"We can move Santonio around, which we started doing a lot last year because he plays in the slot very well," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "Limas can play in the slot, no problem. Hines can obviously play everywhere. Nate can play everywhere -- he's had to play every position on the team the last two years."
Ralph Cindrich, Saturday's agent, has had preliminary discussions with Colts officials on a new contract. He has informed them of Pro Bowl center's desire to remain in Indianapolis, and the team said the feeling is mutual.
"You always want to know what your future holds, but I'm sure they have thoughts about what they're going to do," Saturday said.
Team owner Jim Irsay dismissed the possibility the team would sign Saturday to an extension before his contract expires, or at least until late in the 2008 season.
"I don't see an extension," Irsay said, "but I do see him being a guy that we certainly have to be aware of going into next year that we would want to re-sign. You don't know what road it will go down. You may franchise-tag him.
"We all know how important Jeff is to our team. We're all hopeful Jeff's here in 2009."
"It's something that we take very seriously and certainly our condolences go out to the family," Payton said Wednesday during a scheduled news conference following an Organized Team Activity (OTA).
Drew Rosenhaus, Winslow's agent said on a Youtube video Winslow will report when he it is required.
"These are voluntary activities," Rosenhaus said. "They are not mandatory, and a player has a right to train on his own. Kellen is coming off an off-season knee injury and he is doing his rehabilitation and his training with a very fine trainer in his hometown of San Diego.
"He will be at the mandatory minicamp and at the mandatory training camp. What's the big to-do? There shouldn't be so much scrutiny on players who choose to work out on their own. Kellen's going to be ready to go and everything should be just fine with him."
"I don't really want to speak on it now," Evans said after practice as Buffalo began a series of voluntary organized team activities. "There was an offer put out there but that's as much as I'll speak on it now."
Evans' contract expires after this season. Whether an extension is consummated before September or he gets a new deal next year, he's in line for a huge pay raise.
The Bills set a precedent for making the contract pecking order right last season when they re-worked DE Aaron Schobel's deal to make sure he made more than Chris Kelsay. They will have little leverage dealing with Peters, who has outperformed his contract and is one of the NFL's rising young stars at age 26. Just last month, Tennessee gave its version of Peters, Michael Roos, a deal averaging $7.1 million.
He isn't participating in the team's offseason workouts this spring for the second straight year. Harrell suffered an injury to a disk in his back lifting weights in April and subsequently underwent surgery.
"We're just taking it slow (with Harrell's recovery)," head coach Mike McCarthy said.
Harrell isn't expected to be cleared by the medical staff for on-field work until the start of training camp in late July.
He missed all offseason workouts as a rookie last year because of a torn biceps muscle he sustained in the early part of his senior season of college at Tennessee. In turn, Harrell wasn't physically ready for the start of the regular season and was deactivated for the first four games. He later was sidelined five games because of a midseason ankle injury.
Having Harrell healthy this offseason to expedite his development was paramount because he stands to have a significant role on the defensive line next season. The Packers deemed former starter Corey Williams expendable, trading him to Cleveland for a second-round draft pick this year, as they looked to count on a quartet of Johnny Jolly, hybrid lineman Cullen Jenkins, Colin Cole and Harrell to complement nose tackle Ryan Pickett.
Green Bay, however, was considerably thin in the interior when its organized team activities began May 19. Jolly also will be out until training camp as he recovers from a shoulder injury he suffered late l
"I'm not surprised. Just knowing how hungry Ricky is to get at this thing. I love his attitude," Sparano said. "I love everything about what he's doing out there right now.... I'm excited for the guy."
Brown is on the field and ahead of schedule, but he's not taking part in full workouts.
"He's out there and he's getting a little bit of work," said coach Tony Sparano. "We're going to take it easy with him and see where it goes."
"The real story is that I have this year and next year (on my contract) and hopefully I can finish those years out. Then I will see where I am at. I will see where I am at physically and emotionally and financially. Then, if they would like to do something here I will consider it. If not, then I will have the option to go and explore and give my services somewhere else.
"If that happens, Carolina will definitely be my first choice. There is no question about it. I have 2008 and 2009 left to play and that is what I plan on doing."
Holt wasn't around much during the early part of the offseason, partly to try and put the 2007 season behind him, and also because he wasn't pleased with the way the team treated fellow wide receiver Isaac Bruce, who was released in late February.
"From a mental standpoint, I just wanted to relax and get away from the building and get away from football for a while so I can come back with a fresh mind and give the guys and my teammates what it is they need to go out there and try to win some more games this year and try to get our first playoff berth in a while," he said.
