apickmans Posted February 17, 2006 Share Posted February 17, 2006 Minnesota is reportedly calling NFL teams it perceives to be in the market for a quarterback and is floating Daunte Culpepper's name to gauge the interest level and determine if it will engage in trade talks for Culpepper, who missed much of last season after tearing three ligaments in his knee. ____________________________________________ Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the team has not considered Eagles WR Terrll Owens, according to an interview with Fox Sports Radio. McCarthy, speaking with Chris Myers and Ben Maller said the team had not evaluated Owens situation but he would have no problem coaching T.O. ____________________________________________ The Cardinals are expected to have roughly $20 million to play with this offseason. But how will they use it? Arizona could make a splash by pursuing someone like running back Edgerrin James. Of course, it won't matter unless Dennis Green does something about a horrible offensive line. ____________________________________________ Although Deion Sanders announced earlier this week on Sporting News Radio that he was retiring from the NFL after two seasons with the Ravens, team officials have yet to hear from the likely future Hall of Fame cornerback. Sanders told host James Brown on Monday that he was not coming back for what would have been his 15th year. He has not, however, had any contact with the Ravens since leaving the complex without speaking to the media Jan. 2, although it was generally assumed Sanders would not be back. It is likely Sanders will resume his career as a television studio analyst, where he made his mark with CBS after his initial retirement after the 2000 season. ____________________________________________ If Art Shell's already getting on the phone with the guy and talking him up, this sure sounds like a coach counting on Kerry Collins to be his QB in 2006. In fact, quite frankly, the Raiders have done nothing to suggest they aren't still completely in love with Collins, as revolting a thought as that might be to 97.9 percent of the fans out there. It's more likely that they'll rework the contract. Al Davis intimated in early January that Collins' Raiders future could well be determined by what was available on the free-agent market and in trade. But right now, the landscape is grim. ____________________________________________ Vikings free agent WR Koren Robinson said players from the Falcons, Redskins, Panthers and Rams approached him about playing for their teams, according to an interview on Fox Sports Radio. Robinson said he was approached by Michael Vick of Atlanta, Washington's Santana Moss, Steve Smith of Carolina and St. Louis' Torry Holt. ____________________________________________ Rams safety Adam Archuleta is the kind of big hitter defenses need, but he is likely headed elsewhere, possibly Chicago and former defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. ____________________________________________ Left tackle Damion McIntosh's future with the Dolphins already was in question before Wednesday's arrest because of a lofty 2006 salary cap number ($4.48 million) and the possibility the franchise will seek a new starting left tackle in the offseason. ____________________________________________ There has been some wishful banter that the Raiders make some sort of play for Randy Moss' old Minnesota hookup, Daunte Culpepper. But Culpepper is coming off a serious ACL injury, and besides, the Vikings have said they plan to hold to him for now. Houston has reupped David Carr, and Kurt Warner just signed a three-year contract with Arizona, eliminating two more possibilities. Other names that could become available include Jon Kitna, Brian Griese, Aaron Brooks and Patrick Ramsey. ____________________________________________ WR Brian Finneran headlines the list of Falcons who could become unrestricted free agents when the free agent signing period begins on March 3rd. ____________________________________________ Jets cornerback Ty Law, who had a career-high 10 interceptions last season, told The Kansas City Star he expects to be released before free agency and would be interested in playing for the Dolphins. Law, 32, has a home in Plantation near the Dolphins' training facility. ____________________________________________ The soft deadline Chargers GM A.J. Smith set for deciding whether to designate quarterback Drew Brees a franchise or transition player came and went yesterday. “I possibly may address everything Friday or early next week,” Smith said. “It will be before the 23rd.” Feb. 23 is the NFL deadline for designating franchise and transition players. Smith is not prepared yet to make known whether he will make Brees the Chargers' franchise or transition player. As the franchise player, Brees would be guaranteed a one-year salary of $9.7 million. He would be free to negotiate with other teams. The Chargers would have the right to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if they lost Brees. As a transition player, Brees would make the same $9.7 million if he makes the Chargers' season-opening roster and also could negotiate with other teams in free agency. The Chargers would not receive compensation if they chose not to match another team's offer. ____________________________________________ Bengals RB Rudi Johnson’s rehab from recent arthroscopic surgery isn’t going to be as time consuming as Carson Palmer’s and he thinks he can be back in time for the May camps. But don’t look for the Bengals to push it. After all, he played all but one game in his record 2005 season with what he called “a banged-up wheel,” in what has to be one of the “True Grit,” chapters in club history. Peter Schaffer, Johnson’s agent, confirmed Wednesday that his client underwent “a 3,500-mile,” checkup that amounted to a housecleaning. ____________________________________________ The Cards’ brain trust leaves for Indianapolis next week for the annual NFL scouting combine, with the free agent period coming soon after. While Green didn’t want to get into potential free agent targets, he had previously said offensive line was a priority. Potential free agents like Seattle guard Steve Hutchinson, New Orleans center LeCharles Bentley or Detroit tackle Jeff Backus loom large. The Cards may look at a running back, but it is unlikely they will break the bank on a superstar like Seattle’s Shaun Alexander or Indianapolis’ Edgerrin James. Green did say that, no matter what the Cardinals do in free agency, “we’ll still be wide open in the draft.” ____________________________________________ The start of the NFL's free agency period is in doubt pending