Minicamp Insider Notes 5.0

Get more insight and insider analysis on a key player who will be available in next month's supplemental draft and some teams that will be on hand to see him work out next week. And is Alex Brown on his way out in Chicago? All that and more in this edition of Minicamp Insider Notes.

Brown Finding Interest

It's been widely reported that Chicago Bears RDE Alex Brown continues to be on the trading block and has already lost his starting job to second-year DE Mark Anderson.

Brown was given permission to seek a trade last month and, according to a league source, the Tennessee Titans have shown the most interest in him. Other teams that could show interest soon and that have a pass-rushing need are the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins.

The Titans are looking for an upgrade opposite veteran LDE Kyle Vanden Bosch and have gotten very little help from disappointing fourth-year ends Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy.

Washington posted a league-low 19 sacks last season and failed to pick up any significant pass rush help this year.

The Chiefs will be without starting RDE Jared Allen due to a four-game suspension, and as a team they only posted 32 sacks last season.

Supplemental Draft Update

University of Nebraska OT Chris Patrick had his application for next month's supplemental draft approved by the league. 

Patrick will hold his pro day this Monday on campus. Half the league's teams are expected to be on hand. The New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and Baltimore Ravens have already committed to attend the workout. 

The 6-foot-4-inch plus/300-pound Patrick, who projects to guard in the NFL, has been targeting to run his forty under 5.1-seconds and hopes to complete more than 35 reps on the bench.

Gaither Priming Himself for New Position and New Role

Second-year LB Omar Gaither, a former fifth-round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles, was moved from the weak side to the middle earlier this year. He started the final five games of the regular season in 2006 as well as their two playoff games.

But just because he won't be starting (he'll be playing in back of veteran MLB Jeremiah Trotter), doesn't mean he isn't highly thought of by their coaching staff. In fact, Gaither is slated to be their nickel back and, according to a league source, also was asked to put on weight while Trotter still needs to drop some weight.

Gaither is seen by the team as Trotter's eventual successor and that could happen as soon as 2008.

Saints Getting Players in on Three-Year Deals

Several in the agent community were surprised when the New Orleans Saints handed both their third-round picks three year deals last week rather than four-year agreements, which has been commonplace this year. 

One of those selections, CB Usama Young has been running as the first-team nickel in early workouts. The early indications are Young will get plenty of action as a rookie during nickel and dime situations.
Their fourth-round pick, RB Antonio Pittman, is expected to sign his deal in the coming weeks. Pittman's representatives told the initial contract negotiations, which have been going on for weeks, have been positive. A three-year deal also seems in the works for Pittman.

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