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Cornerback singing a different tune

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Ty Law

Patriots

Staying put

Jun. 11 - Law arrived at the mandatory portion of the Patriots' minicamp on Thursday singing a different tune. The Boston Herald recently reported the Pro Bowl cornerback had asked for permission to seek a trade. But Law met with head coach Bill Belichick and claims he is happy to remain a Patriot.

Law is due to make more than $6 million in base salary next season and count more than $10 million against the salary cap. He has offered to renegotiate, but he wants any new deal to include $15 million in guaranteed money -- the same amount his current deal is scheduled to pay. The Patriots reportedly have offered Law a four-year, $26 million extension that includes $6.6 million up front and considerable other guarantees.

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Jason Ball

Chargers

?

Jun. 11 - Ball, the Chargers' unsigned and unhappy starting center, has requested a trade because of dissatisfaction with his contract situation, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Ball is prohibited from talking with other clubs because the Chargers have exclusive negotiating rights. Consequently, he cannot play for another team unless he is traded or released.

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Tim Couch

Browns

Packers

Jun. 10 - The Browns have elected to release Couch, which should clear one of the major hurdles standing between the quarterback and the Green Bay Packers.

"The dynamics of the negotiations haven't changed," Andrew Brandt, the Packers' VP of finance, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "We've been talking all along. We're trying to find a contract that works for Tim and works for the Packers. My sense is that if Tim becomes a free agent, that won't change."

Previously the Browns were trying to trade Couch to Green Bay, but the teams were having difficulty agreeing on compensation. And that compensation was holding up an agreement between the Packers and Couch on a restructured contract. With the trade issue out of the way, contract talks can proceed.

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Jason Gildon

Steelers

Packers

Vikings?

Texans

Ravens

Browns

Jun. 10 - The Packers remain interested in Gildon, released by the Steelers in a cap-space move, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, but he is expected to visit other teams.

"He's going to be playing," agent Peter Schaffer told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's very rare when you get the all-time sack leader for a team to hit the free-agent market in a league desperate for pass rushers."

Schaffer has said Houston, Baltimore and Cleveland also are interested in his client, and Minnesota reportedly is studying the list of available linebackers and could make a move to add depth.

WHO WHAT THE SKINNY

Joe Johnson

Packers

Rams?

Bengals?

Broncos?

Jun. 10 - As expected, the Packers released Johnson this week. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the team offered to bring him back under a restructured contract, but Johnson declined and hopes to sign elsewhere. Scouts, Inc., suggests the Rams, Bengals and Broncos as places he might fit.

The 11-year veteran recorded 12 sacks in 2000 and nine in 2001, but he played in only 11 games combined the last two seasons, recording only two sacks in 2002 and none last season.

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Eddie George

Titans

Titans?

Raiders?

Jun. 10 - George has said he hopes to have his status with the Titans resolved by June 20, his wedding day, but there are indications he will come to an agreement on a restructured contract and remain in Tennessee. If the sides can't agree and the 31-year-old veteran is released, look for Oakland to make a move to sign him.

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Mike McKenzie

Packers

Cowboys?

Jun. 10 - Packers VP Mark Hatley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that a number of teams have expressed interest in acquiring McKenzie, but none are offering a package Green Bay is interested in. Hatley also said the team hopes McKenzie changes his mind and reports to training camp. Agent Drew Rosenhaus is trying to find a team that will trade for McKenzie, and there was speculation recently that Dallas was interested.

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

John Mobley

Broncos

?

Jun. 10 - A neck specialist has recommended Mobley sit out the 2004 season, according to the Denver Post, saying he still has a contusion around his spinal cord from the injury he suffered last October. Coach Mike Shanahan told the paper the team would keep Mobley on its roster for the time being. There has been speculation in the Denver media that Mobley would be released this month.

"We might go back and test him in a month and it may be healed," Shanahan told the Post. "There are some question marks as to exactly where he is physically. He has made some strides from three months ago, so I can't tell you anything definitive right now."

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Daryl Gardener

Broncos

Bengals

Jun. 9 - Gardener arrived in Cincinnati on Monday and is expected to sign a four-year, $9.3 million deal previously agreed upon to join the Bengals, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. But concerns remain about the health of his back. The 31-year-old defensive tackle was a bust in Denver after signing a seven-year, $35 million contract last offseason. In Cincinnati he would be reunited with Marvin Lewis, his defensive coordinator with the Redskins in 2002, when he recorded 50 tackles and four sacks.

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Jeremiah Trotter

Redskins

?

Jun. 1 - The Redskins are expected to release Trotter this week, according to the Washington Post. The veteran linebacker is entering the third year of a seven-year deal worth $36 million. In March, the team granted him permission to seek a trade.

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