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Eagles likely among teams interested in DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus WareJerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys may have finally made a fiscally prudent move rather than overspending like usual, and their discipline may be rewarded with some punishment.

The Boys released DeMarcus Ware on Tuesday, though they left matters on terms where they could still bring back the pass rushing maven. The problem is they might not have a chance for that.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, six playoff teams have already called about Ware.

And ready for this, Cowboys fans? The Philadelphia Eagles could very well be one of those teams.

Louis Riddick, who is a former Eagles scout and now with ESPN, tweeted that he would bet the Eagles are “working hard to get DeMarcus Ware. Very hard.”

Ware will be 32 in July and missed three games last season with injury, but we still think he will be a good pass rusher for any team that adds him. He was probably too expensive for the Cowboys, but how could you know want him on your defense this season? The guy is still a force. Imagine if he ends up in Philly … that’s going to be bad news for Dallas.

Browns fans comments on Redskins signing Shawn Lauvao are pretty funny

The Washington Redskins signed guard Shawn Lauvao to a four-year, $17 million deal on Tuesday, and nobody could be happier about the move than Cleveland Browns fans.

Upon hearing news of Lauvao’s deal with Washington, some Browns fans on the team’s Reddit forum left some funny comments sharing their opinion of the move. Let’s just say that many of them are not sad to see Lauvao leave.

Here are some of the funny comments:

Browns fans Shawn Lauvao

Welcome to free agency, Washington. Aren’t you excited about this move now, Skins fans?

Oh, and according to Rotoworld, Lauvao gave up 18 quarterback hurries and four sacks in 11 games last season.

H/T DC Sports Bog

Did Pete Carroll leak news of Phil Jackson taking Knicks job?

Phil JacksonThere have been plenty of rumors and reports indicating that Phil Jackson will take a front office job with the New York Knicks by the end of the week, but nothing has been as concrete as this congratulatory tweet from Pete Carroll.

Does Petey know something the rest of us don’t know? Is he just reacting to media reports or has he spoken with the Zen Master?

It’s not like it would be a surprise at this point if Phil ends up with the Knicks. We told you earlier on Tuesday that the Knicks believe a deal is pretty much done and that they expect him to take over their basketball operations department, but nothing has made it seem finalized the way this Carroll tweet did.

Pete, always messing with us!

Darren McFadden re-signs with Raiders for $4 million

Darren McFadden RaidersDarren McFadden has re-signed with the Oakland Raiders.

He’s getting a one-year deal for $4 million per Adam Schefter, which actually seems like a lot.

Update – terms later indicated McFadden is earning just under $2 million in base salary and can max out at $4 million if he hits all his incentives, so that sounds much better.

I know McFadden has shown a lot of talent and potential, but that really hasn’t been on display enough since his truly breakout 2010 campaign. McFadden has missed 19 games over the past three seasons. He only had 379 yards rushing on 114 carries and five touchdowns last season.

Ravens might sign Steve Smith if he is released?

Steve SmithSteve Smith has not yet been released by the Carolina Panthers, but a market for his services should shape up in case the team lets him go.

In fact, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun mentions the Ravens as a strong potential landing spot for Smith if the wide receiver is cut. Smith is set to make $3 million from Carolina even if the team cuts him. His cap figure for 2014 is $7 million.

In addition to the Ravens, Wilson says the Buccaneers could make sense for Smith.

Baltimore seems like a great spot for Smith. He has the toughness that would fit in well with that team and the type of personality GM Ozzie Newsome likes. He can still make big plays despite being 35, and Baltimore certainly lacked quality receiving options opposite Torrey Smith.

Keep in mind, though, that things with Smith might take some time to develop as the Panthers are still deciding what they’ll do with him.

Blaine Gabbert traded to 49ers

Blaine GabbertThe Jacksonville Jaguars have finally given up on former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on “NFL Insiders” Tuesday that the Jags traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers for a 6th-round pick.

Gabbert spent parts of three mostly terrible seasons with Jacksonville. He threw for 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in his Jags career.

Gabbert will likely compete for the backup quarterback job in San Francisco. Colt McCoy served as Colin Kaepernick’s backup last season but is currently a free agent.

