More Than Scheduled Free Agents Could Emerge

While one solid receiver has signed an extension, two others under contract for 2007 are rumored to have their job status in limbo. But the free agent news hasn't just been about the receivers in the last two weeks. See who else could enter the market, what's being said about them and what they are saying.

  • WR Mike Furrey, a pending free agent who had 98 catches for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns last season, signed a three-year deal to stay with Detroit. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

  • WR Terrell Owens thinks the Cowboys might be better off without retired coach Bill Parcells. He said the Cowboys didn't play up to their potential last year and said Parcells' coaching style was partly to blame.

    "I am just hoping his retirement brings promise to what the team has to offer," said Owens, who is in Miami recovering from surgery on his right index finger. "This past year was a big letdown. Hopefully, the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level.

    "Sometimes change is good," Owens said. "I think it was needed."

    Regarding his surgically repaired finger, Owens said he is well ahead of schedule. A second phase of the surgery is to be performed sometime in the next six weeks.

    Owens hasn't been back to Dallas since the end of the season. He said he will be ready to play in 2007.

    The Cowboys must decide if they want him back. Owner Jerry Jones said he wants Owens to return, but the new coach might make the decision. Owens is due a $3 million roster bonus in June.

  • WR Joe Horn, a four-time Pro Bowl selection during his seven seasons with the team, said he will not accept a pay cut to stay with the team next season.

    Horn, who is set to earn $4.45 million in base salary in 2007 and is under contract through 2010, missed the final four regular-season games and two playoff games with a groin injury that sidelined him for two earlier games.

    Horn, 35, also missed three games in 2005 with a hamstring injury. He caught just 49 passes in 2005 and 37 in ‘06 after averaging 87.4 catches per season in his first five years with the Saints.

    "Can I still play at a Pro Bowl level? Yes, the film don't lie," Horn said. "My receiver coach knows what I can do, and I know coach (Sean) Payton knows what I can do.

    "But I won't be surprised if my agent got a phone call or I got a phone call and they told me they were going in a different direction. Then I'd clear out my locker, I'd say farewell to the fans here that I love dearly and they love me, and I'd put on another helmet."

  • RB Julius Jones will be in the final year of his contract in 2007. The Cowboys must decide if he is the future at the running back position.

  • TE Jason Witten is simply Witten. Although he didn't make the Pro Bowl, he put up Pro Bowl numbers again, catching 64 passes for 754 yards and a touchdown. The best thing the Cowboys did was lock Witten up to a long-term contract extension before the season. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent.

  • Raiders RT Langston Walker exercised a clause in his contract based on playing time and became an unrestricted free agent. Walker started 16 games for the Raiders a year after suffering a life-threatening intra-abdominal hemorrhage.

    Although it was admirable Walker held up throughout the year, he was as culpable as anyone else for the 72 sacks the Raiders line surrendered in 2006.

    If, as rumored, a team is willing to make Walker a large offer, don't look for the Raiders to go out of their way to attempt to keep him.

  • DE Bobby McCray, who'll be a restricted free agent, would like to get a new deal instead of simply getting the franchise tender.

  • S Deon Grant, who'll become an unrestricted free agent, rejected the Jaguars' first contract offer.

  • LB Spencer Toone, who ended the season on the Titans' practice squad, was added to the team's 2007 roster.

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