Posted: Friday February 23, 2007 9:57AM; Updated: Friday February 23, 2007 9:57AM
Expect the Bears to accommodate running back Thomas Jones' apparent request for a trade as best they can. Presume they will expend just as much effort in trying to ignore the same request from linebacker Lance Briggs.
A priority for the 2007 Panthers will be to get the football to Steve Smith. Opponents routinely double-teamed him. New Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson wants that to change. Expect to see Smith in motion more, as well as lining up in different locations.
The contract negotiation situation exploded Wednesday night after Lovie Smith's agent, Frank Bauer, embarrassed the Bears organization with comments that declared negotiations at a stalemate and portrayed the Bears as cheapskates out of touch with the NFL marketplace.
The Jaguars aren't going outside of the organization to find a new quarterback because Byron Leftwich is "the guy," coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday.
Pacman Jones' latest brush with trouble raises questions about his Titans future. By releasing Jones, the team would suffer a significant dent financially and competitively. The Titans and the NFL are monitoring the actions of Las Vegas police, who have questioned Jones.
Patriots running back Corey Dillon may retire. But as of this morning, he's not intending to.
Late last season, Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz said he would like to have Marshall Faulk in Detroit, if the back is interested. Martz was more cautious about his comments Thursday, obviously to avoid any tampering charges.
Are the Vikings really interested in Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn? There has been speculation that Quinn, could fall to the Vikings at the No. 7 overall selection. eam vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said choosing Quinn would be a possibility, depending on who else is available.
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