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Falcons Team Report
Posted: June 10, 2008
D. Orlando Ledbetter

For Sporting News

PERSONNEL ANALYSIS: The Falcons need to strengthen their interior offensive line. Center Todd McClure is solid. Right guard Kynan Korney has played at a near Pro Bowl level in the past and left guard Justin Blalock is still unproven after 14 rookie starts. If Blalock doesn't come along, Forney doesn't bounce back or something happens to McClure, the Falcons have a quality NFL lineman ready to step in.

Alex Stepanovich, a free-agent signee from Cincinnati, is seeing action at center and both guard spots. He has almost 40 starts in the NFL and has been a solid pass protector. For a unit that gave up 47 sacks last season, pass protection must improve.

Stepanovich has been solid against the run but not special. The Falcons plan to emphasize the run, but will need to get a better push from Stepanovich if he is to win one of the interior line spots. . . .

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I think that the FO knows that we've got to make an attempt at the kid for the sake of our offense. Has anyone heard any news on LeCharles Bentley and who he is interested in/heard offers from?

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Yeah but, is he going to have a problem if he is not the starter?  That is why I believe he wanted to be cut.  Also the Browns had a problem with him as much as he had a problem with them from what I have read.  He's definitely worth the risk if he can be a team player.  At 29 he may be a short term answer.  Ideally I would like to see the entire line get younger but sounds like he could be on the cross train path for C & G.

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phattywankenobi (6/12/2008)
Yeah but, is he going to have a problem if he is not the starter? That is why I believe he wanted to be cut. Also the Browns had a problem with him as much as he had a problem with them from what I have read. He's definitely worth the risk if he can be a team player. At 29 he may be a short term answer. Ideally I would like to see the entire line get younger but sounds like he could be on the cross train path for C & G.

It seem like that but its not like that..... the browns was going to cut him last year but to be a "Team Player" and to prove to the browns that he is healthy he redid his deal to a 2 year earning 680,000 last year and this upcoming year...... Both the Browns and Bentley had bad blood towa3rds each other plus the browns O-Line is one of the best in the League so they no longer needed Bentley.... LeCharles and his agent knew the browns was going to keep him this year as a "incase a injury happens guy" since he was only making 680,000, then just let him walk away as a freeagent next offseason so bentley asked to be released and the Browns did it

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phattywankenobi (6/12/2008)
Yeah but, is he going to have a problem if he is not the starter? That is why I believe he wanted to be cut. Also the Browns had a problem with him as much as he had a problem with them from what I have read. He's definitely worth the risk if he can be a team player. At 29 he may be a short term answer. Ideally I would like to see the entire line get younger but sounds like he could be on the cross train path for C & G.

It seem like that but its not like that..... the browns was going to cut him last year but to be a "Team Player" and to prove to the browns that he is healthy he redid his deal to a 2 year earning 680,000 last year and this upcoming year...... Both the Browns and Bentley had bad blood towa3rds each other plus the browns O-Line is one of the best in the League so they no longer needed Bentley.... LeCharles and his agent knew the browns was going to keep him this year as a "incase a injury happens guy" since he was only making 680,000, then just let him walk away as a freeagent next offseason so bentley asked to be released and the Browns did it

Hey for under a Mil let him compete for dayum shore.  Here's an old article with Bentley and remember Schaffer  going to the Browns.

Browns agree with offensive linemen Bentley, Shaffer

By Len Pasquarelli

ESPN.com

(Archive)

Updated: March 12, 2006, 12:12 PM ET

With money to spend and holes to fill, the Cleveland Browns struck quickly in free agency Saturday, reaching agreements with several high-profile unrestricted free agents who will dramatically alter the landscape of the team's offensive line unit.

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The Browns have signed center LeCharles Bentley of New Orleans, the top-rated player overall in ESPN.com's ratings of unrestricted free agents.

The team also reached an agreement in principle with Atlanta Falcons left offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer, ESPN.com's 26th-rated free agent.

