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Who would you rather have?  

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  1. 1. Who would you rather have?

    • Campbell, guy has a year under his belt in the skins system plus great upside
    • Cutler, the guy has HUGE upside, would rather have the chance to draft him with this years pick
    • You can not say that taking Cutler over Campbell is even an option

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NFL faces deadline

By David Elfin


March 2, 2006

It's D-Day in the NFL.

The failure of the league and its players association to reach a deal on an extension of their collective bargaining agreement left teams desperately maneuvering to get under the salary cap by today's 10 p.m. deadline.

Some perennial stars are expected to be cut: future Hall of Fame linebackers Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Junior Seau of the Miami Dolphins, Pro Bowl offensive linemen Will Shields of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kevin Mawae of the New York Jets and former Super Bowl quarterback Kerry Collins of the Oakland Raiders.

The Denver Broncos yesterday cut star defensive end Trevor Pryce, tight end Jeb Putzier and running back Mike Anderson, who led the team in rushing last season.

The Washington Redskins will be hard-pressed to get down to the $95 million cap even if they release quarterback Patrick Ramsey, defensive tackle Brandon Noble, cornerback Walt Harris, safety Matt Bowen, center Cory Raymer and kicker John Hall -- all current or former starters.

The Redskins yesterday announced they had reworked the contract of quarterback Mark Brunell, saving an estimated $3 million. However, that still leaves the team about $17 million over the cap.

"Mark and other team members have worked cooperatively with us in renegotiations, approaching the matter like the veterans and team leaders that they are,' Gibbs said.

Several veterans were working with the Redskins last night to free up salary cap, but the team had no other official announcements. One possibility was running back Clinton Portis, whose contract allows the team to restructure the deal. He is due more than $4.9 million in signing and bonus monies this year, and the Redskins could spread some of that money to later years to get breathing room this year.

Teams originally had until 4 p.m. to get under the cap, but last night the league changed the deadline by six hours.

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