NFL Combine Notebook
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – While he may have some interest in re-signing,
the team has already decided that they will not re-sign inconsistent OT
Kenyatta Walker. Look for them to sign a veteran free agent to replace him.
St. Louis Rams – Look for the team to spend most if
not all of their free agent dollars on the defensive side of the ball. They're
looking for impact players on the defensive line and at linebacker.
Arizona Cardinals – According to a team source, look
for the Cardinals to focus on spending their free agent dollars on improving
their offensive line. With lots of cap room, they may sign two impact players
on the OL.
Carolina Panthers – According to his agent David Cantor, veteran RB
Stephen Davis still wants to play and he hasn't gotten any indication that the
team doesn't want him back. Still, it's possible that Davis is asked to take a
pay cut in order to come back for another season.
Detroit Lions – While there were heavy rumors that they would release WR
Charles Rogers, it seems that those rumors were unfounded. According to a team
source, the team did request to get back his signing bonus but that was more to
send him a message that he needed to get his act together. Rogers will be given
every chance to win a starting job in training camp. Those close to the team
say the new disciplined approach of the coaching staff is just what he needed.
Minnesota Vikings – If the team decides not to pick up the $6 million
option for QB Daunte Culpepper, look for them to pursue San Diego Chargers QB
Drew Brees who is set to become an unrestricted free agent. The team feels he
should be able to grasp the offense pretty quickly.
New York Giants – The team will look for depth at receiver in free
agency. One player who is said to be on their radar is veteran free agent WR
Corey Bradford who the team talked to last year when he was unrestricted. The
team feels they can't rely on oft-injured WR Tim Carter for the No.3 role.
Philadelphia Eagles – scout.com
noted that the team showed interest in Notre Dame WR Maurice Stovall at the
Senior Bowl. That interest continues as we're hearing at least two high-ranking
decision makers feel he could come in and play right away.
San Francisco 49ers – According to a league source, look for this to be
the last year that oft-injured TE Eric Johnson spends in a 49er uniform. He's
set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2006 season.
Seattle Seahawks – A former NFL player who knows RB Shaun Alexander well
told scout.com this week that Alexander won't hesitate to sign elsewhere if he can't
reach a deal with the team. The ex-player said Alexander feels very
disrespected by the team and hasn't ever gotten the impression that he was a
high priority to re-sign. His agent Jim Steiner is scheduled to resume talks
with Seattle this weekend at the NFL combine.
There are lots of rumors and information flowing here in
Indianapolis. Here's what scout.com is hearing this week: