Dolphins News: Erickson Re-Signs

Dolphins News: Erickson Re-Signs

Post by Curt Fennel » Sat, 07 Mar 1998 04:00:00


DOLPHINS NEWS:

        The Dolphins have re-signed quarterback Craig Erickson to a 2
year deal worth a reported $2.3 million including a $1 million signing
bonus.  Erickson has been Marino's backup for the past 2 years and
will remain his backup for the immediate future.

        Erickson's contract has an incentive clause that will increase
his salary substantially if he is promoted to the starting quarterback
position.  According to the Dolphins' Bob Ackles, if Erickson was to
start for the Dolphins, his salary would be increased to "be in line
with what starting quarterbacks make".

        Erickson was being courted by 4 other teams, but apparently
only considered Miami.  He didn't even visit any of the other teams
that were pursuing him.

COMMENTS:

        I know that Erickson hasn't always gotten the best comments
from fans and critics around south Florida, but I think that he's a
competent backup and it's good to see him stay in Miami.

        And you have to like his team spirit and his attitude.  

        Of course, this doesn't preclude the Dolphins from picking up
a quarterback in the draft and I expect that the Dolphins will draft a
quarterback at some point in the draft this year.  

RELATED LINKS:

Sun-Sentinel: Erickson re-signs for 2 years
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/daily/detail/1,1136,40000000000167...

ESPNet Sportszone: Dolphins re-sign Erickson to two-year deal
http://espnet.sportszone.com/nfl/news/980305/00610766.html

Dolphins Endzone: Dolphins Re-Sign Erickson
http://secure.pwr.com/pr/pr_46.htm

Curt


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Dolphins News: Erickson Re-Signs

Post by S. Case » Sat, 07 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Hi Chris, I was wondering if you know how to find this information about
cap money. How much room teams have under the cap? My questions pertains
to the Eagles BTW.

Also, are the Dolphins interested in Ricky Watters? Who is? I don't think
he'll stay in Philadelphia because Garner signed a four year deal.
However, he was one of the guys in the organization with a big contract.
Therefore, with him leaving (in all likelihood) where does that leave the
Eagles in as far as cap room. Also, if the Fins inked Watters, IF, what
would the staus be for A-J and L. Phillips?

Sean

 
 
 

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Post by S. Case » Sat, 07 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I looked things over and here's what I came up with:

NFC East
I hate to say it but I think Dallas bounces back. They have proven vetrans
on the team. I agree that Giants fall. The Eagles could challenge for the
divison but not without Watters. Without Watters or some other significant
player Dallas will win the divison. However, note that the winner could
again be a team with 9 wins. I get all hyped up with Skins signing Big
Daddy and Stubblefield when I look at the rest of a team of nobodys. The
good players are too old and their young guns are pea shooters. Freotte.
Hostetler is better. Dishman and Green the young guys will blow by them.
Whos the RB. The WR's. They did nothing last season

Dallas 9-7
Eagles 7-9
Giants 5-11
Cards 5-11
Redskins 4-12

NFC Central
I predict a good battle for the divison title between the Lions and Pack.
The difference in recent years for the Lions has been an addition of an
attacking Defense, thus not leaving it up to the offense.. I think the
Viks make again as a wildcard because they made good signings, but R.
Smith will leave them will alas another crucial injury late in the season.
D keeps them playoff bound. The Bucs get a dose of reality as the cold
weather takes its toll (like Northwestern). The Bears will look for a new
head coach mid season.

Packers 13-3
Lions 13-3
Vikings 11-5
Bucs 6-10
Bears 5-11

The West
Same as usual, the 49ers walk away clinching first again. But they will
not be as ***. Defense loses will play key in the playoffs but not
for the divison title. The rest of the pack will show Atlanta moving up to
challenge for the playoffs.

49ers 10-6
Falcons 7-9
Panthars 6-10
Rams 6-10
Saints 6-10

The AFC looks stronger with the strongest divison being the West and the
most competetive being the Central

The East
The Patriots have been losing talent since Parcells left. That trend will
continue, but the effects won't show until next season as far as the
divison race is concerned. This is a weak divison. The Colts had bad luck
last season and will rebound into respectability. The Jets, Bills and
Dolphins will regress. Again, I though the Phins would be better, but I
have been getting all hyped up about free agency signings! Dan's last
season will not be pretty. (a Dan fan)

Patriots 12-4
Colts 8-8
Jets 6-10
Bills 5-11
Dolphins 4-12

Central
The frontrunner would have been the Steelers but with the loss of Thigpin,
they defer to the Jags for the divison title. This should be a fun race to
watch during most of the season. The Ravens have made some moves and
improve, the Bengals also look better. The Oilers though just have been
playing above their talent level. The defense stinks, no home crowd, the
QB has fissled and George has been the only bright spot.

