NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and Carl Nicks #77 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after Brees threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles #43 and broke the single-season passing record in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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If the Chiefs were able to add a prospect in the draft at tackle and a player like Nicks via free agency, the Chiefs front line would become an instant strength on the team.

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Kamerion Wimbley Reportedly Expects Release Friday From Oakland Raiders

Pass rushers are hard to find in the NFL, and the best ones can make big money. Just ask Mario Williams and his new $50 million guarantee from the Buffalo Bills. While Kamerion Wimbley is not on Mario’s level, he’s certainly been a fine pass rusher for the Oakland Raiders the last two seasons, racking up 16 sacks in 2010-11. Now Michael Lombardi is reporting that he believes he will be released today by general manager Reggie McKenzie.

It’s possible that Wimbley returns to the Raiders, and certainly new head coach Dennis Allen would love for his defense to keep such a solid pass rusher. But sacks will earn money and someone should pay Wimbley well for his services. Perhaps the Raiders can even find the money to make it work, but don’t be surprised if the Chargers also check in on their rival.

The Chiefs have the money and could definitely use another pass rusher. While Tamba Hali is among the best in the NFL and Justin Houston came on strong late in the year, the Chiefs still lack enough pass rushers. Romeo Crennel could rotate Wimbley and Houston to maximize their efforts and give the defense new looks. Thus far, however, their free agent focus is rightly on the offense.

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NFL Free Agency: San Diego Chargers Hosting Eddie Royal Per Adam Schefter

The San Diego Chargers need to replace a major loss at wide receiver this offseason with Vincent Jackson’s signing in Tampa Bay. The team struck quickly to sign a deal with former Saints receiver Bobby Meachem, but apparently they’re not done because they’re in on the highly sought Eddie Royal. Today, Royal is in San Diego for a physical per Adam Schefter’s report.

Norv Turner has a great offensive mind, so he likely has specific ideas for where a guy like Royal can fit. His career has certainly endured a roller coaster like variance with the Denver Broncos, going from one of the most promising receivers in football to an injury-prone veteran. Any deal is likely to be incentive laden for Royal.

That said, many teams are in on Royal and he’s already visited the Redskins among others. The Skins still reportedly want him, so Royal might be able to create a minor bidding war for his services.

For more on the San Diego Chargers offseason, head over to Bolts From The Blue.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: John Abraham Draws Interest From Broncos, Titans

Now that the dominoes have started to fall in free agency with top players like Mario Williams finally signing after three days with the Buffalo Bills, other players now know the destinations that are still waiting for them and what money is available on the market. That means players like John Abraham and Dwight Freeney are likely the next ones to find a new home.

Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Broncos and the Tennessee Titans are both interested in bringing in Abraham for a closer look. Abraham has been a force for the Atlanta Falcons since 2006 and was a Pro Bowl selection as recently as 2010. While his best days are behind him, he'd be a great addition as a veteran pass rusher at defensive end for John Fox's roster.

No visit has officially been scheduled at this point for Abraham with any team.

For more on the Broncos offseason, check out SB Nation's Broncos blog, Mile High Report.

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NFL Free Agency: Marcus Trufant Visiting Denver Broncos Per Adam Schefter

The Denver Broncos are getting a visit from some secondary help this weekend as Adam Schefter reports that Marcus Trufant will be in Denver for a visit on Friday. The former Seattle Seahawks cornerback would help a secondary that’s a little thin, although it’s uncertain how much Trufant would have left.

Trufant was let go after an injury plagued year in 2011 left him active for only four games. He had 20 tackles to go with 1 interception last year and played in 10 games in 2009. With health concerns and at 31 years old, Trufant’s best days are definitely behind him. That doesn’t mean, however, that he would not have add value to the Broncos roster.

Trufant’s best season came back in 2007 when he had 7 interceptions for Seattle. He made the Pro Bowl that year and has 21 total career interceptions.

For more on the Broncos offseason, check out SB Nation's Broncos blog, Mile High Report.

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Chad Henne Lands 2-Year Contract With Jacksonville Jaguars, Leaves Chiefs With Fewer Options

The Jacksonville Jaguars are retooling their offense today with the signings of Laurent Robinson at wide receiver and now Chad Henne at quarterback to compete and give support on the depth chart with Blaine Gabbert. Tania Ganguli reports from the Florida Times-Union that Henne signed a two-year contract today with the Jags.

