NFL Free Agency Insider Blog Day Three

With NFL free agency less than a week away,'s NFL insider Adam Caplan continues to break down where a plethora of players will wind up playing next season. Which free agent safety to the Minnesota Vikings have interest in? Do the Arizona Cardinals really have interest in signing G Alan Faneca? These stories and more inside...



A league source notes Seattle Seahawks WR D.J. Hackett will likely draw some interest from the following teams at the start of free agency:

Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans.

Chicago has an apparent dire need at the receiver position. San Francisco has a need for depth at the position and possibly a starter. Tampa Bay has a need for a starting receiver since most team insiders believe veteran WR Ike Hilliard would be better handling their No. 3 role. It should be noted Tampa Bay usually doesn't spend big money on free agents so they could get out of the bidding early for his services. Tennessee has a clear need for a starting receiver and possibly two although they remain interested in re-signing WR Justin Gage.



Look for the Minnesota Vikings to show interest in free agent S Madieu Williams who the Cincinnati Bengals aren't expected to re-sign.

Williams had a terrific rookie campaign but suffered a torn labrum in his second season and he hasn't performed at a high level ever since. However, a team source notes the versatile Williams can play either safety position and also played slot cornerback on third down last season.


Despite rumors to the contrary, the Arizona Cardinals aren't likely to be a major player in trying to sign soon-to-be free agent G Alan Faneca.

Arizona is happy with the development of RG Deuce Lutui and LG Reggie Wells has been one of their most consistent offensive linemen over the past few seasons.


League sources indicate that the Green Bay Packers could wind up trading DT Corey Williams who had the franchise tag placed on him earlier this week. The reason why is it's believed there would be a ton of interest in the former Arkansas St. product if he became free and he could yield good value in a trade. Green Bay is already five deep at defensive tackle with Williams back in the fold.

In fact, various league sources told this week that we could see more pre-draft trading than in recent years because of the lack of overall talent projected to in free agency.


When we look at some under-the-radar players in free agency, one that comes to mind is Arizona Cardinals WR Bryant Johnson. The former first-round pick runs well for a player of his size (6'2") and he's played well when given a chance to start for injured WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin over the past few years.

League sources indicate the teams that could show interest in the former Penn St. product include the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans. Those teams run scheme that fits Johnson's talent well.


The New Orleans Saints are one of many teams that will be looking for defensive help early in April's draft. League sources indicate the team will look for help on the front four.

It's believed the team has their attention turned to University of North Carolina DT Kentwan Balmer. New Orleans, who selects 10th overall, is not expected to re-sign starting DT Brian Young and team has an obvious need at the position.


With TE Dallas Clark now under contract, a league source told that the Indianapolis Colts are in contract discussions with the representatives of C Jeff Saturday.

Saturday has one year left on his deal with a base salary of $3 million. The team is looking to sew up Saturday to a deal that will enable him to finish his career as a Colt.


Because of the dearth of talent projected to make it to free agency, teams will be looking for some under the radar players to sign.

One player who could find a lot of interest is Oakland Raiders DE/OLB Tyler Brayton. The former first-round pick was moved from end early in his career to outside linebacker. But Brayton was never comfortable at the position and was asked to put on weight prior to last season and was moved to defensive tackle.

At least five teams that talked to have interest in Brayton. However, it's believed he's looking at a short-term deal in a backup role. Teams will look at using him off the bench as a situational pass rusher.

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