Donovan McNabb Took in a Lingerie Football League Game Friday Night

Things are not going well in the world of Donovan McNabb. The former Pro Bowler has been benched by the 1-5 Vikings who finally realized that having a QB average fewer than seven yards per attempt is not a winning formula. So how did five spend his last supper? Taking in a local Lingerie Football League game between Minnesota and LA Friday night.

Analyst Sean Salisbury was giving McNabb a lot of love on the telecast. Here’s a video of Dunbar with his buddies at the LFL game:

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Weirdo Daniel Rago Arrested for Slapping Devin Hester in Head at Casino

Since we are always so quick to jump on professional athletes when they handle themselves like idiots in public, we should be just as quick to give someone like Devin Hester credit when deserved.  According to TribLocal.com via Pro Football Talk, Hester was standing in line at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Ill. last week when a man came up and slapped him in the back of the head for no apparent reason.  Rather than let his emotions take over, Hester notified casino security.

The man — 52-year-old Daniel Rago — approached Hester, slapped him in the back of the head, and walked away according to Des Plaines Police Chief Jim Prandini.  Prandini noted that “no big scene took place” and said Hester was “very professional” throughout the incident.  Rago was charged with one misdemeanor count of battery and released on $100 bond.

First of all, this Rago guy was obviously either hammered, a moron, or both.  We have no idea why he slapped Hester in the head out of nowhere, but we do know it was likely for no good reason.  Had Hester turned around and thrown a swing, you couldn’t really blame him after being attacked out of the blue.  However, he handled it the right way.  We love to trash athletes when they do something stupid or get into fights, so we might as well praise the ones who do the right thing when slapped by some idiot.  Bravo, Devin Hester.

Report: Raiders Close to Landing Carson Palmer for First-Round Pick (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The trade is done. According to Glazer, the Raiders gave up a first-rounder in 2012 and a future second-rounder that could turn into a first base on Palmer’s play. It’s official: Oakland does not consider the NFL Draft to be an important tool for building a team.

Al Davis may be gone, but that hasn’t stopped the Raiders from exploring trades that will make you scratch your head.  With an upcoming game against the Chiefs, Oakland has a legitimate shot at entering the bye week with a record of 5-2 and in obvious playoff contention.  Jason Campbell is reportedly going to miss up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, meaning the Raiders need a quarterback.  Does that make Carson Palmer worth a first-round pick?

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Raiders and Bengals are close to working out a trade that would send Palmer to the west coast for a 2012 first-rounder and a conditional pick.  Bengals owner Mike Brown had previously refused to give in by trading the disgruntled quarterback, but who wouldn’t make this deal?

If the deal does indeed come to fruition, this is a complete panic move by the Raiders.  Could Palmer help them this season and give them a decent shot at making the playoffs?  If he is the Palmer of old, yes.  However, Carson has been spending his free time tailgating at USC this season and has not been particularly effective since 2007.  He has no intention of ever playing for Cincinnati again, so I don’t know how the Raiders got themselves into a situation where they have to give up a first-round pick knowing that is the case.  A first-round pick can turn into a franchise-altering player.  Even if he has something left in the tank, Palmer does not make the Raiders Super Bowl contenders this season or in the future.

Matt Forte Feels Unappreciated by the Bears, Not Worried About Getting Paid

The 3-3 Chicago Bears have struggled at times this season, but their running back has remained consistent. Matt Forte has essentially become the entire Chicago offense. Through only six games, he has racked up nearly 1,000 yards of total offense. When he has not been able to get into a rhythm on the ground, Forte becomes a huge part of the passing game. Despite his success, the Bears’ offensive weapon is making only $600,000 this season.

When faced with a similar situation, we all know what some of the game’s other top runners would do.  To his credit, Forte has not held out and has continued to work hard to earn a big pay day if he hits free agency at the end of the season.  That does not, however, mean he feels no hostility toward the team.

“I’m glad teams are interested,” Forte told the Chicago Tribune when discussing rumors that the Bears have been entertaining trade offers for him. “For me to be out here working as hard as I do and not have a contract extension, you kind of get that feeling of being unappreciated. I just hope that when this year is over and I play as well as I’ve been playing, that if the Bears don’t reward me with a contract, another team will.”