The news impacts the free agent quarterback market, and things are becoming very interesting for a Chiefs team that wanted competition and publicly said so for Matt Cassel yet has nothing to show for it. Jason Campbell? Gone. Kyle Orton? Taken. Peyton Manning? No chance. Now Chad Henne, another quarterback linked to the team, is spoken for.

There’s not much left in the way of competition, but perhaps the Lions’ Shaun Hill or David Garrard will enter the conversation. For now, everyone who was involved in the discussions before free agency has gone elsewhere and the Chiefs still have Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi as the lone options. Perhaps the draft is where the team will find their man.

For more about the Chiefs and free agency, check out their pursuits at Arrowhead Pride.

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Eric Winston Headed To Kansas City To Visit Chiefs On Thursday

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports has the word that Eric Winston is on his way to Kansas City, and outside of Peyton Manning, there’s no greater hope for a free agent than the former right tackle of the Houston Texans. The Chiefs’ biggest need on the field at this point is at right tackle, and it was surprise to almost everyone that the Texans even made Winston an option this offseason.

Marvez writes, “After meeting with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, a source told FOXSports.com that Eric Winston is heading to Kansas City for a Thursday meeting with the Chiefs. St. Louis and Baltimore also have shown strong interest, the source said. Winston is the most attractive right tackle on the free-agent market after his surprising release Monday by Houston. Winston, 28, started every game the past five seasons for one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses.”

Winston would be the piece that would mean the most for the Chiefs offseason if he’s able to sign. The Chiefs already have Peyton Hillis in place in a move to bolster the backfield. The tandem of Jamaal Charles and Hillis would be that much more effective with Winston in place.

For more about the Chiefs and free agency, check out the updates over at Arrowhead Pride.

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Paul Soliai Returns To Miami Dolphins On 2-Year Contract

The Miami Dolphins have re-signed a key player on their defensive front, and it’s a move that leaves several others disappointed. The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos were two of the many teams interested in Paul Soliai, the best defensive tackle on the open market this offseason, especially for 3-4 teams. However, the Dolphins were able to lure him back after being unable to find common ground on a long-term deal during the franchise tag period.

Soliai was the team’s franchise player last season, but Jason La Canfora reports the team agreed on a two-year deal to keep him in south Florida. The Chiefs were linked to him simply because of their need along the defensive interior. Kelly Gregg is likely gone if not retiring and the Chiefs have no other dedicated tackles for the position. Jerrell Powe and Anthony Toribio are developmental prospects at this point.

Scott Pioli might find his man in the draft at this point with the possibility of Memphis DT Dontari Poe in first round.

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NFL Free Agency Update: Jarrett Johnson Signs With San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers already signed Bobby Meachem in free agency to replace Vincent Jackson, but it’s the signing of former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jarrett Johnson that becomes the team’s best and most important signing thus far of the offseason. Johnson was among the best of just a handful of rush linebackers, and his presence will likely cause major problems for AFC West opponents for the next few years.

Adam Caplan is reporting that the Chargers reached a four year deal for Johnson, who had 56 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season. The 30-year-old veteran is a solid addition to a linebacking corps that will also get Jonas Mouton back from injury. The second round pick never played last season, so the Chargers get a major boost there as well.

There were no terms announced on Johnson’s contract.

For more on the San Diego Chargers offseason, head over to Bolts From The Blue.

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Kyle Orton Signs Three-Year Contract With Dallas Cowboys

Peyton Manning was the wish list. Kyle Orton was the realistic fall back option. Now apparently the Chiefs have struck out on both counts. Adam Schefter is reporting that quarterback Kyle Orton has reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that will basically make him a younger version of Jon Kitna in backing up Tony Romo. So much for that starting spot.

For the Chiefs, the team must now look elsewhere if the front office is serious about bringing in competition for Matt Cassel. Jason Campbell is already signed and Chad Henne is visiting with the Jaguars and Seahawks so far. In short, the quarterback market is shrinking faster than some predicted. For now, it’s Cassel and Stanzi which is exactly how it was a few months ago minus Tyler Palko. In short, not good.

Orton brings a solid back-up quarterback presence to a team that needs it since Romo has given Kitna plenty of playing time in the last few seasons. He also might join Brandon Carr as former Chiefs headed to play for Jerry Jones.

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John Carlson To Vikings: Minnesota Signs Tight End To 5-Year Contract

The New England Patriots have changed the way the NFL does business. That’s been true at multiple levels, but this year the tight end is becoming a major offensive focus for some teams. John Carlson of the Seattle Seahawks was able to use that and cash in at the perfect time, signing a five year contract with the Minnesota Vikings for $25 million per Adam Schefter — even though he didn’t play in 2011 due to injury.

