PFT: Texans-Packers swap tailbacks; Steve Smith a case of blue flu?

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    POSTED 3:19 p.m. EDT; UPDATED 3:32 p.m. EDT, September 13, 2006

    A league source tells us that the Green Bay Packers have shipped running back Samkon Gado to the Houston Texans in exchange for running back Vernand Morency.

    Gado, an undrafted free agent signed by the Packers in 2005, was one of the few brights spots in the team's dismal 4-12 season, rushing for 582 yards and getting five starts. He played college ball at Division I-AA Liberty, and plans to go to medical school when his football career ends. He had two carries for -7 yards on Sunday.

    Morency was a third-round pick of the Texans in 2005. He rushed for 184 yards for the season. Morency had one carry for five yards in the regular season opener.

    The move reunites Gado with former Packers head coach Mike Sherman, who is assistant head coach of the Texans.

    POSTED 3:13 p.m. EDT, September 13, 2006
    As Panthers receiver Steve Smith continues to miss more and more time due an injury to one hamstring early in camp and the other one the week before the first game of the regular season, league insiders are beginning to wonder whether there's a connection between Smith's health and his contract.

    Though we've yet to hear from anyone who has any specific information that Smith is embellishing his physical condition as a statement of dissatisfaction with his financial condition, folks are starting to think that maybe, just maybe, this is Smith's way of making it known that he wants more money.

    There were reports during the summer that talks were occurring regarding a contract extension, but no deal was ever finalized.

    Smith signed his current deal in March 2004, after helping the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII -- and after having a breakout game in the narrow loss. It was a five-year extension of his rookie deal, which would have expired after the 2004 season.

    Under the contract, Smith received a $7 million signing bonus and a $2 million option bonus. It averages $4.4 million over the life of the deal, and $5.08 million over the first three years. He'll earn $1.85 million this year via salary, roster bonus, and workout bonus.

    Other receivers have contracts with average values much higher than $4.4 million, including Chad Johnson, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and (most recently) Deion Branch.

    Even David Givens' contract, at $24 million over five years, has a higher average annual value than Smith's deal.

    On one hand, it was prudent for Smith to do his extension in March of 2004, because he suffered a broken leg early in the first game of the 2004 season and did not return. It therefore would have been difficult for him to get $9 million in bonus money on the open market in March 2005.

    With that said, his numbers exploded during the 2005 season -- and some league observers believed that he should get consideration for league MVP.
    So this could be another example of a guy who took the money early, with no obligation to pay it back if he played poorly, wanting more money now because he has "overperformed" his contract.

    The Panthers have the upper hand on this one, since Smith is under contract for the next four seasons. But if there's a connection between Smith's hamstring and his purse strings, the team needs to decide whether it's willing to adjust his contract to reflect his performance in 2005 -- or whether to risk having a malcontent in their midst for 2006
  2. Hiero

    Hiero New Member

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    why would the pack trade away a good young rb like Gado for no reason? doesn't make any sense.
  3. conner01

    conner01 Well-Known Member

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    well mr favre said this is the most talented team he has been around so i guess they just had too much talent to keep it all
  4. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    gado is not that good....

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