I really have no idea what the Niners see in Gabbert, but I do trust Harbaugh’s judgment and ability to develop QBs more than anyone else, so maybe this will work out. Or maybe the best plan is hope that Kaepernick never gets hurt.

Anyone else surprised the Jags managed to get anything in return for Gabbert?

Josh McCown to visit Buccaneers, Texans, Jets

Josh McCown BearsJosh McCown played extremely well in a backup role for the Chicago Bears last season and is now a free agent. He has scheduled visits to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans and New York Jets in that order, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The way free agent visits work is that the team most interested in a player usually sets up the first visit. They’ll woo the player and offer him a good deal, and oftentimes the player won’t even make it to their next scheduled visit, so don’t be surprised if McCown ends up with the Bucs.

Though McCown is exploring his options, he could still end up re-signing with the Bears. That might not be a bad idea for him if he wants to set himself up for future success; he fit in well in the Marc Trestman’s offense and threw for 13 touchdowns and just one interception playing in parts of eight games last season.

With his play for Chicago last season, McCown showed that he is a very good backup QB option.

Mike Vick thinks he is headed to the Jets?

Michael VickMike Vick is the top free agent quarterback on the market, and it sounds like he thinks he may end up signing with the New York Jets.

According to NFL reporter Mike Freeman, Vick has told his former Philadelphia Eagles teammates that he thinks he is headed to the Jets.

Though Freeman says Vick has told people he thinks that may be his landing spot, that by no means indicates we have a done deal. There are plenty of teams who will have interest in Vick, and Freeman believes whoever offers the most cash will get the quarterback.

The Jets have been frequently mentioned in connection with Vick this offseason. The Bills, Texans, Bucs and Raiders are other teams who could be interested in the former Eagles QB. Minnesota and Jacksonville were possibilities until they re-signed Matt Cassel and Chad Henne, respectively.

One of the reasons why the Jets have been considered a strong possibility is because of the connection between Vick and current Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who was Vick’s OC when he had success in Philly.

DeMarcus Ware released by Cowboys

DeMarcus WareDeMarcus Ware is being released by the Dallas Cowboys and will be available on the free agent market.

This development is not at all surprising given that Jerry Jones indicated Ware could be a salary cap casualty. The team was interested in bringing him back, but not at the price he would have been owed.

The Cowboys get to save $7.4 million against the cap but lose a 7-time Pro Bowler who has 117 career sacks. At 32, Ware isn’t a guy who will be a huge playmaker for the next five years, but he should be good to go for another few seasons and will be a nice addition for a contender.

Knicks trying to get season ticket holders to game early the night of fan protest

James-DolanA group of disgusted New York Knicks fans are planning to protest outside Madison Square Garden the night before the team takes on the Indiana Pacers on March 19. The Facebook page for the rally has over 2,500 likes, and there’s a good chance a large group will show up. It’s also a virtual certainty that the Knicks are aware of it.

On Tuesday morning, the Knicks sent an email to season ticket holders inviting them to come to the game early on March 19 to meet some alumni, receive some vouchers and be treated like “VIP.” Here’s what the letter said, courtesy of Deadspin.

With the Knicks back from their west coast tour, we wanted to celebrate in a big way, with you! If you plan to attend the Knicks game on Wednesday, March 19th, we’d love for you to attend the Knicks Happy Hour, courtesy of Chase. At this event, you’ll meet some Alumni, receive vouchers for merchandise and concessions and be able to watch shoot-around from a great spot. The event starts at 6PM, which is an hour before doors open to the general public [and two hours before game time], so you’ll be a VIP!

If you and your guests would like to attend, please let me know and print the invite for admission. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you are able to join us.

Thanks!

Coincidence? Doubtful. It should be noted that New York has won four games in a row and is on the brink of hiring Phil Jackson, but that isn’t enough to erase the foul taste thousands of fans have in their mouths. The guys who run the protest page have already responded to the season ticket holder email, saying the Knicks should have made the “VIP” event at 5:00 because they will still be bumping into the protesters at 6:00.

Jackson will bring some buzz and excitement back to New York, but the Knicks are still likely to miss the playoffs. That will make for a long offseason.

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