The Vikings, if Carlson is healthy, will enjoy a nice two tight end attack similar to the Pats. Kyle Rudolph is already on the roster and Carlson will give the offense a new look. That said, the commitment is a bit much for a player who was injured last season. However, as many as eight teams were reportedly interested in him.

Carlson’s previous visit was with the Kansas City Chiefs, so it’s assumed that one side or the other saw something they didn’t like. It was the first visit for the Chiefs in free agency, so the team will apparently move on to another tight end target.

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Brandon Carr To Cowboys Rumors: Dallas Still Working Out Deal For Chiefs Cornerback

The Brandon Carr rumors that have the former Chiefs cornerback headed to the Dallas Cowboys are still likely true given that Calvin Watkins is reporting that both parties are still working on a deal. Nothing is official, but it’s clear that this visit was intended to really be the only one and that they are likely to pay him handsomely.

The San Francisco 49ers were rumored to be interested, but it was likely a ploy in negotiations for Carlos Rogers, who quickly signed a four-year deal with the Niners last night. Cortland Finnegan was also quickly off the market by signing a five-year, $50 million deal with the St. Louis Rams. Carr easily became the best target left and the Cowboys have a need for such a dynamic young corner.

Carr left the Chiefs after being unable to work out a long-term deal. The team also failed to use the franchise tag on Carr and instead placed it on Dwayne Bowe.

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NFL Free Agency Round-Up: Jason Campbell To Bears, Eric Wright To Bucs

The last 16 hours have provided an incredible amount of player movement as expected in the NFL free agent period and the latest comes fro the NFC South and North where the Bucs and Bears have made some more moves.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found some secondary help that they’ve needed for some time in signing Eric Wright. Former KU product Aqib Talib has to be happy to have some assistance — that is, if he will still be around. Wright had several teams chasing him, so this is a solid get for the Bucs.

Jason Campbell has also found a home with the Chicago Bears, as Phil Emery works hard to round out his offense as the Bears new general manager. When Jay Cutler went down last season, the Bears were handcuffed offensively and Emery knows that feeling well in both watching the Bears up close last year and having the Chiefs endure the same. Campbell will keep that from happening.

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NFL Free Agency: Michael Bush Visits Arizona Cardinals After Raiders Release

Michael Bush is among the running backs that would look good working alongside Jamaal Charles in the Chiefs’ backfield. Unfortunately he might not make the rounds since he’s already visiting with the Arizona Cardinals early and he has not planned a visit to KC since he was set free from the Oakland Raiders.

Eric Gilmore writes, "Raiders RB Michael Bush, an unrestricted free agent,refuted earlier reports that he would not visit the Cardinals. He arrived in Arizona Tuesday and tweeted about the “awesome” weather. “For all the knuckle heads out there Arizona is the meeca of training for athletes. I would never do #businesson twitter,” he wrote.

Bush had a career year in 2011 when he rushed 256 for 977 yards and 7 touchdowns when replacing Darren McFadden who turned out to be lost for the year by mid-season. Bush has always played in tandem with another back, so it will be interesting to see if wants a position all to himself.

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NFL Free Agency: Robert Meachem Signs With Chargers, Replaces Vincent Jackson

The San Diego Chargers worked quickly on the open market to replace one of Phil Rivers’ receivers in yesterday’s early free agency action. The Chargers lost Vincent Jackson within a matter of minutes after the bell was rung to open the proceedings at 3pm CT. Jackson went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who were opening their wallets early and often for new head coach Greg Schiano. By this morning, however, the Chargers had lessened the blow.

Robert Meachem is the new receiver for the Chargers, coming over from the New Orleans Saints. It’s a solid move on A.J. Smith’s part to take care of the leak early, since the team has so much more to do in other areas, particularly on the offensive line.

Meachem had 40 catches for 620 yards and 6 touchdowns last season catching passes from Drew Brees. He should feel right at home in another pass-heavy, prolific offense under Norv Turner.

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NFL Free Agency: Reggie Wayne Re-Signs With Indianapolis Colts

Apparently the cupboard will not be so bare after all for Andrew Luck once he arrives to take over for Peyton Manning after the 2012 NFL Draft. Last Friday, the Indianapolis Colts underwent a massive overhaul, getting rid of several long-time players and making a mess of the roster that was being turned over faster than anyone imagined. Now it seems the team won’t be so bad at receiver after all now that Reggie Wayne is reportedly coming back on a three year deal, per Adam Schefter.

