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    Dayne in, Clarett likely out in Denver


    Aug. 26, 2005) -- When rookie running back Maurice Clarett passed up a signing bonus for contract incentives, he cost himself money and a job.

    In the slot he was drafted, Clarett was entitled to receive $410,000 in signing bonus. But he rejected it, opting for $7 million worth of incentives, figuring he was good enough to earn it. Had Denver paid Clarett the money, it would have been more obligated to keep him than it is now. Now, Clarett is expected to be released if not in the Broncos' first-round of cuts, then certainly their second.

    Clarett is expected to be one of the highest profile cuts in the NFL when the full cut lists become available on Aug. 30 and Sept. 4. And for now -- and events always are subject to change -- Denver has decided against placing Clarett on injured reserve, where he would have missed the coming season and had a chance to fully recover from the groin injury the running back claimed he incurred earlier this summer.

    One of the biggest reasons Clarett is not expected to make it in Denver is the lack of maturity he demonstrated during the summer. He had a warped perception of his talents, thus bypassing a signing bonus for incentives. Clarett also agitated some of his teammates for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was conducting national TV interviews before he had accomplished anything on the field -- or even gotten on the field.

    But just as Clarett created a buzz on draft day, he now will do the same on cut day. But with all the teams that were thought to like him on draft day -- Cleveland, Dallas, Jacksonville -- Clarett isn't expected to be out of work long. At least one is expected to claim him on waivers.

    A GREAT DAYNE
    One of the ironies of the situation is that Clarett got beat out for a job by another former Big 10 back that was written off in New York the way Clarett is now being written off in Denver.

    This will come as a surprise to Giants fans, but former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne has shined this summer in the way he was supposed to when New York made him a first-round draft choice. Dayne has run hard, authoritatively and with a sense of purpose.

    He is the Broncos' leading rusher this preseason, carrying the football 29 times for 143 yards, a 4.9 yards per carry average -- 1.4 yards per carry more than he averaged on his 585 attempts in five seasons in New York.

    He has drawn so much attention that even the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost running back Correll Buckhalter this week to a season-ending injury, made trade inquiries for Dayne that Denver quickly rebuffed. Dayne, who is playing on a one-year deal in Denver, would have been a great fit in Philadelphia, but the Broncos now like him too much.

    Right now, Mike Anderson is running as the Broncos' first-team running back, and Tatum Bell as the second-string running back. But the way he has looked this summer, Dayne is vying for playing time in a system that has turned running backs such as Olandis Gary and Reuben Droughns into stars.

    ABOUT THE GOAT
    Before Denver signed wide receiver Jerry Rice, the Greatest Of All Time, there were concerns about what the organization would have to do if it had to cut him. Fortunately, it won't. Rice will make the Broncos' final roster; he has been too impressive on, and off, the field this summer for Denver to release him.

    Yet because Rice makes it, one less young wide receiver will not. Chances are it's last year's sixth-round draft pick, Triandos Luke, who also has served as a returner for Denver. But Rice will get to play his -- gasp! -- 21st NFL season. The GOAT just keeps on grazing.

    NO. 10 READY FOR SEPT. 11
    It will be a huge upset if Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his sprained right elbow play in New York's Thursday night preseason finale at New England. The Giants are expected to hold out Manning from their last preseason game, and then try to get him ready for the Sept. 11 opener against Arizona.

    Those close to Manning are expecting him to play the opener; that is now the Giants focus, as it should be. But if the regular season kicked off today, Manning still would be expected to play, giving the ultimate indication the he will be ready for the regular-season opener. But with a preseason finale in which many starters are rested anyway, there's no reason for the Giants to trot out Manning and subject him to possibly aggravating him the injury.

    But there is nothing structurally wrong with the stretched ligaments in Manning's elbow. Three doctors have confirmed this to him, giving Manning and the Giants big-time relief.

    BROWNIE POINTS
    We still don't know how improved the Cleveland Browns will be this season. But they will be vastly improved in 2006.

    The Browns front office, led by President/CEO John Collins and Senior Vice President/GM Phil Savage, has sacrificed some short-term gain for lots of long-term gain. This season, the Browns have $15 million worth of dead money counting against their salary cap. But by counting the money against this season's cap, the Browns already are a whopping $25 million under next season's salary cap, and that number is expected to grow beyond a huge $30 million.

