Patriots making push for Lynch

Bill Belichick, who has plenty of cap room and extra draft picks, is making a major play for Tampa Bay safety John Lynch.

The Buccaneers are attempting to trade Lynch. If they can't, they will release the five-time Pro Bowler.

Bill Belichick, who has has an unmatched eye for defensive talent, wants Lynch to be a part of his team next season.

"Things are really starting to develop," said Lynch. "Coach Belichick has shown a lot of interest. I've got got a bunch of new teams that have stepped up. Seattle has sparked up and Denver as well."

Seattle is appealing to Lynch because one of his best friends, quarterback Trent Dilfer, is on the Seahawks. It also intrigues him because it's on the West Coast. Lynch lives in San Diego.

As for the Patriots, you have to wonder if part of the reason for Belichick's interest is to hike up the price and hurt the Jets.

"It's great to see all this interest, but you keep asking yourself, how serious are they," said Lynch.

Lynch would like to be on a new team by early next week and has a criteria for what he's looking for in a new employer.

"First, it has to be a great place for my family," said Lynch. "No. 2, I want an opportunity to win another Super Bowl. Familiarity would also play a part, that is where the Jets and Colts come into play."

Most rumors make the Jets and Indianapolis the leading candidates for Lynch's services because of the safety's close relationship with Jets coach Herman Edwards and Colts coach Tony Dungy from their days in Tampa Bay together.

"I have [Lynch's] phone number on my speed dial," said Dungy.

The Jets are considered the favorite for Lynch since he and Edwards are like family. Also, the Jets have a glaring need for a strong safety, Lynch's position. Lynch's agent David Dunn has begun discussions with the Jets on the parameters of a contract.

"Things are moving along well (with the Jets)," Lynch told the New York Daily News. "It's not done yet by any means, but things are moving a long well."

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