NFL Draft/Free Agency Insider Blog

NFL Draft/Free Agency Insider Blog

We have notes on a top receiver who is ready to work out for teams next week...Who did the Atlanta Falcons work out late this week of note?...We have interesting details on Derek Anderson's contract...We have details on a rising receiver who is making pre-draft visits...Who are the Philadelphia Eagles looking at as a possible first-day selection?...Details on these situations and others inside....

UPDATE SUNDAY 4:18 PM EST

University of Houston WR Donnie Avery is scheduled to have his own pro day workout for teams on Monday, Scout.com has confirmed.

Avery suffered a hamstring injury during the NFL combine and did limited drills during his school's pro day back on March 14.

Avery, who is one of the fastest receivers in this year's draft, is projected as a second-round pick.

UPDATE FRIDAY 10:11 PM EST

The Atlanta Falcons are busy working out players late this week.

On Thursday, the coaches worked out University of Michigan OT Jake Long and most of the front office and personnel evaluators attended the workout.

On Friday, the team worked out University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco, Scout.com has confirmed.

Attending that workout were head coach Mike Smith, offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave as well as many members of their personnel department.

Flacco worked out for Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor on Thursday.

UPDATE FRIDAY 9:29 AM EST

For those Cleveland Browns fans who were wondering about QB Derek Anderson's new contract, Scout.com has confirmed half of his $7 million signing bonus ($3.5 million) is due on April 15 and the other half is due in January of 2009.

Anderson signed a three-year deal worth a maximum of $26 million and will earn $950,000 in base salary for the 2008 season.

It should be noted that despite speculation to the contrary, Scout.com has also confirmed Anderson does not have a roster bonus for the 2008 season.

Stay tuned for more details on Anderson's contract as we get closer to the NFL Draft.

UPDATE THURSDAY 11:01 AM EST

Despite posting slower than expected 40-yard dash times at the NFL combine and his pro day, University of California RB Justin Forsett is making the rounds for his pre-draft visits.

According a league source, Forsett has a pre-draft visit scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Forsett had an outstanding set of practice performances during Senior Bowl week and as one personnel evaluator notes, Forsett plays much faster than his listed 40-time after watching him play during the season and practice against the top Senior talent. Forsett got around end quickly and was arguably the best back on the field that week.

While Philadelphia appears to have a crowded backfield with four backs under contract and that's not counting the three fullbacks already on their roster, at least one back probably won't be with the team in 2008.

A league source notes Ryan Moats, a talented former third-round pick out of the 2005 draft, probably would have been traded or released had he not gotten hurt during a pre-season game last year. Moats has struggled to gain a consistent role with the club ever since he was drafted.

Moats is also on the final year of his rookie deal and veteran RB Correll Buckhalter is on the final year of his contract.

And with starting RB Brian Westbrook's penchant for injuries, Philadelphia's interest in Forsett is starting to make more sense.

UPDATE THURSDAY 9:27 AM EST

After completing an excellent pro day performance, University of Louisville WR Mario Urrutia is starting to garner attention from NFL teams.

As noted previously, Urrutia has scheduled visits with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Thursday, Scout.com has learned the 6'6" prospect will be meeting with the Minnesota Vikings to watch film.

Before Urrutia's pro day workout, he was thought to be a fifth-round pick because of what were viewed to be slow 40-yard dash times at the NFL combine. But after posting a 4.50 40 during this past Monday's pro day and after wowing scouts with a 35-inch vertical leap, league sources believe he's moved up to at least the fourth round.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 12:21 PM EST

NT Ethan Kelley (Cleveland Browns) made a free agent visit with the Denver Broncos this week, Scout.com has confirmed.

The fifth-year pro is coming off of his most productive season and started a career-high six games and 24 combined tackles and a sack.

Kelley had microfracture knee surgery earlier this year and although he may not be able to practice until August, that didn't stop him from also visiting the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this month.

