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Moving up draft boards
After yet another sizzling workout, Kevin Curtis continues to improve
his draft stock. The belief is he could end up with either Kansas City or
St. Louis in the second round.
OG Josh Lovelady and LB Donte1 Curry have been re-signed.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Making progress with Packers
The agent for Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and the Green Bay Packers had lengthy
contract talks this week at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix.
"We're working on this and trying to make some things happen," said
Andrew Brandt, Green Bay's negotiator.
Gbaja-Biamila's agent, Bruce Tollner, also met with Eagles officials
this week regarding a contract. But Eagles coach Andy Reid said that talks
with the defensive end were "dead."
Returns for workout program
Guard Bill Ferrario, who was expected to receive playing time at center
this spring in NFL Europe, will not be playing in the spring league.
Ferrario took part in the NFL-E training camp in Tampa, Fla., but returned
to Green Bay this week for "personal reasons," according to the Packers.
After three weeks in the Berlin Thunder's training camp, Ferrario
reported that he made a lot of progress.
"It's definitely been a positive experience," he told packers.com. "If I
was in Green Bay right now, I'd just be lifting and running. But down here
I'm getting experience and reps, actually working on the exchange with the
quarterback and on snapping the ball and then pass blocking or run
Anxious to play in NFL Europe
Craig Nall, who is expected to compete for a backup quarterback job
behind Brett Favre this season, is thrilled to be getting a chance to play
this spring in NFL Europe. Nall departed Wednesday for Scotland where he
will lead the Claymores.
"I need to play well," Nall said. "I came over here to get experience. I
don't know if it's do or die, but it would be good to come out and have a
good showing all season."
Nall was the Packers' third-string QB last year behind veteran Doug
Pederson. He did not take any snaps from scrimmage and got few, if any, reps
Says he wants out of Green Bay
Linebacker Na'il Diggs, who signed an offer sheet from the Detroit Lions
last weekend, reportedly does not want Green Bay to match. Diggs, a
restricted free agent, apparently is unhappy that the Packers tendered him
the minimum qualifying offer of ($605,000).
The Packers have until Monday to match Detroit's offer. If they do not
match, they will receive a fourth-round draft pick as compensation from
The Cardinals are believed to still be the front-runners in the race for
DE Vonnie Holliday. Seattle has made an offer, and he's expected to visit
Kansas City, but neither team is expected to match what has been reported as
a large offer from Arizona. Holliday is expected to make a decision soon.
Getting a look
The Vikings were taking a look at Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger
earlier this week. While he would seem to be a longshot for the Vikings to
draft, they may be looking at him as a free-agent signing if he isn1t
drafted. He could provide the team with another developmental prospect for
insurance behind Shaun Hill.
Bollinger had a good Pro Day earlier this month at the University of
Wisconsin, running a 4.75 in the 40. Some project him going in the middle
rounds of the draft, but it is unlikely the Vikings would be willing to
select him that early.
Running back Michael Bennett had foot surgery Friday to repair a
fracture in his foot. He started feeling pain earlier this week during the
Vikings1 off-season conditioning program.
"While training Tuesday at the Winter Park facility Michael felt some
discomfort in his left foot," head coach Mike Tice said. "He came in the
next day and it was diagnosed as a Jones Fracture. The foot will be
surgically repaired. The prognosis is for a full recovery and the down time
is approximately six weeks."
Safety still an option
Talk continues to swirl at Winter Park that, if Ken Irvin plays as well
as anticipated, cornerback Brian Williams will be shifted to starting strong
Vikings still waiting
The Vikings are still interested in signing WR Oronde Gadsden, but he is
still balking at the size of the contract and the Vikes are starting to say
he would be used as the No. 3 receiver. Neither of those should be perceived
as a good sign and are perhaps more gamesmanship in the negotiation process
than fact. If signed, Gadsden would likely open the season as a starter.
WR Kenny Clark was slated to play in NFL Europe, but failed the league's
physical exam. He missed last season with a back injury, and has recovered,
but the league has a strict policy for insurance purposes.
Signs two-year deal with Vikings
Four-year veteran middle linebacker Chris Claiborne signed a two-year
deal with the Minnesota Vikings worth $5 million. Claiborne even agreed to
play the strong side linebacker position for Minnesota, something he didn't
want to do, in order to get a deal done with the Vikings. He could replace
Greg Biekert at middle linebacker in the future.
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