NFL Free Agency Insider Blog: Week Two

The second week of free agency is nearing a close. Which receivers are the Tennessee Titans eyeing? Could A.J. Feeley be on the move?...What's going on with Matt Birk?...Who will replace Takeo Spikes?...Extensive Joe Flacco Pro Day notes...A breakdown of the players who are set to visit the Tennessee Titans.. Those details and a lot more inside.....


The Tennessee Titans continue to look for help at receiver and free agent WR Drew Carter visited the team on Thursday, confirmed.

Carter also visited the Oakland Raiders earlier this week.

Carter has good size and moves well down field. The knock on him has his always been that he's not asked to go over the middle and he doesn't shield off defenders well.

In offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger's scheme, he'll ask the receivers to stretch the field quite often so Carter could still continue to receiver interest from Tennessee.

A league source told Tennessee still has interest in free agent WR Justin McCareins who performed well under Heimerdinger's system earlier in his career.


While the Philadelphia Eagles want to play their younger linebackers more in 2008, has confirmed veteran LB Takeo Spikes (rotator cuff) failed the team's physical. Spikes was released by the team on Thursday.

The veteran linebacker suffered the injury back in mid-December of last season.


With so many teams looking for a backup quarterback, we could see some veterans on the move before the NFL draft.

One veteran signal caller who may have some value is A.J. Feeley (Philadelphia Eagles). He has three years left on the deal he signed back in February of 2007 with base salaries of (2008) $900,000, (2009) $1.3 million, (2010) 1.8 million.

A team source notes that the team is very high on second-year QB Kevin Kolb and some within the organization believe he could be ready to play as soon as this coming season. With that said, Feeley could be deemed expendable.

Feeley only has 15 starts in his eight seasons of play but he has extensive experience in the West Coast offense.

Teams such as the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, who are looking for backup help at the position, could show interest in him and those teams that run a West Coast scheme.  


Free agent LB Dallas Sartz, who was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2007, could be signed by the Minnesota Vikings next week, a league source told

Sartz was waived prior to the start of last season and had a workout for the Vikings a few weeks ago.

Sartz can play either at MLB or WLB.  


The Cleveland Browns had restricted free agent CB/KR Chris Carr (Oakland Raiders) in for a visit on Thursday, confirmed.

Carr was signed as an undrafted free agent and would not require any compensation (he got the low tender) if a team signs him to an offersheet if Oakland decides not to match it.

While Carr's kick return average is just 24.1 for his career, a league source notes he's just missed taking four to five for scores over the past three seasons.

Teams see Carr also as a dime CB.

A team source notes the Philadelphia Eagles considered acquiring him last season prior to the trade deadline.  


The New Orleans Saints plan to give veteran OL Jonathan Goodwin a good chance to win the starting center job next season, a league source told

The job became open after Jeff Faine signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Goodwin has mostly been a backup at guard and center in recent years.

It's also believed the team has interest in free agent C John Wade (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).


Minnesota Vikings All-Pro C Matt Birk will enter the 2008 season on the final year of his contract unless negotiations on a new deal come about.

According to a league source, no talks on an extension have taken place for several months.

Birk is due $5.32 million in base salary this coming season.


With the Philadelphia Eagles releasing WLB Takeo Spikes, look for the coaches to insert second-year LB Stewart Bradley in the lineup next season.

The coaches were really impressed with Bradley starting in last year's training camp and the more he got to play in the regular season, the more the team believed the former third-round pick should be playing more.

But a team source notes that Bradley may move inside to MLB with Omar Gaither moving to WLB next season. Gaither saw time at WLB during his rookie season.


Liberty University has their Pro Day next week and several NFL teams will be in attendance to see DE/OLB Vince Redd work out.

One team, the Cleveland Browns, are expected to work him out either after or prior to the Pro Day workout.

Redd is a tall, long-armed defensive player who projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Some compare his style of play to current Cleveland Browns OLB Willie McGinest.


University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco participated in his school's Pro Day workout on Thursday.

Originally, Flacco was not expected to throw but Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula had him throw with several NFL teams in attendance. Shula also took Flacco to dinner Wednesday evening, a league source told

The Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, New York Jets, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens were amongst the group of teams that were seen watching the strong-armed signal caller toss the football.

