NFL Downtime’s Cure…. Reading

The best way to spend NFL Downtime before training camps is to read a book like Michael MacCambridge’s America’s Game

With the NFL in “Downtime” until training camps start in late July, many league followers only news at this time seems to be mostly negative.  Yes, there are still positive stories like “The New York Jets won the NFL’s Offseason”, “Donovan McNabb Returns to Philly to hold his annual camp” and “Carolina receiver Dwayne Jarrett has finally turned the corner” that briefly dot league news sources. 

However…Thanks to recent events involving Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Michael Vick (shooting at his 30th B-Day Party), Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (Bar hopping gone array in Milledgeville, GA), Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young (misdemeanor assault citation after allegedly punching a guy for an upside down hook’em Horns sign), Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson (just charged for a bar fight with a bouncer) and the ever present NFL Personal Conduct Policy – just celebrated its 3rd birthday — the league’s negative news “Blotter” has been working overtime.

But I for one usually like to accentuate the “real” stories of the NFL and the 1500 or so other players that are “Doing the Right Thing” – So I have one suggestion for everyone during “NFL Downtime”….PICK UP A BOOK.

Right now I am reading the heartwarming book, The Marrow in Me, which tells the stories of the many people who are battling leukemia daily and how each of us can do our part in helping them continue their fight.  Author Kevin Walsh, an anchor for Comcast Sportsnet in Boston and my junior high’s former quarterback, does a great job of showing just “how” important one person can be far beyond their wildest dreams.  I highly recommend the book, even if it is not “football” related :)

For those looking to cure their football fix, I have listed my Top 5 Pro Football related books

  1. Three Bricks Shy of a Load by Roy Blount Jr – A great book that brings the NFL’s premier team from the 1970’s, the Pittsburgh Steelers, to life.  Blount was practically a member of the Steelers as he gave the best insight that I have ever read on the building of a championship level team from training camp to the playoffs.  And to say the least this book is filled with colorful real-life “characters”.
  2. Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback by William Rhoden – Alright, I will start with the disclaimer that I was a key contributor to this book.  But this masterpiece truly is special.  This yarn not only tells the sociological aspects of the African American Quarterback’s journey, it also has more “first hand” knowledge and stories — from the people that lived it — than any book that I have ever read.  From early pioneers like Fritz Pollard to Doug Williams to Donovan McNabb it is all there in graphic oratory form.
  3. America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation by Michael MacCambridge – This book is living and breathing history.  MacCambridge starts by talking about the “Greatest Game Ever Played”, the 1958 NFL Championship, and then fills in the gaps in every way imaginable from Bert Bell and the league’s early innovators to the monumental AFL/NFL merger to today’s megawatt billion-dollar version.
  4. Tailgating, Sacks, And Salary Caps by Mark Yost – Some may think this book is too money driven, but if you want to learn the business, economics, history, and collective bargaining aspects of the NFL, this is the book for you — And let’s face it, we all know that the NFL is all about big bucks.  Yost lives up to his Wall Street Journal pedigree by telling the story of the NFL from the perspective of the league’s front office, television execs, merchandisers, new stadium constructors, fantasy football geeks and much more.
  5. Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback by Peter King – Some may not enjoy Peter King’s weekly NFL news and notes column, but I am a big fan.  King, a veteran pro football scribe and coffee aficionado, gives great information and facts in his light hearted stories that come from his many years working the league’s beat.  The stories are genuine plus this SI vet is probably the most plugged guy in the NFL.  The book is filled with quirky league history and notes…of course wrapped around some talk about family and traveling in the NFL’s ever-moving caravan.

 Other books to consider:  The Philadelphia Eagles Encyclopedia by Ray Didinger and Bob Lyons; Outside the Lines: African Americans and the integration of the National Football League by Charles Ross; Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football by Robert W. Peterson; and The Thinking Man’s Guide to Football by Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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Downtime Before NFL Training Camps Start

Anyone looking for something to watch until NFL training camps start in late July, may get their fix from watching the movie Any Given Sunday

The early summer period before training camps start in late July — the Cleveland Browns will be the first to open camp as both have rookies reporting on July 23 — is considered “Downtime” around the NFL. 

