emerge as one of the league’s top No. 2 receivers in 2010. However, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer is reportedly still having problems with his knee (the same one that limited him last season) and is rumored to have looked sluggish during Cincinnati’s first practice this past week.

Look at it like this: You don’t spend $28 million on a wide receiver just to go out and add Terrell Owens at the end of July. Something is up in Cincinnati and the Bengals are most likely concerned about Bryant’s health entering the season. In addition, all indications point to Bryant being moved into the slot now that Owens will be lining up on the outside opposite Ochocinco.

Since Bryant will likely start the year as the No. 3 wideout on the Cincinnati depth chart, fantasy owners are advised to lower his draft stock to that of a later round pick. He’s got some upside, but the knee injury and the addition of Owens will cut into his snaps and targets.

Jermaine Gresham Tight End Ht: 6-5 Wt: 261 Experience: Rookie

2010 Projected Stat Line: 35 receptions for 319 yards and 4 touchdowns

Breakdown: Anybody who watched the HBO series “Hard Knocks” last summer is well aware of the injury problems that plagued the tight end position in Cincinnati entering 2009, which made it no surprise when the Bengals selected Gresham in the first round of April’s draft.

The former Sooner is a physical tight end with good hands that can run well down the seam and find the soft spots over the middle. Gresham caught 66 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2008 at Oklahoma, but had his 2009 campaign derailed by a knee injury. While all reports indicate that he is healthy and ready to go this season, keep in mind that Gresham hasn’t played a meaningful snap of football in close to two years.

With Ochocinco, Owens and Bryant lining up on the field, Gresham’s targets and opportunities will be somewhat limited in 2010, but don’t be surprised if he emerges as a legitimate red zone threat for quarterback Carson Palmer. At 6-5, 261 pounds, Gresham is a mismatch nightmare for opposing linebackers and safeties.

Cedric Benson Running Back Ht: 5-11 Wt: 227 Experience: 6th season

2010 Projected Stat Line: 299 carries for 1,238 yards and 9 touchdowns

C
edric BensonICONBenson should make another serious run at 300 carries in 2010.

Breakdown: Despite the influx of talent at the wide receiver position, Benson is still going to be a workhorse back in 2010. The five-year veteran carried the ball 301 times last season even though he appeared in just 13 games. Benson is a powerful runner who excels at hitting the hole and lowering his shoulder to drop the boom on opposing linebackers.

However, fantasy owners should prepare for two things when evaluating Benson’s potential in 2010. The Bengals are going to throw the ball more this season now that they have a top-flight receiving unit and don’t be surprised if second-year running back Bernard Scott handles a portion of the workload. Scott picked up 321 yards on the ground last season, which included a 61-yard scamper against the Oakland Raiders in Week 11.

We still have Benson rated as a top-ten fantasy back, but the Bengals won’t need to lean on him as much this season now that Owens and Bryant are on board.

And last, but certainly not least…

Terrell Owens Wide Receiver Ht: 6-3 Wt: 224 Experience: 15th season

2010 Projected Stat Line: 66 receptions for 918 yards and 7 touchdowns

Terrell OwensICONIs T.O. the guy who can put the Bengals over the top?

Breakdown: It’s no secret that T.O. is in the twilight of his career and has struggled as of late with press coverage at the line of scrimmage. But there’s no questioning his work ethic and desire to produce on Sundays. This guy keeps himself in top shape all year long and will be ready to play from the moment he hits the practice field.

As an aging No. 2 in Cincinnati, Owens’ role will be somewhat limited to quick slants over the middle and vertical patterns down the sideline, but he still has the explosiveness to make the big play and the size and strength to win the jump-ball battle in the red zone.

Owners are advised to target T.O. as a WR3 in the middle to later rounds. We don’t see him topping 1,000 receiving yards this season, but with Carson Palmer at quarterback, Owens will once again make an impact in the fantasy football world.

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Doug Free off to good start for Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys shape up to be one of the contenders in the NFC and the team has made no secret of its desire to become the first franchise in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl in its home stadium.

But as deep as the team’s roster is from top to bottom, questions exist and most of those start on the offensive line. One of the key questions is whether or not Doug Free can nail down the left tackle job and serve as blindside protection for quarterback Tony Romo.

Free, a fourth-round draft pick in 2007 from Northern Illinois, performed well last season when he was called on to replace Marc Colombo at right tackle. Now, he’s being asked to replace a longtime fixture in Flozell Adams. Team insiders insist Free is going to open eyes and perform admirably. If the beginning of training camp is a sign of things to come, maybe they are correct.

“Doug is a really good player,” outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. “I'm really confident in him. He'll be ready.”

By Fraley’s count, the two of squared off 10 times in camp in one-on-one pass-rushing drills and Free leads the competition 8-2. He’s also induced Ware to jump offside on two occasions but he’s had one false start.

