Arizona Cardinals – While Scout.com noted earlier this year that the team has USC RB Lendale White at the top of their list to select in April's draft, they also are very interested in Ohio St. LB A.J. Hawk. According to a team source, the Cardinals are looking for an impact defensive player on the first day of the draft and also a few second tier defensive linemen in free agency.
Houston Texans – The team has their eye on former Denver Broncos TE Jeb Putzier and a deal could get done as soon as over the next few days. The
athletic Putzier a very good fit for head coach Gary Kubiak's West Coast
offense and is the pass catching threat at the position that the team has been
looking for. Should the team and Putzier not be able to come to a contract
agreement, look for him to turn his attention to the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers.
Indianapolis Colts – Don't expect the team to make a very hard run at
re-signing SLB David Thornton. The strong side linebacker isn't an important
position in the defensive scheme that the team runs. If Thornton signs
elsewhere, it could be to play the weakside where he's better suited to play.
Kansas City Chiefs – All-Pro G Will Shields is still expected to be
released on Sunday evening despite not being released with the other veterans
earlier this week. It's believed that Shields is still interested in
re-signing with the team and it's his preference to end his career as a Chief.
Minnesota Vikings – The smart speculation is that the team has their
eye on Carolina Panthers WLB Will Witherspoon who is set to become an
unrestricted free agent. The weakside linebacker is very important in the scheme
defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin will run (see Derrick Brooks and Cato June).
With lots of available salary cap space, they could make it very hard for the
Panthers or any other team to sign Witherspoon.
New England Patriots – Don't be surprised if the team winds up
trading veteran TE Daniel Graham by April's draft. The former first-round pick
has been underutilized in the passing offense in recent seasons and is on the
final year of his contract at only $545,000. The team is very high on third-year
TE Ben Watson and likely will increase his role going forward.
New York Giants – Barring something unforeseen, look for CB Will Allen
to be playing elsewhere next season. The Giants don't have the salary cap
space to sign him to a lucrative deal. Look for them to move in second-year CB
Corey Webster in to Allen's starting spot next season.
Philadelphia Eagles – The team usually likes to make a quick strike on
the first day of free agency. If free agency isn't pushed back again and it
starts on Monday, look for the Eagles to sign one to two impact free agents.
As Scout.com first reported earlier this week, the team has interest in New York
Jets C Kevin Mawae who has been told he'll be released. Mawae, interestingly
enough, the team was very interested in signing during free agency of 1998.
Instead, they signed C Steve Everett who was the No.1 rated offensive lineman in
free agency that year.
The team has been compiling a list of available free agent centers and also has
their eye on ones that will be released so it's a virtual lock that one is
Speculation is that they'll sign New Orleans Saints C LeCharles Bentley who
Scout.com reported back at the Super Bowl wouldn't be re-signing with the
According to a team source, the team may also make a run at New England Patriots
WR David Givens. It may come down to how much money he wants. Most teams view
him as a complimentary receiver not a true No.1. The Eagles view second-year pro
Reggie Brown as a No.1 receiver so if Givens wants to be paid like a No. 1,
he'll likely be signing elsewhere.
The team is also looking for a veteran backup quarterback and has is said to
have their eyes on Jay Fiedler who was recently released by the Jets and Jeff Garcia (Detroit Lions).
Seattle Seahawks – According to a source with knowledge of the
situation, negotiations have intensified between the representative of RB Shaun Alexander and the team. However, the feeling is that if a collective bargaining
agreement isn't completed before free agency starts, Alexander probably will
be shopping his services to more than Seattle.
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