• It's too early to tell whether MLB Kirk Morrison, who will become a restricted free agent in March, will be back the Raiders in 2010, according to head coach Tom Cable. "He's proven that he can (get the job done), and the question is: 'Are you where you want to be with all of these guys?' Not just Kirk," Cable told PFW at a Senior Bowl practice. "To single anyone out right now, it's probably way, way too early to do that. It's still a matter of seeing where we're at as a team and what's available to us as we try to get better."
• As if it weren't clear enough that RB LaDainian Tomlinson would not be back with the Chargers in 2010, the future Hall of Famer likely confirmed it with his recent comments as a guest on a San Diego radio show. He said that he was unhappy with how the past season went and also added that problems existed in the locker room and that there wasn't a feeling of "unity, togetherness and family" with his teammates. After nine years with the Bolts, L.T. sounded ready to move on.
• Dolphins QB Chad Pennington will become an unrestricted free agent in March, and he recently didn't rule out the possibility of returning to the Jets if Miami opts not to re-sign him. Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, however, said he plans to tender Mark Sanchez's top backup, Kellen Clemens, this offseason when he becomes a restricted free agent, and they still have young QBs Erik Ainge and Kevin O'Connell under contract for 2010. Pennington's chances of returning to the Jets appear slim.
• After firing pro personnel director John Guy last month, the Bills did not wait long to bolster their front office, hiring Doug Whaley to be the assistant general manager. Whaley, who spent the past 10 seasons as the Steelers' pro scouting coordinator, will be the right-hand man to new GM Buddy Nix. Seen as a fast-rising GM prospect around the league, Whaley is likely viewed in Buffalo as the eventual replacement for Nix, who is 70 years old and has already retired once before returning as a scout last season.
• Ravens ORT Michael Oher had an impressive rookie season, but he sees room for improvement in his game. "I felt I played all right," he said. "I feel like I could have played a lot better than I did. I've definitely got to address a lot of things this offseason, get better and get ready for next season." Oher, one of the finalists for Pepsi Rookie of Year honors, said having to make starts at left tackle and right tackle was "very awkward" because of the challenge of having to learn two positions, but he didn't mind it.
• The Colts got tremendous mileage out of their 2009 draft crop this year, even though their top two picks — RB Donald Brown and DT Fili Moala — didn't bring all that much to the table. But team insiders maintain that both Brown and Moala will make major strides in their sophomore campaigns. "Brown was dinged up all year, and he should be a lot more productive next season," said one team insider. "As for Moala, they expect things to kick in for him in his second year in the system — the same way they did for Daniel Muir this year."
• Texans SLB Brian Cushing said he was "thrilled" to hear that head coach Gary Kubiak had reportedly agreed on a three-year contract extension with the Texans. According to The Houston Chronicle, Kubiak's contract now runs through the 2012 season. "He's one of those guys (who's) a players' coach," said Cushing, praising Kubiak for the progress the team has made on his watch. The Texans won their final four games of 2009, quelling speculation about Kubiak's job security and helping to pave the way for the contract extension.
• Despite former Jaguars assistants Kennedy Pola and Mike Tice publicly stating that Jack Del Rio's uncertain future with the team beyond next season had no impact on their decisions to take jobs elsewhere, we hear Del Rio's lame-duck status may have affected the hiring of their replacements, Rob Boras and Earnest Byner, who came from Chicago and Tennessee, respectively, essentially swapped jobs with Pola and Tice.
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