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Texans | Jones Headed Out? - posted at KFFL (http://nfl.kffl.com)

9:16 PT: ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Houston Texans are expected to release veteran LB Robert Jones, who was signed last month by the team.

Peculiar. He played damn well for us last year. Is there an injury no one knew about? A personal problem? What? I'll go grab the original Lenny article text and post it here.

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Hmm... it looks like they just decided Aldridge was better. Kinda surprising. I'm still suspicious.

Veteran had been a starter with Lions

By Len Pasquarelli


In a move that provides the Houston Texans depth and flexibility, and even potential help on their special teams, ESPN.com has learned the expansion team Thursday signed linebacker Allen Aldridge, an eight-year veteran and unrestricted free agent.

Aldridge, 29, played the last four seasons for the Detroit Lions but, despite being a starter in each of those campaigns, was not retained there. He will sign a one-year contract that is worth $675,000 and the deal includes a $25,000 signing bonus.

Because of a new rule that grants a salary cap break for teams that sign veteran players to minimum-salary contracts, Aldridge will count only $475,000 against the spending limit for the 2002 season.

The Texans are expected to release 10-year veteran linebacker Robert Jones, signed last month to a one-year, $750,000 contract, ESPN.com has learned.

Aldridge visited with Houston officials a few weeks ago but the team did not make an offer to him at the time. He worked out for the Tampa Bay Bucs on Wednesday, and the Texans suddenly demonstrated newfound interest, and quickly arrived at a deal. Aldridge also had drawn interest from Denver, where he began his NFL career.

The former University of Houston star recently completed a new home with 15 minutes of the Texans' practice facility and had hoped to sign with the expansion franchise early in the free agency period. His hope is to finish his career in Houston, where his parents months ago purchased season tickets for Texans games.

Aldridge could vie for a starting job with the Texans, likely at inside linebacker, where the team still has a need. At worst, he provides veteran backup help, and he has started at all three linebacker spots at various junctures of his career. The past two seasons he was the strongside starter for the Lions in 30 of 32 games.

As a bonus, Aldridge can also perform the deep-snapping chores, one of the reasons the Bucs had indicated an interest in him.

Aldridge entered the league as the Broncos' second-round choice in the 1994 draft, moved into the starting lineup in '95, and has started 12 or more games every season since then. For his career, Aldridge has appeared in 128 games and started 104 of them. He has posted 467 tackles, 10½ sacks, one interception and 21 passes defensed.

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Try this also... perhaps someone should tell him though that the Skins have a RT by the name on Jon Jansen...


Dallas forces other teams to keep up with Jones


News Sports Reporter


This is the fifth of eight stories examining NFL teams by division as they prepare for training camp. Today's installment focuses on the NFC East.

A strange thing happened this offseason: The Dallas Cowboys actually did something right.

Owner Jerry Jones and his staff were productive in free agency and had their best draft since the Jimmy Johnson era. The Cowboys still may not be a playoff team, but things are looking up in Big D.

The Philadelphia Eagles haven't made a lot of noise this offseason, but are still the team to beat. The Washington Redskins hope new coach Steve Spurrier and defensive whiz Marvin Lewis can turn the franchise around. With a depleted roster and salary cap woes, the New York Giants' prospects look bleak.

Meanwhile, the division won't have the Arizona Cardinals to kick around any more. They moved to the NFC West.

Here's a review of the offseason moves:

Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)

What's new: The Eagles lost two of three starting linebackers, including Pro Bowl MLB Jeremiah Trotter, who departed as a free agent on bad terms. Weak side LB Shawn Barber (Washington) fills one hole, so does four-time Pro Bowl strong safety Blaine Bishop (Tennessee). The Eagles used their first three draft picks on CBs Lito Sheppard (Florida) and Sheldon Brown (South Carolina) and S Michael Lewis (Colorado) even though they're solid in the secondary. Second-year RB Correll Buckhalter, who was expected to challenge Duce Staley as the featured ball carrier, suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the first minicamp. Free agent Dorsey Levens (Green Bay) might be signed. Third-rounder Bryan Westbrook (Villanova) is another possibility.

Key issues: The Eagles hope Barry Gardner can step into Trotter's big shoes. What happens to the running game if Staley goes down? Receiving corps must step up. It's a good thing QB Donovan McNabb is used to carrying the offense.

New York Giants (7-9)

What's new: What a mess. Eight starters, including Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Armstead, were either cut or allowed to sign elsewhere because of the salary cap. The Giants re-signed SS Shaun Williams, but they are the only team in the NFL that hasn't signed a player from another team. Meanwhile, WR Ike Hilliard wants out and reigning defensive player of the year Michael Strahan has threatened to test the free-agent market in 2003. Strahan and quarterback Kerry Collins account for a whopping 30 percent of the Giants' cap. Drafting blue-chip tight end Jeremy Shockey (Miami) and flashy WR Tim Carter (Auburn) has been the only good news this offseason.

