Senior Bowl: The latest buzz

MOBILE, Ala. — What's the latest on the injury to Drew Brees? Who will coach the offensive line in San Diego? Will the Colts re-sign Rocky Calmus? And will the Broncos keep Jeb Putzier in the fold? Who was injured at the Senior Bowl? Here's the latest buzz from Wednesday morning at the Senior Bowl:

According to a Chargers front-office official, the prognosis for San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees' return from his labrum injury in time for next season is not positive.

Scouts in attendance have concerns about quarterback Jay Cutler of Vanderbilt. While he physically has the makings of an NFL passer, his mental make-up is a little different. Several people we spoke with say Cutler can be surly at times. Teams aren't willing to invest a fortune in that type of person as the future leader of their franchise.

Florida State defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley took a blow to the head yesterday, which shook him up. Bunkley did not practice this morning as the coaching staff insisted he sit out.

The Denver Broncos have an important decision to make by March 1. That is whether to pick up the $1.5 million option on tight end Jeb Putzier's contract or let him become an unrestricted free agent. The team is trying to develop first-year tight end Wesley Duke, whom they are sending to NFL Europe. They also have veteran tight end Stephen Alexander, who is under contract through 2007. According to a league source, it's possible that Putzier ends up with San Francisco if Denver doesn't pick up the option. Oft-injured TE Eric Johnson's contract is up after 2006.

Rocky Calmus, the often-injured linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, still could be re-signed by the team. Calmus, a former third-round pick, can play inside or on the weak side and would be a valuable backup at either position. His agent, Mark Slough, was looking to talk to team president Bill Polian here this week.

Former New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Jack Henry is considered to be a top candidate to handle the same role with either the St. Louis Rams or Chargers, according to a league source.

More than 10 NFL agents with whom has spoken this week here at the Senior Bowl have said they're confident that the NFL and the NFLPA will reach a new agreement before the current deal expires. In fact, most have said that there is way too much to lose and really nothing to gain. Teams can only spread out new contracts for four seasons because of the uncapped season — which is 2007 — unless a deal gets done.

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