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Old 06-10-2008, 01:15 PM   #46
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someone earlier mentioned L. bentley. He's back in camp w/the browns:

ESPN - Bentley passes physical, conditioning test on road to rejoining Browns - NFL
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:56 PM   #47
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someone earlier mentioned L. bentley. He's back in camp w/the browns:

ESPN - Bentley passes physical, conditioning test on road to rejoining Browns - NFL
Good to hear, he was a great player before he got hurt.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:27 PM   #48
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someone earlier mentioned L. bentley. He's back in camp w/the browns:

ESPN - Bentley passes physical, conditioning test on road to rejoining Browns - NFL
The Browns granted Bentley's request and released him today. We should try to sign him for the vet minimum and let him compete against Rabach.
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:30 PM   #49
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I agree. that would be a great signing for the right price!!!
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The Browns granted Bentley's request and released him today. We should try to sign him for the vet minimum and let him compete against Rabach.
Agent says veteran Bentley released by Browns

There's a link. It would be a great idea to sign him for a vet minimum, he is coming off an injury but he passed a physical.
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Agent says veteran Bentley released by Browns

There's a link. It would be a great idea to sign him for a vet minimum, he is coming off an injury but he passed a physical.
Here we go....why should I be so surprised another great 'vet minimum' pickup custom fit just for the Skins.

Did the guy even play last year....? I thought there was even something about a staff infection. I think we have learned something....then again I have to remember where I'm at.

Do ya think he got cut for a reason? He's a high risk injury problem, just maybe OR just can't play?
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Before he was injured, Bentley was one of the top two or three centers in the league. I don't know what his current condition is - it's probably a safe bet that he is not near that form now. I would still sign him for a no SB contract. Center is one of our areas of need and, if he can be had for the right price, he is probably worth a shot. Of course, it all depends on his physical condition. He may just be done. It happens. But, given his level of play pre-injury, and the Skins need at center, this is a "vet min" signing that would actually make sense - a' la Erasmus. Hell, he may not even be available for vet min.
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Here we go....why should I be so surprised another great 'vet minimum' pickup custom fit just for the Skins.

Did the guy even play last year....? I thought there was even something about a staff infection. I think we have learned something....then again I have to remember where I'm at.

Do ya think he got cut for a reason? He's a high risk injury problem, just maybe OR just can't play?
He was a pro bowl player before he got hurt, he got cut because he asked, not because he sucks.
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He was a pro bowl player before he got hurt, he got cut because he asked, not because he sucks.
Well I didn't read the article BUT if hes dumb enough to ask to be cut. What does that usually tell ya, there was some other player BETTER than him getting ready to take his job...right? Or he sucks NOW (don't care how good he used to be) and/ or can't play anywhere if at all near where he could prior to injury.
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Well I didn't read the article BUT if hes dumb enough to ask to be cut. What does that usually tell ya, there was some other player BETTER than him getting ready to take his job...right? Or he sucks NOW (don't care how good he used to be) and/ or can't play anywhere if at all near where he could prior to injury.
I listened to an interview with LeCharles on Sirius this afternoon. He made it sound as if it was a personal thing, something about not happy with how he was treated in CLV. Wouldn't get into it too much, just to say that he wasn't pleased and didn't feel comfortable so he asked to be cut. The worrisome part to me is that the Browns didn't think twice about granting his request.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:53 PM   #56
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I would like to have Bentley, but I know he is drawing a lot of interest, (according to Adam Schefter) so he's probably want to go to a team where he has a better chance of starting.
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He obviously doesn't want to be a backup, which he would be here in Washington. I'd love to have him, I just don't know how it would work out. He was one of the top 2 or 3 centers in football when he got hurt in training camp in 06.
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:09 PM   #58
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I thought I heard that one reason Bentley asked for his release is that he wants to play Guard.
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BENTLEY TO MINNESOTA?
Posted by Mike Florio on June 11, 2008, 9:59 p.m.

I had a looong day with the law gig and an even longer night at the little league field, and I’m getting a chance right now to take a peek at the extremely fine pinch-hitting efforts of MDS and Josh Alper.

And, of course, I’m exercising my prerogative to chime in with my own half-assed musings regarding matters on which they’ve already written.

This first one isn’t a scoop, just semi-educated speculation. Center LeCharles Bentley, who was released earlier on Wednesday by the Browns, could be the next starting center of the Minnesota Vikings.

Before going any farther with this one, I need to be clear. It would be a huge mistake for the Vikings to dump Matt Birk in favor of Bentley. Bentley is damaged goods, and Birk is a bona fide leader in the locker room.

With that said, it’s fairly obvious that the Vikings are planning for life without Birk, who is signed through 2008. And the best way to make the transition would be to bring in Bentley right now, sign him to an incentive-heavy deal with per-game roster bonuses, and give him a chance via training camp and the preseason to make Birk and his $5.32 million salary an unnecessary luxury for 2008.

Here are the two other factors that have caused me to connect the dots in this specific way. First, Bentley’s agents surely had something else lined up before asking out of Cleveland. Otherwise, Bentley would be using the remainder of the offseason workouts in Cleveland to persuade another team to become interested. Remember this — Bentley’s agents, as legend has it, had a pre-free agency deal lined up with the Eagles, on which Bentley and his agents, as legend has it, reneged before signing with the Browns. There’s no reason to think that Bentley’s agents haven’t done the same thing in this specific case.

Second, though Vikings coach Brad Childress was no longer with the Eagles when the team made a run at Bentley, Childress had graduated to the Vikings not long before the 2006 free agency period opened. And that means that the Eagles had likely focused on Bentley before Childress left, and that Childress was privy to the internal reasoning that prompted the Eagles to decide that it would be prudent to pursue him.

Again, it’s all speculation. But at the same time, it makes sense. The Vikings would love to find the long-term successor to Birk, and Bentley (if healthy) gives them a very viable option.
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I thought I heard that one reason Bentley asked for his release is that he wants to play Guard.
Wow. In that case I'd REALLY like to have him. If he's healthy he could push Kendall for time this year, and he'd be a great insurance policy for Rabach. IMO it would make sense to make a move for him, albeit an incentive-laden one given the injuries. But his body is a young 28 since he basically hasn't played for two years.
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