Situations like this can go one of two ways.  In Chris Johnson’s case, the Titans gave in.  When Randy Moss felt unappreciated by the Patriots, we all know how that turned out.  The difference between a guy like Forte and Moss is that Moss was already being paid megabucks but wanted more years on his deal.  Forte takes the field every game and gives 100 percent despite the fact that he has basically yet to be paid.  At this point it’s clear the Bears are either calling his bluff, or they don’t feel that Forte will be difficult to replace in the offseason. If he becomes frustrated enough to stop trying, 2011 could be over in a hurry for Chicago.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk for the story.

Agent: ‘Sorry Jags’ Cut David Garrard to Avoid Paying for His Back Surgery

David Garrard has been a popular name for quarterback-needy teams ever since he was cut by the Jaguars at the end of training camp. The Raiders were one of the teams to contact Garrard’s agent when they had an injury, but they were told he was unavailable because he planned to have back surgery. Garrard hopes to have an operation on his herniated disk this week, and his agent believes the back injury is the reason the Jags cut their starting quarterback six weeks ago.

“At $500,000 per game, they knew he would be down 4-6 weeks. They didn’t want to pay that bill,” Garrard’s agent, Al Irby told the Florida Times-Union via email. “Now you know the difference between a first-class organization like Indy, and a sorry organization like the Jags. Indy gave their QB a contract even though he couldn’t play all season. … David was told his back was fine. So he took them for their word.”

That’s a pretty damning claim by Garrard’s agent, but it could be possible. There wasn’t a whole lot of logic to explain the decision to cut Garrard so abruptly. Everyone knew rookie Blaine Gabbert would get a chance to start eventually, but it was obvious he wasn’t ready for the job at the beginning of the season; if he were, Luke McCown wouldn’t have started the team’s first two games.

The other part comparing Jacksonville to Indianapolis should just be ignored. If the Colts knew Peyton Manning’s neck would not heal and that he would need additional procedures, they wouldn’t have signed him to a new contract before the year. They also would have brought in another quarterback earlier in camp instead of signing Kerry Collins as late as they did. They were planning on having Peyton available at the beginning of the season. That comparison made little sense, but the other accusation may be accurate.

Jason Campbell’s Injury Might Cut Down Raiders’ 2012 Draft Even More

Jason Campbell’s injury suffered in the second quarter Sunday could further deplete an already weak 2012 draft for the Silver and Black. Campbell is likely to be sidelined six weeks after having surgery on his broken collarbone Monday. Even if he can recover that quickly, the Raiders are already hitting the phones in search of a replacement.

As reported earlier, the Raiders are going after Carson Palmer. Sure doesn’t sound like the they have a lot of faith in backup Kyle Boller. Of the many obstacles in the way of landing Palmer, perhaps none is greater than the assets the Raiders have to offer. That, and of course there’s Mike Brown who refuses to trade Palmer.

In his usual fashion, the late Al Davis had his Raiders wheeling and dealing. They’ve already surrendered a 3rd round pick to take Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, as well as trading a 7th rounder for their most recent addition in Aaron Curry. Campbell himself was acquired from the Redskins for a 4th rounder. Their 2nd rounder was dealt to New England in this year’s draft. All these moves have trimmed the Raiders’ 2012 draft to only 1st, 5th, and 6th round picks. Not much to bargain with.

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Darrelle Revis Admits There Was Finger-Pointing After Three Straight Losses

The Jets are now 3-3 after beating the Dolphins 24-6 on Monday night. Prior to the win, they had lost three in a row and some players were fighting. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis discussed some of the team’s chemistry issues after the win.

Appearing on the Monday Night Football set, Revis was grilled by analyst Steve Young. Young asked Revis how the team will handle locker room issues, like when Santonio Holmes called out the Jets offensive line last week.

“I think this whole week we handled it well,” Revis said. “Santonio, he’s a captain on this team, he might have said it out of frustration. But we know the type of guy Santonio is. I know the offense, I’ve talked to Nick Mangold, and they felt some type of weight.”

Young pressed Revis even more, asking if the Jets locker room was strong enough to deal with the problems over time.

“I think we are,” Revis said after carefully contemplating the question. “I just think it started boiling after we lost three in a row. Guys were starting to point the finger and trying to make an excuse.”

The Jets were never as bad as their 2-3 record indicated, and the criticism of the team was excessive. Though they don’t appear to be as good as they were last year, they’re still a good team. But if Revis’ responses to Young’s questions were any indication, the players may continue to quarrel throughout the year. The only solution to that problem is winning.