NFL Nation: Joel Segal

Free agent receiver DeSean Jackson left Redskins Park without a contract. But the key is whether he leaves the area without one.

Jackson left the facility about 3 p.m. ET Tuesday, but he remained in town until at least early evening. His agent, Joel Segal, was in the Washington area Tuesday and was supposed to at least be talking to Redskins officials.

One Redskins source said coach Jay Gruden really wants to land Jackson, and that the former Eagles wideout wants to be in Washington. However, the money clearly was not yet right as of early evening. One Redskins source, who spoke with Jackson this week and knew his desire to come here, said he was optimistic, “but the money has to be right.”

The team is optimistic a deal can get done, but according to a source there is a fear that if he leaves they could lose him.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that San Francisco was interested in Jackson, though guarded in that desire. But the 49ers only have about $4 million left in salary-cap space -- about $2 million less than Washington. Oakland reportedly is interested, though not willing to spend big money; they are about $15 million under the cap. If Al Davis were still in charge, Jackson, who played at Cal, might be back in the Bay Area by now.

There is a perception that Jackson wants a big deal, but the question will be: Can he get it? If teams want him, but only at their price, then that could cause Jackson to take a lesser deal than originally desired. That might mean even if he leaves Washington without a deal, it could still end up being the best one. This is a fluid situation that requires patience.

Nearly a third of the league inquired about receiver DeSean Jackson, but not all the teams are known. Two of those teams reportedly have fallen out of the race for Jackson -- and both have coaches who previously worked with him (Andy Reid in Kansas City and Marty Mornhinweg with the New York Jets). The assumption is that this sends up red flags about Jackson; that’s not necessarily the case.

And it’s hard to get a good feel on who is really interested. Oakland and Washington definitely are, though to what extent remains to be seen. Jackson arrives in Washington Monday and will visit Tuesday. Thus far, it’s his only reported visit.

San Francisco’s name came up when Jackson was on the trade block and the 49ers had expressed interest in free-agent wide receiver Golden Tate, among others, before he signed with Detroit. So it would make sense that they’d at least inquire about Jackson. Tampa Bay has said they'd take a look, though it was a rather tepid endorsement.

Here’s a little handicap of some teams that have expressed interest or reportedly want to get in the race:

Washington Redskins
Cap space: Approximately $7 million
Why he’d consider: It’s a premier market in a premier conference. Oh, and they get to play the Eagles twice a year. The Redskins would have a lot of speed offensively with Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed and would be a major threat down the field. Add to it an athletic quarterback who can extend plays and the off-schedule explosions would increase. Robert Griffin III’s deep-ball ability will be important -- and his ability to extend plays. Jackson’s agent, Joel Segal, has definitely taken quarterback play into consideration in the past with his receivers. If Jackson is forced to take a one-year, prove-it deal, this especially would be a factor.
Why he wouldn’t: Because other teams can offer more. Washington can’t compete if Jackson’s strong desire is to return to the West Coast and play for the team he grew up rooting for (Oakland). If they want a more proven coach, San Francisco and Tampa Bay have to be a consideration (if the Bucs are strongly interested, which is debatable). And if San Francisco truly is interested, then the 49ers clearly would offer him a better chance for team success. The Redskins still have other needs to address so they can only spend so much, and it's hard to gauge how aggressive they'll be. But the fact that they have the first visit says something.

Buffalo Bills
Cap space: Approximately $13 million
Why he’d consider: They have more cap room than most teams, so they could offer the sort of contract that could get it done now -- if they wanted to go that high. They need what Jackson provides (though many teams do).
Why he wouldn’t: The Bills aren’t a marquee team and their quarterback situation is questionable. EJ Manuel started 10 games as a rookie and showed flashes, but remains unproven. That has to be a strong consideration. None of their receivers had more than 597 yards last season, so how secure could you be? They have a good young talent in Robert Woods, a solid receiver in Stevie Johnson (nagging injuries, however) and a fast young guy in Marquise Goodwin. But that’s not exactly a Hall of Fame trio. The draft has to be an attractive option, so that could limit what the Bills would be willing to offer.

