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Morris addresses QB trade talk

August, 26, 2009
8/26/09
4:29
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- There could be even another element to the quarterback situation for the Buccaneers.

The team could be looking to trade one of its quarterbacks for a draft pick. Coach Raheem Morris wouldn't confirm an NFL.com report that the Bucs are shopping three of their quarterbacks for a trade, but he didn't deny it either.

"Oh, man, they're Nostradamus," Morris said when asked about the report. "Everybody in this league, all 32 teams around this time start calling front offices. I can't control who calls us. Everybody's interested in everybody's roster and everybody's looking to nit-pick off everybody's roster. Everybody has talent and you're trying to accumulate the best talent on your football team. That's just all that talk is what that is."

But it makes total sense for the Bucs to at least try to find out what the market value might be for Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown or Josh Johnson. They're not about to let go of rookie Josh Freeman, who they call their franchise quarterback.

But that's likely in the future. For now, it appears the Bucs will open the season with either Leftwich or McCown as their starter. They're about even at this point and a potential trade could play into Morris' decision, although the Bucs likely would be able to get only a late-round pick (at best) for any of their quarterbacks.

Leftwich, a former starter in Jacksonville, probably has more trade value because of his experience. McCown has only seven starts. Johnson, a second-year pro, has yet to play in an NFL game and probably wouldn't bring much in a trade.
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Video: Breaking down the playoff races

December, 2, 2008
12/02/08
12:25
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Kordell Stewart and Jamal Anderson discuss the playoff races in the AFC East, NFC North, AFC North, and NFC South.

Bengals-Saints update

August, 23, 2008
8/23/08
9:18
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals and New Orleans Saints are at halftime with the Saints leading 10-0.

Since it's the third preseason game for both teams, the starters played the first half. Here are some highlights:

  • Cincinnati's first-team offense struggled for the second straight week. The unit came in with a four-possession scoreless streak that reached nine in the first half tonight. The Bengals were without tailback Rudi Johnson (hamstring) and starting receivers Chad Johnson (shoulder) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring), and it hurt. None of the replacements stepped up for Cincinnati.
  • New Orleans also picked apart Cincinnati's pass defense. Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a good first half, completing 14-of-22 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown in the period. The biggest play was a 54-yard bomb to receiver Robert Meachem and a 35-yard pass to Lance Moore.
  • Part of the reason Brees was so successful in the first half was because the Bengals lacked a pass rush. The Bengals have zero sacks in the first half and on several passing downs Brees was able to sit in the pocket and wait for someone to get open.
  • Former Bengals safety Kevin Kaesviharn has played well so far. He had two sacks of Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. His second sack bloodied Palmer's nose just before halftime.

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