Quietly, uneventfully, time ticks on what may be Brandon Marshall's final days as a Bronco. The gifted but trouble-prone receiver is a restricted free agent whose opportunity for receiving an offer sheet from another team expires next Thursday. If the offer sheet process expires, the Broncos could open trade talks with other clubs. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed his team's interest in Marshall during the NFC coaches' breakfast March 24 at Orlando, Fla. The question is whether that interest transforms into an acquisition of Marshall between now and April 22, when the NFL conducts the first round of its draft, and when many deals involving high-profile players often occur.
Shortly after Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins, SI.com's Peter King reported that the Eagles have expressed interest in University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. "I have heard the Eagles will now focus on Tebow and are likely to join the parade of teams working him out and spending time with him," King wrote. With all due respect to what Peter heard, the Eagles aren't expected to be participating in any predraft Tebow parade. According to a league source, they currently have no plans to bring Tebow in for a predraft visit or work him out elsewhere.
LaDainian Tomlinson hasn't been with the Jets very long, but that didn't stop him from trying to get Jason Taylor to join him. Tomlinson was one of several Jets players who met with the free-agent pass rusher today at the team's New Jersey complex. "I pitched my part in trying to get him here," Tomlinson said, according to The Associated Press. "Hopefully, things get done because we can definitely use him." Tomlinson, who signed with the Jets last month after nine seasons with San Diego, said Taylor gave no indication of his intentions. He finished his two-day visit with the team this afternoon and returned to Miami without agreeing to a contract.
Time to go back to another Redskins item that didn't make the cut on Donovan McNabb Day. According to CSN Washington, Redskins GM Bruce Allen told SIRIUS Radio on Tuesday that the team has contacted the agent for former Cowboys offensive tackle Flozell Adams. For the Redskins, kicking the tires on the five-time Pro Bowler makes sense. Following the retirement of Chris Samuels, there's no in-house replacement on the roster. Holding the No. 4 pick in the draft, it's also a possibility the Redskins won't get a shot at the highest-rated left tackle, Russell Okung, without trading up.
The standoff between Albert Haynesworth and the Redskins is about much more than defensive schemes and positions. What's really at play here is Coach Mike Shanahan's need to exert his will over the football operation -- and Haynesworth providing an obstacle to that end. Shanahan has repeatedly expressed his displeasure with Haynesworth for his decision to train on his own rather than participate in the Redskins' voluntary offseason conditioning program at Redskins Park. And earlier Wednesday, it was learned Haynesworth probably will not attend Washington's first voluntary minicamp that begins April 16.
Help should be on the way soon for Panthers receiver Steve Smith, says former Dallas Cowboys scouting guru Gil Brandt. Brandt, now a draft analyst for NFL.com, said he has seen Carolina general manager Marty Hurney and coach John Fox frequently at recent pro day workouts for draft prospects and expects them to select a wide receiver with their opening pick, the 48th overall selection midway through Round 2. "I think they would like a wide receiver," Brandt told the Observer Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. "I see Marty Hurney every place and John Fox is every place, so I think you know they've done their homework."
ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said Wednesday that the Buffalo Bills will likely pass on Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in favor of filling the need at left tackle with Iowa's Bryan Bulaga. Kiper, however, projects the Bills will select Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in the second round. The Bills select ninth overall in this month's draft and have a glaring need at left tackle, a position where plenty of prospects are available. As many as four could be selected in the top 10.
The Washington Redskins are interested in trading defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and the Detroit Lions are interested in acquiring a big playmaking defensive tackle. Haynesworth has not only played in the head coach Jim Schwartz's defensive system before, he's played for Schwartz himself. Also, Haynesworth's contract -- $16 million over the next three years - would fit into the Lions' budget. He'd come at more than a 50 percent bargain over Ndamudong Suh (if the Lions were to draft him with the second overall pick).
The Browns have signed former Bengals offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc, according to Adam Caplain of Scout.com. Ghiaciuc (pronounced guy-chuck) was a fourth-round draft choice of the Bengals in 2005. In four seasons in Cincinnati, he made 42 starts, mostly at center. He spent time with the Chiefs and Chargers in 2009.
Things have been quiet with Leonard Little since a scheduled free agent trip to New Orleans was postponed last month. The veteran defensive end told the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday that he is still weighing his options about whether to play football in 2010. For the time being, Little is spending time with his family, and away from football. He has instructed his agents not to schedule any visits, "or anything dealing with football right now." Little, 35, is an unrestricted free agent but has been considering retirement since the season ended. He has recorded 87½ sacks over his 12 NFL seasons — all spent with the Rams — with 87 of those sacks coming over the past 10 seasons.
And, the moron of the week award goes to..................Daniel Snyder - owner - Washington Redskins
That's right. I call the Redskins the morons in this deal. Why? Snyder gave up multiple draft picks for a 35 year-old QB who hasn't played in all 16 games in a season since 2006. They would have been better served using those draft picks to rebuild this team. Instead, they gave up a lot for an aging QB who can't seem to make it through a season without winding up on the bench due to injuries. Having the #4 pick in the draft, this move made no sense to me. Even if they passed on a QB in round one, they could have gotten a decent QB with the round 2 pick they gave up for McNabb. They opted for a quick fix instead of a long term solution. Not the way to rebuild your team where I come from.