Minicamp Insider Notes 4.0

With the start of camp less than two months away expect the signings of recently drafted rookies to heat up soon. Here's the latest on contract talks as well as the hopes many franchises have for first year players.

- As of this past weekend, the New York Jets had not asked veteran WR Justin McCareins to take a pay cut.  It was rumored the team would release McCareins after June 1st as they were unable to trade him during the draft.  Why are they holding onto McCareins?  Sources told us the team will use more three receiver sets this season, and could start games with that formation.  As a result, his role in the offense could become more valuable.

- The agent for Philadelphia Eagles third-round choice Stewart Bradley said the team was "motivated and fair" which made it easy for both sides to reach an agreement.  The team has told Bradley the three best linebackers will start when the season begins.  Bradley is likely to battle for a spot with the first team at strong side linebacker.  Presently another third-round choice, Chris Gocong, is atop the depth chart at that spot.  Gocong missed his rookie season after sustaining a neck injury.  

- Trying to sign second round selection Victor Abiamiri may prove more difficult for the Eagles due to a glitch in the CBA.  Presently players drafted starting in round three receive an escalator clause of $1.2-million in the final year of a four year deal.  The same clause amounts to barely half that number for players selected in the late part of round two.  As a result, the total contract packages of players chosen early in round three could rival or exceed the four year deals being offered to those who were chosen late in round two.

-Aaron Sears, selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 35th pick, is presently slated to start at left guard for the team.  Sears spent his senior season at left tackle for the Tennessee Volunteers.

- Defensive back Courtney Brown, selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round, was finally able to join the team for off-season workouts last Thursday.  Brown was on the quarter system at Cal-Poly and per league rules, was unable to attend workouts until the semester ended.

-  The Atlanta Falcons have listed Doug Datish as the teams number two center.  The Falcons are hoping Datish moves in with the first team by the start of the '08 season.


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