    This means the Browns will have money to upgrade their team however they see fit. One area the team is expected to upgrade is offensive line and, interestingly enough, the top free-agent offensive lineman, New Orleans' LeCharles Bentley, is from Cleveland. He grew up a Browns fan, played at Ohio State and, chances are, he could envision returning home.

    Cleveland is set up to bring him home -- along with plenty of other talent.

    COWBOY UP
    Get ready to Cowboy up for a summer that could include plenty of Cowboys going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Now that the veterans committee has selected former Dallas offensive tackle Rayfield Wright as one of the two senior candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame, the Cowboys have three bona fide candidates for the Class of 2006, the other two being wide receiver Michael Irvin and quarterback Troy Aikman.

    And it's not like one franchise hasn't sent three players to Canton in one class before. Back in 2000, the San Francisco watched proudly as Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott and Dave Wilcox were inducted in the same year. Now the Cowboys, who haven't had a player selected to the Hall of Fame since 1996, are poised to send three more.
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  • #2
    Clarett should have stayed at OSU.

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    • #3
      Aikman will be the only Cowboy voted in...

      Bob Hayes stands alone as the only guy that didn't get in after a senior committee nomination...

      I don't think there's any way Aikman, Irvin, and Wright all get voted in the same year...

      It's even been debated at length down here whether Aikman makes it...his numbers are cited as the obstacle...

      He had a hall of fame back, though, and he won three Super Bowls...he should be a lock...

      Wright may join Hayes, simply because he's been out of the spotlight so long...

      It should be interesting...

      Oh...back on topic, since I focused on CSD's favorite part of the article...instead of the thread topic...

      Clarrett will be a bust...looking at the big picture, I just don't see it...

      One good year at OSU...no way that translates to NFL success...

      Of course, I could be wrong...
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      • #4
        Thank

        you

        for

        that.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CSD@Aug 26 2005, 11:03 PM
          Thank

          you

          for

          that.



          STFU

          Go get Steve another cheesesteak... :P
          " Look, forget the myths the media's created about the White House--the truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand."

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          • #6
            if you want to freak him out, show him a pic of a praying mantis

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            • #7
              bombay -

              whats the local word on Clarett and other rbs? Fantasy football is coming up so fess up. Tatum Bell? Dayne?

              han solo

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              • #8
                On the NFL Network last night, Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles inquired about trading for Ron Dayne but Denver wants to keep him.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hansolo@Aug 26 2005, 10:30 PM
                  bombay -

                  whats the local word on Clarett and other rbs? Fantasy football is coming up so fess up.  Tatum Bell? Dayne?

                  han solo
                  han,

                  The Bronco coaches love Mike Anderson, and he'll probably get most of the carries early in the season, with Bell picking up a good number, too. They would like Bell to blow by him and make the choice obvious, but that hasn't happened. They also like Dayne a lot, but I don't see how they will get him many carries behind both Anderson and Bell. They also like Dayne as a receiver out of the backfield, so maybe he'll get some 3rd down looks. Clarett has made no friends among the coaches or players, and probably won't play at all tonight. I doubt they'll cut him, because that's what he wants, and he's made Shanahan look bad. I could see them IRing him, since that will cost them next to nothing.

                  Tonight's first half against Indy will tell the story; however they line up is most likely how they'll look to begin the season. It's a dress rehearsal.
                  Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law ~

                  A.C.

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                  • #10
                    Clarett's arrgogance bites him in the ass yet again.

                    Someone will probably pick him though.

                    Shanahan seems to have wasted a high pick. Ya know...he's not nearly as smart without Elway around..

                    But..if he can get 1000 yards out of Ron Dayne....he's a football legend
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                    • #11
                      I can see Clarett going LP in a few years. What a waste of talent.

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                      • #12
                        Maurice Clarett was always overrated, as far as his professional potential went. He was a great college running back for his one year but so too were Darrell Thompson, Madre Hill, James Jackson, Cecil Collins, and others. His skills were never good enough to be an impact player in the NFL.

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                        • #13
                          Wow, way to waste $410,000.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kah@Aug 27 2005, 04:34 PM
                            Wow, way to waste $410,000.
                            Who got $410,000?
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                            A.C.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bombay+Aug 27 2005, 03:43 PM-->
                              QUOTE(bombay @ Aug 27 2005, 03:43 PM)
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