Calmus Could Return to Indy in 2006

Discussions on Rocky Calmus' return to Indy could begin this week in Mobile ... a startling update on QB Drew Brees from one San Diego front office official ... why some scouts are souring on quarterback Jay Cutler ... and what agents are saying about the prospects of a new Collective Bargaining agreement -- all in today's report from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama!

- Colts linebacker Rocky Calmus, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after spending his first season with the Colts on injured reserve with a hamstring tear, could still 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.

- We spoke with one front office official from the San Diego Chargers about Drew Brees' injury status. The response we received in asking if Brees will be back in time for next season from his labrum injury was not favorable.

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

- Florida State defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley took a blow to the knee 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 who 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.

- According to a league source, former Saints' offensive line coach Jack Henry is considered to be a top candidate to handle the same role with either the Rams or Chargers.

- Over 10 NFL agents that has talked to this week here in Mobile 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 it 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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