Free agent defensive back Charles Woodson has agreed to a seven-year deal with The Green Bay Packers. The Boston Globe is reporting the deal is for $52.7 million, including $10.5 million in the first year of the contract . Woodson, a four-time Pro Bowler, has played eight seasons for the Oakland Raiders, intercepting 17 passes in 106 games.
The Rumor Mill swung into high gear yesterday when Michael Smith of ESPN broke the news regarding the Patriots possible interest in Packers disgruntled receiver Javon Walker. According to Smith, the Patriots were one of a number of teams interested in joining the possible three-way trade between the Packers and the Broncos for Green Bay's Walker, and Denver's Ashlie Lelie.
Tony Pauline of Scout.com shared some insights into the trade parameters being thrown around, and why a deal hasn't been done yet. Members link
-- Negotiations between the Houston Texans and USC's Reggie Bush have been incremental at best according to a report by ESPN. There remains ample time to consummate an agreement before the draft, but just the hours required to craft what could be a 30- or 40-page contract document could make things challenging. There is a simultaneous contract being negotiated with North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, and that could be another factor that has slowed the process.
New England Patriot's head coach Bill Belichick views Saturday's player selection meeting not as a polished essay, but more as a rough draft according to The Enterprise.
"To me, the thing about this draft is there are more guys that have less production, less history at this point," said Belichick. "Particularly early, some of the higher-rated players (don't have lengthy backgrounds).
-- Many mock drafts have the Patriots picking a myriad of players at 21 come Saturday. Among them are; Iowa outside linebacker Chad Greenway, Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams, Ohio State outside linebacker Bobby Carpenter and the Florida Seminoles defensive end Kamerion Wimbley.
The Mock Draft Muncher shows the trend of Carpenter moving closer to the 21st slot where the Patriots select. As mentioned in a number of other media outlets, the Muncher takes mock drafts from around the web to show trends of players over time as their Draft stock rises or falls as the NFL Draft approaches.
-- Aside from the serious nature of the draft, a Fox Sports story lists a 'Top 10 ways to speed up the draft. Try this one: "Any team taking longer than one minute to make [a] draft choice allows [their] chief division rival to make [a] pick for them" would certainly cause some concern!
-- Patriots Insider is reporting that The Patriots worked out Northwestern's inside linebacker Tim McGarigle. The Big Ten linebacker has impressed scouts with his ability to make plays. New England is in the market for linebackers after seeing Matt Chatham sign with the Jets and Willie McGinest sign with the Browns. The remaining linebackers are getting one year closer to retirement, which means the team will need to develop the next generation of players to fill in once the starters leave. McGarigle is a Patriots type of player according to Scout.com Draft Expert Tony Pauline.
The rest of today's newswire: Friday's Wire