Sunday NFL News and Rumors from the Combine

From a quarterback contract for the Eagles, strategy surrounding QB Matt Schaub, cornerback and offensive linemen news to a fluid wide receiver situation in Seattle, the NFL news and speculation continues from Indianapolis.

Philadelphia Eagles: A.J. Feeley Gets Extension

Scout.com has confirmed the Philadelphia Eagles signed QB A.J. Feeley to a three-year extension on Sunday through 2010.

"A.J. Feeley has been very productive as a quarterback in Philadelphia," said general manager Tom Heckert. "He's won some games at crucial times for this franchise and he gives us a great amount of confidence as a backup to Donovan McNabb. A.J.'s proven to be very comfortable in this offensive scheme and we look forward to having him in the fold for the next several years."

With Feeley's contract extension, veteran QB Jeff Garcia is not expected to re-sign with the team.

Garcia's agent, Steve Baker, confirmed that he had no substantive contract discussions with the Eagles of late, although Garcia expressed a desire to return to the team.

Garcia, who turned 37 on Saturday, is unlikely to find a starting job elsewhere, according to league sources.

Atlanta Falcons: Schaub To Receive Highest Tender?

Some of the talk around the combine this week is what level the Atlanta Falcons will tender restricted free agent QB Matt Schaub.

A league source indicated the team is expected to place the highest possible tender on Schaub which is first and third-round levels.

Why would they do this? By scaring off teams from signing him to an offer sheet, they could then pick the team they would want to trade him to instead of having to deal with and control the level of compensation.

Cleveland Browns: Guard and Cornerback Likely Free Agent Targets

The Cleveland Browns have various needs on both sides of the football and a league source indicated to scout.com that the team will likely sign at least one free agent guard and one free agent cornerback.

With between $25-$28 million in cap space, look for at least one of those two free agent signings to be a marquee player.

The only marquee cornerback that is projected to come free on March 2 is Nate Clements (Buffalo Bills). Clements is said to be seeking a signing bonus in excess of between $20 million. But because of the solid coaching of defensive backs coach Mel Tucker, there's a feeling that the team doesn't need to overspend on a cornerback. Rather they could go after a mid-level cornerback who would cost them much less, such as Rod Hood (Philadelphia Eagles), Travis Fisher (St. Louis Rams), or Tory James (Cincinnati Bengals).

It's believed that the team will make a strong play for one of the top two free agent guards (Eric Steinbach or Kris Dielman).

Scout.com talked to an offensive line coach from an NFC team who said that Dielman, not Steinbach, is the better player. That may come to a surprise to many, as it was widely thought that Steinbach was the better lineman.

The coach said Dielman is a little more athletic and has more upside to get even better.

Seattle Seahawks: Hackett Could Stay After All

If the report in the Tacoma News Tribune is true that the Seattle Seahawks are looking to deal WR Darrell Jackson, the chances of the team keeping restricted free agent WR D.J. Hackett could increase.

Jackson has missed 13 regular-season games over the last two seasons, and as scout.com has reported in the past, it wasn't a secret that he felt he was promised that he would get his contract re-done, which would put him with the other top paid receivers in the NFL.

As for Hackett, it's not a secret either that he's well thought of around the league and many feel that he's an ascending player who could receive significant interest in free agency next week. While the feeling this week has been the team would place as high as a second-round tender on him, it's now possible they place a first-round tender on Hackett to scare off other teams.


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