Daily Archives: September 11, 2010

Mawae’s goodbye

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Longtime NFL center Kevin Mawae announced his retirement Friday, ending a 16-year career. Below are thoughts on his retirement; you can see how it compares to others in 2010 in this Football Relativity comparison post.

Mawae had three acts to his career – four solid years in Seattle, then eight elite years with the Jets, and then four more solid years in Tennessee. He made eight Pro Bowls, including six straight as a Jet and both of the last two years for the Titans. He was a physical center who provided good line leadership yet held his own. Plus, he was dependable, missing just 13 games over the last 15 years. He also served as the president of the NFL Players Association, so he’ll maintain a high profile over the coming year in that role. Mawae didn’t quite play at a high enough level to be a Hall of Fame center, but he was one of the best offensive linemen of the past decade, and that’s an accomplishment worth commemorating.

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Week 1 Transactions Roundup

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A few thoughts on the Week 1 NFL transactions

Bills (add LB Akin Ayodele, put LB Kawika Mitchell on injured reserve) – Mitchell, who has been a starter for the Bills, Giants, and Chiefs, suffered a foot injury in practice that landed him on injured reserve. That’s a blow for a Bills team that’s moving to a 3-4 defense and needs mobile players at a position that’s pretty thin. Ayodele, who played for Miami last year, is a solid hitter as a 3-4 inside linebacker but not much of a coverage player. He helps plug a hole, but there’s still a drop-off from what Mitchell could have provided.

Dolphins (cut C Jake Grove, re-sign OG Cory Proctor, add RB Clifton Smith) – The Dolphins cut the cord on Grove, who got $14.5 million guaranteed as a free-agent signee last year, after he lost a starting job to Joe Berger. It’s another example of big money paid for little results in the NFL. Proctor, an ex-Cowboy who was with the Dolphins in training camp, got Grove’s roster spot. Smith is a former Pro Bowl returner who helps with an issue that became a trouble spot when Kory Sheets was hurt.

Colts (put OT Tony Ugoh on injured reserve) – Ugoh, a former second-round pick who has started 27 games over the past three years for the Colts, was put on injured reserve. He has not yet lived up to his draft status in Indy. Indy claimed Joe Reitz on waivers to take Ugoh’s spot.

Broncos (add DT Kevin Vickerson, cut DE Le Kevin Smith) – Vickerson, a former Dolphin and Titan, signed with Seattle in the offseason but was cut at the final cutdown. He should make more of an impact in the Broncos’ 3-4 more than Smith, who is merely a rotation player.

Raiders (add DT Jay Alford) – Alford, who’s trying to come back from a 2009 ACL injury, once was a fine reserve for the Giants during their Super Bowl run two seasons ago. He got caught in a numbers game in New York but should be a nice addition for the Raiders if his knee is right.

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