Jaguars 11-5
Steelers 11-5
Bengals 8-8
Ravens 8-8
Oilers 5-11

West
Because of the TV contract from CBS the nucleus of the Broncos will
remain. This will be a tougher division for the Broncos this year but they
will win it this time around. The Seahawks appear to be the most improved
team this year. Defense is solid, offense will be the key. The Raiders
also make a turn around and play somewhat like a team to make the playoffs
(you can only keep talent down for so long). The Chiefs will struggle
after a humiliating losses after being seeded #1 2 of the last 3 years.
Finally, who plays for the Chargers?

Broncos 14-2
Seahawks 13-3
Raiders 12-4
Chiefs 4-12
Chargers 4-12

While there are still some free agency moves to go which could change the
outcome as well as the draft. These appear to have minimal outcomes on the
final standings. However, the playoffs in the AFC I would doubt would
change much regardless of what happens except in the Central. The Jags and
Steelers could switch spots (a big deal) with good free agency picks or
the draft. However, in the NFC there's more at stake. The 6th playoff spot
is wide open as is the whole East divison. I see the Panthars, Falcons and
Eagles competing for that spot. The team that does the best in both free
agency and the draft will likely get that spot. My opinion.

 
 
 

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Post by Ted Smit » Sun, 08 Mar 1998 04:00:00

OK,

Let me give a prediction from a person who really watches the AFC East most
closely.  For what it is worth, here goes:

NFC East

Redskins 10-6
Giants       9-7
Eagles      9-7
Dallas       6-10
Cards       5-11

Dallas is going the way of the Dinosaur.  Let it go!  The Redskins, OTOH,
are building toward another SB appearance.  The Eagles will continue to be
tough due to a very strong Defense and a smash mouth running game.  Giants
have definite potential to at least get to a NFC championship.  Cards are
perennial losers.

+++++++++++++++++
NFC Central

This is the toughest division if you ask me.  These would all be contenders
if in the NFC West, for instance.  I say the Bucs will get better.  The
Packers will get worse.  The Vikings will stay the same, but become more
consistent through the season.  The Bears are likely to still have trouble
due to management difficulties.

Packers   10-6
Vikings      9-7
Bucs         10-6
Lions         8-8
Bears       6-10

+++++++++++++++++++++++
NFC West

The NFC West will still have SF to contend with, but Atlanta will be a close
runner up.  They stand to be the Cinderella team of '98.  I will not be
surprized if they even take the division.  The Rams and Saints will probably
make better showings, so this division should get a little more balanced.

49ers        10-6
Falcons      9-7
Panthers    9-7
Rams         5-11
Saints        6-10

Summary:

The Redskins, Packers, Bucs and 49ers will definitely make the playoffs.
The remaining spots will be challenged for by the Giants, Eagles, Vikings,
Falcons and Panthers.

++++++++++++++
AFC East

This division has been pretty competitive in years past.  This year, it will
be a race between Miami and Buffalo.  The Patriots have some major
overhauling to do with coaching change.  Bill Parcells team was not put
together with very strong glue -- and the seams will begin to unravel even
further.  Buffalo, on the other hand, will continue to be a Defensive
powerhouse with the running game getting even stronger.  The Jets will get
better, but still have some serious problems to work out.  The Colts will be
up and down again, but not to the extremes of last year.  Miami will start
to really come into focus with a very *** defense, and a balanced
offense that features a strong one-two punch with KAJ and Lawrence Phillips.

Patriots     8-8
Colts        3-13
Jets           9-7
Bills           9-7
Dolphins 11-5

+++++++++++++++++
AFC Central

The Jags will have a good season.  They are very solid.  So will the
Steelers.  I agree that Thigpen will be a big loss for them -- and should
make a difference with the Oilers.  While the Bengals should do a little
better, I don't think they will.  Their problems are not with talent, but
how to get a team to play consistently at the top of its game.  You say the
Oilers are playing above their level.  They will continue to do so, but with
more experience, they will be a contender.  Look for Eddie George and Air
McNair to come into their own for the first time.  The Ravens are trying to
recapture the past so intensely that they cannot see the present.
Marchibroda should have left Testeverde alone.  They will have lots of
problems trying to get it together.