Pierre Garcon is already gone from Indy and Dallas Clark is available as a free agent. Anthony Gonzalez was also let go, which left only Austin Collie as a wideout that anyone would recognize. Wayne’s return means that Luck will have two decent targets to throw to and the team will likely bring in others via free agency and/or the NFL Draft coming up.

The Colts are still a work in progress, but this is a good development for the team’s morale and image. It’s also very interesting since it was presumed that Wayne and Manning could be a package deal for a team like the Broncos or Cardinals.

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NFL Free Agency: Tyler Palko Released By Kansas City Chiefs

He was a big part of the story of the 2011 Kansas City Chiefs. That’s not in a good way. In a season that the AFC West was up for the taking by anyone who remotely wanted to step forward and grab it, the Chiefs finished only one game out despite the fact that they fired their coach. Yes, a losing season so bad that a head coach gets fired is the same one that the Chiefs almost repeated as AFC West champs two years in a row.

A big reason the Chiefs lost fell on the shoulders of the decision maker. In the main sense, that means Todd Haley. But one of Haley’s oddest decisions was sticking with Tyler Palko under center instead of going with Ricky Stanzi at some point. Palko was horrible, to say the least, and for a team to go with him as the starter for 25 percent of its games was stupefying.

Palko is now a free agent since the Chiefs did not tender him today as they did with others (i.e. the second rounder given to Jovan Belcher). Many fans will be glad to see him go, but he’ll always be tied to the inexplicable season that was.

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NFL Free Agency: Cortland Finnegan Reportedly Finalizing Deal With St. Louis Rams

Alex Marvez has the word that the St. Louis Rams have reached agreement with arguably the top cornerback on the free agency market with Cortland Finnegan. Details are being worked out, but it’s clear that both sides are close.

Finnegan and Brandon Carr of the Chiefs are the two top candidates to help a secondary through free agency and it’s not even close after those two. A team lucky enough to add someone of that caliber is going to turn around their fortunes in the secondary very quickly. Just ask the Houston Texans how glad they were to have Jonathan Joseph join them last season.

Finnegan was let go by the Tennessee Titans and goes to a Rams team with a lot of needs at several positions. The recent trade to the Washington Redskins of the No. 2 overall selection gives the team a lot of draft assets to work with. If they can draft a Morris Claiborne or Dre Kirkpatrick, the secondary could turn into a strength very quickly.

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NFL Free Agency: Aaron Ross Visits Bengals, LaRon Landry Draws Interest From Eagles And Jets

The latest news from around the NFL features a quick visit scheduled for a newly released member of the New York Giants, and a Washington Redskin might actually leave the team in the midst of all of the arrivals.

Mike Garafolo is reporting that the newly released Aaron Ross, former cornerback of the New York Giants, will visit with the Cincinnati Bengals, The Bengals need quite a bit of help in the secondary after losing Jonathan Joseph last offseason to the Houston Texans and failing to adequately replace him. Ross had four interceptions last season in 15 starts for the Giants.

Jason Cole has word on the top safety available, LaRon Landry, who is visiting several strong defensive teams including the Eagles and the Jets. The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are also reportedly interested in a visit from Landry. Whether he makes it that far down the list is hard to tell.

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NFL Free Agency: Mario Williams Lands For Buffalo Bills Visit

The Buffalo Bills were rumored to make a big splash in free agency, and landing the best overall player besides Peyton Manning would definitely do it. But can the Bills really convince Mario Williams of the Houston Texans to sign with the franchise? That’s a major move on both sides — for the money it will cost the Bills and for Williams to believe enough in what Chan Gailey is building in Buffalo.

Williams was out most of last season with the Texans but he had 5 sacks in 5 games and there’s no denying that he is among the premiere pass rushers in the NFL. It’s possible that he will break the bank with a $100 million contract, and he’s one of the few players who could actually be worth that much. If anything, look at the impact Julius Peppers has on the Bears defensive unit.

Williams would certainly bolster a line that also includes Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus. If things go right, the Bills could look really good really fast.

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NFL Free Agency Update: Denver Broncos Reportedly Working On Paul Soliai, Broderick Bunkley

The Denver Broncos have been all over the news that last couple of days from the Peyton Manning frenzy, but the team is going to be very busy in free agency having nearly the most cap room of any team in the NFL. The defensive line is the subject of Albert Breer’s latest update from NFL.com with word that the Broncos are trying to work out something with their own defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley as well as the Miami Dolphins Paul Soliai.