Flacco looked as many had expected--he made just about every throw on time and with accuracy.

Baltimore is expected to have a private workout with Flacco some time next week.

Carolina, Atlanta, Kansas City, and St. Louis are also expected to hold private workouts soon with Flacco.

Flacco is expected to have one more general public workout for various teams on March 25 at Villanova University.


Free agent OL Adam Goldberg reached a one-year deal to re-sign with the St. Louis Rams, a league source told

The deal is for around the veteran minimum salary of $605,000.

Goldberg will likely back up at right and left tackle and at least one of the guard spots.

A league source notes the Rams made a contract offer to free agent C Brett Romberg to re-sign with the team. The offer is to believed to be around the league minimum.  


The St. Louis Rams have interest in re-signing two veteran offensive linemen, a league source told

RT Brandon Gorin and G/OT Adam Goldberg have a good chance at re-signing with the team.

Gorin started eight games last season for St. Louis and Goldberg appeared in four games for the club and started two.


Free agent G Jake Scott (Indianapolis Colts) who visited the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, is expected to visit the Houston Texans soon, a league source told

Houston as an opening at RG since starter Fred Weary is still unsigned.

Scott started 48 straight regular season games for the Colts and is starting to get a lot of attention in free agency of late. The Denver Broncos and a few other teams are also looking to set up visits.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 8:37 PM EST has confirmed free agent DT Kindal Moorehead (Carolina Panthers) has a visit set up with the Atlanta Falcons who dire need of depth on the interior of their defensive line.

Also, a league source notes free agent OL Cornell Green could be closing in on re-signing with the Oakland Raiders.  


Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper informed that the Tennessee Titans have scheduled the following free agents for visits:

Josh Thomas/DE/Indianapolis
Jake Scott/G/Indianapolis
Jevon Kearse/DE - Was cut by the Eagles
Ellis Wyms/DE-DT-Seattle

They are also interested in RB Julius Jones according to McCormick. The interest in Jones could signal that the team isn't satisfied with the development of RB Chris Henry.

Former Titan running backs coach Sherman Smith, who was named recently as Washington's offensive coordinator, was a proponent of drafting Henry and with Smith gone, Henry's supporters could be dwindling--thus the interest in Jones. It also should be noted that veteran RB Chris Brown is unsigned.

Thomas would compete for the third end spot if he signed.

Scott could replace LG Jacob Bell who signed with the Rams.

Kearse probably is more of a rotational player at best at this point in his career. But he could be part of a rotation that would replace DEs Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy.

Wyms is a solid backup who can play end or tackle and Tennessee is in need of depth at either position.


From time to time we'll stick a few collegiate player notes in here in reference to the NFL draft.

A league source notified that University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco will either not throw at the Pro Day on Thursday or very little.

Flacco is expected to have a workout for NFL teams later this month possibly at Villanova University.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free agent LB Matt McCoy on Tuesday. The former second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles will back up starting WLB Derrick Brooks.

A league source notes that the team is still looking for Brooks' eventual successor and had interest in free agent LB Demorrio Williams who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

It's believed Tampa Bay will keep Cato June on the strong-side even when Brooks decides to retire which is a surprise because some consider him a bit undersized for that position.

McCoy is known as a speedy but undersized linebacker who seemed a bit lost in Philadelphia's defensive scheme. He finished last season with the New Orleans Saints.  


As first reported by, free agent DE Tyler Brayton reached a two-year contract agreement with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday.

But Brayton still had a hard time deciding whether to sign with Carolina or the Indianapolis Colts who offered Brayton a one-year deal.

A league source notes Brayton was pretty close to being set to signing with Carolina before he met with Indianapolis. However, he had such a good visit with the Colts that he wanted to clear his head by going back home and talking over the decision with his family.

In the end, Brayton weighed getting a chance to get to the Super Bowl quicker (with Indianapolis) vs. getting a chance to start (with Carolina).  


As first reported several weeks ago, free agent TE Jeb Putzier was receiving interest from a few teams including the Seattle Seahawks. As first noted on Monday, Putzier would be visiting Seattle.

Putzier agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday with the club and will compete for the starting job.

