NFL Notes Emerge from Mobile

While the Senior Bowl is largely about scouting the draft-eligible football players, there is also plenty of NFL team news coming from Mobile, Ala., as franchises search for new coaches and we find out more about players in free agency. Also on the first day, was told of college players whose stock has dropped after having their Senior Bowl invitations revoked.

MOBILE, Ala., — Defensive tackle Claude Wroten, considered by many the top senior player at his position and a potential first-round NFL Draft choice in April, has had his Senior Bowl invitation revoked after being arrested earlier this month for felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute earlier this month.

Those on hand for the 57th Senior Bowl feel the former Louisiana State player will watch his draft stock drop immeasurably because of this.

Linebacker A.J. Nicholson of Florida State also watched his Senior Bowl invitation go up in smoke stemming from a sexual assault allegation in late December. Nicholson was suspended from playing in the Fiesta Bowl as a result of the charge.

While Chris Palmer interviewed with the New York Jets last Friday in excess of four hours, has learned that reports of his being named the team's new offensive coordination are premature. The former Cleveland head coach and New England quarterbacks coach has not heard back from the Jets as of Sunday evening and in fact was never told specifically what his job title might be during the interview.

In other news, has confirmed that the Indianapolis Colts will do all they can to keep receiver Reggie Wayne with the franchise. Whether it is signing the productive pass catcher to a long-term contract or placing the franchise tag on him before the free agent deadline in March, the team is determined to pay what it takes to retain his services.

On the other hand, the future of running back Edgerrin James is less certain. The price to re-sign him may be a little to steep and the possibility exists that the veteran back will find employment elsewhere in 2006.

The nation's top four senior offensive tackles prospects are in attendance, including D'brickashaw Ferguson, potentially a top-four pick in April's draft.

More than a half-dozen of the country's top defensive linemen have showed up in Mobile, including Mathias Kiwanuka of Boston College. The top guards, quarterbacks and running backs will be begin practicing on Monday.

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