The Fuss about Faine

Recent stories in Philadelphia-area newspapers report that Browns center Jeff Faine is attracting interest from the Eagles and Packers. That's only part of the story as the Browns center looks around for a possible landing zone free of All-Pro centers pushing him onto the bench. John Taylor, once again, gives you the scoop...

Yesterday, the Delaware County Daily Times reported that there were two teams—the Packers and the Eagles—that may have an interest in center Jeff Faine.

(And, yes, we can report with a modicum of confidence that both of those teams have at least some level of interest in the former first-round draft pick, although more so Green Bay than Philadelphia.)

Today, we can add a third team to that list, with a "mysterious" fourth team lurking in the trade shadows.

A league source has informed The OBR that the Denver Broncos have made "informal inquiries" regarding Faine, and have contacted at least one person close to the offensive lineman to gauge his potential interest in playing in the Mile High City.

"It needs to be stressed," the source said, "that these talks (involving the Broncos) have simply been of the exploratory variety and (I) wouldn't put the word `serious' anywhere close to their interest."

Of course, the Broncos have five-time Pro Bowler Tom Nalen currently and firmly entrenched at the center position. And the former seventh-round pick has played in all sixteen games in nine of the past ten seasons, with the lone glitch being placed on injured reserve in 2002 with a knee injury.

But, the twelve-year veteran will turn 35 in mid-May. His backup, Ben Hamilton, also doubles as the club's starting left guard.

"(Nalen's) not long in the tooth, but he's not exactly short either," the source said.

The source went on to mention that a fourth team was interested as well, but refused to divulge that team's name.

When asked if the "mystery" team made its home in the NFC or AFC, the source answered "the NF…(pause)…L".

Several messages left for Faine's agent, Ben Dogra, seeking comment have yet to be returned.

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