Many people that work around the league, including players and coaches, take this time for a well-deserved month of re-charging before training camp begins.  Organized Training Activities (OTAs) for most teams have shut down with many players returning to their hometowns, attending charitable events like golf tournaments, running football camps, or simply taking a vacation. 

However as a self-described football junkie I have chosen to always be tuned into football even if the NFL is dormant.  There are several football related diversions to soothe my NFL fix including NFL Network (“NFL Football 24/7”), NFL Films documentaries/features, player holdout news, player camps, football related movies to watch (my choice is Any Given Sunday), the NFL Supplemental Draft, and minor league football.

Unfortunately there is no longer NFL Europe  — there have been rumors that after the CBA is finalized that the NFL may look to establish another prospect league.  But after a year hiatus, the Arena Football League  is back  plus the Canadian Football League (CFL) is beginning.  Even though these leagues are not NFL caliber, it is fun to watch when the NFL is quiet.  Yes, I am football crazy enough to watch the AFL, CFL, or put in a DVD of the NFL’s most disliked series Playmakers.

Conversely the only people still focusing on the daily grind of the NFL at this time are GM’s and Head Coaches.  Some may try to vacation and take their mind off the sport, but most decision-makers that I have talked to hate this time of the year.  They usually spend this “off” month putting the final touches on their training camp preparations while nervously checking news outlets to make sure that none of their players run amuck during their time out of their team’s reach (i.e. “Police Blotter Time”). 

Sadly it seems every week that there is another NFL player related story where a situation occurs that could possibly lead to a “hangover” going into next season (think Ben Roethlisberger’s “bar” activity).  Even with Commissioner Roger Goodell talking tough and always being ready to come down hard on trouble players, unfortunately some players just seem to find trouble…checkout the website NFL Crimes Newsblog

So as I always say, “The NFL Never Sleeps”.  Some events before training camps start are the Rookie Symposium,  2010 NFL Supplemental Draft, and many others on the 2010-11 NFL calendar that will briefly take over the spotlight. 

Until then NFL players should enjoy the little bit of downtime that they have left — just not too much though, i.e. STAY OUT of TROUBLE — since the reality of hot two-a-days in the sun of training camp will be here before we all know it.

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer/Analyst for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

Football Guy talks Futbol – United States vs. Ghana

 

U.S goalkeeper Tim Howard will lead his team against Ghana in the World Cup’s Round of 16

Though this site is usually all about American professional football, today I am going to make an exception to talk about “Futbol”.  That’s right I have enjoyed the other version of football — which is affectionately known as soccer here in America – since my youth.

Yes, the National Football League is one of the biggest things going worldwide as shown by Superbowl XLIV’s record television rating of 106 Million viewers.  But in case you didn’t know… the United States will be taking on Ghana in the round of 16 of the World Cup. 

That’s right… even this hardcore football guy will be talking about players like Tim Howard and Landon Donovan rather than Peyton Manning today.  Like everyone else I will be glued to my television at 2:30 PM EST (ABC and Univision) as the United States Soccer team looks to move on to the round of eight for the first time since a strong showing in 2002.

Like my favorite time of the year — the NFL playoffs – it is now “Lose and you go home” time in South Africa.  The last time these two teams met in the 2006 World Cup, Ghana won 2-1 as the U.S was greatly overmatched in Group play as they didn’t win a single game as they were unceremoniously kicked out of Germany.

However I believe that this is going to be a much closer match.  Both teams have good attacking offenses and strong goalkeeping, but the United States should be energized from their “On the brink” win over Algeria earlier this week – Donovan scored in the 91st minute of the game to help the U.S advance.  It is now or never for the young Americans to erase their demons from the 2006 World Cup and to finally put the sport of Futbol majorly back on the country’s Sport Radar.

