Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Free Agent Leftovers

Some quick Tuesday thoughts, along with an updated look at what’s left on the shelves of the NFL free agent market:

Free Agent Leftovers

Some quick Tuesday thoughts, along with an updated look at what’s left on the shelves of the NFL free agent market:

* Tra Thomas is about to find out the same thing Hugh Douglas did a few years back: playing pro football in Jacksonville is like doing Shakespeare in Fargo, North Dakota. You aren’t in football-crazy Philadelphia anymore, Tra. The Jags are an afterthought down there, with college football and NASCAR occupying the hearts and minds of the region’s sports fans. Enjoy your newfound privacy. You could change your name again and it would be six months before anybody down there realizes it.

* I still don’t understand why the Eagles had no interest in former Ravens center Jason Brown when he became a free agent. Either they have a plan for the center position that I’m not seeing yet, or they were a lot more impressed with the play of Jamaal Jackson last season than I was.

* With the signing of Stacy Andrews and the likelihood of his brother moving outside, left tackle won’t be the Eagles top priority in the draft. Running back will be. While the Birds insist that they have no concerns about Brian Westbrook’s knee, all they have to do is look at what happened to Shaun Alexander and what is happening with LaDainian Tomlinson to know they’ve got to find a potential successor to the 29-going-on-30 running back, and find him fast. If they have an opportunity to get Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno, UConn’s Donald Brown or Pitt’s LeSean McCoy in the first round, they’ve got to do it.

* The latest outrageous act of cost-cutting by the NFL occurred last week when the Jets announced that they were forcing 60 business-side employees to take 2-week unpaid furloughs this spring. The announcement came less than a week after the Jets signed free agent linebacker Bart Scott to a 6-year, $48 million deal that included $22 million worth of guarantees. What’s wrong with this picture? If NFL teams want to cut costs, how about they consider trimming the obscene size of their coaching staffs or hold the league meetings later this month in a cheaper joint than the $600-a-night St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, California. And, oh yeah. Maybe the owners could cab it from the airport instead of shelling out dough for a limo.

On to the free agency leftovers:

QUARTERBACK
--Byron Leftwich, Steelers
--Jeff Garcia, Bucs
--J.P. Losman, Bills
--Rex Grossman, Bears
--Kyle Boller, Ravens

RUNNING BACK
--Deuce McAllister, Saints
--Michael Pittman, Broncos
--Dominic Rhodes, Colts
--Warrick Dunn, Bucs
--DeShaun Foster, Niners

FULLBACK
--Leonard Weaver, Seahawks
--Terrelle Smith, Cardinals
--Lorenzo Neal, Ravens
--Mike Karney, Saints
--Justin Griffith, Raiders

WIDE RECEIVER
--Marvin Harrison, Colts
--Reggie Williams, Jags
--Miles Austin, Cowboys
--Ronald Curry, Raiders
--Drew Bennett, Rams

TIGHT END
--L.J. Smith, Eagles
--Ben Troupe, Raiders
--Tony Curtis, Cowboys
--Bubba Franks, Jets
--Mark Campbell, Saints

OFFENSIVE TACKLE
--Mark Tauscher, Packers
--Jon Runyan, Eagles
--Khalif Barnes, Jaguars
--John St. Clair, Bears
--George Foster, Lions

GUARD
--Mike Goff, Chargers
--Pete Kendall, Redskins
--Chris Naeole, Jaguars
--Elton Brown, Cardinals
--Floyd Womack, Seahawks

CENTER
--Eric Ghiaciuc, Bengals
--Jeremy Newberry, Chargers
--Cory Procter, Cowboys
--Melvin Fowler, Bills
--Nick Leckey, Rams

DEFENSIVE END
--Bertrand Berry, Cardinals
--Demetric Evans, Redskins
--Kalimba Edwards, Raiders
--Vonnie Holliday, Dolphins
--Anthony Weaver, Texans

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
--Tank Johnson, Cowboys
--Shaun Cody, Lions
--John Thornton, Bengals
--Dewayne Robertson, Broncos
--Ellis Wyms, Vikings

INSIDE LINEBACKER
--Kevin Burnett, Cowboys
--Nate Webster, Broncos
--Napoleon Harris, Vikings
--Paris Lenon, Lions
--Zach Thomas, Cowboys

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
--Marcus Washington, Redskins
--Cato June, Bucs
--Derrick Brooks, Bucs
--Angelo Crowell, Bills
--Clark Haggans, Cardinals

CORNERBACK
--Leigh Bodden, Lions
--Chris McAlister, Ravens
--Jabari Greer, Bills
--Eric Green, Cardinals
--Deltha O’Neal, Patriots

FREE SAFETY
--Mike Brown, Bears
--Will Demps, Texans
--Josh Bullocks, Saints
--Marlon McCree, Broncos
--Pierson Prioleau, Jaguars

STRONG SAFETY
--Roy Williams, Cowboys
--Darren Sharper, Vikings
--Keith Davis, Cowboys
--Nick Ferguson, Texans
--Tank Williams, Patriots

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To read our earlier post with Donovan McNabb's comments about the departed Eagles, click here.

Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
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