AFC South: Melvin Bullit

RFA tender update

March, 4, 2010
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Restricted free-agent tenders have to be done before midnight ET. Here's what's out so far:

Houston

From John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Indianapolis

Bethea info from Adam Schefter.

Jacksonville

Tennessee

From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Reading the coverage: Fixes in Indy

February, 18, 2010
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Houston Texans

Brian Baldinger says Bob McNair is satisfied with mediocrity, notes Alan Burge.

Three useless predictions from Battle Red Blog.

Could Dunta Robinson really be franchised again, asks Battle Red Blog.

Indianapolis Colts

Melvin Bullitt is giving his AFC championship ring to his dad, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Breaking down the running backs with John Oehser.

Oehser on team of the decade talk and Ed Johnson surfacing in Carolina.

A look at Indy’s special-teams issues and how Javier Arenas could fix them, from Mike Tanier.

How the Colts’ salary structure hurts them, from Deshawn Zombie.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Running through the Jaguars’ question mark players with Anthony DiGeorgio.

Comparing the 10th pick to the 11th pick in recent drafts with Brian Fullford.

Uche Nwaneri got a lot better, says Terry O’Brien.

Tennessee Titans

Eugene Amano’s deal is for five years and $27.5 million, with $12 million this year and $18 million in the first three years, reports Jim Wyatt. Yet I’ll get e-mails this week about how cheap the Titans are.

Former Titan Peter Sirmon is joining the University of Tennessee staff as a graduate assistant, says Wyatt.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Rick Gosselin shows that a team doesn't need a Pro Bowl receiver to succeed.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • Matt Sohn expects Melvin Bullitt to be platooned with Bob Sanders to keep Sanders fresh. (Thanks to Stampede Blue for the link.)
  • Catching up with John Oehser's 20 questions series building up to camp: Will Adam Vinatieri be ready for the season? Will the receivers be better?
  • Rod Woodson thinks the Colts won't make the playoffs, says Oehser.
  • Oehser found this Cedar Rapids report on Dallas Clark back at the beginning.
  • The team Web site looks at tight end Jacob Tamme.
  • Mike Chappell talked to Reggie Wayne at his annual charity basketball game.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Michael Vick could help generate excitement for the Jaguars, says Vinnie Iyer. New GM Gene Smith has done a lot of work on team character since taking over. No matter what his stance on second chances, this move would not fit with that.
  • Jacksonville Municipal Stadium is unlikely to have a new name this season, says Mark Basch.
  • Matt Jones is hoping for another chance. Michael C. Wright talked to the former Jacksonville receiver.

Tennessee Titans

  • Five questions the Titans hope to answer during training camp, from Jim Wyatt.
  • Kerry Collins is in control of the Titans' quarterback situation, writes Wyatt.
  • The Titans and Kyle Vanden Bosch have had preliminary conversations about the defensive end's future, writes Terry McCormick. I bet the agents for a lot of guys set to be free agents in 2010 have had these sorts of chats.
  • Sean Payton's substitute Monday Morning Quarterback includes his recollections of Steve McNair. Like so many, Payton incorrectly remembers the Titans as one yard from winning Super Bowl XXXIV when they were one yard from tying it.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Houston Texans

  • Five reasons the Texans will not match the hype and will miss the playoffs, writes Alan Burge.
  • Rex Grossman makes Clark Judge's list of the top 10 backup quarterbacks. So I guess Judge expects Grossman to outplay the pricier Dan Orlovsky to win the No. 2 job.
  • Frank Okam intends to make people account for him. Video from the team's Web site.

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Maurice Williams offers an update in an interview with Jaguars.com.
  • Clifton Brown looks at a couple of rebuilt offensive lines, including that of the Jaguars.
  • The Jaguars signed fourth-round pick receiver Mike Thomas, reports Vito Stellino.

Tennessee Titans

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Start a team by drafting any 10 players out of the AFC South while aiming for a three-year long Super Bowl window. Factor in age.

That was the request.

In my thinking, we have to start with a quarterback and we have to more heavily consider receivers, pass rushers and cornerbacks. Still, this was somewhat agonizing. Here are the first 10 players I would draft in trying to build the winner of Super Bowl XLV through XLVII.

 
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  Indianapolis' Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the division and the starting place for a Super Bowl contender.
1) Peyton Manning, QB, Colts. Yes, he is 33 so he's 36 at the end of this window. Still, I start building with a quarterback. He's the best in the division now, and there is no one else I'd expect to be comparable in three years, even if Manning slides, which I don't anticipate. John Elway won Super Bowls at 38 and 39, Dan Marino threw 23 TDs the year he turned 37, Warren Moon went to the Pro Bowl as a 41-year old. Still, Manning's going to be the oldest player in this list, by far.

2) Andre Johnson, WR, Texans. He won't turn 30 until the final year of our window and he's a tremendous combination of size, speed, physicality and professionalism.

3) Mario Williams, DE, Texans. Already one of the most feared pass rushers in the league, he's only 24 and has bundles of sacks ahead.

4) Michael Roos, T, Titans. Athletic and smart, he'll adapt to whatever offense we need to run and be a quiet, super-steady presence.

5) Cortland Finnegan, CB, Titans. The best young cornerback in the division and one of the best in the league has the speed, skills and temperament teams covet.

6) Chris Johnson, RB, Titans. Early versions of this draft included no running backs in the top 10 picks, as there are so many good ones to choose from we could address it later. Yes, Maurice Jones-Drew is great and Steve Slaton is dangerous. But opponents fear no offensive weapon in the division outside of Andre Johnson more than Chris Johnson.

7) Dwight Freeney, DE, Colts. Does he have three quality years left? Well, 10.5 sacks as a 28-year-old certainly helped the case, and who's the second best defensive end in the division for the next three years?

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8) Michael Griffin, S, Titans. A very good all-around football player, who will consistently be around the ball and deliver big hits from the secondary. Going into his third year, he's heading into his prime.

9) Eric Winston, RT, Texans. Strong, smart and still has his best football ahead of him. Probably a coin flip between Winston and Tennessee's David Stewart for the spot opposite Roos. I give Winston a tiny edge as he is better equipped to play left tackle or guard if we need to make a move.

10) Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars. My first version had no running backs. Now I've got a tandem. A Chris Johnson-Jones-Drew tandem means there is a dangerous, versatile back on the field at all times.

Before the complaints roll in, a clarification and some explanations.

This isn't meant to be a list of the 10 best players in the division. The presence of Andre Johnson, for example, reduced the pull of Reggie Wayne. Wayne turns 30 this season, I expect he'll be productive for more than three more years, but am compelled to
emphasize youth.

Go ahead, kill me on Bob Sanders.

Sanders is a great player, but as the scouting bromide goes, the best ability is availability. Based on his injury history I can't rely on him for 48 games over the next three years plus playoffs. The Colts have done OK without him in the lineup, and we will do OK building without him as a cornerstone. I had to go younger and healthier and look to other positions.

Texans LB DeMeco Ryans suffered a similar fate, as I don't put the same kind of value on linebackers as the positions I mentioned at the top.

Given all that, others who received my serious consideration were: Wayne; Stewart; Melvin Bullitt, S, Colts; Rashean Mathis, CB, Jaguars; Owen Daniels, TE, Texans; Steve Slaton, RB, Texans; Jason Jones, DT, Titans; Eugene Monroe, LT, Jaguars.

Thanks for your input, connected to this post from earlier this week.

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