I still remember the days of Pele’ coming to the NASL in my youth when the New York Cosmos were everything for a brief moment in time.  Heck… I can still remember watching the games on ABC and begging my parents to see the Cosmos versus the Philadelphia Fury at Veteran’s Stadium.  So this is U.S Soccer’s big moment in the sun – No NFL, the NBA and NHL playoffs are over plus baseball has a long ways to go.

So now it is time for U.S players Maurice Edu, Jozy Altidore, Donovan, and Howard to take the reins — usually a suburban kid’s Saturday afternoon sport — and bring home a victory against Ghana.  Africa’s last team standing surely will have great support in Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa.  But the United States will need to play loose and protect their goal early in the game.  Here are the project line-ups

USA
———————-Howard———————
Cherundolo–Onyewu–DeMerit–Bocanegra
Dempsey—–Clark—–Bradley—–Donovan
————-Findley———Altidore————

Ghana
—————-Kingston————–
Sarpei–Mensah–Mensah–Pantsil
Boateng——Annan———-Gyan
——–Tagoe———Asamoah—–
—————–Ayew—————–

So as NFL free agent receiver Terrell Owens likes to say, “Get Your Popcorn Ready” as Futbol takes center stage.  I can just here the chants of U-S-A, U-S-A now.  And I am predicting a United States 3-1 win – would you expect anything less from a soccer fanatic like myself.

For anyone interested, Sports Journey Broadcast Network will be hosting a special event for the game from BlackFinn bar restaurant in Washington D.C and we hope to see you there.

That’s Right…that is me from my youth soccer days

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2010 NFL Holdout Report

It is “Holdout Time” around the NFL and surprisingly Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, the league’s highest paid defensive player, is making the most noise about not reporting to training camp

Holdouts are a rite of passge leading up to training camp and always are big news. When one player gets a shiny new contract (See Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall’s deal for four-year deal worth $47.5 million with $24 million guaranteed), there are five other players who are saying they deserve equal or more.

I have found most players talk tough about holding out during OTAs and the offseason until the prospect of fines — up to $14,000 daily for missed training camp days — and missed game checks in the regular season come into play. The dollars can pile-up quickly, just ask Seahawks receiver Deion Branch who lost over $600,000 dollars in fines and 1 game check of $65,625 dollars during his 2006 holdout with the Patriots.

Also holdout players run the risk of losing accrued seniority towards free agency. Under NFL rules, players under contract must report at least 30 days before the overall first NFL regular season game (August 10th deadline) or they will forfeit an accrued season of seniority. Also keep in mind Week 10 of the regular season when talking about holdouts and free agency.

Unsigned franchised players and restricted free agents, like Chargers potential 2010 holdouts WR Vincent Jackson and OT Marcus McNeil, need to play at least six regular season games in order to earn an accrued season towards free agency. So most lingering holdouts will surely end by Week 10 as I can’t even think of a player crazy enough to lose an accrued season.

There is also no doubt that the looming threat of a lockout in 2011 (CBA expiring) looks like a big cause of the NFL’s “Holdout” problems.  A signing bonus on new player deals would likely cover lost salary, but why would owners want to protect big-ticket players. 

In the end… if McNeil, Vincent Jackson, Haynesworth and the rest of the NFL’s many holdout candidates continue do stay away, they need to understand that holdouts are a no-win situation everyone involved. Most players after coming back from holdouts realize that their team’s have moved on without him and in Branch’s case, he has not been the same player after holding out.

The holdout game almost always leads to animosity, lost team chemistry, and injuries – just look at the 2007 Kansas City Chiefs (4-12), who were a team that never got on track after running back Larry Johnson’s extended holdout that lasted almost the length of training camp.

None the less, there are several players and their agent that are talking holdout with about a month to go until training camp.

