Fred Smoot Still Does Not Have A Deal/Fisher Here (Updated Several Times)
Like I've been writing, the Skins were the first team to pounce on him. They pushed for him. They got deep into negotiations. They got close to a deal. They have no deal and had no deal and Joe Gibbs said just a few minutes ago, "No deal is imminent with anyone." That includes Smoot, although the sides expect to speak again tonight.
Howard just heard that Smoot is leaving the building and flying home. (Update Np. 2 - Smoot was chatting in Steve Jackson's office for a while, left for the parking lot and is headed to the airport). Could he still sign here, sure? But the stuff on certain website was way premature if not completely wrong, and honestly, I don't even blame them for it (even if there is a fringe among them that take a mean-spirited bent).
Hmm, do you think maybe someone within this building would leak a false rumor that Smoot was already signed to a website owned by the same guy who owns the Redskins? And then people from that website barrage profootballtalk.com with emails until they post the same thing - that Smoot had signed here yesterday afternoon, which, if you think about it, would be a perception that could scare off other teams or get out the idea on the web that Smoot was already signed here?
Nah, couldn't be. Stuff happens during the recruiting period of free agency and I know it's dog eat dog out there. I ain't hating even if something like that happened, 'cause that's the NFL and any little advantage helps. Just a theory.
Also, Travis Fisher - who has a serious set of dreads - just pulled up to The Park in Jerry Grey's Benz. Like I said, he's a Rosenhaus guy, which is never a bad thing around here.
Jason La Canfora
March 3, 2007; 2:48 PM ET
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