AFC South: Chad Johnson
Compensatory picks are supposed to be announced today. Stay tuned.
The Texans face a full agenda at the NFL’s owners meetings in Phoenix says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Andre Johnson thinks Chad Johnson will get another opportunity and return to old form, he told CSN Houston. (Video.) Chad Johnson said he’d love to be a Texan but is in no position to be picky.
To which I say: I can't imagine the Texans deciding they were interested in the sideshow Chad Johnson can bring, and I expect them to draft a receiver with one of their top picks.
If Ed Reed doesn’t happen, Ryan Cook of Toro Times thinks we could see the Texans turn to Nnamdi Asomugha.
The wide receiver Colts owner Jim Irsay is tweeting about the team pursuing is not New York Giants restricted free agent Victor Cruz, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
To which I say: Maybe they will pull a rabbit out of a hat, but it seems like Irsay is guilty, again, of overhyping a possible move.
Considering some wide receiver possibilities with Brad Wells of Stampede Blue. How many of them would you rate as franchise altering?
Reasons to feel good about the signing of Patriots free-agent guard Donald Thomas, from Olly Dawes of Colts Authority.
The Jaguars' most expensive player in 2013 is not on the roster, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. That receiver Laurent Robinson holes that distinction shows how much big contracts have hurt Jacksonville.
To which I say: Absorbing $24 million of cap money this season will help the Jaguars in future years.
Nine Jaguars made $100,000 or more through the NFL’s performance-based pay enhancement, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Considering Dion Jordan as a fit for the Jaguars at No. 2 with Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country.
In Sammie Hill, the Titans believe they’ve got a pocket-collapsing run-defender who will make things better for the pass-rushers on the outside, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
New Titans tight end Delanie Walker went from the high of playing in the Super Bowl to the low of losing his aunt and uncle in a horrific accident near New Orleans just hours after the game, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Safety Bernard Pollard, cut by the Ravens in an apparent cap savings move, has visited the Titans, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun says the Titans have an interest in Elvis Dumervil.
To which I say: So far there hasn’t been much noise to suggest the Titans are real serious, but he’d be quite an addition.
Jaguars president Mark Lamping can now do the same with Macky Weaver.
Macky Weaver resigned from the Jaguars' front office and will serve as a senior advisor for Jacksonville after being part of the team’s front office for all 19 years of the franchise’s existence.
Most recently, he was senior vice president of sales. He started as an account executive in corporate sponsorship and moved up to director of corporate sponsorship in December 1997 and to executive director in 2004. The final title change and responsibility shift came in April 2010.
Macky is a nephew of Wayne, and it makes sense that as Khan gets his front office fully in place that a Weaver is no longer a big part of it.
- Hussain Naqi was promoted to senior vice president of fan engagement.
- Chad Johnson was promoted to senior vice president of ticket sales.
- Megha Parekh will join the organization March 1 as vice president and general counsel. She replaces Sashi Brown, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns last month.
Khan has now been in control of the organization since late in the 2011 season.
He’s now put Lamping in place as president, shed the GM he inherited and now has the last tie to the old ownership minimized.
He hired his own general manager, David Caldwell, who hired his own coach, Gus Bradley.
It’s Khan’s deal now. We need time to evaluate him as an owner. But his people and the plan they’ve all come up with is in place.
But rattle off the league's best guys now, and they all are far more mellow than showy, including the AFC South's two best guys: Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne. Add Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Wes Welker and while you might want to get your popcorn ready to watch them play, none of them will be heading to the sideline to propose to a cheerleader after scoring a touchdown.
I asked Wayne this week if the era of the diva wide receiver is over.
"I don’t know, I would assume so," he said. "Those guys you named, they are hard-working guys. They aren’t into all that diva stuff. I got kind of upset a couple of years ago, somebody put me into that category. I don’t even know what it means. As a professional football player at the receiver position, you know how much running and how much hard work it is that you have to dedicate yourself to, to be successful. Whenever you say those names that you did, I respect all of those guys. I respect everybody in this league, period. As far as the diva stuff, man, I hope it is gone. I hope you get more guys out there that like to work hard and go out there and enjoy playing football."
That thinking struck up a conversation with my colleague from Yahoo! Sports, Michael Silver on the radio this week.
He pointed out that if you're a quality receiver who's easy to have around, like Derrick Mason was, you can have a 15-year career. If you're Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson and you bring a tiresome act, those years at the end when you're more average aren't likely to get tacked onto your resume because of the hassle.
Randy Moss is getting one of those years now in San Francisco, but only because he appears to have come to an understanding of what he has to be at this stage.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE -- Keith Bulluck doesn't mind stirring the pot, and he grabbed a big spoon Monday as the Titans began to turn their attention to Sunday's trip to Cincinnati.
Asked his feelings on Chad Johnson changing his name to Chad Ocho Cinco, the Titans linebacker put his own touch on the name.
"Oucho? I like Oucho," Bulluck said to laughter at the Titans' press conference. "Oucho Cinco. That's great. He's Oucho right now, I saw him with that shoulder brace on the sideline looking real dejected yesterday. Baltimore took it to those guys. We'll just see how that shoulder is. Tell him to get his shoulder right. Oucho Cinco."
Last year Tennessee was on the wrong side of a 35-6 score in Cincinnati. Johnson followed up a TD catch by jumping on a TV camera platform and taking over the controls.
"He's going to be on camera all day Sunday," Bulluck said. "With his shoulder I don't expect him to run too many shallow crosses. I'm putting it out there for him to bite it and I know he will. We're definitely ready just for the simple fact we kind of got embarrassed last year up there. It helped them forget they weren't having a great season."