New England Patriots: Graham Likely to Hit Free Agency
A league source told Scout.com and PatriotsInsider.com that New England Patriots TE Daniel Graham is unlikely to re-sign with the team before the start of free agency next week.
The source believes Graham will receive a significant amount of interest due to the lack of quality talent that is projected to be in free agency.
The teams that are likely to show interest in him once free agency starts are the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
New England Patriots: More on Dillon; Sauerbrun Unlikely to Re-sign
While there continues to be a lot of speculation on the future of New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon, a league source told Scout.com and PatriotsInsider.com that Dillon, should he remain with the team for another season, would have his role reduced significantly. In fact, Dillon will no longer be the starter and would have a small role. Second-year RB Laurence Maroney will be the starter and main ball-carrier for 2007 and beyond.
It's also expected that the team will not re-sign veteran P Todd Sauerbrun before the start of free agency.
Denver Broncos: Carlisle Likely To Become Free Next Week
According to a team source, Denver Broncos G Cooper Carlisle is expected to hit the free agent market next Friday. The team is high on his replacement Chris Kuper (fifth-round pick/'06).
St. Louis Rams: Davis Likely to Hit Free Agency
According to a team source, St. Louis Rams veteran RB Stephen Davis is not expected to re-sign with the team before the start of free agency. While the team has some interest in re-signing him, that probably wouldn't until much later (probably the start of training camp).
Buffalo Bills: Gandy Unlikely to Return
According to a team source, the Buffalo Bills are unlikely to re-sign G Mike Gandy and will likely look toward free agency to replace him.
Gandy resurrected his career with the Bills after underachieving a bit with the Chicago Bears.
Philadelphia Eagles: Garcia Unlikely to Find Starting Job?
The buzz at the Combine this week is over what will happen with Philadelphia Eagles veteran QB Jeff Garcia.
Garcia is seeking a starting job elsewhere but league insiders believe he likely won't find one. Garcia, who turned 37 today, is seen as a solid insurance policy at this point of his career, not a solution to a team's problem at the position. At best, Garcia could get a chance with another team to compete for a starting job against a younger signal caller.
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Buffalo Bills: McGahee Could be on the Move
Buffalo Bills RB Willis McGahee is on the final year of his contract and it's not a secret that he wants a new deal. Team insiders say that McGahee's play regressed last season and the team could look to deal him before April's NFL draft. If the team trades him, it's believed they would select his eventual replacement on the first day of the draft.
New York Giants: Harris Could be on Their Radar
The New York Giants have two openings at linebacker (WLB/SLB) and they could look for a veteran linebacker to sign in free agency that could come in and start right away. One player that they could target is Minnesota Vikings LB Napoleon Harris who is expected to hit the free agent market next Friday.
Harris has played each linebacker position over his five seasons of play with Minnesota and the Oakland Raiders.
Seattle Seahawks: Hackett Could be a Popular Target For Other Teams
scout.com predicted last year at this time Seattle Seahawks WR D.J. Hackett could be an attractive player for other teams in 2007 free agency.
Hackett is set to become a restricted free agent next Friday and the talk here in Indianapolis is that Hackett could receive significant interest from other teams. While teams can't talk to him before Friday, it's believed that teams that run a West Coast offensive system will target him. The Minnesota Vikings are a team that comes to mind that run that system and they certainly need major help at receiver. Hackett is superb running after the catch which is a staple of that offense
What will go a long way in determining his value to other teams is how Seattle tenders him. League insiders believe they will tender him with no lower than a third-round level and possibly as high as a second round.
Washington Redskins: Smoot Could Return
It's not a secret that the Minnesota Vikings will likely release veteran CB Fred Smoot. With that said, it's not out of the question that the Washington Redskins re-sign their former first-round pick ('01).
Washington currently needs a nickel cornerback and also a veteran who could start if needed. Smoot certainly fits that profile.
New York Giants: Petitgout Not Totally Out of the Picture; Hood Could be an Option
While it appears the New York Giants David Diehl will move over from LG to LT, it's not out of the question that the team will re-sign LT Luke Petitgout at a later date. Because the projected free agent group of left tackles isn't strong, Petitgout should be able to find a starting job elsewhere before too long.
Defensively, the team is expected to sign a free agent or draft a cornerback who will compete for a starting job. One player who could be on the mind of the Giants is Philadelphia Eagles nickel CB Roderick Hood who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next Friday. Hood wants to be a starter and won't get that chance with the Eagles. New Giants' defensive coordinator Steve Spaguolo, who coached the linebackers with the Eagles, is more than aware of Hood's talent.
Hood was signed as a college free agent ('03) and worked his way up the depth chart at cornerback with the Eagles. He proved his toughness last year by playing well early on despite a troublesome heel injury.