Denver has a major need for help on the interior of their defensive line and they ranked well down in the lower half against the run last season.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 11:37 AM EST

While it can be argued receivers with speed aren't prevalent in this year's draft class, size looks to dominate that position.

Several teams are looking to get a tall receiver into the lineup opposite a speedy receiver.

With that in mind, WRs Malcolm Kelly (Oklahoma) and Devin Thomas (Michigan St.) are getting a lot of attention from teams that appear to be seeking a receiver with size.

Kelly has visits or private workouts scheduled so far with the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Redskins.

Thomas has visits or private workouts with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.

Both should get even more visits and workouts prior to the draft based on their size and ability.

One more tall receiver, Louisville's Mario Urrutia, has helped himself after a very good showing at his recent pro day.

Urrutia has pre-draft visits set with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cleveland doesn't have an apparent need for a receiver with size but is probably looking for a receiver with upside who could provide depth to the position.

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger complained earlier this year that his receivers aren't tall enough and Urrutia is about 6'6".

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 9:17 AM EST

It's not a secret that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to improve their receiver position considering they showed strong interest in acquiring veteran WRs Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald recently.

Philadelphia has continued to look for receivers who have size and the team has worked out WR Earl Bennett (Vanderbilt) and have a pre-draft visit coming up with WR Devin Thomas (Michigan St.).

Bennett is projected to go off the board as high as second round and Thomas could sneak into the first round based on recent workouts.

Both are very good at running after the catch--a trait which is quite important for receivers to possess who play in the West Coast offense.  

UPDATE TUESDAY 1:51 PM EST

Free agent LB Matt Stewart (Cleveland Browns) is visiting the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday and was in the process of taking a physical with the team, Scout.com has confirmed.

Arizona is looking for backup help at linebacker and Stewart is capable of playing inside or outside.

Stewart missed the entire 2007 due to shoulder injury which he suffered during training camp.

Stewart started 60 games in his first six seasons of play.

FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez, who first noted Stewart was on his way to Arizona for a visit with the Cardinals, said Arizona also expressed interest in free agent LB Brandon Chillar who wound up signing with the Green Bay Packers.  

UPDATE TUESDAY 11:54 AM EST

Free agent G Milford Brown (St. Louis Rams) has visited the Carolina Panthers, Scout.com has confirmed.

Brown started 15 games (mostly at guard) for the Rams last season.

Because of injuries on their offensive line, Brown had to slide over to right tackle for a few games, a position a league source notes he hadn't played since high school.

If he signs with Carolina, he could give them badly needed veteran depth on the interior of their offensive line.

Brown was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2002 draft. In his four seasons with Houston, he started 15 games but 12 of his starts came in his final season with the club in 2005.

Brown moved on to Arizona and started 12 games for the Cardinals in 2006.

UPDATE MONDAY 11:17 PM EST

As noted by Scout.com last week, the Seattle Seahawks have interest in University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco. Scout.com has now learned Seattle will work the strong-armed signal caller Thursday on campus.

Starting QB Matt Hasselbeck is signed through 2010 but turns 33 this September so they could be looking for his eventual replacement.

Seattle is also scheduled to work out QBs Chad Henne and Brian Brohm before the draft.

UPDATE MONDAY 7:37 PM EST

If the list of private workouts are any indication of their plans in next month's draft, the Atlanta Falcons plan to address their quarterback situation.

Atlanta will have already worked out four out of the projected top-five signal callers (Joe Flacco, Brian Brohm, Chad Henne, and John David Booty) by next week, a league source told Scout.com.

Flacco's workout is scheduled for Friday. He'll visit the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens some time next month.  

UPDATE MONDAY 9:43 AM EST

Two teams, the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins, are likely to select a receiver with size early in next month's draft, a league source told Scout.com.

Both have pre-draft visits set up with Michigan St. WR Devin Thomas who could sneak into the first round after posting solid performances at the NFL combine and his pro day.

