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Posted: Wednesday March 29, 2006 10:18AM; Updated: Wednesday March 29, 2006 11:25AM
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How the Raiders ultimately proceed in the NFL Draft will depend a lot on how they truly feel about some of their current players, and it starts with quarterback Andrew Walter, last year's third-round pick out of Arizona State. If they aren't completely committed to Walter being their future starter, and that's tough to read, they probably need to draft one of the quarterbacks.
-- Oakland Tribune

Although the Cardinals have completed their shopping for big-ticket players in free agency, they haven't put away their checkbook for good yet. Outside linebacker Keith Adams, a five-year veteran most recently with Philadelphia, visited Arizona last Friday. The Raiders reportedly also are interested in Adams.
-- Arizona Republic

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Coach Nick Saban said the Dolphins have not asked kicker Olindo Mare to take a pay cut but are trying to ''restructure'' his contract so he can finish his career in Miami.
-- Miami Herald

It appears incumbent Browns center Jeff Faine, a first-round pick out of Notre Dame that would be a good fit for the Eagles, is on their radar. Faine also would interest the Packers, who are seeking a pivot.
-- Delaware County Times

Many NFL owners seem to regard the Saints as the leading candidate to be moved to Los Angeles eventually if their return to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans is not successful over the next few seasons. But owners say there also are other possibilities, including the San Diego Chargers.
-- Washington Post

The NFL expanded the Los Angeles stadium working group Tuesday from six to 11 members, meaning nearly one-third of the team owners now officially have the item on their to-do list. The original committee included Paul Tagliabue, New England's Robert Kraft, Miami's Wayne Huizenga, Carolina's Jerry Richardson, Kansas City's Lamar Hunt and Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney. The new members of the committee are Steve Tisch of the New York Giants, Pat Bowlen of Denver, Jeff Lurie of Philadelphia, Jerry Jones of Dallas, and Paul Allen of Seattle.
-- Los Angeles Times

Saints owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis are among advocates for expanding the playoffs to 14 teams, seven in each division. The idea has been proposed for several years by the Kansas City Chiefs without garnering much interest. It's still a long shot.
-- New Orleans Times-Picayune

The NFL has backed away from its efforts to play a 2006 regular-season game overseas, but remains committed to growing the game in international markets. The Bucs frequently are mentioned as likely to play in London because of the Glazer family's recent acquisition of the Manchester United soccer franchise.
-- St. Petersburg Times

Giants quarterback Eli Manning won't be joining tight end Jeremy Shockey and wide receiver Plaxico Burress in Miami. Instead, he'll be staying in East Rutherford for the next couple of months.
-- Newark Star-Ledger

Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, recovering from a severe knee injury, walked through the media workroom yesterday without restrictions or crutches.
-- Boston Globe

Alan Herman, the agent for free-agent receiver Ricky Proehl, said the 16-year veteran will not return to the Panthers and that 'New England certainly would be a place Ricky would consider.
-- Boston Herald

The Patriots recently spoke with free agent cornerback Eric Warfield about the possibility of joining the team, according to Warfield's agent, Craig Domann. Warfield has played the last eight seasons for the Chiefs.
-- Boston Globe

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is seeking to reinforce and revise the "G-3" program in a way that would entitle the team to a larger percentage of matching loans. The program is vital to the team's plans to build a new stadium in Anoka County, but its continued existence is uncertain.
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune

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