April 23, 2008

Skiles in, Gross out, NFL tidbits: news and views

Category: Sports General — Patrick Stumpf @ 9:10 pm

Bucks’ GM John Hammond announces the hiring of his new coach, Scott Skiles, who will replace Larry Krystkowiak. To be honest, I don’t know a ton about Skiles other than 1) he’s a former Bucks’ guard and 2) he’s a defensive minded coach, but that is enough to satisfy me at this point. He has a career record of 281-251, most notably a 82-49 year coaching the Bulls in 2006. We’ll wait and see.

The Brewers deal outfielder Gabe Gross to Tampa Bay for minor-league pitcher Josh Butler. A little surprising to see this move after he scored the winning run yesterday, but with Tony Gwynn Jr. back off the DL and Mike Cameron set to make his debut next week, Gross was a goner one way or another. Butler is a former second-round pick of the Rays in 2006, and will report to Single-A Brevard County.

The Packers brought in free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper today, formerly of the Vikings and Raiders. Nothing but a grade-A smokescreen. Ted Thompson is baiting teams (and media) into thinking he’s getting his backup QB via free-agency, while it’s highly probable he’ll go the draft route. Culpepper would bring little if anything to the table other than experience (which is outweighed by the character and injury issues).

Chiefs’ DE Jared Allen is dealt to Minnesota for the Vikings’ first rounder and two third rounders. Minnesota subsequently resigned Allen to a 6-year, $74 million deal, making him the highest paid defensive player ever. Good deal for both teams. Kansas City is obviously trying to rebuild, and for Minnesota the opposite is true; at least on defense. As far as the extension? It’s certainly justifiable, as Allen has racked up 43 sacks over the past four seasons, making him the most productive pass-rusher in the league behind Jason Taylor (46).

Redskins offer their 08′ first (#21 overall), as well as a possible 09′ first rounder for disgruntled Bengals’ WR Chad Johnson. Head Coach Marvin Lewis quickly reacted to the situation saying Chad should “stay away,” while Bengal management quickly shot down the reported offer. This is shocking. Chad wants out, but it’s hard to fathom the Bengals are willing to let a player of his caliber walk right out the door.
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*UPDATE: 10:32 PM: Titans agree to deal Adam “Pacman” Jones to Dallas for a 4th round pick. In addition, either team has the potential to receive a undisclosed 09′ pick. If Jones is reinstated and gets substantial playing time, Tennessee would get the pick. On the other hand, if Jones’ case is rejected, Dallas would get the pick. Either way, it’s a low risk deal for Dallas, and Tennessee will lose its headache.

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