Tag:Chad Johnson
Posted on: April 23, 2008 6:38 am

So long Shaun

The Seahawks finally got rid of Shaun Alexander on Tuesday, and this is a good thing for several reasons.

Alexander now has a few days to find a new home before the draft, which means Detroit, Chicago, Carolina or some other team in need of a running back can try to sign him without using a high pick and go for another need.

Alexander still has some mileage -- albeit very little -- in his old legs. He can be part of a tandem as the bigger back, which would make sense with the Panthers (DeAngelo Williams) and Lions (Tatum Bell).

Along with the Bears, these three teams should still draft a running back. But now maybe they can wait until after the first round to draft a running back and go for offensive line or help on defense.

For the Seahawks, the job now officially goes to Julius Jones. He will be the starter with Maurice Morris likely in on third downs and T.J. Duckett the short-yardage guy. Jones is a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB with a lot of upside. He will be better than what you saw in Dallas because he will likely get at least 15 touches a game. There will be no Marion Barber looking over his shoulder.

In other news Tuesday, the Bengals have reportedly turned down one and possibly two first-round draft picks for Chad Johnson from Washington. If that offer was out there, which I doubt, the Bengals should have jumped on it. The Redskins are known to make strange decisions, and giving up two first-round picks for Johnson would have been ludicrous.

I know Johnson is an elite receiver. And I know you likely won't get someone as talented as him in the draft. But look at some of the recent trades for receivers, most notably Randy Moss going for a fourth-round pick. Is Johnson better than Moss? No way.

And I like Marvin Lewis telling Johnson if he wants to sit out, do it.

The Dolphins made it official with Jake Long as the No. 1 pick. It's the right move. If he sticks at left tackle and is any good, you have an anchor on your offensive line for several years. And if he fails, you stick him at right tackle and hope he can block. But he should have more shelf life than a defensive lineman, and the Dolphins need to fill several holes, with offensive line the most important.

Posted on: April 18, 2008 5:46 pm

Who wants Chad Johnson?

Here's a question: If you're the Atlanta Falcons, would you trade your entire NFL Draft for WR Chad Johnson, TE Jeremy Shockey, LT Bryant McKinnie and DE Jared Allen? If I'm Arthur Blank, I look into making it happen.

Now, it would obviously be hard to do, because most of those players would go for high draft picks. But if you're the Falcons with one pick in the first round, three picks in the second round, two picks in the third round and one in the fourth, it could work. And you could still get some quality players.

Let's just say for fun you won't give up your No. 1 pick, which is No. 3 overall. But you give up a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick for Allen. You give up a second-round pick for McKinnie, a second-round pick for Johnson and a third-round pick for Shockey. With the first-round pick, you draft QB Matt Ryan.

You have now added a stud wide receiver, pass rusher, left tackle and tight end while also drafting your quarterback of the future. And you have also given fair offers to these other teams.

Of course, this is never going to happen because it's too far-fetched. But with a team like the Falcons, who need a lot of talent, getting proven players might be a better option than reaching on youth. And Johnson, McKinnie and Allen are still young.

Any other crazy ideas for the draft? Let me know.

One more thing. Farewell Steve McNair. You were a great quarterback and gave me one of my best football memories. The first Super Bowl I ever covered was in Atlanta when the Titans lost to the Rams. McNair nearly led the Titans to victory in a tremendous game.

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