NFL Free Agency Insider Blog Day Four

We'll continue our coverage of free agency every day as we get closer to the start of the league's spending frenzy this Friday. Which team will show strong interest in Gibril Wilson? Who is the sleeper defensive end could find interest in free agency? Where will free agent RB Michael Turner be playing in 2008 and beyond? Details inside....



A league source notes contract talks for Pittsburgh Steelers RT Willie Colon should start soon. Because of a recently revised NFLPA rule, teams can't sign drafted players to an extension or to a new deal until the player has completed at least two seasons of work.

Colon has one season left on his original rookie contract and is set to be paid $445,000 in base salary in 2008.  

The source notes the team is concentrating their efforts currently on getting QB Ben Roethlisberger signed to an extension.


A league source close to DE Bobby McCray expects the four-year pro to be playing elsewhere next season. McCray, despite weak numbers last season, expects to find a job as a starter elsewhere.  


While the Arizona Cardinals continue to find a way to lower the salary cap number of WR Larry Fitzgerald who is due over $30 million in the next two seasons, a league source notes Fitzgerald will be looking to make at least $25-$27 million in guaranteed money in a restructured deal.

Fitzgerald is using Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson and other younger receivers as a guide for the deal. Johnson's deal calls for $27.17 in guaranteed money. It's believed Arizona was offering about half of that amount in a long-term deal as of the last week or so.  


League sources believe the New York Giants will likely let FS Gibril Wilson make it to free agency. One team that has a glaring need for a free safety and is thought to be interested in Wilson are the Minnesota Vikings who released FS Dwight Smith recently.

Wilson is known as good at playing the run and has usually been one of the top tackling safeties around the league but he's a bit inconsistent in coverage.

Because the safety position looks light on talent in free agency, Wilson should receive a lot of interest in his services next weekend.  


One of the sleepers in free agency is Tennessee Titans DE Antwan Odom. The former second-round pick was seen as an underachiever by scouts in the first three years of his career. However, in year four, Odom posted 8 sacks and 7 passes defensed. While a team source notes that Odom is a priority to re-sign, the team is concerned with overpaying a player who is coming off of only one good season.

If Odom isn't signed by Friday, he'll likely found a decent amount of success due to the lack of talent available at the position. Teams that could show interest include the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, and St. Louis Rams.


League sources indicate free agent RB Michael Turner could find interest from the Houston Texans. Houston got inconsistent production from Green in 2007 and he also missed 10 games due to knee problems. Green, who turned 31 recently, is a candidate to be released. He's due $12.9 million over the final three years of his contract.

Scouts believe Turner fits Houston's zone blocking scheme well which asks a back to make one cut and get down hill.

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