Pay NFL players better [6:37 PM] Shout! reports:
It's commonplace to slap pro athletes with the charge of greed. People such as Ruben Brown and his pursuit of a $4- to $6-million-a-year contract. People such as Bruce Smith and his declination of a Bills pay cut to pursuit a rich five-year, $25-million contract with the Redskins. Still, pro athletes - particularly football players - are underpaid compared to what other entertainers are making in the industry.
Offseason Blueprints: AFC East [3:05 PM] ESPNet reports:
ESPN gives a summary of the AFC East situation including a prediction which will warm the heart of most posters on TBD, but is not most Bills fans want - Flutie will be taking a pay cut or be shipped out.
Winfield says team dynamic won't change [12:14 PM] Shout! reports:
With Thomas Smith signing with the Bears, Antoine Winfield is the starting RCB. Winfield said it was his plan to start at cornerback in 2000 all along, regardless if Smith were on the team. In this player column, Winfield talks about his off-season.
Best NFL draft picks from 1 to 31
[8:57 AM] Fox reports:
A list of Fox's best 31 picks (best #1 pick, best #2 pick) since the AFL/NFL merger. Ignore Ronnie Lott on the list - it is a pat on the back to their broadcaster.
Jim Kelly (with one 'e' please) made it as the best ever #14 pick
as well as John Elway and Marino.
Joe DeLamielleure (OG) made it as best ever #26 pick
Chris Spielman made it as #29 but the Bills did not draft him and he was a 2nd round pick that year.
Riemersma might be only FA signed [11:36 AM] Shout! reports:
Two weeks into free agency, it's one player back, two gone and a bunch more leaving town for the Bills. Half of the starting secondary has left the salary-cap-strapped team, and tight end Jay Riemersma has become the crown jewel because the team can't afford higher-priced players.
Dolphins sign Irwin, project him as a starter [7:32 AM] Miami Herald reports:
'As for [Reuben] Brown, while the Dolphins have talked to agent Eric Metz twice a week since free agency began on Feb. 11, they have yet to set up a visit...Brown's asking price of $4.5 million per season is still too high for the Dolphins, who don't want to pay an interior offensive lineman that kind of money. ``There's no doubt about his ability,'' Boudreau said of Brown. ``He's made three straight Pro Bowls for a good reason. His play has gotten him there. But as a lot of guys find out, there's just not much money out there for a lot of teams.'''