Even if Seattle selects a tight end high in in April's draft, it's expected Putzier will still have a good shot to win the job. Currently, the only tight end on Seattle's roster who spent meaningful time last season with the team is Will Heller--who is known for his blocking, not pass catching.

Putzier is known more as an athletic "move" tight end who runs well but is less than a stellar blocker.

The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets also showed interest in the former Denver Bronco and Houston Texan.  


Veteran CB Jason Webster (Buffalo Bills) and the New England Patriots reached a one-year contract agreement on Monday.

A league source told Webster's deal is for a total of $2.2 million.

Webster, who won a starting job last season, suffered a broken forearm during the first game of the 2007 season and was placed on season-ending injured reserve the following week.

Depending on what the New England does with their selections in next month's NFL draft, Webster could wind up starting for the defending AFC Champion.


The Houston Texans plan to bring veteran RB Ahman Green back for another season despite knee problems that forced him to miss 10 games last season, a league source told

After several weeks of rest, Green's knee is almost 100 percent and the knee won't require a surgical procedure. The source notes Green dealt with inflammation which would cause the knee to swell after making sudden movements.

Former Texan RB Domanick Davis, who was a starter for the club for three seasons, dealt with swelling in his knee which has halted his career. He hasn't played since the 2005 season.

Green last played four months ago against the Oakland Raiders on November 4. He practiced sparingly from that time until he was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 7.

The source believes Houston will select a running back within the first three rounds of this year's draft who could eventually replace the veteran back or at least be an insurance policy should Green's knee problems reoccur.

Green signed a four-year with the club in 2007 and is due $3.8 million in 2009.  


With free agent LG Jacob Bell signing a six-year contract with the St. Louis Rams, the Tennessee Titans are expected to turn to second-year OL Leroy Harris to fill the void.

The former North Carolina St. interior lineman only appeared in five games last season and he didn't start any of them. But Harris seen as a better prospect than backup OL Eugene Amano, a team source notes.

The other issue for the team on the offensive line is veteran RG Benji Olson who team sources expect to retire due to back problems. Amano could get a chance to start in Olson's spot but there's probably a greater chance that the team either signs a veteran or drafts a player to take that spot, the source adds.  


If the Oakland Raiders wind up releasing LaMont Jordan, a league source notes the veteran back could draw interest from the San Diego Chargers.

San Diego head coach Norv Turner coached Jordan for one season in Oakland which happened to be Jordan's best year as a professional.

San Diego is looking for a new No. 2 back since Michael Turner signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Jordan lost the starting job to RB Justin Fargas last season.

It should be noted Jordan has two years left on his contract for a total of $9.7 million due in base salary which he almost certainly won't receive.


The Denver Broncos will be in the market for a defensive tackle high in April's draft, a league source told The source notes Denver brought in former University of Louisville DT Amobi Okoye for an unreported visit shortly before last year's draft. Denver, the source notes, discussed trading up for him but wound up staying at No. 17 and selected DE Jarvis Moss.

Denver's run defense was ranked 30th last season (142.6/game) and with little talent left in free agency at defensive tackle, Denver doesn't have much choice but to address the position early and often in next month's annual player selection weekend.  


A league source notes that just because the Minnesota Vikings signed WR Bernard Berrian last weekend, the team may not be done looking at the receiver position in free agency or the NFL draft.

Apparently the team had interest in free agent WR Andre' Davis who re-signed with the Houston Texans last week. Had Davis signed with Minnesota, he would have been the primary kickoff returner. The veteran receiver finished second overall in the NFL for kickoff return average (30.3). Davis also filled in admirably for injured WR Andre Johnson last season.  


While the Cleveland Browns are still interested in re-signing Chaun Thompson, a league source told the versatile free agent linebacker has also drawn the interest of the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle lost versatile backup LB Kevin Bentley to the Houston Texans on Monday and are looking for a linebacker, such as Thompson, who is capable of playing multiple linebacker positions.  


The Tennessee Titans have lost two out of their top three defensive ends and are still looking to sign a free agent wide receiver. However, the team still hasn't lined up a visit for any player of that position through Monday, a league source told

Just as they did with free agent TE Alge Crumpler, Tennessee is letting other teams court free agents. The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks showed strong interest in Crumpler but the former Atlanta Falcon passed on signing with them. Once the market has died down a bit, Tennessee is expected to start bringing in free agents for visits.