Oakland Raiders
Cap space: Approximately $15 million
Why he’d consider: Because the Raiders were his favorite team growing up and he played college ball at nearby Cal. Jackson is a West Coast kid, and if his desire to return there is strong, then it will be hard to top. The Raiders need help at receiver so Jackson would fill a big hole. Also, the Raiders have more money than the other teams reportedly interested thus far.
Why he wouldn’t: The Raiders have a wait-and-see approach going on and, while they’d like him, they won’t overspend. So if another team is more aggressive, then Jackson could end up elsewhere. Also, other than going back to California, the Raiders aren’t exactly an attractive franchise. Their coach, Dennis Allen, will enter the season on the hot seat and their quarterback, Matt Schaub, is not known for throwing deep all that often. At this point, it’s uncertain if he remains a quality starting quarterback.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cap space: Approximately $12 million
Why he’d consider: They have a potentially strong structure with new coach Lovie Smith. He’s a proven coach in the first year of his regime so he’ll be around several years at least. The Bucs have another explosive receiver to pair with Jackson in Vincent Jackson. Both are dangerous down the field. Oh, yeah, and they have the cap room to absorb a bigger contract.
Why he wouldn’t: Smith’s history suggests building around the run game and the defense. Also, they have a journeyman starting quarterback in Josh McCown and a second-year guy in Mike Glennon, whom the new coach did not draft (and replaced right away). So there are questions at this spot. Their interest is said to be lukewarm, so it’s hard to imagine them overspending for Jackson.

San Francisco 49ers
Cap space: Approximately $4 million
Why he’d consider: It’s the best team, it’s near where he played college ball and it puts him back on the West Coast. They need a receiver who can stretch the field to pair with Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis. Jackson would provide that and then some. They also have a big-armed quarterback in Colin Kaepernick who can let Jackson run under the ball and remind everyone of his explosiveness. Unlike Washington, the 49ers also have a defense that plays at a championship level, so if Jackson wants to produce and win, this could be the stop.
Why he wouldn’t: The 49ers were reportedly interested in pursuing a trade, according to Pro Football Talk. But their cap number isn’t high and they already have talent at receiver. They could opt for the draft, which is deep at this position and has a few players with Jackson-like qualities (though no one can match his acceleration on deep balls). Hard to know what the reported friction with the 49ers between general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh means for the future of either person and, subsequently, a guy like Jackson.
There is a big gulf between a team or a few of them being interested in trading for Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson and a trade actually happening.

If the Titans can get a pick for him, that'd be great.

But it takes more than the Titans being willing to deal him and a team being willing to deal for him and the sides agreeing on compensation. (A fifth-rounder? A sixth? A sixth that could turn into a fifth?)

The team that would trade for him likely won't be willing to inherit base salaries of $8 million this year, $8 million in 2014 and $7 million in 2015.

They'd want permission from the Titans to talk to Joel Segal, Johnson’s agent, to negotiate a friendlier deal with Johnson.

Johnson would then agree to that contract with the Titans on the condition they trade that contract to the team in question.

All of that would require Johnson to move away from a very firm stance that he is not taking a paycut.

If he can force the Titans' hand and get released, he can then peddle his services to 31 other franchises. And that’s more appealing.

That’s a stronger stance on principle, and Johnson would be doing some serious backing down to negotiate down in order to facilitate a trade. (He should by the way -- it's time to acknowledge reality.)

Ruston Webster said Tuesday he’d like to get things resolved sooner rather than later, but that there is no ticking clock.

PFT has pointed out one thing that can create a deadline: April 7. That's the start date of the offseason program. If Johnson showed up and suffered a freak injury that cost him the season, the Titans would be on the hook for all $8 million.
I know some Oakland Raiders fans are concerned about whether versatile fullback Marcel Reece will be part of the team this season.

