Latest Free Agency Notes-3/1

When the clock strikes 12:01 AM ET Friday, 2007 free agency will commence. Here's the latest from Scout.com's Adam Caplan on some key players that are set to become free agents.

Arizona Cardinals - League sources indicated the three teams that are likely to show the most interest in LT Leonard Davis once free agency starts later this evening at the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers.

What makes Davis such an attractive free agent prospect is that he can play left tackle or guard.

Davis is said to be leaning toward playing for a team that has the best chance to win plus he would like to play in warm weather if possible.

Also of note, a team source indicated that Detroit Lions unrestricted free agent FS Terrence Holt could be brought in for a visit this weekend. Veteran FS Robert Griffith isn't expected to be re-signed by the team. Second-year FS Aaron Francisco could also compete for the job and the team is high on him.


Buffalo Bills - When free agency starts later this evening, league sources indicate that the teams likely to show the most interest in free agent CB Nate Clements are the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans who both have plenty of money under the salary cap.

Cleveland sources indicate the Browns top needs are guard and cornerback and intend to fill them in free agency. If Cleveland is unable to sign Clements, they may look at mid-level free agent CBs such as Rod Hood, Tory James, or Travis Fisher.

Tennessee is expected to target a free agent wide receiver and cornerback in free agency.


Green Bay Packers - As noted during last week's NFL Combine coverage, the New York Giants will be looking for a veteran back to compete for playing time against third-year RB Brandon Jacobs. Veteran RB Ahman Green, who is just hours away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, could find interest from the Giants, Denver Broncos (who traded RB Tatum Bell on Thursday), Houston Texans, and New York Jets who released RBs Kevan Barlow and Derrick Blaylock recently.


Minnesota Vikings - The Minnesota Vikings released OT Mike Rosenthal, CB Fred Smoot, and TE Jermaine Wiggins on Thursday.

Smoot could wind up with the Washington Redskins in a nickel role.

The team also still could either restructure TE Jim Kleinsasser's contract or release him.

As scout.com reported last week, the Vikings have interest in New England Patriots TE Daniel Graham who also has drawn the interest of the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos.

Minnesota is expected to sign at least one free agent wide receiver (likely Ashley Lelie) and possibly one other. Tennesee Titans WR Drew Bennett is a good fit for the West Coast offense and could draw attention of the decision makers with the Vikings


New England Patriots - Veteran RB Corey Dillon will be released by the New England Patriots officially on Friday. Despite reports to the contrary, Dillon still wants to play but only if it's not in a minor role. Dillon is expected to seek a team that has a chance to get to the Super Bowl.

As scout.com reported last week, New England decided that second-year pro Laurence Maroney will take over as the featured back. League sources indicate that the team will likely sign a veteran back to compete for playing time against veteran RB Kevin Faulk.


New York Giants - As scout.com reported last Saturday, Philadelphia Eagles unrestricted free agent CB Roderick Hood could draw the interest of the New York Giants at the start of free agency. Sources say that the Giants are looking for a veteran cornerback to compete for a starting job against incumbent starters Corey Webster and Sam Madison.

The Giants, armed with more cap space than in previous years, could also show interest in Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agent CB Nate Clements. It should be noted that the Giants historically don't get in to a bidding war for free agents so Clements is a long-shot to sign with the team.


San Francisco 49ers - While various media outlets feel that the San Francisco 49ers will have a deal in place later this evening with Baltimore Ravens unrestricted free agent OLB Adalius Thomas, league sources indicate that the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots could also show interest. All three teams use a 3-4 defensive scheme.


San Diego Chargers - Plenty of teams are expected to show serious interest in San Diego Chargers G Kris Dielman once the clock strikes 12:01 am on the East Coast. Teams expected to have interest are the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, and Miami Dolphins.

Sources say that Dielman could be looking for up front money in the range of $12-$15 million.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Free agent QB Jeff Garcia, as scout.com noted last weekend, would most likely not find a starting job on the open market. Sources say that Garcia is drawing interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders. Oakland would be the only team that has an opening for the starting job and they only have one quarterback left on their roster (Andrew Walter).


Washington Redskins - Free Agent OL Ross Tucker, who was with the Cleveland Browns last August, has drawn interest from the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. Tucker can play center or guard.


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