Tennessee passed on signing free agent WR Bernard Berrian--just like they did with free agent WR Kevin Curtis last year at this time. Tennessee prefers other teams to set the market for a player they have interest in and then they'll decide if the player is worth the asking price.  


The Arizona Cardinals reached a multi-year contract agreement with free agent DE/OLB Travis LaBoy (Tennessee Titans), confirmed. The deal is contingent on LaBoy passing a team physical and the contract hasn't been signed another source cautions so it's not official...yet

LaBoy is slated to replace OLB Calvin Pace who signed a big free agent deal with the New York Jets on Monday.

LaBoy visited the Cleveland Browns this past weekend but was looking for a greater role and decided not to pursue a deal with them.

The New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles also showed early interest in LaBoy.  


Free agent WR Bryant Johnson wants to sign with the Buffalo Bills but at the moment, it's not a mutual feeling. A team source told that there are personnel evaluators with the club that aren't convinced that he's the best fit for the team. Despite that, it's not out of the question that he eventually signs with Buffalo.

Johnson is expected to visit the Washington Redskins and possibly the Chicago Bears later this week. A league source notes the Tennessee Titans are also interested in Johnson but have yet to set up a visit with him.


Free agent LB Kevin Bentley, who signed multi-year deal with the Houston Texans on Monday, will likely be given a chance to challenge for the vacant SLB job.

Bentley is known as an outstanding special teams player who capable of playing all three linebacker spots in Houston's 4-3 defensive scheme.

A league source notes Bentley also received interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, and Tennessee Titans.  


Free agent DE Tyler Brayton met, as expected, with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. Brayton is expected to fly home this evening and could make a decision on where he wants to play as early as Tuesday, a league source told  


If free agent WR Bryant Johnson signs with the Buffalo Bills, it's believed free agent WR D.J. Hackett's choice on where to sign will come down to three to four teams.

Hackett's preference is to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks but the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain interested in him.

Elsewhere, free agent DE Tyler Brayton is still visiting with the Indianapolis Colts. It's believed his choices will come down to playing for the Colts or Carolina Panthers.  


A league source notes negotiations between free agent DE Travis LaBoy (Tennessee Titans) and the Arizona Cardinals are heating up and it's believed Arizona is closing in on signing him. If LaBoy signs with Arizona, it's believed the team will plug him in at OLB to replace Calvin Pace.

Elsewhere, has confirmed free agent DE Antwan Odom will be meeting with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday. A trip to Arizona to visit the Cardinals has been canceled a league source notes.  


Free agent TE Jeb Putzier is flying to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, has confirmed. Putizer is also expected to meet with the New York Jets later this week.

The Houston Texans released Putzier last month.  


Free agent WR Bryant Johnson (Arizona Cardinals) is in Buffalo currently meeting with the Bills. He's going to meet with the offensive staff during the afternoon and has already taken a physical, a league source told

The source notes if he doesn't sign with the Bills today, his next visit is with the Washington Redskins then possibly with the Chicago Bears.  


Free agent DE Tyler Brayton (Oakland Raiders) arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday and is meeting with the Colts on Monday.

Brayton is expected to visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday--if he hasn't already already agreed to a deal with another team before then.

A league source notes Indianapolis views him as not only a defensive end, but as an inside pass rusher on passing downs.

Oakland played Brayton quite a bit at defensive tackle last season so his versatility is getting him more interest than first expected.  


While various reports had free free agent G Alan Faneca only drawing interest from the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, and San Francisco 49ers before he signed with the Jets, a league source with knowledge the negotiations told the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also showed interest in the former Pittsburgh Steeler. It's not known how serious Tampa Bay's interest was and it's hard to see where they would move LG Aaron Sears but it's believed they looked into what it would cost to sign him.

And as previously noted in last week's blog, the Arizona Cardinals would have gotten involved if they had the available salary cap space to do so. They're continuing to discuss a contract extension with WR Larry Fitzgerald which would significantly lower his cap number for 2008. Fitzgerald is due almost $14.6 million in base salary.

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