Owens may be able to find a new home in South Florida. During an ESPN radio interview earlier this week, Dolphins coach Nick Saban left open the possibility of the Dolphins pursuing Owens, whose agent has been allowed to seek a trade. Despite his status as one of the NFL's top wide receivers, Owens was suspended for Philadelphia's final nine regular-season games for conduct detrimental to the team. Philadelphia is expected to release Owens before the start of the free agent signing period March 3 if a trade can't be finalized.
Two respected free-agent linebackers are making news.
New York Giants weakside linebacker Nick Greisen is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, and all indications are that the Giants will try hard to sign him to a new contract before he becomes available in the open market. He started at WLB and MLB this season and was a productive player. While he isn't considered a quick linebacker according to his timing, he is considered quick to diagnose. Another reason he might be of interest to the Vikings is that Greisen and Childress' paths crossed briefly at the University of Wisconsin when Childress was the offensive coordinator for the Badgers, and given Childress' propensity to seek Wisconsin connections, it might be a likely place to look if Greisen does hit the open market.
Ironically, he is also expected to be one of the Giants' targets in free agency. It is unlikely that the Giants will bring back veteran SLB Carlos Emmons, but they might have to choose between Greisen or Peterson in today's salary cap structure.
Packers right tackle Mark Tauscher came away looking like a new man on Monday. Following through on a promise he made before last season, Tauscher had his shoulder-length hair shorn.
A hospital in Tauscher's native Marshfield, Wis., raised $28,000 to support its children's services. Tauscher pledged to get the long locks cut if $25,000 was donated by the community.
Tackle William Obeng, who spent some camp time with the Vikings in 2005, was allocated to NFL Europe by the Oakland Raiders.