News and Rumors around the NFL:
QB Trent Dilfer became the number one quarterback in Seattle on Tuesday, signing an $8 million, four-year contract. Head coach Mike Holmgren gave Dilfer the starting nod this off-season rather than lose the six-year veteran to the open market.
Dilfer's new contract calls for a $4 million signing bonus. He will make a base salary of $750,000 this season and in 2003, and $1.25 million each in 2004 and 2005, though incentives could boost his income to nearly $18 million.
Elvis Grbac, who was released by Baltimore last week, has announced his intent to retire from the NFL, rather than play for another team. Citing his reluctance to uproot his wife and three children for the third time in three years, Grbac informed agent Jim Steiner, he was ready to quit.
The New England Patriots Super Bowl video is breaking all-time records for sports videos, according to sources. Over 400,000 videos and dvd's, which include 10-minutes of the U2 halftime concert, have been shipped since its initial release.
If the Titans are unable to sign backup RB Skip Hicks, look for Cleveland and Houston to make strong bids at pulling in the former UCLA Bruin. San Francisco has also shown some interest, based on the fact that they may lose Garrison Hearst to free agency, Given the option, Hicks would more than likely opt for the Bay area.
Former Bronco and current Minnesota Viking tight end Byron Chamberlain is looking to schedule a visit to Detroit within the next week, according to sources, but odds of his signing appear relatively low. The Giants, 49ers and Buccaneers appear to be the frontrunners according to agent Jonathan Feinsod.
Not to be totally left out, Detroit is expected to sign Miami SS Brian Walker within the next 48-hours.
Panther WR Donald Hayes appears to be leaning toward Minnesota, looking to share billing with Randy Moss and QB Daunte Culpepper. His size, 6'4", would give the Vikings a definite threat opposite Moss. Hayes met with the Patriots on Tuesday and plans on a short visit to New England before boarding a plane for Minnesota later this week.
Bill Romonowski may not be the only former Bronco to become a member of the Silver and Black. Linebacker Glenn Cadrez may soon join Romonowski in the Raiders backfield, after spending last year with the Kansas City Chiefs. Denver has shown mild interest in having Cadrez return, but salary issues may come into play and Oakland would more than likely win out.
Broncos safety Eric Brown is scheduled to meet with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
Houston Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is making a push to sign former Buffalo QB Rob Johnson. Palmer coached Johnson for one year in Jacksonville, and feels that Johnson would make a perfect mentor for probable draft pick David Carr.
Still no word on the vacant head coaching position with the Oakland Raiders, although offensive coordinator Bill Callahan seems to be gathering the most press. Callahan is one of the few that seem to get along with owner Al Davis, and he's highly respected among the players, giving him a definite edge over the competition.
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