Best link of the day: Football Outsiders scribe J.J. Halsell shows how teams like the 49ers are circumventing the 30% rule, and how it lays the groundwork for an extension for CJ2K. After setting the market by using the extensions of MJD and Steven Jackson as the benchmark, Halsell comes up with a two-year extension that gives CJ2K $19 million in new money with $11 million in guarantees. Don't think for a second that this, or something similar, hasn't made the rounds in the Titans front office over the past few months. Doesn't mean they are going to do anything like this, but they for sure know who they'd need to go about it.
Mark Jones was supposed to be the savior of the return game last year, but instead he suffered through preseason mistakes, regular season injuries and an an eventual trip to the IR wasteland. Over the offseason he's worked hard to continue rehabbing the hamstring, then had an operation on his neck to clean-up a disk in his neck. He's been sidelined so far during camp due to a combination of rehab and a lack of opportunity. As I stated late last week, I'm still hoping he can be the dedicated return specialist because he brings the best combination of upside and NFL experience.
Bo Scaife is expected to end his holdout by showing up for the mini camp that starts tomorrow. No such news on Tully and CJ2K.
More links through the jump...
Boclair looks at the unique attributes of VY (he's VY), Simms (lefty) and KC (concrete boots), and how they present various challenges for the coaches and players.
SI's John P. Lopez says that how the holdouts of Chris Johnson and Andre Johnson play out will have repercussions throughout the league, both in terms of this year's other houldouts and the upcoming CBA re-negotiations.
New RB coach Kennedy Pola is the subject of this profile from John Glennon (Glennon, who has been covering the Preds, looks to be taking Estwick's place). He's enjoying the challenge of preparing Ringer, while seeing what LeGarrette Blount (once he finally makes it to camp) and the other undrafted free agents can add to the team.
Blount and Verner are both finishing out classes back at college (the Pac-10 schools run on the quarter system), and they're hoping the time away doesn't hurttheir chances of contributing this year.
Boclair weighs in on VY's agent swap from a few weeks ago, and agrees with others that the move is a sign of a growing maturity and seriousness on Young's part.
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