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NFL Tidbits & Rumors - 3/12/10

Posted on: March 12, 2010 1:51 pm
 

WR Hank Baskett maybe on his way back to Philadelphia. The free-agent wide receiver was an Eagle for more than three season before being cut last September. The Eagles have signed only one free agent in the first week of free agency -- defensive back Marlin Jackson -- and adding Baskett and running back Justin Fargas (formerly of Oakland), would fill some holes. Baskett was released after one game last season when the Eagles had a stacked wide-receiving corps. But since trading Brandon Gibson mid-season, cutting Reggie Brown on Monday and giving ample reason to believe Kevin Curtis could be next to go, the 6'4" Baskett seems all but certain to re-join the team.

 

Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco added another reality series to his work list recently when he was chosen to be the star of a new VH1 reality show this offseason where he'll engage in a bracket-style dating tournament. The show is called The Tournament. It's scheduled for 10 episodes to premiere in July. With all of these off-field pursuits, it's a wonder that he'll have any time to concentrate on football.

 

Shed no tears for Jake Delhomme. The former Carolina Panthers quarterback is visiting the Browns today, and a source close to the situation says the Browns "want him bad." In the event the Browns do sign him, it will be another windfall for Delhomme. Unlike the contract discussed here Wednesday with the Eagles and Michael Vick, Delhomme has no offset in his Panthers contract. He'll receive the entire amount owed by the Panthers ($12.68 million), no matter what he might receive from the Browns.

 

The Seahawks are making calls around the league, including one to Philadelphia about Donovan McNabb, to fill their new quarterback hole. Seattle is in the midst of its first significant shake-up in the pocket since 2005, when backup Trent Dilfer was traded to Cleveland. For the past five years, Matt Hasselbeck and Wallace have been the top two rungs in Seattle's quarterback hierarchy. That changed with Wallace's trade for what turns out to be a seventh-round pick in 2011, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Wednesday. To receive so little in return for Wallace shows Seattle was prepared to release him outright.

 

The St. Louis Rams are eyeing QB Sam Bradford as a strong possibility for No. 1 overall. As they should be -- provided Bradford passes inspection when doctors examine his surgically repaired right shoulder.

 

Word is the 49ers have given backup quarterback Shaun Hill permission to seek a trade. Hill does not appear to fit into the 49ers' plans after the club agreed to terms with former Giants back-up QB David Carr on a two-year, $6.25 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus. The 49ers now appear set with Carr, Alex Smith and Nate Davis as their three quarterbacks.

 

The Delaware County (Pa.) Times reported that the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to try to sign Vikings free-agent defensive end Ray Edwards. The report made no mention of a possible timetable. The Vikings tendered Edwards, a restricted free agent, at a first-round level for $2.521 million for one year. If Edwards receives an offer from another team, the Vikings would have seven days to match it. If they don't, the Vikings would receive a first-round draft pick.

 

Former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is still in Cleveland today but is scheduled to visit the Saints on Friday and Saturday. He might also draw some interest from the Broncos, but no visit is scheduled yet. His agent, Rick Smith, denied an earlier report that the Packers could also be interested. A source told the Plain Dealer that Delhomme would be interested in signing with the Browns as a starter, but that he has great opportunities to be a backup elsewhere. Apparently, one of those chances is in New Orleans.

 

Free agent running back Justin Fargas, released last week by the Raiders, visited the Browns today, the club confirmed. There was no word yet on whether or not the team will sign him. He is scheduled to visit the Eagles on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Fargas, a third-round pick of the Raiders in 2003 out of USC, led the club in rushing in 2006-2008, including 1,000-yard seasons in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, he split time with two other backs, finishing second on the team with 491 yards on 129 carries. He also had three TDs. Fargas missed the end of last season with a knee injury, but is believed to be healthy now.

 

The New Orleans Saints have not yet met with free agent defensive end Leonard Little, who was originally scheduled to arrive Wednesday. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas, that visit was rescheduled. Also, Thomas speculates that the Saints are concentrating more on signing Little's younger teammate, Rams defensive end James Hall -- a New Orleans native who is scheduled to visit the Saints today or Friday.

 

Last year, Larry Foote wanted to come home. Now he wants to "get back to a winner." Foote, who played at Detroit Pershing and Michigan, signed a one-year deal with the Lions last year. He wanted to stay with his hometown team, but talks regarding a multiyear deal stalled in December, when Foote sat out two games with a foot injury, and rookie DeAndre Levy looked good at middle linebacker. After visiting the Redskins and Cardinals, Foote spoke to reporters today in Arizona. He said the Cardinals had not made an offer but he hoped to sign with them. "They're winning," Foote said. "That excites me. I just came from Detroit, 2-14, and I want to get back to a winner."

