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Had the Jets been unable to nab Sanchez, their general manager, Mike Tannenbaum

Posted Nov 22 2011 3:39am
Had the Jets been unable to nab Sanchez, their general manager, Mike Tannenbaum, said they would have “strongly considered” selecting Freeman. The former Dallas executive Gil Brandt, who analyzes college players and the draft for NFL.com, said he had rated Freeman ahead of Sanchez and, even now, believes that Freeman “has a chance to be the best of the group.” In a recent interview in the Buccaneers’ players’ lounge, Freeman said he understood that comparisons to Sanchez — and to Matthew Stafford, taken first over all by Detroit — were natural. But, he said, he would rather be measured against Drew Falcons jerseys Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, the N.F.L.’s elite. Last year, Freeman was, leading Tampa Bay to five comeback victories in overtime and the fourth quarter. He and Brady became the only quarterbacks to throw at least 25 touchdown passes and 6 or fewer interceptions, according to the Web site pro-football-reference.com. Tax HikesThe payroll tax cut, enacted as part of the tax cut compromise in late 2010, is set to expire at the end of the year, and is worth $934 per year for the average worker, according to the left-leaning Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Originally, many in Congress thought the super committee might be a way to get an extension passed. While Republicans have been cool to the idea of extending the tax cut, they admitted that they might be willing to look at it as part of a larger compromise. But now that the compromise is dead, it's not clear whether extending the cut has a prayer in Congress. Democrats will still aim to pass it, but are debating strategy and likely won't decide until after the Thanksgiving recess. The same is true for extending long-term unemployment insurance, something Congress has Ravens jerseys done since the beginning of the recession, but which is also in doubt this year.There's another, more indirect, way that the super committee's failure could affect an average person's taxes. If the triggers go into effect, federal funds will dry up for many state-run programs, forcing states to decide whether, and how, they'll be able to make up the difference. (Rodgers, with 28 and 3 this season, is on pace to join them.) As a result, the expectations for Freeman and for the Buccaneers were sky high heading into 2011. With an inconsistent running game, Freeman has been forced to throw much more this season, and has lapsed into struggles familiar to many young quarterbacks: forcing throws and making regrettable decisions. He has worked to stop passing off his back foot, a common problem, and a right thumb injury has bothered him, perhaps more than he has let on. “I’m not going to say, I’m going to check the ball down every time so I don’t throw any more Panthers jerseys interceptions,” said Freeman, who has been picked off 13 times, the most in the N.F.C. “That’s not who I am. I’m going to do what I need to do to win the game. Sometimes, I get a bit too aggressive, but that’s what makes me me. I’m going to get better.” lintingting/blog201111
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