“He was confident coming in, and he's done well,” Wade Phillips said. “His pass protection has been strong. Going against the guys he's going against, he's done a good job. You don't get much better than the guys he's been going against.”

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2010 NFP Scouting Series: Vanderbilt

For the rest of the summer, the National Football Post will be breaking down every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) to identify players who could warrant the most interest from NFL teams in the 2011 draft.

Therefore, today we take a look at the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Offense

OC Joey Bailey: No. 71 (6-4, 295)
Displays natural bend and flexibility when asked to sit into his stance and has the ability to initially generate leverage for himself at the point of attack and get his hands underneath defenders. However, allows his pad level to rise through the play and doesn’t consistently keep his base down. Has a tendency to start to double over at the waist and will lose his balance by lunging a bit into blocks. Falls off opposing linemen easily at times when he’s forced to anchor vs. bigger/stronger defenders. But is a good enough athlete to quickly change directions and mirror with some consistency in space.

Lacks ideal base strength in the run game and can be overwhelmed on contact inside. Doesn’t do a good enough job using his length and extending his arms into defenders, consistently allows his man to get under his pad level and he can simply be overpowered into the backfield. Displays a decent first step out of his stance, can get his feet around his target initially and seal, and does display some natural range when asked to get out to the second level. However, struggles to maintain his balance through the play vs. physical defenders and again will easily fall off blocks.

Impression: Lacks the type of power to anchor consistently inside and isn’t going to move anyone off the football in the run game at the next level. Looks more like a camp body guy to me.

Defense

StokesICONStokes is a big hit, but lacks the athleticism to hold up at the next level.

OLB/LS John Stokes: No. 49 (6-5, 235)
A long, lean, leggy defender who lacks ideal lateral ability or closing range when asked to drop off into zone coverage. Takes a while for him to redirect and get out of his breaks and doesn’t generate much burst at all closing on the football; simply plays at one speed.

Exhibits decent instincts when asked to find the football and make his way toward the play, just lacks the range to get there. Struggles to even reach perimeter runs on his side of the field and seems to really lumber in pursuit. Doesn’t generate much power on contact when asked to take on blocks, even when attacking downhill. Gets too upright into contact, allows blockers to get under his frame and is easily jolted backward and/or knocked off balance at the point. Also, lacks the body control, power and range to cleanly disengage and make a play on the football.

Impression: His frame says 3-4 OLB, but he isn’t explosive or sudden in any area of the game and simply plays too high to be physical on contact. Lacks the skill set to be an NFL player as a linebacker, but does have experience long snapping which could give him a chance.

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49ers ink Davis, Bowman

The San Francisco 49ers are down to two unsigned draft picks after the club inked offensive tackle Anthony Davis, a first-round draft, Navorro Bowman, a linebacker who was selected in the third round.

Multiple media outlets reported the activity this morning. That means left to sign for the Niners to sign are guard Mike Iupati, a first-round selection like Davis, and safety Taylor Mays, who was drafted in the second round.

The 49ers open camp this weekend and they are counting on Davis and Iupati to help reshape an offensive line in transition.

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Bengals chasing WR$

The Bengals signing of Terrell Owens has been heralded as a step that will greatly improve the team and make the Bengals a formidable offense. It is interesting hype for a player who had been on the street for seven months was signed to a one-year contract that is $4.5 million less than he made last year.

The signing of Owens continues an expensive two-year pattern for the Bengals in spending on wide receiver, a position with a graveyard of bad contracts for free agents.

The Bengals signed Laveranues Coles as their marquee free agent in 2009, agreeing to a four-year contract worth $27.5 million, with $9.75 million last season. Coles four-year deal turned into a one-year deal, as the Bengals’ treasure of 2009 was their trash or 2010.

Enter Antonio Bryant, who the Bengals chose over Owens in free agency this year. Bryant signed a similar deal to Coles a year before, four years for $28 million. We’ll see in February if, like Coles, that four-year deal also becomes a one-year deal.

Bryant has already been paid $7.85 million of that amount with a $1.55 million 2010 salary to come. That $9.4 million combined with Coles’ $9.75 million, is a total of $19.15 million for the two receivers to play opposite Chad Ochocinco.

Now enter TO. After making $6.5 million with the Bills last year on a one-year deal, he has become a rent-a-player with a one-year deal for $2 million with the Bengals. He also has the following six cumulative incentives that could max out at $2 million, all for $333,333 each:

60 receptions
100 receptions
900 receiving yards
1300 receiving yards
10 touchdowns
14 touchdowns

In negotiating player contracts, I tried not to write individual incentives into contracts, especially to skill players. I did not want the specter of players looking cross-eyed at the quarterback, the coaching staff, or the front office wondering if there was a sinister scheme to keep the player from gettting his money. Of course, I never communicated incentives to the coaches to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, yet it still was a slippery slope. Now one of the most demonstrative and potentially divisive players in the league has half of his potential earnings tied to individual rather than team performance.

