Is it really time to stop talking about hypothetical talent and start talking about things that might influence the 2010 season? I think so.
The New York Jets, who released the nine-time Pro Bowl performer on Sunday, owe Faneca $5.25 million guaranteed. That money will have no affect on his contract with his next employer because as Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post reported, there is no offset in the contract. That means that the $5.25 million is pocketed by Faneca now instead of it being applied to his next NFL contract and funded by the Jets.
It's similar to the big money quarterback Jake Delhomme collected when he was released by the Carolina Panthers and subsequently signed with the Cleveland Browns. Both Faneca and Delhomme are represented by Chicago-based Priority Sports.
Faneca has Ruben Brown written all over him. We may not get more than a year or two out of him, but they'll be a good year or two.
With rumors swirling about the possible trade of tight end Greg Olsen, Cutler talked up his good friend's role in the new offense, too.
"One of (Martz's) specialties is trying to find ways to create matchups for guys, and Greg is the ultimate matchup guy," Cutler said. "You can put him on corners, safeties, linebackers. Once we get into this, and (Olsen) sees how many different ways we can use him, he's going to be excited."
Sometimes I feel like the lone voice on this issue but I'll write every day that any efforts to deal Greg Olsen are misguided and will ultimately prove disastrous.