While Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio reaffirmed this week that Bryon Leftwich will be his starting quarterback for the 2007 season, multiple league sources told scout.com that Del Rio was doing that to keep Leftwich's trade value. The feeling is if he said that the job was still open, that would lower his value in a possible trade.
Minnesota Vikings: Tight End and Receiver Likely Free Agent Position Targets
With few upgrades needed on their solid defense, a team source expects the Minnesota Vikings to target players in free agency that will help their sagging passing game. The positions that are expected to get serious consideration are wide receiver and tight end.
The team may have the worst group of receivers under contract currently so major upgrades there are needed at that position.
While they have depth at tight end, there hasn't been enough production from any of them.
New England Patriots: Dillon Not Retiring?
The agents for New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon told scout.com and patriotsinsider.com that the eleven-year veteran will not be retiring as reported elsewhere and Dillon plans to play another season.
Dillon's cap number has been confirmed as $4.4 million ($2.5 million base salary/$1.9 guaranteed).
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Detroit Lions: Defensive End a Likely Top Target?
With Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli confirming Friday that DL Cory Redding will start at the UT position in 2007, team sources believe that their top target in this year's NFL draft is defensive end. It's believed that the team will pass on signing a high-priced veteran defensive end because this year's free agent class at the position is considered very weak.
New York Giants: Diehl Likely the Left Tackle?
With the team releasing long-time starting OLT Luke Peitigout, it's believed the New York Giants will move LG David Diehl in his place for the 2007 and will pass on signing or drafting Petitgout's replacement. Diehl started their playoff game at Philadelphia at LT.
Washington Redskins: Defensive End Top Priority?
To help their lackluster pass rush, a team source told scout.com and WarpathInsiders.com that the Washington Redskins are likely to select a defensive end high in this year's draft-perhaps with their first-round pick. The team isn't likely to spend much money in free agency on defensive end because of the weak talent projected to be available. 5:38 P.M. Update...
Green Bay Packers: Interior Offensive Linemen Still Could be Targeted
While the Green Bay Packers are said to pleased with the progress of their young offensive lineman, a team source told scout.com and packerreport.com said that don't be surprised if they target a player in free agency and the draft who could come in and compete for a starting job.
Kansas City Chiefs: Offense Shouldn't Change
During his exit interview at the conclusion of his season, a Kansas City Chiefs player said head coach Herman Edwards told him that they plan to continue with their power rushing attack which would enable them to control the clock. The passing game is expected to be controlled and more conservative and that will put more pressure on their defense to keep the games close to they can run the ball more in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots: Jackson Update
A league source told scout.com and patriotsinsider.com that New England Patriots WR Chad Jackson (knee) is currently working out seven days a week with the team at it's training facility. It's believed that Jackson hurt his knee during a special teams play in the AFC Championship at Indianapolis. Sources believe that he has a good chance to be ready for training camp in August.
Oakland Raiders-Kiffin Could be Right Choice After all
The choice of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis of hiring Lane Kiffin as the team's head coach drew the ire and ridicule from various insiders around the league. However, a league source pointed out to scout.com and Silver and Black Illustrated that Kiffin has the kind of personality that will challenge players and he'll also stand up to them which is something that his last two predecessors weren't willing to do. In fact, some of the players have been surprised at how direct Kiffin has been with telling them what he wants from them.