In addition, the Browns also signed veteran wide receiver Joe Jurevicius, who got a four-year deal.

Both Bentley and Jurevicius are Cleveland natives who are excited about the prospect of returning to their hometown. Bentley attended the city's St. Ignatius High School, and is a longtime Browns fan.

"I can die happy now," said Bentley, who wore a Browns jersey under his sports coat. "This has been my dream."

Bentley's contract is for six years at $36 million, and includes $12.5 million in guarantees. Shaffer's deal is for six years, totaling between $36 million -$37 million and includes $12 million in guarantees. The value of Shaffer's first three years will be $17.5 million.

"This is where it all started for me," said Jurevicius. "I had opportunities to go to a couple different places. First and foremost, I wanted to become a Cleveland Brown, put on the orange helmet, play in front of Lake Erie and enjoy the feelings.

"This is going to add years to my career because of excitement that comes along with it."

Jurevicius, who played at Lake Catholic High School on Cleveland's east side, has 233 career receptions for 3,010 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also played on Super Bowl teams with the New York Giants and Tampa Bay.

Cleveland officials had suggested as the free agency signing period approached that they would be very active, and early on, in addressing key needs. The Browns had about $20 million in salary cap room even before the extension to the collective bargaining agreement added $7.5 million more per team. General manager Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel moved quickly in 2004 at the outset of free agency, and their Saturday forays will aid an offense that statistically ranked No. 26 in the league in 2005.

Landing the highly regarded Bentley is a huge acquisition for the Browns, who wanted more bulk and power on the interior of their offensive line.

It had been rumored for about two weeks that Bentley would sign with Philadelphia once the free agent market opened for business, but those reports proved erroneous.

Bentley, 26, was the Saints' second-round pick in the 2002 draft. He began his career at guard and then moved to center in 2004. He earned one Pro Bowl berth at each position and scouts leaguewide agree that his best football is still ahead of him. The former Ohio State standout is a mauler, the sort of road-grader blocker the Browns need. At 315 pounds, he can take on the NFL's biggest nose tackle and has the power to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage.

In four seasons with the Saints, he played in 57 games, all as a starter.

The intention of the Browns at left tackle was to re-sign L.J. Shelton, who started all 16 games in 2005, while playing on a one-year deal. But when they could not land an extension with Shelton, the Browns quickly turned to Shaffer, a four-year veteran.

Although he struggled against speed-rushers at times in 2005, Shaffer is an emerging pass protector, as former seventh-round choice who made himself a solid player through hard work. The former Tulsa star moved into the Falcons' starting lineup midway through the 2003 season. A very good technician, and a player who figures to keep improving, Shaffer has played in 53 games and started 39 of them.

ESPN.com's Michael Smith and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The guy made 16M in 2 years at Cleveland and never took a snap because he was always on IR. When he gets cleared to play he demands a trade becasue he wants to start. Like they should cut the other guy now for this dude? Give me a break!..We just got rid of the all the me-first players on this team.

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Falcons Team Report
Posted: June 10, 2008
D. Orlando Ledbetter

For Sporting News

PERSONNEL ANALYSIS: The Falcons need to strengthen their interior offensive line. Center Todd McClure is solid. Right guard Kynan Korney has played at a near Pro Bowl level in the past and left guard Justin Blalock is still unproven after 14 rookie starts. If Blalock doesn't come along, Forney doesn't bounce back or something happens to McClure, the Falcons have a quality NFL lineman ready to step in.

Alex Stepanovich, a free-agent signee from Cincinnati, is seeing action at center and both guard spots. He has almost 40 starts in the NFL and has been a solid pass protector. For a unit that gave up 47 sacks last season, pass protection must improve.

Stepanovich has been solid against the run but not special. The Falcons plan to emphasize the run, but will need to get a better push from Stepanovich if he is to win one of the interior line spots. . . .

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I think that the FO knows that we've got to make an attempt at the kid for the sake of our offense. Has anyone heard any news on LeCharles Bentley and who he is interested in/heard offers from?

I think you're reading way to much into that little report.
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