Free Agency News and Notes

The latest on Ty Law, Javon Walker, Corey Dillon, Charles Woodson, Joey Harrington, LaVar Arrington and Jeff Faine. Some rumor mill material can be found inside.

Cornerback Ty Law appears to be intent on waiting until after the draft and closer to the summer to determine where he will play in the 2006 season.

Law has had multiple discussions with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. Most recently, unconfirmed speculation places Law's interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His visit with the Seattle Seahawks last week apparently went well for both sides - Law told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that "I'm used to winning. So, the objective is to go somewhere with a chance to compete and an opportunity to win. I really, really want an opportunity to win again, and I definitely think that could come in Seattle."

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was recently quoted as saying that "The good ones don't come cheap," referring to Law's rumored asking price - $10 million in guaranteed money.

"Mike's been around," Law said. "He knows how it goes. As great a coach as he is, he doesn't come cheap, either."

As reported earlier by Scout.com, the Patriots continue to keep an open dialog going with regards to Law in a similar vein to the one they held with safety Tebucky Jones. A report by the Post-Intelligencer citing the Patriots' interest in their former all-pro cornerback is related to that ongoing dialog. Law is seeking a solid payday after agreeing to essentially a one-year deal with the Jets last season.

Although the Patriots have significant caps space available, it is less likely they will be willing to spend much of it until they first secure the services of DL Richard Seymour and WR Deion Branch. Both players are in the final year of their contracts and will become free agents at the end of the 2006 season unless they are signed to new deals.

Law remains the top free agent cornerback on the market. The 32-year old is currently working out with renowned track and field coach Bob Kersee.

-- Representatives for Green Bay Packers' wide receiver Javon Walker could be prepared to offer the team a deal to secure his release from the team. Walker has stated on numerous occasions he will not play for the Packers again.

The Patriots, who have been searching for veteran receiver talent after losing WR David Givens to the Tennessee Titans, are believed to be watching the Walker situation with interest.

-- New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon restructured his contract this off-season. Dillon, coming off a injury plagued season, is viewed as the starting quality back in New England, but the team is expected to select a running back on the first-day of the college player draft.

Patriots Insider was the first to report that Dillon was guaranteed $6 million for the 2006 season and that it was unlikely the team would release the veteran runner with that much money already committed. By restructuring his deal, Dillon provided some cap relief to the Patriots this season. He is scheduled to earn $2.5 million next season which makes his cap charge more palatable.

The veteran back has suffered the normal wear and tear associated with many long-tenured runners. Dillon's nagging injuries have stirred reports questioning his ongoing durability, but that should not affect his status in 2006. His status after the upcoming season is less clear.

The Patriots are not planning on waiting for Dillon to grow old before they select a younger back to replace him. The team has already scouted top rated backs in the Draft, including meeting with USC's LenDale White, a back they have repeatedly expressed interest in. Memphis' DeAngelo Williams worked out in front of New England Scouts, while they also reportedly attended the pro day of Minnesota where running back Laurence Maroney has called home the last few years.

-- Cornerback Charles Woodson (Oakland) hasn't been overwhelmed in free agency as he expected. Woodson has visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers, but a worthwhile deal has not been offered. Possible destinations in the coming weeks for Woodson could be in Kansas City and Detroit.

-- The Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals are the most mentioned and considered front-runners for the services of Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, but the Kansas City Chiefs have remained in contact with the Lions.

-- The Cleveland Browns have not entertained any significant interest in center Jeff Faine. Faine was made available due to the Browns' signing of free agent LeCharles Bentley. Look for the team to deal the former first-round draft selection on draft-day.

Although there is no confirmed interest by the Patriots, the team has been looking at free agent linemen in case Dan Koppen is slow to return to the field from a shoulder injury he suffered late last season.

-- Outside linebacker Lavar Arrington could make a decision on where he will land within the next two weeks. There is not a blockbuster offer on the table at this time for the veteran from Penn State, but this is not viewed as an obstacle on getting him lined up with a team in the near future.

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