Archive for March 3rd, 2007

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Top Free Agents Going Fast

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

The Jets and Giants were never really thought to be in the running for free agent cornerback Nate Clements. Nevertheless, they can scratch one prominent FA off their list. The 49ers have lured the former Bills corner to San Francisco with an eight-year, $80 million contract that includes $22 million in guarantees. According to, “by virtually any standard used to assess NFL contracts by those in the industry, the pact makes Clements the highest-paid defensive player in league history.” Wowzers.

And in other news – particularly distressing to the Jets – free agent linebacker Adalius Thomas looks to be headed to the New England Patriots. Thomas was considered the second highest-rated free agent this offseason after Clements. As with Clements, the Jets were never thought to be in serious contention to sign Thomas due to the current regime’s unwillingness to invest such huge dollars in any one individual. The Patriots had long operated under the same philosophy, but apparently they are making an exception …

More Bad News For NYR

Rangers Rumors & News

Via The Journal News’ Sam Weinman:

Fedor Tyutin had an MRI done on his left MCL sprain and will be out three to four weeks. No word on who the Rangers will call up to replace him, although Thomas Pock will obviously fill his spot in the lineup.

Still, this isn’t good. Tyutin has been one of the team’s steadiest players all season, and was having a particularly sharp game against the Penguins before the injury.

Mark It Down: A-Rod Will Join Sweet Lou In Chicago

Yankees Rumors & News

Via Bob Raissman in the Daily News:

For the purpose of financial flexibility, and maybe peace of mind too, [Alex] Rodriguez has not taken the option of opting out of his Yankees contract (worth $25 mil per) off the table. As long as the option to opt out at the end of this season is available, there will be buzz over whether A-Rod already has another destination in mind.

Speculation will mount Monday night (10 p.m.) when Rodriguez appears on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.” If you come away sensing the Yankees third baseman has the Windy City on his mind you will have plenty of company.

During a profile of new Cubs manager Lou Piniella, who managed Rodriguez for seven seasons in Seattle, A-Rod is interviewed by Frank Deford. While Deford never asks Rodriguez to compare Piniella to Joe Torre, it is abundantly clear the managerial qualities – and style – A-Rod enthusiastically attributes to Piniella are not subscribed to by the Yankees manager….For Rodriguez, Piniella is a man of radical contrasts. …

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