Buffalo is looking for help opposite WR Lee Evans who consistently deals with double teams. Buffalo is also looking to improve their red zone passing game and they feel a receiver with size will help in that area. Another league source notes Buffalo considered selecting WR Craig Davis who wound up going off the board earlier than expected (No. 30 overall).

Buffalo brought in free agent Bryant Johnson, who is also a receiver with size, in for a visit a few weeks ago but declined to offer him a contract.

Washington hasn't been able to find a receiver with size in recent seasons who could play a significant role opposite veteran WR Santana Moss.

Washington had free agent WR D.J. Hackett, who has good size, in for a visit but only offered him a minimum salary deal.

UPDATES 3/17-3/23

UPDATE SATURDAY 11:23 AM EST

While Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre announced his retirement earlier this month, the move is still not official Scout.com has confirmed.

Through the end Friday's NFL business, Favre had yet to turn in his retirement papers although that's just a mere formality since Favre said he's done playing.

Once the move becomes official by the league, Favre's base salary of $12 million for the 2008 season will come off the books. The actually cap figure is $11.4 million since Favre has $600,000 left from his prorated signing bonus.

UPDATE FRIDAY 7:03 PM EST

As Tim Yotter of VikingUpdate.com notes, University of Michigan QB Chad Henne will have a pre-draft workout for the Seattle Seahawks next week.

A league source notes Seattle also has interest in University of Delaware signal caller Joe Flacco but have yet to set up a visit or pre-draft workout with him.

With Seattle's interest in these two quarterbacks, the team could be looking for the eventual successor to starting QB Matt Hasselbeck who turns 33 in September.

UPDATE FRIDAY 10:47 AM EST

A league source notes the Houston Texans had targeted RB Chris Brown well before the start of free agency despite the team waiting until the second week of the open spending period to sign him.

The feeling is Brown, who signed a two-year deal, will be a good fit for the team's zone rushing scheme. Brown is a shifty runner who is capable of making one cut and getting down hill--a key requirement for backs to have who play in this scheme.

UPDATE FRIDAY 10:01 AM EST

Free agent DE Darrion Scott (Minnesota Vikings) worked out for the Washington Redskins earlier this week, Scout.com has confirmed.

The four-year veteran only played in four games last season due to a broken foot.

The versatile defensive lineman is also capable of moving inside in addition to playing his usual end position.

Scott was selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 2004 draft.

UPDATE FRIDAY 9:44 AM EST

Before re-signing C Brett Romberg, a league source told Scout.com the St. Louis Rams showed strong interest in free agent C Casey Wiegmann who wound up signing with the Denver Broncos.

UPDATE THURSDAY 4:09 PM EST

A league source told Scout.com free agent C Casey Wiegmann agreed to a two-year deal for around $3 million and he'll receive in the neighborhood of a $400,000 signing bonus.

Wiegmann will serve as insurance for C Tom Nalen who is coming back from a torn biceps injury which caused him to miss 11 games last season. Nalen also turns 37 in May and is nearing the end of his stellar career.  

UPDATE THURSDAY 9:29 AM EST

Free agent OLB Gilbert Gardner visited the Detroit Lions earlier this week, Scout.com has confirmed.

The former third-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2004 draft started 15 games in three seasons of play with the Colts. He spent last season with the Tennessee Titans.

Despite being a bit undersized, most of Gardner's 12 starts during the 2006 season were at SLB. He's also capable of play at WLB.

Detroit could use depth at both outside linebacker positions.

UPDATE THURSDAY 9:11 AM EST

Free agent OLB Shantee Orr visited the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, Scout.com has confirmed.

Orr was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He started 25 games in five seasons of play with the club. He spent the 2007 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Orr's best season was in 2005 when he posted 50 combined tackles and 7 sacks.

