A full complement of coaches and general managers were on hand at Wednesday's morning practice, the most important one for the North of this week. Lots of coaching news and player tryouts to report.
We can confirm now that the New York Jets are interested in Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs coach Art Valero as their replacement for the departed Sam Gash. Yesterday Mike Tannenbaum and Terry Bradway spoke with the Bucs' Bob Casullo about Valero and are expected to ask the team for permission to interview Valero.
Former Oakland Raider Kenny Smith, who did not play last year, was on hand interviewing with teams yesterday. Smith, the one-time Alabama star, has workouts set up with the Dolphins and Buccaneers in the coming week.
According to a team source, it's highly unlikely that the Atlanta Falcons would trade for Oakland Raiders WR Randy Moss. According to the source, team owner Arthur Blank looks for high-character players and Moss wouldn't fit into that mold. The source adds that the team had no interest in controversial WR Terrell Owens when he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles last year.
The Cleveland Browns interviewed former Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Steve Loney and former Carolina Panthers offensive line coach Mike Maser on Wednesday. According to a league source, Loney is the favorite of many to get the job.
Wednesday Morning NFL Team Interests:
Cleveland Browns — Doug Datish, Troy Smith, Leon Hall, Stewart Bradley, Brandon Mebane, Eric Weddle, Marcus McCauley, Amobi Okoye, Drew Stanton
Minnesota Vikings — Ben Patrick, set up an interview with Amobi Okoye this afternoon.
San Diego Chargers — Ryan Harris, Levi Brown
New York Giants — Paul Posluszny
Baltimore Ravens — Aundrae Allison, Josh Wilson
New Orleans Saints — Ryan Harris
Carolina Panthers — Aaron Rouse, Tyler Palko
Kansas City Chiefs — Aundrae Allison, Samson Satele, Brandon Mebane
Tennessee Titans — Paul Williams, Jason Hill, Aundrae Allison
Senior Bowl Buzz: Wednesday Morning
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