2010 Holdout Watchlist

Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth – Recently fined $10,000 dollars for missing a mandatory OTA, but seems determined to not play in Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s new 3-4 allignment.  You would think the $21 Million that the Redskins paid Haynesworth on April 1st would humble him enough to want to play.  This one looks like it is going to be a long one… it may take Roger Goodell, the NFLPA, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and Chad Speck (Haynesworth’s agent) getting involved.

NY Jets CB Darrelle Revis — After having the season of a lifetime in 2009 and having his play termed “Revis Island”, this All-Pro wants a deal like his peers.  He definitely deserves to be paid more than Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall (2009 deal for 6-years, $55 Million with $23 Million guaranteed).  To Revis’ credit, he did report to mandatory OTAs.  However NY Jets’ owner Woody Johnson has already written big checks to OLB Jason Taylor and WR Santonio Holmes plus there is the little matter of the uncertain NFL labor landscape (CBA expires in March 2011).

Titans RB Chris Johnson — The player with probably the biggest gripe out there is CJ2K.  After busting into the NFL record books in 2009, Johnson is slated to be paid less than is backup Alvin Pearman — slated to make $630, 000 in 2010.  This is a tough one to call, because the Titans — led by no-nonsense head coach Jeff Fisher — seem poised to dig their heels in given the NFL’s labor situation and their conservative nature.  If the CBA was already in place, this one would only take a New York minute.  To matters worse, CJ2K is tweeting his frustrations.  The 2009 NFL offensive player of the year recently told the Tennessean, “I can’t play for $550,000…The money that I am playing for, I am getting paid less than the starting 11 and I’m one of the lowest paid starting running backs in the league.’’

Saints OT Jermon Bushrod – An unhappy O-lineman that has experienced Super Bowl success and wants to be compensated too.  Bushrod,  a road-grader restrict free agent, will probably get new deal soon as the Saints recently traded Jammal Brown to the Redskins.

Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton — I don’t think he has much leverage as the Cowboys are getting ready to take care of restricted free agent Miles Austin and they have already drafted future starter Dez Bryant in waiting. May get his wish to be traded to Miami.

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett – Reported, but is very unhappy about not getting a new deal yet. His agent is Drew Rosenhaus so you never know what direction this contract squabble could go.  Has criticized Haynesworth for not reporting.

Other potential training camp holdouts

Chargers OT Marcus McNeil
Chargers WR Vincent Jackson
Colts WR Reggie Wayne
Broncos DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil
Ravens OT Jared Gaither
Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson
Texans WR Andre Johnson
NY Jets center Nick Mangold
Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis
Chargers LB Shawne Merriman
Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh
Titans TE Bo Scaife
Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley
Bills RB Marshawn Lynch
Vikings DE Ray Edwards

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

Daunte Culpepper signs with the UFL

Former NFL Pro Bowl QB Daunte Culpepper is looking to turn-up the heat in the UFL

In a “Let’s Do It, Again” moment, former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper “officially” signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League where he will be reunited with his former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green.

Once one the NFL’s leading offensive quarterbacks, Culpepper will be trying to resurrect his career during the UFL’s second season.  The former Vikings star was a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2003, and 2004), who shined earlier in his 11-year NFL career playing for the Minnesota Vikings (first 7 years).  He also spent time with Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions while finishing with NFL passing numbers 24153 yards, 149 touchdowns, and 106 INTs plus 2652 rushing yards and 34 TDs .

Culpepper said of the signing, “My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football”.  He added, “When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for coach Green in Sacramento I could not resist.  I am impressed with his approach to the game and to his players”. 

Head Coach Green will not be the only familiar face that who will greet Culpepper in Sacramento as his former college head coach at Central Florida, Mike Kruczek (offensive coordinator), is also on the Mountain Lions’ staff.  Culpepper said of getting back with Kruczek, “I am also excited to be reunited with my college coach Mike Kruczek as the offensive coordinator.  I am expecting to have a lot of fun running a wide-open offense and being a part of the United Football League.  California here I come!”