Reece, an exclusive rights free agent, has still not signed his tender and he is missing voluntary OTAs. The Raiders signed fullback Owen Schmitt this week and Reece has hired an agent, Joel Segal, who recently had a high-profile player hold out while he worked out a new deal.

My thoughts on the Reece situation? Don’t worry about it. It will work itself out.

Reece will show up at some point and will contribute to Oakland’s offense. There are many, many players who stay away from teams in May. Let’s talk when September starts.

Reece is like every other holdout. He doesn’t have much choice but to play. Ultimately, they all show up.

Plus, Reece is a good player at a position that isn’t overly valued financially by teams. He doesn’t have a ton of leverage. He is a player who is still establishing himself. He will get paid and maybe it will be before this season. If not, he will have to continue to earn his new deal.

Yes, Reece is important to Oakland's offense. I’m not discounting that. He can help at fullback, running back, tight end and in virtually every down situation.

And just because Segal had a holdout in the past doesn’t mean every new client will hold out.

As for Schmitt, Oakland can’t be blamed for bringing him in. But I don’t think it was a power play against Reece. It was just a move to strengthen the offense. If Reece is in Oakland for the entire training camp, Schmitt may have a hard time making the team. But perhaps the coaching staff (Schmitt played for Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Seattle) will figure out a way to keep both players. Either way, Oakland is just giving a good player a chance.

The reality is that Reece is a Raider and I expect him to continue to be a Raider in 2012.

Here's the statement the Titans released from GM Mike Reinfeldt after today's meeting with Chris Johnson:
“We had a meeting today with myself, Vin Marino (Titans VP Football Administration), Chris Johnson and Joel Segal. It was important for us to have a face-to-face meeting so that everyone could have a voice and understand the perspective of the other side. I’m not sure there was any progress made, but I do think it was beneficial to meet. We were able to discuss several different elements of a potential contract, but there was no agreement on those topics. I do expect to have another conversation with Joel in the next day or so to discuss things further.”

Later, after practice, Mike Munchak told Nashville reporters he'd yet to speak to Reinfeldt and didn't know if he'd speak to Johnson.

But he was encouraged that the meeting took place.

"I think when someone comes into town you are at least heading in the right direction," he said. "What happens when they come in I don’t know, but at least it’s good that Chris did come in and hopefully that’s a good sign. I know he wants to get this thing resolved and know he wants to play this year and I don’t think he wants to take the chance of missing games early so you hope his thinking is that same as ours and not to just be here but help us win the Jacksonville game."

What’s changed? We don’t know.

Who initiated this? We don’t know that either.

Chris Johnson tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he and agent Joel Segal will be in Nashville Wednesday morning to meet with Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt.

It does not mean someone budged from stalemate positions where the Titans are willing to make Johnson the NFL’s highest-paid running back. Johnson wants to be considered as more of a playmaker and feels he's worth even more.

There are a lot of unanswered questions and we may never know how this has come about.

It’s early -- yes, I said early, with opening day still almost three weeks away -- for either side to have made a major concession, I think.

More likely someone checked in and the two sides agreed that a face-to-face, cards-on-the-table meeting was in order. With things going nowhere, it would be hard for such a meeting to make things worse. And it could make them better.

Reinfeldt told Jim Wyatt recently that the sides were so far apart on parameters that it wasn’t even worth it to make an offer.

He should make one tomorrow anyway.

If Johnson has to walk out of the room passing on a check for $26 or $28 or $30 million, it’s a whole different deal than standing his ground from a distance.

(Here is one idea for a starting point.)

And while public pressure isn’t going to be the ultimate determining factor here, a good share of fans and media who think Johnson deserves big dollars will move to the Titans’ side of things if Johnson actually walks away from such an offer.