Orr, much like his former teammate with Houston, Antwan Peek, is looked at mainly upon as a situational pass rusher.

Cleveland also had two other free agents in for visits on Wednesday, OLB Clark Haggans (Pittsburgh Steelers) and CB Benny Sapp (Kansas City Chiefs).

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 9:56 PM EST

Free agent SS Michael Boulware visited the Carolina Panthers earlier this week, Scout.com has confirmed.

The former second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2004 draft was traded by Seattle to the Houston Texans prior to the start of last season.

Boulware never seemed comfortable from making the move from linebacker in college to safety at the next level and often was caught out of position in coverage in his three years as a Seahawk.

Boulware appeared in all 16 games with Houston last season but as a backup. He only posted 11 combined tackles.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:45 AM EST

Free agent C Casey Wiegmann (Kansas City Chiefs) has a visit with Denver Broncos scheduled for Wednesday, Scout.com has confirmed.

As Scout.com noted at the NFL combine, Kansas City had no interest in re-signing the veteran offensive lineman. They did have interest in free agent C Jeff Faine who wound up signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as Justin Hartwig who agreed to a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Denver has a need for depth at center since they dealt backup OL Chris Myers to the Houston Texans earlier this week and starting C Tom Nalen missed the final 11 games of last season with a torn biceps.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:27 AM EST

University of Delaware had a private workout with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, Scout.com has confirmed.

Flacco, as first noted last week, also has private workouts coming up with the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, and St. Louis Rams.

Flacco's next private workout is scheduled for 3/26 with the Atlanta Falcons.

UPDATE TUESDAY 12:01 PM EST

With the receiver position seemingly set with the signing of free agent WRs D.J. Hackett and Muhsin Muhammad, a league source told Scout.com the Carolina Panthers will look to improve their offensive line in next month's NFL draft.

Apparently the plan is for the team to get back to their power running game which was made popular under former offensive coordinator Dan Henning. Carolina could select an offensive lineman on the first day of the draft and will probably look for one with size.

UPDATE TUESDAY 11:47 AM EST

It was assumed the Seattle Seahawks were going to make a run at re-signing WR D.J. Hackett but that wound up not happening in the end. In fact, despite the team telling his representatives during a meeting at last month's NFL combine that they wanted a chance to match the best offer Hackett receives from another team, a source with knowledge of the situation told Scout.com that Seattle never offered the receiver more than than the veteran NFL minimum salary for one season.

Seattle declined to up their offer over a series of a few conversations last weekend and once Hackett received that information, he quickly decided to accept Carolina's two-year offer.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers never made Hackett an offer and the Washington Redskins didn't raise their one-year, veteran salary offer.

While the signing bonus information in Hackett's deal isn't known, it's believed he stands to make bonus money on how many games he's active on game day. To hit that incentive, it's believed he has to be active for at least 13 games.  

UPDATE MONDAY 1:11 PM EST

With WR D.J. Hackett agreeing to a deal with the Carolina Panthers, the Seattle Seahawks will be looking for his replacement.

According to a team source, fans should keep an eye on second-year WR Courtney Taylor. While veteran WR Nate Burleson is Hackett's likely immediate replacement, Taylor offers a bit more size and has good run-after-catch ability--an important trait for a receiver to possess who plays in the West Coast offense.  

UPDATE MONDAY 11:11 AM EST

Free agent WR D.J. Hackett (Seattle Seahawks) is expected to make a final decision on where he'll be playing in the 2008 season some time on Monday, sources close to the situation told Scout.com.

As Scout.com has noted several times, Hackett's preference is to re-sign with Seattle. Hackett feels the chemistry that he has with QB Matt Hasselbeck is strong and he feels could put up really good numbers if he can stay healthy.

Hackett had a good visit with the Carolina Panthers on Friday and Saturday and Carolina remains in the mix for his services.
 

