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Washington’s epic trade with St. Louis, which will lead to the drafting of Robert Griffin III barring alien intervention, came at a steep price. Three first-round picks (in 2012, 2013 and 2014) and this year’s second-rounder. Taking into account that one of those first-round picks was, in actuality, a position switch with the Rams, it’s still a deal that will be judged for years to come.

New Orleans guard Carl Nicks didn’t sound optimistic about his chances of returning to the Saints in this radio interview. He said the Saints seem to want to go in another direction. Nicks knows more about what has or hasn’t happened in talks so far. But I wouldn’t count Nicks out of New Orleans just yet. There’s still time for something to get done and sometimes things can change quickly when there is a sense of urgency.

Plenty of offensive linemen become less anonymous during free agency as they are coveted to solidify blocking units. Centers Scott Wells of Green Bay and Chris Myers of Houston, guard Ben Grubbs of Baltimore and the Saints’ Nicks figure to make out best. And there are potential bargains, players who won’t command top dollar and will be dependable contributors: Jets nose tackle Sione Pouha, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan and linebacker Barrett Ruud, Colts receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Jacob Tamme, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Chiefs RB Jackie Battle, and Panthers linebacker Dan Connor.

So I wanted to throw up Friday night. Not when I saw the $40.5 million contract extension Mark Sanchez received, but because I was a Twitter Warrior after I found out. I was driving through the mountains on a 2½ hour car trip and couldn’t stay away from it. After so many twists and turns on our ride (just like the Jets’ season), I had to stop tweeting because I had a headache and felt nauseous (again, just like during the Jets’ season). I love being NFL.com’s go-to-guy on the Jets. After all, it’s my team. Was the Sanchez contract good for the organization? Yes, it was. Was it bad for them? Yes, it was. Did my dad have the best line of the night? (“You know, the Mets could have used that money more than Sanchez.”) Yes, he did.

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