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Some post-lockout news:


Negotiations for the trade that will send Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings are in the final stages, and it is expected that the deal will be finalized some time today, according to a league source. 

As expected, McNabb will have to agree to rework his contract, which calls for him to receive a $10 million roster bonus on Sept. 12. But the quarterback has no problem doing so, and is in discussions with his agent Fletcher Smith to make that possible. 

The Redskins will be receiving a sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft, and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2013, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Minnesota has coveted McNabb for some time now, and the Vikings were mentioned as a possible destination for the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback even before Washington acquired him from Philadelphia for a second- and fourth-round pick last year.

You really shouldn't listen anything I have to say about McNabb trade, after my predictions last year. With that said, for the Vikings, as always, it's all about the offensive line.


Cowboys owner Jerry Jones informed wide receiver Roy Williams on Tuesday that he's losing his job following two and a half disappointing years with the Cowboys. Williams says he completely understands and even agrees with the decision. 

 "It is a business," Williams told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It is what it is. It's a business. I would have done the same thing." 

The Cowboys gave up first- and third-round picks to acquire Williams from the Lions and gave him a hefty new contract, and Williams totaled just 94 catches for 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns in 40 games in Dallas. Williams knows he fell far short of expectations.

Jerry Jones has been searching for Michael Irvin for almost 15 years, now, Still, I think the Roy Williams trade was probably the worst I've seen in my 30 years of fandom. Galloway wasn't great, but it was decent. 

The only silver lining is that the Lions, who are always on the bottom of something, actually benefited. Grats Detroit. I have a soft spot for you.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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