Ornstein is a sometimes slippery but usually lovable (in his own way) rogue, who has operated on the NFL's fringes, and became a trusted confidant to Saints' coach Sean Payton.
How close are the two men? After a 2008 pounding of Oakland at the Superdome, Payton, cognizant of the acrimonious falling out between Ornstein and late Raiders' owner Al Davis, presented his buddy with the game ball.
So why are things so delicate for the league? A twice-convicted felon, Ornstein, who has befriended more than his share of owners and club officials, knows where a lot of league bones are buried. He's been unwaveringly loyal to his league friends through some difficult circumstances, but one has to wonder when some of that information will come out of his personal vault.
By the way, in the wake of Davis' passing, Ornstein has asked some friends and acquaintances what it might take to get back in the team's graces. But it doesn't seem, from what people are saying, that such a reunion will happen.
Longtime Detroit starter Jeff Backus has never missed a game in 11 seasons, but he's 34 are still rehabilitating a biceps injury he sustained in the playoff loss to New Orleans.
Released by San Diego, Marcus McNeill has long had back problems, made just 20 starts the past two years, and will have to demonstrate to any interested teams that's he's healthy.
Demetrius Bell of Buffalo was limited to six starts because of injuries in 2011. The best bet for teams seeking help at the left tackle position might be the draft, because the veteran pickings are thin.
Translation: Everyone has been waiting for the Manning domino to fall before making a move on the Flynn front. The four-year veteran will now start making visits, first to Seattle and Miami, with more possibly following, but a decision on his future is far from imminent, Dye told The Sports Xchange.
"I think everyone thought it would be fast, right out of the box, but everyone, and that includes us, has had to sort a lot of things out," Dye said. "If there's a plus, it's that all the sides have had plenty of time to explore things."
From what he had told The Sports Xchange, it appears Garrard would prefer to work out only for the franchises that indicate a legitimate interest in him. But Garrard hasn't totally ruled out a possible "pro day" or combine-type session in which he throws for several teams. A guy with 76 starts on his resume, including 46 starts 2008-2010, Garrard has been realistic about his potential role on a team.
He told a Detroit-area media outlet this week that he could accept a backup role to Lions' starter Matthew Stafford, and has apparently said similar things to clubs that have inquired about him.
And not just because of the cash outlay, and front-loaded model, they used to land the high profile vets. The off-field indiscretions of Jackson have been well documented the past few years. Nicks has been a solid character in the league, but was anything but a choirboy during his college career at Nebraska, and once actually apologized to university officials for any problems he might have caused.
Wright was a guy, who according to former Detroit teammates, was late for a few meetings, and wasn't always as prepared for practices and games as he might have been.
All three could turn out to be upstanding citizens for the Bucs, and here's hoping that is the case. But for an organization that has suffered from some off-field incidents in recent years, and whose lack of veteran leadership was hardly a secret around the league last year, the moves are being watched closely by some in the NFL.