As teams begin the scramble to re-sign some of their most desired free agents, other teams are releasing players while some street free agents, including two former Vikings WRs, have found new homes. It's all a build-up to Friday's free-agent opening and we've got the early action here.
QB Sage Rosenfels is close to being traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a fourth-round pick, according to the Houston Chronicle. And SportsRadio 610 in Houston reported that the Vikings are willing to give Rosenfels a three-year, $9 million extension. He has one year left on his current contract. A trade cannot be made official until midnight Thursday Eastern time. The Vikings have been seeking to add a veteran arm to compete for the starting job with Tarvaris Jackson.
C Matt Birk's agent, Joe Linta, met with the Vikings at the scouting combine as the two sides continue to negotiate a new deal for the potential free agent.
Former Vikings WR Martin Nance (released by Vikings 8/31, ended season on Steelers practice squad) re-signed with Pittsburgh.
Former Vikings WR Kelly Campbell (released by Dolphins 7/6/07) signed with Tampa Bay.
QB Donovan McNabb met with coach Andy Reid and team president Joe Banner last week to discuss his benching last season and potential contract extension, according to ESPN's Michael Smith. The report said McNabb requested the offense be upgraded before he'd agree to an extension. Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News last week that the meeting hasn't yet taken place.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson, who is due a $6.725 million base salary next season, continues to discuss a renegotiated deal with the team. If the sides can't agree, there's still a strong chance L.T. could be released.
RB Fred Taylor is expected to meet with the Bills as early as Tuesday, according to The Buffalo News. Taylor, 33, was released by Jacksonville earlier this month. He's also expected to meet with New England.
FB Justin Griffith was released by Oakland, saving the team $1.1 million against next year's cap. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a knee injury Oct. 26.
LT Kwame Harris was released after just one season in Oakland. He was due a $6 million roster bonus next week and would have earned $1 million in base salary next season, but never played up to expectations on the left side last year.
LB Keith Brooking's agent, Pat Dye Jr., told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expects his client to hit free agency on Friday. "We had multiple conversations this weekend with the Falcons regarding their interest in re-signing Keith," Dye Jr. wrote in an e-mail to the paper. "At this time, I think both sides are struggling a little bit to assess his market value."
LB Bart Scott is expected to get strong interest from the Giants and Jets if he hits the free-agent market at 12:01 a.m. Friday, according to the New York Post. However, the Ravens are still trying to re-sign him and MLB Ray Lewis.
RG Brandon Moore will be released in the next few days, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Moore, 28, is coming off a good season but is due a $7 million roster bonus next month. He has started 73 consecutive games and is a very strong run blocker.
SS Lawyer Milloy will not be offered a new contract, the Falcons announced Feb. 22. "As an organization, we felt it was in the best interest of both parties to let Lawyer test the free agent market," said General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. "He significantly contributed in his three seasons with the Falcons and we were proud to have him here. We wish him the best as he takes the next step in his career." Milloy had 343 tackles with two sacks, three INTs and 15 passes defensed in three seasons with the team.
QB Dan Orlovsky said he will test the free agent market when it open Friday. He told the Associated Press that he received an offer from the Lions, but believes he can land a better offer on the free-agent market, although he hasn't ruled out a return to Detroit. The Lions reworked Daunte Culpepper's contract and still have Jon Kitna, Drew Stanton and Drew Henson on the roster.
WR Marvin Harrison, unwilling to accept a pay cut, has worked with the team to come to an agreement that he will be released, according to multiple reports. An offical announcement is expected later this week. "Basically, we were not able to come to any kind of agreement, it was not contentious and the Colts have agreed to release him," Harrison's agent, Tom Condon, told the Associated Pres in a phone interview. The move will save the team close to $6 million against the salary cap. Harrison, 36, is second in NFL history with 1,102 receptions, but had just 60 last season.