NFL Free Agency Insider Blog Day Two

2008 NFL Free Agency

Scout.com's NFL insider Adam Caplan continues to break down free agency with news, analysis, and insight as to where players will wind up playing in 2008 and beyond. Will D.J. Hackett return to Seattle? Where will Troy Williamson be playing next season? How much money is Bernard Berrian seeking? Will the Detroit Lions have a new starting quarterback next season? Details inside.

UPDATE 5:40 PM EST

League sources told Scout.com that Seattle Seahawks WR D.J. Hackett will likely make it to free agency next week. Seattle is said to be interested in bringing him back but are inclined to see what the market is going to be at the receiver position.

If Hackett does make to free agency as expected, look for teams that run a West Coast offense or are looking for a receiver that has good run after the catch ability to show interest in him.

 

UPDATE 3:11 PM EST

According to a league source, New Orleans Saints veteran LB Brian Simmons, who only started three games last season, will likely be released. Simmons is due $3.3 million in base salary and likely won't accept a pay cut.

 

UPDATE 3:11 PM EST

A source close to Houston Texans OL Charles Spencer told Scout.com that Spencer is just about 100 percent but he needs to get in game shape. Spencer suffered a broken leg during the second game of his rookie season in 2006 and hasn't played since.  The team is said to be considering moving him inside to guard if he proves he's healthy enough to play.
 

UPDATE 2:16 PM EST

With the decision not to bring back offensive coordinator Mike Martz, look for QB Drew Stanton to get a realistic chance at the starting job. Stanton suffered a season-ending knee surgery before the season started but was 100 percent well before the end of regular season.

A team source told Scout.com that Martz never wanted the team to select Stanton in last year's draft. Instead, Martz preferred former BYU QB John Beck who he felt was more NFL ready and was a more accurate passer. Beck was selected in the second round by the Miami Dolphins.

 

UPDATE 2:04 PM EST

The Minnesota Vikings have been keeping a watchful eye on Chicago Bears WR Bernard Berrian who is almost certain to become an unrestricted free agent WR Bernard Berrian next Friday. As Scout.com noted in Thursday's free agency blog, they have interest in Oakland Raiders WR Jerry Porter.

However, it's believed the speedy Berrian is their No. 1 target in free agency. They believe he would be a good compliment to second-year pro Sidney Rice who is a solid, physical type of West Coast offense receiver.


UPDATE 1:38 PM EST

A team source believes Dallas Cowboys CB Nate Jones, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next Friday, could draw interest from several teams that are looking for a nickel or dime back and special teams player.

The Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, and New Orleans Saints all could show interest. It should be noted Miami's executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells was involved in drafting Jones when he was the head coach of Dallas.


UPDATE 1:20 PM EST

A team source notes that Chicago Bears WR Bernard Berrian is looking for a deal that averages around $8 million/season which would pay him more than Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith on an average per season basis. Barring a change of heart, Chicago won't offer him what he's looking for so look for him to become an unrestricted free agent next Friday. He'll still receive a ton of interest but league sources believe Berrian won't get anywhere near the money he believes he's worth. Sources believe he's essentially a No. 2 receiver that wants to be paid like a No. 1.


UPDATE 11:54 AM EST

Not only have the Minnesota Vikings given permission to WR Troy Williamson to seek a trade, a source close to the situation told Scout.com Williamson can veto any trade possible trade. So Williamson, if he leaves by the trade route, can pick and choose where he wants to go.
It's believed there are five teams that have showed interest so far. One team that is believed to have interest is the Jacksonville Jaguars where Williamson's former head coach Mike Tice is currently an assistant head coach/tight ends.


UPDATE 10:57 AM EST

Free agent Gs Alan Faneca and Justin Smiley should attract a lot of attention in free agency. League sources say expect the following teams will show interest in either player: Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans.

Chicago has an opening at LG and could be looking for an upgrade at RG. Denver could be looking for upgrades at either guard spot. Both of Miami's starting guards are set to become free agents (Rex Hadnot and Chris Liwienski). New York has an opening at LG. Tennessee's LG Jacob Bell is a unsigned and RG Benji Olson is expected to retire.

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