March 09, 2007

Kansas City sent out a memo to the rest of the NFL, declaring that Trent Green is free to discuss a deal with every team in the league -- except the ones in the AFC West. But Oakland needs a veteran quarterback to be the bridge until presumptive No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell is ready. So Kansas City's memo could easily be read as a direct message to the Raiders that the Chiefs are unwilling to deal Green to them.--

Titans coach Jeff Fisher told a Nashville radio station yesterday that cornerback Pacman Jones did not notify the team when he was arrested twice last year - omissions that could allow the league to fine and suspend Jones, try to void his contract, or banish him.-- New York Daily News

The Packers do not have a single back they are now eyeing. But watch out for Cleveland's Reuben Droughns, who is expected to be released in about a week before his $1.75 million roster bonus is due. Droughns could surface in Green Bay as a superb partner to Vernand Morency.--

In Minnesota, there is a relatively new conspiracy theory, but one that is gathering tremendous momentum. It goes like this: Owner Zygi Wilf is trying to kill interest in the Vikings so it will be easier to move the team.-- St. Paul Pioneer Press

A day after unveiling recently acquired running back Thomas Jones, the Jets showed they are not yet done refurbishing their backfield. The team had meetings with free agent RB T.J. Duckett (Redskins) and FB Darian Barnes (Miami) yesterday, according to a league source.-- Newsday

Adalius Thomas may be just the first piece in the Patriots' linebacker overhaul. According to a league source, the team has showed strong interest in free agent linebacker Edgerton Hartwell, who was cut by the Falcons last Friday, and the veteran has reciprocated-- Boston Herald

Corey Dillon postponed yesterday's scheduled meeting with the Bills, according to agent Steve Feldman, after Buffalo dealt lead back Willis McGahee to the Ravens. Dillon had also been courted by Baltimore, but in light of yesterday's events, that is also on hold.-- Boston Herald

The move that might finally bring much-needed improvement to the Dolphins' offense could come if Miami, as expected, offers a contract to free agent receiver Donte' Stallworth.-- Miami Herald

Randy McMichael, cut by the Dolphins earlier this week, today is scheduled to sign a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams worth $11 million.-- Miami Herald

Dominic Rhodes was in Tennessee yesterday and is now on his way to Oakland. He also has visited Buffalo. And while his agent has discussed a contract with the Giants, they have never been close to a deal. The Giants have inquired about the availability of Tatum Bell, who is being shopped by the Lions, and reportedly have expressed an interest in free agent T.J. Duckett.-- New York Daily News

If Joey Harrington is going to be in the mix for the backup quarterback job with the Panthers, it probably won't happen right away. The Panthers have had at least an exploratory conversation with one of Harrington's agents. But Harrington has other things on his mind in the next few days. He's getting married in Oregon on Saturday.-- Charlotte Observer

An NFL spokesman said the league still hasn't received retirement papers from former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer. The filing of the papers is a formality, and those close to Plummer maintain he still plans to retire.-- Denver Post

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