Edward Lewis: The Cowboys seem to be satisfied with Jeff Heath’s play at safety so far this season, and they like the potential shown by rookie Xavier Woods. But a veteran like Ward, who’s disgruntled with his playing time down in Tampa Bay, would no doubt be an upgrade over both of those DBs. Ward might not be the best cover guy, but he isn’t afraid to play in the box, which would help the Cowboys’ weak run defense immensely.
Marc Sessler: I talked about this in my trade proposals piece. It’s the most logical move for Detroit after three-plus frustrating seasons with a first-round tight end who has yet to live up to the billing. Promising general manager Bob Quinn could net a draft pick for a player other teams will believe they can groom into something valuable. It just isn’t working out with the Lions, and these trades often boil down to team fit and locker-room sanity. The compensation will be modest.
What memories, though. I even went over for the opening day of the new franchise in 1999 against the Steelers, he said. What a great day! And then the game started — and we got killed 43-0.
It was the lure of the great American road trip that eventually led Norwegian Christoffer Becker to bring the Browns back to the Land of the Midnight Sun.
I’d had this dream of driving through as many U.S. states as possible, said Becker, 45, who works in international wine retailing. So back in 1996, I saved up, bought this crappy Dodge Aspen ’78 sports edition without air conditioning for $500, then rambled through 39 states before I found a summer flame in Cleveland. So I got stuck there. It was a fling thing.
The 28-year-old journeyman has played one game with Buffalo, but that sure seemed to go well with four catches for 107 yards against the Bucs. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been getting nothing from his wide receivers this season and Thompson could be the answer. The Raiders haven’t been good against wide receivers in two of the past three games so perhaps Thompson will be a steal at this price. — Eric Karabell