resolution of an extension of the league's collective bargaining agreement and salary cap. If an agreement isn't reached by March 3 -- the scheduled start of free agency -- the league will proceed into free agency with 2006 as the final capped season, thus becoming ''an accounting nightmare,'' according to one union source. The 2007 season would feature no cap or maximum or minimum spending on player salaries. Two union sources indicated Wednesday there has been no progress in talks among team owners and between the league and the players' union. But the expectation is that the sides will work out an agreement. How quickly could have a huge impact on the start of free agency. The two sources indicated an extension must essentially be in place by Feb. 24 in order to give teams and players time to work out restructured contracts. ____________________________________________ Cornerback Charles Woodson is the top free agent, but he's not very durable and not nearly as good as he once was. Don't expect the Raiders to keep him. ____________________________________________ Jack Del Rio has the Jaguars on the cusp of going deep into the playoffs. They have a major need at corner and could go after the likes of Townsend, Will Allen or even Nate Clements. ____________________________________________ The Browns will likely target defense in free agency, most notably a run-stuffing defensive tackle like Grady Jackson or Damione Lewis and a big-play linebacker. ____________________________________________ Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers could be released. ____________________________________________ 49ers LB Julian Peterson, defensive end Andre Carter and linebacker Derek Smith will be free agents. It'll be interesting to see how many, if any, the 49ers keep. Peterson, twice tagged as the franchise player, is expected to leave. ____________________________________________ FOXSports.com has learned that the Titans and Pro Bowl DE Kyle Vanden Bosch are nearing a four-year contract that will keep the pass rushing maven in Nashville rather than test the free agent waters. According to sources the contract calls for Vanden Bosch to receive about $15 million in guaranteed money. The former Arizona Cardinal is revered for his non-stop motor and pass rush savvy. He's also underrated against the run and re-signing him was a major step for the rebuilding Titans. ____________________________________________ Green Bay runners Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport are free agents. Green says he'd like to return, probably with an incentive-laden contract, to challenge Samkon Gado for the starting job. ____________________________________________ The Bears have made Antwaan Randle El, who grew up in Chicago, their No. 1 target. A speedy receiver who can stretch the defense would be a nice addition, along with a pass-catching tight end. ____________________________________________ NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue made his first visit to Mississippi for official NFL business Wednesday morning, joining Saints owner Tom Benson in a visit with Gov. Haley Barbour in Jackson. Tagliabue and Benson thanked the state for its support in the past and discussed future endeavors, particularly the importance of the Gulf South as part of the Saints' market and fan base. "Mr. Benson has a tremendous amount of respect for Gov. Barbour," Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said, "and since Commissioner Tagliabue was here in New Orleans, he wanted to take the opportunity for both of them to travel to Mississippi to meet with him. "The meeting was very positive and centered on what both the Saints and the state of Mississippi can do to assist each other in both their recovery and the regionalization of the Saints." ____________________________________________ According to several sources, Green Bay has identified DE Aaron Kampman as its No. 1 priority. The Packers and Kampman's agent, Neil Cornrich, have been negotiating a long-term deal since last fall but aren't close at the moment. Kicker Ryan Longwell, who's represented by Frank Bauer, is the Packers' second-greatest concern. The two sides remain far apart, though, and Green Bay is thinking long and hard about placing either the franchise or transition tag on Longwell. If Green Bay doesn't tag Kampman and can't sign him by March 3, it stands a good chance of losing him. That's because the free-agent market is extremely weak when it comes to defensive ends. ____________________________________________ DT John Abraham was placed with a franchise tag last season and the Jets could choose that route again for an estimated cost of $8 million against the cap. "I’ve known John since 2000," said Tannenbaum of Abraham. "I think he’s matured as a person and improved as a player. I think he deserves a lot of credit for playing the entire 2005 season, all 16 games. We have and will make the best decision for the New York Jets." ____________________________________________ Richard Smith, the Texans’ new defensive coordinator, doesn’t have time to waste. The task of transforming the Texans’ defense into a 4-3 alignment falls squarely on his shoulders. That means evaluating the current roster, determining where players belong and deciding which elements of the 3-4 he wants to continue using. ____________________________________________ Billy Cundiff, released by the Cowboys before the final game of the 2005 season, has signed a free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay is looking for a kicker since it is unlikely to re-sign Matt Bryant, who hit 21 of 25 field goals for the Bucs in 2005. Ironically, Bryant likely will be one of the free-agent kickers the Cowboys will consider signing this off-season. ____________________________________________ Cardinals coach Dennis Green sounds comfortable entering this season with John Navarre as the backup to Kurt Warner, but he didn't rule out the possibility of adding a quarterback through the draft or free agency. Josh McCown, Warner's backup most of last season, is expected to leave via free agency, leaving Navarre, who has played in two games in two years, and Rohan Davey, who has played in seven games in four years, behind Warner. As he has for two years, Green raved about Navarre on Wednesday, comparing him favorably to other former Michigan quarterbacks, such as Brian Griese and Elvis Grbac. ____________________________________________ The Vikings signed fullback Joey Goodspeed, who was out of football in 2005 after playing for the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and the St. Louis Rams in 2003-04. 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