UPDATES 3/10-3/16  

UPDATE SUNDAY 11:53 AM EST

Free agent WR D.J. Hackett has flown back to the Seattle area and is expected to make his decision on where he'll be playing in 2008 and beyond within a few days.

Hackett's visit with the Carolina Panthers ended early Saturday afternoon.

As Scout.com first noted several weeks ago, his preference is to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks but it's believed they haven't made a significant contract offer yet.

UPDATE SUNDAY 11:53 AM EST

Free agent CB Dexter Wynn (Houston Texans) has received interest from the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, a league source told Scout.com. Houston has also shown some interest in re-signing him.

Wynn is generally looked around the league as a dime CB and kickoff or punt returner.
 

UPDATE FRIDAY 12:33 PM EST

Free agent D.J. Hackett is still visiting with the Carolina Panthers at this time and league sources believe Carolina will make a contract offer to the former University of Colorado receiver by the end of the day.

Hackett is at the end of his visit tour which included meeting with the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.

UPDATE THURSDAY 5:33 PM EST

Free agent FB/TE Kris Wilson (Kansas City Chiefs) visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, Scout.com has confirmed.

The former second-round pick also visited the Green Bay Packers earlier this week.

Wilson played mostly fullback the past few seasons for Kansas City.

UPDATE FRIDAY 2:24 PM EST

Free agent CB Nathan Jones has already visited the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins, a league source told Scout.com.

Jones has also received interest from the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills.

Jones is looking tor a greater role than he had with the Dallas Cowboys which was mostly in dime packages.

Arizona is the only team that could give him a chance to compete for a nickel role right away based on their current depth at cornerback.

UPDATE FRIDAY 1:02 PM EST

Free agent WR D.J. Hackett (Seattle Seahawks) is expected to arrive in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday around 3:00 pm est and will visit the Carolina Panthers this evening and part of Saturday, a league source told Scout.com.

It should be noted of all the teams that are interested in Hackett (Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina, and Seattle), Tampa Bay has the most salary cap space to spend on him.

As Scout.com first noted back at the NFL combine, Hackett's preference is to re-sign with Seattle. As of Friday, Carolina an Seattle are looked at as the two front runners for his services.

UPDATE THURSDAY 7:49 PM EST

Free agent WR D.J. Hackett received a contract offer from the Washington Redskins before departing for Tampa this evening to meet with the Buccaneers, Scout.com confirmed.

While terms of the offer aren't known, it's believed to be much lower than Hackett is looking for. So unless they improve their offer significantly, the former University of Colorado product won't be a Redskin.

Hackett is currently in Tampa and is expected to meet with wide receivers coach Richard Mann. Hackett is expected to meet with Tampa Bay officials part of Friday before leaving to visit the Carolina Panthers.

UPDATE THURSDAY 2:39 PM EST

Free agent WR D.J. Hackett is still visiting with the Washington Redskins on Thursday afternoon, a league source told Scout.com.

Hackett is meeting with Redskin officials today as well as some coaches and then is expected to leave this evening for his visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hackett is scheduled to meet with the Carolina Panthers some time on Friday.  

UPDATE THURSDAY 1:21 PM EST

A league source told Scout.com the entire St. Louis Rams offensive coaching staff including head coach Scott Linehan, executive vice president of player personnel Billy Devaney, vice president of player personnel Tony Softli, and director of player personnel Lawrence McCutcheon are expected to be attend the University of Michigan pro day on Friday.

The player they're going to see is OT Jake Long and the source adds St. Louis wasn't exactly happy with the performance from RT Alex Barron last season and the team could project Long to play RT should they select him.  

UPDATE THURSDAY 10:23 AM EST

Free agent DT William Joseph visited the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, Scout.com has confirmed.

The former first-round pick of the New York Giants (2003 draft) only started 17 games over five seasons for the team.

A league source with knowledge of the situation notes Joseph never should have been selected in the first round. As the story goes, New York's former general manager, Ernie Accorsi, was so enamored with University of Miami players, he felt compelled to reach for Joseph.

