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Posted Wednesday February 29, 2012, About: Among Welker's options: A stare-down with Pats
The Pats are not going to break the bank for Welker. He is the 3rd most important receiver on the depth chart, with respect to team's future. He is maybe 5-9, maybe 185, has already had some knee surgery, and will be 31 on opening day. The Pats have plenty of younger, faster, and taller options available vis free agency: think V-Jax (29), D-Jax (25)and Mike Wallace (something the Steelers are hopefully able to prevent). Welker and his agent will contend (wrongly) that he was almost the second coming of Jerry Rice last season. They will demand too much money, and the Pats will say farewell. The only way Welker stays is if he stays for the kind of contract the Pats can live with.
Posted Tuesday June 28, 2011, About: Jagr decision possible this week
Pens offseason shopping list is pretty simple - 1) improve at wing, and 2) improve power play.

If the Pens can get Jagr for a 1-yr deal at a reasonable price, why not? I count two forwards on the roster who are better offensively - Crosby and Malkin. That's it. And even Malkin is a stretch when it comes to scoring goals.

Are any of the following more likely to score (or setup a score) than Jags?: Kennedy, Talbot, Dupuis, Rupp, Cooke, Adams, Staal, Neal, Comrie, Goddard, Jeffrey, Conner, Asham, Letstu, Tangradi?

Answer: NO

If Jagr is cheap, sign him. No brainer.
Posted Tuesday June 21, 2011, About: Jagr approaches Pens about return
A Jagr-hater. Hope you're not from Pittsburgh, because that would be just wrong. Everybody needs a setup man, including Crosby. Yes - he scores a ton of goals - but he takes a ton of punishment doing it. So many of his goals come from the gauntlet in front of the net. Jagr would buy him some space. And don't pretend for a second he wouldn't love a shooter like #68 to dish to.

The Pens are in desperate of improvement on the power play. Jagr's shooting, on ice vision, and playmaking ability accomplish that. They have a surplus of hard-skating grinders who know how to play D, Jagr is not going to get enough ice time at this stage in his career to ruin that. They also have a glaring shortage of offensive talent at wing. If you're not familiar with Jagr's collection of scoring titles and highlight reels, I take it that YOU are not a history buff. At league minimum, even half of that guy is money well spent.
Posted Tuesday June 21, 2011, About: Jagr approaches Pens about return
Jagr to Pens makes all the sense in the world, PROVIDED he and the team can agree on: 1) the money, and 2) his role.

Personally, I think Jagr (even in his current state) is a bigger scoring threat and stronger skater than Bill Guerin (when they signed him). His shot is way better than anyone they have on wing and, equally important, he would provide a much needed setup man for Crosby and/or Malkin. If he signs for a million and is cool being part time, take him.
Posted Tuesday August 31, 2010, About: Greed is good for CJ2K?
Greed is not only good, but critical to succeed in an industry as competitive as professional sports. Hats off to CJ for embracing the concept of meritocracy. If he works and plays like a madman he deserves every penny he can get. A player who becomes content is a player on the decline.
Posted Thursday August 12, 2010, About: Titans wearing out their meal ticket?
There's definitely a Faustian health-for-money alchemy in football. CJ knows his time is too short to have no financial guarantees. It would almost make sense for all rookie running back to have contracts loaded with incentive clauses that pay megabucks for production (e.g. 2,000 yds) that way, they can never get screwed, even if they have bare-bones rookie signing bonus and base pay. Would also save owners the risk of paying a guy stupid guaranteed money after the fact.

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