Tim TebowICONTebow's contract is strong but not quite what has been reported.

The Tale of Tebow

The first-round signings are starting to come in, as the annual mating ritual between teams and agents is in full bloom and the veteran, not rookie, reporting dates are upon us. Agents have always told me that with first-round picks, they never take the rookie reporting dates seriously; they just want to know when the vets arrive.

Tim Tebow, the most well-known name in the Draft, has signed for numbers that are being bandied about in different ranges. After talking to a couple people looking at the contract, here are what the numbers are:

The guaranteed amount for Tebow as of today is $8.7 million, a whopping 18.5% increase over last year's slotted pick, Vontae Davis. However, I am told that once the contract enters year two, the guarantee is reduced to $8.45 million, still an impressive 15% increase from last year.

The five-year base value of the deal is $11.25 million, a 10.3% increase over Davis's $10.2 million.

As to the maximum value of the deal, the reported $33 million is accurate, but that is if Tebow earns every incentive and escalator, including millions tied to being the NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, etc. The maximum value for a quarterback rookie contract is always higher than other positions, with some previous maximums such as Joe Flacco ($29.5 million), Brady Quinn ($30 million) and Josh Freeman ($36 million).

I remember negotiating Aaron Rodgers' rookie contract in the same area as Tebow was drafted, with the vast majority of the negotiation not about the guarantee or base value but about the incentives and escalators, trying to layer in future performance money not knowing when — or if — Brett Favre would no longer be the quarterback of the Packers.

Tebow received a strong contract for where he was drafted, although not quite what has been reported.

Lightning strikes for Gates

The San Diego Chargers have been the team in the NFL perhaps most advantaged by the rules of the uncapped 2010. With the talent of players they have as “limbo” free agents – players that in any other year would have been “free” free agents but are now restricted – they have saved themselves tens of millions of dollars by simply placing one-year tender contracts on Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, Darren Sproles, Shawn Merriman and Malcolm Floyd.

Now we see what they’re doing with some of that money. They agreed to a five-year extension with tight end Antonio Gates for a total value of $36.175 million with $20.4 of that amount, over 56%, guaranteed.

The Chargers have certainly shown their hand in regard to priorities. They have signed top-of-market deals with quarterback Phillip Rivers and Gates as both entered their contract years. In contrast, they have decided to watch and wait on their group of restricted free agents, even challenging Jackson and McNeill to make good on their threats to not show up. They can then see as the season progresses which of the players merit the treatment they have shown Rivers and Gates.

Somewhere, Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill are fuming. And Vernon Davis is smiling.

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Albert Haynesworth is 'tired of this B.S.'

If failing his conditioning test on Thursday didn’t go over so well with Albert Hanyesworth, we’re very interested to learn what state of mind he will be in later on after spending another day on the treadmill.

The Washington Redskins defensive tackle failed his conditioning test again today, meaning that he’ll be working to get in better shape instead of practicing with his teammates, the ones he didn’t see during the offseason.

“I'm tired of this B.S.,” Haynesworth told NBC-4 on Thursday, according to the Twitter account of sports anchor Dan Hellie. “I just want to get out on field and play football.”

Now, it could be pointed out that if Haynesworth was really interested in playing football, and if he was truly tired of all the B.S., he would have at least shown up for the club’s mandatory minicamp in June. The majority of the B.S. – and there is a landfill-sized pile of it – was created by Haynesworth himself.

A photo of Haynesworth from training camp seemed to show he was in pretty good shape, certainly lighter than he was a year ago. When he will be in good enough shape for coach Mike Shanahan, we’ll see. He’ll probably have to wait until Shanahan is done getting his point across – that he was tired of the B.S. a long time ago. Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that Haynesworth will take a crack at the conditioning test for a third time Saturday morning. Will it be the charm?

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Packers get Bulaga done

The Green Bay Packers are well positioned now for the start of training camp as Bryan Bulaga, the first-round draft pick, has signed his contract.

Bulaga, the 23rd overall selection, has put his name on a five-year contract, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Bulaga is the final draft pick to sign for the Packers and that ensures they will have all of their players in camp on time. The players are due to report to training camp today and the first practice will be held at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.

The Packers started Bulaga out at left tackle after drafting him out of Iowa with the idea being that he will be groomed to take over for Chad Clifton one day soon. The offensive line was a real trouble spot for the team during the middle portion of last season and having Bulaga not only gives the team a potential blue chip player to develop for the future, it also provides some badly needed depth. Green Bay operated without a swing tackle last season and that became an issue when Clifton was injured.

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