Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Seeing the combine from a different view

Seeing the combine from a different view
Not many non-NFL types get to sit in the stands at the Combine. Scout.com was able to land a seat to watch QBs and WRs.

Report: Progress in Browns-Anderson talks

49ers sign Foster, Rossum?
Although the big-ticket free agents go up for bid starting Thursday, the 49ers have already dipped into the bargain bin, according to reports linking them to running back DeShaun Foster and kick returner Allen Rossum the San Jose Mercury News reported.

ESPN's John Clayton reported the Foster deal Monday, saying that the contract could be announced within the next few days. Foster, 28, has had at least 800 rushing yards for three consecutive seasons but has been slowed by injuries and fumble problems. The Caroliina Panthers released him Thursday. If signed, the former second-round draft pick out of UCLA would be in line for the No. 2 job behind Frank Gore.

Rossum, meanwhile, has agreed to a two-year contract, according to the NFL Network. (The 49ers denied Monday that any deal has been signed.) The 10-year veteran, cut Friday by the Pittsburgh Steelers, would fight to replace Michael Lewis as the 49ers' return man. Lewis is to be an unrestricted free agent.

Who's hot, who's not, NFL Combine version
Rashard Mendenhall's showing at the combine has him thinking big. Pete Fiutak tells you whose stock improved ... and whose didn't.

Jets will listen to offers for nose tackle
Dewayne Robertson doesn't tie up blockers on a consistent basis, largely because he's too small to play nose tackle in the New York Jets' 3-4 defense. But there is one thing he can tie up: the salary cap. His $11.2 million figure consumes one-tenth of the team's cap.

For those reasons�the Jets are willing to listen to trade offers for the former first-round pick, the New York Daily News has learned. Over the last few days at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, the Jets have been gauging Robertson's value around the league, according to several NFL sources. A handful of teams, including the Broncos, are showing interest.

It means that two of the Jets' highest-drafted defensive players, Robertson and linebacker Jonathan Vilma, could be traded. The Daily News reported on Friday that Vilma, a first-round pick in 2004, has received permission from the team to seek a trade. He, too, is ill-suited to Eric Mangini's 3-4 scheme

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