NFL Nation: Jamar Fletcher
But to hear Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren tell it, his team was offering at least as much. The problem for Cleveland, Holmgren suggested to Browns season-ticket holders, was the close relationship between the Rams' and Redskins' brass.
Jamison Hensley has the details on the AFC North blog, noting that Rams coach Jeff Fisher and his Redskins counterpart, Mike Shanahan, have a close friendship dating to their days with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1990s.
"I'm not sure anything we offered would have been good enough," Holmgren told Browns fans.
Holmgren was not necessarily complaining. He has benefited from similar connections, including when he helped the Seattle Seahawks acquire Matt Hasselbeck from Green Bay back in 2001.
The Miami Dolphins were offering the 26th overall pick in the 2001 draft to Green Bay. A deal appeared near when Holmgren called his old friends in the Packers' front office. Seattle got the deal done, sending the 10th overall choice and a third-rounder to the Packers for Hasselbeck and the 17th pick.
The trade helped reverse more than a decade of disappointment for Seattle. The Dolphins never did find a long-term quarterback.
Hasselbeck eventually became a Pro Bowl quarterback. The Seahawks entered that draft with no plans to select a guard, but when Steve Hutchinson was available at No. 17, they felt compelled to take him. He also became a Pro Bowl player.
The Packers used the 10th pick for Jamal Reynolds and the third-rounder for Torrance Marshall. Neither player made much impact. The Dolphins used the 26th pick for Jamar Fletcher, who started 12 games for five teams over eight seasons.
Even if Holmgren is right about the Rams-Redskins friendship playing a role, there's nothing to complain about. Relationships factor into personnel decisions regularly. The Browns, with former Philadelphia executive Tom Heckert as general manager, have made trades with the Eagles. The Rams are fortunate if their head coach has been around long enough to develop productive relationships around the league.
These disappointments received the most votes for each club:
- Defensive end Aaron Maybin (11th in 2009)
- Tackle Mike Williams (fourth in 2002)
- Quarterback J.P. Losman (22nd in 2004)
- Defensive tackle John McCargo (26th in 2006)
- Defensive end Erik Flowers (26th in 2000)
- Receiver Yatil Green (15th in 1997)
- Receiver Ted Ginn (ninth in 2007)
- Running back John Avery (29th in 1998)
- Cornerback Jamar Fletcher (26th in 2001)
- Receiver Randal Hill (23rd in 1991), Eric Kumerow (16th in 1988), running back Sammie Smith (ninth in 1989)
New England Patriots
- Running back Laurence Maroney (21st in 2006)
- Receiver Chad Jackson (36th in 2006)
- Receiver Hart Lee Dykes (16th in 1989)
- Cornerback Chris Canty (29th in 1997)
- Offensive lineman Eugene Chung (13th in 1992), defensive end Kenneth Sims (first in 1982), linebacker Chris Singleton (eighth in 1990)
New York Jets
- Running back Blair Thomas (second in 1990)
- Defensive end Vernon Gholston (sixth in 2008)
- Tight end Kyle Brady (ninth in 1995)
- Defensive tackle DeWayne Robertson (fourth in 2003)
- Receiver Johnny "Lam" Jones (second in 1980)
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Houston Texans announced the following cuts:
FB Jon Abbate
QB Shane Boyd
QB Alex Brink
LB Kevis Coley
DE Rosevelt Colvin
S Glenn Earl
C Greg Eslinger
CB Jamar Fletcher
WR Darnell Jenkins
TE Ryan Krause
DT Gabe Long
DT Anthony Maddox
WR LeRon McCoy
LB Ben Moffitt
DE Jesse Nading
CB Derrick Roberson
RB Marcel Shipp
WR Mark Simmons
T Torrin Tucker
RB Darius Walker
CB Dexter Wynn
Colvin is the biggest name. The Texans signed the veteran to be a pass rush specialist, but Gary Kubiak said Colvin's work wasn't good enough to justify keeping him for such a narrow role over a player who could contribute on special teams.
They have one more cut to make. Officials said they are conducting further tests on running back Chris Brown, who's dealt with back problems this summer. The Texans will sort that out tomorrow.
Kudos to the Texans. While some teams will leave everyone unnecessarily digging until the last second to learn of cuts, they showed why they are considered the most fan- and media- friendly team in the league this afternoon.
The press conferences of Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith discussing the cuts were aired on Texans Internet TV on the team's web site.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Good morning, AFC South. Light work this morning for the Texans here in Houston, then they're off until they report to the team hotel Friday night to get in the right frame of mind for Saturday's preseason opener against Denver at Reliant Stadium.
Did I miss something good? Want an authentic e-mail reply from your AFC South Blogger? I try to answer all who hit my mailbag.
- Jamar Fletcher hopes he helps offset the absence of injured Dunta Robinson early in the season, according to Megan Manfull.
- Offensive line injuries are slowing things down a bit, according to the Chronicle's notebook.
- In her blog, Manfull ponders Andre Davis challenging Kevin Walter as the Texans' No. 2 receiver.
- Phillip B. Wilson watched Marcus Howard rush against Tony Ugoh and had a flashback to Dwight Freeney against Tarik Glenn. That's some strong praise for Howard.
- Darrell Reid's crushing special teams tackle of Chris Henry lives on, as Wilson looks at kick coverage issues. (I plan on touching on the subject myself soon).
- At 32 and heading into the last year of his deal, Mike Peterson knows this could be his last season with the Jaguars, writes Vito Stellino.
- Ten players could sit out Saturday's preseason opener, according to the Times-Union's Observation Deck.
- Jim Wyatt reports tight end Dwayne Blakley (groin) is going to miss a couple weeks. Also, three receivers won't play Saturday night against St. Louis: Justin McCareins (hamstring), Biren Ealy (groin) and Roydell Williams (ankle).
- Jake Scott is starting to fit in on the offensive line, Gary Estwick tells us.
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