The Colbert Report: How to Overspend


We’ve been tracking Keary Colbert over the last couple of days.  We can stop.  He has landed with the Denver Broncos.

What’s interesting is the amount of money that the team threw at him: 3 years for $7.2 million with a $2.5 million signing bonus.

Maybe this is why the Carolina Panthers haven’t been active in free agency.  Players and their agents are demanding big paydays.  And many of the players available simply don’t warrant the amount of money being thrown around.

Colbert had a good rookie season but hasn’t lived up to that performance since then.  But the Broncos wanted a guy to play the second wide receiver spot.  They got one.  Whether it’s the right one or not is another story.  And he better be for that kind of money.

The NFL news machine continues to churn out story after story while teams continue to throw around big payday after big payday.

Ben Roethlisberger got his big money from the Pittsburgh Steelers to continue wearing the ugliest uniforms in the league.  Big Ben got an 8-year, $102 million deal including $36 million in guarantees.  “This is about being a Pittsburgh Steeler for as long as I can be. I love Pittsburgh,” Roethlisberger said. He said he “wanted to be like the Dan Marinos, like the John Elways, guys who played with one team their whole career.”  The big question here – will he continue riding that motorcycle?  (Yahoo! Sports)

Pro Football Talk is throwing out “preliminary, uncorroborated rumors” that Randy Moss (Dr. Dredlocks) has a deal in place with the Patriots to remain with the team.

The Falcons have released running back Warrick Dunn.

Wide receiver Bryant Johnson has revealed that he’s going to be visiting with the Redskins.

Jets defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson’s agent says that no deal has been completed that would send his client elsewhere.  (NY Daily News)

Antwan Odom has cancelled his trip to Arizona which could indicate that the Cardinals have a deal in the works with his former Titans teammate Travis LaBoy.  (Tennessean)

The Titans and Redskins may be seeking to do business with free agent wide receiver D.J. Hackett according to his agent.

In addition to the Jaguars, Bucs, and Raiders, the Broncos are reportedly interested in free agent OT Kwame Harris.  (Sacramento Bee)

Free agent RB T.J. Duckett is expected to sign with the Seahawks, according to Booth Newspapers.

In addition to the Jets, the Rams have shown interest in free agent FB Tony Richardson according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Steelers hosted free agent RB Mewelde Moore on Sunday, and “his signing appears imminent,” according to ESPN’s Michael Smith.

Julius Jones, the Dallas free running back, may be visiting with the Lions.

NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos have signed LB Niko Koutouvides to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

The Bengals remain in talks with free agent LB Landon Johnson.

The Titans have signed Alge Crumpler.