The Chiefs are also reportedly linked with Soliai and even Bunkley would not be a bad target for the team. Defensive tackles are hard to come by and Soliai is likely the biggest name on the market. Denver makes a lot of sense for Soliai and the ability to play for John Fox and alongside a strong pass rush is likely a helpful draw for Soliai.

The Chiefs have no officially scheduled any visits beyond John Carlson at this time.

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NFL Free Agency: Brandon Carr Draws San Francisco 49ers Interest, Per Adam Schefter

Brandon Carr and Cortland Finnegan are going to be the top two cornerbacks available on the now open market in NFL free agency, so it’s no surprise to see teams already vying for their attention. Carr in particular already has a visit to Dallas scheduled to hang with the Cowboys, but Adam Schefter is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers have also shown an interest and hope he can visit.

Carr has four full seasons as a starter and is only 25 years old. The Chiefs failed to franchise him and chose Dwayne Bowe instead, so they set him free knowing he would earn top corner money. Those franchises are likely to pay him north of $7 million in order to sign him and it would be a surprise at this point if the Cowboys don’t lock him up with a Jerry Jones sized contract.

That said, Carlos Rogers is also a free agent and the 49ers are likely to lose him. Replacing him with Carr would be a definite upgrade.

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NFL Free Agency Update: Kyle Orton Draws Redskins Interest, Chad Henne Visits Jaguars

The latest buzz in the quarterback market has some interesting visits scheduled for some players as they try to find a new home and possible starting nods for quarterbacks on the fringe like Chad Henne, Jason Campbell and Kyle Orton. For all three, the important elements of a new contract are not just about money but opportunity as well. All three have also been linked to the Chiefs as possible competition for Matt Cassel.

Jason La Canfora says Orton has drawn the eye of the Dallas Cowboys, where he’d be Tony Romo’s back-up, and the Washington Redskins, where he’d be Robert Griffin’s back-up. It doesn’t make any sense for him to go to either place unless he was content with not having a real chance at the starting nod without an injury. After all, even though Griffin is a rookie, the reality is that the fan base and front office will both yearn to see the man they paid so much for.

As for Henne, the former Dolphins quarterback is taking multiple visits and should be in Florida for a bit with the Jags. Jacksonville will be a great place to land for him given the failure of Blaine Gabbert to inspire much confidence in his first season. Seattle is also on the board for Henne.

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NFL Free Agency Update: Ben Grubbs Visiting Saints, Redskins Eye Eddie Royal

The Washington Redskins cannot stop pulling the trigger and the New Orleans Saints are hoping to replace one star with another in the latest free agency updates from around the NFL.

First the Redskins, who have already reportedly signed Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan to free agent deals are reportedly in on another wideout. Yes, you read that correctly. The team with Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Leonard Hankerson on the roster is now looking at Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal to add for Mike Shanahan’s offense, per Mike Lombardi. The move is questionable for sure, but there’s nothing official there. Remember, it’s also Dan Snyder’s money.

From the offensive line market, Ben Grubbs, the star guard of the Ravens, is reportedly heading to the New Orleans Saints for a visit there. The Saints are trying to likely find Carl Nicks’ replacement, since he is linked to the Bucs. It’s a back and forth that would end up a nice consolation prize for the Saints if they can replace Nicks with Grubbs.

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Chiefs Free Agency: KC Hosting Tight End John Carlson For Visit

Sean Jensen is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs have scheduled a formal visit with tight end John Carlson of the Seattle Seahawks. The move would be a fantastic addition to the Kansas City offense given the need for another tight end as a receiving threat as well as the health concerns around Tony Moeaki.

Carlson is a nice sized target at 6-5, 256 lbs. and he will turn 28 later on this spring. Last year, Carlson was out for the season, so he’s likely to come on an incentive laden deal, or at the very least he’ll be a cheaper option. However, the Notre Dame product has shown strong receiving ability in the past.

The New York Times labeled

him the third best free agent in the tight end crop this season (with Dallas Clark at No. 1). Evan Silva has him rated at the bottom of his top 100 free agents available at No. 97.

Hear more about the Chiefs and free agency at Arrowhead Pride.