"We've had our mandatory workouts. When we open up (training) camp we anticipate Joe will be here."
The 36-year-old wide receiver, who started most of last season after signing a four-year, $19 million contract that guarantees him $7.5 million, feels he is not in the rebuilding team's plans. Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have said that is not the case.
Morgan, who signed a one-year contract with the Saints on March 11, announced his retirement last Monday. The 29-year-old Morgan played seven seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, but had participated in just four games over the last two seasons because of head and leg injuries.
Morgan missed the final 13 games of the 2007 season because of a partially-torn Achilles' tendon, an injury which played a major factor in the former Pro Bowler's decision to retire.
"When we signed Dan, he was committed to making a fresh start, and he was making every effort to rehabilitate the leg injury that he suffered last year," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "But it wasn't responding as well as he had hoped it would. We wish him well in his continued recovery, and he will be remembered for the excellent player he was during his career."
"He played with the first group to start with (at minicamp), and I thought he handled it very well," Fox said. "He adapted well. It didn't look like it was too big for him. He fit in well. Our players liked him. Maybe one of the good (things) was Steve Smith said, 'Man, that (number) 30 is pretty good.' Smitty doesn't give out a lot of compliments."
"Truth be known, if Jonathan hadn't had the toe situation, he probably never would've gotten to us (with the 13th pick)," Fox said. "We were fortunate that we were familiar with it. One of our team doctors did the actual surgery, so we had a pretty good feel of timing (of his return). At one point, he was not going to have the surgery, which would have affected maybe what we did, too. The fact that he got the surgery done and we knew about what his comeback time would be made us feel much more comfortable. He's a powerful guy with a thick lower body, excellent balance, great feet, so he breaks a lot of tackles and gets yards after the first contact, which is something we look for."
Brown suffered a season-ending torn ACL in last year's season opener and has missed 43 of 64 games the past four seasons after playing in 64 straight, and starting 63, in his first four seasons.
Brown's base salary for this season was scheduled to be $2.44 million in the final year of the five-year, $17 million extension he signed in July 2003. Brown now has a base salary of $950,000 for 2008. The $1.49 million difference can be made up with unlikely-to-be-earned incentives based on playing time. If Brown is injured before the season starts and released, he would be paid $320,000.
"I spoke with him numerous times here in the offseason and he has to sit back and wait for an opportunity and that's his mindset," Evans said. "He'll prepare himself to be as good as he can and if he gets a chance to step in and gets that opportunity, then he'll be ready. Me knowing him and people who know him around here know he'll be accountable when he steps up and gets a chance."
"A woman came outside and believed something else was happening and it wasn't," Hardy said. "That's why my father didn't know what was going on and honestly I didn't know what was going on until later that evening. I called and let coach (Dick Jauron) know and everybody know what definitely happened."
Hardy said he regretted getting his NFL career off to a negative start in the media but vowed to put the incident behind him.
"It's something I felt I couldn't control at the time," Hardy said. "The only thing is I shouldn't have been there. It sort of feels like every time I go home something negative (happens and) I'm always on the end of it.
"Now I'm in Buffalo and this is the best thing to happen to me since the birth of my son and I just want to get on the right track in Buffalo. This is something that will never happen again and nothing will ever be blown out of proportion again because I will never be in this situation."
"He showed some flashes," said Coughlin. "He was still confused about all the work we piled on him, and all the rest of them, but he did show the stuff we wanted to see. He has a lot of tools."
"Charles has been in and out of town. I talked to Al probably about a week to 10 days ago," McCarthy said May 21. "In their particular case and where they are in the years, their work during the OTAs will be limited, but we'll definitely hit our targets with them."
Grant is willing to be a spectator at practice until the situation is resolved. He's confident that team management will reward him after his breakthrough second half of last season by the time training camp starts July 28.
"I just felt like it was in my best (interest) to handle it this way, and I think both sides feel like I'm going about it in the correct way," Grant said. "It's not a matter of unhappiness. There's no hard feelings or anything like that. It's the business aspect."
"I think I'll touch the ball more in the passing game," Gore said. "I just want to show that I can do it all, that I'm a complete running back."
Faulk has gone out of his way to help Gore, too. Faulk and Gore have spoken over the phone. Faulk has volunteered to travel to meet with Gore to help him with the offense. After all, no running back knows about the Martz offense like Faulk. And running backs have to know everything about the offense.
