Speculation and swift signings
LOOKING FOR NEW HOMES WR Isaac Bruce (St. Louis): The Rams released Bruce due to a double-digit cap number, though the team remains hopeful they can resign the consistent veteran. The Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, and Houston Texans are believed to be interested, with the Lions and Redskins said to be posturing heavily. If Detroit is the destination, talented but troubled wide receiver Charlie Rogers could be on the way out of Motown. The 49ers have some outside interest in Bruce, but they are gearing toward rebuilding their WR corps and not stocking it with aging veterans. C Kevin Mawae (Jets): Mawae is going to be a hot commodity on the open market. The Dolphins, Philadelphia, and Cowboys have shown an interest in the standout lineman. Miami and Philadelphia have needs at the position, while Dallas is an interesting destination due to Mawae's tie to head coach Bill Parcells. The 49ers don't figure to get into the Mawae sweepstakes, though they may have a need at the position pending the healthy status of Jeremy Newberry. QB Patrick Ramsey (Washington): Ramsey has been given permission to visit teams in hopes of getting a deal done. The Redskins refuse to release the young quarterback and will ultimately take a mid-round draft selection for him. The Dolphins and Jets have been talking with the Redskins and Ramsey, who doesn't figure to be the kind of QB who would fit in with the 49ers. QB Daunte Culpepper (Minnesota): The story changes daily regarding Culpepper's status. Culpepper requested his release Wednesday, and the team does not appear inclined in fulfilling the request. Trade talks with the Dolphins and now we hear the Raiders could be in the offing. The 49ers already have their franchise quarterback in Alex Smith and have no interest in Culpepper, whose stock has fallen after the events of the past six months. DT Sam Adams (Buffalo): The Dolphins have expressed a serious interest in the run-stuffing defensive tackle, but it is the Cincinnati Bengals that may have the upper hand in landing the veteran. Don't completely rule out the 49ers because of Adams' previous association with coach Mike Nolan when both were in Baltimore. DE John Abraham (Jets): Denver would love to land the pass-rushing defensive end to help the Broncos' poor pass rush. The problem is the Jets are seeking a first-round draft selection. The Broncos have not been willing to part with the hefty price-tag at this time. FINDING NEW HOMES OG Jason Whittle (Minnesota): Whittle will step in and provide the Vikings with much needed depth along the interior of the offensive line. Minnesota's offensive line struggled last season, some of which was due to injury, players not playing to potential, and an overall lack of talent in the scheme. DT La'Roi Glover (St. Louis): Glover remains a solid defensive lineman and should improve an already quick Rams from four. Undersized for the 3-4 in Dallas, Glover should excel in the familiar 4-3 which will be run in St. Louis. With ample speed and quickness as a 4-3 defensive tackle, Glover has the ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage and attack the quarterback, while playing the run well. LB Shawn Barber (Philadelphia): Barber returns to Philadelphia where he tasted his greatest success with the Eagles. If healthy, Barber's athleticism will be a welcome addition to a Philadelphia defense which was seeking speed and quickness on the outside. The one-year deal agreed to by Barber is a safe offer for the team which could pay high rewards, not only for the Eagles, but for Barber if he is able to return to pre-knee injury form. S Shaunard Harts (Seattle): Harts is player who should provide depth to the defensive backfield of the Seahawks. Not viewed as a starting candidate, Harts could fill a reserve role in Seattle, and may have the opportunity to compete, especially with Marquand Manuel on the verge of testing free agency and Ken Hamlin recovering from injuries suffered in an off-field incident. PK Jeff Chandler (Cleveland): After flaming out quickly with the 49ers, where he was the team's fourth-round draft choice in 2002, Chandler has made his rounds through the league. In Cleveland, Chandler should be viewed as insurance for Phil Dawson, the Browns consistent kicker. This appears to be a move by the Browns to have an additional kicker on the roster heading into training camp.
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