In this very good GQ story on Michael Vick by Will Leitch, one paragraph in particular is raising NFL eyebrows this morning, and it is this one:
"I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth," Vick tells me a few weeks after the commencement ceremony. "I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options." Those two teams wanted him and would've allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced -- and granted league approval -- to sign with Philly. "And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation."

The immediate question is whether Goodell had any business influencing where Vick signed once he got out of prison, and some have raised the issue of whether the Bengals or Bills will or should be upset about this. I see the point but have some issues with that interpretation.

First, I don't buy that the Bengals would have started Vick ahead of Carson Palmer in 2009, fresh out of prison. I may buy that the Bills would have done it, since they were going with Trent Edwards and eventually Ryan Fitzpatrick, but to say he was a starting option even for a team as quarterback-desperate as Buffalo is revisionist history.

Vick had just gone two full seasons without playing football. No one knew what kind of shape he was in, physically or mentally. If a team -- even the Bills -- was going to sign him, it's impossible to believe they were going to anoint him their starting quarterback right out of the gate. It's easy to look back over the way Vick played last year and say sure, of course he'd have been worlds better than those other options. But in August 2009, nobody knew he'd come back and be what he's become. Not the Bengals, not the Bills, not the Eagles, not Vick and not Goodell.

Goodell's mission at that time was not to return Vick to on-field football glory but simply to return him to NFL society and allow him to resume his career in the situation that would best enable him to be a productive member of that society on and off the field. Goodell had a lot of help in this effort, from agent Joel Segal to NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith to former Colts coach Tony Dungy, who served as a mentor to Vick during and after Vick's prison stay.

Now, to Goodell and all of those other people, the Eagles looked like the best spot for a number of reasons. They all believed coach Andy Reid, in part because of his own personal experience with his sons and their legal trouble, would be a compassionate mentor. They believed that Reid and his coaches could nurture and coach Vick while Vick served as backup to Donovan McNabb. They believed McNabb would be a good mentor for Vick.

Goodell said more than once, at that time, that he was looking for "a success story." And he didn't mean success in terms of yards or touchdown passes. And he certainly didn't mean success for any one particular NFL team. He meant success for Michael Vick -- and that meant putting Vick in the most beneficial situation for Michael Vick. The idea that the commissioner might have been playing favorites, or that other teams should be upset that he may have steered this remarkable athletic talent to a training camp other than theirs, is fueled by nothing other than hindsight. At the time, no one knew if Vick had it in him to ever complete another NFL pass. Even the Eagles didn't know. They just took a chance -- a chance for which they were ridiculed and criticized by many at the time -- and coached him into a better quarterback than he'd ever been before without ever thinking he'd start for them. Remember, a year ago, Vick was Kevin Kolb's backup.

To think that Vick would have become what he's become while riding the bench behind Palmer or even while starting games for Buffalo is to underestimate the work the Eagles did with him once they got their hands on him. If this is going to be a controversy, people had better come at it with all of the facts. Sure, it's possible Goodell wanted Vick in Philadelphia. But if he did, it had nothing to do with wanting to help the Eagles. They did that on their own.
It’s the nature of a holdout for things to get complicated and contentious.

The Titans and Chris Johnson are sticking to the formula.

General manager Mike Reinfeldt took public a pledge that the team will make Johnson the league’s highest-paid running back. But that’s a hazy designation that can be defined different ways by different people. And I believe Johnson’s not thinking of himself as the league’s top running back, but as one of the league’s top players.

And despite Reinfeldt’s public stance, there’s still been no offer to agent Joel Segal.

Said Johnson to Jim Wyatt:
“I am surprised,” about Reinfeldt’s “statement about offering to make me the highest-paid running back. Neither me nor Joel have received any offer from the Titans. Maybe they talked, but I guarantee we never received any offer.

"...I’m ready. I’m in great shape. I want to be there to help my teammates win. I want to play football. But I have to take care of business first.”

