Posted: Sunday April 1, 2007 10:44AM; Updated: Sunday April 1, 2007 1:22PM
Dolphins coach Cam Cameron says the current focus is on getting quarterback Daunte Culpepper's knee healthy enough to revive his career. But make no mistake, Miami's continued interest in a trade for Kansas City quarterback Trent Green -- and its milder interest in David Carr -- is proof Cameron isn't completely sold on Culpepper. The Dolphins also could trade up in the draft to take Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
Assuring his desire to return to the Dolphins, running back Ricky Williams has prepared a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting reinstatement back into the league. Williams' agent Leigh Steinberg said his client has followed a well-behaved year in the Canadian Football League with several months of passed drug tests while teaching Yoga in Grass Valley, Calif..
After trading quarterback Matt Schaub to Houston, the Falcons need a legitimate No. 2 behind Michael Vick. There are rumors that Drew Bledsoe could land there.
In the past three years, the Raiders have passed up quarterbacks Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler to take tackle Robert Gallery and safety Michael Huff. That's why they will take LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 pick this time around.
Lions president Matt Millen will take Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas or trade down. There's a small chance Millen could take Brady Quinn.
The Bucs, who are picking fourth in the NFL draft, are the team most likely to try to move up to get Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson.
If the Vikings are intent on picking Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams with their No. 7 pick in the April 28 draft, they surely are watching the Lance Briggs-Drew Rosenhaus circus with keen interest. A proposed trade between the Redskins and Bears would greatly increase the odds of Adams being available for Minnesota.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo is still reviewing a trade offer from the Redskins, who would send the sixth pick in the draft to the Bears for Briggs and the 31st pick. The GM said he expects to get back to the Redskins this week, presumably with a counteroffer.
Behind closed doors on Tuesday, Goodell is expected to have some strong words for Pacman Jones. The Titans cornerback has been summoned to New York to answer for his numerous off-field incidents. But don't expect Goodell to go public with details of that meeting, or a similar get-together with Bengals receiver Chris Henry.
Lions coach Rod Marinelli has drawn a line in the Field Turf. And should mercurial defensive tackle Shaun Rogers dog it next week during the Lions' mandatory three-day mini-camp, Marinelli should demote him. Rogers has all the power here. He knows how bad Marinelli needs him and wants to see how far he can push him.
The Patriots and representatives for cornerback Asante Samuel continue to discuss a contract extension, although an agreement is not imminent. The extension signed by cornerback Dre' Bly with the Broncos last week figures to add a new wrinkle to the talks.
The Colts' negotiations on a contract extension with defensive end Dwight Freeney are ice-cold. "Right now, they're frozen," team president Bill Polian said.
Patriots running back Kevin Faulk said he recently spoke to fellow rusher Corey Dillon and that little has changed since Dillon told the Globe in February that he planned to retire. Dillon has left a slight opening that he might play in 2007.
The year away from football has kept Bears defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek's body fresh. And he has a new image, too, having gone for a major trim as teammate Tommie Harris helped him cut 10 inches of hair off the back of his head recently. Dvoracek donated the hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit group that provides hairpieces to children with long-term medical hair loss.