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The Cowboys signed wide receiver  Miles Austin to a six-year, $54 million contract extension on Thursday, with $18 million guaranteed. That’s a lot of money for a No. 2 wide receiver. Unlike the contract given to Roy Williams back in October of 2008, which was a bad deal the minute it was signed, at least this one makes sense.

According to
The Dallas Morning News, former Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin stated that he can’t pick the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl until they bench Williams and move rookie Dez Bryant into the starting lineup. 

I couldn’t agree with you more, Michael. In fact, I took things one step further in my 2010 predictions when I stated, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Bryant is Tony Romo‘s favorite receiver by mid-season.”

Calling Alllll Captains! Mr. Roethlisberger, you’re excused.

It looks like Pierre Thomas is going to be a workhorse back for the Saints. Not only did Thomas get the goal line carries, but he was called upon to carry the load in the second half of Thursday night’s 14-9 win over the Vikings.

Dynasty leaguers take note. The Max Hall era is about to start in Arizona. The only reason Derek Anderson will make it to Week 5 is so that Hall can have the Week 6 bye to prepare for the Seattle Seahawks. I can’t imagine what the Saints’ defense will do to Anderson in their Week 5 matchup, but it should be enough for Cardinals’ coach Ken Whisenhunt to pull the plug on the Anderson experiment. 

If Reggie Bush finally wants to live up to all of the hype he had coming out of college he needs to return the Heisman Trophy immediately. Not counting 2007 and 2008 Heisman Trophy winners, Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford, since 1989 the Heisman has been more of a curse than a harbinger of NFL success. A look at the 18 Heisman winners from between 1989-2006 shows that only four players – Eddie George, Charles Woodson, Ricky Williams and Carson Palmer had careers befitting the hype of a Heisman Trophy winner.

YEAR

PLAYER

SCHOOL

POSITION

1989

Ware, Andre

Houston

Quarterback

1990

Detmer, Ty

BYU

Quarterback

1991

Howard, Desmond

Michigan

Wide Receiver

1992

Torretta, Gino

Miami

Quarterback

1993

Ward, Charlie

Florida
State

Quarterback

1994

Salaam, Rashaan

Colorado

Running Back

1995

George, Eddie

Ohio
State

Running Back

1996

Wuerffel, Danny

Florida

Quarterback

1997

Woodson, Charles

Michigan

Cornerback/Wide Receiver/Punt Returner

1998

Williams, Ricky

Texas

Running Back

1999

Dayne, Ron

Wisconsin

Running Back

2000

Weinke, Chris

Florida
State

Quarterback

2001

Crouch, Eric

Nebraska

Quarterback

2002

Palmer, Carson

USC

Quarterback

2003

White, Jason

Oklahoma

Quarterback

2004

Leinart, Matt

USC

Quarterback

2005

Bush, Reggie

USC

Running Back

2006

Smith, Troy

Ohio
State

Quarterback

Now is the time to make an offer for Bills’ running back Fred Jackson. With C.J. Spiller being named the starter at running back, Jackson owners may be willing to sell at a discount. Really, really fast guys are being overrated due to the success of Chris Johnson. Johnson was a friend of mine, Spiller, and you’re no Johnson.

Patriots’ rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski tied for the preseason lead with four touchdown receptions. The early season hype surrounded Aaron Hernandez and how he would eclipse Gronkowski as Tom Brady’s tight end of choice. Gronkowski’s ability to block should keep him on the field and as we’ve seen, Brady has already found a comfort zone with the 6-foot-6, 264-pound Polish tower-of-power. Gronkowski should provide between 8-10 touchdowns and is probably sitting on your waiver wire.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for FantasySharks.com and can be reached at thecornerofknowledge@yahoo.com.

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