March 13, 2007

The Patriots have been so aggressive that one NFL observer has a theory: Bill Belichick is firing all his guns at once because he wants to go out on top. The folks at say the Pats' spending spree has all the makings of a run at one final Super Bowl before Belichick packs it in as a coach of the Pats. -- Boston Herald

Disgruntled Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is threatening to sit out the 2007 season and surrender the $7.206 million the Bears are scheduled to pay him if the team does not rescind the franchise tag and sign him to a long-term contract. -- Chicago Sun-Times

The NFL Players Association is concerned that the Patriots and Dolphins violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement while putting together the recent trade of receiver Wes Welker and has asked the NFL Management Council for an explanation, according to a source. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Dolphins are still trying to trade kicker Olindo Mare, as discussions continue with the Giants, Falcons, Saints and Browns. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Redskins faced a deadline yesterday to exercise $5 million options on safety Adam Archuleta, according to league sources. The decision to delay the move for Archuleta could be a bid to buy more time in order to trade or perhaps cut him. -- Washington Times

LaVar Arrington is about a month away from being able to pass an NFL physical, according to his agent Kevin Poston, and intends to play next season. -- Washington Times

The Titans intentionally front-loaded the deal with Ryan Fowler to try to dissuade Dallas from matching. It would also help use available salary cap dollars now rather than in future years. If the Cowboys don't match, Fowler will come to Nashville and cost the Titans nothing in draft-pick compensation. -- The Tennessean

It's conceivable the Colts will consider re-signing Brandon Stokley if he doesn't find another suitor. -- Indianapolis Star

The Cardinals are discussing the possibility of bringing back fullback James Hodgins, according to an NFL source. -- Arizona Republic

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