December 25th, 2011
Saints SS Harper not interested in hometown discount
Roman Harper Tresor Paris Bracelet Sale, an unrestricted free agent, says he would prefer to re-sign with the Saints, but he's not interested in giving them a hometown discount.
"I can't do that," the five-year veteran starting strong safety said. "That would be unfair to myself.
"If the numbers don't match up Tresor Paris Earrings Sale, there's no reason for me to just have to settle for something. Everything has to match up for me to come back."
Owners are pushing for a mechanism that would allow teams to exercise the right of first refusal on three free agents whenever free agency begins, and it's a point of a disagreement in Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. The players reportedly have rejected that idea.
If the owners do get their wish, Harper — who has spent his entire five-year career in New Orleans — likely would be a player the Saints would consider for the refusal option. If another team outbids them for Harper Saints-Packers TV ratings second-best ever for NFL kickoff game_226, the Saints still would be able to match the offer and retain him.
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Falcons improve 'D' with addition of Edwards
The Falcons just added another piece to help them achieve their goal Packers prove they got enough work in_227, stated way back in February, of being a more explosive team in 2011.
And they did it at a reasonable price.
Atlanta has agreed to terms with former Vikings DE Ray Edwards on a five-year deal worth $30 million with $11.5 million guaranteed Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, according to reports. Edwards Falcons add S Sanders_52, 26 Cheap Tresor Paris Bracelet, was considered the second-best defensive end available in free agency. The Falcons were considering the No. 1 end available, Charles Johnson, before the Panthers made the winning bid of $76 million over six years with $32 million guaranteed.
Edwards made eight sacks last season and had 29½ sacks total in his five seasons with the Vikings.
The Falcons released DE Jamaal Anderson and WR Michael Jenkins on Friday to help clear cap space before agreeing to terms with Edwards, who will be unable to practice until Aug. 4, per league rules.
Atlanta's defensive line has the potential to be a very good one, especially if '09 first-round pick Peria Jerry has a breakthrough year. Edwards joins John Abraham — who had 13 sacks last season — and high-energy fourth-year veteran Kroy Biermann as the top defensive ends. DTs Jonathan Babineaux, the under tackle, and nose tackles Corey Peters and Jerry form the interior.
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The addition of Edwards is another indication of just how serious the Falcons are about competing for a title this year. It started with the trade up in the first round of the draft to land Julio Jones, and it's continued with the re-signing of ORT Tyson Clabo and move to bring in Edwards.
Edwards was never an elite pass rusher in Minnesota, even though he was facing plenty of one-on-ones playing on the same line with the Williams Wall and Jared Allen for the last three seasons — but he's certainly an upgrade for the Falcons.
The Falcons need to bring more pressure this season. In a division loaded with quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Josh Freeman, keeping opposing quarterbacks from establishing a rhythm is key, and Edwards should help in that effort.
Vikings' defense makes enough plays in win
Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin all played big roles in the Vikings' 24-21 win over the Panthers in Charlotte, but you have to give the defense some mention Tresor Paris Earrings Sale, too. It created two big turnovers in the first half and then made enough big plays down the stretch to help the team earn the victory. The defense might be crippled by injuries Forte runs Bears to victory in London_291, but it did what it could on Sunday.
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The defense made a big early statement. How early? First-play-of-the-game early. E.J. Henderson came on a blitz and knocked the ball out of the strong hands of Panthers QB Cam Newton, which was recovered by Jared Allen. That turnover set up the Vikings' first touchdown after Ryan Longwell had missed a FG attempt the series before.
After the Vikings trailed 14-7 Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, Harvin lost a fumble deep in Panthers territory and Newton and Co. drove near midfield, looking to make it a two-score lead before halftime. But Allen put a textbook pass-rush move on Panthers OLT Jordan Gross, beating him upfield on straight speed Tresor Paris Necklaces Sale, and made a smart move going for the strip and not the kill shot. Not only is Newton too big to bring down with a one-arm tackle, but he also was cocking back the throw and leaving the ball exposed to Allen for sack No. 12½. Chad Greenway fell on the loose ball to give possession to the Vikings.