Jaguars     10-6
Steelers      9-7
Bengals      7-9
Ravens      5-11
Oilers        10-6

++++++++++++++++
AFC West

This division is tough to predict.  The Broncos will still be strong!  The
Chiefs will be close behind.  The Raiders and Seahawks will continue to
squander their talents.  The Chargers will improve.

Quote:
>Broncos      10-6
>Seahawks   6-10
>Raiders       5-11
>Chiefs         10-6
>Chargers      7-9

Summary:

I believe the four teams to definitely make the playoffs for the AFC will be
Miami, the Jaguars, Oilers, Denver and the Chiefs.  That only leaves one
position open to be fought over between the Steelers, Jets and Bills.

Superbowl contenders:

The 49ers will most likely be challenged by the Bucs in the championship.  I
will take the Bucs as my favorite to represent the NFC.  For the AFC, I see
Miami challenging Denver for supremacy.  Denver will most likely repeat and
challenge the Bucs.  I say Tampa Bay takes the trophy home.  Miami will have
to wait another year to get to the big party.  Of course, I might be
wrong.:)  One can hope.

 
 
 

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Post by William D Shigl » Mon, 09 Mar 1998 04:00:00

: I looked things over and here's what I came up with:
:  
: NFC East
: I hate to say it but I think Dallas bounces back. They have proven vetrans
: on the team. I agree that Giants fall. The Eagles could challenge for the
: divison but not without Watters. Without Watters or some other significant
: player Dallas will win the divison. However, note that the winner could
: again be a team with 9 wins. I get all hyped up with Skins signing Big
: Daddy and Stubblefield when I look at the rest of a team of nobodys. The
: good players are too old and their young guns are pea shooters. Freotte.
: Hostetler is better. Dishman and Green the young guys will blow by them.
: Whos the RB. The WR's. They did nothing last season
:  
: Dallas 9-7
: Eagles 7-9
: Giants 5-11
: Cards 5-11
: Redskins 4-12
:  
: NFC Central
: I predict a good battle for the divison title between the Lions and Pack.
: The difference in recent years for the Lions has been an addition of an
: attacking Defense, thus not leaving it up to the offense.. I think the
: Viks make again as a wildcard because they made good signings, but R.
: Smith will leave them will alas another crucial injury late in the season.
: D keeps them playoff bound. The Bucs get a dose of reality as the cold
: weather takes its toll (like Northwestern). The Bears will look for a new
: head coach mid season.
:  
: Packers 13-3
: Lions 13-3
: Vikings 11-5
: Bucs 6-10
: Bears 5-11

: The West
: Same as usual, the 49ers walk away clinching first again. But they will
: not be as ***. Defense loses will play key in the playoffs but not
: for the divison title. The rest of the pack will show Atlanta moving up to
: challenge for the playoffs.
:  
: 49ers 10-6
: Falcons 7-9
: Panthars 6-10
: Rams 6-10
: Saints 6-10
:  
:  
: The AFC looks stronger with the strongest divison being the West and the
: most competetive being the Central
:  
: The East
: The Patriots have been losing talent since Parcells left. That trend will
: continue, but the effects won't show until next season as far as the
: divison race is concerned. This is a weak divison. The Colts had bad luck
: last season and will rebound into respectability. The Jets, Bills and
: Dolphins will regress. Again, I though the Phins would be better, but I
: have been getting all hyped up about free agency signings! Dan's last
: season will not be pretty. (a Dan fan)
:  
: Patriots 12-4
: Colts 8-8
: Jets 6-10
: Bills 5-11
: Dolphins 4-12
:  
: Central
: The frontrunner would have been the Steelers but with the loss of Thigpin,
: they defer to the Jags for the divison title. This should be a fun race to
: watch during most of the season. The Ravens have made some moves and
: improve, the Bengals also look better. The Oilers though just have been
: playing above their talent level. The defense stinks, no home crowd, the
: QB has fissled and George has been the only bright spot.
:  
: Jaguars 11-5
: Steelers 11-5
: Bengals 8-8
: Ravens 8-8
: Oilers 5-11
:  
: West
: Because of the TV contract from CBS the nucleus of the Broncos will
: remain. This will be a tougher division for the Broncos this year but they
: will win it this time around. The Seahawks appear to be the most improved
: team this year. Defense is solid, offense will be the key. The Raiders
: also make a turn around and play somewhat like a team to make the playoffs
: (you can only keep talent down for so long). The Chiefs will struggle
: after a humiliating losses after being seeded #1 2 of the last 3 years.
: Finally, who plays for the Chargers?