Key issues: The Giants must replace three-fifths of their starting offensive line. That doesn't bode well for Collins or RBs Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne. Will offseason turmoil carry over into the regular season? Will they regret dumping Armstead? Is Shockey the second coming of Mark Bavaro?

Washington Redskins (7-9)

What's new: QBs Danny Wuerffel (Houston) and Shane Matthews (Chicago) and WRs Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green (both Tampa Bay) played for Spurrier at Florida. Matthews is the favorite to start, at least until No. 1 pick Patrick Ramsey (Tulane) is ready. Spurrier didn't want Ramsey, but owner Daniel Snyder has final say on who is drafted. G Larry Moore (Indianapolis) and T Rod Jones (St. Louis) are new starters on the right side of the OL. TE Stephen Alexander signed elsewhere, but Spurrier's offense doesn't use the position much anyway. DE Renaldo Wynn (Jacksonville) was a good pickup after losing Kennard Lang.

Key issues: Can Spurrier's wide-open offense work in the NFL? Lewis should provide spark to the defense. RB Stephen Davis, and DEs Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman have been asked to take pay cuts or risk being June cap casualties. Does Smith have anything left? RB Ladell Betts (Iowa) could be Davis' successor.

Dallas Cowboys (5-11)

What's new: Selecting SS Roy Williams (Oklahoma), who might make the most impact of any player in the draft, allows longtime starter Darren Woodson to move to free safety, which could prolong his career. OG/C Andre Gurode (Colorado) and WR Antonio Bryant (Pittsburgh) were first-round talents taken in the second round. Third-round CB Derek Ross (Ohio State) might eventually be a starter. All-Pro DT La'Roi Glover (New Orleans), LB Kevin Hardy (Jacksonville) and CB Bryant Westbrook (Detroit) improve an already strong defense. TE Tony McGee (Cincinnati) and LS/TE Jeff Robinson (St. Louis) address other needs. Re-signing All-Pro G Larry Allen and T Flozell Adams is good news to RB Emmitt Smith, who needs 540 yards to break Walter Payton's NFL career rushing record.

Key issues: Can new offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet revive NFL's 29th-ranked offense and worst passing attack? Second-year QB Quincy Carter must hold off former Stanford star Chad Hutchinson, who received a $3.1 million signing bonus after four years of pitching in the St. Louis Cardinals' system. Cowboys not counting on Ryan Leaf, which is a good thing. Will Jones' moves look as good on the field as they do on paper?

Next: NFC North.

e-mail: awilson@buffnews.com

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Trotter was a must sign. The Redskins haven't had a great MLB for YEARS. We've had no leader at that position for so long. Having a MLB that calls the shots and plays with passion is something we need to become an elite defense.

We will (after June 1st) land a DT who will not hurt our caps for years on end. We may still get Sam Adams anyway. Trotter was a guy that you have to have. Arrington and Trotter will play together for another 5-6 years, because everyone knows we won't let him go via free agency when his contracts up.

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what is funny about this review of the East is that they say the Eagles are weakened by the loss of Trotter and the Giants are weakened by the loss of Armstead, but then give the Redskins no credit for being a stronger team on account of signing BOTH of them! :finger:

this article also didn't pick up on what positions Moore and Jones are slated to play on the OL as it states that 'both will vie for spots on the RIGHT side'.................

the 'right' side???

Jansen is the tackle on the right side and Jones is NOT challenging HIM for a starting job. He will be the RG.

Moore is not auditioning for the RG spot but rather for a spot at center.

You would think these guys could at least read the blurbs from KFFL about where teams are planning to use players they acquire in free agency :laugh:

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Spurrier didn't want Ramsey, but owner Daniel Snyder has final say on who is drafted

How much does anyone want to bet that, regardless of the truth of the matter, this becomes accepted "fact" amongst the national media and non-Redskin fans?

It's amazing how these things take on a life of their own...

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Originally posted by SonnyJ

How much does anyone want to bet that, regardless of the truth of the matter, this becomes accepted "fact" amongst the national media and non-Redskin fans?

On what basis do you believe this to be false?

I happen to believe it's true -- not that Spurrier hated Ramsey, but that he wouldn't have drafted him at #1. If you're going to challenge this position, you should state some reasons and evidence, rather than imply some sort of sinister Redskin-hating plot.

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Also, that article makes it seem like the team told Davis to agree to rework his contract or be released THIS June instead of next year. They grouped him right in with Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman.

Does anyone believe in accurate reporting anymore?

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