Maybe reuniting with Green and Kruczek will help the former 1999 first round selection (11th overall) jumpstart his career outside the big leagues, the same way former comeback kid Tommie Maddox did in the long gone Xtreme Football League (XFL).  The former first round bust with the Denver Broncos jumped back to the NFL as the starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers after winning the XFL championship playing in half stadiums for the league’s LA franchise.

There is no doubt that Culpepper has talent as shown by his numbers with the Vikings — completed 64.4% of his passes for 20,162 yards, and 135 touchdowns.   But the former Madden cover player (2002) will need a good performance in the UFL to get his circuitous career back on track.

If you can believe it at one time, Culpepper’s career rivaled 1999 Draft Classmate Donovan McNabb. I still can remember the dangerous dual-threat quarterback that led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game in his first year as a starter in 2000 – lost badly to the NY Giants. 

One of his other career highlights was during the 2004 NFL season, where he passed for a league-leading 4,717 yards, Vikings-record 39 touchdowns and was named to his third career Pro Bowl.   Culpepper also broke Dan Marino’s NFL record for combined passing and rushing yardage during that magical season, amassing 5123 total yards. 

But a devastating knee injury suffered against the Carolina Panthers in 2005 changed everything. After his knee injury and a much-publicized private charter boat ride, the Vikings traded Culpepper to the Miami Dolphins in March 2006 — for a second-round pick.  Since that time, Culpepper has been the definition of a “journeyman quarterback”. 

In 2006, Culpepper started the first four games of the season for Miami then he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.  After that he landed in Oakland, where he started six unspectacular games with the Raiders in 2007.  And after a brief retirement – due to his frustration of not finding a starting job — Culpepper played the last two seasons (’08 and ’09) with the Lions mostly as a backup to 2009 first overall pick Matthew Stafford. 

We will see if Culpepper can turn back the clock in the UFL.  But it is important to remember that he is still only 33 years old.    So there is still a chance – even if it is slim — that in late November, an NFL team will sign this former star quarterback for the stretch run of the 2010 season. 

So it is pertinent that Culpepper during his time in the UFL not only plays well, but that he also dominates  to make a good impression on NFL GM’s.  And some last advice for the former UCF star, if there is such a future opportunity in the NFL, Culpepper “The Agent” better help Culpepper “The Player” by taking any deal that comes their way – once turned down the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 for a back-up position.

Coach Green said of signing his former star pupil, “Bringing a player of Daunte’s caliber to the Mountain Lions is a major step forward not only for the team but also for the UFL.  He is a player who will excite the fans here and will be an integral part of the team we are building that we hope can bring a championship to Sacramento.  On a personal note, I am delighted to be reunited with Daunte.”

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

The Cowboys re-tender WR Miles Austin by Lloyd Vance

Cowboys WR Miles Austin may soon be entering Brandon Marshall’s pay level

Recently the Dallas Cowboys re-issued their restricted free agent tender offer to unsigned wide receiver Miles Austin — worth $3.168 million.  Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has smartly said that his organization wants to work out a long-term deal for Austin, who earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2009 while establishing career highs in receptions (81), yards (1,320) and touchdowns (11).

In my opinion, even though the Cowboys already have pass catchers WR Sam Hurd, WR Patrick Crayton, WR Roy Williams, and TE Jason Witten under contract plus drafting Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant too (1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft) it would be behoove them to get the 25-year old emerging star locked-up.  The former special teamer turned No. 1 receiver was one of the main reasons that Dallas scored 361 points in 2009, set a team single-season mark with 6,390 total net yards and won their first playoff game since 1996.

Austin led the NFL with 8 receiving touchdowns of 20+ yards and he also joined former Cowboys’ greats Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens in the team’s 1,250+ receiving yards in season club. The former Monmouth star, like all other restricted free agents, will have until June 15 to sign his tender. If Austin doesn’t sign, by that date the Cowboys could cut his salary to $1.65 million.