Wyatt does well examining the deals that could qualify as the biggest for running backs currently.

The Titans are going to have to go beyond those deals to put an end to this. And the longer Johnson’s not with them, the more the story will hover over the team. Especially if the preseason doesn’t start well.

Side note: Reinfeldt will be on "The Wake Up Zone" in Nashville at 8 a.m. CT. You can listen here.
Since July 2010 it’s been no secret that Chris Johnson wasn’t going to be in training camp in 2011 without a new contract that included significant guaranteed money.

Adam Schefter says that Johnson will indeed stay away from camp in pursuit of a new deal.
“Johnson is heading into his fourth season and due to make just $800,000 in base salary. The final two years of his deal can max out at roughly $2.7 million. He considered holding out last summer for a contract that included $30 million in guarantees, but settled instead for a shuffling of money he had coming later that boosted his 2010 salary by $1.5 million to $2.05 million.”

Complicating things for the Titans: DeAngelo Williams just got $21 million guaranteed from the Panthers. Johnson’s not taking less than that. Frankly, he's worth more.

Personnel-wise, Johnson qualifies as priority No. 1 for Tennessee. But timeline-wise, there are other things they simply have to take care of first.

Johnson and his agent Joel Segal surely understand that.

I’m guessing Johnson would like to continue to run behind fullback Ahmard Hall, who’s a free agent. The clock is ticking on such a deal as Hall can explore other options.

Deals for Hall and for other free agents need to happen before the Titans have time to talk contract with the star running back who still has two years remaining on his contract.

But missed camp time for Johnson will sting a team eager to get to work and in need of all the practice time -- with all of its players -- it can get.
The Eagles designated Michael Vick their franchise player before the lockout happened, and they know he'll be under contract through 2011. Beyond that? Well, no one knows for sure. But Vick's agent, Joel Segal, said in an interview with the NFL Network this morning that Vick would be open to the idea of a long-term contract with Philadelphia. Per the Eagles' web site:
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Barbara Johnston/US PresswireThe Eagles used their franchise tag on Michael Vick in the offseason.
"I think a long-term deal is something both sides would covet. I will talk to Joe Banner and explore that," Segal said via telephone. "I think Mike is amenable to it. He'd look forward to it. (He) loves Philly, loves the fans. He's a big Marty (Mornhinweg) fan, Andy Reid fan. If the Eagles are interested, we're definitely interested."

The last part there is key, and it's probably still an "if," as I believe it should be. What Vick did last year for the Eagles was completely incredible. There is simply no other quarterback in the league capable of doing all that he is capable of doing on the field. If they're certain he can repeat his 2010 performance in 2011, the Eagles should lock him up now, because the price is going to go through the roof.

But that's the "if" part, isn't it? Nobody knows if Vick can do that again in 2011. Sure, he still has that brilliant young core of offensive talent around him. Sure, they've done a little bit of work on upgrading the offensive line in front of him. But it was only one year, and there's a lot of film out there for people to study. There was no rule, during the lockout, against coaches reviewing game tape from last year. There's a decent chance that's all they did. Defensive coordinators are going to have new ways of coming at Vick in 2011, and until we see how he adjusts to their adjustments, there's just no way to make a long-term bet here. Add in that Vick, due to his history and the way he plays the game, is no sure bet to stay healthy, and you have a big enough question mark to justify letting him play out the year for his franchise tender and dealing with this next spring.

What will be interesting is to see what the Eagles do behind Vick. We know they like Mike Kafka for the long-term, but if they deal away Kevin Kolb as expected, they'll be bringing in a more game-ready veteran to be Vick's backup. The identity of that player, and the way he and Kafka perform and develop in their backup roles in 2011, could have a lot to do with the Eagles' ultimate decision on Vick. If Vick is ordinary in 2011, the Eagles could feel a lot differently than they do now about whether he's their future.

