Much to the amazement of non-KC fans everywhere, the Chiefs did something good with their first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Instead of going for a mundane entrance into the pool, the Chiefs went for the big splash by drafting Eric Berry, a player who, to many, represented one of the best available players, regardless of need. Bonus: The Chiefs need(ed) help at the safety position, and with no offense to Earl Thomas, Berry was (Is?) the best available at the position.
Granted, the Chiefs need help on the offensive line, as well as trying to find an offensive player capable of helping Matt Cassel, but a player of Berry’s ability can and should have more impact than a Dez Bryant or C.J. Spiller — at least for the Chiefs.
Some of the guys are Fanhouse were at the draft, and they managed to snag an interview with the Kansas City-bound Berry, and it’s easy to see he can’t wait to begin his NFL career.
We already know how he got his money, now here are some of the details on Michael Crabtree’s long-awaited contract signing: Six years, $32 million, $17 million guaranteed. That’s pretty much what he would’ve received had he signed over the summer, making his holdout one of the more perplexing decisions by an athlete in sometime. Maybe he’s only used to playing, at most, a 12-game season, and because of that, he adjusted his time-table accordingly.
More than likely, however, it had something to do with the rumor concerning his agent’s insistence on matching Darrius Heyward-Bey’s contract. Here’s a list of the number 7-11 draft picks and the amount of money they signed for:
7. Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR) – Oakland, 5 years for $38.25 million ($23.5M guaranteed)
8. Eugene Monroe (OT) – Jacksonville, 5 years for $35.4 million ($19.2M guaranteed)
9. B.J. Raji (DT) – Green Bay, 5 years for $28.5 million ($18M guaranteed)
10. Michael Crabtree (WR) – San Francisco, 6 years for $32 million ($17M guaranteed)
11. Aaron Maybin (DE) – Buffalo, 5 years for $25 million ($15M guaranteed)
Judging by that, Crabtree gained absolutely nothing by holding out. There are various clauses and performances escalators in his newly-signed deal, but the gist remains the same: Michael Crabtree’s 67-day contract holdout didn’t improve his grand total by one dollar. Not only that, but because of his shortened rookie season, it’s doubtful he’ll be of much help to his new team. Not at first, anyway. Maybe next time, he’ll seek a second opinion when his agent offers financial advice.
As for 49er fans, at least one has been overcome by the Crabtree vapors.
In an interview with Sirius XM radio, perhaps the best running back ever to play the game had some choice words for San Francisco 49ers holdout Michael Crabtree: Your holdout is dumb and you should grow up and “get your butt into camp.” Brown went on to say a player’s legacy is measured by his play, not the amount of money he makes. Wise words from a wise man, but considering the Crabtree camp’s perspective, they no doubt fell on deaf ears. Only a player with a mile-wide streak of arrogance would think a year-long holdout will benefit his career.
Memo to Crabtree and his handlers — your client isn’t the next coming of John Elway.
Yes, I know Matt Stafford has signed with the Detroit Lions, nevertheless, he represents the NFL Draft’s first round — at least for this post, he does. The issue at hand is with NFL training camps starting this week, out of the 32 first round draft picks, only four have signed their contract — Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, and Evander “Ziggy” Hood by the Pittsburgh Steelers. It should be noted Hood was the final pick of the first round.
While everybodyand theirmother is ripping on ESPN’s “Follow the Cosbys” segment — rightfully so, I might add — what about Quan Cosby? He had to endure the reality of not being drafted like he was some kind of sideshow, all because he shares a last name with an entertainer who is evidently trying to remain relevant in the eyes of the sports world.
Sorry, ESPN, but that was excruciatingly mundane. Perhaps next time, you’ll align yourself with somebody who might actually get drafted — you know, the whole reason for your existence this past weekend?
As for Cosby (the younger), he was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent. I suppose some would consider that to be adding insult to irrelevance, but hey, at least the Bengals showed signs of acting like a professional football organization during the draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a new offensive solider today when they traded for Cleveland Browns tight end, Kellen Winslow, Jr. As compensation, the Browns receive some undisclosed draft picks, something Eric Mangini surely covets. Additional picks will certainly help him as he builds the team in his image — although, was trading a franchise-level tight end the way to go? As a reward for his time in Cleveland, Winslow, Jr. will now be catching passes from an inexperienced Luke McCown.
I’m left wondering how that little detail hit the Solider from the U? Is McCown somehow more accomplished than Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson?
“Just got paid. It’s Friday night. Party hunting, feeling right.”
The NFL’s free agency period started at midnight, this morning, and there have already been some significant signings, none quite as big as Albert Haynesworth going to Washington for a bank-breaking $100 million. The Haynesworth deal is for seven years, with $41 million being guaranteed. After signing the human defensive wall away from the Titans, the Redskins didn’t stop there, also re-signing defensive back DeAngelo Hall for $55 million over six years. Keep up with the NFL free agency signings here and, well, all over the place, actually. I’ll be contributing at Cincy Jungle as well, along with Josh and the rest of the gang.