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Some key players have voided the final year of their rookie deals ... Exclusive news on two key NFC playoff participants who could have new deals soon ... Insight into what the real decision was for an AFC team to decide to extend their head coach's contract. Get the details inside...

Trufant Closing in on New Deal

A league source told Scout.com this week that Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant is closing in on a new multi-year deal. The agreement is expected to be reached well before the start of free agency (February 29).

The former Washington St. University star was able to void the final year of his contract by achieving certain playing time incentives in his original contract.

While the details of the contract negotiations aren't known, the deal could wind up being similar to that of Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman who signed a six-year deal worth $41-$42 million with around $18.5 million of it guaranteed.

Many Rookies To Void Final Year of Contract

There are many 2007 first-round picks selected in the upper half of the round who have been able to void the final year of their deal based on meeting playing time requirements in their contracts.

According to a league source, DT Amobi Okoye (Houston Texans), S LaRon Landry (Washington Redskins), RB Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings), RB Marshawn Lynch (Buffalo Bills), DE Jamaal Anderson (Atlanta Falcons), and OLT Joe Thomas (Cleveland Browns) all selected in the top-15 of the draft, have met minimum playing time requirements and have been able to void the final year of their six-year deals.

Tuck Getting New Deal?

The New York Giants are getting ready to play the Dallas Cowboys this weekend and one of their key defensive players could be signing a new deal soon.

Third-year DE Justin Tuck is believed to be close to getting a new multi-year deal a league source told Scout.com this week. Tuck has one season left on his rookie deal at $520,000.

Despite only starting two games in the regular season, Tuck posted 65 combined tackles and 10 sacks. Tuck is seen as the eventual replacement for veteran LDE Michael Strahan since the team moved DE Mathias Kiwanuka to SLB this season.

Sleeper Tight End in Free Agency?

Kansas City Chiefs FB/TE Kris Wilson just finished up the final season of his four-year rookie contract and there's a good chance he'll play elsewhere next season. The former University of Pittsburgh star boosted his draft stock after a bunch of outstanding performances during Senior Bowl week back in 2004. His week was so good that it pushed him into the second round of the draft that year.

Wilson was known as an outstanding pass catcher coming out of college, but was drafted by a team that has future Hall of Famer (Tony Gonzalez) at the position, so he never really got a true shot at serious playing time. Wilson only has 42 receptions in his four seasons as a Chief.

Since this year's free agency class at tight end looks about as weak as it ever has, Wilson could get another shot to compete for serious playing time with another team.

Crennel Getting New Deal After All

Less than two weeks ago, it's believed Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel wasn't going to get a contract extension. Crennel has two years left on his original five-year deal ($2 million per season). But the recent decision to extend offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's contract — after he received interest from the Baltimore Ravens regarding their vacant head coaching position — may have forced Cleveland to want to extend Crennel's deal too.

As a league source points out, it would be hard to extend an assistant's deal without extending the head coach's contract as well. Or you would have a situation where the team would be questioned about how they feel about the head coach repeatedly. And Crennel's agent calling the team last week to see where they stood on Crennel's future also may have pushed the envelope. It's believed Crennel will get at least a two-year extension which would have him signed through 2011, the same year Chudzinski's extension expires.

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