Weekend Insider Notes Update

Will veteran RB Corey Dillon be playing this season? Are the Jets really confident in Pete Kendall's possible replacement?

Dillon Unlikely to Play This Season?

After passing on signing with the Tennessee Titans, a league source told Scout.com this week that veteran RB Corey Dillon is not expected to play this year. Tennessee was the one team that offered Dillon at least a chance to start.

However, Dillon, who is well off financially, chose to spend time with his family over playing this season.

Interesting Developments In Kendall Situation

The Pete Kendall situation gets more dicey by the minute. 

League sources have told Scout.com the New York Jets have few options left and are likely to release their starting guard. The belief is the Jets are pushing backup Adrien Clarke in a public relations move to help justify cutting Kendall in the coming weeks. Kendall's basis for demanding a bigger contract is simple; he feels underpaid compared to the money handed out in the off-season to the likes of free agent OLs Derrick Dockery and Leonard Davis.  Kendall is signed through 2009.

In a bit of irony, we've learned that several decision makers inside the Jets' organization agree with Kendall's argument yet refuse to give him a new deal. If the Jets do cut Kendall, don't expect him to be unemployed for long as a number of teams could use a veteran guard who can come in and play right away.

Young Quarterbacks Impressing in Early Practices

New England Patriot undrafted free agent QB Matt Gutierrez has looked impressive in pre-season mini camp and could find a spot on the teams practice squad. The Patriots are thin at the signal caller spot after starting QB Tom Brady

One source told us there could be a scenario where the team brings back veteran QB Vinny Testeverde for one more year and teams him with Matt Cassel to back up Brady. Gutierrez could be kept as an insurance policy for the future. New England feels there will be a market for Cassel after the season is finished. They think they could trade him for a pick in the early part of the draft's second day next April. Cassel is signed through 2008.

Another young passer making a name for himself is Travis Lulay. Allocated to NFL Europe by the Seattle Seahawks this spring, Lulay was playing productive football overseas until he hurt his shoulder. 

Lulay and David Greene will compete for Seattle's third quarterback spot this summer.  

Woodley Could Be Signed Soon

Representatives for Pittsburgh Steelers second-round pick DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley told us this week that contract negotiations have been going well with the team.

Woodley, who was the 14th selection in the round and 46th overall, could be signed as early as next week. No selections in the first two rounds have been signed by any team yet.

Another Supplemental Draft Entrant?

Texas State defender Mark Washington made himself eligible for the supplemental draft. And even though he's yet to plan a pro day workout, Washington is still drawing interest. 

The San Francisco 49ers are flying Washington in on Monday for a physical and workout. The Buffalo Bills have also shown interest in Washington. 

A transfer from Arizona State, the 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound prospect was forced to play defensive tackle after injuries hit the Bobcat defense. The 49ers are projecting Washington to rush linebacker in their 3-4 scheme.

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