OK, gang. Here it is - my latest version of NFL Tidbits & rumors. Enjoy: -
On Monday, a league source advised us that the new regime in Cleveland -- known lovingly in league circles as "ManKok" -- would likely be interested inBroncos quarterback Jay Cutler as an alternative to Brady Quinn and/or Derek Anderson.
- T.J. Houshmandzadeh's two little girls forecast the future Friday when they were presented with tiny No. 84 Houshmandzadeh jerseys in colors upon their arrival via Paul Allen's sea plane. Their daddy said yes to Seattle on Monday and goodbye to a team he leaves as the third-most prolific receiver ever. "Nothing is going to change," Houshmandzadeh said Monday. "I'm going to line up with either one guy in front of me or two. I'm going to run the route and I'm going to catch the ball. Just like I've done and more. I guarantee it." What's guaranteed is that the are looking to replace their most consistent third-down receiver with another veteran and they're waiting for long-time Jet Bengals reached out to Coles over the weekend and he couldn't get on a flight Sunday.BengalsSeahawksBengalsLaveranues Coles to fight through the East Coast snow to reach Cincinnati on Tuesday for a visit. A league source said the
- The Washington yesterday released former Pro Bowl defensive end after he declined to participate in the offseason workout program at Redskins Park, team and league sources said, ending a brief and unproductive union that cost the team a second-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft and a sixth-round pick in 2010. Taylor rejected owner Daniel Snyder's request to have a workout clause added to his contract, which would have resulted in the three-time all-pro receiving a bonus, believed to be $500,000, if he took part in most of the conditioning program scheduled to begin March 16 at the complex. Taylor, who makes his year-round home in Miami, would have made $8 million during the final year of his contract next season, not including a $500,000 roster bonus he was scheduled to receive this week. Snyder's insistence about the proposed new contract language surprised Taylor, sources said, especially considering the Redskins and Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, had agreed both sides would honor the final two years of the deal, without any restructuring, before Taylor was traded from Miami to Washington on the first day of training camp last July.Jason TaylorRedskins
- Roy Williams wants to know what his future holds immediately, so his agent, Jordan Woy, has asked the Dallas to either cut or trade the strong safety by today. The Cowboys have made Williams available for trade but the market has been slow, largely because teams believe the club will eventually release him. Williams is scheduled to count $6.6 million against the 2009 salary cap.Cowboys
- The today have no intention of making overtures to Taylor or his agent. The team is eyebrows-deep in locking up new center to a five-year contract and making sure it has enough salary cap space to conduct other business throughout the offseason. Adding a salary like Taylor's is not in the budget and therefore not in Miami's immediate plans, according to an informed team source. But ... Are the Dolphins absolutely, positively shutting the door on Jason Taylor? Is there zero chance he returns to Miami? Did the JT express leave the station last year, with no chance of ever stopping back again? No. There is indeed a scenario under which the Dolphins would welcome Jason Taylor back. By the way, when I asked about Taylor late Monday, I expected the answer to be a quick and decisive, "No thanks," so we could all move on to the next order of business. But that wasn't the answer I got and these next few facts surprised me. First, the idea that Taylor cannot be welcomed back to the Dolphins because he and football czar Bill Parcells had a falling out last year just prior to his trade to Washington is not correct. Taylor, in fact, has talked and spent time with Parcells a couple of times since the trade. Parcells has nothing against Taylor. Secondly, the Dolphins don't dismiss the idea Taylor still has something substantial left in the tank.Jake GroveDolphins
- The biggest question in Broncoland: Did Josh McDaniels at least entertain moving Jay Cutler because he wanted to help him move the ' offensive system to Denver? Or does McDaniels want to move Cutler? Cutler believes he may still be trade bait. But while several reports quoted sources saying it was McDaniels who initiated the Cassel-Cutler trade proposal, only McDaniels put his name behind his comment. "We don't want to trade Jay," McDaniels said Saturday. "We never did. He's our quarterback." Expect other NFL coaches and GMs to test McDaniels' resolve. An NFL source said the Detroit and Minnesota also expressed interest in Cutler. But it's unlikely the cash-strapped Broncos would want the ' No. 1 overall draft pick, because that slot would command a minimum $30 million guarantee. The Lions, however, have a terrific defense and the league's best running back in . With all due respect to the recently acquired , the Vikings may consider Cutler, who threw for 4,525 yards last season, as a final piece to becoming a Super Bowl contender. Most significant NFL trades are made on the first day of the draft. The threat of a Cutler trade probably won't dissolve until the draft's second day, April 26.Vikings
- Kurt Warner apparently didn't leave his heart in San Francisco after a successful visit with the 49ers. While he's pondering a more lucrative offer by the 49ers, Warner reached out to the Cardinals to give them a chance to sign him at a "hometown" discount. On Tuesday, Warner instructed his agent, Mark Bartelstein, to make a two-year, $23 million proposal to stay with the Cardinals. According to Bartelstein, Warner's proposal would include $12 million in guarantees, $6 million each season. To further sweeten the deal to the Cardinals, Warner, through Bartelstein, is willing to reduce his contract by $1 million a year if they can successfully renegotiate the contract of wide receiver .Anquan BoldinCardinalsKurt Warner49ers on Monday that could net him a rich two-year contract. Warner's heart is still with the Cardinals.