Valentine's Day Free Agency Rumor Mill

It's Valentine's Day, and everywhere one can feel romance in the air. The courting of NFL free agents is about to begin, and NFL trading partners begin their slow tentative dance. Yes, it's Love, Style, as more player movement rumors surface... One rumor sure to grab the attention of New England Patriots fans has the 411 on the Patriots and their pursuit of WR David Givens or a potential replacement.

With the free agent player signing period right around the corner, talk of player movement continues to heat up.

We're tuned into the buzz and will be providing insight on what is being mentioned in league circles throughout the hectic off-season. Here is the latest that we are hearing at 

  • Winds of change could be the motto in Minnesota this off-season. Brad Childress is the new Vikings' head coach and appears poised to make changes which could be of significant interest in his first season. Cornerback Brian Williams is expected to depart, safety Corey Chavous could soon follow. Interestingly enough, the team has had discussions regarding the future of cornerback Fred Smoot. Smoot did not endear himself to the organization, though the Minnesota front office has been silent on player matters. Let's not forget that oft-injured running back Michael Bennett is another player which will not be back in the Twin Cities for the 2006 season.
  • Terrell Owens to Denver. Owens to Chicago. Owens to Miami. The story remains the same. Owens is attempting to remake himself, which will be quite a feat, but will land him in an NFL city for the 2006 season despite his oft-controversial antics. The Eagles would welcome a deal for Owens, since they are convinced he has some value and have been reluctant to release the All-Pro caliber player.
  • The Cleveland Browns and running back Reuben Droughns are talking dollars and cents. With a year remaining on his contract, Droughns wants a new deal, and rushing for 1,000-plus yards for the Browns (which hadn't been done in two decades) helped establish his worth. However, getting a deal in place with uber-agent Drew Rosenhaus and the team could be an even larger feat. The team has all but closed the door on resigning free agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant at this time.
  • If released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Baltimore Ravens are expected to have an interest in quarterback Brian Griese.
  • Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden believes quarterback Chris Simms is the future in Tampa and the team is actively attempting to re-sign the young quarterback prior to the free agent player signing period.
  • The New England Patriots don't believe they will be able to re-sign wide receiver David Givens, due to the amount of interest expected in the explosive receiver. Expect the Patriots to turn their attention toward Joe Jurevicius, Corey Bradford, and possibly Koren Robinson.
  • The Arizona Cardinals are believed to be willing to trade wide receiver Bryant Johnson in a deal to obtain a running back.
  • Indications are the Washington Redskins may opt to retain linebacker LeVar Arrington, rather than release him as was expected late in the season. Also, there has been some quiet interest in Arrington by a couple teams (names unknown at this time) in a trade scenario, which appears unlikely due to his contract.
  • Plenty of speculation surrounds the status of Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams. Armed with a team-friendly contract, speculation has been that Williams is on the trading block. Contrary to that belief, those close to the Dolphins inform this column the team has no desire to deal the quirky Williams and have not been approached about a deal.

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