They do know that he's their present, and that's what matters to the Eagles right now. They're also pretty sure Vick isn't going to make trouble about his contract. He'd be crazy to do so, considering the chance Reid and the Eagles took on him and the way it's paid off for him as well as them. He'd have no support publicly if he started crying about his contract, and Segal's comments indicate that he has no plans to do so. If the Eagles are interested, Segal said, so is Vick. For now, that remains an "if," and the Eagles are right to wait and see Vick do it again before they make a decision on his future in Philadelphia.
Joel Segal, the agent for New Orleans running back Reggie Bush and safety Darren Sharper, was just on NFL Network and was asked about the future of those two clients.

Segal said he expects to talk to New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis as soon as the lockout is officially lifted.

In the case of Bush, Segal said he’ll listen to what Loomis has to say, report back to his client and proceed from there.

“I think there are a plethora of scenarios that could go on with Reggie," Segal said.

Bush currently is under a contract that is scheduled to pay him $11.8 million in base salary this year and count $16 million against the salary cap. The Saints have implied repeatedly they would like to keep Bush, but would have to re-work his contract. If that doesn’t happen, they likely would release Bush.

Segal made it sound like Sharper probably will end up elsewhere. Sharper had a huge influence as the Saints made their Super Bowl run in 2009. But Sharper had a knee injury that sidelined him at the start of last season. That allowed Malcolm Jenkins to firmly establish himself as the starter at free safety. Although it’s possible the Saints could offer Sharper a chance to stay as a backup, he might have opportunities to start elsewhere.

“Knowing 'Sharp' the way I do, he wants to play," Segal said.

Time to break out the Vick 'M-V-P' chants

November, 17, 2010
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has only started and completed four games this season, but he should still be in the conversation for the league's MVP award. Even the prolific Patriots quarterback Tom Brady marveled at Vick's performance against the Washington Redskins on Monday. And I think Vick could show up in the top five of Mike Sando's weekly MVP Watch on

Ashley Fox, who loves a good nine-part newspaper series, wonders what Vick's demands will be for a contract in light of Donovan McNabb's new deal:

"He was the best anyone has seen this season and continued to build his case that not only is he the NFL's most valuable player -- but he is deserving of a big contract extension from the Eagles," writes Fox. "If Donovan McNabb is worthy of a five-year, $78 million deal that reportedly included significant guaranteed money, what is Vick, who is three years younger, worth? Ninety million? A hundred million? More?"

Here's the part where I have to remind folks that Vick has a lot more baggage than other star quarterbacks around the league. And he's admitted his willingness to give the Eagles a "hometown" discount since they were the ones who took a chance on him. Here's what Vick himself said during his weekly appearance on ESPN 94.1 in Virginia Beach, Va., when asked if he was talking to the Eagles about a contract extension:

"Not yet," he said per Les Bowen of the Daily News. "We haven't started any negotiations. We are just taking it one week at a time. If it's going to happen, it will happen. I don't think it will take long when negotiations do start, if they ever start. I know the most important thing is to go out and win the next football game. Keep piling up wins and keep doing what's best for this football team.

"I'm happy here. After playing with the type of talent I play with, having the coaches that I have now, and being here for two years, of course, you get comfortable, and after having success, you look down the road for the long haul and see what we can accomplish. I think the future is definitely bright for this team, and I wouldn't mind being a part of it."

Vick's playing like a quarterback who deserves an enormous contract, but he also exposes himself to more injuries than most players at his position. The Eagles, though, are very proactive when it comes to contract negotiations. It wouldn't surprise me if general manager Howie Roseman and Vick's agent, Joel Segal, were already having some informal discussions.

I think Vick wants to remain with the Eagles, and I think Andy Reid wants the same thing. But what will the Eagles do about homegrown quarterback Kevin Kolb, another Reid favorite? For now, he's simply a nice insurance policy. And if Vick continues to flourish, the Eagles will look to trade Kolb.