Other prominent restricted free agents recently receiving a second tender offer included: Cardinals OG Deuce Lutui, Vikings DE Ray Edwards, and Packers safety Atari Bigby.

2010 NFL Restricted Free Agent Notes

Here is a team-by-team look at their remaining unsigned restricted free agents along with the RFA’s tender information. 

The Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, SF 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams don’t have any unsigned RFA’s entering 2010 training camp.

Arizona Cardinals 

Deuce Lutui, G, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.1705M

Baltimore Ravens 

Jared Gaither, T, three (3) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $2.396M; Reduced Tender Amount: $506,000; Difference: $1.89M

Le’Ron McClain, RB, three (3) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $2.396M; Reduced Tender Amount: $506,000; Difference: $1.89M

Dawan Landry, S, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.111M; Difference: $648,000

Carolina Panthers 

Thomas Davis, LB, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.268M; Reduced Tender Amount: $2.42M; Difference: $848,000

Richard Marshall, CB, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.17M

Cleveland Browns 

Abram Elam, S, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.265M; Difference: $494,000

Jerome Harrison, RB, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.1705M

D’Qwell Jackson, LB, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $704,000; Difference: $1.055M

Matt Roth, LB, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.809M; Reduced Tender Amount: $770,000; Difference: $1.039M

Lawrence Vickers, FB, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.1705M

Dallas Cowboys 

Miles Austin, WR, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.168M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.6995M; Difference: $1.4685M

Denver Broncos

Elvis Dumervil, LB, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.168M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $2.5795M

Green Bay Packers

Atari Bigby, S, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.6995M; Difference: $59,500

Johnny Jolly, DE, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $2.521M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.9325M

Tramon Williams, CB, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.043M; Reduced Tender Amount: $577,500; Difference: $2.4655M

Houston Texans

Owen Daniels, TE, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.168M; Reduced Tender Amount: $3.0712M; Difference: $96,800

Indianapolis Colts

Antoine Bethea, S, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $2.521M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.9325M

Kansas City Chiefs

Jarrad Page, S, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.6995M; Difference: $59,500

Miami Dolphins

Ronnie Brown, RB, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $3.969M; Reduced Tender Amount: Not Applicable – Tender amount already 110% of 2009 base salary

Anthony Fasano, TE, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Original Round, $1.176M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $587,500

Minnesota Vikings

Ray Edwards, DE, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $2.521M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.111M; Difference: $1.41M

New England Patriots

Logan Mankins, G, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.268M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.54M; Difference: $1.728M

New Orleans Saints

Jammal Brown, OT, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.619M; Reduced Tender Amount: Not Applicable – Tender amount already 110% of 2009 base salary

Roman Harper, S, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $2.521M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.9325M

Lance Moore, WR, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.6995M; Difference: $59,500

Pierre Thomas, RB, three (3) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.684M; Reduced Tender Amount: $506,000; Difference: $1.178M

San Diego Chargers

Malcolm Floyd, WR, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.168M; Reduced Tender Amount: $1.6995M; Difference: $1.4685M

Vincent Jackson, WR, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.268M; Reduced Tender Amount: $682,000; Difference: $2.586M

Marcus McNeill, OT, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.168M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $2.5975M

Shawne Merriman, LB, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.269M; Reduced Tender Amount: Not Applicable – Tender amount already 110% of 2009 base salary

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Donald Penn, OT, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First and Third Round, $3.168M; Reduced Tender Amount: $3.0712M; Difference: $96,800

Tennessee Titans

LB Stephen Tulloch, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: First Round, $2.521M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.9325M

Washington Redskins

Rocky McIntosh, LB, four (4) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Second Round, $1.759M; Reduced Tender Amount: $588,500; Difference: $1.1705M

Carlos Rogers, CB, five (5) accrued seasons

Tender Level, 2010 Base Salary: Original Round, $1.542M

Reduced Tender Amount: Not Applicable – Tender amount already 110% of 2009 base salary

 

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)