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Soon following the mandated 53-player rosters were submitted to the league office, teams were quickly working the phones to secure talent released on cut-down day. With numerous veteran and promising young players suddenly made available, the wealth of talent to improve the bottom of most team rosters was to be had.

From every veteran LB Jason Gildon type there is a promising OG Tyson Clabo out there to be had. For Gildon, his release was not unexpected, as he did not play particularly well in the Buffalo Bills camp. But, having the ability to rush the quarterback coming off the edge, Gildon will find a home in the 2004 season.

Clabo on the other-hand won't be looking for a new team very long. Upon his release from the Denver Broncos, the team wanted Clabo to stay around and join their practice squad. As of early Monday afternoon, representatives for Clabo have been in contact with five teams, two of which were interested in adding Clabo to their active 53-man roster.

Other players which have some game left in them and are available include safety Kwamie Lassiter, wide receiver Kevin Dyson, defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, and running back Lamar Smith to name a few.

Lassiter has garnered a significant amount of interest, with the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns being two teams that have discussed adding the veteran defensive back. Kevin Dyson remains a serviceable player and one which could regain much of his explosive type game now that he is almost 100-percent healthy. Look for the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to take a look.

Bryan Robinson is close to an agreement to join the Dolphins and running back Lamar Smith has also been in contact with the running back deficient team.

Teams such as the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals scurried along in the final hours leading up to the cut-down time, seeking a running back to improve issues residing within the roster. Neither team made the last minute deal, anticipating a team would have no option but to release a promising player, or a player that could help their cause.

Both the Dolphins and Cardinals have kept an eye on Cleveland running back James Jackson (who was not released) Dante Brown from the Steelers (was released), but the potential prize both teams have an eye on is St. Louis Rams running back Lamar Gordon. At this time the Rams do not appear inclined to deal the talented back.

Speaking of the Steelers, the Miami Dolphins attempted to pry running back Jerome Bettis or Verron Haynes from the team, but were unsuccessful, as talks never reached the serious stage.

The Browns and Cardinals have had some ongoing dialogue regarding running back James Jackson. Those discussions escalated towards one of the Browns wide receivers (Quincy Morgan) and Arizona strong-safety Adrian Wilson. While discussions did not reach the serious stage regarding the other players mentioned, talks regarding Jackson continue.

Running the football is going to be a way of life in Minnesota, whether Michael Bennett, Onterrio Smith, or Moe Williams is in the backfield. The Vikings are extremely wary of Bennett's ability to stay healthy and could eventually move the star running back. With Smith, the Vikings have a talented running back with issues. After potentially violating the league's substance abuse policy, Smith awaits an almost certain suspension, though the league has not acted at this time and Smith will be eligible play for the Vikings in the mean-time. In Minnesota, the team likes his talent, but is becoming annoyed with the baggage.

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