News and notes from around the league as the offseason restructuring begins.
There is growing speculation the Giants may move
Shockey, who still ranks as one of the top-five players at his position, would likely command a second-round pick from a team seeking his services. And that may be enticing enough for the Giants to pull the trigger on the deal. With the cap hit ($3.5M) being palatable, that is if the move is executed as a June 1 transaction, the Giants have plenty of options to move their disgruntled superstar -- if they so choose.
• By signing
Hill enters the offseason with the confidence of his teammates after having led the 49ers to consecutive victories in his two starts. With
• The Patriots' Super Bowl loss likely signifies the end of their dominant era, as we know it. With the likely free-agent departures of
But the lack of depth behind those aforementioned players, will force the Patriots to be very aggressive in free agency and the draft. Because of
Also, don't expect
• Speaking of Samuel, he leads a stellar free agent crop of cornerbacks set to hit the market on Feb. 29. Samuel,
• The Carolina Panthers face a difficult decision regarding the status of
As a three-time Pro Bowl selection with 56 career sacks, Peppers will seek a deal that surpasses
• One player who is closely monitoring the Peppers' situation is
• Despite Tennessee's current negotiations with pending free agent receiver
The Titans ranked 29th in receptions of more than 20 yards (29), and their inability to stretch the field allows defenses to crowd the line of scrimmage. After unsuccessfully attempting to address their receiving woes through the draft the past few years, the Titans will turn to free agency to add the missing piece to the puzzle. Look for the Titans to make a play on
• This offseason has seen a new trend emerge as more teams are carefully crafting succession plans for their head coaching jobs.
When asked about the succession trend, one NFC West official said, "It is a great way to maintain the continuity of a successful program, and to secure a talented coaching prospect that you feel good about." He went on to say, "You also avoid a lengthy interviewing process because your next head coach is already in-house."
With several young coaches held in high regard (