Joseph had been a major underachiever for New York and missed the entire 2007 with a back injury.

The source notes Joseph, who played some snaps at defensive end in previous seasons, could play end with Cleveland if he signs with them. The source adds Joseph is probably good for about 15-20 snaps/game.

Joseph has also visited the Miami Dolphins last week.

UPDATE THURSDAY 10:11 AM EST

A league source notes that free agent CB Jacques Reeves wasn't ever close to signing with the Miami Dolphins. In fact, the source notes Miami only offered the former Dallas Cowboy a contract believed to be worth around the veteran minimum with a very low signing bonus.

Reeves wound up signing with the Houston Texans for five seasons with the total value of $20 million.

UPDATE THURSDAY 10:01 AM EST

With the signing of free agent WR Justin McCareins, a team source notes the Tennessee Titans will probably pass on signing any more free agent receivers.

McCareins will compete for a starting job against fourth-year WRs Roydell Williams and Brandon Jones. Veteran WR Justin Gage is already penciled in to start on the opposite side.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:58 PM EST

More Details on Flacco Visits

According to a league source, the Minnesota Vikings are expected to bring QB Joe Flacco in for a visit some time in April.

The Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs are also expected to bring Flacco in for a pre-draft visit.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 9:58 PM EST

Of the three teams D.J. Hackett is scheduled to visit this week, a league source notes the Carolina Panthers are showing the most interest in the free agent receiver.

Hackett is visiting with the Washington Redskins this evening and will be visiting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. Carolina's visit with Hackett is set for Friday.

Should Hackett sign with Carolina, that would be a clear sign that the team is down on WR Dwayne Jarrett who struggled to learn the team's playbook last season. It's also not helping Jarrett's cause that he was charged with driving while impaired earlier this week. Should be plead guilty or no contest, a league source notes he could be suspended half a game check under the league's personal conduct policy.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 5:31 PM EST

With the Jacksonville Jaguars losing DE Bobby McCray in free agency, a league source believes the team will look to select a defensive end with their first-round pick (No. 26 overall).

Another position they're expected to target is left tackle as the team wants another player to push starter Khalif Barnes.

University of Pittsburgh OLT Jeff Otah is thought to be high on their draft board but he's expected to be off the board well before Jacksonville selects.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 5:08 PM EST

As noted previously, QB Joe Flacco worked out for the New York Jets on Wednesday. According to a league source, Flacco is scheduled to work out for the Carolina Panthers this Tuesday (3/18).  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 11:53 AM EST

Free agent LB Takeo Spikes could be making his first free agent visits soon.

The New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns are two teams Spikes could have interest in playing for but it's not known which teams will be brining him in for visits.

According to a league source who knows him well, Spikes has expressed the desire to win or get to a Super Bowl so look for him to sign with a team that is expected to be playoff bound in 2008 and beyond.

As Scout.com noted last week, Spikes failed Philadelphia's team physical. It's not known where he's at in his recovery from surgery on his rotator cuff which was completed on December 21 by Dr. James Andrews.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10:51 AM EST

The Carolina Panthers have now released two starting offensive lineman over the past month or so (RG Mike Wahle and C Justin Hartwig).

A league source notes the plan is to move recently signed OL Keydrick Vincent in at right guard and second-year pro Ryan Kalil will take over at center.

As we noted recently, starting RT Jordan Gross could be moved to LT. That was thought to be his natural position coming out of college. If Gross moves to the other side, it's possible LT Travelle Wharton moves to LG.

UPDATE TUESDAY 2:49 PM EST

As expected, University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco had his on campus workout for the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.

Attending the workout of note were quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, receivers coach Jim Hostler, and various scouts and pro personnel officials from the team.

Flacco threw with Delaware RB Omar Cuff and free agent WR Johnnie Morant during the workout.