Although the defense didn't have a great first half, allowing 232 yards and 15 first downs, it made enough big plays to keep the team in it. In the second half Panthers 2011 preview_157, after the Panthers drove the field and took the lead again on their first drive of the third quarter, the Vikings once more tightened up. They forced three consecutive three-and-outs and pressured Newton well.
After Ponder directed the Vikings to a 24-21 lead on an impressive drive, it was Newton's chance. He rolled the Panthers down the field as the Vikings gave up big plays, including a 44-yard gain on 4th-and-15— a play in which CB Cedric Griffin didn't sink enough and S Tyrell Johnson was playing far too deep.
But the "D" made some nice plays throughout the course of the game and held on at the end. Sure, a questionable holding call on Steve Smith on Newton's red-zone scramble and a shocking FG miss from 31 yards out by Olindo Mare helped as well.
Was it a perfect performance by Fred Pagac's defense? No. But it was a good effort by a banged-up secondary to hang in there despite the Panthers' impressive offensive talent. The Vikings' defensive line set the tone early and helped carry it through for most of the contest to victory.
Cutler, Bears pound Falcons 30-12
By Andrew Seligman, AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) — If there was any doubt the Chicago Bears were serious about contending again in the NFC Cheap Tresor Paris Necklaces, they took a big step toward erasing it.
Brian Urlacher had an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown, Jay Cutler threw for 312 yards and two scores and the Bears pounded Matt Ryan and the Falcons 30-12 on Sunday.
In a matchup between reigning division champions, it was no contest. This one clearly belonged to Chicago.
Urlacher picked off a Ryan pass to set up an early 56-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte, and in the third quarter the linebacker picked up a fumble by Ryan and scored from 12 yards to make it 30-6.
The fumble t came on one of two sacks by Julius Peppers. Henry Melton also had two sacks and the Bears totaled five for the day.
Cutler completed 22-of-32 passes and was intercepted once in his first game at Soldier Field since the Bear's loss to Green Bay in the NFC championship. He left that game with a knee injury and was roundly criticized.
He was sacked four times Sunday but had a 107.8 quarterback rating as the reigning NFC North champions passed a big test.
The schedule doesn't get easier with games against the past two Super Bowl champions coming up - at New Orleans next week and then Green Bay at home - but Chicago certainly looked good in this one.
Forte, seeking a contract extension, turned a short screen into a long TD in the first quarter and caught five passes in all for 90 yards. He also carried 16 times for 68 yards.
Devin Hester had three catches for 60 yards. He turned a swing pass into a 53-yard gain and got stopped just short of the goal line, setting up a 1-yard TD catch by Matt Spaeth that put the Bears ahead 23-6 midway through the third quarter. Urlacher put away the game with his fumble return.
Roy Williams caught four passes for 55 yards in his Bears debut before leaving with a groin injury in the fourth quarter.
Ryan completed 31-of-47 passes for 319 yards for Atlanta.
Michael Turner ran for 100 yards, including a 53-yarder, but the reigning NFC South champions never established any kind of rhythm. It was certainly not the sort of performance they had in mind Cheap Tresor Paris Bracelet, coming off a 13-win season that ended with a blowout loss to the Packers in the playoffs.
On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, there were large 9/11 ribbons at the 25 yard lines. The coin used for the pregame toss had the same ribbon on one side with a Bears ``C'' on the other.
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Bucs release MLB McKenzie
The Buccaneers cut MLB Tyrone McKenzie on Friday. McKenzie is a former third-round pick of the Patriots.
He confirmed the news to the Tampa Tribune. Entering training camp, McKenzie was a candidate to replace Barrett Ruud at middle linebacker Tresor Paris Necklaces Sale, but rookie Mason Foster won the starting job.
McKenzie had five tackles in three games last season for the Bucs.
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