FREE AGENCY KICKED UP A NOTCH

Is Ricky closer to getting a new address? A team looking hard at Fred Taylor! For one offensive lineman, his first stop in free agency could be his last.

The Insiders have learned that the Cleveland Browns are working towards an offer for offensive lineman Victor Riley of the Kansas City Chiefs.

A league source tells The Insiders that Riley can expect a six-to-seven year offer from the Browns, with a signing bonus in the range of four-to-five million dollars for the talented tackle.

HEARST-FEST 2002: With offensive lineman Jeremy Newberry agreeing to terms on a five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers late Friday night, the team is now looking to lockup running back Garrison Hearst and safety Lance Schulters. The Insiders have learned that offers will be made to both players before the combines conclude on Monday. 

OH RICKY! The Miami Dolphins are the team that is pressing the issue on Ricky Williams. Both the Dolphins and Browns have been in contact with representatives of the Saints organization while at the combines in Indianapolis. The latest buzz is that the Dolphins have modified their offer for Williams, but haven't met the asking price the Saints have established. The asking price for Williams is at least a first and third round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft.

IS FREDDY READY? The Browns haven't even sniffed around the availability of Fred Taylor, but once again, everywhere a running back is, the Miami Dolphins are sure to be close by. A league source at the combines tells The Insiders that the Dolphins have had preliminary talks with the Jaguars for the oft-injured running back. A darkhorse team, the Washington Redskins have been rumored to be keeping an eye on Taylor.


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