"This is going to be fun," Gore said. "I know I won't be facing eight and nine guys in the box anymore."
"I don't know that he worked as hard as he could have (at Cal) because he's a very natural player," Tedford said. "Now that he's in the NFL, and he has to compete with guys who are all as good as he is, he'll figure out he needs to work.
"He got away with doing things on natural ability a lot at this level, that he probably won't be able to do at that level. I don't think he's opposed to it, but he'd probably even admit he can work harder."
"It just throws a few different dynamics in there that you have to think about moving forward," Speck told The Tennessean. "But I don't think it changes things at all. It certainly doesn't change the fact Albert wants to remain a Titan and would like to execute a long-term contract."
The Titans declined to discuss the matter.
"I think the commissioner will, at some point, evaluate where this thing has gone with Adam over the last several months and we'll see where that goes from there," owner Jerry Jones said.
"It's his (Goodell) decision-making but I'm not going to speculate there. I wouldn't comment about my conversations with the league about Adam. Obviously, we've been in communication with the league because we've had to work through contracts. We've had to do several things. Now, he has done his medical, his physical, he cleared that with flying colors, so any of that factor relative to the trade with Tennessee is no longer a factor."
"It's not an issue," Owens said. "For me, I'm going to go out and let my play do the talking. Jerry (Jones) is aware of my ability."
"The guys definitely know now that there is no question. We signed our big deal in the offseason and so they know I'm not going anywhere and the team knows that I'm here as the starting quarterback," Garrard said. "They approach me as the same person but knowing that we don't have any doubts on our minds that if we have any questions, we can come to Dave and ask him anything about what's going on, on the field or whatever."
"We went back and forth with the knee throughout the offseason," coach Gary Kubiak said. "It wasn't feeling the way (Johnson) wanted it to feel. So we tried to do some things, some rest and those types of things, to get it better.
"He wasn't really comfortable coming out of (mini-)camp, so we said, 'Hey, let's go scope it and see if there are any issues. We want you to feel comfortable.' Everything was fine. They cleaned it up. Now he feels good about it. He's not going to be hurt by missing some of these reps, so we'll just get him back to 100 percent and get him ready to go."
Johnson, who originally injured the knee during the second game of last season, said it started bothering him when he returned to the field last season. When he joined his teammates for the offseason conditioning program, the pain returned when he was running.
"It bothered me in the inside of my knee," said Johnson, who had his knee covered with a white sleeve Monday. "It was just something that just got real aggravating."
"From this time last year, I feel 100 percent better," Russell said. "I feel a lot better and am able to move a lot better."
Coach Lane Kiffin termed the difference in Russell "like night and day," and sees progress in all areas.
"The confidence factor, the way he feels about his body, he's been around these guys this whole time working out, running with them," Kiffin said. "He looks completely different."
"As a guy who has been in the league for 14 now going on 15 years and being around other veteran guys, for a young guy to get paid that kind of money and never steps foot on an NFL football field, it's a little disheartening to think of," Mawae said. "It makes it tough for a guy who's proven himself to say 'I want that kind of money' when the owners, all they're going to say is, 'well, you weren't a first-round pick.
"I know there is sentiment around the league amongst the players like, 'Let's do something to control these salaries and control these signing bonuses' and things like that.'"
Ryan said he was aware of the backlash and didn't feel any of it was directed at him but more likely at the system.
"I have a lot of respect for the guys who've put in a lot of time in this league," Ryan said. "They've worked hard and they are the backbone of this league. For me, the situation I was in, it's the nature of being a rookie at this time and where I was picked and the position I play.
"It's different," Jenkins admitted after a voluntary practice. "My whole career, except for my rookie year, I have always played a single-gap defense -- just go up the field and disrupt. Now it's fun. I love the challenge; now I have to basically be a stud. You have two gaps, you can't let anybody block you. Double teams, whams, everything -- you have to take it head on.
"It's different," he added, "but I think it's something that lets me express myself. In a 4-3 defense you are basically restricted to that one gap. In the 3-4 defense I get to express myself a little bit more and show what I'm capable of doing. As camp goes, I'll get more familiar with it and can pick the speed up a little bit."
Jenkins' new five-year, $30.3 million contract has weight-clause incentives, according to sources. But Jenkins says his immediate family of fiancee Tashia and three children, Kris Jr., Marcus and 6-month-old daughter Jesse, provided him with all the motivation he needed to shed 30 pounds between the end of the 2007 season and the beginning of spring practices.