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Old 05-16-2005   #61
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Just a thought: If im not mistaken he is from the "U" and AJ and PBuch could really help the negotiations

Bubba Franks:

Has never missed a game as a pro, seeing action in 64 straight contests (69 including playoffs)
Including his scoring pass in 2002, it marked the first time since 1991 that three Packers threw for touchdown (also Brett Favre and Doug Pederson) in a season
Fourth tight end in Packers history to be named to the Pro Bowl joining Ron Kramer (1962), Paul Coffman (1982-84) and Mark Chmura (1995, 1997-98)
Interestingly, his first touchdown receptions as a collegian (in 1997 at Pittsburgh) and in the professional ranks (in 2000 at Tampa Bay) came on fake field goal attempts
Was only the third tight ever drafted by Green Bay in the first round - and the first in 30 years (Rich McGeorge in 1970 being the last) - when the Packers tabbed him 14th overall in 2000
Caught a 20-yard pass from President of the United States George W. Bush, like him a West Texas native, when the then-Texas governor made a surprise visit to a Packers practice Sept. 28, 2000, during his presidential campaign
While in college, he worked as a caddy at LaGorce Country Club in Miami Beach during the summer months
Yes indeed he is from the U (Franks that is). It is very sad to see what is going on with Joppru. I hope it's not too serious to sideline him for a while.
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I think it's time the Texans cut ties with this kid...he's been hurt for the 3 years they've had him.

Some people just aren't meant to do a certain thing. I think perhaps he might want to consider another career option. It doesn't appear his health will permit him to play NFL football.
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so do we get a refund or what?
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$794,910 to get hurt a third straight season and never play a snap in the nfl. that's crazy, the guy has probably collected over a million dollars in the past 3 years and he's never really done anything except get drafted in the second round.
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So we go into camp next season hoping Joppru can make it to opening day without a season ending injury and the simple fact is he's yet to do that. What in the world makes anyone think he's likely to next season? Even if he does now we're looking at a TE who hasn't played football in three years.

It's just time to say this didn't work out. Not "The Texans screwed up" or anything like that. There was no way this could be predicted. Joppru was a solid choice and we all thought he'd be a contributor for years to come. He won't so lets get busy finding a blocking/catching TE and move on. Franks works for me.
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This article posted over on the Chronicle says a bit more

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/3184586

Joppru's days could be pretty numbered if the tests come back positive on the ACL tear.
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I think the Texans are smart enough IF his injury is season ending again to say it's time to let him go; pay him an injury settlement or however they do it and see what else they can find at the TE position.

Thru no fault of his own he's just too injury prone. Bad luck, fate, providence, however you wish to label it it appears this young man is not fated for an NFL career.
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It's JUST a doggone good thing this boy ain't a horse........
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you know if it was the same injury to happen to joppru, id say he is done, but its a totally different injury, and has nothin to do with his groin, does it suck that he is down again, yeah definatly, but im not ready to just dump him. capers was high on him so far during the offseason, and he had been performing well and attended every workout, injuries do happen, i hate it as much as everyone else, maybe a restructure to his contract, but dont dump him all together... but i do think bubba franks should be looked at as a replacement, and hopefully the injury isnt season ending, and have joppru and franks in on duel TE sets.. but dont just drop him like a bad habbit
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the problem with that is when you're hurt you can't play. you can't just keep paying a guy to do nothing. he's made over 2 million dollars already and football is a business. i jjust don't see him with the team much longer as much as i'd like to see what he's got.
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this is absolutely unbelievable. i agree, lets injury buy him out, he can rehab on his own and try out, lets send some money Franks way cause we are out of options. Bruener and Miller arn't gonna be fun to watch another year.
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could we release him, and sign him to the practice squad or something, a considerable loss in pay, but maybe he would take it to stay with the team, especially after we have given so much to him and got nothin back
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Halterman now stands a chance to make the squad as an undrafted rookie
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we could always bring back jabari halloway, i think that was the guys name.. unless he caught on somewhere else
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This news has absolutely no effect on me since I wasn't counting on him anyway.
I would have considered any contribution from Bennie to be 100% pure gravy.
I certainly hope that this forces the team's hand to an extent, and they spend a few bucks to bring in another veteran at the position.
This situation may tutn out to have a silver lining... or so I hope...
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With GB's financial troubles, we wouldn't have to necessarily over pay for Franks. All we'd have to do is front load the contract. Doing that has a secondary benefit, of not putting a lot of backend dead money on the books. With the departures of Sharper, Foreman, & Glenn's contracts, we should have a fair amount of money to offer Franks a nice package. He's 27 years old. I bet he'd be looking to sign a contract somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-6 years.

Hey Charlie, whatcha' waitn' on?
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The poster that brought up the 'roids issue is spot on, IMO. Destroys the ability to heal these types of injuries. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times...well...I should just go **** myself with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. And, also IMO, Franks is not the answer. The only FA TE that has dropped more balls than this guy is Dudley. And while I'm at it...can we PLEASE stop with the "they went to the U. so AJ, and now PB, will be great influences, mentors, blah, blah, blah." Absolutely absurd. For my money...bring in Cam Cleeland. Just my .02.
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$794,910 to get hurt a third straight season and never play a snap in the nfl. that's crazy, the guy has probably collected over a million dollars in the past 3 years and he's never really done anything except get drafted in the second round.
Still better than what Cleveland got out of Winslow. At least we didn't surrender the #7 pick in the draft to get him either.
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Sounds like it is about over for him. That's a real shame.
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