Trouble continues to brew in the PA for both the Iggles and the Steelers, both involving star quarterbacks, however, the similarities stop there.
For the Iggles, the hot rumor is that Al Davis and the Raiders are in the driver’s seat to acquire the 33 years old future Hall of Fame quarterback; apparently, Al Davis is not scared away from the Iggles demand for compensation (thought to be, at a minimum, the Raider’s 2nd round draft pick (No. 39 overall) and Al is not discouraged about McNabb’s pending free agency or future contract demands (I’ll give Al credit on this one, adding McNabb instantly makes the AFC West interesting and depending on other off-season additions, the Raiders could be on the upswing in 2010 with the addition of McNabb (crazy I know to think the Raiders may escape the black hole of losing which has engulfed this once proud franchise). Sure, McNabb still needs some receivers and I have to wonder if McNabb makes gets through next season healthy given the offensive line issues, but he clearly is an upgrade.
For the Steelers (somewhere, Ernie Accorsi continues to smile), star quarterback Ben Roethilsberger remains in the news for all of the wrong reasons as police continue to investigate a young woman’s sexual assault claim (the second sexual assault claim in as many off-seasons) for Big Ben. In an effort to avoid further distraction, Big Ben is staying away from the Steelers voluntary workouts (maybe it’s me, but for some reason I think Big Ben’s absence is a distraction any way you cut it as Steelers players are being forced to answer questions about their field general while he isn’t in the room). Either way, Steelers brass has to be growing tired of the negative publicity (as a favor to Ben, wide receiver Santonio Holmes decided to create his own little distraction and is being investigated as well)…Someone has to find the text messages from Tiger Woods to Big Ben saying, “thank you.”
For the G-men, no news is good news. It is nice when the only major Giants issue that we have to whether Jerry Reese will really pick an offensive player in the first round (the target being C.J. Spiller or an offensive lineman like Trent Williams, Bryan Buluga etc…) instead of a defensive player, and more specifically, a middle linebacker. I still think it is far from a lock that Jerry goes defense in round one, if Spiller is there, I think he is the pick (I also think this debate will be moot because Spiller could very well go in the top ten and I don’t care how much the Giants like Spiller, as rumored, I don’t agree with trading picks to move up to grab him).
Yesterday, we gave up the names of three guys scheduled to meet privately with the G-men (most importantly, Penn State middle linebacker Sean Lee), and yes, we are a big fan, like the fit, and think he will be there for the Giants in Rd. 2. If Reese loves what he sees in Lee, then all bets are off in Round 1. Stay Blue!