Combine: AFC Notebook

There are lots of rumors and information flowing here in Indianapolis. Here's what Scout.com is hearing this weekend from the AFC:

Cincinnati Bengals – Look for the team to place the low restricted free agent tender on reserve OL Scott Kooistra. The team values him as a top replacement so they could decide to match any offer he receives.

Denver Broncos – The team hasn't decided yet whether or not to pick up the $1.5 million roster bonus for TE Jeb Putzier. If they decide not to retain him, look for the team to either draft or sign a more complete tight end, meaning one who is a better blocker, not just a good pass catcher.

Indianapolis Colts – According to a team source, No.2 RB Dominic Rhodes is a long-shot to have his $1.45 million roster bonus picked up next month. However, the team still has interest in bringing him back. The team historically has taken a slow approach to free agency but could choose to re-sign him at a later date.

Kansas City Chiefs – According to a team source, several high-priced players have been asked to take pay cuts including perennial All-Pro G Will Shields. It's not known whether Shields will accept a restructuring but it's believed he wants to play at least another season. Shields' cap value is close to $7 million.

New England Patriots – According to a league source, the team will likely pass on re-signing veteran OL Tom Ashworth who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 3. With LT Matt Light returning from injury, Ashworth's role would be reduced and he wants to a starter.

Pittsburgh Steelers – The team has been talking to various players about contract restructuring and should have most of their key players coming back to adjusted contracts. Both of their centers Jeff Hartings and Ckukky Okobi have cap numbers that are targets for restructuring.

Tennessee Titans – Even though they're pretty deep at the position, don't be surprised to see the team select a developmental running back on the first day of the draft or sign a younger free agent back who they believe could develop in to a starter. Team observers note that the team isn't sold on either of their top backs, Chris Brown or Travis Henry, as solid starters.


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