The Eagles will sit back and enjoy the Michael Vick Experience for now. But at some point, they'll have to write the man a pretty large check. I'd say $30-40 million in guaranteed money is a good place to start for a legitimate MVP candidate who appears to be in the prime of his career.

The deed is done: Randy Moss waived

November, 2, 2010
To close the book on the Randy Moss story (for now): Yes, the Vikings officially placed him on waivers Tuesday. Teams have until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET to claim him, after which the league will award him to the team with the highest waiver priority (based on the chart in our previous post.)

If no one claims him, the Vikings will be responsible for the remaining $3.338 million on his contract and Moss will be a free agent.

Meanwhile, check out the interview that Moss' agent, Joel Segal, did on ESPN's "The Scott Van Pelt Show." Segal said he has spoken to several Vikings players, including clients Tarvaris Jackson and Percy Harvin. "The players I've spoken to are real disappointed that [Moss] is gone," Segal said.

Did Childress go solo on Moss move?

November, 1, 2010
ESPN's Adam Schefter has confirmed that receiver Randy Moss was not listed on the NFL's daily waiver wire Monday, meaning he technically remains property of the Minnesota Vikings.

I'm not sure there is much to read into that news. It's not uncommon for the official paperwork of a roster move to trail the news. I suppose it's possible that someone in the organization is trying to reverse what appears to be a decision by coach Brad Childress, but Moss' agent has already publicly acknowledged the move.

It's hard to imagine Moss 3.0 ever occurring. It's much more likely that Moss will appear on Tuesday's waiver wire, extending the drama into Wednesday afternoon.

That said, I think it's worth asking whether this move took place in an orderly and professional manner, or if it was actually as haphazard as it looks from the outside. Based on media reports, here's what we can piece together:
  1. Agent Joel Segal told the Star Tribune that he and Moss learned of the move Monday morning.
  2. During his early-afternoon news conference, coach Brad Childress told reporters that he had given Moss permission to remain in New England and visit family members. "I allowed him to stay back there and visit with his family, since he is from there and he will be back Wednesday morning [or] Tuesday night," Childress said.
  3. Immediately after that news conference, Childress told Vikings players in a team meeting that Moss would be waived.
  4. Linebacker Ben Leber confirmed that Childress broke the news to players.

Childress' latest failure on the truth-o-meter prompts a conspiratorial mind to imagine how chaotic the Vikings' internal communication might have been Monday. Is owner Zygi Wilf on board? What about the remainder of the team's leadership structure, which includes vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski? Based on job descriptions, it is Brzezinski's role to submit the roster move to the NFL office.

You want to assume the team is on the same page internally, even if it has mismanaged the decision from a public perspective. But if it's not -- if Childress jumped the gun on this move -- then we could be in for an interesting 24-48 hours. Stay tuned.
Chris Johnson sent conflicting messages in his multiple interviews at the ESPYs, and until he or his agent, Joel Segal, clarify their stance, we’re left to wonder.

Our headline here says he clarified his contract demands, and this was part of that story:
"I want a long-term deal,” Johnson said. But if I don't get a long-term deal then a short-term deal just to get me to camp -- I have no problem with that."

He said he's not sure where his contract talks stand right now.

"I'm going to let my agent [Joel Segal] and the team handle that," he said.

But he was not asked specifically about the Titans’ proposal that would amount to a short-term deal. They’ve offered to take $2.5 million in escalators from later in his contract and give it to him as a bonus now. And he should have had a conversation with Segal about that and know exactly where it stands.

Johnson said the ball is in the Titans’ court, but it’s not. It’s in his.

He has said he can’t play for his scheduled base salary of $550,000. He’s yet to say whether he can play for $3.05 million.

In his ESPY acceptance speech, he failed to thank his team or his offensive line, but he thanked Twitter. But when I tweeted him that question about the $3.05 million on Thursday, I got no reply.

If I had an upcoming acceptance speech, Twitter might not make the cut.


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