Flacco had another terrific workout according to those who were in attendance but the thing that stood out in this workout was his footwork. Flacco has often been criticized for having inconsistent footwork in game tape review but that wasn't a problem in this workout or any others.

In one impressive display, Flacco stood still while throwing the ball 60 yards down field and the onlookers shook their head in disbelief.

Flacco has a workout on Wednesday with the New York Jets and has other private workouts coming up with the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chicago Bears expressed interest in working out Flacco but have yet to schedule anything with him.

Flacco also has visits with the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams coming up and Baltimore is also expected to bring him for a visit since some of their coaching and player personnel staff weren't able to attend today's workout.  

UPDATE TUESDAY 1:27 PM EST

According to a league source, free agent QB Jamie Martin (New Orleans Saints) wants to continue his playing career in the NFL.

New Orleans is looking at other veteran free agent quarterbacks as potential backups for starting QB Drew Brees but the team has yet to show much interest in re-signing Martin.  

UPDATE TUESDAY 10:16 AM EST

Houston Texans defensive lineman Earl Cochran will be given a chance to win the starting LDE job next season, a league source told Scout.com.

Cochran only started one game last season but he appeared in 15 games and was impressive enough to show the coaches that he's ready for a bigger role.  

UPDATE TUESDAY 10:04 AM EST

The St. Louis Rams have made free agent C Casey Wiegmann a contract offer, a league source told Scout.com.

Although terms of the offer aren't known, it's believed Wiegmann would likely step in as the starter if he signs a deal.  

UPDATE TUESDAY 9:51 AM EST

The Carolina Panthers are expected to have a private workout with University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco soon.

As previously noted, Flacco is working out for the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.

The Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, and Miami Dolphins are also expected to have private workouts prior to next month's draft with the strong-armed signal caller.

UPDATE TUESDAY 9:37 AM EST

University of Houston WR Donnie Avery will have his Pro Day on March 31 instead of March 14.

According to a league source, Avery suffered a strained hamstring prior to last month's NFL combine but he still decided to run there so he could get in front of as many NFL personnel evaluators as possible.

Avery, according to some NFL scouts, could be the fastest receiver in this year's draft.  

UPDATE MONDAY 7:49 PM EST

University of Delaware QB Joe Flacco has a private on campus workout on Tuesday for the Baltimore Ravens, Scout.com confirmed.

General manager Ozzie Newsome, quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are among the team personnel that are expected to attend.

Baltimore is expected to bring some of their own receivers for Flacco to work with during the workout.

UPDATE MONDAY 7:37 PM EST

Free agent WR D.J. Hackett (Seattle Seahawks) has a visit scheduled for Wednesday with the Washington Redskins, his agent Kevin Robinson of Ascent Sports Management confirmed to Scout.com.

As Scout.com first noted at the start of free agency, Hackett also has received interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay made a surprise signing of free agent WR Antonio Bryant who did not play last season.

Washington is looking for a big, physical receiver who runs well after the catch. Running after the catch is a common trait coaches look for from wide receivers who play in the West Coast offense which new head coach Jim Zorn is expected to use.

UPDATE MONDAY 7:27 PM EST

As Scout.com noted back at the NFL combine last month, the Arizona Cardinals were far apart in negotiations on a restructured deal with WR Larry Fitzgerald.

We noted since then that there was progress in getting a new deal done but in recent weeks, talks haven't progressed as much.

The stumbling block, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, is Fitzgerald's insistence on a four-year deal. Fitzgerald, as Scout.com noted previously, also wants more guaranteed money ($27.2 million) than Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson agreed to in his rookie deal last year.

It's believed Arizona lowered the amount of years in their deal recently to five and raised the amount of their offer in guaranteed money from $18 million to around $25 million.

A league source notes Arizona has rebuffed all trade conversations from other teams and is set on keeping Fitzgerald as a Cardinal at least for this coming season.

 

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