 

Raiders free agent linebacker Jon Alston visited the Jets on Thursday, according to NJ.com. He was limited to nine games last season by a concussion, and likely would be a backup and special teams player, the report says

 

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver likes to call Tim Tebow an icon, but indicated Thursday the Jaguars aren't going to deviate from their draft board to select the former Florida quarterback. "Personally, I think Tim Tebow is an extraordinary young man and he's an extraordinary athlete. He's going to be successful in the National Football League," Weaver said during an interview before a Team Teal Rally Thursday. But he said the Jaguars won't force any picks. "What we've got to do is trust our value board in our draft. If we force a pick, then we devalue thousands of hours of work by our scouts. We have to be true to our mission and go take the best player with our pick……"

 

The Bucs continue to look for help at safety, with Eagles free agent Sean Jones scheduled to visit Tampa today. Jones, 28, played in 15 games with nine starts for the Eagles in 2009. He had 44 tackles and two interceptions, giving him 16 interceptions for his career. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder has started 53 games since entering the NFL with the Browns in 2004. The Bucs also were hoping to meet today with Browns free-agent safety Brodney Pool, 25. But Pool, whose career was threatened by several head injuries, agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Jets late Thursday. Tampa Bay has been trying to set up a visit for Dolphins safety Gibril Wilson, 28.

 

Seneca Wallace's addition to Cleveland precipitated quarterback Derek Anderson's departure from the Browns. Could Wallace's departure from Seattle leave a vacancy that Anderson could fill? The Seahawks and Anderson will try to answer that question this week when the free agent visits the team. Or perhaps it will be Charlie Whitehurst, the third-string quarterback from San Diego, who is also expected to visit this week. Or maybe it will be a quarterback the Seahawks choose in the draft. Seattle is in the midst of its first significant shake-up in the pocket since 2005, when backup Trent Dilfer was traded to Cleveland.

 

The Browns - or any team - would need to give up at least a first-round pick for either Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported this morning. The Browns, who have the No. 7 pick in the draft, have inquired about both quarterbacks, according to numerous reports. The Seahawks, who have the No. 6 overall pick, are also interested in McNabb and Kolb, Paolantonio reported. The Seahawks have reportedly been on the phone with the Eagles every day about their quarterbacks. Browns general manager Tom Heckert, who spent nine years with McNabb in Philadelphia and drafted Kolb, has been touting both to the Browns, a league source said.

 

Panthers' restricted free agent quarterback Matt Moore has decided to sign the team's one-year qualifying offer of $3.043 million, according to his representatives. His agents have reviewed the offer and Moore, who has flown to Charlotte from his California home, is expected to sign the offer today or tomorrow.

 

NFL quarterbacks seeking work should find the Cardinals an attractive potential employer, partly because coach Ken Whisenhunt treats the position much like any other. Kurt Warner announced his retirement more than a month ago, yet Whisenhunt has yet to officially name Matt Leinart the starter, even though he's the only quarterback on the roster. Whisenhunt has professed confidence in Leinart at every opportunity but also joked that he doesn't have many alternatives. After three years under Whisenhunt, Leinart probably expects nothing more. Some coaches coddle quarterbacks. Whisenhunt, however, seems to prefer the creative tension created by competition for the job…

 

The Chiefs for the second straight day went into the past of one of their coaches to sign a player. This time, it was wide receiver Jerheme Urban, who played for Todd Haley with the Cardinals in 2007 and 2008. Urban signed a two-year contract. Urban caught a total of 56 passes, six for touchdowns, in those two seasons while Haley was Arizona's offensive coordinator. Urban slipped to 18 catches and no touchdowns last year.

 

The Cardinals continued to make forays into free agency on Wednesday, re-signing one player and entertaining a handful of visiting candidates. Tight end Anthony Becht, a key to the team's improved running game last year, agreed to terms on a 1-year, $950,000 contract. Tight end Stephen Spach also agreed on a 1-year deal. Those terms were not disclosed. Defensive end Jeremy Clark signed his exclusive-rights tender. Negotiations continue with free safety Matt Ware, despite a report that he had agreed to terms. On Wednesday, offensive lineman Rex Hadnot, most recently with Cleveland, and Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehurst visited. It's unknown whether the club made contract offers.

 

One day after the Cleveland Browns released quarterback Derek Anderson, there is mounting evidence around the league that quarterback Brady Quinn could be next. Cleveland has offered Quinn to other teams, league sources said Wednesday. Not only are the Browns looking into a deal for Quinn, but they also are investigating other quarterback options as well. The Browns are exploring the acquisition of another quarterback through trade, free agency or the draft, according to multiple league sources. These talks come at a time when Cleveland already has added former Seattle backup Seneca Wallace.

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