Quality cornerbacks dot the NFL landscape

Upgrading a team's cornerback position this off-season has gone from disbelief to intriguing possibilities. Tracking movement of high-caliber cornerbacks may be a time-consuming facet heading into the free-agent player signing period.

With the likes of Charles Woodson, Fred Smoot, Ken Lucas, Samari Rolle, and Anthony Henry, improving the cornerback position may be a bit easier for a team with this specific need prior to the college player draft in April.

Though Woodson has signed a one-year, $10.5 million franchise offer sheet franchise tender, the expectation around the league is this is the beginning of a process where he will depart from the Oakland Raiders. In signing the non-exclusive offer sheet, Woodson remains eligible to shop for a better deal on the open market, with league sources anticipating something to happen there in the coming weeks.

Rolle, a salary-cap casualty of the Tennessee Titans has fielded numerous calls since his release early in the week. The Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and St. Louis Rams have shown an interest in the cornerback, with visits starting as early as next week. Being released, Rolle can talk with teams, visit, and negotiate a deal prior to the March 2 free-agent player signing period.

While not a free agent, Patrick Surtain of the Miami Dolphins has been granted permission to make a trade for himself and the list of interested teams is lengthy. Over recent days, Surtain has talked with the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and Indianapolis Colts to name a few. Discussions with the Colts and Chiefs have wavered on the serious state and his status may be known next week.

"This is not a bitter thing at all," Steve Caric, part of the agent representation for Surtain, said. "Miami simply can't afford to keep him.

"It could come down to a bidding war."

Thus, reports of the Colts and Dolphins discussing a deal which would send running back Edgerrin James to the Dolphins for Surtain and a draft selection has been speculated, with neither team confirming or denying its validity.


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