: Broncos 14-2
: Seahawks 13-3
: Raiders 12-4
: Chiefs 4-12
: Chargers 4-12
:  
:  
:  
: While there are still some free agency moves to go which could change the
: outcome as well as the draft. These appear to have minimal outcomes on the
: final standings. However, the playoffs in the AFC I would doubt would
: change much regardless of what happens except in the Central. The Jags and
: Steelers could switch spots (a big deal) with good free agency picks or
: the draft. However, in the NFC there's more at stake. The 6th playoff spot
: is wide open as is the whole East divison. I see the Panthars, Falcons and
: Eagles competing for that spot. The team that does the best in both free
: agency and the draft will likely get that spot. My opinion.

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Post by Rob » Mon, 09 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
> West
> Because of the TV contract from CBS the nucleus of the Broncos will
> remain. This will be a tougher division for the Broncos this year but
> they
> will win it this time around. The Seahawks appear to be the most
> improved
> team this year. Defense is solid, offense will be the key. The Raiders

> also make a turn around and play somewhat like a team to make the
> playoffs
> (you can only keep talent down for so long). The Chiefs will struggle
> after a humiliating losses after being seeded #1 2 of the last 3
> years.
> Finally, who plays for the Chargers?

> Broncos 14-2
> Seahawks 13-3
> Raiders 12-4
> Chiefs 4-12
> Chargers 4-12

The Chiefs 4-12?  Let me know what you would be willing to wager on
this.   Rob

- Show quoted text -

 
 
 

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Post by John Viveir » Tue, 10 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I think you underrate the importance of good quarterbacking.

On Sat, 7 Mar 1998 17:51:43 -0500, "Ted Smith"

Quote:

>NFC East
>Redskins 10-6
>Giants       9-7
>Eagles      9-7
> The Redskins, OTOH,
>are building toward another SB appearance.  The Eagles will continue to be
>tough due to a very strong Defense and a smash mouth running game.  Giants
>have definite potential to at least get to a NFC championship.

I just don't see Frerotte, Hoying, and Kanell all being able to take
their teams over .500 - one of them maybe, but all three?

Quote:
>NFC Central
> I say the Bucs will get better.
>Bucs         10-6

I'm just not a Dilfer believer.  Dungy has him in a system that
protects him and doesn't ask him to do much - it's Alstott's and
Dunn's offense.  But if Dilfer is asked to win games because the other
team's defense has sold out to shut down the run, I don't think
they'll have much success.

Quote:
>NFC West
>Panthers    9-7

Another team without a reliable QB.

Quote:
>Summary:
>The Redskins, Packers, Bucs and 49ers will definitely make the playoffs.
>The remaining spots will be challenged for by the Giants, Eagles, Vikings,
>Falcons and Panthers.

The Packers and 49'ers will make the playoffs, the rest is up for
grabs, even though the Pack has been wiped out by free-agency.  The
Giants now must play a competitive schedule (outside of the weak
NFCE).  The Bucs ended the season 6-7 right?  The Vikings are relying
on a bunch a couple soon-to-be-drafted players to start on their
defense.  The Eagles could go 3-13 this year.  The Falcons did a great
job after the games weren't important anymore - have we learned the
lesson from the 1997 Bengals yet?  The Panthers are set to get old in
a hurry.

Quote:
>Superbowl contenders:
>The 49ers will most likely be challenged by the Bucs in the championship.  I
>will take the Bucs as my favorite to represent the NFC.

Not without a great QB.
 
 
 

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Post by Brian Glen Palic » Tue, 10 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>OK,

>Superbowl contenders:

>The 49ers will most likely be challenged by the Bucs in the championship.  I
>will take the Bucs as my favorite to represent the NFC.  For the AFC, I see
>Miami challenging Denver for supremacy.  Denver will most likely repeat and
>challenge the Bucs.  I say Tampa Bay takes the trophy home.  Miami will have
>to wait another year to get to the big party.  Of course, I might be
>wrong.:)  One can hope.

Right now I'll say:

AFC title game:  Niners over Bucs
NFC title game:  Jags over Broncos

Super Bowl:  Jags over Niners, with Jags not really being
             considered the strongest team ever to win it all.

Overall I think the NFL in 98 hasn't look this weak since
the season of Super Bowl 25 and the Giants toppling of the Bills.

Bri