LB -- Even with the retention of Na'il Diggs, Nate Wayne, the weak-side starter, is gone to Philadelphia. Hardy Nickerson, the starter in the middle, is finished. Hannibal Navies is on board but there is a great need for more bodies.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Jeff Blackshear (late-year fill-in; he's worthless); NT Gilbert Brown (welcome back at minimum wage); FB Tony Carter (aging player with little market value); TE Tyrone Davis (had a decent year and club wants back as No. 2); OT Earl Dotson (started most of the season for injured Mark Tauscher and might be back for minimum as veteran protection); DE Vonnie Holliday (has visited Arizona and Seattle in search for best deal); KR Eric Metcalf (late-season fodder); LB Hardy Nickerson (he's 37 and well, well past his prime; it would be a shock if he doesn't retire); QB Doug Pederson (just turned 35, knows the West Coast offense like the back of his hand and still surprisingly athletic).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: P Josh Bidwell (tendered at $605,000 with 4th-round pick as compensation; solid veteran definitely wanted back); DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (tendered at $1.318 with 1st-round pick as compensation; premier pass rusher but club gambled by not giving him first- and third-round tender).
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: WR Karsten Bailey (not tendered as RFA; $1.225M/2 yrs, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $462,500); LB Na'il Diggs (RFA/matched Lions offer; $10.5M/4 yrs, $2.8M SB; 2003 cap: $2.1M); DT Cletidus Hunt (TFA; $25.35/6 yrs, $6M SB; 2003 cap: $1.7M); CB Bryant Westbrook (UFA; $565,000/1 yr, $35,000 SB).
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Al Harris (trade Eagles); FB Nicolas Luchey (UFA Bengals; $6M/6 yrs, $1.1M SB; 2003 cap: $713,000); LB Hannibal Navies (UFA Panthers; $3.08M/3 yrs, $500,000 SB; 2003 cap: $697,000).
PLAYERS LOST: S Matt Bowen (RFA Redskins; $5.9M/4 yrs, $1.6M SB); WR Terry Glenn (traded Cowboys); DT Billy Lyon (UFA Vikings; $2.23M/3 yrs, no SB/$400,000 RB); CB Tod McBride (UFA Falcons; $9.38M/4 yrs, $775,000 SB); LB Nate Wayne (cut); CB Tyrone Williams (UFA Falcons; $11.5M/5 yrs, $3M SB).
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.