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NFL Free Agency Update: Josh Morgan To Redskins, Brandon Carr Visits Cowboys

The Washington Redskins are not allowing any punishment get in the way of their offseason spending as Adam Schefter is reporting that Josh Morgan, the wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, is on the verge of also signing with the Redskins. This comes just minutes after news of Pierre Garcon doing the same. The Redskins are apparently going to hope the $36 million salary cap room penalty goes away via litigation or appeal.

Morgan was one of the more underrated targets available on the open market and was making quite a mark on the 49ers offense before he was lost to injury for the season. Garcon and Morgan give the Redskins two promising targets at wideout to go with Leonard Hankerson, the second round rookie who was lost to injury for the year as well. The team might be cutting ties with Santana Moss and/or Jabar Gaffney because of these moves.

Meanwhile the word on Brandon Carr is that he will take his first official visit with the Dallas Cowboys. If things go well, he might leave with a contract in hand. That first visit is always the biggest for any free agent except for Peyton Manning who seems quite willing to take his time. The Chiefs will definitely miss Carr if he signs elsewhere, but already made a contingency plan with the signing of Stanford Routt.

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NFL Free Agency Update: Pierre Garcon To Redskins, Vincent Jackson To Bucs

Adam Schefter usually has the latest word on, well, everything NFL related and the latest news he has coming out from the wide receiver ranks is that Pierre Garcon has found a home with the Washington Redskins. This comes on the heels of news that Vincent Jackson will land a big contract with Tampa Bay, taking out two of the best wideout targets on the market within the first few minutes.

The Garcon move will give Robert Griffin III another wide receiving target that he needs and keep him in play with Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney. Griffin is widely expected to be the Skins’ first choice in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jackson is leaving a void with the San Diego Chargers in his wake as he heads to the NFC to try to give the Bucs new life and Josh Freeman a top notch target. At one point not too long ago, the Bucs were a young team on the rise and Jackson could help that offense become very dynamic if the pieces come together for Greg Schiano.

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Vikings Reportedly Set To Release Guards Steve Hutchinson And Anthony Herrera

The Pioneer Press in Minnesota is reporting that the Vikings are set to release starting offensive guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera at some point soon. It’s an interesting move that brings the heralded Hutchinson to the open market and gives those teams in need of some interior line help more products to choose from.

Carl Nicks is a player we’ve already profiled and the Saints guard has said he’s ready to be the highest paid player at his position. Interestingly enough, he’ll be among a free agent group that includes the player who once set that bar in Hutchinson. The Vikings veteran was made the highest paid guard by the Vikings in 2006 when they signed him to a seven-year deal worth $49 million from the Seattle Seahawks in the famous “poison-pill” contract.

NIcks and Hutchinson are among several interior linemen hoping to stake their claim on another solid payout and starting spot in the NFL. The Chiefs will have the chance to bolster the spot currently occupied by Ryan Lilja, if they so choose, or at least grab a back-up to help with depth along the line.

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NFL Free Agency: Carl Nicks Expects To Be Highest Paid Guard In Football

The best available offensive lineman on the NFL free agent market wants to be paid like it. Carl Nicks makes no bones about that fact. But what is also clear is that the New Orleans Saints are prepared to move on from Nicks, making him available to the highest bidder.

“Nothing has really changed [from the Saints perspective],” said Nicks in a radio interview with WWL AM 870. “I thought I meant more to the team than that, but I guess it is what it is. I think they’re probably going to draft a young guy in the late rounds like they did with me and Jahri [Evans].”

Nicks realizes his cost might be prohibitive and admits as much, but still doesn’t understand the lack of movement on the team’s part.

“I just think that’s the plan, because maybe I cost too much or maybe I’m not in the future plans or maybe I can get somebody younger or cheaper or whatever the case may be. I haven’t heard anything.

When asked directly what he will cost a team wanting to sign him, his message was quite clear.

“I plan to be the highest paid guard in the NFL,” said Nicks. "You can take that whatever kind of way, but that’s my goal.

“I don’t want to sound cocky or anything, but I’ve busted by butt for four years and made a couple of Pro Bowls,” he continued. “For my first three years, I was the lowest paid guard of all the starting guards in the NFL. I never complained. I never held out. I came in early when no one else was doing that. I’ve been dedicated to the team, and I’ve proven myself. I feel like I should get paid what I deserve.”

The Chiefs could be interested in NIcks if they lose out on the Peyton Manning sweepstakes since they will have a massive amount of cap room and needs along the offensive front. Everyone along the front line is quite manageable within the salary cap, so it’s a position the Chiefs could afford a splash.

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